a shot from Greenpointers 2013 Spring Market

A shot from Greenpointers 2013 Spring Market

Get excited: this is the time of year when we all collectively slough off months of social dormancy and reacquaint ourselves with humanity by attending a million events and fairs and festivals all piled on top of each other. It might feel a little overwhelming but once it gets warm there’s nothing in the word that can touch us, right? In addition to the return of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, our friends at Greenpointers have announced the vendors for their annual Spring Market Sunday, April 13 from 1 pm-7 pm at Greenpoint Loft.

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03/27/14 3:44pm
Hey remember this? Photo by Joe Delaney

Hey remember this? Photo by Joe Delaney

Signs of spring approaching include baseball, free trees and people making lists about signs of spring approaching. We can also add the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg reopening to that list, and hey, look at that, next Saturday, April 5, the Flea and Smorgasburg will indeed be back. Where will they be? Pretty much everywhere: Williamsburg, DUMBO, Fort Greene and Park Slope are all getting a piece of the action. Hell, by the time you read this, they may have signed a deal to open an annex in your kitchen. (more…)

11/07/13 8:36am
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No one can tell you that you ain’t cultured after you’ve been to the opera. Photo via LoftOpera, by Athena Azevedo

1. You’d think a “cheese speakeasy” is something that happens when vegans take over and make all animal-based food products illegal, but it’s actually just people hanging in a bar, drinking craft beer and eating good cheese (Friday)

2. Buy some art to benefit to the ASPCA. Or have you learned nothing from those Sarah McLachlan commercials? (Friday)

3. Meet other queer folks in a no-pressure but loud environment at “Select All: A Queer Mixer” (Friday)

4. See Tropicalia, a documentary about the birth of the Brazilian art form that eventually helped birth the Beck song, “Tropicalia” (Friday) (more…)

08/27/13 1:16pm
Emily Elsen, of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, will talk about pie, and you can eat pie. Win/win. via Facebook

Emily Elsen, of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, will talk about pie, and you can eat pie. Win/win. via Facebook

As Mr. Show, the cronut and the ramen burger have taught us, there’s nothing people who like food like more than combining foods. The people who run Greenlight Books are no fools, so they’re combining food with books this fall in an orgy of delicious reading that fortunately doesn’t actually involve eating paper from books. But they are hosting a slew of food-based events by partnering up with chefs at Smorgasburg, starting a cookbook club with discounted cookbooks and a series of readings at the store from chefs discussing their cookbooks and handing out samples of food. Looks like you’ll be paying a lot less to eat this fall. (more…)

08/22/13 12:47pm
Why wait on a line for hours when you could just make it yourself in minutes? Photo by Dan Cerutti

Why wait on a line for hours when you could just make it yourself in minutes? Photo by Dan Cerutti

The ramen burger: New York’s latest attempt to combine two foods into one food. A limited edition burger sandwiched between buns of fried ramen noodles, it’s one of the more inventive ways to kill yourself out there, but jeezum crow it is tasty. Smorgasburg only sells like 100 of these a day and the line is always out of control, which means getting one of these is harder than trying to keep a cat calm at a bath convention. If you don’t want to get up early on a Saturday and stand around for two hours to eat noodles and beef at 10am, here’s how you can make your own on a very literal ramen budget. (more…)

08/01/13 9:30am
Beck! At Prospect Park! via Facebook

Beck! At Prospect Park! via Facebook

1. Point Break is already a cult movie, so of course it’s also a cult stage show coming to the Bell House. Warning: you WILL get wet (Friday)

2. It’s Shark Week at the Rock Shop! No, not the Discovery Channel thing, they’re a garage band from DC. They should be just as fun as the cable Shark Week though (Friday)

3. It’s time for a mystery screening and mystery drinking game to go along with it at Videology’s “Bartender’s Choice Night“. You trust the bartender, don’t you? (Friday)

4. Greenwood Park is kicking out the kids and turning their big ‘ol yard into a big ‘ol dance party. Gonna be a lot of people making out in the graveyard after this one (Friday) (more…)

07/09/13 10:41am
Nope, not Oklahoma, it's Mable's Smokehouse. via Facebook

Nope, not Oklahoma, it’s Mable’s Smokehouse. via Facebook

Barbecue, with its long, long cooking times and slow perparation has traditionally been seen as the province of the South. Things just move too fast up here in the go-go North to sit all day smoking pork butt. Or so people said. At some point when these people weren’t looking, eleven barbecue restaurants have opened in Brooklyn, displaying skills in everything from St. Louis mastery over ribs to Asian/BBQ fusion to the best brisket you’ve ever had. Which one should you go to though? Well, none of these are really bad choices, but at least this will give you a peek at what to expect in Brooklyn’s new barbecue heaven. (more…)

Who has one thumb and likes eating under the DUMBO Archway? via Facebook

Who has one thumb and likes eating cemitas under the DUMBO Archway? via Facebook

It’s getting summery out there finally, no doubt helped along by the emergence of the Mermaid Parade. And if it’s getting summery, that means it’s time for you to get outside, either to “work” if you’re a freelancer, or take Mad Men-style long disappearing lunches if you work in an office. DUMBO is a great place to do that, with its abundant wifi supplies and proximity to outdoor phone-charging stations. So what better time than now to hit up the mini-Smorgasburg that is Flea Food Under the Archway? (more…)

05/01/13 8:00am
Innocent fun or neighborhood terror? Photo by Joe Delaney

Innocent fun or neighborhood terror? Photo by Joe Delaney

Green space is limited in this city, to the point where, even though parkland is public space for everyone, neighborhoods come to think of a park as “theirs” and resent people who aren’t from the neighborhood coming and using it. So is it surprising that people who live in Williamsburg are already getting irritated about Smorgasburg and the Flea being held at the East River State Park? No, not really. (more…)

04/17/13 1:54pm
The nice young men of the Moho Collective will help take you higher at Brooklyn Fireproof

The nice young men of the Moho Collective will help take you higher at Brooklyn Fireproof

When I was in ninth grade, the biggest stoner in my Intro Spanish class told me April 20th was an International Pot Smoking Day. That seemed like a silly thing to celebrate then, but, hey, we all grow up and discover Phish and online delivery food sometime, eh? The holiday makes its grand return this Saturday, and Brooklyn’s not shy about feting all things THC-errific; check out some Brokester-friendly events below. (more…)