New Microcinema in Greenpoint

(Image via Bedford+Bowery)

(Image via Bedford+Bowery)

The Picture Show (226 Green St., Greenpoint) opened in February and has been screening one film every Friday. $5 gets you admission and free beverages. Apparently, the co-founders spend 1/4 of their earnings on buying those beverages, but what a great deal for the customers!

They are starting out with experimental short films but hope to acquire rights to more mainstream films once their budget expands. Not only a cheap, fun way to get out of the house on a Friday night, but also a great community builder! I hope their business plan works out. Read more about The Picture Show in Bedford+Bowery here.

Free Beer Tuesdays @ Briskettown

(Image via Delaney Barbecue)

(Image via Delaney Barbecue)

According to Brokelyn, the Brooklyn location of Delaney Barbecue called Briskettown (359 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg) will be serving free beer from a keg every Tuesday starting at 5pm! Only until the keg runs out, so you should probably get there on the early side. Free beer isn’t something that will go unnoticed by the Williamsburg and surrounding Brooklyn population…

NOTE: even if for some reason you don’t want free beer, you can get free meat on your birthday! Sign up for their mailing list here and get a free half pound of the meat of your choice on your birthday!

Overrated/Underrated NYC

Unfortunately, Brooklyn was beaten out by Queens in this Time Out article, but Brooklyn still made it onto the underrated list a bunch of times. For example, Speedy Romeo (376 Classon Ave, Clinton Hill) is definitely the right choice for pizza. Try the Saint Loui (with provel, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and pickled chilis)- you won’t be dissapointed! Check out the full list for more.

(Image via Time Out)

(Image via Time Out)

Gen Sushi Happy Hour Special

bg01There are usually a few Japanese restaurants in every neighborhood to pick from. If you are in the Prospect Heights area, choose Gen (659 Washington Avenue)! Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-7:30pm they have a Happy Hour with $3 beer/wine and sushi rolls/appetizers. The price is hard to beat and the food is good. If you go outside of Happy Hour, prices are pretty standard, but still worth trying. You should also check out their Movie Night on every first and last Wednesday of the Month. Don’t worry, it has food and drink specials too!

100 Most Influential People in BK Culture

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(Image via BKmag)

Check out this interesting list in Brooklyn Magazine of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn Culture. It includes a great mix from book store owners, to cultural institution curators, to festival organizers. Read bios in the full article here.

Pelzer’s Pretzels on Sterling Place

As the weather gets warmer, walk over to 724 Sterling Place (near Bedford Avenue) and eat some pretzels at Pelzers! Of course they have classic pretzels, but you should also try their special cranberry pretzels. Rumor has it, they might have a stand at Bergn too. If you don’t have time to go to the store, you can also order their pretzels by the dozen online!

Beer Garden/Concert Venue on Bergen

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(Image via DNAinfo)

There has been a lot of talk about Bergn (899 Bergen Street)- the new indoor food court for Smorgasburg, and 1000 Dean Street- creative offices and studios with a ground floor beer garden operated by the Brooklyn Flea. Global Square is another new development for Dean Street (893 Dean btw. Classon and Franklin Aves). A group of artists is converting this old parking garage into a performance space with bar, restaurant, and rehearsal spaces. The 7,000 square foot space has already started marketing itself, but will not open until September. Read more about Global Square in this DNAinfo write-up here.

Catfish Happy Hour for S.O.S

1901260_852597510633_1163495529_nHead over to Catfish (1433 Bedford Ave) this Thursday, Feb. 27th for happy hour from 6-9pm and support Save Our Streets Crown Heights! S.O.S. is a community-based effort to end gun violence in the neighborhood.

Buy your $5 drink tickets at the door and turn it in for cocktails, 16 draft beer choices, or wine
$10 drink tickets get you a Po Boy Sandwich! All proceeds from the evening will go to S.O.S. The FB event with more info is here.

Support Brooklyn communities, save our streets, and drink up! NOTE: the Hurricane cocktail tastes like a sweet tropical punch, but don’t be fooled- it has three different kinds of rum in it. Talk about bang for your buck…

Calexico now open in Park Slope

 

(Image via Park Slope Stoop)

(Image via Park Slope Stoop)

Calexico opened a location in Park Slope (280 Fifth Ave btw. 1st and Garfield)! The cart has won the Vendy Award for best street food in New York and their burritos have gotten hype too. There are never too many Mexican restaurants. NOTE: although they don’t have a liquor license yet, they are doing delivery! Read more info on Park Slope Stoop here.

Tacos: $3.5-$4
Quesadillas: $7-$8
Burritos: $9

Shows @ The Wick starting in March

544518_333236850059533_1262832573_nThe Wick (260 Meserole Street), called a “music fortress,” was completed in 2012 but will first open its doors at the end of March to crowds of Brooklyn Indie musicians and music fans. Spearheaded by three former music execs from The Knitting Factory, The Wick promises a 4,000 square foot beer hall and concert space. Free Williamsburg shout-out here.

The first concert (Keiji Haino) is set for March 27th – tickets are $18

Other upcoming shows include:
4/5 Unsound Festival at The Bunker w/ Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles of Demdike Stare + more
4/17 & 4/20 New York’s Alright 2014 w/ Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Dawn of Humans, DiE, Contingent + more

CovenHoven: new bottle shop & tap room

330468-250Be the first to check out this new bottle shop and tap room. Not officially opening until March, CovenHoven (730 Classon Ave) is hosting a special event for NYC Beer Week on Monday, February 24 @ 7pm. They have arranged a panel of beer experts to speak about NYC’s rich brewing history while you sip on draft beers (featuring Kelso of Brooklyn and Finback Brewery) and munch on tasty snacks. Tickets are $25- purchase them and read more info on panelists here.

 

While you’re in the area…stop by Park Delicatessen right around the corner (533 Park Place). It’s not a deli, and the sign says it’s a florist shop, so the whole thing is a bit off-putting, but walk inside to realize they do have some flowers and also so much more (from skateboards to handmade jewelry to candles to graffiti art to designer clothing). It is co-owned by husband and wife (Michael and  Valentine), who are extremely helpful and creative people.

(Image via Facebook)

(Image via Facebook)

New York City Beer Week

February 20- March 1 is New York City Beer Week! Get ready to drink a lot of beer with over 150 bars & restaurants participating and with hundreds of events in just 9 days. The idea is to advocate for and promote awareness of 11 NYC craft breweries through the variety of beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and special drink deals. Tickets for the opening night event are already sold out, but stay tuned for other Brooklyn Based Beer Week events- while tickets are generally not super cheap, most of them include unlimited beer tastings and lots of delicious foods. And of course, there are some more affordable but still very worth while events happening around the Borough. It’s drinking time!

BK Public Library gets a Cafe!

(Image via GrubStreet)

(Image via GrubStreet)

The main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (at Grand Army Plaza) is getting a cafe – run jointly by the sisters from Gowanus pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds and the chefs from The Pines and Vinegar Hill House. The space will have 18 tables and will serve sandwiches, pie, coffee, and more, using as many ingredients as possible from the Grand Army Plaza Farmers Market across the street. Read more info on the cafe and the people behind it on GrubStreet here.

Opens officially March 14th, but is currently up and running in a temporary space in the library
NOTE: expect outdoor seating once the snow disappears and the sun comes out!

Batchery @ Bat Haus 2.22

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(Image via BrooklynDelhi)

Check out the pop-up Market called Batchery this Saturday, Feb. 22 @ Bat Haus (279 Starr Street) 12-6pm. There will be 15 local food artisans selling their goods. Enjoy samples from vendors, FREE hot chocolate, and good music!

Vendors include: Brooklyn Delhi, Bacchanal Sauce, Better off Spread, Mike’s hot Honey, The Jam Stand, Sour Puss Pickles, Cocktail Crate, Thumbs Cookies, Brooklyn DIY Supply and more!

LoftOpera puts on La Boheme

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LoftOpera enhances New York’s music scene by cultivating a community of artists to perform in loft spaces in Brooklyn. The performers are young and passionate about bringing opera to a new setting. They want to make this high-brow art form accessible to a younger audience through cheap tickets, fun spaces, and Brooklyn Brewery beer. If you aren’t an opera fan, the bar serves $5 wine/beer! Dress is obviously as casual as you want, unlike the MET, and I wouldn’t expect any uptight old folks in this Bushwick loft. The current performance is Puccini’s La Boheme (I large production to take on).

Tickets: $20 (showtimes Feb. 21, 22, 28, March 1). Get them now before it sells out!
Location: The 1896 (216 Ingraham Street- L train to Jefferson Ave)

Congress Bar

(Image via RealtyCollective)

(Image via RealtyCollective)

Court Street doesn’t have enough bars, so when this new spot Congress Bar (208 Court Street) opened in December, it was a welcome addition to the area. Right across the street from neighborhood favorite, Joya (which serves cheap and wonderful Thai food), Congress Bar is run by the same people who run Soda Bar in Prospect Heights and Franklin Park in Crown Heights. It has a younger vibe than some of Cobble Hill, with a few stools, dim lighting, and often so many after-work drinkers packed inside that the windows steam up!

Seasonal cocktails: $10
Happy Hour: every day until 7pm- $4 drafts, $5 well drinks, and $1 off all wines
NOTE: it is cash only, but there is an ATM inside for convenience!

Another fun fact about Congress Bar is that you can bring your own record to play on their sound system and get a free drink! It sounds really hipster and pretentious, but it’s actually kind of fun to have the music curated by the patrons. Read more about it in this DNAinfo article here. This place is perfect for a cold, snowy evening so go check it out!

New Express Bus Stop @ Nostrand Ave

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(Image via DNAinfo)

After complaints about limited stops in Bed-Stuy, people are very excited about a new bus stop, which will be added this spring @ Gates Avenue. The bus will go south on Nostrand Avenue and north on Bedford Avenue. Read more details about the new bus stop and MTA plans on DNAinfo here.

Presentation Party @ Bat Haus

ppn-febDon’t have any plans for this evening? Check out the Presentation Party @ Bat Haus (279 Starr Avenue in Bushwick). Doors at 7pm/show at 8pm. It’s a FREE monthly party  & lecture series with 6 short presentations followed by a Q&A. There will be FREE Brooklyn Brewery beers and lots of Brooklyn Salsa Company provisions! Check out the full listing here.

Presentations this month are:
From “Nice Guy” to Pickup Artist
The OKCupid Project
How to fall out of love
The difference between men and women

Where? Bat Haus (279 Starr Avenue)
When?
Sunday, Feb 16 @ 7pm
FREE FREE FREE

“Dumb” Starbucks comes to BK

(Image via Sprudge)

(Image via Sprudge)

A pop-up shop opened last week in L.A., Californa called Dumb Starbucks. Basically, it’s Starbucks but with the word “Dumb” in front of every product name (“Dumb Chai Latte,” “Dumb Blueberry Muffin,” etc). Lines went around the block and people waited hours to try a Dumb Starbucks coffee. Nathan Fielder, a host on Comedy Central, started the project, saying, as a bulletin in the store’s window reiterated, “In the eyes of the law, our ‘coffee shop’ is actually an art gallery and the ‘coffee’ you’re buying is considered the art.” They even have “Dumb” Nora Jones CDs and other music generally sold by Starbucks. Protected by parody law, this hoax is acceptable, but real Starbucks obviously isn’t happy about this whole thing. Read the a write-up in the LA Times here.

Operating without a health permit, Dumb Starbucks in L.A. has already been closed. But, where will it go next? Nathan Fielder says the next location for Dumb Starbucks will be BROOKLYN! Keep your ears open. Watch Nathan Fielder talk about his new store on Jimmy Kimmel here.

Bed-Stuy Photo Exhibit of Neighborhood Murals

(Image property of Tiffany Hagler-Geard)

(Image property of Tiffany Hagler-Geard)

Elke Weesjes, a Bed-Stuy based historian and researcher, together with photographer Tiffany Hagler-Geard, collected a photo series of murals from the Bed-Stuy area for the new exhibition, “A Neighborhood in Transition” on display from now until June 30th @ the Bedford Library (496 Franklin Avenue). The exhibition examines the transition of the neighborhood- inspired by the book Do Not Give Way To Evil: Photographs of the South Bronx, 1979. Before this art is painted over or forgotten, go check it out.

Read more about the exhibit in the Daily News article here. Brooklyn Public Library’s official description is here.

Subway Signs to Nail your Transfer

(Image via Gothamist)

(Image via Gothamist)

You know when you get off the subway and realize that you at the wrong end of the platform and have to walk all the way down to get to the exit? Or that you just could have gotten off closer to your destination had you known what car to ride in? The Efficient Passenger Project is working to put up signs throughout the subway system and guide people to the best spots to board a train in order to make the quickest exit or transfer. So far, they have signs along the L line and are working on more.

The MTA, however, says they will remove all signs because it could cause crowding conditions in certain areas of the platforms if everyone realizes it is beneficial to stand in a similar place or ride specific cars. read more details in the Gothamist article here. Personally, I think the MTA will have problems with this whether the signs remain or not– stay tuned for the new Subway Transfer app, which I’m sure will be coming shortly!

FREE Dinner + Movie at Nighthawk?!

(Image via Brokelyn)

(Image via Brokelyn)

Go sign up NOW! There are 7 pairs of tickets to a FREE three course meal, cocktails and a screening of “Moonstruck” tomorrow (Thursday) evening 7pm @ Nighthawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg). Nighthawk is known for serving food and drinks in the theaters while you watch the screenings….but completely for free?! Thanks to Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, the night is on them! There is also a waitlist in case any couples back out last minute. Read more info on Brokelyn here.

QUICKLY email xoxosolerno@solernoliqueur.com with “Moonstruck RSVP” in the subject line to reserve your place. Happy Valentine’s day!

Wine & Martini Glasses Set $10

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(Click on photo for Craigslist link)

Feel super classy the next time you have friends over and only spend $10 in the process! This comes with 2 jumbo wine glasses, 2 jumbo martini glasses, 1 stainless steal cocktail shaker, AND a book of the 200 best cocktail recipes. Pick-up at 10th Street btw. 6th & 7th Avenue in Park Slope.

How Brooklyn Neighborhoods got their Names

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Ever wonder why Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are called what they are? Most people know Dumbo is an acronym, but what about Bedford-Stuyvesant or Bushwick? Check out this Mental Floss article here to learn it all. Boost your fun fact knowledge and your Brooklyn history knowledge at the same time!

Valentine’s Week @ Littlefield

Littlefield performance + art space (622 Degraw btw 3rd & 4th aves) is hosting two fun events this Valentine’s week.

73-elgWednesday, Feb. 12 @ 8pm ($5 tix)
Friends with Single People: a dating show where friends represent their single friends onstage in a “dating game” style question-and-answer show. Friends will answer questions to the best of their ability on behalf of their bachelor and bachelorette counterparts, and matches will be made! If and when friends of single people find compatibility in one another, their single counterparts will be revealed! Even if you don’t end up finding your match this sounds very entertaining and worth-while. Buy your tickets here.

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Friday, Feb. 14 @ 8pm ($10 tix)

The Rejection Show Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven:  this live comedy series is back to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak, and love related performances/stories from shows past, present, and future –blending into an evening of love songs, live music, and a party. If you’re single, alone, or in a happy couple, go check out the hilariously heartbreaking performances from NYC’s top comedians, storytellers and writers. More event info here. Tix here.

Also, don’t miss the FREE Heartbreak Haven AFTER PARTY @ 10:30pm ft. DJ Frankle Teardrop (The Harrow, WIERD Records)!!