things i’m doing this weekend… other than ruining every child’s image of santa by throwing up and being distinctly un-jolly on everyone’s favorit city-wide bar crawl…
Holiday Warm-Up with the NBBC, Greenpoint
if you haven’t been to one of their parties, or worse, on one of their free kayak tours, you are missing out on more than potentially ingesting contaminants of the newtown creek 🙂 seriously though, the north brooklyn boat club has managed to bring so much of what i miss about virginia to a hidden corner of north greenpoint- down to earth people, kayak/canoe tours, seasonal outdoor parties with live music, outhouses that consist of a pile of sawdust and… a scoop. mmmm. home! anyway, let’s combat this oncoming cold weather and look forward to all becoming (or renewing) our memberships with the NBBC- $36 gives you free access to their canoes, kayaks, paddles, and hearts. for an entire year. head down to dirck the norseman to find out more, over beers! 7-11pm, 7 n. 15th st.
Live Jazz and Gypsy Dinner, Le Fanfare in Greenpoint
i can’t say enough about this place. amazing food, live jazz every friday, saturday, and sunday night. a burrata that will make you want to trade in all of your gold and become a traveling gypsy and a seared octopus that feels like a hug from 4 people at once. go, saturday night, and be charmed by the musical stylings of the honey bees. of whom i am a huge le fan. 8.30-11pm, 1103 manhattan ave.
YEAH! at Grand Victory, williamsburg.
if you believe in lcd soundsystem and anyone they were inspired by and have inspired entering your ears and consequently moving your feet, go to this indie dance party at grand victory to hear dj’s sponsored by You Don’t Have To Settle spinning tunes by bands like future islands, tame impala, hot chip, RAC, phoenix, tanlines, LCD, and basically anything else in your coolest friend’s vinyl collection. free, 11pm, 245 grand st. let’s boogie.
French Morning Market, cobble hill.
but i’m le tired- well, now you’re le not once you check out this magnifique french holiday market- for the francophile on your list or to help satiate that constant desire to be back in france. (smothering brie on your face is totally acceptable- i miss it too man.) Church of St. Paul, 234 Congress st. saturdays, 10am-2pm, and sundays 11am-6pm. foi gras. will be there. (destroy someone else’s liver, for once.)
unseasonably warm weather calls for biking and drinking, in tandem. or on a tandem bike. you decide- here are two fantastic options:
Whiskey Bike Ride with the Brooklyn Bike Crew. errrywhere.
nothinge gets me up at 10am on a saturday like a long bike ride with the promise of a whiskey bar at the end. never mind, literally, nothing gets me up at that time on a satuday. sleep in OR join me in the below- sounds risky. starts at bedford ave and the eastern parkway, 10am-2pm. let’s ride baby.
Long Island Bike + Winery Tour, the north fork.
this will be the last balmy weekend, i know. blows. but let’s make the best of it, eh? venture out on a bike tour of some north fork wineries to pick up last-minute local holiday gifts and educate yourself on all that (geographically speaking) “our” island has to offer, that go beyond the four-sided tents of smorgasborg. for two easy route suggestions, check out the north forker’s suggested trails. then, you know- get on the LIRR right back here.
Chili Cook Off, greenpoint.
or, let’s just pretend it’s freezing outside and we desperately need a thick coat of chili and beer on our insides to stay alive. spice things up at the chili cook off at Brouwerij Lane, 78 greenpoint ave, 2-5pm. things are heating up. then cooling down immediately. and we’re all screwed.
Five Years of Fire, sunset park
Pitch Black Collective’s anniversary party at industry city distillery- the last time i was at industry city (not even a year ago) there were a few cats roaming around and hardly enough room to walk, let alone safely “sip” vodka in an extremely hungover state. they’ve cleaned up and started using their amazing waterfront warehouse space for shows, parties, tours, and more vodka tasting. go to this party- live music, art, views, and plenty of vodka. 33 35th st, 6th floor, 8pm to 1am. black out. (if you want.)
SUNDAY– holiday markets, how bazaar!
Dreamers + Doers Market at Space98, in williamsburg
head over to space 98, the facade that ate an urban outfitters, to chill on the rooftop with dusty rose vintage and all your closest artisan friends. plus holiday drinks and eats from the nouveau jewish restaurant formerly known as the gorbals, Esh! (eh!) 98 n. 6th st, noon-5pm. get dem gifts yo.
Hand Makers Holiday Market, greenpoint.
for gifts that tell a story of goodwill without being that obnoxious person cards spouting your own humble gift to a charity in their honor- check out the hand makers holiday market, 1-9pm, 107 green st. get your hands… clean. clean them.
Fort Greene Holiday Market, it’s in fort greene.
leave it to brooklyn’s most charming neighborhood to host a family-friendly, artistic, and inspiring holiday market- a beautifully curated assortment of gifts, crafts, food, and fun! and a photo studio. 11am to 5pm, Arts and Letter Building, Clermont Ave b/w Willoughby and Dekalb. give some greene.
Stuyvesant Indi Bazaar, bed stay
promises to represent one of brooklyn’s most colorful neighborhoods, for all of those hard-to-buy-for people on your list. like, your cat. sunday, 375 stuyvesant ave. bizarre.
Rock ’n Shop Holiday Market, bushwick.
because everything is better in a bushwick warehouse, this holiday market has free pancakes and comedy- no joke. plus vendors, music, art and $3 drafts from 11am-2pm. market every sat and sun- 10am-7pm. totally rocks.
where to eat this weekend
tapas began as a way to prevent spaniards from getting a little too wine drunk- inventive little food bites were placed on top of slices of baguette, which was then balanced on top of every drink you ordered- the king hoped that patrons would be tempted to eat what was on “top” of the drink, thus making better decisions and preventing siestas… well, something good came out of it. all the authentic tapas at this cozy spanish outpost in williamsburg. go here this weekend and have the royal treatment of small foods + beverages. (but NO naps. got it?) 188 grand st.
where to drink this weekend
the shanty, williamsburg.
what is it about cold weather and the holiday season that makes you want to warm up with a spicy drink and share stories and memories with friends or complete strangers or captive bartenders among salvaged wood and an open fire? that used to be a fire station? and has a full working distillery in the back? THE SHANTY PROVIDES ALL OF THOSE THINGS. and damn good music, all the time. go. take a tour of the distillery. be utterly impressed that the dorothy parker gin is so exquisitely drinkable. sing a sea shanty about a shanty town on the shore. the possibilities are endless, but seem tangible enough to feel cozy. see you there, landlubbers. 79 richardson st.