can i tell you something? i don’t want to say it too loud, so lean in.
come on, get closer.
(i think that winter is over.)
YEP. i said it. and that means a few things here:
- we have got to stop listening to that groundhog for our seasonal weather reports.
- let’s throw all of our scarves and hats and cloves into the back of the closer and strip away layers of clothing along with our inhibitions and throw caution to the wind.
- meet me in the park and let’s drink until the sun goes down then dance on a rooftop until it greets us again this and let summer start within us, to hell with what the calendar says.
and so what if we’re wrong? if it gets cold again and then we can’t find our gloves and hats? let’s believe it and live it right now. because that’s why we live here, to squeeze every moment and extract a more significant life out of the fruits of our labors.
and in that case, consider me a juicer, baby. because i’ve squeezed out all the best ways to get after it this weekend and i’m serving it to you in a cool and frothy glass, ripe and ready for the drinkin’ and i call it your weekend guide.
drink up, it’s all here for you.
Hand Pulled Noodles of Xi’an at MOFAD, Williamsburg.
Two Step Lessons at Threes Brewing in Gowanus
Rusted Root at Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg.
Dolly Parton Lookalike Contest at Mable’s Smokehouse, Williamsburg
Private Party with Rinsed, somewhere in Bushwick.
DJ Bengey at Union Hall, Park Slope.
Galactic Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood by the Wild Honey Pie, in the Bronx.
Good Room turns 4! Anniversary Party in Greenpoint.
809 Project Fundraiser at Bar Matchless, Greenpoint.
the atmosphere at house of yes has us all feeling like we have super powers. aerial acrobatics, extracurricular habits, pink rabbits… and those bathrooms. let’s all dress the part saturday night at their super powers dance party. come dressed as your favorite super hero, comic book character, or just wear something wacky and make up a name, an ability, an adventure. their all-resident dj lineup is guaranteed to have you movin’ all night. free before 11pm! tickets and other info here. 2 wyckoff ave at house of yes means no means yes means no means yes, yes yes.™
don’t dingy whites make you want to dye. ME. TOO. come learn the ancient practice of shibori dyeing with beezie’s textiles this sunday at
urban outfitters space98 and leave with new and revamped textiles and the ability to turn any fabric into a deep indigo dream. oh also- they will have drinks. they’ll supply you with one towel (kind of like the gym. but, nothing else like the gym.) bring your own clothing to breathe fresh life into and use fabrics, tools, and dyes provided. $65 tickets HERE. noon-3pm at space98, 98 N 6th st. wine and dye me, baby.
ah yes, it’s OSCARS sunday! check out my top neighborhood picks below and drink all of the champagne you can handle. because why not. #campaignforchampagne
i love this bar. and you should too, if for no other reason than their reference to “dark lord cheeto” on this poster and the fact that there will be “oscar meyers in blankets” at the party. and, of course, the 7-minutes in heaven gondola out back. this is the oscars party you want to go to. starts at 6pm. all other info here. 43 franklin st.
so you wanna get fancy? you still don’t have to cross the river. head to humboldt & jackson’s oscars party. get glammed out and walk the red carpet (for real), participate in a best dressed contest, document how good you look dressed up in their photo booth, and win raffle prizes. plus drink specials and oh yeah, the oscars. you can watch them here. rsvp required, do so here now. party starts at 7pm. 434 humboldt st.
you’re all winners in my book.
we’ve been fighting, brooklyn. fighting to live, fighting to survive, fighting to navigate this concrete jungle we landed our vicious hearts into, fighting stubborn landlord tyrants who have somehow been placed in positions of great power in this city. fighting.
and all of this fighting, of course, is from the intense and immense free-flowing love we have abounding from our hearts, moving our feet, stimulating our minds, helping us come up with really charming slogans for our blogs. and as love fearlessly and relentlessly trumps hate, let’s use this weekend of love to make a difference, to see a difference, to insight a difference and of course to simply make love. revel with a cause, brooklyn. and love with a purpose (not a porpoise) and make love, be love, spread love…
it’s the brooklyn way.
Grand Street Restaurant Week, WIlliamsburg
ah, restaurant week in new york. highly anticipating and seemingly a great way to have a new experience for a great value! and then you get there and it’s overrun and the food blows and everyone is on top of each other and you order too many drinks to deal with your frustration and then you’re paying way way more than anticipated for a mediocre experience. which i guess is also exactly what it’s like living in manhattan. let’s just do this ish our own way. it’s grand st restaurant week, and just as every time you’ve ever subbed one experience for another across the river, it will be so much grander. 12 amazing restaurants, it’s happenign through the 12th. all info you need is here, including menus! along grand st.
Matthew E White and Flo Morrissey at Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn.
Raise Up for Women at Industry City Distillery, Sunset Park.
Interactive Love Games Art Exhibition and Benefit, at IMAGE Gallery, Bushwick.
LGBTQ+ Makeout Session in front of Trump Tower. (no i am not kidding.)
it’s the first week of december. let’s check in. holiday hangovers in full swing? have you picked last year’s dried eggnog vomit off of your tacky sweater? should i even bring up christmas shopping? let’s face it… we’re all just waking up from our turkey comas and shaking off that residual “don’t talk about the election” tension from thanksgiving. so give yourself a break this weekend. push off any other holiday obligations for a few days. clear your mind and your heart but don’t rest that liver, or those eyes. ’tis the weekend to be selfish.
besides, there aren’t that many more chances to secure your coveted spot on santa’s naughty list. come with me, brooklyn. let’s put the “fiesta” in… fiestive.
This is Rare Groove, El Cortez, Bushwick
Brooklyn Rugby Calendar Release and Date Auction at Littlefield, Gowanus.
The Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, at The Bushwick Starr, in Bushwick.
The Bell House Holiday Striptease, Gowanus.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
The Wild Honey Pie’s 7th Birthday Bash at Union Pool, Williamsburg.
Sensory Speed Dating, House of Yes, Bushwick.
Spanish Oil + Vinegar Tasting at Eastern District, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Glamdammit presents The Brats, at Gold Sounds in Bushwick.
Salsa Fridays at Subrosa, Meatpacking, Manhattan.
Closing Week at Rooftop Reds at the Navy Yard.
NY Adventure Club ventures into Jamaica, Queens.
when love is a whisper and hate is a roar it feels hard to know how to speak again, how to move again, how to be again.
no matter what side of the coin you fall on, we’re divided and it hurts and it’s hard to know what to do now. but the important thing is to hold on to this energy. to embrace our anger and concern. to move, to breathe, to demonstrate, together. and we can start in so many ways but the first is within our communities and our cities. get out, get going. don’t hide in your homes within the safety of your opinions. have every one of those conversations and maybe a laugh or two. see the other side or have a healthy debate. understand that there’s more that unites us often than divides us so let’s figure out how to do this together.
as with every week, i’ve found the best options in the city for doing just that. so hold on to me and hold on to each other and let’s feel better and make better and do better, together.
Live Reading from The King of Greenpoint, TBD Bar, Greenpoint.
Southern Tier benefit for Homeless Pets, at Rosamunde Sausage, Williamsburg.
Ghostwriter Viewing Party, Videology, Williamsburg.
Mortified at Littlefield, Gowanus
Rubblebucket at Manhattan Inn, Greenpoint.
ROOTS Cafe Poetry Series, Park Slope
Adult Friction, Indie-Alt Dance Party at Over the 8, Williamsburg.
Free Fridays at Subrosa, Meatpacking District in Manhattan.
so a little thing is happening this weekend that i like to call MY BIRTHDAY.
Fall Colors Picnic in Central Park
Tapas and Paella at El Born, Greenpoint.
i’ve found your place. it’s alameda in NoGreePo and it’s where you’ll be drinkign this weekend. a fantastic list of cocktails. fancy deviled eggs. fancy devlish people. and a bar of whom’s integrity they felt so strongly about they built it inside the structure itself, backing a concrete truck in ever-so-graciously and pouring it right in. yeah, you have to see this shit. and drink this drank. and be everything that is alameda. with me, if you’d like.
what not to miss
how not to miss it
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Lagunitas Brewing presents a dope free show at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Greenpoint.
Swatch Party at Good Room, Greenpoint.
Tainted Love, 80s Dance Party at the Bell House, Gowanus.
Bob Moses at Terminal 5, in that rather shitty area of manhattan.
60 Shots for 60 Shorts Power Hour at Creek and Cave, Long Island City.
Dave Chapelle’s Block Party “Screening” (but actually it’s another party) in Fort Greene Park.
Glass Animals at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Richard Avedon, Moving Image, Exhibit at the Cadillac House, SoHo.
we work hard in this city, and that’s the beauty and downfall of new york- no one is here because they just ‘ended up here’. we’re here because we have something to believe in, to fight for, to work towards. and well, we’ve come a long way, baby. and it’s about time that someone recognized it. this labor day weekend, let’s reap the fruit of our labors. let’s weep for the labors that we’ve had to put in just for our fruits to blossom. and then die. before we could even retrieve them. let’s experience everything that this city has to offer beyond the confines of our cubicles! let’s close our laptops and leave our to-do lists undone and not even put up an out of office and let’s never look back brooklyn.
(are you picturing me on a soapbox in front of the statue of liberty holding a bottle of champagne with a slight tear in my eye?)
(oh… well, are you doing that now?)
ok you unimaginitive little beasts- lighten up and read on.
and let’s fucking get to work.
Thursday Supper at the Farm on Kent, Williamsburg.
New York Salsa Congress, all over the city, all weekend.
Archestratus Blue Plate Special, Greenpoint.
Black Rock Brooklyn at House of Yes, Bushwick.
Grand Opening, Greenpoint Fish + Lobster, Long Island City.
The Last Fireworks of the Season at Coney Island.
Mets vs Nationals at Citifield, Flushing, Queens.
Rule of III Pop-Up at Duke’s Annex, Greenpoint.
First Friday’s with El Jefe’s Nachoria at The Diamond, Brooklyn.
i’m worried about us, brooklyn. about all of us. that pleasant little breeze that’s been in the air, licking our skin and whispering in our ears, “feels good, doesn’t it?” well it might as well be the kiss of death. it’s coming brooklyn.
i don’t want to stop seeing your knees.
so let’s shed our clothing with our inhibitions and show off that summer skin all the way to the end, holding hands and listening to this song and not looking back, even once.
you’re getting warmer already….
Loaded Canon Reading Series at Brooklyn Oenology, Williamsburg.
may this photo serve as evidence that wine and storytelling are impossible to separate. so many tales from these weathered boots and bota, from this inimitable truth comes thursday night’s loaded canon reading series at brooklyn oenology. it’s literature and storytelling meet cocktails and wine meeting all of you meeting each other. this series focuses on the unfinished works from the city’s rising generation of authors, and the fresh and untested words will juxtapose the earthy, complex, and matured wines flawlessly. 6-9pm at brooklyn oenology, 209 wythe ave. because you can’t spell raconteur without
oenology having a little wine first.
Vegan Blue Plate Dinner at Archestratus, Greenpoint.
family dinner goes vegan at archestratus thursday night, as owner Paige Lipari attempts to prove that sicilian food can stand alone without meats and cheeses. and egg products. and meats. come thursday for this family style meal of homemade calzones, plus bread and beer and wine, at one of my favorite places in greenpoint. $17 for the plate, drinks are for sale, all info here. 7-9pm, 160 huron st.
DJ Reaganomics at Threes Brewing, Gowanus.
the olympics inspired us to do a lot, inspire us to be more active, show us that any goal, no matter how seemingly insurmountable, is attainable, and make international diplomacy seem within our reach, among other things. but with all this rio coverage i haven’t been able to get that samba out of my hips. and i want to try to work some of it out, with you, at threes brewing. meet me thursday night for dj reaganomics, spinning all of your favorites samba, salsa, mambo, basically everything you need to loosen up those hips and make some bad decisions. it’s free, 333 douglass st, at threes brewing- i’ll try anything thrice.™
Dirty Thursday at House of Yes, Bushwick.
i don’t know about you but once the heat wave lifted i’ve felt a bit too clean, a bit too unsweaty. and i had a handy cleaner come monday and she did the standard mild-to-average bit of cleaning, and i’ve only told
three four lies this week. i’m too clean. i don’t want to wait until friday to get dirty, ya heard? join me thursday at the house of yes for dirty thursday, their weekly opportunity to make the baddest of decisions, with all of your closest friends and future one-night-stands, plus an outdoor garden, djs all night, and cheap cheap drinks. get down and dirty fo’ free, all info here, 1-pm-2am, 2 wyckoff ave. at the house of yes– they put the sensual in consensual.™
Party at San Damiano Mission, Greenpoint.
yep, that’s at a church. with friar bartenders. but in the brooklyn way, we might as well go to the source. sinning and asking for forgiveness at the same time. and place. having a bit of the sacrament and the poison. and dance yrself clean, or dirty, there’s no judgement there. that of course is reserved for the big guy. party starts tonight at 8:30pm, doors at 8. suggested donation at the door- $10, cash or credit. all other info here. 21 nassau ave. at the san damiano mission, “meeti…” (i didn’t make that one up, it’s actually on their website…)
Taculitos Pop-Up at Brooklyn Safe House, Greenpoint.
there is nothing safe about the brooklyn safe house. and not in the “hey babe, take a walk on the wild side” kind of way. it’s bad in there. but something about taculitos makes my little butt come a runnin’. every friday night, these babies pop up and serve you the cutest and most asstastic taculitos you’ve ever eaten. go there, i guess. maybe take one to go. i’m probably just going to hold my breath and reach my hand in the doorway and get my taco and run for the hills. 120 franklin st, 7pm-1am. check out their hilarious instagram here, then get your sweet little ass there.