damn brooklyn, i think this is a sign. a sign that between all the noise, the busyness, the hustle, the frustration, the stress, the cursing… there’s a whole lot of good shit happening here. and between you and me, i’ve found the best of it. i’ve been doing countless hours of field research, drinking overpriced cocktails in underground locations and determinedly seeking all the best the borough has to offer… i’ve squeezed it all out into a perfectly curated little weekend guide, just for you. and it is looking damn good. unless of course you’d rather not visit amsterdam in ridgewood, have local wines paired with surrealist glass sculptures, head to a bridge-rave hosted by the governor, and dance until 8 in the morning before falling into the world’s best hangover cure this weekend. and if that’s the case, well then start looking for the exit sign.
this was made for the warriors, the savages, the dreamers, the seekers. the dance-til-dawners, for you, brooklyn.
proceed with(out) caution.
we can all sit here and bitch about gentrification all we want (and boy, will we), but we can’t deny that with attention on these formerly unknown neighborhoods brings about an influx of galleries, cafes, and music venues. so some good has come of it, and in greenpoint, it’ been in the form of brooklyn steel and this place, magick city. humbly situated on nearly the northernmost point of the green, this dance venue brings it back to old school warehouse parties, flying in underground djs from all over the world and having “sleepover parties” from 11pm to 8am. introduce yourself thursday night and forget that friday exists. until, like, friday night of course. all info here, 37 box st. at magick city, it’s magic, k?™
El Jefe’s Arepia and Nachorium Pop-Up Dinner at Diamond, Greenpoint.
everyone’s favorite ‘hood hosts it’s 10th gallery night, where so many local galleries and art spaces open their doors and stay open late for this spring art celebration. talk to the artists, see what’s happening in your neighborhood, and maybe elevate your wall decor to be more than a stained tapestry and overexposed photo booth strips. all info (and interactive map!) available here. 6-9pm friday night, in NoGreePo!
what’s happening right now in experimental indie rock? these guys right here. i saw and heard cuddle magic for the first time at sofar sounds and was blown away by their sound, their energy, their dancey tunes and their matching attire. trust me when i say that they won’t be slowing down anytime soon, so union pool will be an amazing place to see them. they’re joined by friends star rover and b o t. tickets, $15, available here and at the door (you hope). doors at 8, show at 9pm. 484 union ave.
No Walls Party at Littlefield, Gowanus
art, comedy, music, dancing, action. this is how you #revelwithacause brooklyn. head to littlefield to join together in solidarity to make sure no walls are built and that our country is still one that asks to Give [us] your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. $25 suggested donation, open bar. all proceeds go to immigrant assistance programs of Make the Road and Bronx Defenders. all info here, 8pm at 622 degraw st at littlefield.
where did all the good dance music go?? it got diluted by shit like yellow claw and then deflated like steve aioki’s lame fucking raft thing. well baby it’s been here all along… and even moreso now thanks to fiction, a fresh music series that brings good house djs back to brooklyn. their next label showcase brings lossless from berlin and welcomes Thomas Herb and Mathias Schober and a few of their dope friends to spin from 11pm-6am and make us feel alive again… before, you know… we feel pretty fucking dead. tickets and info here, it’s all happening at analog BKNY, 177 2nd ave.
Daffodil Celebration + WIne Weekend + Chihuly at the NY Botanical Garden, in the Bronx.
on sundays i like to be surrounded by love and warmth and happiness and sunshine and things that will make me feel like a human again. oh, and wine. and the occasional abstract glass sculpture. your #reasontocrosstheriverthisweekend lets you wander through the new york botanical gardens sunday and explore the new daffodil hill, the amazingly surreal sculptures of chihuly, all paired with a palate of new york wines and someone to talk to you about them and how well they pair with the multi-scensory stimulation all around you, and last nights beer burps. marked down to $32 just for Brooklyn, I’m Trying readers, tickets available here. sat AND sun noon-4pm, 2900 southern blvd in the bronx.
Writers Talk About Whiskey at Kings Co. Distillery, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Tour of the Jacques Torres Chocolate Museum in Dumbo.