fact: the former president of brooklyn made it a point to put a different slogan on every entry and exit point to the borough in an effort to define it, to explain it, to make it into a brand. and well marty, i think you overshot it a bit.
but what does it actually mean? it means that brooklyn has something undefineable. he was trying to put it into words, he was trying to find something that fit all of our eclectic tastes, desires, passions, activities… trying to define the collective we. which inherently is something too unique to put into words. and never is this more evident than in the things we choose to fill our free time with. this weekend’s activities range from a full moon party with resplendent star costumes required, to a down-home pot luck and square dance; from a full breakfast and bocce festival to doing corpse pose on a yoga mat among the dead. a smorgasboard of events as colorful as the borough’s inhabitants.
so brooklyn, i’m trying, too… not to define you, but to ignite you, to excite you, to move you. let this be your entry. get in here. come on, get in.
Drumline Party and Concert with Los Cumpleaños and FogoAzul play Under the Archway in Dumbo
under the archway of the brooklyn bridge is where the magic happens, in my opinion. this historically magestic space is acoustically nearly perfect and feels like a secret club you and your pals formed when you were kids. plus, like, a bunch of other really cool kids too. tonight’s performance brought to you by live at the archway promises to get your hearts racin’ and your feets chasin’ after them beats. the brazilian all-female drumline fogoazul kicks things off at pearl st and then marches toward the archway in a grand procession with los cumpleaños, a colombian salsa and caribeño band with a psychadelic new-wave edge. this is everything you’ve ever wanted a thursday night to be. trust me. show goes from 6-9pm, all info here. it happens under the archway.
Bao International DInner Night at the Diamond, Greenpoint.
SoFar X Northside Secret Show in Williamsburg.
Old Time Square Dance at the People’s Garden in Bushwick.
A Taste of the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival under the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo.
I rode up on the americana festival last year on a bike ride to red hook and was pulled in by the beauty and cultural authenticity of the sound. the beautiful storytelling and folksy charm brought me right back to the old dominion, and the backdrop of the entire manhattan skyline was like, pretty cool too and stuff. the festival isn’t until summer’s end even saying that gives me a fright), but you get a little taste this weekend. five hours, five bands, and it’s all free. schedule and info here, it takes place in dumbo, under the archway of the brooklyn bridge.
Full Moon Party at House of Yes, Bushwick.
The BreakFestival, a festival for breakfast! in Industry City.
Industry City Courtyard Films present Trapped: Uncanny Short Films.
Summer of Love Festival at the Onderdonk House with House of Yes, in Bushwick (ok so technically it’s ridgewood, just three blocks from House of Yes!).
In case you missed it or don’t read this blog thoroughly (I know man, it’s wordy), the greatest venue in brooklyn now has a huge outdoor space and they are using it to throw amazing outdoor parties and festivals, host some of the best djs you’ll hear in the city this summer, to help us all spread love and share love and get a little rowdy. this saturday and sunday they are having a two-day summer of love festival in collaboration with pink mammoth, the bay area’s favorite party people, with dope beats all day by marques wyatt and eduardo castillo, aerial and circus performances, a magestic tented bar, epicurean food trucks, mama’s bazaar artisan market, interactive art installations plus face painting and glitter stations. tickets start at $14, available here. party goes from 1pm to 9pm. 1820 flushing ave at house of yes’s summer of love festival.
Saturdaze Music Series at the Kings County Gatehouses in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
of course you are quite familiar with this amazing drinking establishment that is the tasting room for the city’s oldest distillery. they’re hosting a new music series all summer long that brings together live music and djs, both potent and potable spirits, some of the city’s most sought after food trucks, plus all of the magic that comes along with drinking and eating and dancing al fresco in this spirited town. see the full schedule here and head out from 6-midnight. 299 sands st.
Free Yoga at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bushwick.
NY Transit Museum Party on Wheels, in Downtown Brooklyn.
The Music of James Bond at Django at the Roxy, Tribeca.