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This week it really is all fun and games in Brooklyn as the borough's very own comedy fest kicks off.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is taking place at multiple venues, including Brooklyn Brewery, The Knitting Factory, Baby's All Right, Glasslands, and The Rock Shop, and will feature dozens of comics from the world of sketch, standup, improv, and more through Aug. 24.
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The main aspect that makes the Red Hook neighborhood so interesting is that no one discovers it by accident. Located at the far southwest corner of Brooklyn, it is completely inaccessible via public transportation, meaning that no one passes through and no one gets there any other way than car, bike, or on foot.
And because it is about a 30-minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, you won’t see many tourists finding their way to this developing neighborhood. And as the irony goes in the realm of travel, a lack of tourists is exactly what makes an area so appealing for tourists. We spent an afternoon exploring Red Hook this past weekend, and here’s an overview of what you can expect:
With the weather in the low 70s in New York City last weekend, this travel writer had an excellent idea: Stroll the streets of midtown and make my way downtown to the Brooklyn Bridge, cross over, and spend an afternoon checking out DUMBO and the up and coming Red Hook neighborhood. It was a great idea…if only a thousand other people had not thought of it.
As you can see from the photo below, the bridge was absolutely stacked, a pack of penguins waddling in unison. Bikers screamed and yelled for walkers to clear the bike lane, and logjams occurred as people stopped to take photos of the Manhattan skyline they were leaving behind. I could feel the impatience growing in people all around me at times, especially the aforementioned bikers and the other local runners and commuters. My patience was tested, too, as I weaved in and out of the crowd in an attempt to be on time to meet my friends on the other side in Brooklyn.
Hannah Horvath has never been one to let rejection hold her down, and neither does the Girls' actress who plays her.
After the University of Iowa turned down a request made by Lena Dunham and company to shoot their HBO series on campus, they decided to bring Iowa to their home base of Brooklyn.
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Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, aka the last day before Lent, and a time to fill your bellies in the spirit of final excess. For anyone of Polish heritage, however, the last Tuesday before these few weeks of going without is considered Paçzki Day. This holiday celebrates deep-fried goodness filled with fruit preserves (traditionally: prune, apricot, raspberry, cheese or custard) and topped with powdered sugar or glazed.
The traditional reason for making paçzki (pronounced: poonch-key) was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, since those were forbidden to consume during Lent. What better way to empty the house of the food you can't eat but to use it all to make a delicious little doughnut? Traditionally eaten on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday), the treat has since taken over Mardi Gras.
If we've enticed you enough to sniff out the doughy goodness, here are some of the best bakeries to score a taste of an iconic Polish treat;
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Someone told us the other day that the word 'Brooklyn' has entered the French lexicon—as an adjective, used to describe something that's super trendy. While we think that's going overboard, nobody can deny how fashionable the borough has become over the past 10 years, and that popularity isn't likely to dwindle anytime soon.
Most tourists tend to migrate towards northern Brooklyn when they visit, and while we love us some Williamsburg and Bushwick, there's another new 'hood that's emerging as a ground zero for art, culture and lip-smackin' good eats: Gowanus.
For better or worse, the neighborhood is best known as the home of the Gowanus Canal—a.k.a. one of the most toxic bodies of water in the country—though that's all about to change, as city officials recently announced a multi-million dollar project to clean up the gunky waterway and make Gowanus a little easier on the eyes (and the nose).
This is all great news for visitors, though locals have been tuned into this spot—with its growing artillery of cool performance venues, cozy coffeeshops, and (yes) clam shacks—for quite some time.
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Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer has to coat his mouth with wax in order to withstand some really hot chili peppers? That should help you prep for New York City's first-ever Hot Sauce Expo, which will go down at East River Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 20.
Events during the two-day festival include a hot-sauced-laced-brownie-eating contest and a chicken cookoff. If you just want to wander around looking for trouble, there are plenty of places to buy and sample hot sauces and other spicy snacks from brands like Volcanic Peppers and Deception Salsa. The expo is also focusing on NYC-area brands like A & B American Style and Long Island's High River Sauces.
Pack your sunscreen...and a few gallons of water.
Are you secretly obsessed with online cat videos? Can't get enough of Grumpy Cat? Well, now there is a the fest just for you!
The Internet Cat Video Festival is headed to Brooklyn this fall.
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In his novel Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem takes pity on the G train, New York's most maligned subway route. He says that the train's legendary terribleness is because the G, like the runty kid in school, gets picked on for being the only train line that doesn't touch Manhattan.
Like it or loathe it, the G is in major need of a PR boost. So local hopmasters Brooklyn Brewery are sponsoring a contest. They're asking songwriters and musicians to compose original songs about the G train and post them on YouTube. After that, they'll chose a few favorites and ask readers to vote. The winner scores a free trip to Sweden for the Debaser Music Festival in August.
Might we suggest "The Waiting 40 Minutes at 4 AM Blues" as a possible title?
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Can you smell that? It's the sweet and warm aroma of a three-course meal being brought out to you for the cost of just one course. That's right; it's Restaurant Week season again, and we've rounded up the best five in the coming March weeks. Most are already open to booking, so text your friends to see when they're free and then get on it:
· Boston, MA: March 6-11 & 13-18. Yo, Bostoneers! No need to hop a Chinatown bus for the two-hour trip to NYC for Restaurant Week anymore, as it's finally your turn for discounted menus. One season, we traveled to and hung out in Boston with friends for several days for the express purpose of chowing down during Boston Restaurant Week, and let us tell you it was worth it.
The extensive list of participating restaurants is already open for booking, and meal pricing is thus: 2-course lunches for $15.11; 3-course lunches for $20.11; and 3-course dinners for $33.11. Weird prices, but maybe it's special for 2011? Anyways, find out more information and book your tables at the official OpenTable site.
A few days ago, The Brooklyn Paper published a most intriguing article that enlightened us to the fact that Brooklyn is attempting to get its Gowanus Canal and the surrounding neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sure, it's been around forever, and mills began operating on the Canal as early as 1645, but that doesn't change the fact that anyone who know a little bit about Brooklyn knows that, these days, it's one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country.
Still, local preservationists are all about getting the Gowanus neighborhood designated as a city historic district, which could possibly attract tourists to the area for its rusting, industrial, native Brooklyn grit. Because that's what the tourists to NYC want, right? Gritty, but pretty.
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Although it's never nice to talk about past air incidents when they have the possibility of freaking you out before flying, but it's important to note that today marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the most tragic airplane accidents in history. At the time, in 1960, it was the deadliest, killing 128 people in the sky and 6 on the ground. Here's what happened:
In the morning of December 16, 1960, a TWA Constellation carrying 44 was heading to land at LaGuardia Airport while a United DC-8 Jet with 84 on board was on its way to land at Idlewild Airport (now JFK). Because of lower-tech air traffic control systems of the time, and because the United jet wasn't in the spot it thought it was, the two planes collided over Staten Island. The TWA prop plane was sliced into three pieces and fell straight down onto a military field in SI, while the United Jet managed to continue as far as Brooklyn, where it eventually fell into a church and intersection in the Park Slope neighborhood, killing 6 on the ground and setting buildings on fire.