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Bugs, Bulls Fans and Back to School — the Hook-up 9/8

Transmitter Park, a leafy oasis on Labor Day or any day. Photo by Lucie Levine
Transmitter Park, a leafy oasis on Labor Day or any day. Photo by Lucie Levine

Even though Labor Day began as a New York City tradition, lots of us like to get out of town over the holiday. If you were off soaking up the last days of summer outside of the lush tropical paradise that is North Brooklyn, catch up on local news here!

Those who stuck around Greenpoint this holiday weekend had the opportunity to sample some unusual eats during the first annual Brooklyn Bugs Festival, “NYC’s first festival dedicated to edible insects.”

Meanwhile, at Mingstar Liquor (598 Grand Street) they were in a decidedly less festive mood on Monday night when a man in a Chicago Bulls cap held up the store, and walked off with $1,500.

School doesn’t start until after Labor Day, but parents in Greenpoint were gearing up even before the weekend began. Last Thursday night, moms, dads and caregivers went full rock-concert and came out with folding chairs and tents, ready to stake out a spot in line to register their children for the Early Childhood program at the Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Avenue).

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Frankenhooker, Free Tattoos, & Summer’s Farewell- What’s Happening Greenpoint? (8/28-9/2)

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WEDNESDAY 8/28
Levi’s Commuter Bike Shop Presents @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N 6th St) 5-11pm, FREE,  Performances by Javelin / Lemonade / Tanlines (DJ Set) with free tune-ups, quick repairs, & valet for your bikes as well plus complimentary PBR and Jameson Black Barrel, RSVP
♦  Drink & Draw with Live Jazz @ The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway, Bushwick) 7-9pm, $10, Sketch models while listening to the avant-garde stylings of the Lauren Lee Jazz Project (drawing materials provided), RSVP
♫  VietNam / Prince Rupert’s DropsBegushkin / DJ Jonathan Toubin @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $10 BUY TIX

THURSDAY 8/29
* Just in time for Labor Day, fast food workers will take to the streets to protest for higher wages in 35 US Cities, More Info*
♫  Les Savy Fav / Delorean / Small Black @ House of Vans (25 Franklin St) 6pm, FREE, RSVP
Sailor Jerry Labor Day Kick-Off Party @ 229 Roebling St, 7pm, FREE, rum slushies, free Bark hot dogs, live music, and compimentary Sailor Jerry tattoos (for true brand loyalists)
•  Judgment Day: Book Caging of Dolan Morgan’s Google Place Reviews @ WORD (126 Franklin St), 7-8pm, Instead of releasing his new book, author Dolan Moran will “cage”  it from the world forever (go find out what this means and report back, we’re intrigued), RSVP
♫ Mad Chemistry @ The West (379 Union Ave) 7-10:30pm, a night of acoustic performances by Chuck Burns / Zach Hurd / Mount Moon, RSVP
♫ Kitsuné Club Night @ Output (74 Wythe Ave) 10pm, $15, with Claddixxx / Digitalism / Lou Teti / Le Youth / Plastic Plates / Malandro, BUY TIX

FRIDAY 8/30
♦ City Limits Opening @ Fuchs Projects (56 Bogart St, Bushwick) 7-10pm, 6 artists were directed to throw a dart at an NYC subway map, travel to the end of the line they hit, and use what their surroundings to create art, More Info
♫  Yacht / Ludwig Persik / Ryan Power @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N 6th St) 8pm, $16, BUY TIX
♥ Frankenhooker @ Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave) 12:20am, What happens when a medical student puts the decapitated head of his dead fiancee on the body parts of various (also dead) prostitutes? An awesome movie, that’s what, Trailer 

SATURDAY 8/31
Summer Thunder @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 2pm, FREE, with Thurston Moore / Nate Wooley / Ryan Sawyer / Daniel Higgs, plus tacos, booze, and backyard dancing, More Info
♫  Warm Up @ P.S. 1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 3pm, $18 (includes museum admission), with Cajmere / Liars / Lil Silva / IO Echo / Jon Hopkins / Miles, with drinks, food, and awesome water-filled outdoor architecture you can sit on (this is the last Warm Up of the Summer!), More Info
♫ Five Years of Captured Tracks @ The Wick (272 Meserole St) 3pm, $30, DIIV / Mac DeMarco / Soft Moon / MINKS / Chris Cohen / Heavenly Beat, BUY TIX
Back to the Beach @ Rippers/ Rockaway Surf Club (Beach 86/87th St, Rockaways) FREE, Last beach party of the Summer in 2 parts: 6pm @ Rippers with Kids Row / Zula / Crazy Pills, followed by 8pm @Surf Club with Blackout / Hector’s Pets / Wild Yaks, featuring DJ’s, food vendors, and a special late night Rockabus to take you home, More Info
♫  Friends / Greatest Hits / Haribo @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8pm, $1o, BUY TIX
♫  Jon Hopkins / Paul Raffaele / Justin Strauss @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 11:45om, $1o, BUY TIX

SUNDAY 9/1
♫ Five Years of Captured Tracks @ The Wick (272 Meserole St) 3pm, $30, Wild Nothing / Beach Fossils / Widowspeak / Blouse / Soft Metals & more, BUY TIX
Hippy / Beach Arabs / Highway Gimps / The Indecent @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $7 (all ages), More Info
☺Run From the Police Comedy @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8:30pm, FREE, local comedians, drinks, and (apparently) laundry rooms in the back if you feel like getting your Sunday chores done

MONDAY 9/2 (Happy Labor Day!)
Fool’s Gold Day Off @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Ave) 2pm, FREE, Celebrate NO WORK with Danny Brown / Duck Sauce / ASAP FERG / Migos / Run the Jewels / Unibros / World’s Fair, RSVP
♥ Beats & BBQ: The Labor Day Wind Down @ LP n’ Harmony (683 Grand St) 3-10pm, feast on a free plate of BBQ (with drink purchase) while jamming to some soulful dance tunes,  More Info
♦ Twilight Figure Drawing @ Brooklyn Fire Proof (119 Ingraham St, Bushwick) 4:30-7pm, $15/$10 with friend, join the Brooklyn Society of Draftsman (a club of artists with a super fancy name) for happy hour drinks and drawing

UPCOMING
# Tickets are now on sale for Taste Williamsburg (9/22) @ East River State Park , 1-6pm, with food from Adelina’s, Nights and Weekends, Anella and zillions more

♫ Music
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event

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10 Things To Do in Brooklyn On Your Labor Day Staycation

Staycationing on a holiday weekend is sheer bliss for crowd wary Brooklynites. Restaurants are empty. The streets are calm. No stress to get out of or back into the city. So don’t be bummed if your friends donn’t invite you to their douchey rental on Fire Island or your boyfriend decides to go on a dude camping trip.

Brooklyn is yours this weekend!

10 Things To Do in Brooklyn On Your Labor Day Staycation

1. “Have fun with the folks, I’ll be drinking this Old Fashioned, baby!” Start off the weekend in the right spirit, with the right spirits. While you’re sipping an expertly made cocktail, laugh at the idea of sitting in tunnel traffic with your girlfriend’s annoying dog whining in your ear.  Try Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens (335 Smith St), Dutch Kills in Long Island City or The Richardson in Greenpoint.

2. How about a movie? If you’re not too cool to watch blockbuster Hollywood films, then you have to watch Batman The Dark Night Rises this weekend! Take the East River Ferry to Kips Bay Theatre on 2nd Ave & 34th St. If you’re worried you’ll get bedbugs, check out Searching for Sugarman at Nighthawk, which is the best story you’ve never heard.

WNYC Transmitter Park Greenpoint Brooklyn3. Picnic! We have all fallen in love with the newly opened WNYC Transmitter Park at the end of Greenpoint Ave. That weeping willow is a stunner! Pick up a Cheddar and Chutney Sandwich from Eastern District or get a picnic pack to go from Lobster Joint. When you want some sweet, Ovenly’s Peanut Butter Cookies are rated the best in NYC by Time Out. Need a good read? Head over to WORD (126 Franklin St) and pick up a copy of Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places. Continue reading

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