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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What’s Happening? (8/8 – 8/15)

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♥ Top Gun @ Summercreen (McCarren Park – N 12th & Bedford Ave) 6-10pm, music, food, drinks, movie starts at dusk

• Wall-E & The Rock Doves (for kids) @ East River State Park (No. 8th St & Kent Ave) 6:30pm, FREE
♫ Joan Jett @ Seaside Concerts – Coney Island (West 21st St and Surf Ave) 7:30pm, FREE

* All Weekend – Greenpoint Pre-Apocalyptic Theatre Festival *
Various Locations, $10/day, supports Greenpoint Church Soup Kitchen, Full Schedule

♫ An Evening with Cake @ Williamsburg Park (50 Kent Avenue) 6pm, Buy Tix
GymD8ter Speed Dating @ [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) 7pm, $35, spend the evening working out and getting to know someone new before we head next door for drinks and a late happy hour, h’orderves & drinks all night
♦ Amanda LaMarco Artist Opening @ The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, live music by Baba Yaga (unplugged), local fine art, and delicious wine & cheese, RSVP
♦ Kickoff Party for the Fall Fundraiser @ Vaudeville Park (26 Bushwick Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, super fancy cocktails, live DJ sets by Baby Copperhead, Blake 0, and Joey Johnson
♫ Cruel Summer 80s Dance Party @ Bell House (149 7th St., Gowanus) 8am-2pm, $10, More info
♫ Darlings, Sundelles, Automotive Highschool @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $8

* Open Canoe Paddle @ NBBC Boatyard (49 Ash St) 4:30-7:30pm, More info
♫ Chappo / The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt @ Delinquency (1031 Grand St.) 8pm

• Monthly Meeting for Friends of McGolrick Park @ (McGolrick Park Pavilion) 1pm, decide how we’re going to spend our Exxon money and raise some more, RSVP

• Words by the Water: Melville House Night @ East River State Park (Kent Avenue at N. 9th St) 7-8pm, Free, outdoor reading series, More info

* The Last Bohemia with Robert Anasi @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, Anasi lived in Williamsburg from the early ’90s to the late 2000s and witnessed first-hand the rapid changes in the neighborhood. Come talk local history with him as he presents his memoir.
♫ Publicist, Free Blood, TV Baby, DJ DirtyFinger @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7
• Dalaga What Not To Wear Viewing Party @ TBD (224 Franklin St) 10-11pm, watch the premiere of Dalaga on What Not To on their amazing big screen TVs and projection screen!
♫ Zebros @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 11pm, RSVP

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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What’s Happening (6/20-6/26)

* North Brooklyn Boat Club Summer Solstice Party @ Broadway Stages Boat Yard (49 Ash St) 6pm-12am, Free, Food, Drink, Dancing, More info
• Reclaiming Vacant Land for Public Use @ Flux Factory (39-31 29th St) 7-9pm, Paula Z. Segal of 596 Acres explains NYC’s land use, vacant lots, and share success stories of communities gaining access to public land, RSVP
♫ Rapture/Tanlines/David P (DJ) 8pm, Free, All Ages, RSVP

♫ Make Music NY Ukelele Mass Appeal @ McCarren Park, (Lorimer & Bedford) 5-8pm, open mic, strum along, performances by Bliss Blood, Joe Silver, the Suaverinos, BYOUkelele, More info
♫ Greenpoint Film Festival Sunset Cruise Fundraiser (India St Pier) 6:15pm, $120, music by Anthony Hall and DJ Moosaka, local food and drink, Afterparty @ The End (18 Kent St), $25 at door, Music by Kid Savant, Drink, Hors d’oeuvre, More info/BUY TIX

All Weekend 
Hillstock Music Festival (Clinton Hill, Fri-Sun)
• Renegade Craft Fair (East River State Park) Sat & Sun, 11am-7pm


♫ Admirals/Hello Phones/ Sun Club/ Vows @ XPO (929 Broadway, Bushwick) 9pm, $8, More info
• Summer Circus Cabaret @ Big Sky Works (29 Wythe Ave.) 8pm, RSVP

• PS 132’s Eighth Annual Kite Festival @ CitiStorage (5 North 11th St) 12-5pm, Kites, Crafts, Rides, Food, Entertainment
* 2012 Cheesemonger Invitational @ Larkin (47-55 27th St, LIC) 6pm, $50, All you can eat & drink, the stinkiest, funkiest, curdtastic party for cheesemongers, Premier Fromager Steve Jones prepares a feast of cheese nirvana accompanied with beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The main event of the evening is Cheese-O-Mania. The best cheese shops’ finest mongers compete in a no-holds barred cheese battle extravaganza, BUY TIX

• Newtown Creek Birdwatching Excursion, 8am-10am, FREE, RSVP for location, morning excursion via minivan to the hottest bird spots on the creek; the juxtaposition of extremes makes for a unique birdwatching experience on Newtown Creek, rsvp (at)
• Zombie Dash 2.5mi Run & Party (Lombardy St & Scott Ave – Check-in) 9-10:30am, Free Sign-up to be a Zombie, Sign up to be a runner, Afterparty @ Greenpoint Heights, More info

♥ Masters of Social Gastronomy: Gelatin @ Public Assembly (70 N6th St) 7-9:30pm, FREE, learn about the origins of gelatinous desserts, starting long ago when jiggly delights were made with drippings from beef stew or extracts from the swimbladders of sturgeon, RSVP

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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What’s Happening? (5/23-5/28)

* Is Greenpoint Safe? – Public Discussion @ Anella backyard (222 Franklin St) 7-8:30pm, 40% of NYC’s garbage is sent to North Brooklyn. Newtown Creek is a designated Superfund site. Greenpoint is home to one of the largest underground oil spill in the continental U.S., and the Meeker Ave contaminant plumes release hazardous vapors into residences, drink specials, Q&A focused on making the neighborhood a safer place to live, RSVP
♦ Energy Erupting @ Yes Gallery (147 India St) Opening Reception 6-10pm, works by Charles Hecht
♦ We Are All Anonymous @ Triple Canopy (155 Freeman St) 7pm, $5, Gabriella Coleman, David Auerbach, and James Grimmelmann discuss the culture and politics of anonymity online, More info

• Newtown Creek Public Health Assessment Meeting @ Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 7-9pm, NYSDOH & ATSDR will present the Newtown Creek public health assessment, More info
♫ Elliot and The Ghost/The Wicked Tomorrow/The Dead Roses @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, RSVP
♫ Brooklyn Bass presents Nooke Jones @ Kinfolk Studios (90 Wythe Ave) 10pm, Nooka Jones of Percussion Lab will be laying down the deepest of house and the lowest of bass music, RSVP

♦ 3rd Annual Brooklyn Bridge Birthday Celebration @ Brooklyn Tattoo/Urban Folk Art Gallery (101 Smith St) 7-11pm, A Brooklyn Bridge themed group artshow. Artists of varying mediums and background converge to honor the Brooklyn Bridge. Graffiti artists, illustrators, photographers, comic makers, painters, printmakers and on and on.
♫ The So So Glos / Lost Boy / Life Size Maps / Big Ups @ 285 Kent, 8pm, All Ages, $10, RSVP

♫ Black Dice/Extreme Animals/Call of the Wild @ Secret Project Robot (389 Melrose St, Bushwick) 3-8pm, Outdoor yard party and show with watermelon drinks and BBQ, RSVP
♦ Weather Eye @ Fowler Arts (67 West St, #216) 6-9pm, a collaborative exhibition of paintings and poetry by brothers, James Vanderberg, a Brooklyn based artist, and Peter Vanderberg, a poet from Long Island, More info
♫ Country And Blues Night @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 8pm, Tito Deler (Harlem) / Hick’ry Hawkins & The Panty Sniffers / Los Bastardos Magnificos (Miami, FL) / Brownbird Rudy Relic

♫ Allison Weiss/Conversations with Enemies/Automotive High School @ Death By Audio (49 S. 2nd St) 8pm, All Ages, $7, RSVP

MONDAY 5/28 
• Memorial Day – Eat a hot dog, it’s good for you!

* Greenpointers’ Pick
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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