Sukkot Brooklyn

The joyful Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot began Sunday evening, and Sukkot have been popping up around Brooklyn for a few weeks now.

The little outdoor huts are temporary dwellings observers often sleep and eat in during the weeklong holiday. They are meant to celebrate the fall harvest. The holiday also commemorates the 40 years Jews wandered in the desert after receiving the Torah.


East New York Trolley Tour

Take an historic trolley tour through East New York this Sunday.

The event is being held by ARTS East New York, which has sponsored public art installations throughout the neighborhood. The Explore East New York trolley will bring straphangers to several of the installations, as well as stopping at the African Burial Ground.


Brooklyn Social Clubs

When Brooklyn was consolidated in 1898, its web of mens clubs was largely usurped by Manhattan’s preexisting social networks. At least three historic Brooklyn clubs have beaten the odds and are still open and functioning.

Today, the Internet has largely made anachronisms of old-school social institutions used for meeting kindred spirits. Still, the below time-tested clubs will likely find you a fellow squash-lover or New York consolidation-hater far faster than Tinder.


Brooklyn West Indian Day Parade J'Ouvert 2015 Photos

Hours before the floats and their revelers march down Eastern Parkway for the West Indian Day Parade, J’ouvert makes its way through the streets. Here are some colorful images from this year’s ecstatic celebration of Caribbean culture, which took place early Monday morning.

Many participants coat themselves in oil or mud to portray Jab Jab, a personification of both the devil and slavery. Participants often throw baby powder, paint, and sparkles. (more…)

'Atlantic In Brooklyn' Film On Display At The Boiler In Williamsburg

Fearing he might go blind after a virus injured his eyes, artist and poet Aldo Tambellini videotaped what was happening on the street from his apartment on the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues for 11 hours in 1971 and 1972. “Atlantic in Brooklyn (1971-1972)” was last exhibited as a film in 1974 and will be exhibited “in a frieze-like installation of six life-size projections” this month at the Pierogi Gallery’s Boiler space in Williamsburg.



Fodors Brooklyn Guide Book Bows In September

Brooklyn is officially so important that it needs its own guidebook — a side note in a general tourists’ guide to New York City won’t cut it anymore.

Guides to the borough aren’t completely new, of course — Not For Tourists has been publishing them for the better part of a decade — but on September 15 we’ll see the first Brooklyn book from acclaimed travel publisher Fodor’s. It’s 100 percent written by Brooklyn-based writers and gorgeously illustrated by Claudia Pearson, who’s been a mainstay at the Brooklyn Flea for years. (more…)

Brooklyn Book Festival 2015

At last! The Brooklyn Book Festival has announced a finalized lineup of its events. The annual celebration of Brooklyn’s rich literary scene celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a full week of activities and lectures presented by a star-studded lineup of hundreds of authors and moderators.

The largest free literary event in New York City, the book festival plays host to a multitude of activities, including the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day on Saturday, September 19, and a series of bookend events from September 14-21. The day of the festival itself is set for September 20.