Remember when we told you that Fool’s Gold promised “some special surprises” for their annual Labor Day bash in Brooklyn? That wasn’t a lie. Just when you thought your holiday weekend couldn’t get any better — surprise! — Fool’s Gold OG and super producer-DJ-turntablist A-Trak has been added to the Williamsburg edition of Fool’s Gold Day Off at 50 Kent on Monday.
This is a party, mind you, that already includes Danny Brown, French Montana, AraabMuzik, The LOX, Benmar, Hoodboi B2B Falcons, Yung Gleesh, World’s Fair, Nick Catchdubs (feat. B.I.C.), Shash’U, Black Dave, GrandeMarshall and more… so, yeah, it’s going to be a really good day off.
Summer’s drawing to its inevitable close, and while you might be upset that your days of Summer Fridays and lazy weekends spent basking in front of your air conditioner are coming to an end, do yourself a favor and get out there this labor day weekend. So what if you aren’t drinking rose on a patio in the Hamptons, or shaking sand out of your swimsuit in Montauk. Staying in town over a long weekend is often the most enjoyable way to spend a holiday. Like San Francisco during Burning Man, Brooklyn empties out a little during the long weekends, so use the lack of people and the gorgeous weather as your excuse to embark upon the age old tradition of a good old-fashioned bar crawl, grown up style.
You could stick to Williamsburg, or even its spunky younger sister Bushwick for this bar crawl, but consider Prospect Heights for your adventure, and revel in the fact that you can walk down sidewalks lined with beautiful brownstones, nice trees and not a whole lot of people. It feels like Cosby Show Brooklyn, like aspirational, adult Brooklyn, and it’s got a lot to offer.
The Brooklyn Flea brand has been a steadily evolving, omnipresent force on the New York dining scene for five years now, overseeing multiple, seasonal markets, and funneling their vendors into both grocery stores and event spaces, such as Whole Foods, Central Park Summerstage and Jones Beach. But it wasn’t until this Wednesday that they finally launched a permanent, year-round presence for their business, called Berg’n, an expansive food court and beer hall in Crown Heights.
Born into a family of barbecue restaurateurs and experts in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rick Bayless may have seemed an unlikely candidate to become the face of Mexican cuisine. And yet, he’s worked tirelessly to remove its longstanding stigma, as merely consisting of various permutations of tortillas, cheese, beans and meat, by opening up a string of highly acclaimed Chicago restaurants (including the James Beard Award-winning Frontera Grill, the 4-star Toplobampo, and the LEED GOLD-certified, fast-casual Xoco) serving elevated yet authentic, wholly reverential regional fare. In fact, in 2012, the Government of Mexico honored Bayless with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle — the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.
It’s a good thing everyone has already left for Montauk, Jersey, and Cape Cod for Labor Day, because you do not want to be in town this weekend! What’s that? No second home you say? Hmm. Well, at least you don’t rely on the subway to get around. You do?? Oh jeez. Then we hope you’ve got a bike—or at least a skateboard—because thirteen subway lines will be affected by MTA service changes this weekend. (more…)
Usually starting right after the 4th of July, there are always those people who start complaining that summer’s almost over. They say it’s flying by. They say they’ll never have enough time to do what they want. We tend to roll our eyes at those people. Almost over? we think. It’s only just beginning. But then, just like that, we find ourselves confronting the fact that summer is not “only just beginning,” and that it’s the Friday before Labor Day weekend and we’re standing on the season’s very edge, staring down from summer’s precipice and into the depths of fall. And guess what? We still haven’t done almost anything we’d planned on doing, and we certainly aren’t leaving the city this weekend. No worries though! Because you’ve still got three whole days to fit in a lot of summery fun, and we’ve got 10 great cheap (or free!) things for you to do right here in New York. And even if you can’t get to all of them? That’s ok. Summer’s a rather sad time of longing anyway. Fall’s so much better. (more…)
Sticking around this holiday weekend? You’re not alone. For the thousands who won’t be trekking to seaside bungalows or cabins in the woods somewhere, there’s still plenty to look forward to in New York City. Namely, the music. Here, a quick primer on some of the best live music to see during the last, long days of summer.