If you have a dog and haven’t yet visited the canine oasis that is the Hillside Dog Park in Brooklyn Heights, it’s an absolute must for any energetic, friendly dog!
Or, Best Places to Get Sloshed When the Weather is Nice.
Summer’s come early to the land of beer & cheese, which is what I’ll be calling Brooklyn from now on. Is some other place already called that? Oh well. It’s time for longer days and summer fridays, or just plain skipping work altogether. Round up your friends for some rounds and hit these spots for sunshine and breezes and hanging out with dogs.
High Dive – Park Slope
High Dive is a great, solid, regular old bar kind of bar, with good music, and ample space, and the FREE popcorn is perfect for the cheap-asses among us (you know who you are.) When you don’t know what you want or aren’t sure where to go, High Dive is pretty much a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. They’ve got board games (even if most of them are missing pieces)! Plus, Pork Slope is like next door.
Zombie Hut – Carroll Gardens
Cheap-ass $5 tropical drinks, flaming bowls of booze to share, FREEEEEE Goldfish crackers, and a great big backyard. The crowd can be a little fratty/B&T at times, so make sure you bring your own crew of friends so you don’t have to talk to these awful people.
Mission Dolores – Gowanus
An wonderful selection of craft beers with a descriptive menu to walk you through them, Mission Dolores is like an urban oasis. While there’s no green space, the open interior means it’s basically outside, and this place is super dog-friendly. (Superdogs are also welcome.) Not to mention, you can bring in your own food or get delivery from a number of great places nearby (Oaxaca taco anyone?)
Way back when, in the year 2003, a little show came on television called Arrested Development. Underwatched and underappreciated, although critically-acclaimed, the show lasted an impressive three seasons before Fox pulled the plug, leaving legions of college students sitting slack-jawed and teary-eyed in their underwear, whispering “….why??” at a blank television set. (This was before internet TV, if you can remember such a primitive time in human existence.)
For years following, rumors swirled about an Arrested Development movie; rumors that would be confirmed and then denied and then confirmed again only to be dashed away months later when everyone forgot about it. Then, in 2012, Netflix, internet TV/movie savior and platform of the people, confirmed what many had only dreamed of: the resuscitation of the franchise with all-new episodes, featuring our favorite actors bringing the beloved Bluth family back from the dead.
After a rough inaugural run in 2012, Googamooga returned to Prospect Park this year with what they claimed was a “new and improved recipe” for a fun-filled weekend of food and music, purportedly smoothing out last year’s issues of long lines, food shortages, and a generally pissed off group of VIP ticket holders. What happened this year was unfortunately more of a disaster, despite Superfly’s admirable attempts at improvement, because of circumstances out of their control: primarily, the weather.
What went down on Saturday: Crummy weather resulted in diminished attendance which resulted in diminished sales for vendors. And if you did show up (and weren’t VIP), you were probably peeved at the lack of seating/eating areas with cover from the drizzling rain (there were none, if you don’t count the woods). Nothing kills the euphoria of a hot crispy chicken wing like eating it in cold rain, so even people who did brave the elements weren’t exactly having the best time of their lives, and vendors hurt from lost sales.
This past Saturday Brooklynography history was made: one of our videos was screened in front of a sold-out theater as part of the New York Food Film Festival! I was immensely proud and honored to be part of the event and to see something I created play on the big screen, and owe a mountain of thanks to all the people who made it possible like…. Matt & Allison Robicelli (of course!), NYFFF festival director George Motz, NYFFF executive producer Seth Unger, my friends and crew – shooter Zack Akers & sound recordist Kenny Lewis – and my colleagues/friends/post-production angels at Crew Cuts – title designer Ian Glaum and mixer Nick Montgomery.
After my film screened I went up to say a few words and got a little nervous and forgot to say most of the stuff I wanted to say, so there it all is. Of course no one who attended the festival will be reading this anyway, because I completely failed to mention that Brooklynography is a website. D’oh.
Sandwiches… Sandwiches are a lot like cupcakes. They’re something you can hold in your hand, and take everything that you want on the subway.
- Allison Robicelli