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An almost normal summer weekend

A Carroll Gardens mural reminding us to spread love. Photo: Kate Hooker Hello BB and welcome to July! Sure, why the hell not? Seems totally normal that more than half of this berserk 2020 experiment is behind us already, right? If it’s otherwise difficult to wrap my head around this incomprehensible passage of time, the amount and caliber of the sustained fireworks activity happening in my hood on Saturday at least made it impossible to ignore that we have very much made it to the Fourth of July. The news of the infection spikes happening elsewhere in the country is obviously discouraging and scary, but I’m so relieved that my beloved New Yorkers are (so far, and for the most part) still being cautious and respectful …

10 Culture Essentials for a Pandemic July

When everything went off the rails in March, we at Brooklyn Based had a discussion about the continued viability of our monthly Culture Essentials feature during a time when it seemed there would be no events to preview. The thought was to give it shot for April, highlighting the smattering of virtual gatherings that crossed our radar alongside new TV, movie, and book releases, with the understanding that after that we’d probably table this column…

Jim Carrey to read from new memoir at Kings Theatre May 5

Award-winning actor and artist Jim Carrey sets out to destroy the celebrity memoir in his genre-bending new book Memoirs and Misinformation. Carrey and co-author Dana Vachon have fashioned a strange and hilarious story about acting, Hollywood, agents, privilege, friendship, romance, addiction to relevance, fear of personal erasure, our “one big soul,” Canada, and a cataclysmic ending of the world—with lots of celebrity cameos along the way. Carrey and Vachon discuss the book and much more at this exclusive launch event on the Kings Theatre stage

How to eat at NYC’s top restaurants for 45% off

Want to save up to 45% when you go out for food or grab drinks? Seated is an app that rewards you for dining out at NYC’s best restaurants and bars. Download the app, book a reservation or walk in, and earn rewards from brands like Amazon, Uber, Starbucks, and SoulCycle. As an exclusive offer, BROOKLYN BASED readers who use this link to download will get an extra $10 in rewards just for downloading the app!

Eating out in New York just got A LOT more affordable

We’re letting you in on our biggest, most life-changing secret. The app no New Yorker should be living without: Seated. Basically, you’ll get paid to eat out at your favorite restaurants and bars, which is insane! That means amazing rewards from brands you love, like Uber, Airbnb, SoulCycle, ClassPass, Amazon, Uniqlo, Madewell, and more, just for grabbing food or drinks at amazing restaurants and bars in NYC (which you’re already doing and not getting paid for)…

June is New York Music Month, get tuned in

June is New York Music Month, the official celebration of the city’s vibrant music scene. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has teamed up with New York is Music to offer a month of free events for musicians and music fans alike! Information about free rehearsal space, free workshops for musicians, free concerts, free walking tours of iconic music neighborhoods, a new radio show/podcast about NYC music scene, a songwriting contest, and a comprehensive website listing free and ticketed events …

Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn, whatever your speed

Photo: Nowadays Ah, 2018…the year that zipped by while tugging at every political and ideological nerve it could snatch. While we prepare to reflect upon personal moments of growth, follies, loves lost and conquered, ledgers jumping red and green, and the tiny victories afforded us by living in this brutal and beautiful city, there is one question that is still left looming, almost universally, in the air: Where are we going this New Year’s Eve? Well, we here at Brooklyn Based understand the pressure you’re under to ring things in on an appropriate note, and are happy to help. Below you’ll find a list of all-nighters, champagne toasts, and public spectacles (beyond the curbside meltdowns we’ve …

Plan your NYC or Hudson Valley wedding at Wedding Crashers

Got engaged over the holidays? You are going to need a few things for your fabulous wedding, and we can help in that department. Our 10th annual wedding fair, Wedding Crashers, returns Sunday, March 17, 2019, and early bird pricing on tickets runs through Jan. 2. You’ll meet over 60 of the city’s most talented and creative wedding vendors, from planners to caterers to food trucks to floral designers to DJs to photographers to photobooths. You might even win an incredible raffle prize like …