Brooklyn’s own restaurant week kicks off this March

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This is good news for everyone in Brooklyn—because who doesn’t love food? And deals? Beginning on Monday, March 20th through Thursday, March 27 Dine in Brooklyn will showcase the borough’s unique and varied flavors and cuisines with over (so far) 60 participating restaurants. Prix fixe dinners will run $28 (not including tax or gratuity) as well as $15 lunch and $12 brunch at a handful of eateries according to the event’s website. [Read more…]

Top 5 shows of the weekend

Drive Like Jehu

Who said summer was supposed to be nice anyway… with thunderstorms forecast for much of the weekend, you might as well spend it inside somewhere watching bands! Let’s not beat around the bush, here are some recommendations…

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Seaside Summer Concert Series

Even though the Siren Music Festival has ended, you can still see free shows on Coney Island this summer curteosy of the 33rd annual Seaside Summer Concert Series. Located at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, the concerts start July 14 and continue every Thursday night through August 18 with classic rock headliners like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Monkees and Cheap Trick. Check out the full schedule and complete concert info below:

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CONCERT INFO:

The 33rd Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series performances are held Thursday nights at 7:30 pm at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs.

A limited number of  $5 rental chairs in a specially designated area are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Performers are subject to change without notice. Call the concert hotline for updates at 718-222-0600
NO cameras,
NO audio or video recording,
NO alcohol,
NO pets,
NO bottles
NO smoking
All persons and packages are subject to search prior to entry.

Coney Island may have raw sewage, but Ft Tilden and the Rockaways still totally rule.

Ft Tilden, taken by Flickr user Graham Coreil-Allen

Did you hear? The Brooklyn Paper and L Magazine are reporting that Brooklyn’s beaches are full of raw sewage. That’s right, as you can see below, the National Resources Defense Council is reporting that between 4% and 9% of the times water from Coney Island beaches was sampled, the levels of bacteria exceeded the state limits. That means if you swim in Coney Island you have a 4%-9% chance of getting pink eye, dysentery, or not being able to wash that raw-sewage feeling off of your skin for weeks.

NRDC results for Brooklyn Beaches

The good news? The Rockaways, home to Williamsburg’s-favorite-beachside-destination-cum-topless-haven Ft Tilden, the new Jelly Pool Parties, and the new food stands from Roberta’s and the Meat Hook, are clean! The NRDC reported zero instances of sewage contamination for all of the Rockaway beaches, which means now the only things you have to worry about is how to get out there, whether bed bugs can swim, and just why Jelly keeps insisting that Rockaway Beach is in Brooklyn.

NRDC results for Queens beaches