Five things to do in Brooklyn this week! • Brooklyn Paper

Five things to do in Brooklyn this week!

Glove Save: Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak was ready to snatch a sailing puck during his team’s 3-2 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Barclays Center.
Photo by Paul Martinka


Dec. 29

Bordello’s back!

The New York City-based, nine-person band Gogol Bordello continues its world tour with a hometown performance at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Steel. The headlining troupe is joined by the city-based music makers from Lucky Chops, who will open the show with their energetic brassy-funk tunes.

8 pm at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St. at Debevoise Avenue in Williamsburg, www.bowerypresents.com/brooklyn-steel). $32.

Participants in the annual New Year's Day polar plunge.
Photo by Paul Martinka


Dec. 31

Final countdown

Finding a New Year’s Eve party that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg just to get in the door can be tricky, but Ditmas Park’s neighborhood watering hole Sycamore is hosting a bash that’s free to enter, boasts two happy hours, and features sets by two deejays. Cheers to that!

1 pm at Sycamore [1118 Cortelyou Rd. between Stratford and Westminster roads in Ditmas Park, (347) 240–5850, www.sycamorebrooklyn.com]. Free.

Comedian Judah Friedlander.
Associated Press / Evan Agostini


Jan. 1

Chill out

Shock what remains from last night’s party out of your system at the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s annual New Year’s Day plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Don’t forget your bathing suit and a set of warm clothes to change into after you make the daredevil dip.

1 pm at Coney Island USA [1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372–5159, www.coneyisland.com]. $20 suggested donation.

Members of punk-rock band Gogol Bordello, which takes the stage at Williamsburg venue Brooklyn Steel on Friday.
Associated Press / Robert E. Klein


Jan. 2

Puck around

The New York Islanders are not long for their current Barclays Center digs following the recent announcement that the hockey team will move to a brand new stadium in Queens, so now is the time to see the squad hit the ice in Brooklyn. Tonight, the Islanders face off against the visiting Boston Bruins, and who doesn’t love a good New York–Boston battle?

7 pm at Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Ave. at Pacific Street in Prospect Heights, www.barclayscenter.com). $21–$201.

Sycamore bar in Ditmas Park.
Photo by Jason Speakman


Jan. 3

Gut busting

The Chicago-style stand-up showcase “Comedians You Should Know” features performances by funny folk including Judah Friedlander of “30 Rock” fame, Michael Kosta, Aparna Nancherla, and Saurin Choksi, all of whom will tell their jokes at Williamsburg’s beloved bowling-alley-slash-dive-bar The Gutter.

9 pm at The Gutter [200 N. 14th St. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 387–3585, thegutterbrooklyn.com]. $5.

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