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GO Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Paper#8217;s essential guide to the Borough of Kings

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sky lights

Event: Brooklyn is the perfect place to catch the nation’s largest display of fireworks, the 32nd annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks.” This year, the show will feature a number of fireworks that float on the water. Find out where the best spots in the borough are to watch them! Comment

Cheap beer!

Cheap beer!

Nightlife: A night on the town never comes cheap. But if you’re drinking Baladine Xyauyu, you could bust your budget on just one drink. At $95 for 17 ounces, Baladine Xyauyu is one expensive brew, available only at Beer Table in Park Slope. Since GO Brooklyn is slow in both putting down drinks and picking up tabs, we decided to eschew the high-class hooch. Here’s every penny-pinching beer sippers’ must visit list. Comments (1)

Hitting the high notes

Music: There are plenty of outdoor concerts happening in the borough this summer, from classical music to noise rock, but no series draws the big names — and songs — of the Borough President’s “Seaside Summer Concert Series” and “Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series”: Michael Bolton, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, Brian Wilson, Liza Minnelli, Huey Lewis and the News and more. Comments (1)

Vintage victuals

Vintage victuals

Dining: For Carolina Capeheart, slow cooking isn’t about basting a chicken in fat and leaving it in the Crockpot all day — it’s about plucking that bird, churning that butter and roasting the whole thing herself over an open fire. Comment

Save the receipt

Dining: Historic cookery specialist Carolina Capehart shared three “receipts” — or recipes — which she believes will be “fairly easy for readers to try.” Comment

‘Girls’ wanna rock

‘Girls’ wanna rock

Music: Of all the noises made by patrons after a trip to Acapulco Deli & Restaurant — a bare bones Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint — those of the Vivian Girls were surely the least expected. Comment

Cinema under the stars

Cinema: While enjoying a summer blockbuster inside a movie theater has its advantages — air conditioning! snacks! — there’s much to be said about watching a flick al fresco with your Brooklyn neighbors. Here’s a roundup of the borough’s outdoor movie festivals. Comment

Tower of power

Event: Every year, the now-scattered descendants of Williamsburg’s Italian community return to the ‘hood with one essential goal: to lift an 80-foot tall, three-ton tower known as the “giglio” onto their shoulders and “dance” with it through the streets as part of the annual feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Paulinus of Nola in Williamsburg. Comment

Tasty restaurant gossip

Breaking Chews: We’re dishing up Brooklyn’s latest food news! Comment

Summer delight

Nightlife: Master mixologist Toby Maloney, a Williamsburg resident, shares his recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. Comment

‘Monkey’ biz

Nightlife: Monkey Town, the Williamsburg restaurant and performing arts space, closed on June 23 for six weeks of renovations. Although it often seems that when a “closed for renovations” sign is posted on a window in Brooklyn, it’s code for “we’re out of business,” Monkey Town’s owner assures us they’ll be swinging from the branches again come Aug. 2. Comments (2)

Get ‘Hip’

Music: Beginning July 10, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will pack a whole season’s worth of programming into one long weekend. Comment

No scrubs

Fashion: Last Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, stars like Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of the group TLC, actress Caryn Ward and blogger Necole Bitchie converged at “The Female Success Factor,” an entrepreneurship seminar for women. Comment

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