Spring ahead: What we are looking forward to in early 2020

A horse, of course: Kehinde Wiley’s painting will return to Brooklyn Museum on Jan. 27, alongside the 19th century painting that inspired it.
Brooklyn Museum

A new year looms ahead, full of promise and potential! Here are the openings and events we are most looking forward to in the next few months. 

New year, new beers

Three breweries have announced plans to open taprooms in Brooklyn this year!

Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company had to close its original location in 2018, and its new spot — which boasts a rooftop bar — has been slowly inching its way towards opening since the spring. If all goes well, we can toast the new taproom in 2020!

(1150 Manhattan Ave. between Ash and Box streets in Greenpoint, www.greenpointbeer.com.)

Wild East Brewing, which began producing farmhouse ales in the summer of 2019, has also faced some delays in opening its taproom, but the Gowanus spot hopes to open in early 2020.

(623 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gownaus, www.wildeastbrewing.com)

And Sixpoint Brewery, which has been in Red Hook since 2004, announced plans for a massive new brewery, taproom, and rooftop beer garden in Gowanus, at the corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street. The plan is to open the space in May 2020, but we’ll see how that goes!

Ninth Street at Second Avenue in Gowanus, sixpoint.com. May of 2020.

Seeing double

Artist Kehinde Wiley — who painted Obama’s official presidential portrait — gained his fame with “Napoleorn Leading the Army over the Alps,” an image of a black man in contemporary street clothes, painted in the same pose as Napoleon Bonaparte in the 19th-century portrait “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps,” by Jacques-Louis David.

Check out Wiley’s painting and its inspiration when the two appear side-by-side in a new exhibit, “Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley,” coming to the Brooklyn Museum on Jan. 24, along with a video showing Wiley’s process.

Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org]. Jan. 24–May 10. $16 suggested donation.

Classy dining

The famous 19th century chophouse Gage & Tollner, once considered Brooklyn’s best restaurant, is ready for its resurrection. An all-star team of Brooklyn talent, including St. John Frizell from Red Hook’s Fort Defiance, and Ben Schenider and Sohui Kim, owners of the Good Fork in Red Hook and Korean barbecue restaurant Insa in Gowanus, have taken the landmarked interior and spent the last year preparing to open the spot again. The group is currently hiring staff, so the Fulton street landmark should be back by February, if all goes well.

[372 Fulton St. between Smith Street and Red Hook Lane Downtown, (973) 715–5156, www.gageandtollner.com].


The “Jurassic World Live Tour” might be the silliest concept to ever come to Barclays Center, but your inner 6-year-old will never forgive you if you miss the sight of 20 puppeted and animatronic dinosaurs stomping across the stage, chasing scientists through a minimal plot, and threatening members of the audience.

Barclays Center [620 Atlantic Ave. at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, (212) 359–6387, www.barclaysc​enter.com]. Feb. 20–23. $25–$40.

O Canada

The new album from glam-rock band Of Montreal, “Ur Fun” will not be out until Jan. 17, but you can already get tickets to see the group’s show on March 5. And you should get your tickets soon, before they sell out! 

Of Montreal at Elsewhere (599 Johnson Ave. between Gardner and Scott avenues in Bushwick, www.elsewherebrooklyn.com). March 5 at 8 pm. $30 ($27 in advance).

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