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City Snapshot: Amsterdam

Although I only spent three days in Amsterdam, I fell for the city, hard. It is just an incredibly vibrant place, with quite a bit of emerging talent in everything from fashion to food to music to art. Although I live in NYC, it sometimes feels uninspiring. My little stop in Amsterdam fixed that, I felt completely renewed and newly inspired.

As I waited on line to enter the Anne Frank Haus, I caught Jared Padalecki from Supernatural exiting and graciously stopping for a photo with some fans. Personally, after such an overwhelming and intense experience, I would have probably told them to go f themselves but he was quite the gentleman. My boyfriend and I have been kind of obsessed with Supernatural for the past six months, literally watching a little over a season a month. We’re up to season 6, and I swear, it’s a good show…No, seriously!

Editor’s Note: I didn’t anticipate this photo becoming a topic of conversation on Supernatural fan sites (thank you clicky analytics). Just to clarify- I snapped a photo (mainly to show my bf who is a fan of the show) of him taking a photo with fans, I don’t consider this inappropriate. I didn’t paparazzi stalk him into a restaurant, nor am I criticizing the girls asking for a photo (I’m just saying I would have felt overwhelmed by the request, which is why, I am not famous.) Anyway, I thought it was a funny coincidence seeing him in Amsterdam since my bf and I watch the show a lot. We’re almost done, so I’ll have to try to turn him onto True Blood next.



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Brooklyn Love: Hello Weekend Football Edition


The Jets may have lost, and the Giants didn’t even come close, but you can still have a fun Sunday watching Football amongst other Brooklynites, stuffing their faces with wings (or fake wings for us non-meat eaters) and drinking copious amounts of beer under the guise of being a “sports fan”.

Dram Shop
339 9th St

With multiple flat screen tv’s playing the game at different angles, a large beer selection and what is considered at least one of the best burgers in Park Slope, Dram Shop is definitely the place to watch the game. A Park Slope Sports Bar with tons of boardgames, a pool table, and ample seating, come early and score a coveted booth with direct view of the game and waitress service.

4th Down
170 N. 4th Street

A new Sports Bar in Williamsburg, 4th Down touts “drink specials & Kebabs” for SuperBowl Sunday. Unfortunately, their website and facebook fan page don’t tell us much about the viewing situation, but the one review on yelp, a solid 4 star, says it isn’t some “hipster version of a sports bar” however, with the PBR specials for Sunday night, I might have to disagree.

The Rock Shop
249 4th Ave

An “indie rock sports bar” smack dab in the middle of Park Slope (and kind of Gowanus), The Rock Shop  is hosting a free SuperBowl Party starting at 5:00 pm. With a kitchen serving wings, burgers and fries, and with 10 flat screen tv’s, this might be one of your best bets for actually seeing the game.

Brooklyn Bottle Bowl
213 North 8th Street

Brooklyn Winery and Brooklyn Brewery have teamed up to bring you the Superbowl in style. Grab 6 to 12 of your closest friends, and click here to score a private table at Brooklyn Winery for direct viewing of the game on one of their two giant screens. Party packages include Brooklyn Winery Wine, Brooklyn Brewery Beer, and private buffets of game day snacks including subs, chips, dips and more. There will also be prizes and a photobooth on hand to preserve football memories for years to come.

See you next week for our regularly scheduled weekend guide.

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Brooklyn Love: Hello Weekend 1/21-1/23


Another snowy, cold, Brooklyn Weekend is upon us, and as usual, I’m theme-ing it up for this Weekend Guide. When it’s this slushy out, all I want to do is cuddle up with something warm, someone warm and a good film. But, as this is a weekend guide to Brooklyn, I can’t just tell you guys to stay home. So, instead, venture out with your boy or girl of choice, and watch movies in the following locales. No boy or girl of choice? No problem, the following movies and venues are great places to pick up other film-o-philes.


Gabi on the Roof in July
Friday, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm, $5 tickets available online. Click the link on “ReBar” below.
ReBar, 147 Front Street

Screened at “ReRun” the gastropub theatre located at the back of one of Dumbo’s cutest bars, Rebar, Gabi on the Roof in July is billed as “a caustically funny yet sincere portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can’t afford to live there but do anyway.” Getting great reviews from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, Gabi seems like an Indie film done right. Tonight is the opening, so come early for liquor and snacks, and stay late for specials guests and a Q&A session.


Black Swan
Saturday, 9:20 pm, $12.00
BAM, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

Black Swan might not specifically be a “Brooklyn” film, but it is being screened at BAM, a quintessential Brooklyn institution. If you haven’t seen the Darren Aronofsky film featuring Natalie Portman as a crazed Ballerina, make your way to BAM Saturday night. Come early, as BAMcafe has a happy hour between 6 and 8 featuring $3 beer and $5 cocktail specials in an absolutely beautiful space with a live house dj and full bar menu.


A Simple Plan
Sunday, “Late Night” ( Call for exact times) FREE
Cafe Steinhof, 422 Seventh Avenue

Cafe Steinhof is a cute local LGBT friendly German Restaurant and Bar, with great artwork on the walls, great food on the tables, and free movies on Sunday nights. Check out “A Simple Plan” this  Sunday, feauring Billy Bob Thorton, Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda in a crime drama where they find 4 million dollars in a crashed plane.