Labor Day in Brooklyn

Labor Day is fast approaching and while many people head out of town, there’s no place we’d rather be than Brooklyn. Labor Day was first observed in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, as a day to celebrate labor. It has come to be regarded as a day of rest and/or partying, and the last true day of summer.


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Work hard, play hard, right? You will find no one partying harder in Brooklyn on Monday September 5th than the members of the West Indian Day Parade, also known as the Labor Day Carnival Parade. One of New York’s top summer attractions and biggest cultural festivals, the annual event will celebrate its 46th anniversary this year – drawing close to two million people to Crown Heights! Join the crowd waving flags from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti and other Caribbean and immerse yourself in rich Caribbean culture and heritage. The march starts at 11am and is a joyful expression of cultural pride. During the seven-hour carnival, steel-pan, calypso and reggae bands wearing elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway. Vendors sell home-style island grub along the route, with favorites like jerk chicken, Bajan fried flying fish, rice and beans, and johnnycakes. Admission to the carnival is free.
Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights.


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Did you start Movember six years ago and forget to stop? Think facial hair holds sexy secrets and not just leftover food? Here’s one for you… Coney Island’s 9th Annual Beard and Moustache Competition at Sideshows by the Seashore on Saturday September 3rd. Over the past eight years, hundreds of bearded men (and women!) have competed to take home the much-coveted Beard & Moustache Fez trophy. You will see the strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches outside of Williamsburg, with the New York’s hairiest contestants competing in categories such as Best in Show, Worst in Show, Best Styled Moustache and Best Chops. The event is $20 for both participants and spectators. Doors open at 6pm and the main event kicks off at 8pm.
1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island.


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If you partied a little too hard over summer and are ready to take it down a notch, check out this Brooklyn Heights event on Saturday September 3rd – Brownstone Poets. This group has been inspiring Brooklyn since 2005, encouraging poetry, fostering creativity and celebrating great talent. Brooklyn-born poet/collagist, Steve Dalanchinksy – winner of several awards and prizes – will present his work, along with Mike Jurkovic, whose poems and music criticisms are forthcoming globally and feature in various print media. Also performing will be poet and visual artist Yuko Otomo, who pens haiku, art criticisms and essays, and contributes regularly to a collective critical writing forum. The event starts at 2:30pm at Park Plaza Restaurant. Entry is a $5 donation, plus the cost of food and drink available on the night. Don’t be shy, there’s an open mic!
220 Cadman Plaza West near Clark St and Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn Heights.


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If Labor Day is the worker’s holiday, there’s no better time to recognized skilled and hard-working individuals such as Julie Orlick. Julie will present her solo exhibition, Tintype Photography & Film, on Saturday September 5th between 7pm to 10pm at The Living Gallery in Bushwick. The evening of analogue experiences will feature up to twenty one of a kind wet plate collodion tintypes and five 16mm short films by Julie Orlick, a director, analogue/alternative photographer and 16mm surrealist filmmaker currently working and living in Brooklyn. The tintype work was hand processed, developed and shot in Brooklyn, featuring visual artists and “creative weirdos” that inhabit New York city’s art scene. The exclusive work featured in this show has not been released elsewhere and the selected films explore floral landscapes, in-camera edits, double exposures, the surreal experience, lust for love, confusion and wonder. $5 suggested entry.
1094 Broadway, Bushwick.

Seriously Funny Brooklyn Comedy Clubs

We can all find Brooklyn a bit funny sometimes. All the kale, keffir and kombucha, artisanal beard oils, almond milk and mayonnaise… However if you’re looking to laugh in someone’s face without being offensive, here are our picks for the best comedy clubs in Brooklyn!

annoyance theaterAnnoyance Theatre (Williamsburg)
This legendary Chicago improv and sketch theater has fostered comedic talent like Jane Lynch, Andy Richter, Matt Walsh and Vanessa Bayer, so when they opened a theater and bar in a basement on Bedford Avenue, we almost wet ourselves out of excitement! Shows range from improv, musicals, plays and sketch-comedy from Thursday through Sunday in an “uncensored environment” – you have been warned.

knitting factoryThe Knitting Factory (Williamsburg)
Although it would be funny, or maybe just disturbing, you won’t find a dark room full of grandmas here surrounded by yarn. What you will find is a popular comedy show every Sunday night, hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest. The show, originally created by Hannibal Buress (Broad City’s Lincoln) features special guests each week. This is comedy at its finest and funniest, with past performers including Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK and Aziz Ansari.

night trainLittlefield (Gowanus)
They say laughter is the best medicine, and if that means we get to go to Littlefield then we want to be sick all the time. Littlefield really does do it’s best to look after everyone. The 1920s textile warehouse has been transformed into a clean, green, eco-friendly venue, running on wind power and full of recycled materials. Monday nights are home to Wyatt Cenac’s comedy show Night Train. All the best local and international stand up comedians perform here and are guaranteed to make you giggle. Just the other week John Oliver dropped by!

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Having once been called a “perfect bar” by The New York Times, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re going to have a good time here. Monday night is open mic night and ESonA, Brooklyn’s longest running comedy stand up. It’s completely free so it’s a great first Tinder date spot, and if the date is so bad that you want to cry, then at least you’ll have the tater tots, the $3 PBRs, and the comedy, which might make you laugh until you really do cry!