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.

Scary Sessions in Brooklyn this Halloween

Here are our freaky treats that’ll bring the fun, fear and feasts this Halloween.

Frightening Family Festival

151012 - Bk bridgeBrooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6
10/24/15 – 10:30 am to 1:00 pm – free

Pier in and take a look at what the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has to offer for a terrifying time (kid-friendly of course!). The Harvest Festival perched on Pier 6 will offer arts, crafts, storytelling, volleyball and musical performances.
Other Fearbies include a pumpkin patch, photo-booth, and obstacle course.

Haunted BK walking tour

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
10/21/15 – 6:30pm – $10

The Walking Dead and American Horror story are reminders that there are scary stories to be told around every corner. Boroughs of the Dead owner and founder Andrea Janes will be your ghastly guide through Brooklyn’s web of historic haunts.
Masked by development, cafes and parks, will you be able to keep up with the secret stories of wealth, gore and mysterious deaths?

Fort Greene Halloween Festival

151012 - Fort GreeneFort Greene Park
10/31/15 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm – free

A pumpkin-flavored Fort Greene brings around one of the neighborhood’s biggest events year on year. Attractions include a horse-drawn hay ride, pumpkin patch, costume parade and the super cute Fort Greene PUPs Costume Contest, The Great PUPkin. Dressing up your pup is no walk on the bark!

Deadly Crawl to Monster Ball

Milk River 960 Atlantic Ave (between St James Pl & Classon Ave)
10/31/15 – doors open 8:00pm – free

Milk River will host a “Vampires in Brooklyn” party, marking the return of the Block Association to Brooklyn. With beastly beats by Block Boys Dj’s Frei Speech and DJ Trauma, plus NO COVER, there are many reasons not to ghost out on this night of devilish dancing.
It’s as clear as blood why the largest ‘no cover’ Halloween party in Brooklyn should be the only one in your planner. RSVPs are mandatory so get in quick. Guests must be in Halloween costume or fashionably black.