Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

We’re baaa- aack! We spent the last few weeks on the west coast eating fish tacos, petting sea lions, and shredding narly waves. California was all that we thought it would be: laid back beautiful people, dance music, plush leather seats, and mood lighting. And that was just on the flight to LAX on Virgin America Airlines. If you have not flown on Virgin America, you have yet to experience air travel as it should be. (CLICHE ALERT!) Airline travel is now sexy again! I’m not exactly sure when it was ever sexy – it hasn’t been in my lifetime. I’m guessing not since Orville Wright used to take chicks up in the sky for a quick ride in the Kittyhawk in return for a handie at 1000 feet.

The deets: We flew out of Philadelphia International Airport to LAX, Approaching the check-in counter, we were surprised to hear the bumping sound of David Guetta’s “All the Crazy Shit I did Last Night” pumping from the overhead speakers. Imagine that! Dance music being played at the check-in counter at the airport. Sir Richard Branson, you are a genius. Check in was a breeze. The woman behind the counter was genuinely friendly, laid back, and pretty hot! The plane boarded 45 minutes before departure time. ATTENTION USAIR, SUCK ON DEEZ NUTS! Upon boarding the plane, the first thing that we noticed was that all of the passenger seats were black leather. Straight up BALLER style. And a sexy purple glow illuminated through out the plane which made us feel more like we were entering a lounge in South Beach than an airplane. Behind each headrest was an on-demand entertainment screen that sits in front of every passenger and is loaded with recent tv shows, music and movies, some free and some not. You could even create your own playlist from their catalog of songs. Best of all – the system is connected to live tv. I sat back and watched some NBA playoffs, Lakers beating up on Denver, live from 26,000 feet in the sky, before dozing off to my happy place. I arrived in LA feeling refreshed and ready to do some damage and convinced that I will never fly on another airline.

For now, from New York and Philly, Virgin America only flies to LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Seattle.  It will cost you around $200 each way to fly out west. As the summer heats up, so should the airfare battle.  Keep an eye out for last minute specials and deals for Fall travel.

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It’s not often that we recommend spending your valuable free time going to an art museum. But when the art is by Keith Haring, this exhibit is one worth checking out.  The Brooklyn Museum, located in Prospect Park, is showing a large scale exhibition of one of our favorite artists.  Haring was greatly influenced by the graffiti in New York City in the 1980’s , the pop-art of Andy Warhol, and his devotion to numerous social causes.

Or if museums are not your thing, go check out the mural that Haring did in 1987 on the side of a house in Philadelphia at S.22nd and Ellsworth in Point Breeze. It is one of Haring’s few original public works that is still on display. Or locate his public NYC art works here.

                                Keith Haring Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum,  now through July 8, 2012

Picture a map. If Philadelphia is the left leg and Brooklyn is the right leg, that would make New Jersey the stinky twat in the middle. It’s not often that we give praise to NJ, however on your next drive thru the Garden State, you may catch a waft of something other than shit or Drakar Noir.

Yesterday, the State of New Jersey issued its first permit to allow the growing of medical marijuana to one of six non-profit organizations that it has licensed to do so. The Greenleaf Compassion Center was the first of the six organizations to find a grow location and receive local approval. Greenleaf’s grow facility is located in Montclair, NJ and now becomes the first to be granted authority by the State to grow weed. Full story here.

There are still several hurdles to overcome such as how the weed will be dispensed (we’re partial to dime bags) and how long before the Feds kick in the door.  But we are strong supporters of legalization and are remaining optimistic that one day we’ll cross the bridge to buy not only gas and alcohol but also weed.  

The only thing that we don’t like about this is the thought of Governor Chris Christie with the munchies.

With the EastOver holiday weekend now behind us, warm weather is just around the corner. It looks like it’s going to be a great Summer for outdoor music festivals.  Here are the big ones that will blow through our area this summer and there will be plenty of smaller ones too. Dig out your fanny pack and get ready to jam.

May 18-20, The Bamboozle, Asbury Park, NJ. Impressive oceanfront festival featuring something for everyone: Rock (Foo Fighters), Pop (Blink-182), Metal (who cares!), Electronic (Skrillex), 40 year old white chicks (Bon Jovi), Comedy (Andrew Dice Clay, DJ Pauly D.) and our favorite genre, Sissy Bounce (Big Freedia). Dont miss: Hickory Dickory Dock, OHHHH!

May 19,20 Electric Daisy Carnival New York, East Rutherford NJ. This famous west coast party comes east and if the video on their website is any indication, this will be your best chance to get your ‘rave’ on this Summer. The first phase of announced Dj’s includes Avicii, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed. Head to MetLife Stadium and expect to see great costumes, a ferris wheel, 16 year old kids rolling their faces off, and of course- a shit ton of glow sticks.  Don’t forget to bring: sunglasses, mdma, chewing gum.

May 31-June 3, Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY. IMPRESSIVE Memorial Day weekend line up at Hunter Mountain is leaving us with major second thoughts about heading downashore for this weekend. Featuring: Steve Winwood, Michael Franti, The Roots, Ben Folds Five, The Word.  Don’t miss: James Murphy’s late night DJ set.

June 2,3 The Roots Picnic – reviewed on BROOKLYDELPHIA on 3.15.12

June 23-24 Governors Ball, Randalls Island, NYC. Head over to Randalls Island and catch Beck, Passion Pit, Moodest Mouse, Santigold, Cage the Elephant, Major Lazer, Duck Sauce, Fionna Apple, Cults, Phantogram, Atmosphere.

July 20-22 Xponential Music Festival, Camden, NJ. Family friendly festival from local indie station 88.5 WXPN featuring an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists headlined by Wilco, Dr. Dog, Avett Brothers. What to bring: Lesbians

July 20-22 Firefly Music Festival, Dover Delaware. FINALLY our own Bonnarroo! 3 days on 87 acres (Dover International Raceway) with camping and a beer garden. Solid inaugural line up headlined by The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White. Don’t miss: Tax free shopping on your way home.

Aug 17-19 Philadelphia Folk Festival Schwenksville, Pa.  No lineup announcement yet from the Granddaddy of festivals, now in it’s 51st year. Last year’s headliner was Levon Helm. What to Bring: Chocolate covered mushrooms, acoustic guitar, condoms.

Aug 31 Electric Zoo, Randalls Island, NYC- One more trek to the sprawling island of Randalls to get your dance on.  Something for all electronic music fans here: House, Trance, Minimal, Breakbeats, Electro, Techno. Our old favorite Sasha, and our new favorite Maya Jane Coles. All of the big name DJ’s from the last few years will be spinning and find your new favorite too. Expect: a lot of fist-pumping and douche-juice but if you can ignore all of this, you will hear a lot of great music.

Blues, folk, rock, reggae, and soul crooner Ben Harper announced his first ever acoustic headlining tour with a slew of tour dates for this September and October. The pre-sale ended yesterday but tickets for Wednesday October 3 at the Merriam Theater  and Wednesday October 10th at Carnegie Hall  go on sale tomorrow to the general public

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To the dismay of the Khim family, who seem to have a kung fu death grip on the organic/bodega super-market market through out Williamsburg, the New York Times is reporting that Whole Foods is coming to Williamsburg.  The proposed store on Bedford Avenue and N.4th street is slated to open in 2014. It will also house a New York Sports Club and luxury apartments. Inevitably some will see this as yet another sign that the neighborhood is over.  Whole Foods recently reported that they will be opening their first Brooklyn store in Gowanus in 2013.

Finally, a place to stop off at on my way home from work to grab some $25.99/pound wild sockeye salmon and a $6 organic red pepper.

Welcome to Brooklydelphia..  A place to discuss all things great in the 7-1-8 and the 2-1-5. These two burgeoning metropolis’ have way more in common than not. Hipsters? check.check..  Endless great restaurtants and bars? check. check. Thriving independent music scene. check. check. Disdain for New Jersey. check. check. Brooklyn has the Brooklyn Brewery, Philly has Yards Brewery.  Philly has a mediocre basketball team with no superstars, Brooklyn will soon have the same.  Brooklyn gave birth to the late, great Black Frank White, Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace;  Philly spawned Will Christopher Smith aka the Fresh Prince, aka Jaden Smith’s dad.  So sit back, grab a kombucha and a Philly soft pretzel and enjoy the ride.