07/21/15 12:00pm

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Summer is heating up, and so are our big plans for Taste Talks 2015. We’ve teamed up with Questlove — our 2015 Brooklyn curator — to bring you the best and brightest from the food and drink world this September 11-13.

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Discover THE FUTURE OF TASTE at the epic All-Star BBQ, dynamic conference panels, demos and tastings, exclusive group meals from leading chefs, insider parties and the Future Food Expo.

Discounted, early bird badges end tonight at midnight. Grab them before prices go up!

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Newly announced talent includes:

  • Dominique Ansel (Dominique Ansel Bakery)
  • Merrill Stubbs (Food52)
  • Helen Rosner (Eater)
  • Paul Liebrant (formerly of The Elm)
  • Matty Matheson (Chef, Parts & Labor)
  • Alexis Miesen (Blue Marble Ice Cream)

and many more!

Get your tickets today. We’ll see you there!


06/23/15 4:07pm

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The Bronx Zoo is turning NYC into a massive photo safari to celebrate the 120th anniversary of their founding organization, the Wildlife Conservation Society.

It’s a social media scavenger hunt of sorts, where participants are asked to snap and share photos of New York in all its wild, picturesque glory. All the fun of a trip to East Africa, minus the $1,300 plane ticket, and plus the chance to win a free trip to Belize.

Getting started is simple: All you need to do is sign up at with your Instagram or Twitter account, check out the WCS-provided list of 120 ways to go wild in New York, and then get out there and get to know your local zoos and aquarium. Remember to tag your photos with #NYISWILD and hashtag the corresponding number, from 1 to 120.

Those who submit 10 of the 120 ways to go wild will have the chance to win an all- expense-paid trip to Belize, where the WCS has worked to conserve the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System. Other prizes are available for those who go even further on the photo safari, like becoming a sea lion keeper for a day.

WCS was founded on April 26, 1895 as the New York Zoological Society and opened the Bronx Zoo 4 years later in 1899, where they helped rescue the American bison from the brink of extinction.

The organization has since expanded throughout the boroughs to include the Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium, while also conducting field conservation programs in more than 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans.

Tickets to all five WCS wildlife parks will be discounted 10 percent at

05/14/15 10:38am


Imagine the wildest, most transformative night you could have. Do you picture yourself grooving on a rooftop with a fireworks display lighting up the sky above you? Or, are you more the type to commandeer a boat and turn it into the ultimate mobile party? Whatever your vibe may be, the night is a blank canvas, and you should Absolut-ely make it your own. (more…)

04/09/15 3:51pm


After spending all winter inside, wrapped in sweaters and blankets, and seriously suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, nothing sounds nicer than attending a  big outdoor concert series in the tradition of Celebrate Brooklyn! and SummerStage. Want to save yourself the hassle of going into Manhattan? Our parent company Northside Media Group is pleased to announce your new favorite summer series: Brooklyn Live at The Inlet, Presented by Century 21 department store.

Indie, deep house, hip-hop and everything in between will be taking over 50 Kent Avenue, starting with Northside Festival’s headlining shows June 12-14 with Neko Case, Built to Spill, Best Coast, Run the Jewels, the newly-announced Sleigh Bells and more! Other highlights include the 10th anniversary of Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on July 11 featuring verified Grammy and Oscar-winner Common and the return of The Greatest Day Ever! on July 18. Local undergound music staple Verboten Stage ONE, will be on hand recreate the Verboten experience in the fresh air for multiple dates this year. The series will also feature six free shows in partnership with Brooklyn Flea, providing you with equal opportunities to rock and and rock some newly-purchased vintage threads.

Best part? There’s so much more to be announced. Stay on top of all the programming at Brooklyn Live this summer at its home on the web.

03/04/15 12:00pm


We figured we’d take a cue from the calendar and welcome March with a roar of our own. May we present for your taste-making, summer-loving pleasure: our first major Northside announcement! Shake the snow off of those boots and dream of bands, films and innovators you need to know. From June 8-14, join the festival that transforms Brooklyn’s backyard into an incubator of what’s next for Northside’s seventh and best — we’re going ahead and calling it — year yet.

With over 400 bands taking the stage, when the festival’s four days of music come to a close you’ll have seen enough shows to get you through to fall. As in the past, we’ll be joining up with curatorial partners on showcases at over 30 venues around North Brooklyn, including the 6000-cap outdoor space at 50 Kent Avenue and free shows down the block at McCarren Park. Joined by an army of local talent, a sample of this year’s lineup includes Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Built to Spill, Best Coast, Against Me!, Vince Staples, Rhye, Majical Cloudz and So. Many. More. The first batch of single-show tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon.

Not to be outdone, the Innovation conference has expanded its offerings this year. We’re talking two days of original programming, all the networking events and parties you need to get your next project off the ground, pitch competitions, and the return of the free start-up Expo to McCarren Park. This year’s speakers are leading the pack in everything from online dating to capital trading. Armed with an Innovation badge, catch panelists like Alex Blumberg (founder of Gimlet Media), Lesley Eccles (founder of FanDuel), Paul Budnitz (founder of Ello), Or Arbel (founder of Yo), Guy Vidra (CEO of The New Republic), Brad Katsuyama (founder of IEX), Alison Schwartz (founder of LuLu), Maxwell Ryan (founder of Apartment Therapy) and over 150 more.

Northside’s film competition returns to bring you the cutting-edge programming you’ve come to expect. Concentrating on emerging filmmakers, many of whom call Brooklyn home, this year’s renowned group of jurors includes award-winning documentarian Crystal Moselle (The Wolfpack) and Todd Bieber, creative director of UCB Comedy. We’ll announce our full lineup of films after the March 25 submission deadline, so keep those cameras rolling and be a part of Brooklyn’s premier showcase for independent talent.

A limited number of Early Bird Badges are now available. Early Bird Music Badges ($70) include access to all 400+ bands (subject to venue capacity), Early Bird Innovation Badges ($245) to all 150+ speakers, and Early Bird Film Badges ($30) to all 50+ films. Premium badges ($275) include access to the entire festival. Badge-holders also gain access to exclusive festival events, parties and networking opportunities.