Archive for ‘Sports’

Rugby Semi-Finals in Carroll Gardens French Enclave

By , 13 October, 2011, No Comment

What, you’re not used to staying up after midnight to watch a sporting event? Those of you ex-pats–or just heavy into international rugby–know that if you want to watch the semi-finals of the 2011 Rugby World Cup live (from New Zealand) and in public, then you’re going to have to find someone ready to open bar in the middle of the night. Lucky for you, France is playing Wales, so Smith Street’s Provence en Boite will be welcoming all fans in at 3:30am on 15 October to cheer your team on and have a few pops while you’re at it. For more info, email Jean-Jacques Bernat at or call 718 797 0707.

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Brooklyn Nets It Is

By , 26 September, 2011, No Comment

Well, original it ain’t, but I guess it gets the job done. According to the Brooklyn Paper, the up-and-coming Barclays Center basketball team will keep it’s brand, but add a little style to become the Brooklyn Nets.

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Partial team owner Bruce Ratner, who is developing the team’s arena at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, said he was happy that the name will not change, even as everything else is changing. “ ‘Nets is a good name,” he said. “It’s got a whole legacy, a history. It’s a new arena, a new borough, but an old name.”

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Bike Rentals Now Available at Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

By , 20 May, 2011, No Comment

Last year, we loved heading out to Governor’s Island and renting bikes and child seats, if only for a few hours. So I was psyched to see the same rental company, Bike and Roll, now offering this service at the entrance of Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. You can rent adult bikes, kids bikes, tagalongs (which attach to an adult bike for children) and child seats-by the hour or for the day. So if, like many urban dwellers, you don’t have room to store bicycles for the entire family, you can still check out the bike path from Pier 1 to Pier 6 and connect to the larger Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway–just for the day. All rentals include helmet and bike accessories.

NY Bike Fest Comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park

By , 26 April, 2011, No Comment

Yup, today was finally like spring. Or summer even. So why not keep that good feeling going by attending the Five Boro Bike Fest at Brooklyn Bridge Park, this Saturday, 30 April from 10am to 4pm. Free and open to the public, it will feature live family and musical entertainment, educational seminars and clinics, bike repair, and an expo with demos, information, and giveaways from sponsors, community groups, and exhibitors. The event actually kicks off NY Bike Month (May) and is organized by Bike New York in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park. Bikes are welcome but not required.

Sports Nutrition Seminar in Boerum Hill

By , 25 April, 2011, No Comment

Want to make sure your kids are fueling up on the right stuff before they play sports? Come to the Eat Better, Play Better seminar at Upper 90 at 359 Atlantic Ave. this Wednesday, 27 April, for a free one-hour interactive class focusing on nutrition for athletes. Host Joanie Johnson of Motivated Nutrition will speak with soccer players and parents of all ages about the health and nutrition secrets of a successful athlete. The event starts at 7pm and Upper 90 suggests you RSVP for a space now before it’s all filled up.

Red Hook Soccer Clinic

By , 22 April, 2011, No Comment

Well, if you’re going to be in Red Hook for the Earth Day event tomorrow, you may want to stop by the Modell’s Spring Sports Clinic at the Red Hook Recreation Center, 155 Bay Street. The free clinic is for kids aged 8 to 17 and runs from 10am to 2pm. This week it’s all about soccer, so swing by at 9am, before the crowds get there, for on-site registration.

Sign Up For the Brooklyn Bun-Bike and Run

By , 7 April, 2011, No Comment

Prospect Park’s very first Brooklyn Bun is happening Sunday, 17 April. A 20k bike race comprised of 4 counterclockwise loops on the park’s Main Drive will precede a 5K run, which is one counterclockwise loop of the Main Drive–finishing in the Bartel Lot. A time-trial bike start will send athletes off at 10 second intervals to avoid congestion and an awards ceremony will take place once a majority of the athletes cross the finish line. The race begins at 7:45am and included in registration ($90 for an individual, $115 for a relay) is a long sleeve technical shirt, goody bag, and post race festival and food. The official charity for the race is Team Continuum, a 501©3 not for profit organization dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families minimize the disruptions, hardships and uncertainties of everyday life so they can focus on medical care.

South Brooklyn Baseball League Sign-Ups

By , 22 February, 2011, No Comment

Now that my son will be turning 5, I’m ready to sign him up for his first baseball league. And though I do love Prospect Park, I also know it can be tough to get there on the weekends with the F train out of service half the time and parking so scarce. So I was thrilled to hear about the South Brooklyn Baseball League (SBBL), which plays at DiMattina Field (on Hicks near the BQE) in Carroll Gardens. The Cardinals league is for kids aged 5-17, but there is also an Instructional Division for ages 4-6 who haven’t played before. You can go the site and mail in the registration form by 1 March to sign up, or head to the House of Pizza and Calzone (132 Union St.) this Saturday, 26 Feb, from noon to 2pm to do it in person.

What do You Call a Basketball Team in Brooklyn?

By , 3 December, 2010, No Comment

Mikhail Prokhorov has filed paperwork to change the name of the New Jersey Nets, but at this point we don’t know what it will be changed to. (The change could simply be to “Brooklyn Nets” or “New York Nets.”) So… ideas? The L Magazine gives it a try, but I’m not sold on any of their suggestions. A commenter makes an interesting pitch for “Knights” — Brooklyn Knights, what we all are, at least phonetically.

For many, many more suggestions, some quite stupid, see the comment thread on this piece at the Brooklyn Paper. Brooklyn Jayz? Brooklyn ACORNs? Bizzy Bagpipers? Focus, people.

Come See the Show with Simon Doonan

By , 20 October, 2010, 2 Comments

Well, after all my crowing about the new Barney’s Co-op, I haven’t been in yet to check it out. I’ve been holed up the past few days with strep throat and missed the big opening. So here’s a video of the store hosted by Creative Director Simon Doonan, posted by NY Mag’s The Cut. There was also a story in the NY Times, with some hand-wringing about the excess of military garb and a hysterical piece in The Brooklyn Paper about the reporter not fitting into the largest size cocktail dress (it ain’t Old Navy, we know that). Anyone been in and want to give us an up-close-and-personal?

UPDATE: Stopped in this afternoon and I was appalled to find out there’s NO SHOES. My dreams have been shattered. The clerk I spoke with said they are trying to bring a shoe section to the store but it may take months of petitioning. SIGH.