Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. More than 3,000 creatives and over half-a-million parade-goers descend upon the festive, seaside neighborhood located in Brooklyn, New York to celebrate ancient mythology, creative expression, and community pride. The parade was founded in 1983 by the non-profit arts organization Coney Island USA.

The 37th annual iteration of the parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and roll east to West 10th Street. At West 10th Street, the parade then turns south towards the boardwalk. Cars and Motorized Floats continue down Surf Avenue, passing W. 10th Street and exiting the parade. At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats turn west and head towards West 17th Street. At Steeplechase Plaza, the Parade disbands.

Immediately after the last participant passes the review stand at West 19th and Surf Avenue, parade founder Dick D. Zigun leads the King and Queen procession from the review stand at 19th and Surf Avenue, through MCU Parking lot, and on to the beach for the official Beach Ceremony, officially opening the beach for the summer swimming season.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is a one of a kind New York City event. Don’t miss it!

You can find more information about the parade here.

You can read all about our experience at the 2017 parade here.

The Best 2019 Bushwick Collective Murals and Where to Find Them

When we started this blog, it was a rather impulsive decision. We thought it would be a fun way to catalog our memories, while sharing the things we love about New York City. It’s our third year covering the incredible murals at the Bushwick Collective, but it’s the first time we felt a tangible passing of time. Like pencil marks on a door jamb, our blog posts have become gentle reminders of years gone by. So how did this year compare to the rest?

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Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

The famed Christmas lights of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, New York is the epitome of suburban neighborhood one-uppery–all in good fun, of course. Think of it as a whole community chock full of Clark Griswolds, with the will and the means to put up tens of thousands of lights in the hopes of keeping up with or outdoing “the Joneses”. The outcome of such competition is completely bananas and more than worthy of a visit to see for yourself.

Visiting the light displays can be accomplished a number of ways. You can opt to drive, but expect traffic congestion and a parking nightmare during peak times. There’s also a public transportation option (the D Train to 79th St and New Utrecht Ave), but you’ll have two walk a good 15 minutes from the nearest station on fairly hilly terrain to get to the area with the lights. Based on our own experiences, the most enjoyable way to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is to take a tour, and there are a plethora of options on that front.

Our recommendation is a tour company we’ve used and worked with twice before: A Slice of Brooklyn. They are well-organized, efficient, create a robust experience, and their buses are clean, modern, and comfortable. They also tend to have personal connections to the businesses and homes they interact with on the tour. In the case of their Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tours, they often know the homeowners in the neighborhood personally.

A Slice of Brooklyn is currently offering a 3.5 hour tour every evening during the month of December, excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The tour start times generally run in 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm time slots. The cost for adults (12 and above) is $55.00 and for children (under 12) is $45.00.

To avoid the hassle, it’s well worth shelling out the cash for a comfortable seat and a guided tour. Besides, when you need that perfect family Christmas photo or background information on that insane light display, having a well-versed tour guide is a godsend.

Get ticket info for A Slice of Brooklyn here.

Read about our experience on the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights tour in 2017 here.

Additionally, you can also read about our experience on the famed Brooklyn Pizza tour here.

– L. & J.

(Soda) Jerks Welcome: A Visit to Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

My father is a man of simple tastes. He knows exactly what he likes, and he likes what he knows. Take, for example, his birthday. Every year, with few exceptions, his celebratory meal consists of a fully dressed burger (grilled at home, if possible), mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob. For dessert, he has a penchant for a my mother’s chocolate applesauce cake, an exceptionally simple, pan-style cake lightly dusted with powdered sugar. And when my mother happened to be ailing or was out of town on a trip, he served his three boys Chipped Beef On Toast, boiled hot dogs, or ordered a pizza. Culinary master and healthy eating advocate he was not, God bless him, but simplicity was his hallmark.

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Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum

Somewhere in Tom Sachs’ overdeveloped imagination, the cold, logical utilitarianism of engineering confronted the intuitive, whimsical nature of art and something unexpected — a symbiosis — developed between them. Continue reading Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

There are few people who can travel to Japan and not be charmed by it.  I can remember my first trip there with uncharacteristic precision, but like so many others, I flirted with its culture and food long before I set foot on a plane.  There is something so intoxicating about how truly unique it is, so it’s no surprise that Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri is one of its busiest weekends of the year. Continue reading Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Hard Nut at BAM


There’s risk everywhere in New York City—everywhere. That’s a fact.  The promise of success and the threat of failure lurk equally around every corner.  And those who live and work and thrive here embrace that risk unconditionally, drawing strength and inspiration from it. Fearlessness, ingenuity, persistence, perseverance—for artist and entrepreneur alike, these are the tenuous threads that stitch together their dreams. And it’s this frenetic sense of potential that can lead to truly astonishing results—from distinction to disaster to something altogether less interesting (albeit still quite worthwhile) somewhere in-between. Continue reading The Hard Nut at BAM