Huzzah! Another Big Adventure in the books. Yesterday was truly memorable and the general consensus is that it was one of the best Big Adventures yet. Thanks to everyone who came out - the ridiculous crew we roll with is what truly makes it an adventure. Feel free to post any photos from the day. See ya next Adventure...
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
To properly prepare you for the fun tomorrow, The Big Adventure presents some fascinating Coney Island facts: The hot dog was introduced to America in 1867 on Coney Island by German immigrant Charles Feltman. With business booming, in 1915 Feltman hired a young man, Nathan Handwerker, as a roll slicer and part-time delivery boy. By 1916 Nathan opened his own competing hot dog stand. The rest as they say is History in a Bun. Okay, no one actually says that...
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Holy Cow - we're just TWO Days away from The Next Big Adventure! Swing on over to the Event Page and let us know if you'll be joining us. We've picked up some great Coney Fare Giveaways including....wait for it...the longest candy necklace ever imagined by the heirs to the Oh Henry! fortune.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
- Ace Bar
- Freak Bar
- Beer Island
- Otto's Shrunken Head
Saturday, August 21, 2010
For the photo gallery from this Big Adventure click here!
As always, you can join us at any stop along the way and The Big Adventure is open to all and we encourage you to bring friends, loved ones, etc. Be forewarned that the bars we’re visiting all have two things in common: they all sell Coney Island Lager and they are all Cash Only. Also, Make sure you bring your ID - we’ve found some of these places would even card our 93 year-old grandpappy. Feel free to also bring gear for the beach if you choose. Perhaps a Frisbee, bathing suit or favorite Dick Dale record.
4:15 PM(ish) –Our bus arrives at our featured destination and we head right to Freak Bar and Coney Island Circus Sideshow- Surf Avenue and 12th. We’ll hang out in the laid-back lounge enjoying local craft beers before heading into the freak show. (Show tickets should be about $5-7.) From this home base, we’ll also explore The 99 Cent Coney Island Museum, The Coney Island Lager Mini-Brewery, El Dorado Bumper Cars (where $6 unleashes that inner road rage warrior),The El Dorado Arcade and legendary Nathan’s where Brooke and Phil will try to eat 59 ½ hot dogs in twenty minutes.
7:00 PM(ish) –Ruby’s and Beer Island- Coney Island Boardwalk –We’ll move up to the beach and imbibe right on the boardwalk as our bar visits continue. We’ll hit the last family owned bar in Coney Island, complete with surly bartenders (Ruby’s) and a sand inspired spot with beach umbrellas and a hundred-bottled beers all priced at five dollars (Beer Island). From here, you can venture out to explore The Wonder Wheel, The Cyclone ($8 to ride, but the coaster thrill is apparently not to be missed) and Shoot The Freak where “the freak” has to be one of the worst jobs on Earth.
9:00 PM—We promptly depart Coney Island via our yellow bus and arrive back in Manhattan after a bit at Otto’s Shrunken Head 538 E 14th St (also between Avenues A & B) Otto’s is a world class Tikki Bar with great, cheap drinks. We’ve set up some fantastic drink specials just for the Big Adventure. If the Photo Booth and impressively strong specialty drinks like the Volcano Blast aren’t reason enough to visit this pharmacy turned bar, the rockabilly band playing in the back will be.
Hope to see you next Saturday, August 28th for a day we promise that will be unique, affordable and distinctly NYC
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
It can be debated that the world can be divded into three and only three types of people. How? Based on the preferred choice of classic fair food. This stunningly accurate characterization is now being used by anthropologists world wide to help us better understand societies.
So, which is your carnival cuisine of choice: The Corn Dog, Funnel Cake or the Deep Fried Oreos?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
So, this was too good not to share. Newly-Found-Friend-of-the-Big-Adventure Doug told us this earlier this week about a citywide public art project called Key to The City. It is clever, it is unique and it screams "only in NYC."
The gist of it is that the program involved several Keys to the City were bestowed to...well...anyone in Times Square recently. But these are ACTUAL keys that unlock twenty-four various secret places in all five borough. In a way, what was once a symbolic gesture for the elite, has turned into a functional way to get access to secret parts of the city. Pretty cool, hunh? There is much more to it and the pictures that are posted are worth the click to the site alone. You can still obtain a key without the need for a insanely expensive locksmithbut you only have till Labor Day to get involved.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Ahhh...We're getting closer! We are exactly two weeks away from packing the cooler and taking a trip down to the coast when we embark on The Carnival and Coney Island Big Adventure! Hoping that you'll join in two Saturdays on August 28th!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Okay, well that might be a stretch, but we thought the article from this week's Time Out New York was pretty fascinating. In line with the "Something for everyone" maxim of NYC, there is apparently a "Brewskee-Ball League" social league Skee-Ball league in Brooklyn. The good news is that it apparently is a hot league for a romantic connection. The bad news is that it apparently costs a $100 to join....why? Do you get personal coaching lessons by Skee-Ball great Kensington Chichester?
We only bring it up becuase we're definitely starting the next Big Adventure on Saturday, August 28th with a Winner-Take-All Skee-Ball Tourney at Ace Bar at 2:00 PM. It will be nothing shy of epic. (And, no, there is no such person as Kensington Chichester)
Friday, August 6, 2010
We'll start and end the day in Manhattan with some great Carnival and Fare themed bar/restaurants/locations.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The hunting starts today Sunday, August 1st. Very strange and very cool. So....can we borrow your shovel?