Electric-car racing in Brooklyn
Experience a whole new form of automotive competition when Formula E racing comes to NYC for the first time from July 15th-16th at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the Red Hook. The “E,” in case you didn’t know, stands for electric, meaning no smelly exhaust fumes usually associated with the traditional gas-guzzling speedway scene. Though electric cars can go very fast -- reportedly upwards of 180 miles an hour -- the batteries don't last. Watching racers switch cars (fully powered backup vehicles are waiting on the sidelines) is part of the fun!
More reasons to take the ferry
Traveling to Manhattan by boat will be a more attractive option this summer when the city expands its ferry service with three new routes, connecting Astoria, South Brooklyn and Far Rockaway. More good news: Fares will be even lower than last year, with rides costing just $2.75, down from $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends.
The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
Sure, it’s not until summer, but if there’s anything that can soothe any anxiety we have about this new year, it’s the promise of lots of pulled pork, ribs, and brisket! (Assuming you are not vegan.) The annual smoked-meat fest, taking place June 10th-11th in Madison Square Park, brings talented pitmasters from all across the country to NYC to cook up the kinds of regional delicacies you normally have to travel hundreds of miles to experience.
The city’s first vegan butcher shop
After raising $50,000 via Kickstarter, Monk’s Meats, a mainstay of city food markets like Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, is planning to open its own brick-and-mortar location in Bed-Stuy this spring. The vegan brand, founded by Chris Kim and Rebecca Lopez-Howes, has been serving up its popular “meats,” made from smoked seitan (aka wheat gluten), since 2012.
Pay your bail money online -- finally!
The arduous process of bailing your buddy out of jail should get a little easier this year. The mayor’s office has announced a new program, expected to begin this spring, which would allow payments by phone or online. That’s a lot more convenient than the current payment system, which requires you to personally show up in court -- or worse: Rikers Island.