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July 2016

Celebrate Animated Film at Brooklyn’s 2016 Animation Block Party

July 28 - July 31
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Animated film is not just for kids and Brooklyn hipsters. If you appreciate the art of animation and find yourself in Brooklyn July 28 thru July 31, get in on the action that is Brooklyn’s Animation Block Party. Work produced by students, independent filmmakers, and established industry professionals will be available for public screening for the first time at Rooftop Films and the BAMcinematak near downtown Brooklyn. Book here to stay with Nu Hotel during this year’s Animation Film Festival.…

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August 2016

Barbara Streisand at Barclays

August 11 - August 13

Legendary performer Barbra Streisand will serenade concertgoers at Barclays Center twice this August. Sing along to “Happy Days Are Here Again” or “Somewhere” as the Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award-winning diva takes you on a trip down memory lane. If you stay at NU Hotel Brooklyn during Streisand’s big homecoming, you’ll be just a five-minute ride or 15-minute walk from the concert venue. Book here to stay with NU Hotel when Barbra Streisand takes the stage at Barclays this…

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Rock Out with Blink-182 at Barclays Center

August 17

1990s pop-punk rock band Blink-182 is on tour this summer, and Mark, Matt, and Travis will stop in Brooklyn. If you’re a fan of “All the Small Things” or “The Rock Show” and will be in town on Wednesday, August 17, score tickets to see Blink-182 live at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from NU Hotel Brooklyn. Book here to stay with NU Hotel when Blink-182 is in town. For more information about the concert…

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Waku Waku + NYC: A Brooklyn-Based Celebration of Japanese Culture

August 26 - August 31
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Brooklyn hosts dozens of colorful ethnic and cultural festivals every summer. 2015 saw the addition of Waku Waku + NYC, a Japanese Pop Culture Festival open only to adults. The two-day festival celebrates anime, fashion, film, Japanese cuisine, J-pop, and manga. The inaugural Waku Waku + NYC Festival was a success, and the second annual festival is highly anticipated by planners and attendees alike. You’ll definitely want to consider attending if you’re fascinated by Japanese culture and will be in…

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Afropunk Festival 2016 at Commodore Barry Park

August 27 - August 28

Inspired by Matthew Morgan’s 2003 documentary Afro-Punk, Afropunk Festival celebrates African-American culture through showcasing music, dance, film, and other arts. This year’s performers include Ice Cube, Flying Lotus, Gallant, TV on the Radio, The Suffers, Bad Brains and Fishbone. Weekend tickets start at $45. The festival venue, Commodore Barry Park, is a five-minute cab ride From NU Hotel Brooklyn. Book here to stay with NU Hotel during Afropunk Festival this August. For more information or to purchase weekend passes, visit…

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September 2016

Brooklyn’s Caribbean Street Parade

September 5

Brooklyn has the largest population of West Indians outside of the Caribbean. This can be experienced simply by walking around neighborhoods of Central and East Brooklyn and glancing at the names of neighborhood restaurants. While several individual populations have celebrations of their own, the West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade is special because it celebrates West Indians of all backgrounds. If you’ll be in Brooklyn for Labor Day this year, the West Indian American Carnival is a great way…

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Breaking Down the 2016 Brooklyn Kite Festival

September 10

The words “let’s go fly a kite” may throw you back to your childhood, but the magic of kite flying is not lost. Modern-day kites are more diverse and impressive than ever, especially when flying in large numbers with the iconic NYC skyline in the background. If you’ll be in Brooklyn this September, consider attending the Brooklyn Kite Festival to see hundreds of these toys take flight in all their glory. You’re welcome to simply spectate and photograph, but participation…

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Brooklyn Book Festival 2016 in Brooklyn Heights

September 18
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One of the largest free literary events in the country, the Brooklyn Book Festival brings together readers and writers of all ages, interests and backgrounds. The festival draws prominent writers from outside of Brooklyn, but is at its core a celebration of the large and varied Brooklyn voice in literature. Join some of the borough’s most influential literary voices for discussions on their inspirations, writing habits, themes and more around the Brooklyn Heights branch of the BPL, just ten-minute walk…

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October 2016

Brooklyn’s Chile Pepper Festival

October 1
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One of the longest-running festivals of its kind, Brooklyn’s Chile Pepper Festival is one of the borough’s most hotly anticipated summer events. This year, attractions include live music, food tastings, professional dance performances, and circus entertainment. Taking place early this fall  at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Esplanade, the Chile Pepper Festival is a ten-minute drive from NU Hotel Brooklyn. Book here to stay with NU Hotel during this fall’s Chile Pepper Festival. For more information about the event, visit…

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National Beer Mile

October 1

Now in three dozen cities across the country, the National Beer Mile grows more popular and exciting with every event. If you’ll be in Brooklyn on at the start of this October, you can experience the magic of celebrating fitness and responsible drinking simultaneously at the borough’s next National Beer Mile. After each quarter-mile lap you run, you drink a beer. Do it four times, and you’re finished. Once every participant completes the mile, the track turns into a party…

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