Around the Boroughs with Jack: Man’s haven in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is a man’s haven these days with sports bars galore and, of course, the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. Forget about the plethora of scraggily beards among the bohemian hipsters, NYC’s most populous borough is brimming with masculinity beyond what any facial hair can convey.

Karaoke isn’t always considered the most macho activity… unless it’s heavy metal. I have no doubt that there are a few headbangers amongst SOCIAL readership. You know who you are, and you need to find your way to Brooklyn for Heavy Metal Parking Lot Karaoke at Bar Matchless at 557 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint (corner of Driggs Ave.). Hosted by the Kings of Karaoke, patrons who sing a metal song get a free shot, and, if it happens to be your birthday, you can drink free all night.  For more information, visit:, or www.myspace/

I know it’s been happening since April, but it runs through November 23, so you’d better hurry up and get over to Smorgasburg before winter comes in with full force. Operating in two locations, East River State Park in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 on Sundays, it’s an open-air food Mecca featuring between 75 and 100 vendors on any given weekend. Both locations are open, rain or shine, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. For more information, visit:, or e-mail them at


Jack Raplee is a Queens native with over 20 years of journalistic experience covering industries as varied as entertainment, manufacturing, engineering and consumer electronics as well as hard news. Apart from writing, he has enjoyed additional exposure in radio work, standup comedy and modeling. While his career trajectory has brought him far and wide, living in places like Nassau, Bahamas; Sungnam, Korea; and Jackson, Mississippi he always seems to end up in his native NYC. Jack is currently working on a yet-to-be-titled book providing his unique perspective on his native Queens as seen from the table of a local diner.

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