01/28/15 4:04pm
gowanus art

Something like this, but maybe not this exactly. via Flickr user Jason Eppnik

Arts Gowanus is putting out the call for artists to send in plans for new public works to be displayed all throughout the neighborhood, which is good news for the, what 3 artists in Brooklyn that aren’t already millionaires lounging on private yachts? If you’ve got a concept for a love letter to that most canal-est of neighborhoods, send it on over to Arts Gowanus and have the chance to see it come to life in your very own backyard. They’re looking for pieces that capture the history, diversity, and community of Gowanus, and bonus points if you can visually express exactly what that smell coming off the canal resembles. (more…)

01/28/15 1:40pm
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

Help keep all these in order

Now, with the latest Blizzard That Never Was, some of you may have gotten time off from your awful, terrible jobs. Of course, you might have thought you had time off from your horrible job, only to realize you didn’t when the skies opened up and it turned out “blizzard” means 4 inches of snow. Possibly, you didn’t have any job to get/not get to, in which case you just binge-watched a frankly, insane amount of X-Files and tried to make your pets speak. In any of these cases, however, it seems like there is a common thread: you may need a few job. This just happens to be your lucky day, however, since we here at Brokelyn have collected up the best offerings of the week and delivered them right to your grey-slush-covered doorstep. (more…)

01/28/15 1:06pm
The mayor sending sanitation workers out to certain doom. via Facebook

The mayor sending sanitation workers out to certain doom. via Facebook

So, now that the sun in shining and the roads are all paved, we can all take a second to sit down and admit maybe we, as a seaboard, might have over-reacted to this whole “blizzard” thing. The frenzied grocery shopping, consumption of insane amounts of alcohol, and the manic pairing-off were all for naught, as we ended up getting a mere 6 inches of snow, and a crazy hangover.

While a few good things came from the blizzard in New York, like amazing pictures and some awesome sledding action, the best thing to happen from this snowstorm is undoubtedly this recording of Bill de Blasio reading this Onion article about his prophecies of death and destruction approaching with the “furious hoarfrost”. The article perfectly sums up the road-shutting fear being displayed by everybody right up until the light frost dusted our city, and hearing de Blasio warn that our babes “Will howl for but a few hours before death becalms them forever,” is well, icing on the cake.

01/28/15 12:00pm

City sells land for $1 to a developer in exchange for affordable housing promise [Daily News]
God enters the Prospect-Lefferts rezoning fight [The Q At Parkside]
A former neighbor says “Don’t evict Jimmy McMillan” [amNewYork]
Gentrification’s hidden victim: The humble laundromat [WNYC]
The real estate wave comes for East New York [New York Magazine]
Williamsburg’s Apple Store will look something like this [New York YIMBY]
The rural housing market sucks too [CityLabs]

01/28/15 11:29am
Put Richard Sherman in the Super Bowl every year

Put Richard Sherman in the Super Bowl every year

For a season that’s been a rolling morality/P.R. disaster for the N.F.L., this year’s Super Bowl is about as compelling a matchup the league could possibly have had. It’s almost like they fixed it. On the one side, you have the defending champion Seahawks and their 9/11 truther coach, trash-talking All-World cornerback and no-talking All-World running back looking to repeat as Super Bowl champs. On the other side looking to stop them you have the Patriots, the last team to snag back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 2003 and 2004, helmed as always by maddening pretty boy quarterback Tom Brady and their coach Bill “Not a scientist” Belichick who maybe did or did not engineer the weirdest attempt at cheating in sports in the last 20 years.

Who’ll come out on top? Ah who cares. Ultimately most of you probably aren’t Seahawks or Patriots fans, so all you want to do is yell at a TV and eat wings and other unhealthy crap. Fortunately there are plenty of Brooklyn bars that will allow you to do just that. (more…)

01/28/15 10:00am

hobrah

8618 3rd Ave., (between 86th & 87th), Bay Ridge, 718-680-8226
Facebook • Twitter • Website

What it is: Taco joint right next door to Kettle Black Bar, from the same owners; Bay Ridge’s one and only surf shack.

Why we love it: Fresh and flavorful ingredients meet friendly service and an insistently beachy ambience. (Technically it’s only a few avenues east of the Narrows). Roleplaying Cali bros while devouring delicious tacos in the depths of winter is as effective an antidote as any we can think of. Bring anybody who’s a sucker for that island vibe; taco and margarita lovers.

What to order: Any of the four draft beers hailing from a tropical outpost; most recently, Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Company represented, with aspirational names like the “Longboard Lager” or “Big Wave Golden Ale.” Tacos! Try the “Sunset Pork,” ($3.75) chipotle-orange-pineapple pulled pork, or the “Diablo Diego” ($4.25) of double chili marinated spicy shrimp.

Regular tip: “Ho’Brah” is surfer slang adopted from Hawaiian Pidgin, an exclamation that heralds something extraordinary.

Ho’Brah featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book, on sale now. Sign up here to be alerted when the Upper and Middle Brooklyn books go on sale.

01/28/15 9:55am
ponycon nyc

It’s time to party. via Facebook

If there’s one accusation that we can’t stand to hear people make about young adults in Brooklyn, it’s when they say we refuse to grow up. What, just because we enjoy sledding? And some people pay over $300 for adult preschool? And Ponycon, a My Little Pony Convention where grown men who love the show gather to talk about it, is setting up here? These all sound very adult to us. What’s more adult than planning and running your own conference? (more…)

01/27/15 4:15pm
You, too, can go butt to butt in the snow.

You, too, can go butt to butt in the snow. via Wikimedia

Last night, you were probably hoping that some special someone would ask you over for a pre-apocalyptic cuddle. Maybe it happened, and maybe it didn’t. But if you spent last night’s flurry alone, don’t panic: our latest Craigslist search in the “casual encounters” section has revealed that it’s definitely not too late to turn your blizzard into a jizzard. Yup, the personals are still booming with ads for snow-day sex.  (more…)

01/27/15 2:53pm
Old car + new snow = a pretty nice view. Photo by Patrick Phillips

Old car + new snow = a pretty nice view. Photo by Patrick Phillips

The great kind of a good amount of snow blizzard of 2015 has come and disappointed many with the fact that civilization still stands. Which we agree, is a bummer. Rather than focus on that downer, we’d rather stare at a bunch of pretty pictures of Brooklyn in the snow, before that snow gets dirty with exhaust and god knows what else. For just a moment though, we had a winter wonderland, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it. (more…)