03/04/15 10:55am
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A Myland knife, solid tongs and an excellent pan. Photo by William Widmaier

When it comes to kitchen basics, not everyone has the basics. Dollar store can openers, discount store knife sets, and that pair of tongs that digs into your hands but can hardly hold a drumstick — they’re all keeping you down. Stop buying cheap shit just because it’s cheap. If there’s a knife set with 7 knives in it for $25, there’s a reason why, and it’s because those knives are absolute crap. Same goes for spatulas, frying pan sets, cookie sheets and all manner of different kitchen utensils that you’re currently using as paperweights. If you’re going to buy something for your kitchen, you have to make sure it’s going to be quality. That doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. It just means you have to choose carefully.

Some things are worth spending an extra five or ten dollars on. It makes a difference. I’m not saying you need to go out and replace all the terrible equipment you have this moment, but here’s how to go item-by-item and upgrade your kitchen equipment until you’ve got stuff that will last and that works for just $78.  (more…)

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Prospect Heights’ hot new nightlife spot (haha, just kidding CB8!) via Flickr user Carl Collins

If there’s one thing we love here at Brokelyn, it’s a good diner. Sitting down for a cheap, unpretentious plate of eggs benedict or pancakes is one of the simple joys in life, and one place that excels at providing that experience is Tom’s Restaurant in Prospect Heights. We didn’t think there was a way for the neighborhood mainstay to get any better, but now DNA Info is reporting that they’re going to start serving beer, so that shows what we know. Oh, they’re going to serve dinner seven days a week now too, for those of you who care more about dinner than drinking. (more…)

03/04/15 9:51am
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They came to levitate a building and chew bubblegum, and they were all out of gum. All photos by David Colon

As was promised yesterday, a group of protestors showed up in front of Vice’s Williamsburg headquarters, with the stated goal of levitating the building into the East River and sparking a creative rebirth in the neighborhood. Despite the goofy premise, despite the fact that it happened on a Tuesday and despite the snow that started falling about an hour before the attempt, a handful of spiritual activists (and their tiny children) showed up to try to dislodge 90 North 11th Street and lift it in the air with only their minds. Were they successful? Well, no.
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03/03/15 3:01pm
Sure, your hood drinks. But who drinks the most? Via flickr user Chris Goldberg

Sure, your hood drinks. But who drinks the most? Via flickr user Chris Goldberg

Remember last week at the bar, when you were fighting with someone about whose neighborhood would be most likely to win in a WWE cage match? We sure do. So when Brokelyn alum Sharon Lintz launched a comprehensive statistics directory called Investigate NYC, we took it for a test spin to find out how BK neighborhoods really stack up against one another when it comes to things like sexual promiscuity and alcohol tolerance. Our (very scientific) findings are provided here below.

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03/03/15 2:17pm
You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

For all the talk about how Brooklyn is a desiccated, used-up wasteland when it comes to creative endeavors, we still manage to be able to be privy to some pretty weird shit. Hot on the heels of last weekend’s live reading of a script about Peter Cetera, a young trumpeter and the apocalypse at Shea Stadium, we get yet another bonkers live script this week, this time a soap opera about sewer creatures from the mind of Jo Firestone. Oh and Jon Glaser will be there, in case you missed him at Shea Stadium. (more…)

03/03/15 1:22pm
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Her new permanent wardrobe?

Around this time of year, when it feels like all hope is lost because winter’s icy grip won’t let you go (which is a lie because winter ends and there’s never any hope), the idea of just packing up and moving somewhere warmer can sound appealing. Of course, just picking your whole life up can be difficult, unless you’re fabulously wealthy like say Lena Dunham, who’s done with this Brooklyn bullshit and is decamping to L.A. (more…)

03/03/15 12:00pm

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Childhoods don’t get much more musical than Grace Weber‘s. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter grew up in Milwaukee surrounded by musicians: Her grandfather was an accordionist and a pianist in the army, and he made sure all ten of his kids learned how to play an instrument. At holidays, they would gather around the piano and sing or put on miniature musicals.

“I don’t even remember the first time I sang, because it was just something I did. It’s like trying to remember talking for the first time,” Weber says. She grew up singing in gospel choirs, and even performed on Showtime at the Apollo. By the time she was a senior in high school, she appeared in a karaoke competition on Oprah. (more…)

03/03/15 12:00pm

Teen commits crimes to pay ticket for previous crime [DNA Info]
Murders, possibly due to people robbing weed dealers, are up this year [NY1]
A look inside the city’s boondoggle of a WTC transportation hub [ANIMAL]
How it became a boondoggle [CityLab]
Hillary Clinton is too good for your lousy, legally-required State Department email [NYT]
Andrew Cuomo doesn’t feel like keeping emails around either [Capital]
People are building faster than the Department of Buildings can keep up [Observer]
Smith Street loses a Mexican place and a Cuban place in one day [PMFA]
A-Rod Grocery owner still keeping the name, for now [Brooklyn Paper]

03/03/15 11:08am
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There was a lot to learn. All photos by Kelly Murphy

“I hope this isn’t too academic,” is how Rutgers Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Whitney Strub, opened his presentation Sunday afternoon at the first NYC Porn Film Festival. No one objected.

The mission of this Pornhub-backed festival reads, “We aim to give credit to adult film as a significant and socially/culturally relevant art form.” Before the event, I rolled my eyes at this, assuming it was yet another Brooklyn-y attempt to add a layer of pretension to an otherwise bawdy topic. I was wrong. Of the dozens of attendees I talked to at Secret Project Robot this weekend, the resounding answer to why they paid $69 for a ticket was, “I like porn!,” followed by a reasoned argument for why they think it’s of societal importance:

“In general, there’s becoming less of a boundary of what constitutes art and what constitutes porn. I support anything that expedites that transition.”

“Sex positivity! But seriously. Fuck negativity, this is a part of every human experience.”

“I’m here to see Barbara Hammer because there wouldn’t be a way to talk about lesbian sex without her.”

“I think it’s beautiful.”

“It’s not even about sex. It’s about how we interact with each other on a grander scale.”

“There’s so much to learn [giggles].”

And indeed there was, through a series of talks curated by artist Richard John Jones, screenings of archived period pieces, and contemporary amateur films that told a story of where we were and where we are now. Read on for our five takeaways from what will hopefully become an annual event. (more…)