09/01/14 7:00am
grove alley party

The Grove Alley party looks bright and summery, and it’s happening in September. So summer is still alive. via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Damn, it’s September already, which unfortunately means the summer is coming to a close and the return to a depressing life of sweatshirts and flannels and bundling up. Let’s not focus on that though. Let’s focus on squeezing the last bit of life out of this summer, which lasts until September 21, and enjoy it instead of being sour and admitting the defeat of the winter’s return. So because we know you don’t want to give up just yet, here’s your final installment of 93 Days of Summer. (more…)

08/31/14 6:00am
New drugs, old methods. (via AJA)

New drugs, old methods. (via AJA)

On Sushi: “That’s like shaking your wanker in public.” [Vice]
On Chateaux: “It is what we all dream for ourselves.” [Medievalists]
On Drugs: “He’d sprinkle it in, light me up and bye bye!” [Mashable]
On Movement: “You know what? Screw it. I’m going to Richmond…” [AJA]
On Habits: “…the computer made 100 drinkable cups and no errors.” [FastCo]
On Release: “…almost everyone has peed in the ocean at some stage in their lives…” [ACS]
On Prophets: “…in Andrew W.K., we have a philosopher for these crazy times.” [FlavorWire]
On Hopes: “If you would go out there and look at Marine Park, you would understand…” [PR]
On Work: “Just because we have privilege doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our lives.” [New Republic]
On Solitude: “When I mentioned Thoreau, … Chris dismissed him with a single word: ‘dilettante.’” [GQ]
On Planning: “Once heralded as a firm commitment to an event in the future, a plan is now largely considered to be a string of noncommittal text messages leading up to a series of potential, though unlikely, events.” [Alex Cornell]

08/29/14 12:32pm
The sun sets on another brilliant summer. Photo by Tim Donnelly

The sun sets on another brilliant summer. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Whether we like it or not, summer is moving on without us. Sure we could point to the fact that it’s still technically summer until the Autumnal Equinox, or that summer is as much a state of mind as a season (no it isn’t). Did you use it to its full potential? Or did you sit on your couch binge watching OITNB over and over again with the shades drawn? Well now, the days are getting shorter, outdoor concerts and outdoor movies are an endangered species, kids are going back to school, and suddenly, you have to work the whole Friday. But no summer is long enough to do it all.

So let’s reflect: what didn’t you get to on your summer bucket list? What memories will you slink off into fall knowing you never had? Team Brokelyn shares some of ours below: use this list as a guide for next  year, because, as a wise man once said: the next summer is promised to no one. (more…)

freddy's bar

Bring some meat, it’s welcome here. via Facebook

Look, this Monday’s Labor Day, and we get it; for most people, this means that it’s time to regret that you once again called it the “Summer of YOUR NAME” and didn’t actually go skydiving, learn to play an instrument, or get anywhere near sculpting that beach body. It’s also the time of year when you’re likely to walk into your local pharmacy and see decorations for Halloween and beyond for sale in the seasonal section which goddamnit, already, really? That’s okay, because Freddy’s (627 5th Avenue, South Slope) is here to help, with a free Labor Day BBQ. (more…)

bartoon

Roundy bartooned our own Tim Donnelly at our Beer Book release party at The Graham earlier this year

Some bars just look better on paper. Without the sticky floors, rowdy ex-frat boys and frustrated bartenders, your favorite bar sounds so much more idyllic. Bar Scrawl illustrates Brooklyn bars in their most perfect states, in a series of comics that bring you to your favorite drinking establishments without the tab.

Bill Roundy, also known as the artist behind Bar Scrawl, will be exhibiting his drawings at South Slope bar Supercollider (609 4th Avenue) for the month of September! Head out on Friday, September 5 for the opening reception, where you can drink a selection of 18 beers, the taps of which have already been illustrated by Roundy himself. (more…)

08/28/14 2:51pm
No, see, it's not an illegal sublet. We just have a lot of kids.

No, see, it’s not an illegal sublet. We just have a lot of kids.

Your desire to live in a luxury apartment is probably a bit stymied by the fact that your desire to pay a luxury apartment price is non-existent. What if though, you could split the cost of it with a few roommates? Taking it a step further, what if you split the cost with 21 other roommates and you all slept in bunk beds? Sure the arrangement probably wouldn’t be strictly legal, but that’s just what a broker is offering in this YouTube video. Pros: Luxury living! You get kitchen utensils! Cons: No drinking. No drugs. Only two bathrooms. You have to sleep in a bunk bed. You might get kicked out for living in an illegally subdivided luxury apartment that’s making one person rich while helping throw off the housing market.

habana outpost

Habana is the place to ha be at. Sorry. via Facebook

Procrastinated on buying notebooks for the upcoming school year? (Hint: a stack of post-its works pretty well in a lecture). Need some stilt walkers, rowdy children, and arts and crafts to get you psyched about starting a new semester? Good news, students! Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St., Fort Greene) is hosting its annual back to school bash on Monday, September 1, from 11am-3pm. (more…)

08/28/14 12:37pm
hope and anchor

via Facebook

Hope and Anchor  Food   

347 Van Brunt St. at Wolcott
Red Hook
718 237 0276

 

What it is: A restaurant and bar that somehow makes the combination cozier than most. The coastal Red Hook spot is filled with maritime decor, maritime friendliness and maritime comfort food.

Why we love it: Hope & Anchor somehow pulls off being cool, too. Two awesome ladies run the bar, there’s drag queen karaoke Friday and Saturday night and if you’re feeling a little classier, Wednesday evening Jazz Jams pull in talent.

Who to bring: Hope & Anchor is a place for the nostalgic, the easy going, the queer friendly and the generally decent human beings of Brooklyn who either live near or are enthusiastic enough to travel to this fun-loving apple of Red Hook’s eye.

What to order: Take your pick of eggs any style, shrimp po’ boys, hoagies, good ol’ grilled cheese (an actual menu item) or international touches like tortilla soup and falafel, or peruse the neverending burger menu that even has a list of six of non-beef options, two of which are vegetarian and one of which is vegan!

The beer list includes 15 tasty bottles, mostly American crafts, which even have handy craft-beer-for-dummies descriptions to help you figure out what’s what.

Fun fact: Feel like a party? You can rent out the whole bar for as little as $20 a person and have veggie apps, hummus platters and cheese plates passing around like it’s nothin.—Cat Wolinski

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