03/23/17 5:11pm

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We’ve all been there: waiting patiently for your Tinder date to arrive as the anticipation swells. You’re mad at yourself. You said repeatedly in the mirror, “I will not use Tinder again. I will not swipe right on a sapiosexual ever again no matter how cute they are in their profile pic!” But here you are, waiting for a sapiosexual. What’s a casual dater to do? Drink. What’s a savvy casual dater to do? Drink wisely.

As much as we want to say we will never succumb to the temptations of Tinder (again), allow yourself to go into the date wisely with the best drink to pair with your Tinder trope, because let’s get real, you’re going to have to drink to get through these dates. (more…)

03/23/17 2:32pm
Photo via St. Mazie / Facebook

Photo via St. Mazie / Facebook

The streets of New York may not be paved with gold, but there was a time when they were paved with something better: oysters. Before New York Harbor was New York Harbor, it was to oysters what the Fertile Crescent was to humans. People have written entire books on the archeological significance of the giant piles of shells left around New York, and when they discovered a midden (which is the academic word for “pile of trash”) on the Statue of Liberty in 1980, it took them until 1998 to excavate the pile.

I don’t have the patience to dig through oyster shells for 18 years, but I did have the patience to dig through all the $1 oyster happy hours in Brooklyn. Voila: (more…)

03/23/17 12:39pm
More like "Brooklyn presents," am I right, people? Come on.

More like “Brooklyn presents,” am I right, people? Come on. Julio Torres photo by Mindy Tucker, Jo Firestone photo via her website.

Once again, Comedy Central has released their annual list of up-and-coming stand-ups getting a half-hour special on the network and this year that list is positively stacked with Brooklyn comedians. Seven of the 14 comedians on the list are New Yorkers and, amongst them, are a handful of long-time Brokelyn favorites, including Jo Firestone, Joel Kim Booster and Julio Torres, and we couldn’t be more proud. Now, we’re not trying to say that these hilarious, hard-working comedians got the opportunity because of Brokelyn, but one of them did spend a summer day in Fort Greene with our former editor, so… (more…)

03/23/17 10:35am
Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Fancy yourself up for Drag Me Out to Lot 45 to watch the season 9 premier of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus a Quick Drag competition, trivia, giveaways, and performances from Ruby Roo, Shiny Penny, Hannah Lou, and more. (Friday, Lot 45, $5)

2. Warm up at No Enemies to the Left: It’s Getting Hot in Here, a music and comedy fundraiser for the Union of Concerned Scientists to combat climate change. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

3. Listen to some lovely tales at the Ladies Night Storytelling Show, hosted by Shelby Thompson — pink jackets not required. (Friday, Big Irv’s, FREE) (more…)

03/22/17 5:48pm
How could anyone with a heart defund this? Photo via Brooklyn Children's Museum / Facebook

How could anyone with a heart defund this? Photo via Brooklyn Children’s Museum / Facebook

With The Donald’s 2018 budget proposal to cut all federal arts fundings, local organizations which benefit and rely on those millions of dollars in funding are joining forces in the name of their communities and the beloved programs the groups provide to them.

“In light of the threat to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), eleven Brooklyn cultural institutions have banded together to explain the collective impact of culture across the borough,” the Brooklyn Historical Society wrote in an email containing a list of the following recent cultural initiatives that NEA and NEH funding have supported: (more…)

03/22/17 12:41pm
"Shea Stadium: lifting people up since 2009." Photo by Seth Applebaum

“Shea Stadium: lifting people up since 2009.” Photo by Seth Applebaum

Bushwick’s Shea Stadium has had a rough year, having announced their second temporary closure back at the beginning of this month. Instead of throwing in the towel and caving to the bureaucratic, corporate regime that has successfully killed so many of the small DIY institutions shut since the turn of the century, Shea is continuing to fight the good fight and has now launched a Kickstarter to raise $50,000 and re-open, “legally for a more sustainable future.”

This is an especially feasable goal seeing as Shea states the issues with the space are not structural but a matter of racking up more fines than they could pay for as, “the city’s increased regulation and inflated rents have made running these types of spaces an uphill climb.” According to a diagram showing where funds will go on the Kickstarter page, the majority of money will be for Department of Health, Department of Buildings, and FDNY renovations, with architecture fees in second most expensive place. (more…)

03/22/17 9:52am
The L can be a scary place, especially when you weigh 14 pounds and are covered in fur. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

The L can be a scary place, especially when you weigh 14 pounds and are covered in fur. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

New York graffiti tour turns the illicit underground into accessible art [Guardian]
Double feature at Kent Theater [New York Times]
New York’s incredible lost rooftop theatres [Messy Nessy Chic]
Cyclist discovers key to clearing Brooklyn Bridge bike path [Gothamist]
Best Places to Cry at NYU [Washington Square News]
How Trump’s arts-funding cuts will affect Brooklyn [Brooklyn Paper]
Forget Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus need free internet more [Brooklyn Paper]
City schools won’t let immigration agents enter without warrants [New York Post]
Guardian ditches move to Kushner building after newsroom revolt [BuzzFeed News]
Bed-Stuy’s Slave Theater demolished [Brownstoner]

You can have your borough and write your leaving Brooklyn essay with the magic of the apartment swap. We have done absolutely zero vetting on this Craigslist ad, searching for Brooklynites preferably off the A or 4 rains, but a quick life detour to South Central could be interesting.

03/22/17 9:30am
Is posterboard a tax write-off ? via flickr.

Is posterboard a tax write-off ? via flickr.

Time is running out to file our taxes, which means it’s time to stop using our W-2s and 1099s as coasters and try to get our act together. There’s just one problem: We have no idea what we’re doing.

If you’re like us and have been cobbling together your income from various freelance assignments, dog walking jobs, cater-waiter gigs and competitive tickling videos, doing your taxes can feel overwhelming. Rather than risking the tax man’s wrath trying to DIY our own financials, we turned to the pros at Donofrio Inc.

We stopped by their Brooklyn office, where they were kind enough to answer some of our most pressing (and preposterous) tax questions. (more…)

03/21/17 3:50pm

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While a wide variety of news and radio channels, social media platforms, apps and news sites compete to inform New York drivers and straphangers about the day’s traffic conditions, subway delays, and other relevant information, bikers are treated like second-class citizens when it comes to relevant commuting information. Bike Snob NYC wants to change that: the Transportation Alternatives blogger has launched a Daily Bike Forecast, a daily digest of relevant bike news, Citi Bike updates, bike lane statuses and more. (more…)