11/24/14 12:00pm

cooking-dinner-pets-in-kitchen-gotham-brokerageDon’t let the pups be a distraction | lindyi via Flickr

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11/24/14 10:15am
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We traded our sliders for this. Hope it’s worth it, New York. via Adam America

As we all know, Williamsburg lost a landmark fast-food operation this past year, as the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed. It was sad that Brooklynites had one less place to go and get tiny hamburgers, but time makes ghosts of us all, so you move on. There’s something to look forward to though, since the boxy 81-unit apartment going up on the former burger site is going to come with 20 percent affordable apartment buildings in it. So you might be able to tell friends you live where they made the chicken jalapeño sliders, if you get lucky. (more…)

11/24/14 8:00am

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To know our Beer Books is to love them. What’s a better holiday gift than a pocket full of free beers at the best bars in town? 

Last Valentine’s Day, our Beer Books featured bars from Greenpoint to Windsor Terrace. Now we’re featuring the best bars in Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay, Sunset Park and The Rockaways, all in one book: Beer Book 7, on sale today.

For $28, you get a gorgeously designed, limited edition, pocket-sized booklet filled with vouchers for 28 free beers of your choice at 28 great bars, redeemable through the end of 2015. That’s a dollar a beer. Buy one for your favorite beer snob and grab a spare so you can join along.

Maybe you live in Bay Ridge and you’re already a regular at places like Kettle Black, Bean Post Pub and Windy City Ale HouseBut have you ventured over to the beer Valhalla that is Gravesend’s Draft BarnWashed down a shot of nostalgia at Ruby’s as you sing along to the Rat Pack at the Coney Island boardwalk’s oldest boardwalk bar and grill? 

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Draft Barn means business.

Pair stroganoff and crepes at Russian/French fairy-tale bistro Anyway Cafe in Sheepshead Bay. Get down with some meatloaf and some football at Marine Park’s Third & Seven. Don’t make the same mistake as Leo: order more than cranberry juice at Sunset Park’s Irish Haven, where THAT bar scene in The Departed was filmed.

Come warm weather, an icy brew awaits you at the surf scene hotbed Rockaway Beach Surf Club, Sayra’s Wine Bar & Bier Garden, RippersPlayland Motel and more Rockaway favorites. Or explore 3rd generation family-owned marina-side watering hole Tamaqua Bar & Grill in Gerritsen Beach.

Have you ever seen a cooler looking bar than Sayra's?

It’s always a July afternoon at Sayra’s.

Our Beer Books sell out fast, so order today to make sure you won’t be thirsty for a moment next year. Bars featured in our new South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book:

Bean Post Pub • Ho’Brah Taco Joint • Lock Yard • Longbow Pub & Pantry • Pipin’s Pub • Red White & Brew • Schnitzel Haus • Skinflints Bar & Restaurant • The Harp Bar • The Kettle Black • Windy City Ale House • Yellow Hook Grille • Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe • Freak Bar • Peggy O’Neill’s • Ruby’s Bar & Grill • Tamaqua Bar & Grill • Anyway Cafe • Draft Barn • Third & Seven • Caracas Rockaway • Playland Motel • Ripper’s • Rockaway Beach Surf Club • Sayra’s Wine Bar & Bier Garden • Whit’s End • The Brass Rail • Irish Haven

Order here and make 2015 your beeriest year yet.

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11/24/14 7:01am
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When you want a dinner to impress, you can’t go wrong with a good steak, like the TK at the Northeast Kingdom (vegetarians and vegans not included). via Northeast Kingdom

We’ve all been there: third date coming up, and you need that one final push to seal the deal. It’s time to bust out the steak. Now, we here at Brokelyn have felt your plight, especially when the check comes and you realize you’re in for a romantic walk home because you won’t be able to afford that cab home. You could make a steak at home, as this fine butcher will tell you, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone do the cooking for you. Yes, there are probably cheaper steaks in Kings County, but let’s save your poor date from grabbing steaks at that biker bar that grills on a sideways shopping cart. Negotiating the factors of romance and budget, here are our seven picks for where to go for the big third-date swing. (more…)

11/23/14 4:30am
A terrifying ride. (TatteredFedoraFlow via Instagram)

Only nine months until summer. (TatteredFedoraFlow via Instagram)

On the Surface: “Why do it?” [Cafe]
On Elected Officials: “Bitch set me up!” [FT]
On Warbucks: “Life was now officially unfair.” [TNR]
On Layers: “…we are not always aware of our tongues…” [Aeon]
On Pinpricks: “Why the hell does anyone live here?” [New Inquiry]
On Due Process: “Down here, I am the law.” [Nervous Breakdown]
On Piqued Interest: “The more we know, the less we wonder.” [The Point]
On Arrivederci: “New York City is like the house from Poltergeist.” [Guardian]
On Mercenaries: “‘I also do freehand vegetable carving,’ he said.” [New Yorker]
On Blind Eyes: “I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them.” [Atlantic]
On Injustice: “‘Shut up,’ she heard a man’s voice say as a body barreled into her…” [RS]
On Ghosts: “It was marvelous to see the creative ways people were lining up shots…” [UC]
On Vapor: “Here, we offer a spotlight on the places that belong to a dying breed…” [NYMag]
On Keys: “But even with the fastest computers, brute-force attacks … could take days.” [NYT]

11/21/14 5:04pm
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Not for tourists. via Flickr user gigi_nyc

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- We wondered if keeping tourists off the Brooklyn Bridge was the best policy

- We analyzed some SantaCon in Bushwick conspiracy theories

- …before it turned out it wasn’t even showing up here

- There were jobs, so many jobs for you

-Bushwick got a porn festival

- The city made plans to bring us fast free Wi-fi

- The free pizza alert button was pushed

- The MTA promised to take action against man-spread

- The C train made plans to screw us next year

11/21/14 4:07pm

BK Live 11/20/14: Dick & Dave from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo.

It’s Friday and uh-oh, you’re not sure what you want to do this weekend. Never fear, we were on BK Live with Dick Burroughs from the Brooklyn Reader, and we both told you about some cool stuff to do, like see the last Death By Audio show ever, see some comedians do some bits, hit some stuff, play with some flip books and a Gilmore Girls party. Plus you can also find out what our favorite Thanksgiving side was, just in case you’ve been building a file on us. (more…)

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Looks like Coney Island Brewing Co is riding the F train back home. via Facebook

Brooklynites take the privilege to say “Made in Brooklyn” pretty damn seriously, especially when you have your neighborhood’s namesake in the title of the product. Well here’s great, boozy news for people picky about semantics: after a Hurricane Sandy-issued hiatus, Coney Island Brewing Co. is set to return to Coney Island.

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11/21/14 2:19pm
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This can be yours, if you’ve got 80 million dollars

Hey, wanna feel kind of powerless just before the weekend starts? Of course you do! If you remember Bushwick’s Colony 1209 building, you might remember it as the apartment complex that literally presents itself as “homesteading” in a brand new neighborhood, which was one of many reasons people didn’t care for it. Well, it turns out your disapproval is meaningless, because the building which was bought for $58 million in April is now for sale with an asking price of $81.5 million. (more…)

11/21/14 1:25pm

Rookie cop shoots unarmed man in East New York [DNA Info]
Why are people pushed on to the subway tracks? [Vice]
Study time is over for the Brooklyn Bridge Park towers [Capital]
Taylor Swift: Champion of self-esteem [AV Club]
The Verrazano Bridge was never supposed to be free [New York Times]
The life of Prospect-Lefferts’ most well-known blogger [BKLYNR]
City Council report calls for rezoning in Buhwick, Sunset Park, Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg [Brownstoner]