07/28/14 4:05pm
story pirates

Quick, make up what’s happening here! Because we have no idea. via Facebook

You can act, but you’re not on Broadway yet. We mean, you wait some tables on Broadway, the block, but it’s not quite the same. Here’s a good break though, that could let you escape the monotony of not acting: Story Pirates, the traveling troupe of actors that solicit stories from kids and then makes plays out of the stories, is hiring actors for the 2014-15 season. You’ve gotta like kids, or failing that, be such a good actor that people think you do. (more…)

07/28/14 2:17pm

Now for some celebratory free games for everyone, right guys? Right? via Facebook

As you know, alcohol and skee-ball combination Brewskee-Ball had recently been in a copyright fight to the death with the originators of Skee-Ball over whether or not Brewskee-Ball could use “skee-ball” in their name. The fight dragged on long enough that Brewskee-Ball had even started a “Skee the People” legal defense fund. Well, good news, because Skee-Ball and Brewskee-Ball have settled out of court, according to the New York Post. Everybody wins! Except for maybe a lawyer looking forward to a big payday. (more…)

07/28/14 1:12pm
peter pan colin spoelman

Colin, playing John Darling in a local production of Peter Pan, in the days before Kings County Distillery took flight. Photo via Colin Spoelman

Because we here at Brokelyn are responsible drinkers, when we hit the bottle, we don’t just look to get trashed, we look for inspiration. In the world of whiskey there are few stories more inspiring than that of Kings County Distillery, which started as New York City’s first distillery since Prohibition-era rules on distilleries were lifted, back in 2010 in a 325 square-foot room in East Williamsburg and went on to critical acclaim, praise from the public, and a brand new distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

We sat down with co-founder Colin Spoelman, former scent model and executive producer, to see the long and winding route he took from rural Harland County, Kentucky, to bustling New York City, and the hobby he took with him. (more…)

07/28/14 12:00pm

Rich traveling businessmen discover Not Manhattan [USA Today]
A guy in an “R.I.P. Eric Garner” t-shirt dunked over a cop car in Staten Island [SI Live]
NYC’s illegal cab stings have snagged a lot of wrong guys [DNA Info]
The National Enquirer tries to get back to respectability [Capital]
What you should ask potential roommates, instead of just getting high with them [BrickUnderground]
Spider-Man punched a cop. Not in the comics, in real life [New York Post]
“Broken windows” policing can lead to broken bones [WNYC]
Williamsburg has a juice bar. God, finally [Bedford + Bowery]
Finally, someone comes out against beaches [New York Times]

07/28/14 10:56am
It's all your favorite movies built into one!

It’s all your favorite movies built into one! via ComicsBulletin

1. We keep hearing awesome things about The Lego Movie, so see what the hype’s about at this Coney Island showing.(Monday)

2. See Fried Green Tomatoes, which got favorable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, at Red Hook Flicks. (Tuesday)

3. Watch American Psycho at Crown Vic and revive all your suspicions of well-groomed men. (Tuesday) (more…)

07/28/14 10:24am
citi bike

Just think, we could all be riding Mike. Ew. Photo by Mary Dorn.

One of the first big conflagrations that blew up when the Citi Bike program started was that people didn’t like the idea of one of the banks that had just recently helped blow up the world economy getting a slew of advertising with the bikes. It remains kind of annoying to see it, but it could have been worse. According to the beginning of this New York Times story about the deal for REQX to expand and prop up Citi Bike, Bloomberg administration aides wanted to call the bikes “Mike’s Bikes” or “Bloomberg’s Bikes.” Just jump on and ride a Bloomberg girl, come and jump on it. (more…)

07/28/14 9:27am
brooklyn brewery

Garret Oliver making his best “Brooklyn Brewery ain’t nothin’ to fuck with” face. via Facebook

As we all know, Brooklyn Brewery has made a splash by expanding its operation to Sweden, where they love Brooklyn so much they named a bar after us. One expansion into foreign territory wasn’t enough for the brewery though, because according to Crain’s, Brooklyn Brewery is looking to expand their operations to the shores of Shaolin. Or as non-adherents to the Wu-Tang way call it, Staten Island. (more…)

07/27/14 6:30am
Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho

Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho street art in Bushwick (via Instagram user Halopigg)

Grab some coffee and a danish; we’ve got your Sunday reads right here.

On Landscaping: “New Orleans needs goats,” [Narratively]
On Hardship: “It’s getting harder to be homeless in America.” [PBS]
On Art: “We found ourselves frozen seeing this masterpiece come together.” [UC]
On Lies: “…these services may have been used by [the] NSA.” [Independent]
On Damn Lies: “We are not interested in reconfiguring the landscape of East New York.” [Gothamist]
On Statistics: “The question is whether a shark can be taught moderation.” [Guardian]
On Giving Up: “…perhaps a certain level of traffic crashes is inevitable.” [BKQ]
On Youth: “Who has time to sit around … watching the Netflix all day?” [New Yorker]
On Fairness “Amazon is undermining our ability to survive.” [Nation]
On Deserts: “We have one full-service supermarket for our 125,000 people.“ [Billfold]
On Leadership: “[Vader] was really the galaxy’s first compassionate conservative.” [WaPo]
On Hipsters: “I secretly fantasized about getting mugged or beat up in a bad neighborhood” [Awl]
On Precariousness: “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” [NYPost]

07/25/14 4:48pm
brooklyn bridge flag

The week we just gave up

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-The Brooklyn Bridge gave up, and maybe we should have too

-BAM invited you to a 24-hour movie marathon

-Marvel was offering all of the comics for just $1

-Bar games were ranked by how likely you were to get some action after playing them

-We got a look into the life of a pizza delivery man

-MetroTech became a summer learning center

-The McKibbin Loft basements weren’t fit for human life

-We had plenty of cheap apartments for you that were

-Bodega food posters were chronicled

-Gowanus was overwhelmed by doody water

-The Williamsburg J. Crew proved impossible to parody

-Williamsburg in general was, though

-We loved South and Brooklyn Ice House, they’ve got great backyards

07/25/14 4:08pm
greenpoint ferry

Greenpoint can now sail through the G train shutdown. via Facebook

It was touch-and-go there for a bit, and it was looking like the East River Ferry was going to be delayed until July 31, stranding G train-dependent Greenpointers for a few extra days. But, press releases from both Greenpoint’s elected officials and the NYC Economic Development Corporation just came in that announced that the ferry would return to it’s normal operating schedule starting on Saturday, July 26. While a look at the schedule shows that Greenpoint is still greyed out, both press releases are touting the return of the ferry for Saturday, so the website should catch up shortly.

The NYC EDC press release also noted that the free shuttle running from the Greenpoint ferry landing to the North 6th Street landing will still be running during morning and evening rush hours until July 30. Anyway, enjoy your commute where you pretend to be a pirate, Greenpointers.