10/30/14 12:00pm

Bed-Stuy is getting a locally-sourced general store [DNA Info]
There was maybe a race problem with the catcalling video [Slate]
Literally one million people have been arrested for pot possession in NYC since 1980 [Gotham Gazette]
Cabbies aren’t peeing enough, apparently [ANIMAL]
Shake Shack has crinkle cut fries again, if that’s what you’re into [Gothamist]
People in NYC are less likely than the rest of the state to have employer-provided insurance [Crain's]
Two years on from Sandy, here’s what’s happening [Sheepshead Bites]
Andrew WK is trying to look at the positives of gentrification [Bedford + Bowery]

10/30/14 11:12am
Just like the good old days. via Anchor Light

Just like the good old days. via Anchor Light

It’s been a little while since the days of landlords burning down their building in New York for fun and insurance money. After all, it’s much more fun and profitable to just jack up the rent, regardless of whether it’s legal or not. So we’ve gotta hand it to the building owner in Bed-Stuy who allegedly decided that he wanted to burn down a building he owns that’s being squatted in and then sell the land for profit, rather than the old timey reason of collecting insurance money. That kind of vintage move, but with a modern twist, is exactly the kind of thing that fits into modern day New York City. Also it fits because it’s people acting like goddamn monsters over real estate. (more…)

10/30/14 9:50am
Will you be this year's zombie prom king or queen? Or will they just eat your brain?

Will you be this year’s zombie prom king or queen? Or will they just eat your delicious brains? via Facebook

1. If you don’t want to buy a halloween costume just go get it drawn on you at these tattoo shops for $31! (Friday)

2. Go liquor treating at a rye whiskey with rock candy syrup tasting at at the Greene Grape. (Friday)

3. Eight of Swords is celebrating Halloween and their third anniversary with music, dancers, costume contests, and the opening of their newest art show, Arise O’ Ancient Ones. (Friday)

4. Spend Halloween with bands covering Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cure, and Pantera at Spike Hill. (Friday) (more…)

10/30/14 9:10am
morningstar tattoo

Dibs on that gremlin-looking thing

Halloween is the time for tricks, treats, and flash tattoos. We rounded up four shops offering $31 tatto deals in honor of the spookiest time of year. So gather your courage and get inked with the creepiest tat you can find…if you dare. (more…)

10/29/14 4:29pm
running late with scott rogowsky

Three years of sitting at a desk with his initials on it. via Facebook

Think about the things that you’ve done for three years straight. Not too many things come to mind, beyond “staying employed”do they? No, because commitment to anything is terrible and we fickle millennials run from any use of the c-word. We gotta hand it to Scott Rogowsky then, because tomorrow, Thursday October 30, he’s celebrating doing three years of Running Late with Scott Rogoswky, which in terms of talk shows means that he lasted longer than when Conan had The Tonight Show. We’ve also gotta hand it to him because instead of charging a premium, Scott is throwing open the doors and making this a free show, and everyone knows laughter is better when it’s free. (more…)

10/29/14 2:35pm

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After the anomalous smattering of reasonably-priced 2- and 4-bedroom apartments these past months, BK real estate seems t0 have settled back into the nice-and-easy 3-bedroom setup. You know what that means: no having an impromptu threesome with your roommates and no coupling and forcing one of you to be the third-wheel renter. Seriously! Good things come in threes, (except for a magical rent-stabilized 2-bedroom we found) as long as you don’t fuck it up. And these apartments are totally worth not fucking up for. (more…)

the gate

Who could object to this? via Facebook

There’s nothing like a dog-friendly bar, at least for most of us out there. Drinking and beer and petting dogs, it’s just a great way to live. Some people apparently can’t handle that kind of awesomeness though, as Park Slope Stoop and DNA Info reported, some monster called 311 to complain about the fact that Park Slope’s The Gate lets people bring their dogs in. Obviously there are worse people in the world, but we’re gonna put you in the top 5 this week, anonymous 311 narc. (more…)

10/29/14 12:00pm

Metro-North is screwing up left and right [WNYC]
New Yorkers wanna know: Does Taylor Swift know who Dr. Zizmor is? [Daily News]
Non-union DOE employees need some damn raises [DNA Info]
How Katz’ Deli stays open [Slate]
Misdemeanor arrests are up, even as violent crime is down [New York Times]
Here’s the new Pok Pok Fat Thai on Columbia Street [Grub Street]
People thought that Farmingdale beheading was a prank [New York Magazine]

10/29/14 10:41am
diy halloween costumes

Just because you’re broke, doesn’t mean you can’t look cool or sexy on Halloween. All illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

Halloween is a sexy time. And no, I’m not referring to the stupid store-bought costumes. I mean it more like people can get in touch with a different part of their personality, put on a mask, and act the fool with people in various states of bloody, gothic, or otherwise ornate undress. But since you’re reading Brokelyn, I can only imagine your costume budget comes up a few digits south of a period-appropriate musketeer or Marie Antoinette outfit. However, there’s no reason a brokester needs to compromise his or her seductiveness just to pay the rent come November 1.

So, herewith, I present to you some rock-solid, wallet-friendly, DIY costumes and apropos sexual innuendos to say while wearing them. Just make sure to be safe, don’t eat too much candy corn (serious bloating action there), and have a ghoulishly good time come Friday night. (more…)

10/29/14 8:38am
You could look this cool. Well maybe not THIS cool, but close.

You could look this cool. Well maybe not THIS cool, but close.

We’re lamenting about graduating from Brokelyn High last Thursday, and like any good Millennial, the nostalgia is already coming on strong. We had a great freakin’ time at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance, but the clear-cut winner of the popularity contest wasn’t Mascot the Bear (sorry, Mascot), but our limited-edition varsity jackets. Not only do these bad boys make you look like you lettered in assassinating nefarious high school bullies, but they are hand-to-Holy-Spirit the most comfortable jacket you’ll purchase this fall. Did we mention the secret inside pocket? Oh. There’s a secret inside pocket. At just $30, this jacket is less expensive than a week’s worth of $7 lattes from that one coffee shop in Greenpoint, and it will keep you just as warm.

The jackets in action at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dinaro)

The jackets in action at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dinaro)

So what are you waiting for? Order your Brokelyn High Varsity Jacket now! (Or, conversely, if you want to start your summer shopping early, we’ve got t-shirts for sale too).