07/07/15 2:21pm
Todd P (off camera) thanklessly throwing Vitamin Water back at SummerScreen sponsors. Photo by Sean Smith, via Facebook

Todd P (off camera) thanklessly throwing Vitamin Water back at SummerScreen sponsors. Photo by Sean Smith, via Facebook

Here at Brokelyn, we’re always interested in bringing you news of the Brand Wars, in which Brands desperately claw for the approval (and disposable income) of young people. Lately, anti-Brand partisans have been pushing back, first seen when ExCops put McDonald’s on blast for offering to pay bands in exposure, and now Todd Patrick, a promoter and magical sprite tasked with keeping DIY’s spirit alive pulled the entire music lineup he curated for this year’s SummerScreen over the presence of a Brand sponsoring the stage without his knowledge. (more…)

07/07/15 1:14pm

It’s bad for ya. via Shake Shack

For a borough that’s often mocked as a place where everyone is mainlining quinoa while looking up whether or not their tattoo ink is vegan, Brooklyn is also pretty into piling on reliable ways to kill ourselves with diet-related heart disease and hypertension. So while it’s true that Shack Shack began in Manhattan, it only makes sense that their fried chicken sandwich is only available in Brooklyn at the moment. After all, we understand that Manhattanites just eat money these days. (more…)

07/07/15 12:10pm

Reddit’s reliance on free labor is biting it in the ass [Slate]
Occupy Wall Street protestors got paaaaiiiiiidddd [CBS]
Brooklyn is home to the oldest human in the world, who’s 116 [The Root]
Someone put an Airstream trailer on a warehouse roof for unclear reasons [Brooklyn Paper]
Mayor Tall and community boards need relationship help [Capital]
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the Straphanger’s Campaign’s Gene Russianoff [NY1]
Your Starbucks coffee is a bit more expensive, if that bothers you [AP]
A downside of legal weed is that is uses a hell of a lot of energy [City Lab]

Pie potentate Pels poses for a pic

Pie potentate Pels poses for a pic

Hey folks, welcome back to the second installment of Brokelyn’s newest profile series: Perfect Summer Sundays. Each week, we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size. Tourists, too! Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.

This week we’re taking you to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with Alison Pels, newly-crowned pie potentate of central Brooklyn. Since opening her own shop in the area, Pels has discovered all there is to know about this unassuming little neighborhood tucked in next to Prospect Park, and she’s brought all her “secrets of the garden” to Brokelyn! (more…)

07/07/15 9:00am
He's a, scene maker/heartbreaker...well we actually don't know about the heartbreaker part

He’s a, scene maker/heartbreaker…well we actually don’t know about the heartbreaker part

Toby Goodshank is a Brooklyn based performer who may be best known for playing acoustic guitar for The Moldy Peaches, but that’s not where the bulk of his experience is bundled. Prior to plucking along with Kimya Dawson, Toby harvested his solo work into an impressively prolific collection of songs adding up to fourteen albums in five years. That’s more than most artists accomplish in an entire lifetime.

Over the last handful of years Toby has exploded in creativity while touring Europe, and co-founding the 3MB art collective with Adam Green (another Moldy Peaches alum) and Macaulay Culkin, both artists who he had prior relationships with while touring for a chunk of time as a guitarist for Green, and acting as both an opening act and fill-in member for Culkin’s The Pizza Underground from March to the present day. (more…)

07/07/15 8:00am
Life uh, finds a way to put you in a position to watch people run from dinosaurs. For free.

Life uh, finds a way to put you in a position to watch people run from dinosaurs. For free.

Hello there and welcome to the Tuesday after the Fourth of July. Today’s the day that your post-holiday hangover bullshit won’t work at all, so if you’ve got a regular hangover, you better just hide it like you’re used to doing. Also be sure to drink plenty of water or Brawndo or Pedialyte, because you’re gonna want to feel ready, or at least hydrated, for any of these incredible events we’ve pulled from the Brokelyn Events Calendar, whether it means taking advantage of cheap alcohol or cheering on the dinosaurs at Jurassic Park. (more…)

07/06/15 3:36pm
So this is where she's been hiding after escaping last season. Image via Twitter.

So this is where she’s been hiding after escaping last season. Image via Twitter

In Williamsburg, they take their pop-culture very seriously. It seems that the celebrities from our favorite TV shows are also figuring that out. At Videology, none other than Orange is The New Black actress Barbara Rosenblat (Ms. Rosa) showed up during their OITNB trivia night. If you are out of the loop, Videology has trivia nights twice a week, with chances for you and your friends to win free alcohol. The trivia nights that happen over the weekend all revolve around one film. This week, the film will be the classic Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park. So who knows, you may be gifted with the presence of Jeff Goldblum himself, or some hungry raptors. We recommend you don’t try to tame the raptors, because that’s just stupid (sorry Chris Pratt).

07/06/15 2:44pm
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Put “Vernon Keenan” in your spelling vocabulary, as he designed The Cyclone, a roller coaster Beyoncé once rode

For any competitive spellers with aggression to burn off, the Williamsburg Spelling Bee at Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street) is your shot to do so, since you’ve aged out of the Scripps Spelling Bee. Who needs those nerds though, when you can drink while you try to spell? Tonight’s spelling bee is an especially big one, because it will be entirely Beyoncé-themed, giving you the chance to spell “Giselle” (as in her middle name), “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” (who was sampled on “Flawless”) and “Hone” (the woman held hostage by Beyoncé on the Wonder Wheel) to a roaring crowd. Maybe you can celebrate correct spellings by doing a piece of the “Single Ladies” dance. (more…)

07/06/15 1:23pm
Missing the grill to pull off your gangster grill look? Well someone has found those for you. Screenshot via YouTube

Missing the grill to pull off your gangster grill look? Well someone has found those for you. Screenshot via YouTube

Have you noticed that your mouth has been non-disco ball like lately? Is the temperature of your mouth much higher now that the ice keeping your breath cool has gone missing? Well, lucky for you aspiring rapper and/or jewelry maker, a good Samaritan has not only found your grillz, but has put up flyers all over the Bedford-Nostrand G train stop in the hopes of returning them to you. According to DNAinfo, the flyers have been  up since June 30th, with the finder of the grillz leaving an e-mail address (Grillzfinder [AT] gmail.com) so you can become reunited with your jewelry and once again “have more ice than Michelle Kwan.” (more…)

07/06/15 12:03pm

The only Women’s World Cup final highlight reel you need [Deadspin]
Teens! They love jokes about 9/11 [Slate]
We may not have seen the end of Zephyr Teachout [The Nation]
Here’s why people love Donald Trump’s presidential campaign [The Guardian]
Lyft is out there struggling [New York Magazine]
Cool teen Malia Obama gets that Girls internship you wanted [Gawker]
Joe Chestnut dethroned as Nathan’s Hot Dog eating champ [ESPN]