02/17/17 3:30pm
Trump Apocalypse

I demand to see Trump’s birth certificate as proof he was born in the U.S. and didn’t descent from hell. Photo via Crooks and Liars

Fear-mongering aside, the world will probably (fingers crossed) make it through the Trump presidency: Rome didn’t fall in a day, and neither will America. That said, it never hurts to be too prepared, and since your best bet is probably to never leave the liberal echo chamber of NYC, here are Brokelyn’s recommendations for Brooklyn’s best hideout locations to hunker down in case of Trumpocalypse that causes war, disease or just a bunch of gentrifying Pepe the Frogs and wait until the next election, or Judgement Day (whichever comes first).

Criteria considered for qualifying locations include visibility, isolation and good local public schools, in case of impeachment. In the event of nuclear fallout, there’s no point hiding: we’re all going down together. (more…)

02/17/17 3:00pm

Tap that. via NYC Beer Week.

The craft beer scene is exploding in New York City. It seems like every week there’s a new brewer in town and a new alehouse with 30 taps. The nonprofit New York City Brewers Guild, which started with just five member breweries a few years ago, has expanded to almost 30. They brew everything from single-batch beers to internationally-appreciated ales. All this diversity in the fermentation ecosystem is good news for us hop heads, but it’s easy to overlook some terrific beers. To stay on top of the burgeoning beer scene, head to the upcoming Eighth Annual NYC Beer Week.

From Feb. 24 until March 5, venues all over the city will be holding craft beer events, including parties, tastings, tap takeovers, and brewing demonstrations. We’ve highlighted the must-see feature events below, organized by the New York City Brewers Guild, with a sampling of other events to whet your palette. So let’s grab a pretzel necklace and check them what’s in store! (more…)

02/17/17 2:35pm

2016 ended its reign of terror by taking one last icon from us: BookCourt, the beloved Cobble Hill bookstore closed its doors after 35 years on New Year’s Eve. But packaged with that gloomy cloud was a tantalizing silver lining: author and former BookCourt employee Emma Straub announced she and her husband would pick up the mantle and open a new bookstore in the neighborhood. And now it’s really happening! Straub posted on Instagram yesterday that the new store, Books Are Magic (aw), will open at 225 Smith St. at the corner of Butler this spring. There’s no official opening date yet but construction is well underway according to Instagram pictures. We’ll keep you updated on an official date when we hear more. (more…)

02/17/17 10:40am
Bacon Egg Cheese Toasted MetroCard

Bacon egg and cheese on a toasted MetroCard, a classic Brooklyn delicacy. Photo via Fablo West

Presenting the most NYC sandwich ever: A BEC in between two student MetroCards

Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium is back
[Brooklyn Vegan]
ICE raids detained 41 people last week, including Bushwick residents [DNAinfo]
Ambitious gourmet “diner” Hail Mary closes in Greenpoint [Gothamist]
Tough choices face Bushwick as rezoning approaches [City Limits]
Iron Maidens all-female weightlifting competition returns to Gowanus [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
9 artists honor the man who put Brooklyn on the map [New York Times]
Woody Allen’s new film to be named “Wonder Wheel” [The Woody Allen Pages]
The sad socialist saga of the Park Slope Coop [New York Post]
Domino affordable housing gets 87,000 applicants for 104 apartments [Curbed]
The story of squats [Urban Omnibus]

02/16/17 3:29pm
Photo by Steve Sherman/Brownstoner.

Fort Greene’s Pequena joined the Day Without Immigrants protest today. Photo by Steve Sherman/Brownstoner.

Let’s check in on the latest tally of groups that have struck out against Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-sanity attempts to solve problems that don’t exist since being in office: the bars revolted, the bodegas took to the streets, the restaurants took a stand and the laundromats rode into battle. Now today, a variety of businesses joined the fight as donut shops, Mexican restaurants and fruit stands went on strike for the Day Without Immigrants protest. Across Brooklyn, those businesses included Fort Greene’s Pequeña, Dough donuts in Bed-Stuy, Blue Ribbon in Park Slope, Sociale in Brooklyn Heights and many more, according to Brownstoner.

Up next in huge protests, women take the streets again March 8 for “A Day Without A Woman,” organized by the group that created the Women’s March on Washington. So basically, soon you should be expecting a protest every day of every week until the end of time, which is probably only about two months away anyway. Here’s what the Day Without Immigrants looked like in Brooklyn today.  (more…)

02/16/17 3:09pm
Pamela Colman Smith tarot cards

Pamela Colman Smith in the early 1910s and eight cards from a 1st edition Rider-Waite deck, originally published in 1909 (photos via Wikipedia and The World of Playing Cards)

If you’ve ever seen a tarot deck, it was most likely illustrated or inspired by the drawings of Pamela Colman Smith, an England-born, Jamaica-raised, Brooklyn-educated artist. She graduated from Pratt Institute in 1897 and became a theater designer who was once hugely influential in the world of esoterica but has been all but forgotten today.

For those of you not in touch: tarot cards are an expanded, occult version of playing cards used to tell fortunes and perform other rituals. They’re believed to have originated in Europe in the late 14th century, and have since become a canvass for a variety of non-traditional illustration themes, including Lisa Frank tarot and Twin Peaks tarot. (more…)

02/16/17 9:54am
House of Yes Sex Party

Inna Shnayder (@Inna.Shnayder) for HouseofYes.org

“Welcome to The Story of Red, I am your consent liaison, do you know about consent?” was our greeting as we entered the Valentine’s event at the House of Yes on Tuesday night. “If you wish to feed someone, kiss them, lick them, you must ask for consent first and receive a firm yes before anything can happen, is that clear darlings?” My date and I nodded enthusiastically, though I could feel him squeezing my hand in panic.

The Story of Red, billed as “an evening of immersive performance and edible pleasures,” was not for the faint of heart or for those easily flustered by a rogue nipple. If, however, naughty indulgence of all of your senses sounds like a good night out to you, then this event could not be beaten. (more…)

02/16/17 9:50am
Try not to startle Subhah Agarwal (#

Try not to startle Subhah Agarwal (#2)

Stay informed about fundraisers and other anti-Trump events across NYC in our weekly activism roundup here.

1. Get tingly at the book launch for Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, with readings by contributors as well as performances and more. (Friday, Industry City Distillery, FREE)

2. Giggle about what’s good at the Silver Linings Comedy Show, featuring Patrick Schroeder, Subhah Agarwal, Mike Abrusci, Courtney Maginnis, and more. (Friday, Precious Metal, FREE)

3. Affirm creativity for all at this month’s Queer Abstract, with comedy by Lou Gonzalez, music by Carissa Matsushima, poetry by Paul Tran, dance by Nia and Ness, and more. (Friday, Starr Bar, FREE) (more…)

02/15/17 4:28pm
Love Your Local Business Program

From the program’s site

Perhaps the saddest casualty of recent gentrification has been the mom and pop stores which, once definitive of New York and this great city’s quirks, have been replaced by corporate chains that can afford sky-high rents in formerly destitute, crime-ridden neighborhoods. But wait, there’s hope!

The NYC Department of Small Business Services this week launched its NYC Love Your Local program, literally putting small businesses on the map to bring them love, attention and potential grant money. (more…)

02/15/17 1:10pm
Happyfun Hideaway

Bushwick’s Happyfun Hideaway is just one of the wonderful bars that await you in the 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books.

We all fall into the same bar patterns over and over again. Maybe you stick to the same few spots where you know the beer selection and the burgers are juicy, maybe you frequent the same beer hall because it’s your weekly trivia spot, or maybe you just stick to your local because it’s, well, local and you’re lazy. But this is Brooklyn, the best borough in the best city in the world, where the diversity of bar options is second to none and not to be taken for granted.

So to help you break your bar rut and aid you on your boozy exploring, check out our new 2017 guide to Brokelyn approved bars. In it you’ll find 60 of our favorite dives, gastropubs, rooftop bars, breweries and legendary pubs, from Greenpoint and Bushwick to Bay Ridge and Coney Island. And each one is featured in our new 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books. The books give you 30 beers for just 30 bucks at this spot, making them the perfect companion to going on bar adventures. Grab yours now before they sell out!