11/30/15 4:17pm
Morgan O'Kane brings the ruckus (#) (pic by Eraj Asadi)

Morgan O’Kane brings the ruckus (#8) (pic by Christian Kropfmuller)

1. Who would possibly want to be at Art Basel where it’s all hot and gross when you could save your money and hang with endless artists right here? Celebrate your prudent decision to stay put by hanging up one of your works at the Living Gallery’s Not in Miami BYOArt fair. (Monday, $5 suggested)

2. The New York Obscura Society specializes in strange and fascinating things, from cemetery parties to unusual lectures. Tonight the group presents Sita Sings the Blues, and animated film about the Hindu text Ramayana via 1930s jazz music. (Monday, $12)

3. Storytelling shows are all the rage, but here’s a new spin: at Take Two, each story will be told twice—the way it actually happened, and then the way it should have. With Cassie J Sneider, Kelli Dunham, Elana Lancaster, and more. (Tuesday, FREE) (more…)

11/30/15 3:28pm
The gator in question

The gator in question

Anything out of the ordinary happen during your Thanksgiving? Yeah, ours was pretty normal too. One reader of the site though, claims he had the weirdest Thanksgiving of them all, coming across one of New York City’s fabled sewer alligators swimming around the East River, just outside of East River State Park. These photos of an alleged East River alligator that we’ve named Noam Chomsky on account of all his teeth were sent to Brokelyn by a reader this morning. Is this finally proof that the famous NYC urban legend about alligators living in the sewers is real? (more…)

11/30/15 1:50pm
Give a coat, get either some stuff or just the warm glow of knowing you did the right thing. via Flickr user A Healthier Michigan

Give a coat, get either some stuff or just the warm glow of knowing you did the right thing. via Flickr user A Healthier Michigan

Once you’re all shopped out from Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday steals, don’t forget that there are people out there who can’t afford to do either. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, which benefits individuals and communities in need of a little holiday cheer, or just basic food and shelter in the colder winter months.

Giving doesn’t have to be a slog, either: various organizations in the borough are offering fun ways to donate to a good case — including the ALMOST WORD SERIES CHAMPION NEW YORK METS. We rounded ’em all up for you here, so the only rummaging you have to do is in your closet. (more…)

11/30/15 11:59am
Heck, who needs the hot cocoa? via flickr user Bryan Ochalla

Heck, who needs the hot cocoa? via flickr user Bryan Ochalla

Thanksgiving dinner may be a thing of the past, but you aren’t out of the woods, no sir. Now there’s Christmas to focus on, and that’ll bring its own host of food-related challenges unless you strengthen your kitchen game in time for the holidays. Lucky for you, we’ve got a way for you to save money on your next cooking adventure.

In honor of Cyber Monday, our friends over at Coursehorse are offering a $15 coupon for any cooking class over $75. You can learn how to whip up homemade lemon preserves and marshmallows, wield alcohol in the frying pan, make a Momofuku-approved gingerbread cake, and so much more. (more…)

11/30/15 11:04am
Some of Bushwick's famous street art beckons new office buildings to its garbage-y shores. via Flickr user Shawn Hoke

Some of Bushwick’s famous street art beckons new office buildings to its garbage-y shores. via Flickr user Shawn Hoke

It seems like eons ago, but was actually just a couple years ago, that Vogue sent a reporter to Bushwick to tell us how it was a bombed out wasteland that would never escape the shadow of Manhattan. It was the place where Hannah and the gang smoked crack at a party before another emotional epiphany. Then the SantaCon threats started coming and the same Vogue called Bushwick cool, actually. And now Bushwick is so cool that the coolest population of all has their eye on it: office developers who see it as the next hot neighborhood for white collar workers. Cool! (more…)

11/30/15 10:07am
Sure, he's got one. Photo by

Sure, he’s got one. Photo by Alicia Diamond

Gentrification and other losing battles be damned: in 2015, the comedy scene in Brooklyn has been looking pretty good. Most any well-known show you attend these days, be it Night Train or The Macaulay Culkin Show, features a rotating cast of smart, funny comedians that aren’t all dudes, or all straight, or all white. (Or all straight white dudes, god forbid.)

27-year-old Joel Kim Booster is one of those smart, funny comedians. You’ve probably seen him doing stand up at any number of shows around the borough (most notably, Comedy at the Knitting Factory), or co-hosting F*ck That Movie with Anna Drezen, or appearing in the occasional Live On Broadgay by Sam Taggart and Bowen Yang.

When we sat down with the Korean-born, Chicago-bred comic to talk about his career, though, he mentioned something that’s been bothering him: “People don’t call me a comedian. They call me a ‘gay Asian comedian.” As a Korean-born man who dates other men, Booster has spent the better part of his career reckoning with the labels thrust upon him. And as he shares with us in this interview, standing out in the comedy crowd isn’t exactly the freedom he was looking for.  (more…)

11/30/15 8:33am
And you thought you had a tough time with your relationship

And you thought you had a tough time with your relationship

Yes, I know, it’s Monday. On this particular Monday though, you should really avoid all the “Ugh, Mondays amirite?” that everyone’s prone to, because come on, we just had a really short week. The good times where we didn’t work couldn’t last forever, but you can jump right back into your habit of having fun nights by consulting the Brokelyn Events Calendar. Or make it even easier and just consult this list of the best things harvested from it. You can do whatever you like. (more…)

11/27/15 11:46am

Trixie Little will be so hoop-y to see you (#12) (pic via Facebook)

1. If shopping’s your thing today, try the International Coalitition for African Fashion’s Black Friday Pop-Up Shop at MoCADA, with handmade clothing and accessories from 20+ designers. (Friday, FREE)

2. Or skip the shopping and bring the troops to Brooklyn Bowl’s Post-Thanksgiving Family Bowl, free from noon on. (Friday, FREE)

3. Or sleep all day and then venture out to Halyard’s for some laughs: Bitches Brew features Eli Sairs, Aparna Nacherla, Lance Weiss, Mike Leibovitz, and Sharron Paul. (Friday, FREE) (more…)

11/25/15 1:04pm
It's waiting for you, and it's free. via Facebook

It’s waiting for you, and it’s free. via Facebook

By Black Friday, the love and warmth you feel for your family might be worn down to a nub and you’ll feel the need to get out of the house. Or you’ll just feel really gluttonous and you need to get some energy out. You don’t want to go to the mall though, and Brooklyn Boulders’ offer of free climbing doesn’t jibe with your fear of heights. Fortunately for you, Crunch Gyms in Brooklyn and around the country are going to be open and free to use for anyone who wanders in looking to lift some weights or throw around some medicine balls. (more…)

11/25/15 9:56am
Be thankful this isn't your life

Be thankful this isn’t your life

Well, here it is, the final night in New York before Thanksgiving. Things are a little sleepy out there, what with people freeing their employees to either go back to their faraway homes or just drink in their nearby homes with friends. If you don’t want to do either of those though, the Brokelyn Events Calendar is here for you, as usual, with some cool stuff to do. Just one more thing to be thankful for. (more…)