04/01/14 8:00am
Rent just got Brokelynized.

Rent just got Brokelynized.

We know you wonder every day: why, in this age of Groupons and Seamless discount codes, is there nothing that helps make rent payments a little less heinous? Well good news brokesters: Fresh off the heels of our smash hit 2014 Brokelyn Beer Book, we’re happy to announce our latest project: the long-awaited Brokelyn Rent Book is finally here! We’ve taken the Beer Book idea — which gets you 30 beers for 30 bucks —and expanded it to the thing that forces you to drink so heavily: rent. Obviously, apartments costs a bit much more than a glass of suds, but the gist is the same: for just $300 (that’s barely one night of hoofstew at that trendy new Greenpoint spot, Pigslaw), you get this book, handsomely designed by our handsome in-house team. Each page entitles you to a month’s worth of free rent at 30 of our favorite lovingly hand-selected, specially curated apartments from all around the borough. That’s 12 months worth of rent for only $300!

Check out the list of apartments in it below, which are made possible thanks to the good folks at the New York Landlord Association, who helped us track down these killer apartments and arrange the deals with each landlord. But make sure to act fast and buy one today (or have your parents buy you one): only a limited number are being printed, so supplies, and, to be honest, shared bed space, will run out soon! (more…)

Babeland puts the fun back into sex.

Your high school “health” teacher doesn’t know these tricks.

Everyone could use a new bedroom groove now and again, whether you’re paired off or still playing around. Why not bone up on your skills at Babeland? We’re giving away two pair of tickets (normally $20 a piece) to Babeland‘s newest workshop, Hot Tips for Bedroom Bliss, taking place March 19. Spend an hour picking up new tips on female pleasure, including oral sex, bedroom toys and other ideas for getting the most out of every romp.

You gotta be an e-mail subscriber to win. Sign up here and click the link in tomorrow’s e-mail to enter. That’s it! We’ll pick two winners next Monday, March 17, at noon.

Babeland is also giving all Brokelyn readers a $5 discount to the workshop. Just visit the event’s Eventbrite page and enter the code “broke” to get the discount.

Keep an eye out for the newsletter every Thursday in your mailbox. Lots more getaways to come.

02/14/14 1:51pm
Man, she did not like that valentine.

Man, she did not like that valentine.

As we learned yesterday, relationships crash and burn more often than they work out. If you’re currently unsatisfied and thinking of making a change in your life, you should at least be able to enjoy yourself after ending it with your formerly loved one. Or at least make it memorable for the both of you. And since we’re always here to serve, we’ve rounded up some of the best places for you to end your relationship. Happy Valentine’s Day! (more…)

01/30/14 1:19pm


The long-awaited 2014  Brokelyn Beer Book is on sale today, just in time for Valentine’s day. For just $30, you get one of these gorgeous, pocket-sized, completely portable coupon books (designed by the talented folks at The Heads of State) containing coupons for 30 free beers at 30 bars, plus one or two extras.

And not just any bars: some of the best beer bars and beer-centric eateries in town. This year, we divided the books into regions. Book 5 covers Upper Brooklyn: roughly defined as Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. Book 6 covers Middle Brooklyn, which is everything from Cobble Hill to Ditmas Park, including loads of places in Prospect Heights and Park Slope. So where’s the Lower Brooklyn book, you ask? Coming soon! Meantime, see the breakdown below, but don’t dawdle. These puppies will be snatched up before you can say, Bartender, I’ll have another! (more…)

10/22/13 3:56pm
Kim Hastreiter.

Paper Magazine’s Kim Hastreiter has two words for Brooklyn. Paper Magazine photo by Jacqueline Di Milia.

Paper Magazine’s Kim Hastreiter writes (while nevertheless sporting “Brooklyn cool” specs): “I’m sick of Brooklyn the look, Brooklyn the cool and Brooklyn the aesthetic… If I see another Edison light bulb or indie, vintage-furnished Ace-style hotel open up, or one more white, bearded, tattooed, apron-clad, work-booted hipster standing behind the counter of a shop selling pork bellies, small-batch gin, organic barber shop products or old-school, authentic, artisanal, heritage, sustainable, distressed-looking anything, I swear I will throw up….”  READ MORE

08/30/13 10:14am
Oh god, it's all ending. via Flickr user minusbaby

Oh god, it’s all ending. via Flickr user minusbaby

Welll, here we are…Labor Day weekend. Your dreams of a BEST SUMMER EVAR dashed agains the rocks of the jetties, leaving you with merely the memories of what could have been instead of what was. If only you hadn’t taken it easy those first couple weeks. You should have planned better. If only you’d been invited camping. Yep, rather than greet the end of the summer with a stiff upper lip and stoicism, we’re going to dwell like some lousy teenager binging on the Smiths. Because we want more summer, but the world won’t listen. (more…)

08/02/13 11:34am
Oh you want questions answered? That'll cost ya. Via Flickr's Matt Law.

Oh we’ll answer your questions. But it’ll cost ya. Via Flickr’s Matt Law.

At the current rate, the cost of a monthly MetroCard will go from $112 to $168 in 10 years. To help make some revenue, the MTA is considering selling naming rights for subway stations. But advertising and fare hikes lack a certain creativity that New York City traffics in these days. Here are 20 better, alternative ways the MTA could raise money. (more…)

05/17/13 2:20pm
They can't believe it either.

Finally, somewhere to outfit your mouth with hipness. (Photography: Marco Novak; picture: A BANDA MAIS BONITA DA CIDADE/Curitiba/Brazil)

As you may have heard, not only is Williamsburg getting that Urban Outfitters it’s always needed, but the company is applying for a liquor license to open a cafe within the store. Befitting any major destination drinking spot in Brooklyn these days, they’re going to have an extensive artisanal cocktail menu, which sources close to the company have leaked to Brokelyn. Presented for your perusal, an exclusive first look at the menu of Cafe Urban Outfitters:  (more…)

04/03/13 1:46pm
Look at these fucking bankers. via Behind the Hustle

Look at these fucking bankers. via Behind the Hustle

Business Insider reports today:

Goldman Sachs is becoming the most hipster bank of Wall Street.


If you haven’t noticed, the investment banking giant has been involved in several cool projects in Brooklyn. The latest one Goldman has been involved with is the revitalization of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which The Gothamist recently identified the next neighborhood hipsters will want to take over.

But you don’t have to read Business Insider or “The Gothamist;” we have obtained a copy of the FDIC’s definitive ranking of the most hipster banks. Where does yours rank? (more…)