09/23/15 1:29pm
What was the anger selling? Screenshot via Gothamist

What was the anger selling? Screenshot via Gothamist

You’re probably familiar by now with the above video (sadly now taken down) of the screaming, finger pointing, fight threatening white guy who told another white guy that “the only reason white people like you are living here are because I settled this fucking neighborhood for you.” As much as we’d love to believe that this fount of anger and obliviousness is a real human being, we know that every great video on the internet comes with an 80 percent chance of actually being viral marketing for some company or another. Who could want a pasty sack of aggressive entitlement with two-toned hair getting their product some buzz on the internet though? We’ve got some ideas! (more…)

07/16/15 3:05pm

OMR Free Summer Shows 2015 REC
Today, our friends at Oh My Rockness are all about highlighting the best free summer shows in New York City (and slightly beyond) from now through September. Because it’s summer, and seeing free shows outside rules. Here are just a select few of the 79+ good free summer shows still coming up this summer:

07/23 – We Were Promised Jetpacks with Krill @ Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)
07/25 – Sylvan Esso with Porches @ Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell)
08/05 – Dither with Yo La Tengo, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Matmos and more @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
08/06 – Caribou with Sinkane @ East River Amphitheater
08/08 – tUnE-YaRds with Shabazz Palaces @ Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell)
08/13 – Lower Dens @ MoMA Nights
09/20 – The Feelies with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks @ Storm King Art Center

05/28/15 10:04am
This is the only guide you'll need to maximize your outdoor drinking in Brooklyn this summer.

This is the only guide you’ll need to maximize your outdoor drinking in Brooklyn this summer.

Y’all, we did it. We survived another way-too-long season of blizzard warnings, a way-too-short season of Broad City, and that one night in May when we had to pull our coats out from under the bed again. Dreams of a margarita-soaked Brooklyn summer kept us warm through those cold nights — but wake the eff up, because it’s finally here! Now is your chance to fling off your comforter, don your jorts and man-spread all over the most wonderful time of the year: outdoor drinking season.

Eager to suck down a pitcher of sunshine but not quite sure where to go? Waste no time with a group text full of shrug emoticons: Team Brokelyn has compiled a comprehensive list of nearly 175 spirited spots across the borough where you can drink outside. From wine bars to dives to every sidewalk seat in between, we’re passing along our notes on each bar’s vibe and spilling our secrets to navigating the drink menu without spending your summer allowance all in one place. (Here’s one way we highly recommend.)

Don’t spend the prime of your young adulthood watching Friends on Netflix — get out there and drink! Simply click the ‘hood you’re headed to and let us be your patio spirit guides.  —Meghan Stephens (more…)

03/20/15 12:38pm
The many genres of broke

Broke unity transcends genres so beautifully

The rent may be too damn high, but music is practically free these days. If that’s not enough to cheer you up, we’ve made a special playlist about living large on whatever you can find in your couch, a time-honored NYC tradition. We’ve got some Velvet Underground, some Liz Phair, and of course some Cee Lo. Twenty years ago, we would have had to mail every single reader a mix tape to share this playlist, and do you have any idea how much broker that would have made us?


02/04/15 3:32pm
Fine, leave. We'll replace you.

Fine, leave. We’ll replace you.

Well, Jay-Z and Beyonce have decided that they want to ditch New York for the sunny shores of L.A. Is it because NYC is over or whatever and we just don’t know it? Eh, maybe. Even if they didn’t live here, Jay and Bey it felt like Jay and Bey were Brooklyn’s royal family, from their courtside Nets appearances to causing a ruckus just by showing up at Grizzly Bear shows. Rather than focus on our abdicating royal family, we here at Brokelyn have put in some thought and have a slate of candidates to replace Bey and Jay as our new king and queen. That’s how we understand monarchy to work anyway. (more…)

01/26/15 4:41pm
Well, it's here. Try not be a jerk. Photo be David Colon

Well, it’s here. Try not be a jerk. Photo be David Colon

Well, it’s here, the as-of-yet unnamed massive blizzard that’s going to dump a foot of snow on our doorsteps and cause everyone to experience the joys of working from home. It also means people usually engage in some strange behavior wrought by what we can only describe as “snow madness.” Make sure you don’t get caught up in it, because you’re a hardened New Yorker, not some easily spooked SoCal flibbertigibbet who can’t understand the concept of frozen precipitation. (more…)

12/05/14 2:58pm
Why, they'll fit right in, won't they? via The Guardian

Why, they’ll fit right in, won’t they? via The Guardian

Roll out the hand-stitched red carpets! Put on your finest tweed cap, then doff it! Honk your cab horns in majestic awe! His royal highness Prince William and his wife, Princess Kate Middleton are coming to visit Brooklyn this weekend! As much press as Brooklyn has gotten over the last few years, the Royal Family might not be up on what the best things to do and see while they’re on our side of the pond. So, we thought we’d use our expertise to give the royal duo a guide to show the Brooklyn good time they deserve.  (more…)

10/24/14 12:10pm

The Waco Kid didn’t drink switchel. He drank whozzle

In case you hadn’t heard, the hot new drink in Bushwick that all the cool kids are drinking is switchel, a cocktail made of apple cider vinegar, ginger, water and maple syrup. Since farmers and frontiersmen used to drink it, it has a lot of old timey cachet for the kinds of people who love fetishizing the simple farm life but inexplicably live in a major metropolis. Well, it used to be cool and have that old timey cachet, but now that it’s been reported on, switchel is totally over. What’s the new drink that Bushwick will be chugging? We looked around in a dusty old file for old forgotten drink recipes, and we found all of these. (more…)