05/16/16 9:15am
Your 16-ounce pint is just the beginning at Snowdonia.

Your 16-ounce pint is just the beginning at Snowdonia.

Pity the beer drinker who spends all their time in Brooklyn and doesn’t take the time to check out the rapidly exploding craft beer scene in Queens. Our neighboring borough has seen a boom in breweries and creative bar offerings in recent years, not to mention delicious and adventurous food that pairs extremely well with a frosty pint (rattlesnake bratwurst, anyone?). Our new edition of the Queens Bar Guide is here and it brings you more than 30 Brokelyn-approved bars from Ridgewood to Astoria. It includes local favorites such as the famous Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, plus bars with self-serve taps, BYO-meat grills, world famous barbecue, cold-brewed growlers and one very special spot named in honor of David Bowie. And if reading about all those bars has got you thirsty, make sure to pick up a copy of our brand-new Queens Beer Book — it’s the best deal in the borough that will let you drink at each spot for less than $1 a beer! (more…)

05/12/16 1:30pm
Hey nice, an eyeball for your body. via Facebok

Hey nice, an eyeball for your body. via Facebok

It’s almost summer time, which means sooner or later you’re going to have to take your shirt off in public. Coincidentally, Friday the 13th is coming up as well, and that means the return of everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos. There’s no better time than right before you bare it all on the beach to get a tattoo, ideally one that you can reveal in front of as many unsuspecting friends as possible for maximum oohs and ahhs. Also, not to alarm you or anything, but this is the ONLY Friday the 13th this year, and there are only two in 2017. Will you even be alive by then? Who knows! So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted). (more…)

05/05/16 12:29pm
Soft Spot's two-for-one happy hour is so good it's trouble. Via Facebook.

Soft Spot’s two-for-one happy hour is so good it’s trouble. Via Facebook.

We at Brokelyn certainly write about lots of things besides drinking and bars (like, you know, reading in bars, dates you can go on in bars and bars with wifi), but we happen to be very good at bars, especially knowing how to drink cheaply in Brooklyn. That’s why amNY turned to us for tips on the best bar deals in Brooklyn: We put together a list of Team Brokelyn’s favorite beer and shot specials, $2 cans, happy hours, free pizza with drinks and more ways to fill your liver without emptying your wallet, from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint: Check out our list of our recommendations here.

As always, don’t forget to check our 2016 Bar Guide to find more of our Brokelyn recommended bars around the borough; and if you like beer but really hate paying for it, the literal best deal in the city is here for you: Our new Queens Beer Book is on sale now, and gives you more than 30 beers at Queens’ burgeoning beer scene for less than a dollar each!

05/03/16 12:00pm

A tasty brew at SingleCut Beersmiths awaits you with your new Queens Beer Book.

Beer drinkers of Queens, rejoice! The second annual Queens Beer Book, full of coupons for 31 beers at 31 different beer halls, breweries, restaurants and beer shops in Queens, is now on sale!

We’ve been doing our smash-hit Brooklyn Beer Books for years now and are coming back to Queens for a second year to embrace the burgeoning beer scene in our neighboring borough. The books cost just $30 and you can cash in each ticket for a beer at a carefully curated selection of bars in Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Ridgewood and Woodside. It’ll help you discover new bars and breweries in the area and motivate Queens drinkers to get out and try new brews outside of their normal repertoire — many of which are brewed right in Queens. Buy one now before they sell out! (more…)

04/13/16 9:20am
Greenpointers' Valentine's Market was a hit.

Greenpointers’ Valentine’s Market was a hit.

Spring means sunshine, trees, flowers and the birds and the bees, but we’ll just focus on the bees this weekend. Greenpointers spring market is back on Sunday and there’s a lot of honey to go around: they’ll be serving up the best honey sweetened cocktail, courtesy of Brooklyn Gin. Thanks to Greenpoint Beer & Ale there will also be two choices delicious craft beer to get your buzz on: Milk and Honey is an American blonde ale brewed with chamomile, milk sugar and wildflower honey; Jamaica Bay Brett IPA is a wild yeast fermented American IPA. Tropical and peachy with orange pith notes.

In addition to more than 60 local vendors and food options, the market always includes free activities, including free bang trims from Bull in the Heather, massages from Human@Ease, henna tattoos, face painting, a photobooth and more! See full details here. (more…)

04/08/16 3:46pm
Opening weekend at the LIC Flea is here. Via QNS.com.

Opening weekend at the LIC Flea is here. Via QNS.com.

Spring is here (mostly) and that means it’s the return of outdoor market season! Break your usual market routine and head up to Long Island City this weekend for the opening of the fourth annual LIC Flea. The vendors include a selection of artisans, food vendors, jewelry makers and more. But one of the highlights not to miss is the all-Queens beer garden, the first destination to serve a full lineup of Queens-based breweries. It’s got eight beers on tap, serving up tasty brews from Queens Brewery, Rockaway Brewery, Finback, Singlecut, BigAlice and Bridge and Tunnel. After all, we heard a lot of smart people are going to Queens these days.  (more…)

03/30/16 4:15pm
These seats need filling! Via Flckr user Mark Lee.

These seats need filling! Via Flckr user Mark Lee.

This post is brought to you by Play-by-Play

Tired of being an artist in New York who can’t see art? Is that Netflix account finally not cutting it? Want to have access to theaters, comedy clubs, concert venues, sports stadiums, and expo centers without having to sacrifice groceries and a liver?

Here’s how: become a seat filler.

Play-by-Play is a seat filling service (or “papering” service as they say in the biz) that helps venues fill unsold seats. When a big show hasn’t sold out and needs bodies in seats, guess what? You could be that body. (more…)

03/24/16 3:19pm
The peaceful life awaits at PIne Lake Park.

The peaceful life awaits at PIne Lake Park, just an hour away.

This sponsored post is brought to you by Pine Lake Park

If a vacation home less than three hours away seems like a 2016 NYC real estate fantasy, you probably haven’t heard of Pine Lake Park, a unique and welcoming Westchester summer bungalow community with 60 units on 50 wooded, lakeside acres. Several Brokelynites checked it out last year and confirm that it’s the real deal.

Easy to get to by MetroNorth to the Croton-Harmon or Cortlandt stations, Pine Lake Park is one of the last bargains in the Lower Hudson valley. It’s a vibrant, bucolic place, where people from diverse backgrounds play tennis, fish, hike and bike from May to October each year. (more…)

02/19/16 3:07pm
Change is in the air.

Broke to the future.

Brokelyn was founded in 2009 on the motto “living big on small change.” Well now we’ve got some “big change” to tell you about: Brokelyn has a new owner! We’re now a part of Schneps Communications, an independent family owned media company that publishes several newspapers in South Brooklyn and Queens in addition to the site QNS. It means big changes for Brokelyn down the road, deeper feature stories and more of the same servicey, scrappy, budget living, free-beer-loving tips that you’ve loved for these past seven years. You’ve also got Tim back as editor again, after he returned from three long years toiling away in the salt mines of newspaper journalism (jk it was a great job, but Brokelyn is where his heart and his possibly questionable tattoo choice is). What does this mean for you, the Brokelyn reader? (more…)

01/21/16 3:34pm
This could be you, but you playing. Image via ABC News

This could be you, but you playing. Image via ABC News

We know that we are, in fact, in the middle of cuffing season, that special time of year where you find a special someone to spend time with you and keep you warm when your heat is off. Some of us don’t always find someone when cuffing season commences, so with the blizzard coming in the next couple of days, it’s brought new life to the online dating scene, especially in Brooklyn. People are pouring their hearts out on Craigslist, trying to find someone who will fulfill their fantasies in person, rather than on the Internet. We found the best (worst?)  of them so far, in case you don’t want to wait out the blizzard alone.  (more…)