10/19/16 4:00pm
Illustration by Shaylyn Berlew.

Illustration by Shaylyn Berlew.

Yelp, Google Maps, that imperious Zagat: none of them truly know Brooklyn as well as you do. This is why we’re putting the intoxicating power of direct democracy in your hands. The election may still be a few weeks away, but one election is already on. Through Friday (Oct. 21), you can cast your vote for the Best in Brooklyn, weighing in on your favorites in restaurants, food, bars and nightlife. Along with our sister publication The Brooklyn Home Reporter, we are canvassing Brokelyn readers for their picks of the top spots borough wide. Got a pick for best vegan bakery? A go-to first date spot? A concert venue that’s always fire emoji or an authentic Italian spot that out-sauces the trendy new spots? Show it some love!

Hundreds of businesses are nominated and thousands of readers vote each year, but there will only be one first-place winner in each category that gets Best of Brooklyn. Voting ends at midnight Oct. 21, so be sure to cast your ballot! Click HERE to cast your votes. We won’t even make you sit through weeks of attack ads first. (more…)

10/19/16 2:00pm
You're gonna need this.

You’re gonna need this.

You may be feeling a lot of anxiety going into tonight’s final presidential debate, and that’s completely understandable. Presidential debates are both serious and consequential, and in this election cycle one orange-haired outcome is truly dire.

That’s why we created our favorite coping mechanism, the Brokelyn Debates drinking game (which we’ve updated for the final round). You might remember our game from the last election between O-bummer and Mitt Zombie. Everyone knows that politics is better when you’re tipsy, so why not make it official with a few rules and regulations that’ll help you deal with everything that comes out of anyone’s mouth tonight?

Unlike the debate itself, nothing you do in this game is going to affect who becomes our next president. The game is fully playable and within your rights to modify if you start vomiting halfway through. Print out this post or pull it up on your smartphones to play during the debates, either at one of these watch parties in BK or on your very own free stream at home. Cheers to democracy!  (more…)

10/19/16 11:20am
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Check out One More Bite, Brooklyn Based Kids’ first event, this Sunday in Gowanus.

Calling all foodies big and small! Brooklyn Based Kids is throwing its first-ever family food fair, One More Bite, this Sunday (Oct. 23), 11-3pm at The Green Building in Gowanus. Throughout the day you’ll be sampling good food together from nearly 20 food vendors, farmers, and entrepreneurs, many of whom will also lead hands-on activities for the kids, like tracking Monarch butterflies and “food coloring” with Private Picassos. Upon trying each new food and activity, kids will get a stamp in their One More Bite passbook, and pick a treat of their choice at the end for their efforts. (more…)

10/18/16 9:00am

Once more into the breach: go ahead and down a few drinks while watching the final debate on Wednesday.

Finally, after what feels like a campaign that has lasted since before most of you were born and will still drag on until most of us are dead from exhaustion/rising sea levels/Trump internment camps, we have reached the presidential debates. The final debate of this election goes down Wednesday Oct. 19 at 9pm, and it should be a hell of a blood sport: it’ll either be Hillary Clinton’s chance to prove that she’s the only actual adult running for president who has at least read one or two books about international politics, or the chance for everyone in the nation to collectively face palm while thinking “I can’t believe she’s really going to blow this.” Either way, being out and about among your fellow Brooklynites with a drink or two or 13 in hand is recommended.

Here’s our roundup of bars showing the debate on Wednesday, including bars with drink specials, debate bingo and free Cheez-Its (because of the orange guy). Most are also showing the subsequent debates, and all are free. We’ll update the list as more roll in too. And don’t forget to bring our Brokelyn debates drinking game with you too! (more…)

10/06/16 4:15pm
The pool will get at least one more summer. Via Yelp Inc. on Flickr.

The pool will get at least one more summer. Via Yelp Inc. on Flickr.

The pop-up pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park will get at least one more summer [DNAinfo]

French-fry stuffed burritos in Bushwick? Sure why not [Gothamist]

A slasher film set in Bushwick? Sure why not [DNAinfo]

How not to get screwed on Amazon [Fusion]

Read what it’s like to be a hated street canvasser [Bedford + Bowery]

3 Ikea alternatives to save your sanity [Brick Underground]

You can now get buried with your dog in NYC [NYT]

10/04/16 11:52am
Wintrich, who thinks that New York is only concerned with art of the 'period blood' variety.

Wintrich, who thinks that New York is only concerned with art of the ‘period blood’ variety.

The art world is constantly in flux, and New York is perhaps the most representative sampling of its changing humors. With all our alt-comedy, off-off-off Broadway performance art and hipster infamy, the city acts as a creative hub for free expression of all kinds — even the kind that supports Donald Trump.

A pro-Trump art show is coming to Williamsburg this Saturday, curated by conservative “mouthpiece” Lucian Wintrich (who also founded the #Twinks4Trump movement earlier this year). If Wintrich’s Indiegogo fundraising video for the exhibition isn’t enough to make you scream, please enjoy the gallery exhibition’s title:  #DaddyWillSaveUs.

What could a pro-Trump art show possibly look like? It’s hard to imagine, what with its allegiance to an orange-haired bigot who endeavors to suppress human, let alone creative, freedoms. It’s a head scratcher al(t-)right, but Brokelyn’s artists-in-residence did the heavy thinking for you and came up with this list of 10 art pieces you can expect to see at Wintrich’s show this Saturday. (more…)

09/21/16 4:13pm

Drink like royalty in Queens at the first Queens Beer Fest.

You know by now the Queens beer scene is heating up. The borough is becoming a great destination for beer lovers thanks to its growing number of bars and breweries, and our own Queens Beer Book (still available!) that allows you to try a bunch of those bars and breweries for barely any money. Now you get to see the beer scene in action in a whole new way.

Queens’ first-ever beer festival will be hosted in Long Island City on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 shining a light on the borough’s growing craft beer scene and all local craft breweries. From 12pm – 6pm, attendees get to sample all Queens-based breweries, plus additions from Brooklyn, The Bronx, Long Island and Staten Island. And we’ve got a special discount for you! Find out how to get it below.  (more…)

09/16/16 3:00pm
Words to live by: 9 Brooklyn celebs share their fall reading recommendations

Via Flickr user proimos.

That slight tinge of chill in the air (or at least the slight lack of oppressive humidity) means fall has finally pulled up its moving van and started unloading its stuff into our lives. We’ll miss summer, but the fall crisp snaps our academic minds back out of their sun-soaked slumber. We file away beach reads and reach instead for books that will challenge our brains or take us on long, cozy adventures. It’s the season we bring our books to read in bars and step up our subway reading game.

This Sunday, the fall reading season kicks into high gear with the return of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, a free day of readings, author panels and other events, all centered around a street fair of publishers and booksellers. Choosing the right read to kick off the fall can be overwhelming, so we checked in with a few of our favorite Brooklyn-based comedians, musicians, models and booksellers to see what they’re reading right now. We asked not just for  new releases but for anything that matches the mood of the season or counts as necessary reading right now. Here are their picks; make sure to pick one up at your favorite local bookstore! (more…)

09/13/16 5:10pm
Pratt alumni Kadir Nelson designed Drake's 2013 album art. Catch him in person Saturday. Via Pratt.

Pratt alumni Kadir Nelson designed Drake’s 2013 album art. Catch him in person Saturday. Via Pratt.

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn’s world-famous art and design school, has given us notable alumni in diverse array of fields, from Daniel Clowes, Robert Redford and Betsey Johnson to Stefan Sagmeister, Robert Mapplethorpe and Rob Zombie. The more recent alumni are out there in the world right now creating the next great wave of art, literature and entertainment. But you don’t have to wait long to see what their up to: This Saturday, Pratt invites you to enjoy a free day of festivities that will include an alumni exhibition showcasing the work of more than 65 graduates in galleries across Pratt’s Clinton Hill campus. It also features a conversation with alumnus and acclaimed artist/author Kadir Nelson, who designed the above art for Drake’s 2013 album Nothing Was the Same. We won’t say Nelson started from the bottom, but he’s definitely now here. (more…)

08/31/16 5:02pm
Would you believe it if it happened to you?

Would you believe it if it happened to you?

MADMAX: Beset by the horror of young people ruining everything from bar soap and sex to cereal and cars, and also swayed by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, Joyce and friends form the group MADMAX: Mothers Against Drunk Millennials (Also Xenophobic).

THE BOY WHO CAME BACK TO LIFE: After a science bro who previously ghosted Joyce in college sees on social media that she hangs out at Freehold, he re-emerges to sext her incessantly using only light signals.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH: The latest in the trend of single-item specialty boutiques in Brooklyn, The Pumpkin Patch is a new store opening in Bushwick that only sells pumpkin-spiced items. Steve works here part time to save money for hair gel. (more…)