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…)

01/05/16 3:48pm
Can anyone hope to fill these shoes? via Yelp user Jice E.

Can anyone hope to fill these shoes? via Yelp user Jice E.

After nearly 40 years in the business of making people look different than they normally look, Dr. Zizmor, the most culturally-referenced dermatologist in New York City, is retiring. Even though nothing can truly stop the driving arrow of time (as evidenced by Zizmor’s current appearance), the good doctor had us all mystified and even comforted by his gaudy, rainbow-colored ads that adorned the subway cars of New York City.

So, who will come to be New York City’s next bastion of banner advertising in Zizmor’s wake? Whose mug will manage to interrupt the ever-increasing streams of Seamless ads and Oscar health insurance puns as our new mascot? The Brokelyn staff put their heads together and came up with a few ideas. (more…)

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