07/26/16 10:47am
Hot summer streets And the pavements are burning.

Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning.

Between the heat, the politics and the general crappiness of world news overall, summer has definitely been a cruel one. In times like these, it’s easy to give in to the temptation to stay inside, hugging your air conditioner dearly. But what we all really need sometimes is the chance to dance out our feelings. Your best chance to do that this week comes on Friday when our pals at the skint are holding their fourth annual Cruel Summer dance party that will lift you out of the problematic future and take you back to the breezy days of the 1980s, a simpler time when the tunes were cool and Pokemon weren’t around us at all times. It’s got a killer 80s cover band busting out everything from A-ha to Prince, a great DJ and more — and we’ve got a special half-price discount code just for you. (more…)

07/08/16 1:02pm
James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem will headline Sunday's festival. Via Facebook.

James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem will headline Sunday’s festival. Via Facebook.

Summer festival season is in full swing and we’re soaking up as many outdoor concerts as we can — without leaving the five boroughs, of course. And lucky for us, we don’t have to go far to experience one of the best festivals of the summer: NYC is about to be home to a major new festival: Panorama.

Goldenvoice, the folks behind Coachella, are bringing the first-ever Panorama festival to Randall’s Island July 22, 23 and 24 and it’s got one of the most stacked festival lineups we’ve ever seen: Headliners Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire and the freshly reunited LCD Soundsystem are backed up by Run the Jewels, Flatbush Zombies, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, The Julie Ruin, Broken Social Scene and a whole bunch more.

Tickets for three-day passes start at $319, and one-day passes at $99, but we’ve got the hookup for you: Brokelyn is giving away a pair of three-day VIP passes AND a pair of three-day general passes, just for you! Here’s how to enter. (more…)

07/06/16 5:29pm
Beach + games + you + prizes = a perfect summer day. Via The Push.

Beach + games + you + prizes = a perfect summer day. Via The Push.

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to get yo’ ass to the beach every damn chance you have. Brokelyn is helping kick off The Push, the brand-new games area at the always-hopping Riis Park Beach Bazaar, this Saturday UPDATE: Due to the hater known as weather, we’re moving everything to Sunday! with games, a cornhole tournament with sweet prizes and discounts on Brokelyn summer swag that you can’t get anywhere else.

Come out for a day of music, drinks, fun and your chance to win some summer prizes in our cornhole tournament. We’ll also be selling our sexy new summer tank tops at a special beach discount (just $15!). Plus, you can get your hands on one of our coveted Brokelyn beer koozies too (pictured below).  (more…)

07/01/16 2:21pm
The Gowilla: All the news a developer sees fit to print.

The Gowilla: All the news a developer sees fit to print.

The Brooklyn Paper today reports on a bit of property-ganda :

“The developer of a massive new luxury apartment building on the Gowanus Canal is publishing its own neighborhood newspaper that it says is designed to steer the conversation away from the notoriously toxic waterway and towards the area’s arts and nightlife scene.

But some locals believe it is really just propaganda to attract new tenants, and is cashing in on the creative folk whose homes and studios are rapidly being replaced with luxury housing.”

The building at 365 Bond St., where studio apartments start at $2,492, has been selling its 430-unit building on its proximity to the canal, saying it’s “located on the newly created waterfront esplanade park along the Gowanus Canal; they included a photo with people dangling their feet over the notoriously toxic canal. Brokelyn got a sneak peak at an editorial meeting of the paper, named The Gowilla, where we got a preview at the kind of muckraking it will take on. Here are some forthcoming headlines from the paper: (more…)

07/01/16 9:00am
Soak up the sun: Brokelyn's 2016 ultimate guide to Brooklyn outdoor bars!

Soak in the sun all summer long at (clockwise from top left) Bar Chord, Our Wicked Lady, Margarita Island and a bunch more bars in our guide.

Y’all, we did it. We survived a blizzard, Ted Cruz, a weird 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 fuck up, it’s finally here! Now is your chance to fling off your comforter, don your mom 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 in the group text: 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.

Don’t spend the prime of your young adulthood watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix — get out there and get tequila drunk! Outdoors! Simply click the ‘hood you’re headed to and let us be your patio spirit guides (and don’t forget to cop one of our new Brokelyn tank tops so you can be your best summer self).  —Meghan Stephens (more…)

06/24/16 10:05am
Nominate your picks for the Best of Brooklyn today.

Nominate your picks for the Best of Brooklyn today.

You know the best of Brooklyn: It’s the places you bring your out-of-town friends when they want to experience the actual Brooklyn you can’t see from the top of a double decker bus; the friendly bagel shops and authentic pizzerias that remind you constantly why you decide to keep living here despite the endless rent hikes; the places you check in on every few weeks with mild panic, making sure they haven’t been replaced by a Subway sandwich shop yet.

Now you get your chance to have your opinion heard: Today we’re launching the Best of Brooklyn competition to find the most outstanding restaurants, venues, businesses and date spots in Brooklyn! (more…)

06/07/16 4:45pm
The Oh Sees playing Northside in 2014. Catch Wolf Parade and Brian Wilson this summer. Via Northside Facebook.

The Oh Sees playing Northside in 2014. Catch Wolf Parade and Brian Wilson this summer. Via Northside Facebook.

The music at Northside Festival starts later this week and it’s already been a dramatic event so far, with organizers having to dodge Neo nazis and dump a rape apologist. The dust from that should be well settled by time the music gets on Thursday, which is great because Northside is one of our favorite kick-offs to summer. Not only is it a chance to see great music and discover new bands from the 400+ playing the fest, it’s also a great party: Bedford Avenue gets shut down to car traffic on Saturday and Sunday, bars offer drink specials, and it’s one of our first chances to mingle among the beautiful masses of Brooklyn outdoors again.

You already know about the headliners including Wolf Parade, Brian Wilson, Conor Oberst and Grandmaster Flash, but choosing among the rest can be daunting. So the Brokelyn staff picked 15 bands you should check out at the fest so you can walk away with some new acts to add to your summer playlist. (more…)

06/07/16 11:52am
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With the Stonewall Inn on the brink of being designated a national monument and same sex marriage a fact in all 50 states, it’s easy to think that the work of LGBTQ activists is all but done. But is it? Now is the time to #BHeard.

That and other questions will be addressed at 7pm on June 14, when BRIC TV and Housing Works present Pride 20/20: LGBTQ Civil Rights. This live-broadcast, town hall-style discussion at BRIC House (647 Fulton St.) home to the media arts organization BRIC, will be free and open to the public, and will be available on BRIC TV as well as streamed live online. (more…)

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…)