02/03/17 2:00pm
Greenpointers Holiday Market 2016

Greenpointers holiday market in 2016. Via Greenpointers.

The world is a cold, dark, place with months till summer but that’s not stopping our friends at Greenpointers from throwing their annual holiday market this Valentine’s Day weekend. They’ve gone with a ye old-timey theme this year, complete with Prohibition-era cocktails, vintage jazz tunes, and most importantly lots of amazing local vendors, ’cause nothing is more timeless than independent businesses.

The old times-inspired market will be happening in real time next Sunday (Feb. 12), from 1 to 7pm at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St.). RSVP here.  As always, there’ll be oodles of free shit, including tarot readings and, if the future stresses you out, complimentary Valentine’s-themed cue cards with astrological pickup lines. (more…)

01/30/17 3:05pm

Hungry Brooklynites flocked to Industry City on Saturday to revel in the first-ever Dime Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival. The foodie-friendly event – which tastefully showcased the best of the best in both food and drink across – came on the heels the latest installment of the Best of Brooklyn competition, hosted by Brooklyn Media Group, publisher of BrooklynReporter.com, Brokelyn.com, The Home Reporter, Brooklyn Spectator and Spectator News and several other local outlets, and sponsored by Dime Community Bank.

More than 45,000 voters crowned more than 100 winners in categories such as Best Bar, Best Burger, Best Happy Hour and more — check out the full list of winners here! The festival gave foodies the opportunity to see those those winning vendors – and taste their wares – all in one awesome place. Here are some snapshots, courtesy of attendees: (more…)

01/30/17 1:24pm
This week in activism: Anti-Trump protests, fundraisers and more in NYC this week

A sign at Sunday’s Battery Park protest. Via @yrfriendsydney on Instagram.

To quote a tweet over the weekend: “So far so good. Only a couple hundred more Saturdays of unprecedented national protests and we should all be okay.” It seems the nihilistic, Tasmanian Devil of racism that now occupies the Oval Office is not going to ease up trying to undermine fundamental American values any time soon. But every step of the way, Trump’s actions have been meet with virulent protests nationwide — and unprecedented fundraising for groups like the ACLU.

In other words: Strap in kids, we’re in this for the long haul. Here are the latest protests/rallies and anti-Trump fundraisers this week, which span the spectrum from protests outside Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office to a class teaching women how to embrace the revolutionary thing known as “pockets.” We’ll keep updating this list as more come in too.  (more…)

01/27/17 4:19pm
The only Twitter content worth looking at right now. Via Twitter.

The only Twitter content worth looking at right now. Via Twitter.

The city zoos are having an adorable-off on Twitter [DNAinfo]
An important guide on how to stay outraged without losing your mind [Medium]
Does we need another pun-based vegan-friendly pizzeria? (answer: YES) [Gothamist]
How Trump’s proposed funding cuts could affect NYC [BrickUnderground]
That state is taking action against that Brooklyn voter roll purge last year [WNYC]
NYC’s pro-Trump enclaves are also the most at risk from rising sea levels [Curbed]

01/25/17 4:44pm
You could help run events in this awesome space at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. Via facebook. Photo by Shaul Schwarz via Royal Palms.

You could help run events in this awesome space at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. Via facebook. Photo by Shaul Schwarz via Royal Palms.

Do you need a job? Do jobs even matter any more? Should you still pay taxes? Will we all be reduced to bartering spare pickle juice and loose Timberlands within a few weeks as the economy crashes around us? Who knows! For now you still need a job to eat and pay rent and afford all those tattoos and piercings so conservatives can make fun of you as you march for basic human rights.

We’ve got a prime roundup of jobs this week, perfect for anyone who loves the world of obscure wonders, music, saving the environment or just playing shuffleboard in Gowanus. Read on! (more…)

01/10/17 2:00pm
Suit up for Trump's America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

Suit up for Trump’s America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

The dead of winter isn’t exactly a time when you’re looking to take your shirt off in public, but that’s all the more reason to get in on everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos.

Yep, the best sale in Brooklyn is back, and covering up your ink now means it’s far less likely to peel and scab in the hot sun as it heals. By the time you unveil it to friends during beach season it’ll be as black as the heart of our presidential administration!

Also, not to alarm you or anything, but there are only two Fridays that are also the 13th in 2017. Will you even be alive by the second one? Who knows! Hashtag Trump’s America. Hashtag ink again. 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…)

01/09/17 2:13pm
This is how the world ends. This is how the world ends. via Institute for Human Learning

This is how the world ends. This is how the world ends. via Institute for Human Learning

Spoiler alert: The world will come to an end on January 20, 2017. The Mayans may not have predicted this one, but considering we’re just one tweet away from nuclear incineration and the guy with his hand on the keyboard has more enemies than Drake would know what to do with, the end was probably coming soon anyway.

But will it come to NYC, you ask? You bet. Our reputation as a tolerant, progressive-minded city exempt from the kind of hate Trump’s rhetoric incites has long since been sullied, and NYC’s friendly neighborhood GOP is still working from the inside to threaten marginalized groups in our community. Add a stalled cleanup of the Gowanus Canal and funding rollbacks on affordable housing to the pile of federal concerns for health care and women’s rights, and you’ve sure as shit got a local apocalypse. Goodbye, cruel world.

He’s a thought: Before we Brooklynites bid the world adieu, each of us ought to seize the opportunity to do something we never had the guts to do in the borough. You know what we’re talking about— calling bullshit on a gentrifying business, riding the Cyclone with slinkies attached to your chest, taking a big ol’ shit in front of a Starbucks… there any number of Brooklyn fantasies you’ve never dared to play out. Until now.

We’ll help you get started with our own Brokelyn Staff bucket list, and then you can chime in with what you’re planning before the world ends in the comments. Here’s what we’d like to do:  (more…)

01/05/17 4:18pm
Via Bushwick Daily.

Via Bushwick Daily.

The phrase “in a warehouse in Bushwick” has gone mainstream [Bushwick Daily]
How to get a sweet rooftop cabin in NYC [BrickUnderground]
Activists are planning a massive women’s strike on inauguration weekend [Gothamist]
Here’s where to find the latest wave of filthy rich in Brooklyn [DNAinfo]
I paid off my student loans and I feel nothing [The Billfold]
Finally, a 30 under 30 list you might be on [New Yorker]
Anyone can be a millennial now! [The Daily Beast]

01/05/17 8:02am
A scene from Looking Back. via FB

A scene from Looking Back. via FB

Much as we try to hide it, many of us are transplants to New York City, first-generation Brooklynites trying to prove we deserve to be here. And for the most part it’s easy to go about our days with our heads down, trying to earn our local’s wings so we can forget all about the cities we left behind.

But memories creep in all the same. Memories of your hometown, your high school and the things you thought were forever. Looking back on the past is never easy; even the best memories from your childhood or your teenage years (and if you have those, wow) come packaged with all of the cringeworthy moments that surrounded them. Lucky for you, there’s a play in Manhattan that’ll set you free from your nostalgia.

“Looking Back, It May Not Have Been Ridgefield High School’s Best Production of Our Town,” a new play by Augie Praley, is an evening-length production that does nothing but reminisce. The playwright, who remains onstage the entire time as a kind of live narrator, takes his audience back to a high school gymnasium at his hometown high school, where generations of Ridgefield families performed Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. There’s no real set or props. And while that doesn’t exactly smack of Broadway production value, a lack of accoutrements ends up throwing the generations of high school memories into high relief.

You can catch the thing running every Sunday night at the PIT (123 E. 24th St.) at 8:30pm, from this Sunday (Jan. 8) through Sunday, Feb. 12. The play features our own Sam Corbin and was directed by Isaac Klein, that Billy Joel impersonator you saw in our video last week. So sure, we’re biased. But of all the reasons to end up in the godforsaken Flatiron stretch of Manhattan, this ranks up there as a good one. (more…)

01/04/17 1:50pm
Via Brooklyn Brewery Facebook.

Via Brooklyn Brewery Facebook.

The best of all worlds will collide this month as the first ever Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival gears up to take over Industry City on Jan. 28! Brokelyn readers get a special discount, so for just $25 you can enjoy unlimited beer tastings and discover more than 30 of the best restaurants in the borough.

The foodie-friendly event – which will showcase the best of the best in both food and drink – comes on the heels of this year’s Best of Brooklyn competition, hosted by Brooklyn Media Group, publisher of BrooklynReporter.com, Brokelyn, The Home Reporter, Brooklyn Spectator and Spectator News and several other local outlets. 

In the competition, now in its fifth year, more than 45,000 voters crowned more than 100 winners in categories such as Best Bar, Best Burger, Best Happy Hour and more in a borough which is now known worldwide for the quality and originality of its culinary offerings.

Now, you’ll have your chance to see those winning vendors – and taste their wares – in one place, Sunset Park’s Industry City. (more…)