07/09/14 10:46am
The New Yorker's new audiencer. Via Redditor busterbrown123

The New Yorker‘s new audiencer. Via Redditor busterbrown123

Four years ago I read an article that was one of the most well-researched, well-written pieces of journalism I had ever encountered. It was about bananas. Before that, I couldn’t name one difference between a manzano and a plantain. What could make a coarse cur like me care about cavendishes? The city’s famous martini-soaked weekly, The New Yorker. If you’re like me, though, you can’t just drop $70 on a subscription. But we’re in luck: according to The New York Times, The New Yorker is giving free online access to all of their content from 2007 to the present for three months beginning July 21. (more…)

07/08/14 1:40pm
code school

If you’re an aspiring Acid Burn, this class is for you.

Are you a woman or a minority who would love to get into software development but don’t have the money or resources to learn the skills? Google has a surprise for you. According to Business Insider, they’re offering three free months of tech lessons at Code School to thousands of women and minorities across the globe — and you could be one of them. (more…)

06/26/14 12:02pm

The Cyclone turns 87 today [NYHS]
Freedom to get obese any way you want upheld [NYP]
NYC surprisingly not the hardest place to live [NYT]
There’s a good chance the US can move to Round Two
[Bloomberg]
Street View shows us how fast BK is gentrifying [Gizmodo]
Dennis Hopper disappeared for six year and took a lot of cool photos [BBC]
Man pulls a Kramer: swims in East River then disappears [Gothamist]
A map of the massive number of residential buildings going up downtown [Curbed]

06/09/14 9:47am
summer reading

Kind of like this, but at a much louder, more crowded beach. via Flickr user Haceme un 14

Yep, it’s the season for beach reads and summer reading lists. We may be stuck in our cubicles but our minds are on a tropical island somewhere, Singapore Sling in one hand and sexy summah romance novel in the other. Or if you’re like me, you’re in the shaded backyard of a bar hoping that cute girl drinking a beer one the table over there will inquire about your Norton Critical Edition of Don Quixote (the Ormsby translation, naturally) and reveal that she’s a learned scholar in all things Cervantes and would certainly love to get together for drinks and talk about 17th century European literature how’s Tuesday sound perfect here’s my number.

So what’s the rest of team Brokelyn reading this summah? (more…)

06/06/14 1:36pm
rockaway beach

Have a nice day at the beach, but know your rights. via Flickr user Oscar Rohena

After an hour bike ride with an 18-pack on your back rack, you and a bunch of buds are drinking sudsy Buds on Rockaway Beach. As the noonday sun sinks slowly, singeing sunscreened skin, you think life could be no better. Your eyes closed, the bright backs of your eyelids turn tenebrous. A shadow has fallen upon your party. An eclipse? No, no. It’s the 5-o, come to step on all that is sacred about drinking on the beach. “What’s in the cooler?” they ask. You don’t have to show them, but as with all police-related matters, Gothamist reports, you should play it cool when you mention that. (more…)

05/22/14 8:36am
panda

Dawwwwww. via Flickr user George Lu

China has two big advantages over the US: 1) $1.2 trillion in American debt and 2) the most pandas of any country. There’s not much you can do about the former, but you can get directly involved with the latter. The Chinadaily USA reports that China’s Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan province is looking for a full-time panda nanny for a year-long position. The PRC GPPRC is turning their eyes to the outside world for applicants, so you may have a shot at getting this fantastic job being people parents to panda pups. (more…)

gowanus yacht club

Rex Banner always gets his man. Photo illustration by Chris Giganti

Just as the groundhog portends winter, the opening of the Gowanus Yacht Club portends a sweet, sultry summer filled with suds and cheap burgers. Alas, this year the Gowanus Yacht Club is missing something other than watercraft: Duff Beer. Duff — you’d recognize if you were born in the Reagan administration — is the infamous cheap mass-produced beer of The Simpsons. For the GYC regular, Duff was the mystery watery beer that was just $4, a couple bucks cheaper than all the other draft beers. But the Duffman has turned off the tap, via a cease-and-desist letter from Fox. (more…)

01/06/14 10:28am
The Castello Plan: sort of fancy and really fun.

The Castello Plan: one of last year’s Beer Book bars

It’s 2014 — a new year, a new beer… book. That’s right. As you were come down off of your year-end binges and three-day hangovers, we at Brokelyn have been busily prepping the 2014 Beer Book. Like last year, we’re filling our new book with some great Brooklyn bars including Beast, The Vanderbilt, The Saint Catherine, Mission Dolores, Heavy Woods, Bodega, Littleneck, South 4th Street, 706 Bar, The Diamond, Full Circle Bar, Beast of Bourbon, Miles, Glorietta Baldy and more. And also like last year, we expect it to sell out fast. Hell, we even have a waiting list from last year’s sale.

So how can you, the average brokester, get in the know-ster and snag a beer book? By signing up for our mailing list, of course! The books are coming out sometime in the next few weeks and our mailing list subscribers will be the first to hear about it. You’ll also get our weekly email with the best of Brokelyn, listings of the hottest weekend events, and chances to enter our subscriber-only contests. So if you want a heads up, sign up here.

12/11/13 4:45pm
nyc snow bus

This could be you (if you win and have good balance)! via Facebook

Living in the city is expensive enough. We can’t even imagine how to justify the economics of getting upstate for a weekend to indulge in snow sports. That’s why we want to send two lucky ski (or board) bum newsletter subscribers on a free day trip on December 20 to Mountain Creek, NJ with the NYC Snow Bus. That’s right: our newsletter contest returns with the coolest (haha) prize yet. Here’s what the lucky winner gets:

  • FREE round-trip transportation for two on the hip NYC Snow Bus
  • Two FREE lift tickets for the day
  • Rental equipment for two discounted from $45 to $25 each (if needed).

This whole package would normally cost $97. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for our mailing list. And while you’re at it, you can enjoy our curated weekend events listings and links to the best Brokelyn articles in every weekly e-mail. We’re choosing a winner at noon on Monday, December 16th, so don’t delay. Sign up and look for our weekly e-mail tomorrow afternoon with info about the contest.