permanent records

Someone probably already got the Zappa though. :( via Facebook

Permanent Records, Greenpoint-based purveyors of vinyl goods, has lost its lease, and Thursday will be their final day of regular business at 181 Franklin Street before they head down to South Slope. While it’s always sad when a record store is forced to leave their home, Permanent will live on, and you can stand to benefit from this development with their massive moving sale, going on now through the end of business Thursday. We placed a call to see just how massive, and they’ve definitely delivered. (more…)

09/05/14 8:38am
berg'n

How tight do you have to grip that Jackson at Berg’n? All photos by Dave Rosado

Now that the warm weather will once again slowly abandoning us for the next too many months, it’ll soon be time we all start transitioning our activities to take place indoors. The minds behind Smorgasburg apparently see it the same way, so they’ve decided to take it inside a massive garage space with the newly opened Berg’n (899 Bergen St.), with food from features food from Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger, and Mighty Quinn’s. Crown Heights’ new beer hall/food court/thing finally opened last Wednesday, after a handful of delays and angry Facebook posts.

In all the excitement though, we were curious, is it possible to enjoy an entire, hearty meal at this place, with dessert, and still be able to enjoy a libation at their long, dark bar for under $20? We already know you can do pretty well for yourself on that much at Smorgasburg, but with fewer vendors to choose from and the desire to enjoy a refreshing beer emphasized due to said bar, is it possible here? I decided to put President Jackson to the test in the eatanddrinkeria at 7:30 this past Sunday evening. (more…)

doc gooden

Show your fastball off in front of Doctor K this weekend

The Mets may have already abandoned you and your hope for a playoff berth this summer with their fifth straight losing season and the overall feeling that the earth underneath Citi Field will open up, swallowing the team whole as they fall into a bottomless, swirling abyss, but they still want to make things right. No no, not with a higher payroll or anything, don’t be silly. The team will be apologizing for committing 6 errors on Monday afternoon by hosting the Mets Jam Music Festival, at Brooklyn Bridge Park with the help of Top 40 radio mill Z100. Mets legends like Doc Gooden will be there, to hear your jokes about how they could probably make the team this year. (more…)

09/03/14 8:48am
greenpoint heights wings

Greenpoint Heights’ 50 cent wing special will allow you to take in that afternoon game on Sundays in style. If “style” means “face covered in buffalo sauce.” Photo by Dave Rosado

Listen, team. A new NFL season is upon is. The days of relaxing at home, watching baseball and golf, and not suffering from concussions are OVER. It’s time you suit up, get yourselves ready and in some semblance of shape, get the hell out there, and be ready to ruin that summer body you probably didn’t have all over again. Put on your uniforms: loose-fitting, elastic-wasted pants and a jersey that’s one size too big, which you’ll need to hide that new wing and beer gut. You better come hungry. For victory! For glory! For like 10 wings for just under 7 dollars! Once the whistle blows, this shit is getting real. Because it’s time. It’s time to eat your weight in chicken wings for mere pennies during wing specials at these 9 spots. (more…)

09/02/14 10:51am
green-wood cemetery clown

Yeah wait…what was the deal with this feaking clown?

We here at Brokelyn are sadly aware that Summer ’14 ended in spirit yesterday, on Labor Day. This year’s summer was known for two things: the temperate weather which we’re sure we’ll pay for with a winter hellscape, and the mysteries surrounding a group of events which have captivated us all of Brooklyn, probably.

The biggest mystery Brooklyn was scratching its head over this summer was the pair of white flags sitting atop the Brooklyn Bridge, put there in place of the American flags that adorned the top of one of the most beautiful structures in America. We’re not fans of freelance decoration of the Brooklyn Bridge in general here, but we have to admit, there was something sort of interesting about those flags. Who put them there, and why? Random jokes on Twitter claiming responsibility for the flags were also met with an outsized reaction by the authorities who were clearly frustrated with the lack of information they were able to unearth themselves. We had a bonafide caper on our hands.

Then we found out some German artists did it, and after we got over our relief that there wasn’t some sinister reason for the flags being put there, we settled in with the disappointing fact that it was some silly art thing. Anyway, we’re not getting burned by a mystery’s uninteresting resolution again. We already saw the last season of LOST. But hey, that was only one of the many mysteries swirling around our fair borough. We still have others, and we want answers. Interesting answers. (more…)

freddy's bar

Bring some meat, it’s welcome here. via Facebook

Look, this Monday’s Labor Day, and we get it; for most people, this means that it’s time to regret that you once again called it the “Summer of YOUR NAME” and didn’t actually go skydiving, learn to play an instrument, or get anywhere near sculpting that beach body. It’s also the time of year when you’re likely to walk into your local pharmacy and see decorations for Halloween and beyond for sale in the seasonal section which goddamnit, already, really? That’s okay, because Freddy’s (627 5th Avenue, South Slope) is here to help, with a free Labor Day BBQ. (more…)

08/25/14 3:01pm
From Gowanus to your living room. Usually people say that about sludge, so consider yourself lucky. via Boundless Brooklyn

From Gowanus to your living room. Usually people say that about sludge, so consider yourself lucky. via Boundless Brooklyn

You remember the Kentile Floors sign, right? F and G train riders can’t appreciate it for seconds at a time anymore, along with the occasional bump in their Instagram likes that it entailed, but now you can enjoy the feels it gave you right in your living room, whenever you want. Boundless Brooklyn, the small company behind the cardboard model water tower and other water tower-related ephemera, will sell you a model version of the Kentile Floors sign according to Brooklyn Paper, if you insist on owning one of those. (more…)

08/15/14 2:13pm
banksy

This one seems like it could be good for you.

If you’ve just moved into a new apartment, congratulations! We hope it doesn’t have bed bugs. Also, you might want to do a little bit of decorating. Finally get rid of your Reservoir Dogs poster and that Ikea art you made a huge mistake buying, and check out Gilt’s Banksy sale for a quick way to spruce up your new pad. (more…)
monro pub

Just imagine there’s an audience there, and then imagine them in their underwear if you’re nervous. Photo by Dominic Perri, via Facebook

Are you the resident cutup at parties? Do you have ideas for great stories kicking around in that noggin of yours, aching to be freed? Have you lost the attention of all your friends and are just desperate for an audience, any audience, because you have things to SAY damnit, and people have to hear those things?

You’re in luck because, starting tonight, The Monro Pub (481 5th Ave., South Slope) is starting a storytelling series, and they’re looking for a few good (or at least brave) yarn-spinners to come on by and share their stories with their fellow booze hounds. (more…)

08/11/14 1:47pm
bicyclists' ball

You don’t HAVE to show up like this, but it’d be kind of bad ass. via Flickr user Hugger Industries

If you were too cool to go to your high school prom, congratulations on sticking to your story, but also, here’s your chance to make it all right by heading to the first-ever Bicyclists’ Ball (and Pedestrian Prom), hosted by Transportation Alternatives, the organization that supports cycling, walking, and public transportation in our fair city. (more…)