03/20/15 8:06am
clench and release

It was a rough winter for all of us, including Charla

We were big fans of Charla Lauriston’s first season of her web series Clench and Release, which if you haven’t watched, you should watch here right now. Obviously other people were too, because Lauriston parlayed that and all the other stuff she did into a writing job on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you worked your way through that too and still want some Charla, you’re in luck, because Clench and Release season 2 is about to drop, and you can see it premiere live and catch stand up from a bevy of Brooklyn comics next week at Littlefield. (more…)

03/19/15 9:00am
budweiser

Booklynites are already fine with Budweiser. Why they gotta be so thirsty?

We don’t know what it is with Budweiser lately, man. First they launch an ad campaign built around trying to get millennials to buy faux-vintage crates of beer. Then they called people who like craft beer (plenty of millennials in big cities) a bunch of queers with their defiant Super Bowl ad making fun of the very idea of drinking beer that tastes good. Now just a few weeks later, they’re back to trying to get us to like them, by setting up a blind taste test designed to trick Brooklynites into saying nice things about how the beer tastes before revealing it as Budweiser. Make up your minds, guys. (more…)

03/18/15 4:00pm
cherry izakaya

Here be cheapness (and charity). via Facebook

Despite the fact that we’re a blog that encourages people to do things like saving money through the power of cooking your own damn food, we understand it’s nice to go out sometimes. We also get that it’s nice to feel like you’re doing a good deed. Also it feels good to drink a lot of beer. Tonight, you can do all of those things, because Williamsburg Japanese spot Cherry Izakaya (138 North 8th Street) is rolling out $1 beers and complimentary food just for you. Well, you and whoever else shows up. (more…)

03/18/15 12:35pm
Kimmy and Titus showing an example of their DIY spirit

Kimmy and Titus showing an example of their DIY spirit

A weary transplant, beaten down by the indignities New York City will make the uninitiated suffer, sadly waits to board a bus that will take her back to Nowheresville, Indiana. Before she can board though, she goes to throw something away in the trash, only to catch sight of a rat rooting around in the garbage. This rat living in a garbage can reminds her of her past strength and inspires her to stay in New York City after all.

If you’ve watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, you know that story, since it’s a scene from the show’s first episode. Finding inspiration in the garbage that piles up all around us might not be the advertisement for New York City that Mayors Bloomberg or de Blasio would want, especially in light of  another recent piece of pop culture celebrating the city, Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York,” being revealed as some kind of stealth viral marketing for a tourist-friendly version of the city.

The two are perfect contrasts. Where Kimmy is a hustler with a tiny room in a basement apartment, Taylor Swift’s protagonist is up in a penthouse. Kimmy works, Taylor Swift’s character is that girl eating kale salad and taking Uber with her parent’s retirement. Kimmy Schmidt is real New York. Taylor Swift is Starbucks New York. (more…)

03/18/15 12:00pm

NYC laundromats are having a rough go of it [Crain's]
Scourge of love locks spreads to BQE [Brooklyn Paper]
Mary had a little lamb, she took to lunch at Five Leaves [DNA Info]
Three days of photographing inside the Bowery’s most cryptic building [ANIMAL]
Even Toys R Us can’t afford Times Square anymore [Commercial Observer]
How and why the 421-a doesn’t work [Gothamist]
Teens attack cop [New York Post]
Your commute is killing you. Or it’s at least wasting your time [Daily Intelligencer]
Awful Austin landlords destroy family-owned business for SXSW party [Latina]

03/18/15 10:20am
brooklyn rent

Usually we break this out for the rent, but what the hell, captures our feelings pretty well. Photo by Rachel DeLetto

It’s been a little while since we talked about home ownership on the ol’ Brokelyn dot com, mostly because we figure most of you don’t make the $66,167.27 per year that you need to afford everything that goes into buying a home. And while we’re dipping out toes back in to the impossible dream of having a piece of property that’s yours and not your landlord’s, this might be the last time, it might be the last time, we don’t know. That’s because buried in Daily News story about the insane down payments people are paying on average in New York City, we learn how much people are paying on average in Brooklyn. Want to compete with your fellow home buyers? The average down payment in Brooklyn is now $163,537. Hey, thanks complain-y real estate speculators. (more…)

03/18/15 9:22am
brooklyn bridge park

Get it looking more like this. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

That sure was a rough winter we just went through, huh? We guess with the threat of snow hanging over us, we shouldn’t be acting like we’ve turned a corner just yet, but screw it, let’s say we have and that spring is on its way. After so much snow and ice and cold, you might be looking a little worse for wear, but at least you spent most of your time inside. Brooklyn Bridge Park didn’t have the option, so after being ravaged by winter, it needs a little spring cleaning, which you can help with this weekend and next week. (more…)

03/17/15 1:35pm
bushwick flea

Don’t confuse them for ‘Shwick though, that might get you cut. via Facebook

The hottest shopping destination when the weather warms up in Brooklyn this year? It looks like it’s going to be Bushwick, which is not only slated to get a mini-Smorgasburg starting in April, but will not be getting its own branded flea market. The Bushwick Flea will be kicking off in April and offering up a flea market for Bushwickers who don’t want to bother going to Williamsburg. Or Fort Greene. Or Park Slope. Basically people who want a flea market in Bushwick, that’s who the Bushwick Flea is for. (more…)

03/17/15 12:01pm

BK BID director makes off with $85K to pay for clothes, Beyonce tickets [Gothamist]
Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows up at Brooklyn federal court, gets a funny t-shirt [Daily News]
Sounds like things were interesting on the Community SXSW hype train [The Verge]
In other SXSW, please do not try to punch Run the Jewels [Consequence of Sound]
All of the subways we never got to ride [WNYC]
Sally Field in Williamsburg, courtesy of Michael Showalter [Bedford + Bowery]
An online chat with an anonymous former NYPD officer [Gawker]

03/17/15 10:22am
overcrowded subway

It doesn’t HAVE to be this way. via Flickr user Ianqui Doodle

Maybe it was this winter, maybe things are falling apart at the fast rate that things feel like they’re falling apart, but the subway being broken as hell has been a hot topic of late. The 7 train. The L train. Delays from massive overcrowding. Sure we got fancy new manspreading PSAs, but you need a working train before you have a manspreader to roll your eyes at. If you’ve been bitching about the state of your commute lately, we’re not gonna tell you to stop, but we will tell you to tell the Riders Alliance, who’s collecting stories to dump on Governor Cuomo’s doorstep as an argument for fully funding the MTA’s capital plan in this year’s budget. (more…)