06/09/16 3:00pm
First question: Does he ever just sit in the Oval Office wearing the shutter shades?

First question: Does he ever just sit in the Oval Office wearing the shutter shades?

For almost six years, Brokelyn has brought you the best coverage in all of Brooklyn for things like cheap bottomless brunch deals, free bar food, outdoor bars and how to jump on the Mets’ bandwagon. While we’re more than happy to cover lifestyle issues like that, we’ve also covered weightier topics like gentrification, real estate horrors, modern feminism and the Occupy movement. And now that work on harder news has paid off, because tomorrow afternoon on Facebook Live, we’ll be interviewing President Barack Obama.

Yes, you read that right, the leader of the free world, the commander in chief, the big kahuna himself Barack Obama will be sitting down with us to talk about any and all issues related to urban living in the 21st century. In the waning months of his presidency, we’ve seen President Obama step down the ladder to grace smaller publications and figures like Buzzfeed and Anthony Bourdain with a little one-on-one time. And now, by a few small miracles, it’s our turn.

What can the federal government do to help out with mass transit? Gentrification? Fair policing? We’ll be talking with the president about all that and more on our Facebook Live broadcast, while also sharing any questions you’ve been dying to ask Obama, tomorrow at 1:40pm. So tune in and get ready to make some Brooklyn blog history with us.

03/15/16 1:04pm
This venue might have been your life.

Sound man/venue manager Edan Wilber gets transcendent in a scene from the Death By Audio documentary.

After beginning with the suggestion that “This movie should be played loud,” (and with its frequent concert footage, it certainly couldn’t hurt), Death By Audio documentary Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio opens on a scene you might recognize. DBA resident Stephanie Gross explains to the hopeful crowd, in a line stretching around the block, that they probably won’t be able to get in to the already packed last show ever held at the venue on Nov. 22, 2014. No one leaves though, holding out hope that they can say goodbye and take part in a small piece of Brooklyn history. What could possibly inspire people to stand on a line in the cold with almost no hope of getting into a hand-built music space? (more…)

03/03/16 4:24pm
What a great neighbor they are. via 1 North 4th Street

What a great neighbor they are. via 1 North 4th Street

In one form or another, the possibly years-long Lpocalypse is coming to Brooklyn soon, bringing with it hordes of L train riders needing a new train and hopefully the lesson that putting off transit improvements until a system is pushed to capacity and falling apart is maybe not the best idea. The shutdown is going to be hard on everyone who relies on the L train and also hard one everyone who relies on any L-adjacent trains that weren’t built for the kind of capacity L train spillover will bring. Fortunately, one of Williamsburg’s newest arrivals, luxury building 1 North 4th Place, is helping to make life easier for waterfront residents by offering a free shuttle from their building to the Marcy Avenue J/M/Z stop.

Considering all the time we’ve spent hating the gleaming waterfront towers sticking up over Williamsburg like Dennis Hopper’s high rise from Land of the Dead, this is a great gesture. A real gift to the community from a building that’s an almost physical representation of New York City’s income inequality problem. This is extremely nice of them, so be sure to take advantage of this generosity. (more…)

03/03/16 9:38am
Don't let one of these people beat you. via Flickr user Michael Coghlan

Don’t let one of these people beat you. via Flickr user Michael Coghlan

Yesterday we alerted you to the fact that The Late Show With Stephen Colbert had steady, paid employment for someone who’s good at Twitter. The more visual types among you were probably asking, “Hey what about us and our Instagrams that rack up the likes?” Ordinarily we’d tell you that’s just the way life is, that someone is always going to be unhappy, but it turns out that someone will also pay you for that, as Netflix is looking for some master Instagrammers to take pretty pictures in scenic places. And while you usually have to pay for the privilege of doing this on vacation, Netflix will actually pay you to do this. What a world. (more…)

03/02/16 3:15pm
Quick tweet something about with that people will want to engage with

Quick tweet something about with that people will want to engage with

As the old saying we all know and love goes, “when it rains CBS opportunities, it pours CBS opportunities.” Not only is the corporation represented by an enormous all-seeing unblinking eye looking to expand their writers rooms’ diversity, they’re also looking for a social media whiz to climb aboard the good ship Colbert and become the show’s new social media producer. So step right up if you think you’ve got what it takes to tweet the most relatable, engaging and viral Colbert content out there. (more…)

03/02/16 12:12pm
Get in on this writing mentoring program and maybe you can get more than a single black guy in the NEW YORK CITY-SET 2 Broke Girls

Get in on this writing mentoring program and maybe you can get more than a single black guy on the NEW YORK CITY-SET TV show 2 Broke Girls.

As we went over last week, Hollywood is white as hell, despite the fact that the country is made up of plenty of people who aren’t white. What’s to be done about it? We could burn down the Dolby Theatre and do away with the Oscars forever, but that would be a mostly symbolic way to deal with the problem. The other thing that can be done is seeding Hollywood with more diverse voices so that TV and movies start looking more like America.

CBS is trying to help with that a little and you can be the beneficiary of it, by applying to be part of their Writers Mentoring Program, a program to help get the feet of writers from diverse backgrounds in the door at CBS and allow those writers to become known to executives and show runners who wouldn’t otherwise know of them. The submission period just opened yesterday; the deadline to get your stuff in is May 2. (more…)

03/01/16 3:34pm
Randalls Island welcomes two music festivals this year, but which one should win your heart (and your money)? via Facebook

Randalls Island welcomes two music festivals this year, but which one should win your heart (and your money)? via Facebook

Well you did it, you survived until March, which means you’re one month closer to summer. And being one month closer to summer means you’re one month closer to not one, but now TWO giant music festivals happening on Randall’s Island. In one corner, we’ve got the old standby, Governors Ball, taking place from June 3 to June 5 and featuring a bunch of acts you’ve heard of like Kanye West, The Strokes and Robyn, and others you haven’t. In the opposite corner, we’ve got brash newcomer Panorama, taking place from July 22 to July 24, also featuring a bunch of bands you’ve heard of like LCD Soundsystem, A$AP Rocky and Sia, and others you haven’t. Odds are you can only afford one of these three day festivals, so let’s get a tale of the tape and see which one will be worth the money you made blogging about things being problematic or whatever. (more…)

03/01/16 12:00pm
If you make $20,000 per year and got EXTREMELY lucky, you'd be home by now

If you make $20,000 per year and got EXTREMELY lucky, you’d be home by now.

Hey remember back when we were arguing over whether Williamsburg was still weird or if it was a cultural wasteland of glass and steel and failed Eastern European leaders? Haha, forget about all that because Williamsburg is cool again, or at least these three buildings offering dirt cheap apartments starting at $532/month are cool. And considering the price per square foot in Williamsburg is $802, you could even say this apartment is renting cheaper than dirt. Per DNAinfo, lotteries for places as low as $532 for a one-bedroom apartment right off the J or G, and the L (but that’s going to become less of a selling point once the Lpocalypse hits) are now open.  (more…)

03/01/16 10:52am
The Olsen twins' paparazzi habits are the focus of the new exhibit. Via Kickstarter.

The Olsen twins’ paparazzi habits are the focus of the new exhibit. Via Kickstarter.

Last year, roommates Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen made international news when they turned the front hallway of their Williamsburg apartment into a tribute to figure skating’s most famous violence-connected duo, Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. The Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum began its life as a Kickstarter request for $75 to blow up pictures of each of the figure skaters, and wound up becoming the premier place in America outside of a Wikipedia hole to learn about the lives and rivalry of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, as well as a repository for fan art and memorabilia related to the two figure skaters.

We all love a sequel though, and just in time for the horror of Fuller House, Harkins and Olen are back with a new Kickstarter seeking funds to construct a new exhibit for their museum: The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi. And per the terms of a sequel, the stakes are bigger (this Kickstarter has a funding goal of $9,500 and would involve renting out a storefront for two weeks, at a location TBD. UPDATE 3/31: They reached the goal! See info about the location and address below) and the production values are higher (this year’s video comes with a fully built out miniature model of the planned museum). What’s the vision for the new exhibit and what does it have to do with Fuller House? We spoke with Harkins and Olen to find out. (more…)

02/29/16 2:28pm
Ryan Gosling might be on the Gen X/millennial cusp, but he can be seen here standing in solidarity with millennials who understand the alleged breakfast food is actually garbage

Ryan Gosling might be on the Gen X/millennial cusp, but he can be seen here standing in solidarity with millennials who understand the alleged breakfast food is actually garbage

Last week, the old people reading newspapers and old people reading the internet were disgusted and embarrassed at the behavior of millennials again. What did they have left to ruin after cars and broken windows policing and Jesus? According to the New York Times, millennials committed the gravest sin of all in rejecting breakfast cereal, a covenant handed down by nostalgia-ridden parents who figured if they loved nutrition-less processed garbage pushed by cartoon characters, their children would do the same even into adulthood.

Panicky sliding sales figures were thrown around, the specter of  kids and their damn gluten allergies was invoked and a dark future where kids weren’t tricked into drinking sugar milk by cartoon animals was forecast. The one thing the story about millennials leaving cereal behind in the Dumpster of history where it belongs forgot was asking actual millennials why they were making this reasonable choice. We did though, and the results were stunning in their pragmatism. Millennials, as it turns out, aren’t ditching cereal because it takes too long to clean up: they’re hip to the fact that cereal is expensive, processed, unfulfilling trash that lacks the ability to actually get you through the day. In short, they’ve realized it’s a disgusting fraud. (more…)