11/26/14 2:57pm
d.b.a. brooklyn

You’ve got one last chance to enjoy the party. via Facebook

Another day, another spot in Williamsburg that we love is shutting its doors: d.b.a Brooklyn, a bar we love and solid Beer Book bar, announced that they were closing with a post on their Facebook page. There was no reason given for the closure and a call to the bar went unanswered, but all we know is that Sunday, November 30 will be the bar’s last day open. That day, you can watch the Saints play the Steelers, and then help the bar have a send off, or as they put it “drink the inventory.” (more…)

11/25/14 4:19pm
spike hill

Later. via Facebook

Hey, you done being sad about Death By Audio and Glasslands closing? Oh and 285 Kent too? Cool, because now it’s time to talk about all the great times you had at Spike Hill and how you’re gonna miss it, because whoops, Gothamist got word that Spike Hill is closing too. Guess the only reasons left to go to Williamsburg are Rosemary’s and the hopes of being cast in the Daredevil Netflix show(more…)

11/25/14 3:35pm
film biz recycling

Sweet crap like this at Film Biz Recycling, all for 25% off? Sign us up. via Facebook

If you’re not camped out for Black Friday “deals” already, well we don’t know what to tell you. Sadly, you’ll have to miss out on the biggest state-sanctioned riot of the year we guess. It’s not so bad though, because while capitalism devours the world in the form of people fighting over $11 TVs at bog box stores, you can shop sanely and safely at the best thrift and secondhand stores in the city during Green Friday. We’re talking deals like 50% off clothing at Goodwill, 25% off at Film Biz Recycling and so much more. (more…)

11/25/14 2:08pm
bushwick daily village

It takes a village to make a village

If you read Brokelyn, you might also be a reader of Bushwick Daily. It’s OK, we’re pals, we don’t consider it cheating. Other websites, maybe we do. Anyway! We bring up Bushwick Daily because they’ve decided to take some crazy step forward and evolve into a new website called Village, that will combine news, deals from local merchants and events all in one easy-to-use platform. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s kind of expensive to do that, so they’ve got a crowdfunding campaign going that could use your help. ‘Tis the season and all. (more…)

11/25/14 12:14pm

Someone’s landlord allegedly booted him to turn the room in an AirBnB [DailyDot]
Brooklyn is a DNC finalist [POLITICO]
Will trade fancy lettering for food [Daily News]
NYC protests Ferguson, mostly peacefully [DNA Info]
Poor neighborhoods in Brooklyn don’t have enough to eat [New York 1]
Here’s some video of the Astor Place Cube being taken away [Bedford + Bowery]
The final Bridging Gowanus meeting meant one last time to argue about tall buildings in Gowanus [Brownstoner]

11/25/14 11:48am
link nyc

Maybe you can just set up a tent outside of one.

Hey, were you briefly excited about the city’s LinkNYC plan to turn our payphones into free Wi-fi hotspots, before stopping to think that this couldn’t possibly turn out to be as good as you hoped? Congratulations if you were cynical about this whole mess, because it turns out that poor neighborhoods are gonna start with slower Wi-fi speeds, and a look at a map shows that while huge swathes of Midtown and Times Square will be covered by this, outside of Manhattan will see a lot less free internet. (more…)

11/25/14 9:17am
thanksgiving drinking

Going to Colorado for Thanksgiving? Keep in mind that taxes are lower on wine than on liquor. via Flickr user Jason Meredith

So maybe you’re going home for Thanksgiving to get beat up by your old high school bullies. Or maybe you’re going to some far-off family member’s place to get beat up by your cousin’s high school bullies. Either way, you’re leaving New York for Thanksgiving and you know you’re gonna be drinking Wednesday night. Just because you live Brooklyn though, doesn’t mean you should leave your Brokelyn attitude of finding the cheapest way to do things behind, so Slate put together some data on state excise taxes on alcohol to help you figure out the most efficient thing to chug when you go home and try to explain that “social media manager” is a real job. Warning: maths ahead. (more…)

11/24/14 12:30pm

Scenes of the end of Death By Audio [Free Williamsburg]
Rudy Giuliani shows us that racial sensitivity he’s known for [New York Magazine]
Fred Armisen busting out New York accent after New York accent [ANIMAL]
Dying poor in New York City [The Awl]
Scams and flams, scams and flams, scaaaams and flams, NYC edition [Runnin's Scared]
110-year-old De Robertis Caffé is closing [Bedford + Bowery]
Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo: unlikely pals [City & State]
The on-demand economy has some issues [Kernel Mag]

11/24/14 10:15am
781 metropolitan

We traded our sliders for this. Hope it’s worth it, New York. via Adam America

As we all know, Williamsburg lost a landmark fast-food operation this past year, as the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed. It was sad that Brooklynites had one less place to go and get tiny hamburgers, but time makes ghosts of us all, so you move on. There’s something to look forward to though, since the boxy 81-unit apartment going up on the former burger site is going to come with 20 percent affordable apartment buildings in it. So you might be able to tell friends you live where they made the chicken jalapeño sliders, if you get lucky. (more…)

11/21/14 5:04pm
brooklyn bridge

Not for tourists. via Flickr user gigi_nyc

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- We wondered if keeping tourists off the Brooklyn Bridge was the best policy

- We analyzed some SantaCon in Bushwick conspiracy theories

- …before it turned out it wasn’t even showing up here

- There were jobs, so many jobs for you

-Bushwick got a porn festival

- The city made plans to bring us fast free Wi-fi

- The free pizza alert button was pushed

- The MTA promised to take action against man-spread

- The C train made plans to screw us next year