Tonight at the Bell House there’s show called Ask Roulette, where you can ask a complete stranger anything. (Remember, they used to say that about 411 operators, but that might have been an urban myth. Do you even know what a 411 operator is?) For tonight’s show, host and WNYC producer Jody Avirgan has recruited Chuck Klosterman (The New York Times‘ “Ethicist”), W. Kamau and Jay Smooth of WBAI to be the answerers / askers / moderators / ok we’re not entirely sure. (more…)
Fab.com, the internet portal for quirky household ephemera and bodily decorations that one doesn’t need but frequently wants, is having a bricks-and-mortar warehouse sale in Chelsea right now. (Chelsea is in Manhattan, FYI.) They’re promising up to 90 percent off their usual colorful miscellany. What better occasion to deploy the time-honored technique of buying presents for other people and keeping them for yourself? Here are the sale details: (more…)
Take a look at these beauts! Brooklyn’s best V-Day gift goes on sale tomorrow, but lord knows you don’t have to be coupled up to buy one. Perhaps you already know how our world-famous Beer Books work: 30 beers, 30 great bars, just 30 bucks. So many groovy places signed up this year (full reveal tomorrow) that we even threw in a coupla extras. We can’t say exactly what time the Brokelyn Beer Books drop, because we have commitment issues about such things, but watch this space to find out more. A word of warning: if the past is any guide, the books will be gone by the weekend, possibly by Friday. Miss them and risk spending too much of 2014 sober.
This romantic gift doesn’t bespeak Dave’s weird cultural obsessions or millennial inside jokes. A fondue pot for two isn’t cheeky, smirky or smart assy in any way—it insists upon its cuteness, and that is all. To give someone this is to say fuck irony, fuck ’90s nostalgia, fuck that comedy show at the Bell House we missed, fuck your tattoos and mine too. Fuck it all, and possibly me too, if maybe you want to? But first, let’s get some stinky cheese and fire up this adorable little thingy! It took us so long to get that out, the $24 pot is now on back order at UncommonGoods (a Brooklyn-based mail order outfit) but get in now line for Valentine’s Day. However, know that by then you’ll have some other stupendous gift options.
What it is: A small burger-and-beer joint with an inventive menu that invites you to stray from the script.
Why We Love It: For all the hype about the purportedly Smith Streetish food scene in Ditmas Park, there are gaping holes in the neighborhood menu. Ox Cart fills the hearty pub fare niche without resting on its lack of competition. Plus, it’s a rare and welcome destination on underdoggy Newkirk Avenue, a quiet cousin to Cortelyou. (more…)
Welcome to the first in our “Ask a Headhunter” interview series, in which we grill recruiters on what it takes to get a real job. Today’s expert is Brooklyn’s own Kristy Hurt, a luxury fashion and retail specialist whose clients include Alexander Wang, Loeffler Randall, Miu Miu and Prada, among others. We asked her to identify entry-level opportunities as well the best longterm gigs other than completing a series of unpaid internships until you’re ready to retire or opening an organic handbag storefront in Bushwick that shutters two short months later, after lots of great parties but only three sales.
1118 Cortelyou Rd. between Stratford and Westminster
What it is: Sycamore calls itself the “coziest bar in Brooklyn,” and while we aren’t ready to throw Brokelyn’s editorial might behind that assertion, we’ll put it squarely in the running, with its bricky, woody, wool-sweatery feel, friendly bartenders and one’s tendency to get sucked in and never leave. (more…)
Hey, that wig is pretty smokin’. Photo courtesy of LookGoodFeelBetter.org.
We know good hair is a primary concern of Brokelyn readers because of the response we got on this cheap men’s Brooklyn haircut post and this one for the ladies, and also Bill de Blasio’s mullet. Next Tuesday, Oct. 22, a Park Slope salon is offering a chance to get a half-price ‘do and do right by someone with cancer. (more…)
What is it: The snazzy, woody bar and restaurant is a pillar of “the new Smith Street,” as Marty Markowitz has described Cortelyou Road.
Why we love it: Rustic but not pig-farmy, trend-conscious but not precious, Castello Plan is highbrow modern Brooklyn but not achingly so. Castello’s wide-ranging menu has an adventurous side (gazpacho with white peach and seared squid) but doesn’t thumb its nose at updated classics (tagliatelle with tomato pesto and pecorino.) (more…)