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Faye Penn is the founder of Brokelyn and publisher of the Brooklyn and Queens Beer Books, the Brooklyn Cocktail Book and other stuff you ain't seen yet. She lives in Ditmas Park. Get at her at brokelyn@gmail.com

03/25/15 12:19pm

There’s a new building with 153 possibly affordable apartments coming to Flatbush [YIMBY]
If you hate hipsters, you might like Cards Against Brooklyn [DNAinfo]
A NYC shoe repair store that the march of retail chains forgot to obliterate [Vanishing New York]
Free haircuts and beard trims in Carroll Gardens today [Craigslist]
A 47-year-old retiree on how to be rich like him [Billfold]
‘A true pigeon will never break your heart’ [Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn]
Why white people dance alone [TPM]
Jemima Kirke’s Brooklyn workouts aren’t supposed to make her skinny [NYTimes]

01/26/15 7:00am
Lucas Sacks

Brooklyn Bowl’s Lucas Sacks

Ever have a real good time at a cool show at Brooklyn Bowl, and wanted to thank the person who made it all happen? If it’s been in the last few years, you can probably thank Lucas Sacks, who’s been part of the talent booking team at the venue for the last three years and has been the main booker the past six months. Beyond thanking him, you might also want to ask Lucas how it is he managed to make a career out of booking acts like Robert Plant, Lauryn Hill, Deer Tick and The Roots. We wanted to know too, and Lucas was happy to clue us in. (more…)

01/25/15 12:33am

Wheated, 905 Church Ave., between East 11th St. and Coney Island Ave., 347-240-2813


What it is: A small but stylish pizza, beer and cocktail place on booming Church Avenue. There’s a lively bar scene up front and tables in the back for more committed diners.

Why we love it: Because nobody here is gluten-free.

What to order: Salads are so big you’ll need a scythe to get through them. Inventive sourdough pizzas named (somewhat randomly) after Brooklyn neighborhoods dare you to try them all. With toppings that range from pecorino-romano to fennel sausage and figs, you can’t go wrong with any of the pies, but the Windsor Terrace (plum tomatoes, garlic, red onions, basil, fresh & aged mozzarella, Pecorino-Romano, hot sopressata and red bell pepper) is a standout. 

Pro tip: NYC pizza poobah Adam Kuban recently put Wheated’s jalapeño and sausage pie on his list of “8 pizzas that haunt my dreams.”

05/27/14 7:51am
Comedy Roulette

Ask us anything

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…)

03/25/14 11:12am

Fab.com warehouse saleFab.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…)

12/17/13 8:43am
This is just... so... CUTE.

This is just… so… CUTE.

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.

Ox Cart Tavern

Ox Cart Tavern
583 Argyle Rd. at Newkirk, Ditmas Park
(718) 284-0005

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…)

10/22/13 6:31am
Kristy Hurt for Brokelyn

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.