09/11/13 9:23am
She knows you're still thinking about grad school. Don't do it!

She knows you’re still thinking about grad school. Don’t do it!

Last year, we talked to Kio Stark: journalist, novelist, and NYU faculty member whose Kickstarter-funded book Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook to Learning Almost Anything gave our bank accounts new reason to smile. Partly inspired by her own experience as a PhD-dropout, Stark wrote a guide to independent learning, gathering tons of insights from successful self-taught pros. Of course, she didn’t stop with just the book, she’s still spreading the no-grad school gospel, and will continue her crusade with a party/teach-in tomorrow night at Studio-X in Manhattan. (more…)

06/18/13 12:34pm

Mable's Smokehouse

Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall
44 Berry St. (At Wythe)
Williamsburg
(718) 218-6655

What is it: No-frills beer and Oklahoma-style BBQ joint that caters to the southern man and woman inside every beer-chugging Brooklynite.

Why we love it: The huge open layout gives you a “not-in-West-Williamsburg-anymore” impression, but that’s only the beginning. The three-sided bar turns drinking into an easy game of eye-tag, but a projection screen playing movies like Roadhouse and Stand by Me lets you play coy, although after a few pints or a pick from their signature cocktails menu, that’ll probably be the last thing you’ll do. (more…)

Photo by Mary Dorn

Photo by Mary Dorn

Bedford Hill Coffee Bar
343 Franklin Ave (at Greene Ave)
Bed-Stuy
(718) 636-7650

What is it: Quaint brunch time coffee hang by day; grown-up date spot by night, this corner cafe is a neighborhood favorite for its morning to night menu offerings, crafted aesthetic and secret hideway charm.

Why we love it: Taking the three steps down into this half-underground coffee and beer joint feels like a descent into 1920s Paris. Small cafe tables are tightly arranged, and a corked dinette-style bar hosts a regular slew of long-time Bed-Stuy locals and newer transplants. The salon vibe does not go unnoticed; in a space this small, the atmosphere gives it a healthy charge.   (more…)

Photo by Jammi York

Photo by Jammi York

Project Parlor
742 Myrtle Ave. (Sanford & Nostrand)
Bed-Stuy
(347) 497-0550

What is it: A charming ragtime parlor bar with a patchwork punk vibe and killer tap selection.

Why we love it: As an early inhabitant of the soon-to-be, maybe-already-is bustling section of Bed-Stuy, this spot has earned its keep among the neighborhood and was voted Best New Bar by the Village Voice in 2012. Despite the status upgrades, we love them because they’ve kept their raucous roots in tact and continue to be a destination for quiet drink seekers and late night revelers alike. (more…)

02/15/13 2:35pm
Get cozy at The Castello Plan

Get cozy at The Castello Plan

Because we know you love to go five fingers in on a tall frosty beer, we gave you the Brokelyn Beer Book. And because you love us, you bought all of them in just over a DAY (hey, thanks!). Even if you don’t have one, our new Brokelyn Bar Guide is perfect for planning a night out. You might be single, booed up, you might even be some Hanna Horvath mashup of in-betweenness, but it’s no excuse not to get out and grab a drink. Head on over to Ditmas Park hotspot The Castello Plan and impress your date with your expert pronunciation of the word “confit.” Or get cozy in front of the fireplace at Greenpoint’s Black Rabbit Bar. And you’ll never look more kissable than under the dim lights of the ever-quaint, subterranean bar at Bed Stuy’s Bedford Hill. Not everyone will find true love this year, but at least you’ll find a buzz.

01/15/13 7:13am

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With Drynuary nearly halfway over, we know you’re counting beer bottles to put yourself to sleep. Luckily, while you’ve been weeping into your $9 green-machine veggie shakes, we’ve been hard at work assembling our 2013 Beer Books, otherwise known as the greatest thing ever. Why? Because we love you and your love of bars with local microbrew and otherwise delicious beer selections, even if they might cost a little more to enjoy. (more…)

08/01/12 12:53pm

Thank you but your baby is in another uterus.

It’s August 1st, what are you doing? 1) Moving into a new apartment; 2) Pre-emptively mourning the end of summer, in which case, relax, there are still 51 days left; 3. Getting free birth control? If you answered one or two, good luck holding onto the screws for your IKEA bed. If you think No. 3 is too good to be true, it’s not.

Today marks the roll-out day for a new mandate requiring individual or employer-based insurance plans (you uninsureds are still out of luck) to offer contraceptive coverage without a co-pay. That means if you sign or renew a health insurance policy after today, your birth control is now free, along with a bunch of other things that are now free, including mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer and prenatal care. (more…)

07/24/12 11:03am

Graphic by Meghan Doherty

We all know that the roving cast of Brokelyn characters can round up the best $1 oysters like they’re slow-moving cattle. But when we’re not acting as low-budget sleuths, turns out we can still craft a line of pretty prose. In case you were wondering what kind of weird stuff Brokelyn’s journalists come up with in our spare time, on Wednesday you’ll finally have a chance to find out and quit your creepy questioning. Six of our contributors will be reading original essays and fiction works at the inaugural night of Words with Beers, a new reading series from our pals at Bedford Hill (the scene of the first Brokelandia episode), led by Brokelyn alum Meghan Doherty and your’s truly. (more…)

05/25/12 7:00am

There's no crying in journalism.

Maybe it’s all those Kate Hudson rom-coms I watched, but making it as a lady journalist is a lot tougher than it seemed during my Talk-Girl-toting days. Any J-school grad could lay out the bare bone facts of the media industry’s gender issue. It’s a teeter totter out there, one with a fat kid eating a gallon of ice cream on one end and a housefly on the other. The discrepancies aren’t breaking news anymore: We’re past reporting, and into corrective action. So how do we even the ratio out?  (more…)

04/17/12 9:35am

Kio Stark thinks your grad school savings have better places to go. Like around the world.

In the middle of getting a PhD in American Studies, Kio Stark dropped out after she realized how much she could be learning on her own. Now, she’s one of the leading evangelists for independent learning and, perhaps ironically, an adjunct faculty  at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She is the author of Don’t Go Back to School: A Handbook for Learning Almost Anything, featuring interviews with successful independent learners like Cory Doctorow, Dan Sinker, and Quinn Norton. We spoke to her about how to DIY grad school, the growing recognition of self-education and what it takes to get a really awesome job right now. Spoiler! It’s not that piece of paper. You know. That one.  (more…)