Isa Del Bello with a porgie she just hooked. Photo by Peter Park
Isa Del Bello, the director of education at Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, may have grown up in the desert, but she loves working on the water.
The Sante Fe, NM native taught elementary school in Albuquerque for three years, but she moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a graduate degree in developmental psych with the intent to do academic research, instead of teaching. While in grad school at the Teachers College of Columbia, she worked as a per diem teacher at Brooklyn Bridge Park and as an educator with Solar One’s Green Design Lab. That’s when she realized teaching city kids about nature was what she really wanted to do.
Whether lecturing about the history of East River oysters during a Wednesday night tour, wading out into the river with groups of volunteers to catch fish with a 20-foot seine net, or showing a class of elementary school kids what critters lie beneath the surface of the East River, Del Bello is passionate about educating kids and adults alike about the Brooklyn waterfront.
“A lot of city people look at the water and they don’t think there’s anything living in it, when in fact it’s a thriving ecosystem that is becoming stronger and stronger as time passes,” she says. The 33-year-old, who lives in Clinton Hill, joined Brooklyn Bridge Park full-time in 2013.
Isa Del Bello is today’s focus of Brooklyn Wild, our series where we talk to Brooklynites who have found a way to make their living by working in nature.
We spoke with Del Bello about jonesing for the ocean while living in the desert, her love of fishing and boating, and which upcoming Brooklyn Bridge Park events we should put on our calendars. (more…)
A new mini-golf course has opened in Coney Island. Photo via @anthony_0358 on Instagram.
Recently, we recommended Shipwrecked, Brooklyn’s first indoor mini-golf course, as a fun, air-conditioned diversion on a hot day. Since opening in Red Hook a couple months back, Shipwrecked has filled a huge hole in the summer fun market, since there isn’t much else in the way of mini-golf in Brooklyn. But now, a new course called Brooklyn Miniature Golf opened last week in Coney Island, according toGothamist. (more…)
The Pour House of Bay Ridge has Friday Teacher Happy Hours, where the teachers bartend. Photo via Facebook.
We’re all upset that summer is drawing to a close, but teachers throughout the city are especially bitching right now because their two-month-plus vacation is ending in just two short weeks. That’s right, kiddos and profs, the first day of the (public) school year is Thursday, Sept. 8. But luckily for the teachers (we don’t have any news with which to console the kids, unfortunately), there is one silver lining to going back to work: once school starts, a number of Friday teacher happy hours at Brooklyn bars start back up again as well.
It’s good to get drunk with your fellow teachers, so you can commiserate with those who share your particular grievances—unlike your non-teacher friends, who are done with hearing you complain about your “kids.” But we at Brokelyn, and the select bars providing the deals, appreciate your hard work; we can only imagine how molding young, or really, any minds, must drive you to drink!
Check out these six BK bars providing opportunities to get f-cked up for less after a rough week in the classroom —they’re all on Fridays, which we guess is good, because teaching hungover really sounds like hell. Let us know in the comments if we missed any! (more…)
How to get free tickets to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Photo via @fullfrontalsamb on Instagram.
Late night comedy broadcast shows have always been free to attend in New York because they depend on having a live audience for their taping—but for as long as they’ve been free, they’ve been in high demand. Whether you have to enter a lottery, hop on a wait-list, wake up at an ungodly hour to shred your dignity on a Midtown street corner for a standby, or just get lucky and obtain an actual ticket, where there’s a will there’s a way!
A chance to see the latest crop of late night hosts, the likes of Samantha Bee, Jon Oliver, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert live, for free, is pretty exciting, as they’ve added some much needed punch to late night, taking on big issues and serving as a pressure release valve for our daily political absurdities in a post-Jon Stewart world. Here’s how to do it: (more…)
Through Labor Day, City Acupuncture is offering $19 intro sessions at its Bed-Stuy location. Photo via @city_acupuncture_bedstuy
Last week, I was walking home from the train when I noticed a sign outside City Acupuncture, the spa and wellness center which moved into the storefront on the corner of Bedford and Lexington Ave. in June, months after SCRATCHbread shuttered in October (R.I.P.). The sign was a promo for $19 for an hour of acupuncture, and it certainly caught my eye.
Until that moment, I’d largely ignored the new business, as it was no longer a place where I could procure the most buttery, delicious shortbread for $2, or a scrumptious breakfast mess of grits, pesto, bacon, soft-boiled egg and kale. Although I’ve never done acupuncture, I know that it’s generally quite pricey — on average, $80-$120 per hour session at a private practice, and $40 at a community practice, according to City Acupuncture’s blog. $19 for an intro session was certainly a steal. Should I try it? I was a little skeptical — at that price, was I going to get stuck with (and by) an intern?
But because I’ve been pretty stressed out, on the hunt for a new apartment — which, in New York, is its own special nightmare — and I do have consistent soreness in my hip flexor and IT band and piriformis muscle, due to being a runner who doesn’t stretch or do yoga enough, I figured I’d be brave and go for it. Besides, my day had already been shot to hell by an embarrassingly debilitating hangover; surely at the very least, acupuncture would help alleviate that? (more…)
Back in July, Punderdome champion and Brokelyn editor at large Sam Corbin dazzled us with a video of her making 50 fashion puns in two minutes, filmed for InStyle. Now, she’s at it again, but this time, hitting it out of the ballpark with 50 Yankees puns in two minutes. Wow, her puns-batted-in (PBI) is consistently above average! (Oh wait, Tim says that joke’s no good, let’s strike it from the record.)
The alleged #biggestYankeesfan makes double and triple (word) plays out of big Yankee names like Jeter, Yogi Berra, Pettite, and of course A. Rod, and more general baseball terms like “pitchers,” “diamonds” and “MLB.” Whether you’re a die-hard Mets fan or a Yankees apologist, a baseball enthusiast or more just a proponent of ballpark drinking, when it comes to punning, Corbin covers all the bases.
Editor’s note: Brokelyn remains a staunchly pro-Mets organization, but good baseball puns of any kind take a Piazza hearts!
I’m a cold brew iced coffee nut. I make it at home and drink it year round, even on the chilliest of winter days, when my hands will go numb from clutching it on a walk to the train. I’m not a cold brew snob, per se, but I don’t really want to mess with iced coffee if it isn’t prepared that way. (For those unfamiliar, the cold brew method consists of steeping coffee grounds in water for roughly 12 hours and then filtering it out.)
I’m accustomed to the smooth, less acidic taste resulting from the cold brew, having grown up drinking it in New Orleans, where iced coffee has always been cold brewed — and back then, it wasn’t even designated “cold brew,” because there wasn’t a need to differentiate it.
It’s uncanny how much that block conjures up the film; if you walk down the row of iconic Bed-Stuy stoops, you half expect the likes of Da Mayor, Coconut Sid and Sweet Dick Willy to pop up. And if you do attend the party, which is from noon to 6pm on Saturday, August 27, you might even spot Mookie, himself. (more…)
It’s National Thrift Store Day! Make like Macklemore and pop some tags. Photo by Jess Keefe.
It seems like every day there’s a new made-up holiday. Some of them, it’s hard to figure out the motivation behind why they exist, like, National Middle Child Day, for example, which apparently was on Aug. 12. Others, it’s obvious were created with the intention of getting us to buy shit. At least today’s fake holiday, #NationalThriftStoreDay, is in the name of a good cause, encouraging the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle.
And in New York, donateNYC has taken the reins, partnering with dozens of secondhand stores around the city where you can either donate goods or purchase them used. Today’s efforts are also in support of the city’s 0x30 initiative, which sets the goal that by the year 2030, New Yorkers will contribute zero waste to the city’s landfills.
If the mission behind #NationalThriftStoreDay isn’t enough to incentivize you, there are a few deals to get you out there thriftin’ and giftin’. And hey, today could be the day you finally find that perfect vintage summer dress. (more…)