What is the future of the Gowanus, other than hotels and dolphin carcasses? via Flickr user Wally Gobetz
Do you live adjacent to the rockinest Superfund site in South Brooklyn? If so, come join your fellow Gowanus residents (Gowanusites? Gowanai?) at Bridging Gowanus’ Community Planning Meeting on Monday, December 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm, at PS 372 (512 Carroll Street). What makes this meeting special is the focus on land-use and long term planning on the neighborhood of Gowanus, not just the usual laundry list recitation of STIs found in the Canal itself. (more…)
The last time we had a new mayor, we were jamming out to Dido and Ja Rule, probably still actively using our AOL accounts. You might be thinking that if you’re not part of Bill de Blasio’s transition team, you’ve got no say in what happens for the next four years. Think again! I put my cynicism aside and based on my visit to Talking Transition, can attest that the new administration is very welcome to the brokester crowd.
You might be wondering how you could be connected to a new vision for New York City. Maybe it was the hour and a half journey it took to get to the tent itself, or the fact that the Talking Transition tent really is a giant white tent with a Times Square-style arrow pointing to the entrance, but the tent was like a mirage, or like a mecca of sorts for those of us waiting for twelve years of Bloomberg to end. (more…)
Councilmember Jumaane Williams lobbying Curtis Granderson to sign with his office softball team. via Facebook
Participatory budgeting is sweeping Brooklyn! Following in Councilmember Levin and Councilmember Lander’s footsteps all over brownstone Brooklyn, resident badass City Councilmember Jumaane Williams is letting East Flatbush residents get in on the fun! You’ll be guided by a facilitator in small dialogues at a Neighborhood Assembly, where you and your neighbors will decide what to do with $1 MILLION in discretionary funds. (more…)
Not that you need to get hypnotized to want to go to this. via Facebook
Didn’t get your Robyn costume together for Halloween? You have a second chance at This Party Is Killing You: A Night Of All Robyn Everything on November 2 at Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Avenue) for a cool $5. It’s billed as the last Robyn party of 2013, in case you were expecting A Very Robyn Christmas featuring a mash-up of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” with “Stars 4-Ever.” (more…)
If you want Bill de Blasio to win more than a Jamaican Jerk chicken cook-off, pay attention. via Facebook
So you’ve been wading through news articles about and hospital closings and sexting and bike lanes and sexting, and you think you know who you’re going to vote for in November. That’s nice and all, but you’re forgetting a very important detail: before the general election, the city holds primaries to determine who’s on the ballot for the general election. The primaries are September 10, and the deadline to register is August 21 (postmarked by August 16). (more…)
406 3rd Avenue (between 6th Street and 7th Street)
What is it: Halyards is a low-key spot with a nautical feel, located surreptitiously in industrial Gowanus.
Why we love it: Its relaxed atmosphere, affable bartenders and reliably clean surfaces. The owner is British, so it definitely feels more like a pub than a bar. There are a wide variety of beers on tap, and a seasonal cocktail menu! (more…)
Do it! via Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago
OMG it’s tomorrow!! While Brokesters have been coming out in droves to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy, don’t forget that Election Day is TOMORROW, which means only 1.5 more days of binders full of women memes but also only 1.5 more days to convince voters in swing states to vote for Obama or that other guy…Gary Johnson? (more…)
We are really upset that this image is still relevant.
Attention ladies: you are STILL statistically likely to be more broke than your male counterparts. The National Partnership for Women & Families did some number crunchin’ on the 2010 census, and it turns out that nationally, women working full time STILL only make 77 cents on every dollar that a man working full time makes.
I know what you’re thinking. “Whoa whoa whoa, The national rate totally doesn’t apply to New York! All of those totally backward southern states, the rectangle ones in the middle and all other places that are not as forward our reliable, true-blue state, are skewing the numbers!” Well, get this: in New York, women STILL earn only 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man. A woman at the median income level will earn $8,275 less than a man making that same salary. The disparity spans all education levels and industries, so don’t think you’re immune! How many more ways can we explain to you how much this blows?? (more…)
You won’t be calling President Obama. He’s been campaigning since before it was cool.
We here at Brokelyn are very excited about the next presidential election, since our broke asses rely on the government for our fair wages, unemployment and access to affordable health care. I know you’re thinking, “New York State will have no problem re-electing our hipster, dumpster-diving, student loan-paying president! What can I do?” The answer is to think about states that are not New York. Or New Jersey. We can have an impact on these battleground states, without ever leaving Brooklyn, just by using the phone. (more…)
Remember when you didn’t register to vote because you couldn’t find the form/Board of Elections address/mailbox to mail the form? Those days of weak excuses are over! Just last week, Governor Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can register to vote online via the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new web portal. Because yes, to increase turnout on election day, the quintessential democratic act of casting a ballot should be associated with the ease and sense of empowerment one feels when ordering kung pao chicken through Seamless. (more…)