03/10/17 5:50pm
Get nasty.

Get nasty.

It may seem hypocritical, but sometimes the best way to fight capitalism is with capitalism. As the Trump administration turns Idiocracy and Black Mirror from a dystopian film and TV show into Nostradamus-level prophesies, our tax dollars are spent on militarizing the perimeter of Trump Tower, and we are berated on a daily basis by news of new lows in the history of democracy, it is hard to think beyond the mentality of fear the current administration has imposed on us. One silver-lining, however, is that where there are strong negative emotions, there is often great art, and ever since the election cycle, people have been churning out anti-Trump merchandise faster than you could say “bad hombre”

Because we defend your first amendment right to shout “Trump sucks!” from the rooftops, Brokelyn has rounded up the best of said joke merchandise on the web right now. If you have a few dollars to spare, donate them to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU or another local charity that needs and deserves your money. But after that, buy yourself one of these neat items. You deserve it for living under the Trump Administration and going about your daily life instead of curling into the fetal position and crying in bed all day. (more…)

01/20/17 10:52am
Look familiar? That's because it's every bar in Brooklyn. Photo by Maria McClure

Look familiar? That’s because it’s every bar in Brooklyn. Photo by Maria McClure

What makes a Brooklyn bar?

Is it the wood? Is is the draft list that features only craft beer and local breweries? Is it the bartender, whose surly, I’ve-seen-it-all disposition seems out of sync with his youth? And which of these things explains why you find yourself so hopelessly drawn through the door, night after night, to pull up a stool at your neighborhood joint and order the same thing you can’t nearly afford?

These questions form the partial premise of [PORTO], a new play by Kate Benson running at the Bushwick Starr through Feb. 4, as part of the Exponential Theater Festival. “A neighborhood bar in a gentrifying outpost of a major American City,” reads the play’s tagline. “I know this will end badly, but for now, it tastes really good.”

The “city” turns out to be a borough: The narrator eventually admits that we are in fact in Brooklyn, albeit only once, as if the city name could be supplanted were the show picked up for a run in Portland or Chicago. But Brooklyn is an easy sell for [PORTO]; the bar is a cliché so self-serious that it almost feels new again.

“Edison lights glowing,” Benson narrates. “Serious food. Serious beer. Serious booze. … You know the place.” (more…)

01/19/17 3:59pm
Are you a community leader? Apply to win free coworking space!

The 2016 winners. You wanna be one in 2017? via Brooklyn Community Foundation FB

Artists aren’t the only ones who deserve a leg up to do what they do. A similarly underrepresented body politic in Brooklyn, at least where funding is concerned, is its nonprofit sector. We’re talking community organizers, advocacy groups and other 501(c)-3 organizations whose purpose precedes their paycheck.

Micro-leadership rarely receives macro budgeting, which can make it hard to afford the space you need to organize. But you should know that the Brooklyn Community Foundation sees you, and wants to help: They’re now accepting applications for their second-ever Incubator Project, an 18-month long residency that helps small nonprofits, community groups and community leaders by offering rent-free coworking space in Crown Heights, plus a $5,000 stipend and capacity-building support.

Does your organization qualify? Read on to find out. (more…)

01/19/17 3:12pm

President Obama (god, that feels good) held his last press conference yesterday, and it may be the last of those we have in a while, considering who’s coming in to replace him. Many of us watched glassy-eyed as the POTUS made his final address to the nation last week. Some of us teared up. Some of us broke down. And some of us sang tributes to Obama to the tune of “On my Own” from Les Misérables. 

Or maybe that last one was just Brooklyn-based comedian Marybess Pritchett. In the video above, titled “Please Don’t Go” and sung to the tune of Éponine’s “On My Own,” Pritchett eulogizes Obama and shares her fears for the future after him.

“Without him, the world around me changes/
It’s not fair, get out of there, your house is full of racists!” (more…)

01/19/17 1:38pm
Hey NYC, here are 9 artist opportunities (with deadlines) you should know about

Just one of the light-filled studio spaces awarded to 17 Sharpe-Walentas artists per year. via website

In case you thought Trump wasn’t going to come for the artists, think again. The president elect’s proposed sweeping cuts include a total elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, which means we’ll need to rely more than ever on funding and support from local arts organizations and cultural groups. And each other, obviously.

Lucky for us, we live in New York City. No matter your medium, there’s a nonprofit somewhere in NYC with the resources and mission to help you flex your creativity and get your art out into the world. We’ve rounded up nine artist opportunities for 2017 — with deadlines! — to help keep you accountable, motivated, and compensated in dollars as well as exposure bucks.

This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but we focused on opportunities with hard deadlines and obvious perks so you don’t feel like you’re art-ing into the void. Which you aren’t, by the way. So check out the opportunities below and see which one speaks to you. (Make sure to read them all, since some include multiple art forms: (more…)

01/19/17 9:46am
You can now apply for (most of) your NYC ID online!

You can do this without facing off against a disgruntled agent about whether you brought the right documents. via screenshot

The NYC ID is your all-access pass to free museum memberships and discount movie tickets. You can even use it to open a bank account. But applying for it used to be a minor pain in the ass; it meant waiting on line, for one, something few New Yorkers have the patience to do.

But as of today, you can apply for your NYC ID without even putting on pants. The IDNYC program has just debuted its new online application portal, where you can apply for a new card, update the information on your current card, replace a lost, stolen or damaged card or re-apply if your previous application wasn’t approved.

You’ll still have to go into an IDNYC enrollment center eventually to show them your documents, but this vastly reduces wait times, paper waste and the possibility of screwing it up (which happens, I did.)  (more…)

01/18/17 2:00pm

In case you missed it on the FAQ page for the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, there are serious restrictions on what you can carry while you march. Most irksome of these is the restriction on backpacks and large bags, which have to be transparent.

Backpacks are not permitted unless they are clear and no larger than 17″x12″x6″ (colored transparent bags are not permitted).

The DCPD *may* not get around to enforcing this in Washington proper since there will be so many people there, but why take the risk if you don’t have to?

Clear bags do exist in NYC, though it’s unlikely you’ll find one before Saturday: both Target and K-Mart say they’re all out, and single-day delivery for any of the bags on Amazon requires a $35+ purchase. Who wants to pay to protest?

If you’re fine just having your phone/wallet/keys/ID in DC, tucked into your pockets, that’s great. But if you were banking on carrying food, tampons or any other emergency supplies, then you may want to watch the video above. Youtube user RYAN IDK made this neat video showing you how, with a little duct tape and elbow grease, you can re-purpose plastic packaging into a sturdy clear backpack — with adjustable straps! — for the Women’s March. (more…)

01/17/17 2:15pm
What's your sign gonna say? via IG user @an_gerra

What’s your sign gonna say? via IG user @an_gerra

Just a few days from now, hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington, DC to march in protest of Donald Trump’s presidency and the threats it poses to women’s (i.e. human) and reproductive rights. Like every powerful protest, it’s sure to feature some pretty good signage. Heck, no matter where you’re marching this weekend, you’re going to want something to hold up, a message or image that resonates with others.

But what does that mean? What makes a good protest sign, and what should your goal be in making one? Should you use all caps? Should you avoid swearing? And what images and symbols are most eye-catching to those whose eye you’re looking to catch?

All this, and more answers, can be yours with the help of this handy Brokelyn guide to protest signs. We’ve rounded up a number of sign-making workshops and parties happening around the borough, and got tips from local experts (read: frequent demonstrators) on how to punch up or punch down powerfully with your protest sign. (more…)

01/13/17 11:49am
In the words of Obama: Yes, you can (write jokes about Trump for late night TV). via screenshot

In the words of Obama: Yes, you can (write jokes about Trump for late night TV). via NBC screenshot

President-pee-flecked Donald Trump is a gift to late-night writers everywhere. Even after the election results were in, 2016 remained a gilded age for irreverent political sketch comedy and Trump takedowns, from Kate McKinnon’s Hillary impressions to Samantha Bee’s sermons.

And if, like most late night comics and their writing teams, you spent last year furiously penning sketch ideas for the next four years (gleep), then chin up: NBCUniversal’s Late Night Writers Workshop is once again accepting applications for its writers program, and you (yes, you) can apply to the class of 2017!

The workshop website is “a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position.” In other words, kids, this workshop could be your way into a permanent gig being insulted by Sean Spicer and asked to publicly apologize for your jokes! The deadline is Sunday (Jan. 15) so get on it!  (more…)

01/12/17 3:12pm
DC for days: The Brokelyn guide to your Women's March weekend in Washington

You should protest, but you can go get a coffee, too. via Flickr user Paul Sableman

Even if you’re going to DC to protest the terrible, terrible thing that’s about to happen (and by a number of measures, has already happened) to America, it’s fine to enjoy the city while you do it.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re big believers in using your own two feet to send a message (and we’ll see you at the march!), but a city can also be enjoyed outside of its political mire, especially when the city is running so many deals to benefit charities during Inauguration Weekend. Yep, that’s happening.

We’ve put together a quickie city guide for three days in Washington DC, Jan 20-22. Like most of our guides, it’s full of cheap and free stuff, and includes a few worthwhile splurges. Whether you’re stuck there on 💀Inauguration Day💀  or the day after the Women’s March or all of the above, this guide offers food, drink and culture recommendations from a whole bunch of DC creative types as well as info about discounts, deals and other special happenings during the March. Go enjoy DC before Trump suffocates it in a coat of tacky gold paint. (more…)