Medical marijuana still can't be smoked under our state law, FYI. via Flickr user Don Goofy

Medical marijuana still can’t be smoked under our state law, FYI. via Flickr user Don Goofy

Marijuana legalization in New York has been a long and absurd battle, tainted with restrictive legislation even as the state’s bans on medical use were slowly, haltingly lifted. Things are looking up, though, because South Slope News reports that pending approval, one of the state’s allotted medical marijuana dispensaries would be coming to the Slope, at 800 3rd Avenue. The news comes following a unanimous vote in favor of the dispensary’s presence, by the Slope’s community board.


60,000 square feet goes a long way when all you need is a little corner of it. via Facebook

60,000 square feet at Industry City goes a long way, and all you need to be happy is a little corner of it. via Facebook

As coffee shops lose their luster for the cheaply-minded, ever-Skyping freelancer, coworking spaces are becoming more and more of an attractive long-term option. We want to know that we can go somewhere where there will always be wi-fi, where the coffee and tea is endless if we deem it so, and where no one will bother us if we need to have a quiet e-meeting.

Now, there are a few coworking spaces around Sunset Park, but nothing categorically useful in that neighborhood for laptop users. But soon, that’s going to change: Crain’s New York reports that courtesy of Milk Studios, Sunset Park will be getting a bonafide co-working space of its very own! (more…)

07/30/15 1:24pm
It's tempting, but we recommend you not submit photos with you in them. via Flickr user Kyle MacDonald

They look fine, but we recommend they not submit that photo. via Flickr user Kyle MacDonald

With the advent of selfie sticks, drones, and GoPros, not to mention countless apps to filter and edit photos on the go, there’s really no limit to what you can capture on camera. Sure, you’ve probably got Instagram-worthy pics galore from your vacations. But maybe you’ve also got some breathtaking shots from your travels that you want to share with the world on a more professional level.

Well, kid, here’s something for you: according to Greenpointers, Paper Magazine’s editorial director is curating a travel-themed art exhibition at a studio in Williamsburg! And it could feature you! Or your photos, anyway.  (more…)

07/30/15 12:00pm

Someone wrote an open letter to the 88th Precinct about crime in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]
Karma comes back around and puts a dent in Whole Foods’ profits [Grub Street]
Hey you, tech-savvy! Turn that Twitter-trolling habit into a career [Business Insider]
Lousy millennials still comfortable living off their parents, study shows [NY Daily News]
Sigh, Hollywood just doesn’t “get” Staten Island [Vulture]
Oh great, another dating app trying to digitize serendipity [DNAinfo]
Are you one of the lucky few who experience “skin orgasms” from listening to music? [NYMag]
You’re going to have to stare your salt addiction in the face, come December [Eater NY]

07/30/15 11:06am
You could be hawking these woodland creatures in bonnets. via Hazel Village

You could be hawking woodland creatures in bonnets. via Hazel Village

Are you a “friendly, crafty sort?” Would you describe yourself as an “all-around elf?” Do you like putting animals in bonnets? If you checked yes to any of the above, you might have a career ahead of you. It’d be with a boutique toy store called Hazel Village, which DNAInfo reports is opening their flagship store in Gowanus tomorrow (July 31).

Hazel Village sells stuffed woodland creatures made of organic cotton and polyfill, for the mere price of an entire day at Disneyland. And according to the company’s Facebook page, their soon-to-be Gowanus store is understaffed! Think you can hack it in the BK toy industry? Read on.  (more…)

07/30/15 10:08am
The lesson here is, stay above ground. via WNYC

If there’s anything you take away from this map, it’s to stay above ground. via WNYC

Let’s face it: in the summer, you should do everything you can to avoid going down into the subway. For some reason, subway stations seem temperature-controlled to feel like the inside of a dog’s mouth. But some stations are far worse than others, and it might behoove you and your sweat glands to know which ones before you head to that business meeting. Lucky you, WNYC went out and recorded the temperatures of 103 city subway stations, including a handful in Brooklyn. Then they made this nifty map with their findings.  (more…)

07/29/15 9:28am
You can make great art at Pioneer Works for not so much money.

You can make great art in a place like this for free. Photo via Pioneer Works.

There’s plenty to kvetch about if you’re a self-employed artist living in BK. The most oft-heard complaint is the one about paying for two spaces with one non-salary. On top of struggling to monetize your artistic talents, the Man is expecting you to pay for not one, but two spaces a month?

We know, you tried to find a creative solution. I’ll just live in my workspace! you said. I’ll shower in the slop sink. Then you said OK, I’ll just paint in my living room! The smell of chemicals won’t suffocate my cat! But then it did.

You need a place to work and a place to live. Separately. As with our indispensable Brooklyn coworking guide, we’re happy to do the snooping for you. Here, we present the layman’s guide to scoring cheap studio space in Brooklyn, starting with the very best kind of all: free.  (more…)

07/28/15 1:13pm
Enjoying Gowanus isn't a pie in the sky idea if Emily Elsen is guiding you through it. (Note: Miss Rosa isn't always there) via Instagram

Enjoying Gowanus isn’t a pie in the sky idea if Emily Elsen is guiding you through it. (Note: Miss Rosa isn’t always there) via Instagram

It’s Tuesday all over again, and you know what that means, Brokesters? Heck yes, it’s another edition of our Perfect Summer Sundays series. Remember? First, we bring you a local personality from the borough who shares how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you get to try it on for size! Tourists, too. Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.

So today, we’re headed into Gowanus with none other than Emily Elsen. Along with her sister Melissa, Elsen co-founded Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the famed pie shop and subject of Whoopi Goldberg‘s acclamation. Since 2010, the shop has been serving up lovingly handmade fruit and custard pies with their signature all-butter crust. The sisters, in turn, have become tastemakers of the borough, consistently featured in food and lifestyle magazines for their perspectives on artisanal trade. Emily Elsen also helped found the Gowanus Studio Space, a non-profit organization that offers subsidized rates on workspace for artists.   (more…)

07/23/15 9:02am


It’s time to say goodbye to the real estate listings as we know them, brokesters. Shed a tear for the apartment days of yore. Oh, don’t worry, this isn’t a eulogy for the death of cheapness; you can still find reasonably-priced places to live without our help. That said, this week’s apartments are an epic send-off from here at Brokelyn headquarters. We’ve got Sunset Park to Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights to Coney Island. And these spots aren’t just light on the wallet—they’re featherweight. Take that, by-application-only affordable housing! (more…)

07/21/15 10:27am
Alt-humor incarnate, in Fort Greene. Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

Alt-humor incarnate: Jo Firestone. Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

July’s almost over, but summer’s in full swing with another installment of Brokelyn’s very own Perfect Summer Sundays. Here’s how it works: each week, we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size. Tourists, too! Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.

This week we’re taking you to Fort Greene with a household name in the Brooklyn comedy scene, Jo Firestone. Jo creates and hosts some of the borough’s quirkiest nightly entertainment: pun competitions, drunk debates, live-dubbed sitcoms… you name it, the self-proclaimed “goat-woman” has probably made it. Today, Firestone rattles off an exhaustive list (more…)