11/17/15 4:15pm
tk. All photos by Maria Travis

For now it’s not, but wait until someone shows up with a big enough briefcase full of cash. All photos by Maria Travis

“How about uptown funk?”

A young woman stands holding a trumpet by her side, asking her bandmates what they’d like to play to kick off the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN)’s protest of the 6th Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, which took place inside the Brooklyn Museum this morning. The band laughs. They tune their instruments, playing a few notes together and then trailing into mindless chatter as folks start gathering in front of the museum.

They, along with other placard-toting hopefuls, are in generally good spirits at the BAN’s bright-and-early 7:30am protest call. Signs provided by the group tout gripes ranging from affordable housing, to gentrification, to #BlackLivesMatter. Some people are just holding Bernie Sanders campaign posters. (more…)

11/16/15 11:02am
You are going to make so many new friendsicles. via Facebook

You are going to make so many new friend-sicles. via Facebook

Just this past Friday, we told you a catlady craft night was coming to Brooklyn. And while you were Sunday brunching, something magical happened: Brokelyn got its hands on on two shiny tickets to Brooklyn Craft Company’s feline affair — and naturally, we’re giving them away to one lucky reader!

ICYMI in our last post, Catlady Craft Night is a themed DIY crafting party for cat-lovers. Projects will include cat rings, tote bags, needlepoint and more, as well as a kitty-cuddling and adoption lounge hosted by Brooklyn Animal Action. You can socialize with your fellow catladies alongside cocktails and music (Careless Whiskers, anyone?). All crafting materials are provided.

This is a pretty sweet giveaway, since the tickets are valued at almost $200. All you’ve got to do to enter is sign up for our mailing list between now and midnight on Thursday. We’ll pick a name by lottery and announce the winner first thing on Friday. (more…)

11/13/15 2:08pm
Okay, it's pretty cute. via FB

Okay, it’s pretty cute. via FB

Well, hope you’re happy. You made a fuss over Brooklyn’s first cat café, and then you went and cuddled those kittens so hard,  and you deemed cats the true spirit animal of the anti-manspreading movement. And because of all that, Brooklyn Craft Company has seen it fit to bring back its Catlady Craft Night next Saturday. Hope you’re satisfied.

11/12/15 3:33pm
Ice, ice, baby

You should get one of these nice passes and skate all winter long, ya hear?

Nothing cures the seasonal blues like getting out on the ice and shredding a few laps with friends. Falling on your face in public also builds character. In any case, ice skating season has arrived! And it’s shaping up to be as wallet-friendly as it is fun.

The Lefrak Center at Lakeside is open for ice skating season thru March 2016, and their seasonal passes gives you unlimited skating until March 27, when they switch back over to a roller rink. And lucky you, the passes are cheaper than they were last year. Like, a lot cheaper. (more…)

11/12/15 2:06pm
No, thank you. via Flickr user Bonnie Natko

No, thank you. via Flickr user Bonnie Natko

Unbeknownst to you, moments after you threw off your coat in your new apartment and sank into the couch thinking, “This is the last time I’ll ever have to move,” Brooklyn’s luxury realtors were already planning their revenge. You thought no one could possibly hike the rent on your 5th floor walkup, a 20-minute from the nearest G train stop? Think again.

The very terrible executives-only brand RealInsight is hosting their 6th annual Brooklyn Real Estate Summit on November 17 at the Brooklyn Museum, where the elite retail, condo and multifamily brokers will gather to eat the bones of children discuss ways in which they can further capitalize on the booming market.

Now if, like us, you don’t want to keep seeing folks get priced out of their homes, and you’ve got a vested interested in not being priced out of one yourself, then check out Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN)’s rebuttal: they’re picketing the event on November 17. And you can, too! Here are ways to get involved.  (more…)

11/12/15 12:40pm
Sure, it's tasty. But who really put their hands on your food? via Flickr user John

Sure, it’s tasty. But who really put their hands on your food? via Flickr user John

The delivery food empire just got served.

After conducting a lengthy investigation, NBC’s I-team released a shocking exposé today that outed fake Seamless and Grubhub listings posing as actual restaurants. In other words, if you’d ordered food from them, you’d still get it, but the business itself was nowhere to be found. 


11/12/15 11:16am
You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley

You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley

Fall means a lot of crummy things in this town, but on the brighter side, it does mean Thanksgiving. Who among us doesn’t look forward to the blessed mid-season holiday where we throw all our calorie cares, workplace woes and family feuds, if only for one or two days?

While Thanksgiving may be cheerful, the preparations are not. We understand, so we’ve rounded up a few classes focused on tackling the more intricate and challenging elements of a Thanksgiving meal: cooking for celiacs and vegans, crafting autumnal wreaths, getting everybody glogg-tipsy, and carving a turkey, naturally.

Remember, signing up for these classes through us keeps the Brokeshow in town, so if you like what you read on our site, give one of these courses a try. (more…)

11/11/15 2:08pm

For all their hokey two-toned subway ads and R.L. Stine-worthy PSAs, nothing the MTA has ever made has explained subway groping more effectively than this rap video about it by two Bay Ridge natives, who go by Bobo Touch.

In a mere two minutes of bass-heavy rap, ‘Subway Creeps’ covers everything from blatant masturbation to creepy subway stalkers to drive-by gropes. First it tells all the creeps to stop what they’re doing, then offers up better options for rubbing one out, and finally lets women know how they can document the incident, wrangle witnesses in the event of a trial, and seek help from nearby authority figures. It also says thing like “put your peesh away” and “go to jail, I hate you,” but that’s really just icing on the cake. (more…)

11/05/15 12:09pm
Would you believe that comes off in the shower? Well, a few showers. via Tattly's Instagram

Would you believe that comes off in the shower? Well, a few showers. via Tattly’s Instagram

Did you cash in on a $31 tattoo this Halloween? If not, never fear — you can still get a pretty killer washable one.

Tattly, purveyor of seriously stunning—but transient—body art, is setting up shop inside The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum hill from November 14, 2015 thru the end of February 2016 (leap year, so you get one blessed extra day of stick-on tats). (more…)

11/05/15 10:13am
'Tap' into your inner party demon and apply. via FB

‘Tap’ into your inner party demon and apply. via Threes Brewing FB

Do people tell you that you throw great parties? Are you known as the resident expert on well-paced drinking? Do you love Gowanus (despite the bunny thing)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might just be the prime candidate for a Private Events Manager position opening up at Threes Brewing in Gowanus! That’s right, readers: you can turn your party-savvy and your fondness for beer into a whole career.