03/23/17 12:39pm
More like "Brooklyn presents," am I right, people? Come on.

More like “Brooklyn presents,” am I right, people? Come on. Julio Torres photo by Mindy Tucker, Jo Firestone photo via her website.

Once again, Comedy Central has released their annual list of up-and-coming stand-ups getting a half-hour special on the network and this year that list is positively stacked with Brooklyn comedians. Seven of the 14 comedians on the list are New Yorkers and, amongst them, are a handful of long-time Brokelyn favorites, including Jo Firestone, Joel Kim Booster and Julio Torres, and we couldn’t be more proud. Now, we’re not trying to say that these hilarious, hard-working comedians got the opportunity because of Brokelyn, but one of them did spend a summer day in Fort Greene with our former editor, so… (more…)

03/17/17 10:58am

Hark, castle: wutchu doin in the middle of Atlantic Ave.? Photo by Sam Weiss / Brokelyn

Welcome to the Brokelyn Files where our resident unlicensed P.I. Sam Weiss answers the local questions you never thought to ask. Got a lead on a Brooklyn mystery? Write us in the comments below.

If you’ve ever found yourself wandering through Brooklyn, fed up with the subway and terrified of the bus system, you may well have encountered a massive, castle-like building taking up an entire block of precious New York City real estate and, often, seemingly empty. No, there wasn’t a secret Brooklyn monarchy you didn’t know about, that building and several others across the borough are armories, left over from the 19th and early-20th centuries. This week, the Brokelyn Files (having previously reported on the mysterious, all-Hasidic B-110 bus) investigates Brooklyn’s proliferation of former armory buildings: Why were they built, why do we have so many and for what are they being used now? (more…)

03/13/17 4:44pm
New York City tomorrow, we assume - via Wikimedia

New York City tomorrow, we assume. Photo via Wikimedia

If you’ve made small talk with a single New Yorker today, you know we’re looking at a monumental blizzard tomorrow. The city has already cancelled school tomorrow and issued a hazardous travel advisory, and the National Weather Service says to expect up to a record-breaking 23 inches of snow. And, while a record-breaking nor’easter two weeks after a 70-degree day might sound like the end of days, it hopefully means you’ll get a snow day (providing your job isn’t in the service industry, very, very important, or able to be accomplished with just a MacBook and some Wi-Fi)! This winter being as mild as it has been, this might be your one and only chance to stay at home while mother nature physically prevents you from doing anything but relax.

With that in mind, we’ve got a few suggestions for what you might need to make the most of your natural disaster, both practical and not so much. (more…)

03/09/17 3:13pm
Something about the statue - via Wikimedia

Lady Liberty participated in the Day Without a Woman this week. Photo via Wikimedia

In a poignant (albeit random and totally unplanned) display, the Statue of Liberty went dark for a few hours Tuesday night due to a Parks Service lighting mix-up. Accidental or not, the blackout’s timing couldn’t have been better, coming days after the release of President Trump’s new travel ban (hell, The New Yorker even called it a month ago) and minutes before International Women’s Day, as if to say that Lady Liberty herself was striking alongside her sisters (early because she’s still on France time, obviously). But 2017 is a rough year for everyone, not just giant green women, so why should the Statue of Liberty be the only inanimate object protesting? Not to worry, we’ve got a few ideas of how the rest of the city’s non-human inhabitants might follow Lib’s lead and get in on the protest game. (more…)

03/02/17 2:02pm
The B-110, MTA's white whale, in Borough Park - via Wikimedia

The B-110, MTA’s white whale, in Borough Park. Photo via Wikimedia

Have you ever noticed a 1970’s-era city bus cruising through Brooklyn carrying exclusively Hasidic passengers? That’s the B-110 bus, the MTA’s white whale and the subject of the inaugural edition of The Brokelyn Files, our new series where we investigate local mysteries. This week’s mystery: What’s the deal with the most mysterious bus line in the MTA’s fleet, the B-110? (more…)

02/22/17 8:54am
The state of the scene: Farewell (for now) to two of Brooklyn comedy's best venues

The Annoyance Theatre will close their Bedford Avenue location this March. Via The Annoyance / Facebook

It’s been a tough few months for the Brooklyn comedy scene. The city has is cracking down on DIY venues in the wake of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire, world events are throwing a wrench into comedy as a whole (or so the think pieces say) and now our fair borough is saying farewell (for now, at least) to two of its best spaces for new, experimental comedy: Over the Eight and the Annoyance Theatre. With that in mind, we step back and take stock in the past, present and future of Brooklyn’s comedy scene. (more…)

11/07/16 8:50am
Friendsgiving > Thanksgiving: 8 reasons why you shouldn't leave Brooklyn for the holiday

Dads and Thanksgiving, am I right? – via Wikipedia

The first non-spooky holiday of the season is just a few weeks away and that means it’s time for a big decision: Should you go home for Thanksgiving, or stay in New York? Your parents are dropping hints, anyway; if you went home you could see the family, get a home-cooked meal, take a break from the city… sure seems tempting, right?

Wrong! Welcome to the smear campaign on family Thanksgivings. I’m here to tell you that, despite what the media and Charlie Brown want you to think, Thanksgiving is a holiday best spent right here in New York City amongst your friends. Maybe you’re on the fence about leaving town; even if you’re from Brooklyn, the trek to Mill Basin or to your aunt’s place in Long Island can seem like too much for you. Either way, we put together eight reasons why staying in celebrating Friendsgiving in New York is way better than going home, wherever home is, along with reasonable excuses you can use when the relatives start to needle you about it. (more…)

10/05/16 10:05am
Thanks to this app, you won't spend hours trying to find the memorial day BBQ. via screenshot

Thanks to this app, you won’t spend hours trying to find the memorial day BBQ. via screenshot

This is 2016, so of course there’s now an app specifically for enjoying a public park. The Prospect Park Alliance has just released its free “Prospect Park” in the App Store to help folks explore, understand and appreciate the park.

Staring at your phone while you walk doesn’t exactly like the best way to appreciate, or stay safe in, a public park. But the app functions mostly as a map, and if you’ve ever tried to meet up with friends in Prospect Park, you know that a detailed schema of the park can be surprisingly necessary. Plus, it’s way more comprehensive than Google or Apple maps, so you can actually look for the “Fallkill Falls and Pool” instead of “that one place with the trees near the water?” (more…)

10/05/16 9:07am
MONEY

Should District 33 start printing its maps on dollar bills? You decide.

Do you live in North Brooklyn? Do you have a lot of big ideas for the neighborhood? If you checked yes to both of these, then you’re in luck, because North Brooklyn’s District 33 is looking for volunteer budget delegates from the community to help decide how the neighborhood should spend this year’s $1 million.

It’s super easy to get involved. All you have to do is attend a couple of training sessions — tonight, Oct. 5, and Tuesday Oct. 11 — and  commit to one meeting a month, and you’re in. At last you can champion your big Brooklyn hammock park idea (it’s a park, but instead of benches it has hammocks). (more…)

10/04/16 11:30am
BOOKS — via Electric Lit

Drink like an author this Friday — via Electric Lit

Hoping to write the next Great American Novel one day? Finishing a manuscript but lacking in publishing contacts? Or just looking for new ways to placate your family and friends when they ask you about your “career” plans?

Whatever the reason, here’s a cool new opp for writers: The Authors Guild, America’s oldest, largest writers’ organization, is here to swoop in and capture the hearts and minds of lost, young writers like some kind of literary Bernie Sanders with a new membership for aspiring writers such as yourself, and it comes with alcohol! As in, they’re having a launch party at Powerhouse on Friday with free refreshments to celebrate the membership. (more…)