02/05/16 6:00pm
Idiotarod after-party. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

Idiotarod after-party. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Our 2016 Beer Books went on sale!

We captured the craziness of the annual Idiotarod race

Louis CK’s new show brought attention to Brooklyn dive bar authenticity

We helped you multitask while you go on dates

New Yorkers sounded off on the mayor’s desire named streetcar 

New Music Tuesday featured Bushwick’s Emily Wells

Homemade’s top chef tells us how she makes money on the app

Toronto is acting suspiciously like Brooklyn lately

We helped you find out if you could rent your apartment to a film crew

02/05/16 2:52pm
Mom Rose and her 9-month old daughter Ria, two of the rabbits up for adoption. Photo via Petfinder.

Mom Rose and her 9-month old daughter Ria, two of the rabbits up for adoption. Photo via Petfinder.

The Gowanus syphilis bunnies should be the mascots for Brooklyn: They’re adorable, tough, hardened by city life, possibly full of venereal disease and confusing to your friends who live elsewhere in the country. As a refresher, the city last year rescued almost 200 rabbits from an abandoned lot near the Gowanus, accusing their owner of animal abuse, including letting the rabbits develop syphilis. As Dave wrote last year, “Man this story about about hundreds of rabbits living in an empty lot near a Superfund site got real dark real fast.”

But good news! The rabbits are syphilis free and doing well, and now some of them are going up for adoption at a Valentine’s Day event tomorrow! Because what’s a better sign of your love than a bunny that survived the Gowanus?  (more…)

02/05/16 11:42am
Sunshine Laundromat is one of the most practical dating spots in Brooklyn. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The new Sunshine Laundromat bar is a goddamn pinball wonderland, with or without beer googles.  Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Science says beer goggles aren’t a thing (but what does science know) [Munchies]

The Brooklyn to Staten Island migration has begun [BrickUnderground]

What it’s like to profit from gentrification [The Billfold]

Your grandma in Florida can soon get fresh Junior’s cheesecakes [Brownstoner]

Bill Clinton is coming to Williamsburg [CNN]

Should the Coney Island boardwalk be a landmark? [Daily News]

Brooklyn: The Movie: The TV Show [Empire]

It’s only a matter of time before Governors Island is all TD Banks [Politico]

(Above image taken at the new Sunshine Laundromat speakeasy, which is on our list of the most practical date spots in Brooklyn.)

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02/04/16 3:28pm
The best laundromat in Brooklyn has video games, pinball, beer pizza and makes a great date spot. Via Facebook.

The best laundromat in Brooklyn has video games, pinball, beer pizza and makes a great date spot. Via Facebook.

Dating! Who has the time, amiright? When I was single, I was constantly falling victim to a problem I started to call the second date vortex. First dates are fine and easy to find some time for — you just want to meet for drinks or whatever and do some spark reconnaissance. But the second date? That’s when you want to carve out some hours to get to know the person/do something non-basic, but who has the time? In this economy? With deadlines and television programs to live tweet, bike repairs to make, that stack of unread New Yorkers to tackle and a pile of laundry threatening to become sentient and drink all your beer while you’re away.

Well Valen Time is coming up, and seeing as multitasking is breaking through as the defining trait of our generation, we have a solution: multitask dating! We rounded up the most productive dates you can have in Brooklyn, where you can knock somethings of the errands list while still checking off some names on your tinder matches. (more…)

02/04/16 9:18am
A rendering of the proposed streetcar via NYT.

A rendering of the proposed streetcar via NYT.

Brooklyn could finally be getting some new public transit! And it’s going to be a … trolley? The New York Times reported yesterday the mayor is set to unveil a super ambitious plan to link Sunset Park, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, the Navy Yard, Williamsburg, Greenpoint all the way up to Astoria with a sleek new trolley car line. The idea is to serve the developing communities along the East River that are far from a subway line. It’d cost $2.5 billion, which is still less than a subway line, and move at 12mph which is just slow enough to annoy everyone.

Hey that’s cool, though, Brooklyn used to filled with trolley cars, so maybe we’ll finally get the Dodgers back too. And it certainly beats putting priority on new roads for cars, which are dumb. But then you remember the dire state of some of our subways, and that DC’s efforts to install streetcars were a historic boondoggle. Is this the best use of our transit money? Here’s what people make of what the mayor calls a stella-r plan.  (more…)

02/03/16 3:11pm
Puppy Bowl stars Cam Chewton and Peyton Mansbestfriend fight it out on the field. Via Animal Planet.

Puppy Bowl stars Cam Chewton and Sharpeiton Manning fight it out on the field. Via Animal Planet.

The Super Bowl is Sunday, and it’s an American holiday for which we rounded up 14 places in Brooklyn you can watch the game earlier today. But there are many legitimate reasons that you might not want to watch it that may or may not relate to watching grown men give each other brain damage to help sell trucks. The Super Bowl is also reason for the greatest counter programming in television history, the Puppy Bowl, which airs before the Super Bowl on the Animal Channel and is the opposite of a brain-injury causing sport.

Every year we get questions from the cord-cutting, non-football fans of Brooklyn looking for someone to escape the orgy of Super Bowl excitement and just find a place to watch puppies on a Sunday afternoon. Well this year, we finally found a place for you. (more…)

02/02/16 2:08pm
Via Screenshot.

A guy with a beard walks into an old man bar. Horace and Pete image via screenshot.

Louie CK, one of New York City’s most entertaining humans, surprise dropped the first episode of his new web series Horace & Pete over the weekend. It’s essentially a filmed version of a one-take play, line-flubs, intermission and all, about two brothers who own a dive bar in Brooklyn called Horace and Pete’s, which has been in the family for 100 years. The play/show is great, full of timely references that make it feel like it was filmed that very morning (there’s a discussion about Donald Trump and the caucuses for example). It’s clever, unique entertainment, with a stellar cast and an egg of Louie’s dark humor cracked over Death of a Salesman that matches his move toward more drama.

The crux of the show is the 100-year old-dive bar, its patrons and its place in the modern world. There are two main antagonist elements: a sister (Edie Falco) and her lawyer, who seek common law property rights to sell the bar; and some bearded and banged hipsters, who come into the bar looking for “authenticity.” Yes, using hipsters in your show as villains is almost as common as putting them in your commercials as heroes. But Louis, ever smart, is tackling a real issue here: why do we get so offended by the people who search for “authenticity” in an increasingly homogenous city? (more…)

02/01/16 2:36pm
Look at this happy bus full of snowbodies. Via Instagram.

Look at this happy bus full of snowbodies. Via Instagram.

Winter is here! Well, it was, for like that one week when it snowed a bunch and now it seems to be freakishly warm again. So maybe your dreams of tromping around a winter wonderland ended last week when the children of Park Slope got up earlier than you and ruined all the good hills in Prospect Park. But fear not: there are still lots of ski slopes within day-trip range from the city, and you don’t even need a car to get there. Heck, you don’t even need to own your own jacket or ski gear either.

Our friends at the NYC Snow Bus (the winter version of the NYC Beach Bus, also known as our Favorite Thing Ever) have vastly expanded their offerings this year, giving you round-trip bus rides to seven different mountains, from New Jersey to Vermont. They also opened a brand-new retail store on Atlantic Avenue that rents jackets, pants, gloves, goggles and more for up to 90 percent off retail price. The best part? We’ve got a pair of tickets and gear rental to give away to Brokelyn readers too! Find out how below: (more…)

02/01/16 8:58am
The king, the chapel and the bridge. Photos by Walter Wlodarczyk.

The king, the chapel and the bridge. Photos by Walter Wlodarczyk.

In the world of New York City public spectacles, sure you’ve got SantaCon, which has become a public nuisance, and the No Pants Subway Ride, which has lost all its shock value over the years. But at least we still have the Idiotarod, the yearly homage to absurdity that takes over a few neighborhoods with intensely designed racing carts and elaborately themed costumes for a day each winter. The 12th annual edition of the Idiotarod went down on Saturday, going over the Manhattan Bridge, through Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens before ending with a cart-smashing party at the Gowanus Ballroom. Brokelyn asked photographer Walter Wlodarczyk to capture the madness, because we’d much rather run into an army of wedding chapel Elvises on the street than a drunken Santa bro any day.  (more…)

01/29/16 6:55pm
When life gives you blizzards make Airbandblizzards. Via Patrick Horton.

When life gives you blizzards make Airbandblizzards. Via Patrick Horton.

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The snow had people wondering if it’s time for a pedestrian revolution.

You chose wisely if you read our Brooklyn choose-your-own-adventure story.

We figured out which local box subscription services were worth your money.

We learned a lot about Blaise Kearsley, host of the How I Learned series.

Bushwick’s Fern Mayo told us about the musical sharing economy.

Margaret told us why these were her five works Brooklyn dates ever.