01/24/17 1:38pm
Here's your chance to get a free burger and skip the line. Via Shake Shack Twitter.

Here’s your chance to get a free burger and skip the line. Via Shake Shack Twitter.

New Yorkers love standing in lines, and we never got that Rory Gilmore article about lines to figure out exactly why. One of the most famous lines is Shake Shack, the burger chain beloved by tourists that neither shakes nor is an actual shack (discuss). Now the company wants you to get out of line and get online, and they’ll give you a free burger for it.

DNAinfo reports Shake Shack is giving away free burgers to promote its new order-ahead app: Just download the Shack App, create an account and use the promo code “shackappy” and boom! artery clogging food without having to wait in a line. (more…)

01/23/17 4:12pm
Signs of  protest at the Women's Marchers in DC on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Signs of protest at the Women’s Marchers in DC on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

You were in pretty good company if you marched in DC, Manhattan, Antarctica or just your own living room on Saturday. The trick now is to roll that energy and momentum into continued action to keep up the pressure on the Trump administration, and on other lawmakers to keep it in check. The good news is, NYC is continuing to give you plenty of chances to protest and raise money for causes like Planned Parenthood, which bodes well for the next four years.

Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week; we’ll keep updating it as more come in. (more…)

01/23/17 11:36am
Spotted at the March in Washington on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn

Spotted at the March in Washington on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn

In 2012, this here blog celebrated the Obamacare mandate that essentially made birth control free to women with insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to offer birth control without a copay, because it turns out sex is a fun thing that everyone likes to do. Now that the new president/twitter addict has brought his Tasmanian Devil political style to the White House, it’s unclear which parts of Obamacare might survive and which will get ripped off like the Band-Aid you also won’t be able to support under the Republican’s so-far-nonexistent healthcare replacement. But New York has your back on the birth control issue.

While millions of women marched against Trump around the country and globe this weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state insurance regulations that will require insurers to keep offering free birth control and access to free medically necessary abortions.

“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Cuomo said in a statement, according to the Times. (more…)

01/20/17 3:21pm
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tfw you’re not sure what the job you’re applying for is exactly but your buddy says he’ll get you in.

The most unqualified person ever to be elected president has officially been sworn in and he’s carrying with him into Washington a quiver of cronies. It’s hard to distill a lesson from all this other than failing upwards is becoming the only exercise some Americans get any more. We’ve seen Trump’s nominees flub their interviews, showing up wholly unprepared or revealing they don’t not actually know what the job they’re applying for is, exactly. So let’s take a minute to consider those of us who still fail the regular, downward way, especially when applying for jobs.

The single worst job interview I ever gave started going downhill in a wind tunnel. I was applying for a job at a legal newswire, had aced the first few rounds of the process and was called in for an in-person interview at the Soho office. I was new to the city and with about a month’s rent to my name, so I donned my one good outfit, one of my dad’s old ties, a way-too-shabby corduroy blazer and headed into the city. The February day was brisk and windy, and I hadn’t been able to afford a haircut, so once I stepped out of the subway, I was immediately harassed with the full force of the Broadway wind tunnel that immediately turned my combed hair into an anarchic rat’s nest, all volume and jagged angles, unable to be tamed with hands alone. (more…)

01/18/17 5:02pm
Art from the Nasty Women art show at the Knockdown Center last weekend, via @lindsaynyc on Instagram. Find more pics from the event here.

Art from the Nasty Women art show at the Knockdown Center last weekend, which raised $50k for Planned Parenthood. Via @lindsaynyc on Instagram. Find more pics from the event here.

If you’ve got student loans through Navient, you better read this [Consumerist]
You ever do NYC … on acid? [Broke-Ass Stuart]
You ever spend $53.3 billion … on weed? [HuffPo]
Is your super slacking off? Important winter building rules in NYC [BrickUnderground]
Dystopian action thriller Bushwick is debuting at Sundance this year [Bushwick Daily]
Gov. Cuomo wants you to be able to get drunk in every movie theater [Gothamist]
Hey look, it’s a new story about most people you know [The Onion]
Finally, someone is opening the inevitable gigantic sports bar by Barclays [DNAinfo]
This app game could cause you to eat less junk food [Munchies]

01/18/17 11:20am
The end is nigh: Everything at American Apparel is deeply discounted from now until it closes

The days are numbered: The American Apparel on Flatbush Ave. Via Dan Nguyen on Flickr.

Better stock up tights and slim slacks now. If you’ve walked by an American Apparel store in the past month or so, you’ve seen those big signs announcing everything in the store is 40 percent off, a discount big enough to make you not regret the price you pay for a simple, if undeniably comfortable, T-shirt. That was before the retailer was sold off to Canadian company and maker of uncomfortable T-shirts Gildan last week. Now, layoffs have begun and all 110 outlets of the retailer are set to close, including the ones in Brooklyn.

A worker at the Flatbush Avenue store last week seemed optimistic the store might stick around (it won’t, based on news reports; stores may start closing in 100 days). When I asked when the 40 percent-off sale is ending, she said “I don’t think it is.” That means the process of liquidating American Apparel’s stock of slim slacks and hoodies and unitards is well underway, and discounts are only going to get steeper as the days tick by. (more…)

01/17/17 11:28am
Here we go: A list of anti-inauguration marches, protests and fundraisers in NYC this weekend

Via Flickr’s iamdawson.

One of the perks of living in New York City is that even bad news is met with a party. David Bowie died and 100 tribute dance parties immediately blossomed to pay tribute, Carnegie Deli closed and a line party grew outside so people could say goodbye. So this weekend, when America takes a big kick to the gut, New York City is marking the occasion not only with a bevy of protests, marches and rallies, but also with some parties to help dance away the bad vibes — and raise money for organizations that will help fight Trump and his merry band of racists and billionaires.

If you can’t make it to the big women’s march in DC  on Saturday, here’s a rundown of the protests, parties and ant-inauguration events happening in Brooklyn and NYC this weekend; we’ll keep updating this list as more come in. (more…)

01/13/17 5:00pm
Fake books > fake news.  Via screenshot.

Scott Rogowsky with a fake (we think?) book cover on the subway.

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The world is doomed so we all got $13 Friday the 13th tattoos.

Every subway station got cell and wifi service, and not everyone loved it.

We pointed you to some cool jobs, including one fighting beer crime.

A bunch of new museums joined (and some left) the free IDNYC program.

These fake Trump book covers on the subway gave us good laughs for dark times.

We shared Brooklyn bucket list ideas to knock out before the Trump apocalypse begins.

Starbucks admitted no one wants to get drunk in its stores.

We rounded up some ideas of what to do in DC before/after the women’s march (besides cry).

Because all voting is important, we got you ready for local elections in 2017.

Gov. Cuomo announced a proposal to make life way easier for freelancers.

Got tips? tips@brokelyn.com

01/13/17 3:17pm
Lift the lid in the Pizza Party bathroom and urine for a surprise. Via instagram.

Lift the lid in the Pizza Party bathroom and urine for a surprise. Via instagram.

Bushwick’s Pizza Party, the sibling bar to Boobie Trap (which has been making its own headlines for haircuts this week), posted the above pic on Instagram today, saying: “Tired of cleaning up piss around the toilet so we thought we’d give ya a desired target.” The only problem is he probably likes it.

Stock up on slim slacks: American Apparel is done for [Gothamist]
The intersection of Atlantic and Boerum Place is just gonna keep getting uglier [BK Paper]
The mayor says NYC is having the best affordable housing year since 1989 [DNAinfo]
Madonna is coming to Brooklyn Museum [BrooklynVegan]
Don’t call these Williamsburgers “leftovers” [Bedford + Bowery]
The Public Library has a zine collection (in Bushwick, of course) [Bushwick Daily]

01/12/17 1:03pm
Invoicers get a voice: Gov. Cuomo is proposing a way to make life easier for freelancers in New York

Via Flickr user Noneck.

We know that freelancers are considered by many to be a pretty low rung of the job market, one that didn’t even warrant any attention during the recent 14-year long presidential campaign. But the workforce is growing, with 55 million people working as freelancers last year alone, making up 35 percent of the workforce. It’s only going to get bigger as people turn away from traditional office jobs in favor of making up their own patchwork careers.

We’re all going to have it a lot tougher in the coming year if Trump and his Cobra command squadron kill Obamacare and replace it with, who knows what, maybe just telling you to rub some dirt in it and get back out there. But there may be some good news on the horizon, at least in New York state. As part of his State of the State speech being delivered at several locations this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a “Portable Benefit Task Force” that will be charged with recommending some creative ways for freelance workers and others get access to affordable benefits.

“New York City specifically has been named the ‘freelancer capital of the world’ because it is home to 1.3 million self-identified freelancers,” Cuomo said in the speech, which you can read here. “Many of these workers lack the core protections and benefits provided for in the traditional labor market, and the existing system for supporting workers is outdated.” (more…)