06/03/16 6:00pm
Heed the 10 commandments of summer or face eternal winter damnation.

Heed the 10 commandments of summer or face eternal winter damnation.

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Someone is finally putting Brooklyn Boys on a calendar for you.

We asked: Is Brooklyn’s artisanal food bubble finally bursting?

Brooklyn got its first cat cafe, with a 24/7 kitty cam.

The Brooklyn post office remained a terrible part of our lives.

We ranked the five best bar bathrooms in Brooklyn.

This quiz told you which Brooklyn bookstore you are.

The 10 commandments of summer were bestowed upon you.

Bacon critic became a real job for some reason.

We gave you seven Brooklyn summer date ideas to fit your budget.

The team at BRIC TV’s #BHeard told us about their cool jobs.

06/03/16 12:09pm
The Get Summered gang is here to get your summer started.

The Get Summered gang is here to get your summer started.

One of the first projects the Get Summered, an arts and DJ collective, did together a few years ago set the tone for the parties they would come to be known for. They created a hand-printed, three-month calendar that only went from June 21 to Sept. 21: a summer-only perspective after our own hearts. The DJ collective plays parties year round and city wide but they’re famous for pumping beachy vibes out of their speakers wherever they go, whether soundtracking dances at dives like Trophy Bar or kicking up the scene at McCarren Hotel pool parties.

“Our whole thing is bringing the city to the beach and the beach to the city,” said Dirty Boogie, a DJ and the group’s founder. “We’re creating this ultimate tropical metropolis with the idea that summer is forever.”

You can catch Team Brokelyn partying with Get Summered at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar this weekend and a few more times this summer, where we’ll be raging along with them in our tropical metropolis and hoping that summer-only calendar finally becomes real. Since they’re both partying and summer professionals, we turned to Get Summered to ask their advice on one of the most nerve-wracking elements of the season: How do you create a hater-proof summer playlist? (more…)

06/02/16 4:24pm

It’s June which means the only other thing on our minds besides SUMMER is the end of the school year, and mentally high fiving every single person in a graduation gown or elementary school backpack we pass on the street, knowing that they are sinking into the glorious freefall of summer vacation. For those of us long out of school, however, it’s a reminder of the one souvenir from college you’ll hang on to longer than your diploma you never got around to framing our your degree you never actually use: Student loan debt!

Comedian Scott Rogowsky (last seen reading fake books on the subway) created the above video that captures something every graduate has considered doing: panhandling for money to pay off their student debt or trying to sell their diploma at a discount. He also tries to sell $40 hugs in Washington Square Park, where a security guard gives him key life advice: “Hey man, you shoulda went to community college like me.” It’s meant to be funny, but it’s also kinda sad that so many of us identify with it. Is begging for money really any worse that other things people try to do to pay off their loans? (more…)

06/02/16 10:03am

Brokelyn Last month, Brooklyn’s first permanent cat cafe opened in Brooklyn Heights where you can go snuggle with cats for $5 per half hour/pay $5 to have a historically violent 30-minute allergy attack. Now the Brooklyn Cat Cafe has upped the cute factor by installing a 24/7 kitten cam, which, according to DNAinfo, is focused on five-week-old kittens named Jem, Rumple and Jelly romping around their “kitten terrarium”with mother Grizbella until they’re eight weeks old. Gaze in catatonic wonder at the kitten cam and it’s soothing playfulness, no Claritin required.  (more…)

06/01/16 1:00pm
It's bacon me crazy.

This obsession is bacon me crazy.

You love bacon. I know because you don’t ever stop talking about it. You tell your vegan friends: “I could give up meat,” then you scream: “except for BACON!!!” as you render flesh from its package still raw and slap it all over your body to form a bacon jumpsuit, bursting through the door into the summer sun to let it cook both the meat and your body alive so you can live the rest of your days as a walking bacon golem, until you eat yourself into oblivion, which will take about 10 minutes, because you just can’t control yourself around bacon. If there’s a new bacon flavored product, you’ll break into a bodega in the middle of the night to try it, before complaining that it needs MORE BACON. You put bacon on your salads, bacon on your brussel sprouts and smash bacon into your mac and cheese, just to be sure anyone who doesn’t eat bacon never touches your food or breathes non-bacon-scented air into your space.

Good for you, you found a passion in life, and you’d slaughter that pig from Babe with your own hands just so people know bacon is your “thing.” Now you can use that passion to actually get paid: Extra Crispy, the new Time Inc. site launched today dedicated to covering breakfast, because sure why not the internet needs more content, is hiring a freelance bacon critic “to cover the bacon beat, spanning bacon’s role in food, drinks, and culture” and generally service other people who will die if they don’t talk about bacon once a day. Yep, it’s real job, and everything you dreamed about in journalism school when you first took that Meat Fetish Content for the Digital Age class. (more…)

06/01/16 11:15am
Punderdome the card game: A wordy reason to stay indoors this summer. Photo by Meghan Stephens/Brokelyn.

Punderdome the card game: A wordy reason to stay indoors this summer. Photo by Meghan Stephens/Brokelyn.

Last night, Team Brokelyn joined up with Punderdome at Halyards bar to present a special sneak preview of the hottest card game of the summer: the Punderdome home game. We drank some gin and rummy cocktails, had some laughs, heard from our expert punel featuring John Pollack (author of The Pun Also Rises), Alex Petri (a punner and Washington Post columnist) and Jerzy Gwiazdowski (reigning O. Henry “Punniest of Show” champ) and got to try out the game before it’s on shelves.

Consider it cards against banality in a world where you want to harness the magic the gathering of friends can create. But don’t steal this game (you’ll end up in the pokey, mon! In solitaire confinement, no less): If you’ve got your hearts set on it, you can pre-order it online now or wait for it to come out on June 21 — and Brokelyn will have more copies to give away this summer so stay tuned!  The competition might not phase 10 of your friends, but for the rest it will be war (u no what I mean?) and it’s good for anyone older than cribb age. We gathered a sampling of some of the puns made last night, so if you felt like an asshole for not attending, you can go fish for some ideas of how it works here. Now after all these card game puns I’m going to throw myself off a bridge in Cairo, but hopefully the Egyptian rats crew team will rescue me.  (more…)

05/31/16 4:00pm
'We lost some of the shininess of Brooklyn.' Is the Brooklyn artisanal food bubble finally bursting?

Smorgasburg still thrives, but its offshoots are having a harder time. Via Flickr user Terry Jinn.

About five years ago, when I would wonder what gifts to bring people from Brooklyn on holidays, my thoughts suddenly always went to food. McClure’s bloody mary mix for mom, NuNu Chocolates for grandma, a bottle of Kings County Distillery corn whiskey to encourage my sister to drink more. This seemed like an easy way to carve off a slice of Brooklyn and dole it out as a unique gift, a missive from the mini world within the world we call home. It was also a sign of the marketing success of the Brooklyn artisanal boom (for lack of a less gag-inducing phrase), when every month we were treated to new success stories of an entrepreneur who started out with just a mixing bowl and a tiny kitchen. It was a sign that the local economy, here in New York City, Real America, where we buy each other’s pickles and tickets to each other’s concerts, was doing just fine.

But the Brooklyn artisanal bubble might finally be popping in one big, locally sourced, non-GMO bubble. The narrative about the small businesses that attract celebs to far-flung neighborhoods or sprout from a small batch of offerings on a flea market table is evolving into a typical New York story: Real estate prices stand in the way of all our dreams.  (more…)

05/31/16 11:41am
The nonprofit Bike New York is hiring instructors to teach kids like this how to ride. Via Facebook.

The nonprofit Bike New York is hiring instructors to teach kids like this how to ride. Via Facebook.

Summer means biking everywhere, summer jobs, fond memories of camp and mentally high fiving every school child you pass on the street because you know they are currently living their best no-school life. Here’s a job that combines all those things: The nonprofit Bike New York is hiring instructors for its summer program to teach kids how to ride a bike (so they can learn before they turn 27), plus bike handling and basic traffic skills so you can help breed the next generation of road warriors to help take back the streets from cars. It’s a part-time seasonal gig that pays $20 per hour, with 35 hours per week from July to August. (more…)

05/27/16 5:00pm
Lady Aiko finishing her Art Wall for 2016. Photo via Facebook.

Lady Aiko finishing her Art Wall for 2016. Photo via Facebook.

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05/27/16 2:13pm
Powerhouse Arena, home to stadium-style book readings with plenty of room for browsing, is closing in June. Via Facebook

Powerhouse Arena, home to stadium-style book readings with plenty of room for browsing, is closing in June. Via Facebook

You know this script too well by now: beloved New York City neighborhood staple announces it’s closing, there’s much hand wringing about “there goes the neighborhood” and everyone gets sad. This one feels a little bit different though: Dumbo bookstore staple powerHouse seemed as ingrained in the neighborhood as the cobblestone streets themselves. Watching readings from its huge concrete seating steps made cozy book readings feel like the high artistic combat of a Roman coliseum, and we were all better for it. The 10 years it’s been open have seen dramatic change (and increasingly expensive rents) in the booming neighborhood. Today the huge bookstore and event space announced via email that it’s shutting its doors at the end of next month after landlord Two Trees wanted to increase the rent to more than twice the $20,000 per month they were already paying.

But it’s not gone for good: Owner Daniel Power told us they’ll move to a smaller pop-up location a few blocks away this summer and open it as a full bookstore soon after, but gone will be the 10,000-square-foot “arena” space. Nothing is planned to move into the space after they leave, Power said.

“We’re not paying that,” Power said of the rent. “I can understand if it was someone coming in but personally would rather stay there until they had someone.”
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