12/16/16 11:55am
Left image by  Zoe Beloff, right image by Crys Yin.

Left image by Zoe Beloff, right image by Crys Yin.

Much like the state of war in 1984, the state of protesting for the next four years will begin to feel ever present, having no discernible middle or end, a constant underlying sense that we must have always been protesting, we must always be protesting. We’ll keep listing protest events and other anti-Trump fundraisers as they pop up, but today we bring you some news of some free anti-Trump protest art so you can ditch that poorly spaced, hand-drawn cardboard sign.

Arts and culture blog HyperAllergic tells us about several Brooklyn artists who are giving away original free, downloadable protest images that you can use as signs, banners, buttons, stickers or print on a T-shirt. Not only are the messages strong, the art is great too.  (more…)

12/15/16 4:30pm
You can help put this campaign rover the top! Image via Kickstarter.

You can help put this campaign rover the top! Image via Kickstarter.

New Yorkers love blurring the line between the creature comforts of their living rooms with the service of public spaces. First we got a dedicated Cat Cafe in Brooklyn; now we might be getting a restaurant specifically targeted to dogs and their owners.

Via DNAinfo today:

Two dog-loving New Yorkers are gearing up to bring their dream of a truly dog-friendly restaurant to Brooklyn in the new year.

The name? BYOD. That’s “bring-your-own-dog.”

Verena Erhart and Lauren Hanlon are raising $35,000 through Kickstarter to open the new restaurant in Prospect Heights or Crown Heights, they said, to cater to dog owners looking for a place to hang out around Prospect Park.

“We’re both dog owners and we feel that people feel bad leaving their dogs at home, [and] even more when they go out and have fun,” Erhart said. “So, we’re trying to combine things … going out to eat and have drinks and having your dog with you.”


12/15/16 2:33pm
This Greenpoint pilot program could be a game changer for food takeout waste in NYC

You could recycle this, but you probably don’t. Via Flickr user pinprick.

One of the great things about living in the food delivery paradise that is New York City is you never have to pay for tupperware. Soggy paper boxes, crinkly aluminum dishes and the horrendous immortal waste of styrofoam are becoming less common, replaced by a constant flow of perfectly reusable plastic tubs. The downside to that is it creates lots of garbage because you can only save so many miso soup containers in your cabinet. And remember that recycling doesn’t absolve your sins: It’s where something comes from, not where it ends up, that creates the most waste.

The solution to all of this would be to order in less, cook more and use less waste, but lol this is America in 2016 and there’s nothing we love more than exercising our rights to CREATE WASTE. But now, as the Brooklyn Paper reports, two Greenpoint restaurants are trying to solve this problem by starting to use truly reusable containers — and offering you a discount for bringing them back. (more…)

12/13/16 11:30am
Here's the full lineup for next month's 31-hour F*ck Trump comedy marathon

Trump will definitely tweet about this. Poster via Experiment Comedy Gallery.

(Update 12/16: The FDNY shut down The Experiment Comedy Gallery, so the future of this event is in the air. We’ll update when we have more info). We hope you’re enjoying your holiday season, frolicking around in the early season snow while perusing adorable craft markets or slipping into a warm bar to order a hot cider and listen to “All I Want for Christmas is You” in an infinite loop. Because you know that as soon as the holidays are over, we enter the longest, coldest, darkest winter of our lives. Oh joy!

There might not be many pockets of sunshine as the coming Putin Trump administration gets ready to take power in January. But one of the things to look forward to is the comedy it will inspire, starting with this epic 31-hour Fuck Trump comedy marathon coming to Williamsburg’s Experiment Comedy Gallery, which we told you about a few weeks ago.

The full lineup just got released this week, and it features plenty of reasons to stay up all night (and the next day), from 6pm Jan. 13 to 1:30am Jan. 15, a week before the inauguration. Passes for the whole marathon cost $40; individual shows will be $10 at the door. The money raised will go to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the International Refugee Assistance Project and The Trevor Project. Get your party pajamas ready.  (more…)

12/12/16 3:49pm
Catch a ride, not a charge. Via Uber.

Catch a ride, not a charge. Via Uber.

A car full of strangers whose addresses you can learn if you pay attention to where they get dropped of sounds like a great place to pick up dates! Or apparently not, according to the official guidelines for UberPool passengers guidelines the company released last week, which tell you to stop treating your shared ride like a captive audience for your pick-up lines.

“It’s OK to chat with other people in the car. But please don’t comment on someone’s appearance or ask whether they are single,” the rules say. They also tell you not to “touch or flirt with other people in the car. Because apparently that’s a thing you need to explicitly state these days (h/t DNAinfo). (more…)

12/12/16 9:59am
But keep your phone charged anyway. Via screenshot.

But keep your phone charged anyway. Via screenshot.

Ikea renames its products after Google searches [CNN]
After the Ghost Ship tragedy are NYC’s DIY spaces in trouble?
Holiday lights now come with anti-gentrification messages [DNAinfo]
Chain businesses in Bushwick are on the rise [Bushwick Daily]
The latest thing millennials ruined? Real walls [Gothamist]
OG UCB kid hangout Peter McManus may be closing [Vanishing New York]
Red Hook’s rape-stopping dog gets honored [BK Paper]

12/09/16 12:06pm
How do you make the ballet more diverse? Transport the Nutcracker to Brooklyn

Photo by Stephan Moskovic.

About halfway through the Brooklyn Ballet’s new performance of the Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Museum, three dudes walk on stage looking like they got lost on the way to the subway. They’re wearing fashionable clothes and hoodies instead of tutus and tights, and when the traditional music kicks in, they break into dance moves that are more showtime than pointe shoes.

If other Nutcracker performances are all about the prim, polish and traditionalism of a 120-year old ballet, this one is about cracking open that hard nut (see what I did there) and bringing the show to new audiences. Since this is Brooklyn, that means a diverse cast, a mix of dance styles from around the world, light-up outfits built with the help of a local hacker space and transforming the character Drosselmeyer into a master of the pop-and-lock. This is the first time the Brooklyn Ballet has done a full Nutcracker performance, so artistic director Lynn Parkerson was keen to make the show feel at home on Eastern Parkway.

“Why would I do the traditional Nutcracker? New York City Ballet has that locked up,” she told Brokelyn. “If I’m going to do a Nutcracker, it should reflect the place that we are in. … Already there’s these different characters from different countries. Brooklyn is this incredibly diverse borough, so it just lends itself to that.”

The production is tied to the overall recent emphasis on diversity in the performing arts, from Misty Copeland and Hamilton down to public school programs. And yeah, ballet isn’t cheap, but this one is still relatively affordable: New York City Ballet productions can run you hundreds of dollars. This show’s $90 tickets sold out through Sunday night. But Parkerson’s approach to the show, which emphasizes diversity and accessibility to new audiences who don’t frequent Lincoln Center, could be a big move toward keeping ballet relevant for future generations. (more…)

12/08/16 12:52pm
Another one bites the dust: Williamsburg's bizarro art space Standard Toykraft is closing

May you fight on forever in our hearts, cardboard robots. Via Facebook.

We are weary and tired, eyeing the end of the calendar year with longing even though we know that an arbitrary flip of the calendar page will not bring better news in the next year. Earlier this week BookCourt announced it’s closing; now we’ve got word that weirdo art and performance space Standard Toykraft is shutting down at the end of the month after an “exhaustive legal battle to save the building from being closed, sold and demolished,” according to a statement the venue sent out this week.

The space, which was founded in 2012, served up heavily costumed variety shows, puppet performances and the occasional cardboard robot battle. The owners prided themselves on offering low-cost performance and rehearsal space residencies, along with private studio space for visual artists. It’s not a surprise that a place like this would close as Williamsburg turns into the new Soho. But it’s one less place for weirdos in a city that desperately needs to hold on to them. Read their full letter announcing the closure is after the jump: (more…)

12/07/16 1:15pm
Via Flickr user wasik.

Via Flickr user wasik.

WELP our dystopian nightmare has entered the “conspiracy theories about Halloween decorations at Roberta’s” stage, so it doesn’t look like things are getting better anytime soon. We’ve been tracking lots of ways to join the resistance, from volunteer opportunities and bystander intervention training to being a DIY graffiti vigilante and attending a 31-hour anti-Trump comedy marathon. We’re just going to keep listing events and other opportunities here: If you know of any we should add, email tim[at]brokelyn.com or tell us in the comments. (more…)

12/06/16 10:59am
We'll miss these shelves. Via Facebook.

We’ll miss these shelves. Via Facebook.

BookCourt announced today it’s closing after 35 (!!) years as the literary heart of Cobble Hill and surrounding neighborhoods, and it feels a particularly spiteful match thrown onto the already gasoline-drowned 2016. The press release the owners sent out didn’t cite a specific reason other than they were ready to move on with their lives. The store survived the gentrification and yuppiefication of the neighborhood, and seemed to stand strong even as a Barnes and Noble opened just a few blocks away. Its last day will, fittingly, be the last day of 2016: New Year’s Eve.

BUT, this is one piece of 2016 news that has an actual good news clapback. The spirit of BookCourt won’t be gone forever because two of the store’s acolytes, wife and husband duo Emma Straub and Michael Fusco-Straub, also announced today they’re opening a new bookstore somewhere nearby.

“Books are magic, and we want to make sure that this neighborhood is positively coated in bookish fairydust for decades to come,” the couple wrote in their announcement. Details on when and where their store will be are still to come, but Straub worked at BookCourt for years so we imagine the store will live on in some form in her new shop. Still, people are taking the BookCourt news particularly hard. (more…)