09/15/14 10:19am
bed-stuy

Don’t walk around like you own the place…unless you’re Charles Bronson. via Flickr user aliabdallah

So you’ve just invested in your million-dollar Bed-Stuy dream townhouse. Wait, sorry, let’s try that again, in a more realistic way. So you and your 2 roommates just signed a lease for a $3200 2-bedroom in Bed-Stuy or Bushwick, and you’re excited about your cool new neighborhood and its uh…bright future. That is until you read the Post this morning and found out that despite what that friendly real estate agent told you, crime still exists in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick. “But they told me all the crime was gone!” you say to no one in particular in your suddenly unsafe apartment, as you prepare to become just another statistic. (more…)

09/09/14 1:21pm
bushwick

“…and Vogue spoke and the sky turned black and the rents spiked with a fury like that of a volcano.” via Flickr user mercurialn

If it seems like just a year ago that Vogue was calling Bushwick “disfavored” and talking about how it was so impossible to get there because even the train full of poors doesn’t put you where you want, well you’re right, it has just been a year. Still, so much changes in a year and if you’re going to suck the essence of youth dry, you have to keep up with said youth, so Vogue now says “Time to hop on the L!” because Bushwick is the 7th coolest neighborhood in the whole world. (more…)

09/08/14 4:02pm
bed-stuy

Fun fact: White people all have that weird Waking Life animation, at all times

It’s been a little while since we got to talk about “Bed-Stuy is the new Williamsburg,” so it’s a good thing that real estate agent Robert Earl decided to bring it up again. It’s also a good thing that in his brochure trying to attract fancy restaurants to properties running from 1347 to 1361 Fulton Street that he acted like black people don’t live here anymore. If gentrification had a playbook, this thing would be it. (more…)

08/21/14 4:03pm
the macauly culkin show

Look at how much fun they’re having, and you can’t even hear the jokes! via Facebook

One problem with living in a comedy wonderland like Brooklyn is that sometimes you need to make a hard choice on which comedy show you’re going to go to on any given night. Sometimes you just want to say “Come on, comedians of Brooklyn, make it easier for us and just get together in one place in a huge cheap festival of laughs for one night.” No need to say it though, because the folks behind Shea Stadium’s Macaulay Culkin Show* have put together a night of comedy with NINETEEN of Brooklyn’s best comics and sketch groups this weekend and it costs just five bucks. (more…)

08/20/14 3:52pm
3rd ward

Do they owe you anything? Speak up

When the 3rd Ward went under last October, teachers, students, and members were all left holding the bag, with no refunds for members who spent up to $3,200 for lifetime memberships, no final pay checks for the teachers who had put in countless hours at the art space, and no consolation or explanation for the students who signed up for classes. So how much does 3rd Ward actually owe its patrons and participants? One writer is asking people to email her and let her know. (more…)

08/20/14 1:41pm
bushwick

These homes are 30% richer than they were last year. Not you, though. via Flickr user Susan Sermoneta

It seems like it was just yesterday that Bushwick was kinda sorta a bargain price-wise, was full of people living on houseboats and hopping freight trains and was being described as an awful hellhole by the likes of Vogue. Turns out that train-hopping hobos and Vogue condemnation be damned, Bushwick homes also shot up 31.2% in value between 2013 and 2014. You were never gonna be able to own a home anyway, but now you can cross Bushwick off your fantasy list for good. (more…)

08/11/14 4:44pm
brooklyn loves michael jackson

Think he’s excited? He looks excited. via Instagram

Despite his death in 2009, Michael Jackson still lives on thanks to his music, celebrations of his legacy and the occasional ghost appearances in your bathroom that no one ever believes you see. We can’t speak to that last one, but Spike Lee has always been one to celebrate the music and legacy that Jackson left behind, and after a three-year pause, his Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson party is coming back to Brooklyn on August 24 according to DNA Info. (more…)

brooklyn beer and wine fest

See all the fun they’re having? You could be having that much fun! via Facebook

We all love booze (most of us anyway), and especially when we’ve got a ton of local booze lined up for us to taste. That’s why it’s time to get excited, because Arts+Crafts (they of Bushwick Beverages) and Tap+Cork are teaming up to for the second ever Brooklyn Beer and Wine Festival at Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton Street), next Saturday, August 16. Beer nerds, winos and foodies, your (affordable) event of the summer has arrived. (more…)

08/05/14 10:13am
amancay's diner

Department of Health regulations will probably prevent this from happening though. via Flickr user Brandon Cripps

Everyone loves a good old fashioned 24-hour diner, where you can get cheap greasy food that you don’t even realize doesn’t taste that great because you’re so drunk you can’t see or taste. What if though, we offered you that same kind of diner with “Bushwickified” organic ingredients and a table that has a Spin the Bottle game permanently attached to it? Well, whether you want that or not, that’s what’s coming to Bushwick at 2 Knickerbocker Avenue, former site of the venue/deli Living Bread, according to DNA Info.  (more…)

07/31/14 4:47pm
bushwick mall

Yes, see, the black-and-white suggests themes of a simpler time, before we saw the world in color. via Wyckoff Heights

Despite our occasional appreciation of it, we here at Brokelyn are by no means art experts. Unless you’re counting Cowboy Bebop, some of us have seen every episode something like three times. Otherwise, stick us in front of an abstract painting or some experimental photograph and the best we’ll come up with is, “Yep, that’s a thing.” Still, even we were struck by the haunting new renderings of the long-dreaded Bushwick mall, delivered to the world in black-and-white instead of the usual splashes of color that developers try to show off with. What does it all mean? (more…)