11/21/14 2:19pm
colony 1209

This can be yours, if you’ve got 80 million dollars

Hey, wanna feel kind of powerless just before the weekend starts? Of course you do! If you remember Bushwick’s Colony 1209 building, you might remember it as the apartment complex that literally presents itself as “homesteading” in a brand new neighborhood, which was one of many reasons people didn’t care for it. Well, it turns out your disapproval is meaningless, because the building which was bought for $58 million in April is now for sale with an asking price of $81.5 million. (more…)

11/20/14 9:12am
santacon

There’s still a lot of conspiracy and mystery as far as we’re concerned. via Flickr user Dave Bledsoe

There was gnashing of teeth and plenty of protest, and in the end it turned out that Bushwick is maybe more of a Chrimbus town than a Christmas town, because SantaCon organizers officially announced that they weren’t converging on Bushwick for New York City’s most hated bar crawl. If it was ever really showing up there to begin with… (more…)

11/17/14 2:40pm
santacon

Doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, these dudes are coming to town, Bushwick. via Flickr user Josh Knowles

Hey Bushwick, what could possibly be worse than being deemed the 7th coolest neighborhood in the world by the glamour ghouls of Vogue? You figured nothing, right? Whoops, wrong! Better get your Grinch faces on, because the annual red-clad vomit, piss and ass-grabbing tornado known as SantaCon is coming to your sleepy industrial hood, to spread good cheer, good vomit, good piss and good ass grabbing all in the name of charity. Truly, a Chrimbus miracle! (more…)

11/17/14 9:46am
nyc porn film festival

Ready to get sexy?

Hey there sad sexy person, are you still bummed you missed out on your chance to razzle dazzle the world at the Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant? Well, dry those tears but make sure everything else is all wet and squishy, because the first-ever NYC Porn Film Festival is coming to (of course) Bushwick from February 28 to March 1 and they want submissions from you. No, the video kind of submissions, not the…well, if you make it good enough than yes, they also want that other kind of submission from you too. (more…)

11/14/14 3:03pm
bushwick bike lane

Give this man a bike lane. via Flickr user Timothy Krause

If you’ve ever ridden your bike around Bushwick, you might have noticed that there isn’t much in the way of bike lanes, as cyclists are left to fend for themselves, whipping chains at cars that get too close. Well, maybe not that last part, but there’s definitely a paucity of bike lanes there, and now the Department of Transportation wants to give the neighborhood more, according to DNA Info. They’re even being nice enough to listen to community input on where they should go. (more…)

And when you get really drunk, you can pretend like dosing your salad in white wine is the same as a "white wine reduction."

And when you get really drunk, you can pretend like dosing your salad in white wine is the same as a “white wine reduction”  via Flickr user tracy benjamin

As the famous Shakespeare quote goes, “What’s in a name? That which we call a dive bar, by any other name would still doth offer $6 beer/shot specials.” Despite our sometimes delicate sensibilities over here at Brokelyn, we’re not too discerning when it comes to the definition of a “dive bar.” Usually a bit grungy, always a bit cheap, never a bit boring, a good dive bar is akin to 4am refrigerator-raid nachos: a solid option, especially if you’re not getting laid.

But a new Bushwick bar is challenging everything our ravaged intestines have loved and feared about the divey-est of dives: the food. DNAinfo reports that Alphaville (140 Wilson Avenue) opened last week with the usual suspects on hand: PBR tallboys, shitty well liquor, and…warm purple carrots? Yeah, okay. (more…)

10/30/14 11:12am
Just like the good old days. via Anchor Light

Just like the good old days. via Anchor Light

It’s been a little while since the days of landlords burning down their building in New York for fun and insurance money. After all, it’s much more fun and profitable to just jack up the rent, regardless of whether it’s legal or not. So we’ve gotta hand it to the building owner in Bed-Stuy who allegedly decided that he wanted to burn down a building he owns that’s being squatted in and then sell the land for profit, rather than the old timey reason of collecting insurance money. That kind of vintage move, but with a modern twist, is exactly the kind of thing that fits into modern day New York City. Also it fits because it’s people acting like goddamn monsters over real estate. (more…)

10/24/14 12:10pm
swtichel

The Waco Kid didn’t drink switchel. He drank whozzle

In case you hadn’t heard, the hot new drink in Bushwick that all the cool kids are drinking is switchel, a cocktail made of apple cider vinegar, ginger, water and maple syrup. Since farmers and frontiersmen used to drink it, it has a lot of old timey cachet for the kinds of people who love fetishizing the simple farm life but inexplicably live in a major metropolis. Well, it used to be cool and have that old timey cachet, but now that it’s been reported on, switchel is totally over. What’s the new drink that Bushwick will be chugging? We looked around in a dusty old file for old forgotten drink recipes, and we found all of these. (more…)

10/23/14 2:58pm
michelle_williams

You wanna live in Bed-Stuy, you gotta get a pixie cut now

If your lease is up in Bed-Stuy soon and you like living there, you might wanna call your landlord and beg for a two-year lease. Hell, even if you just signed your lease yesterday, you might wanna take that tack because Bed-Stuy isn’t just being boldly re-imagined as the next Williamsburg, it’s apparently bewitching famous Hollywood types like Michelle Williams. Why doesn’t she just buy Zosia Mamet’s house in Bushwick though? Keep it in the famous person family. (more…)

10/08/14 11:09am
arrogant swine

You certainly won’t regret any of these in oh, let’s say, a day. via Instagram

If you’re going to open a restaurant in Bushwick, now the neighborhood of restaurants, you’re going to have to stand out in some way to get people to notice you. Arrogant Swine, a new BBQ spot opening on Morgan Avenue, is offering the chance for patrons to come get marked for life at their opening party with free tattoos from Gnostic Tattoo. Free tattoos of pigs, as seen above. Hey man, its your life. (more…)