via flickr user EITico68

Ride, ride, ride that Coney. via flickr user EITico68

Ever wanted to run away to the circus when you were a kid? Here in New York, it’s only a train ride away. And you can actually get paid to do it.

Coney Island businesses are currently hiring for their summer season, and those include some of your favorite games, rides and restaurants on the People’s Playground: Luna Park needs game operators, Nathan’s Famous needs hot dog hawkers, Deno’s Wonder Wheel needs that joker who asks you if you want “swinging” or “non-swinging.” The list goes on, and there’s certainly something for everyone.

Picture it: you’ll get to spend your summer daze on one of the best beaches (personality dependent) in the borough, ride some rides for free, sun yourself on the beach during your breaks and listen to a pretty decent music lineup wafting over from Coney Island Amphitheater (a lineup we initially feared would just be terrible). Not to mention that given the current state of Brooklyn dating, the Coney Boardwalk might just be your best bet for finding this year’s summer fling.  (more…)

04/07/16 12:08pm
This eleven-year-old is living every Silicon Valley startup's dream. via Instagram

This eleven-year-old is living every small business owner’s dream. via Instagram

For the past week or two, I’ve been seeing stories about young kids getting what they want. I don’t mean in a bait-y, “This First Grader Had The Perfect Response To A Teacher’s Closed-Minded Math Question” kind of way. I mean in a career-minded, actually getting what they want kind of way. Last week, a nine-year-old boy in Carroll Gardens was making waves with his 25 cents a case detective agency. Meanwhile, an 11-year-old girl had just struck a multi-million dollar deal with Whole Foods to sell her own boutique brand of lemonade. And a couple days ago, DNAinfo reported that a four-year-old in TriBeCa had successfully lobbied to get a gumball machine re-installed in his neighborhood grocery store after the old one disappeared.

Call me crazy, but… should we be taking notes? Are these preschoolers the Silicon Valley startup CEOs of tomorrow? (more…)

03/29/16 1:08pm
The money isn't real, but the swagger is

The money isn’t real, but the swagger is.

Hey, you there. Sitting at your desk, pollinating the internet, wondering when people are going to listen to what you have to say. We’ve been listening, and we think you should join the Brokelyn team. Know of the coolest igloo rental steals this side of the East River? Got strong opinions about the fraudulent breakfast cereal empire or New Yorkers going soft? Want to smash the patriarchy with an infographic? We’d like to help you do it. We’re also looking for photographers to cover events and savvy Instagrammers to join our social media squad.

The perks of joining us here in Broketown include: great edits, chill vibes, lots of freebie swag, VIP status at some of the borough’s hottest shows and live events, a chance to hone your political journalism chops for a future field reporting gig with the Times or build up your humor clips for that sweet, sweet Onion internship you’re trying to land. Whatever your dream, Brokelyn can give you the boost you need to get there. And most importantly — in the words of editor emeritus and now happily cuffed Dave Colon — “Your byline can get you laid.” (more…)

03/28/16 4:20pm
Rock the vote or at least help it suck a lot less.

Rock the vote or at least help it suck a lot less.

Depending on how many Bernie supporters you’re friends with, your newsfeed is likely full of people complaining about the voting problems in the Arizona primary where long lines and and lack of ballots led to accusations of voter suppression. Whether it was actual fraud or just nincompoopery, we don’t know, but there is definitely a trend in this country where every single major election our voting system behaves like my winter wardrobe: perennially under prepared and almost immediately overwhelmed. Well, we’ve only had 16 years since Bush/Gore to sort this out and who can figure anything out in 16 years. Anyway, instead of clogging your friends’ feeds when the New York primary comes around April 19, you can do something to help the process. The Board of Elections is hiring poll workers, and you can make $200/day doing it! (more…)

03/28/16 2:44pm

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When you work as a freelancer, getting paid is often a matter of nagging your employers until the check finally comes in the mail. There’s no dignity in it, and it certainly shouldn’t be the accepted norm. Since it is, though — at least on the part of those lazy employers who refuse to pay up — you can do your part to condemn the practice by checking out The World’s Longest Invoice, a pulp horror-themed website by the Freelancers’ Union that’s tallying up all freelancers’ unpaid bills nationwide in order to spread awareness about how scary it actually gets. (more…)

03/25/16 1:29pm
Mindy Tucker, on one of her few moments in front of the camera.

Tucker, on one of her few moments in front of the camera. All photos in this article are by Mindy Tucker.

If you’ve seen a photo of a working comedian in New York City, then you’ve probably seen a photo by Mindy Tucker.

Credited adoringly in comedians’ Facebook profile pictures, named quietly beneath their press photos, and whispered about between them as the “angel” of their trade, Mindy Tucker has gradually become the household name for comedy photography in New York. Justly so: over the past decade, Tucker has amassed a staggering photographic record of shows, performers and parties in venues across the five boroughs. Since 2012, she’s documented “the year in comedy” with a photographic mosaic of places and faces the likes of Tig Notaro, Mike Lawrence, Chris Gethard, Sasheer Zamata, The Lucas Brothers and Nikki Glaser. Each portrait she takes is marked with her discernible signature — subjects wearing a warm expression, posed comfortably, almost fish-eyed in definition and bearing a striking luminosity.

Unless you’ve met the woman behind the lens, these photos won’t seem especially significant. After all, seeing a comedian’s picture online is just par for their publicity; it doesn’t offer up any meaningful metaphors. And to the uninitiated, Mindy Tucker is just “the press” who snapped the photo. But when we sat down with Tucker to talk about a life in photography, she revealed that she doesn’t see herself as press at all.

“I’m just a very extraordinarily lucky visual artist,” she told Brokelyn. (more…)

03/23/16 2:00pm
If you get in, let us know so we can enter the lottery 1000 times to see you. via website

If you get cast in the show, you’re welcome! Just see if you can score us some tickets. Via website

Just last week, we were lamenting the near impossibility of scoring tickets to Hamilton, that forever-sold-out Broadway show. We offered some solace for would-be audience members in the form of a helpful lottery entry app for iPhones. But if you’re one of those folks who’s been waiting for a chance to get on the stage instead of in front of it, then here’s some exciting news: Hamilton is now holding an open casting call!

The Broadway musical is seeking non-white singers who can rap. No prior theater experience necessary. You can audition for them live in May or send in an application online. Either way, this is your chance to become a part of musical theatre history in New York City, up there with Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Lion King and Cats! (more…)

03/23/16 1:00pm
Summer in Brooklyn is going to be cool and all, but this might top it. John Morrison / Flickr

Summer in Brooklyn is going to be cool and all, but this might top it. John Morrison / Flickr

Getting paid to travel the world and drink beer all summer long? Surely you jest.

But no, this is an actual job opportunity that someone is actually hiring for. Specifically, it’s World of Beer (WOB), the craft beer empire that has franchise locations in every country, seeking three “Drink it Interns” who love beer culture and want to spend their summer hopping — get it? — from city to city, country to country, WOB tavern to WOB tavern, and documenting their ex-beer-iences around the world on social media.

Well, we’re not sure why you would need convincing after the above description for what is clearly the sweetest summer job of all time, but read on anyway to find out why this is an awesome opportunity and what you’ll need in order to apply. (more…)

03/22/16 11:25am
Kevin Allison. Photo by Gene Silvers.

Kevin Allison. Photo by Gene Silvers.

Kevin Allison is the self-described middle child of The State, the grungy 90s MTV show and the best sketch comedy troupe that has ever existed (a fact I am willing to fight anyone at any time over). He famously played the Redhead Gay and a mailman who delivered tacos instead of the mail in two bits that are among the highest comedy art ever produced. The State broke up after a failed move to CBS, and Allison fell off the hardest. While other members of the troupe went on to write movies, star in sitcoms or direct, Allison hit the bottle hard, and took a series of low-paying gigs. That included demeaning catering jobs serving the likes of Donald Trump and the Koch brothers and getting shade from Aretha Franklin, and otherwise wandering the city’s trenches of low-paying jobs before finally finding his way back to performing.

Allison is now host of Risk!, a live storytelling show and podcast he started in 2009. The show, which also tours the country, just moved its permanent home to the Bell House in Gowanus in January after years in Manhattan. In the show, storytellers tell tales they thought they’d never say in public. Allison moved to Harlem last year after fleeing bed bugs in his apartment on the Bushwick/Ridgewood border, but he’s thinking of moving back to Brooklyn soon. Some of Allison’s stories come from his long and winding job history, including a very brief stint as a prostitute and porn author. So before his show tomorrow night at the Bell House, he talked with us about all the jobs he’s ever had. (more…)

03/11/16 11:01am
Amanda Dell and Kimberly Chou, directors of the Food Book Fair. Photo by Liz Clayman.

Amanda Dell and Kimberly Chou, directors of the Food Book Fair. Photo by Liz Clayman.

Tell the truth. Your newsfeed is clogged with how-to-cook videos and articles on where to find the best Hot Chicken in Brooklyn (it’s at the Commodore, btw). Netflix has started suggesting obscure cooking shows to you because of your recent Chef’s Table binge. You’ve Snapchatted a pic of your Smorgasburg snack with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, and Seamless ads on the L always make you crave cheeseburgers. That’s OK, you’re not alone. Everyone in Brooklyn is obsessed with food media, and that’s the way we like it.

That’s where Amanda Dell and Kimberly Chou come in. They’re not just food media mavens — they’re the new directors of Brooklyn’s own Food Book Fair, coming back this year on May 1 at the Wythe Hotel. Now in its fifth year, FBF is part food festival, part media conference, and totally delicious. Recently, I got this girl boss duo to dish about event producing, waitressing, and why they decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to expand the fest. Before this, Dell worked in restaurants and Chou worked for the Wall Street Journal. So how’d they get this cool job?  (more…)