02/10/16 12:19pm
Chef Eric Kayser opened his new Brooklyn location in January.

Chef Eric Kayser opened his new Brooklyn location in January.

Paris is alive and well in Brooklyn. I catch snippets of French as I enter the subway. Bistro cuisine is almost as prevalent as ramen bars. And, no matter where I shop for wine, someone’s always suggesting that “super affordable bottle of Beaujolais.” The latest addition in this Francophile-ification of the borough? BK’s first-ever Maison Kayser, a multi-national bakery known for its piping-hot baguettes and grab-and-go lunches.

Chef Eric Kayser’s latest expansion just opened a few weeks ago in Downtown Brooklyn, so we figured we should take some time to chat with him about French bread, his love for Kings County, and how he turned his raison d’etre into a paycheck (after all, we could all use a little more dough). What is this pastry-mogul’s recipe for hard-earned success and how can you replicate it? Kayser explained it all to me — in heavily French-accented English — the night before his Brooklyn store’s grand opening on Court Street last month. (more…)

01/29/16 11:37am
Don't let this pip-squeak take the job you deserve. Image via here and now

Don’t let this pip-squeak take the job you deserve. Image via here and now

Were you one of the grown adults who walked out of The LEGO Movie and imagined yourself becoming a master builder? Did you buy LEGOs, saying it was for your non-existent kids, but actually spent countless hours building spaceships, entire cities, or a LEGO recreation of being stuck in the L train during rush hour? Well, you no longer need to worry about juggling between your love of LEGOs and your need to be a productive member of society. LEGOLAND is hiring 20 “Master Model Builders” at its brand new  model-making facility, known as appropriately awesomely titled “Merlin’s Magic Making Hub,” at their headquarters near LEGOLAND in Lake Wales, Florida. (more…)

01/21/16 2:00pm
You'll probably use a laptop, but, you know. via flickr user Tim Hamilton

You’ll probably use a laptop, but, you know. via flickr user Tim Hamilton

Mercury is in retrograde and Jonas is coming to swallow us all, which means that if you write plays, it’s the perfect time to cozy up in your apartment and get some work done. “Work” doesn’t mean binge-watching Transparent and ordering Seamless, by the way. It means sitting down at your computer and finishing your newest script, or editing the draft of an old one, or even jotting down some ideas for your next big project.

In that spirit, we’ve rounded up seven exciting programs that are currently accepting submissions from playwrights. Deadlines are upcoming, if not imminent, so take a look at the opportunities below and decide which one, or how many, are right for you.  (more…)

01/19/16 8:47am
Threes Brewing has a few jobs on tap. Via FB.

Threes Brewing has a few jobs on tap. Via FB.

Times are good in the Brooklyn beer world, and maybe times are not so good at your office job, where another day waiting the Chop’t salad line might make you want to chop’t your arms off. But New York is amid a brewery boom and that means a brewery jobs boom too. So if you’ve ever dreamed of quitting your desk job and working with beer in a more official way (rather than just supporting the industry through your purchases), you’ve got a good shot at some jobs right now at great Brooklyn spots including Threes Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint. Details below: (more…)

01/13/16 4:30pm
You could be the behind-the-scenes voice of Angela Merkel! via NBC

Your words could make it all the way to the mouth of Angela Merkel. via NBC

It’s a new year, and a new you. This is the year you finally get recognized for your raw potential. If 2015 saw you slogging through the cavernous tunnels of anonymous copywriting, or penning clever tweets for a crummy startup that wasn’t making better use of your inherent comedic talents, then chin up: NBCUniversal’s Late Night Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for its 2016 program, and you (yes, you) can apply.

According to the website, the workshop is “a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position.” In other words, kids, this workshop could be your way into a permanent gig on Jimmy Fallon. The deadline is Friday so get on it. (more…)

01/13/16 12:00pm
Photo by Vee Hertel.

CUTTERS photo by Vee Hertel.

We live in a city rife with creativity. Creativity takes many forms: from your cousin’s girlfriend selling her homemade succulent necklaces at Rock n Shop, to your friend’s theatre company doing a minimalist production of Macbeth in a shipping container, to all kinds of music.  If you want to put your own music out there, it can be daunting to even think about starting to play out, whether you are an experienced guitar player or you played the autoharp at Pete’s Candy Store’s open mic that one time.

So we at Brokelyn decided that we’d start doing this thing where we sit down with a real, live, New York City musician and ask them how they got started, to prove that it’s not so scary out there. And, because we’re Brokelyn, how much it cost to “make it.” So, for this inaugural round of Musicians Talk Making It, we sat down with Pierce Lightning, lead singer of Brooklyn-based band CUTTERS, who call themselves “survival punk” because they use music as a coping mechanism.  (more…)

01/12/16 9:31am
Hey that almost looks like marijuana. Or it could be a mint leaf?  Via Facebook.

Hey that almost looks like marijuana. Or it could be a mint leaf? Via Facebook.

New York finally got medical marijuana last week and like most new things in the city, it’s crammed in between a chain restaurant and a Dunkin Donuts. And to be honest, there’s a lack of enthusiasm around it: instead of the free-wheeling pot shops masquerading as medical facilities like what they have in California, we got medical facilities that vaguely seem to be selling something marijuana-ish. It’s like when you expect to bite into a chocolate chip cookie but it turns out to be a raisin one instead. Anyway, if you want to be part of the green-collar job revolution, the dispensary in Union Square is hiring for a few office jobs. But if you want to get out the city and go upstate, you can get some jobs working with the actual plants themselves.  (more…)

01/06/16 3:49pm
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These bikes have a lot of data to share. Are you the one to read it all? Photo by Mary Dorn

It’s 2016 and you still have some job that you hate more than anything in the world. What are you doing just sticking with it like it’s a dead marriage you’re keeping together just for the kids? There’s a whole other world of jobs out there waiting to make an honest employed person out of you, jobs that will treat you with respect and love or at the very least not be full of screaming idiots you hate working with. Here’s a few we found for you, so go out and get one before someone else does. (more…)

12/23/15 2:20pm
Sadly they're not hiring ballerinas, but you can still help out in some way. via Facebook

Sadly they’re not hiring ballerinas, but you can still help out in some way. via Facebook

It’s almost a New Year, so it’s almost time for a New You! That’s how things work, right? You 1.0 never leaped at an opportunity, never went to the gym and always stayed stuck in your shitty, limiting job. You 2.0 though, you’re gonna be a whole patched and upgraded You. You’re gonna hit the gym and you’re gonna leap at so many damn opportunities it’ll be like opportunity parkour. First up: this huge bundle of jobs that are waiting for you, one of which might be better than the job now. If you think it is, don’t hesitate, just apply. (more…)

12/11/15 2:03pm
If you can take a picture this pretty, why not get paid big time bucks to do it? via Flickr user faungg

If you can take a picture this pretty, why not get paid big time bucks to do it? via Flickr user faungg

So you’re out there making early New Year’s resolutions, and one of them is that you want to be outdoors more. Yes, it’s gonna be the year of camping for you out in the great wide world. You know what’s really cool is that if you’re a good photographer, you can make a crapload of money taking pictures of cool outdoor locations as a photographer for the National Park Service. How big of crapload are we talking? Try between $60,000 and $100,000 per year. (more…)