07/07/15 2:21pm
Todd P (off camera) thanklessly throwing Vitamin Water back at SummerScreen sponsors. Photo by Sean Smith, via Facebook

Todd P (off camera) thanklessly throwing Vitamin Water back at SummerScreen sponsors. Photo by Sean Smith, via Facebook

Here at Brokelyn, we’re always interested in bringing you news of the Brand Wars, in which Brands desperately claw for the approval (and disposable income) of young people. Lately, anti-Brand partisans have been pushing back, first seen when ExCops put McDonald’s on blast for offering to pay bands in exposure, and now Todd Patrick, a promoter and magical sprite tasked with keeping DIY’s spirit alive pulled the entire music lineup he curated for this year’s SummerScreen over the presence of a Brand sponsoring the stage without his knowledge. (more…)

07/07/15 12:10pm

Reddit’s reliance on free labor is biting it in the ass [Slate]
Occupy Wall Street protestors got paaaaiiiiiidddd [CBS]
Brooklyn is home to the oldest human in the world, who’s 116 [The Root]
Someone put an Airstream trailer on a warehouse roof for unclear reasons [Brooklyn Paper]
Mayor Tall and community boards need relationship help [Capital]
Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the Straphanger’s Campaign’s Gene Russianoff [NY1]
Your Starbucks coffee is a bit more expensive, if that bothers you [AP]
A downside of legal weed is that is uses a hell of a lot of energy [City Lab]

07/06/15 3:36pm
So this is where she's been hiding after escaping last season. Image via Twitter.

So this is where she’s been hiding after escaping last season. Image via Twitter

In Williamsburg, they take their pop-culture very seriously. It seems that the celebrities from our favorite TV shows are also figuring that out. At Videology, none other than Orange is The New Black actress Barbara Rosenblat (Ms. Rosa) showed up during their OITNB trivia night. If you are out of the loop, Videology has trivia nights twice a week, with chances for you and your friends to win free alcohol. The trivia nights that happen over the weekend all revolve around one film. This week, the film will be the classic Steven Spielberg film Jurassic Park. So who knows, you may be gifted with the presence of Jeff Goldblum himself, or some hungry raptors. We recommend you don’t try to tame the raptors, because that’s just stupid (sorry Chris Pratt).

07/06/15 1:23pm
Missing the grill to pull off your gangster grill look? Well someone has found those for you. Screenshot via YouTube

Missing the grill to pull off your gangster grill look? Well someone has found those for you. Screenshot via YouTube

Have you noticed that your mouth has been non-disco ball like lately? Is the temperature of your mouth much higher now that the ice keeping your breath cool has gone missing? Well, lucky for you aspiring rapper and/or jewelry maker, a good Samaritan has not only found your grillz, but has put up flyers all over the Bedford-Nostrand G train stop in the hopes of returning them to you. According to DNAinfo, the flyers have been  up since June 30th, with the finder of the grillz leaving an e-mail address (Grillzfinder [AT] gmail.com) so you can become reunited with your jewelry and once again “have more ice than Michelle Kwan.” (more…)

07/06/15 12:03pm

The only Women’s World Cup final highlight reel you need [Deadspin]
Teens! They love jokes about 9/11 [Slate]
We may not have seen the end of Zephyr Teachout [The Nation]
Here’s why people love Donald Trump’s presidential campaign [The Guardian]
Lyft is out there struggling [New York Magazine]
Cool teen Malia Obama gets that Girls internship you wanted [Gawker]
Joe Chestnut dethroned as Nathan’s Hot Dog eating champ [ESPN]

07/06/15 9:53am
This is so exciting we're standing on our basses. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

This is so exciting we’re standing on our basses. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

Its summer festival season, and as we’ve gone over before, that isn’t really that exciting because summer festivals are often expensive, far away and ultimately involve disappointingly watching ants play your favorite songs on a stage one mile away from where you are. However, people seem to be figuring out you can do this in Brooklyn and have it not be bad. Joining Northside and Out in the Streets, The Way Station is leading the, uh, way, in their neighborhood with a multi-venue, 75 band extravaganza this month called the Prospect Heights Music and Arts Festival. Finally, a music festival where you can cap off the night by visiting Neptune Diner at 3am. (more…)

07/02/15 4:42pm
If this muppet asks you where the Cyclone is, don't tell him. Flickr image via Amy.

If this muppet asks you where the Cyclone is, don’t tell him. Flickr image via Amy.

There’s a new Biblical plague in town. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s making a torrential descent onto the Coney Island boardwalk. According to Brooklyn Paper, a number of Times Square mascots seem to have relocated to the People’s Playground, after abdicating their midtown Manhattan posts due to recent police crackdowns on costumed solicitation.

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07/02/15 12:03pm

This writer tried haggling for everything. It only kinda worked [Business Insider]
Whole Paycheck diverts overcharging accusations by blaming its employees [Salon]
Today, in science, let the “go fuck yourself” jokes begin [IFL science]
OK, so maybe don’t put that photo of your cute dog in your OKCupid profile [DNAinfo]
You knew the Wet Hot remake was going to be good, but this looks VERY good [Above Average]
Once there was farm-to-table, now there’s just farm pizza [Consumerist]
Cuomo makes nice to the cameras re: De Blasio [Daily Intelligencer]
Good, I wasn’t ever trying to pay $50 for a meal at Per Se, anyway [Grub Street]

07/02/15 10:56am
Oh, dome, oh! Oh, dome, oh! via flickr user Anthony Fine

Oh, dome, oh! Oh, dome, oh! via flickr user Anthony Fine

It turns out that even a giant piece of floating debris can’t survive in the Gowanus Canal. There’s really no hope for any of us, is there? According to DNAinfo, the floating Harvest Dome was pulled below the surface of the canal yesterday, apparently due to its becoming “ensnared” by something below the water.

I mean, that is the stuff of nightmares. DNAinfo talked to dome creators Alexander Levi and Amanda Schacter, who claim it was art flotsam pulling the thing down below the water’s surface. But we know better, don’t we? It was obviously creatures from the watery deep.

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07/01/15 12:01pm

This cop really hates cyclists [DNA Info]
Hey this coming of age comedy set in Staten Island looks pretty good [Splitsider]
Behold, your Pier 6 residential tower plans [Brooklyn Paper]
Mayor Tall drops the fire mix tape on Governor Cuomo we’ve all been waiting for [NY1]
Money is replacing art in Bushwick. What a shocker [Bushwick Daily]
What you learn going undercover as a nail salon worker [ANIMAL]
Another dang tourist climbed the Brooklyn Bridge [Daily News]
Uber and the TLC are in a legislative brawl [Bedford + Bowery]