03/15/17 3:44pm

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Far from public transit, behind the fence that delineates the Brooklyn Navy Yard from the surrounding neighborhood sits an industrial building that is host to the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard. The vineyard, which encompasses the entirety of the roof, is a literal oasis, a green patch in the sky with 360 degree views of the surrounding areas.

Rooftop Reds, the vineyard is called, is not open to the public, but Untapped Cities offers private tours – and Brokelyn’s got a sweet discount code for you.
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03/13/17 10:27am
It's not always a great idea to call yourself a "voice for the voiceless." (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

It’s not always a great idea to call yourself a “voice for the voiceless.” (Gaby Del Valle/Brokelyn)

I really don’t want to make any of this about me, but I’m on vacation in another country right now and I just found out one of my family members is an ardent Trump supporter. This man lives in another country, he’s super into Trump, and he told me that “America should be for Americans,” which makes no sense because he isn’t even American and he used to live in the US. I digress. The point of this is that we all have a Trump-supporting relative (or a lot of them), and engaging with them can be pretty difficult. Thankfully, this week’s lineup of activist events includes a workshop on how to talk to them, plus rallies and letter-writing campaigns, and a few parties and benefit shows to let off some steam. Onward: (more…)

02/27/17 11:16am
Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

Gaby Del Valle / Brokelyn

We’re officially more than a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, and though there have definitely been plenty of challenges (terrible cabinet nominees, an uptick in deportations, an increase hate crimes across the country, you name it), the resistance continues, from small community meetings to (some of) the speeches at the Oscars.  This week offers plenty of opportunities to get involved and march forth. (more…)

02/20/17 11:00am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Not my President's Day edition

Photo from Sunday’s #IAmAMuslimToo rally in Times Square. (John Devanney/Twitter)

Let’s get a few things straight: #resistance should obviously mean more than Tweeting “hey, stop that” at the president, but it doesn’t exclusively mean attending every single rally and march outside Trump Tower, either. This week, we’ve compiled plenty of ways for you to get involved in grassroots activism at the most vital level, from letter writing to fighting against climate change. Local organizing may not be sexy, but someone’s got to do it (and that someone is you!). (more…)

02/20/17 9:28am
City Reliquary

Photo via City Reliquary

For some, the idea of New York authenticity is one of the last vestiges of the city they can hold on to as high rents displace them elsewhere: it is an identity that newcomers, while able to afford to live here, can never wear. Yet it remains a hotly debated topic, with some arguing that, with time, you can earn your title as Native New Yorker.

Now, Williamsburg’s The City Reliquary has dug itself into the murky, potentially deplorable hole of questioning, and attempting to broaden, the literal definition of what it means to be a Native New Yorker: they’ll be hosting an event entitled Redefining “Native New Yorker” at their 370 Metropolitan Ave. storefront location this Thursday, from 7:30 to 10pm.

“For many people, the term ‘native New Yorker’ usually refers to someone born and raised in one of the five boroughs,” reads the event description, “While this is one way of understanding what it means to be a native in New York, this group of presentations and performances will offer a broader and more inclusive look.” (more…)

02/13/17 10:40am
This week in anti-Trump activism in NYC: Resisting President Agent Orange

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Busta Rhymes called Donald Trump “President Agent Orange” on stage last night at the Grammys before reminding us to #resist, and do you really want to go against what he has to say? Without further ado, here are 40+ ways to get informed, get organized, and get involved this week–with a few parties thrown in for good measure. (more…)

02/06/17 1:08pm
Photo Via Heights Players.

Hair turns 50 this year, but its messages resonate now more than ever. Photo Via Heights Players.

Looking at the internet lately has been like wearing a little doggie shock collar while you have the stomach flu. If you’re feeling similarly, it’s time to shut down the digital blitz and do something in the dark: Go to a play. Better yet, go to a Tribal Love Rock musical. Hair: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical opened on Friday and runs through Feb. 19 at The Heights Players theater in Brooklyn Heights. It has an important message for us as we step into each day of our strange new world: the resistance can be fun. Hair reminds us that every good revolution needs dancing, joy, a few joints and rock music. It is dark up ahead, but we gotta let the sun shine in.

The Heights Players are Brooklyn’s oldest self-sustaining community theater. Now celebrating their 60th season, the Heights makes its home in a church-turned-basement theater on a quiet street in Brooklyn Heights, just a few blocks from New York Harbor. Not only does the Heights turn out high-quality theater, season after season, it is a beautiful example of grassroots community organizing. The Heights is a theater of the people, by the people, for the people, and man could we use some of that right now. It’s the 50th anniversary of the show’s debut, and while the hippie musical has remained a perma-fave of the ’60s free lovin’ art genre, in 2017 it feels more than nostalgic: it feels necessary.

“The world needs Hair right now as a reminder of how free and how vocal people were about these issues,” actress Marley Nykole (who plays Abe Lincoln) told Brokelyn. “Go out and shout for what you believe in.” (more…)

01/24/17 3:00pm
Puppies to the rescue. Via Puppy Bowl Facebook.

Puppies to the rescue. Via Puppy Bowl Facebook.

The news is terrible, and even those of us who once loved the escapism of sports have had to come around to the fact that football is also terrible. What are you to do on Super Bowl Sunday when your friends will be gathering to watch Donald Trump’s favorite quarterback take on the team from John Lewis’s district? That’s a fairly compelling reason to watch the game actually, but if it’s not your thing, don’t worry: Prospect Heights bar Saint Catherine will again be streaming the ultimate comfort television: the Puppy Bowl.

The bar will be showing the adorable-a-thon all afternoon on its two big screens, with drink specials starting at happy hour. It’s a good time to get blackout drunk while staring at puppies living their carefree puppy life, which you should enjoy while you can before Trump outlaws puppies next year. UPDATE: South 4th Bar in Williamsburg is also showing the Puppy Bowl before the Super Bowl. (more…)

01/23/17 4:12pm
March on: Keep the momentum going with these anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week

Signs of protest at the Women’s Marchers in DC on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

You were in pretty good company if you marched in DC, Manhattan, Antarctica or just your own living room on Saturday. The trick now is to roll that energy and momentum into continued action to keep up the pressure on the Trump administration, and on other lawmakers to keep it in check. The good news is, NYC is continuing to give you plenty of chances to protest and raise money for causes like Planned Parenthood, which bodes well for the next four years.

Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week; we’ll keep updating it as more come in. (more…)

01/17/17 11:28am
Here we go: A list of anti-inauguration marches, protests and fundraisers in NYC this weekend

Via Flickr’s iamdawson.

One of the perks of living in New York City is that even bad news is met with a party. David Bowie died and 100 tribute dance parties immediately blossomed to pay tribute, Carnegie Deli closed and a line party grew outside so people could say goodbye. So this weekend, when America takes a big kick to the gut, New York City is marking the occasion not only with a bevy of protests, marches and rallies, but also with some parties to help dance away the bad vibes — and raise money for organizations that will help fight Trump and his merry band of racists and billionaires.

If you can’t make it to the big women’s march in DC  on Saturday, here’s a rundown of the protests, parties and ant-inauguration events happening in Brooklyn and NYC this weekend; we’ll keep updating this list as more come in. (more…)