10/22/15 1:39pm
Just call him "Sweeney Doors." via Browstoner

You might as well have called him “Sweeney Doors.” via Browstoner

You can tell a lot about a person by their front door. Well, maybe not, since a lot of different families live behind each one. But anyway, there are a lot of good doors out there. And ICYMI last month, Brownstoner launched an Instagram challenge asking readers to submit pictures of their favorite Brooklyn doors, in order to commemorate the work of late artist Joseph Lee Sweeney, famed for his 2004 poster, “The Doors of Brooklyn.”

Opportunity still knocks, brokesters: there are two days left to submit a photo of a door to the competition! Winners will have their photo memorialized on a new “The Doors of Brooklyn” poster to be revealed on Sweeney’s birthday, October 24. (more…)

10/14/15 3:16pm
We're getting the word out to help you nerd out with Pat Kiernan

We’re getting the word out, to help you nerd out with Pat Kiernan

Pat Kiernan isn’t just a beloved anchorman and TV personality. He’s also the host of his very own book trivia night at the Bell House, called Pat in the Hat. How about that? And in honor of Kiernan’s last show of 2015 next Wednesday, he’s held two shiny tickets exclusively for Brokelyn readers!

This is a great opportunity to test your wits against your fellow BK bookworms and intellectuals, not to mention Kiernan himself. Want to be our lucky winner? Cool, all you gotta do is answer Kiernan’s customized BK trivia question below. The first person to answer correctly gets the tix! (more…)

10/08/15 3:15pm
BYO vampire teeth. Please control yourself if you're a real vampire

BYO vampire teeth. Please control yourself if you’re a real vampire

New York Comic Con is almost upon us again, and among the standard convention panels, previews, cosplayers, and what we can only assume will be an overabundance of Star Wars exclusive trailers, comes an event that perfectly marries NYCC to the spookiest month of the year. BBQ Films, the folks behind this past April’s sold-out, multi-night Empire Records phenomenon, are bringing Marvel’s pre-Phase 1 cult classic, Blade, to life with a no-kidding vampire blood rave at Terminal 5. Yes, you heard right: There Will Be Blood.

The tribute to 1998, or as I like to call it, the year of Stephen Dorff (not counting 1987’s The Gate), will happen on October 9, and will feature a screening of Blade, but anyone who knows BBQ Films knows it doesn’t end there. They specialize in interactive movie experiences, which in this case means an actual rave headlined by The Crystal Method, among other electronic artists, actors roaming the floor re-enacting scenes from the movie, sword fighting demos, raffles, and mystery special guest appearances. Oh yeah, and there’s going to be a “splash zone.” The best news though, is that you can be there for free! (more…)

09/24/15 2:07pm
It may be just a blueprint, but it can still be a winner

It may be just a blueprint, but it could still be a winner. via flickr user Will Scullin

Are you a budding young architect? If not, do you know someone who is? Either way, consider nominating yourself (or them) for a new award, courtesy of the folks over at Curbed. The real estate website is now accepting applications for Groundbreakers, a new program that seeks out emerging architects with innovative ideas.

In contrast to their Young Guns program, which honors already-realized urban design, Groundbreakers recognizes that not all designs come to fruition right away (Pulaski bike lane, anyone?) but that that’s no reason not to recognize them as achievements. If you’ve got big ideas but few resources, this could be a way to get ’em! Resources, not ideas. You already have those. (more…)

06/25/15 11:11am
your pugcast idea had better be good. via flickr user zoomar

Your pugcast ahem, podcast idea, had better be good. via flickr user zoomar

We’re at it again, helping you make a podcast. But this time it’s not just about quality, it’s about opportunity. WNYC has just announced its search for the next great podcast idea! Is it yours?

The famed radio station is going about their search in a very America’s Got Talent-esque way: the WNYC Podcast Accelerator program “will give both established talent and up-and-coming storytellers the opportunity to pitch their big podcast idea” to WNYC and the Online News Association (ONA). The winning pitch will have its pilot episode produced by a WNYC producer! How do you like that? (more…)

05/05/15 3:28pm

Este hombre encantador

Given that he’s seen as about as dour a singer as they come, you might be thinking that there isn’t a supergroup of Mexican musicians who are out there recording joyous Mexican-style covers of the man’s solo efforts and Smiths songs. Well, turns out you’re wrong, because Mexicans LOVE Morrissey and one talented group of Mexican musicians loves him so much that they came together to form Mexrrissey, so they can show that love with cover songs. Intrigued? We thought so, and what’s even better is that Mexrrissey is playing BAM this weekend. What’s even better than that is that you can win a pair of tickets to see what is sure to be an awesome occasion. (more…)

04/21/15 4:39pm
Can you beat this?

Can you beat this?

Boy it’s been nice the last few days, huh? Not counting Monday’s rainy day of course. Anyway, now that the sun is shining, you’ve no doubt been out on that bike of yours, which is pleasant except for having to dodge cars. Oh and potholes, always with the potholes. Next time you have to swerve around one though, stop (when it’s safe, stop) and go back to get a picture of it. After you snap a picture, upload it to Instagram or tweet it with the hashtag #worstpotholeBK (you can also email us) and you could wind up the proud owner of a puncture-resistant tire from our pals at Bike Slug. (more…)

02/20/14 1:02pm
the knife

Obviously you don’t want to miss what’s happening on The Knife’s tour. via Facebook

Want to see The Knife perform at Terminal 5? Of course you do, because while Sweden might not be tearing it up in Sochi, this Swedish duo will rock your socks harder than Putin’s hairless chest. Sadly, the show is sold out. But wait! The folks at Flavorpill got your back: they’re giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out May 1 show! (more…)

02/19/14 1:06pm
pat kiernan trivia

Pat Kiernan looks off stage to see if “You know, the green one” is an acceptable answer to “Who is the political and spiritual leader of the Muppets?”

Whether we like it or not, awards season is upon us, and one person we can guarantee is thrilled about the occasion is NY1 morning news anchor and Brooklyn resident, Pat Kiernan, who loves pop culture so much he hosted his own TV show about it on VH1 and routinely hosts trivia nights at The Bell House, including the upcoming Red Carpet Trivia Night on March 5. And sure you could pay for the show, but why do that when you can just convince TrivWorks you deserve free tickets more than anyone else? (more…)

01/30/14 9:52am

The lanes are waiting, are you ready? via Facebook

Yesterday we told you that registration was now open for another gripping Brewskee-Ball season. You might be thinking about registering, but you also might be thinking about how you need the money to do so for things like rent and food and other so-called “basic living expenses.” So sad. Except! The fine folks running the league said that they would waive the $60 registration fee for the person with the best/worst punny team name in the comments section. (more…)