07/18/14 9:23am
summer fridays

You COULD sit in a kiddie pool on your roof, but think about all the fun stuff you’d be missing out on.

If you’re lucky enough to have a job that gives you summer Fridays (or any job at all), you’re pretty much killing us here at Brokelyn if you’re using your free, salaried time to watch Netflix. We’re not going to say we’re not jealous of your paid free hours, but even while secretly hating you we want you help you make the most of your summer Fridays.

Even though lucky you has permanent, parent-approved employment, you don’t need to spend a lot, or any, money to make the most of your much-deserved time off. (more…)

07/16/14 11:25am
new york red bulls

The kicking is done in Brazil, but you can still catch some live, like the Red Bulls, in New York, or nearby. via Facebook

Well, it’s over with. Germany has thoroughly beaten Argentina, taken home the World Cup, and has painted literally everything they could get their hands on in Brazil black, orange, and red. One may find, however, that they are left with an odd feeling now that the games are over. No, not the violent hangover from the beer-fueled victory tour over at Radegast, something different and new: the urge to watch soccer. Not only that, but they may find themselves envious of all the people in Brazil who got to scream and cry and gloat while watching the game in person, and if you’re one of those people, then you’re in luck, because there are a few places to catch a decent round of futbol around here, and the options are multiplying all the time. (more…)

07/11/14 11:27am

People seem to like our guides to the weekend (which we appreciate of course), to the point where the people at Brooklyn Independent Media have asked us to pop up on BK Live sometimes and share our expertise. So, here’s a look at the show in which I’m featured along with the Brooklyn Reader‘s Richard Burroughs, and where I apparently am on a quest to set the world record for blinking in a TV appearance. For the record, the things to do this weekend that I mentioned are:

-Brooklyn Brewery tap takeover/Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue benefit
-Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
-Rooftop Films Twisted Romantic Short Films at MetroTech
-Friends of Single People
-Where to watch the World Cup

Follow Dave and offer him free media training at @DaveCoIon  (more…)

07/10/14 2:27pm
smith street stage

Much ado about what now? The Smith Street Stage players will let you know this summer in Carroll Park. Photo by Chris Montgomery via Facebook

Thou maketh your home in Brooklyn, maketh your heart’s hunger a quenchable goal of satiable cultural lust. You live in Brooklyn; the amount of pretentiousness you have to consume on a daily basis should at least come with some actual ingestible culture attached. So treat yourself to a temperate evening of free theatre with this summer’s lineup of original stage productions or classic reproductions of Shakespearean plays. Without much further ado, eat your heart out, and check out the free outdoor plays you can catch this summer. (more…)

07/08/14 4:04pm
nyc music map

It’s almost like people enjoy New York or something

You might be surprised to lean that beyond Jay-Z and Liza Minelli, a metric ton of human beings have sang songs about New York. From the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” to Bowling For Soup’s “Soho” to The Pogues’ “Thousands Are Sailing,” New York has been a great source of inspiration to musicians through the years. Finally though, we have a map that pinpoints which parts of New York have been shouted out by by musicians over the years. The best part? You can help fill it up! (more…)

06/25/14 8:39am

To be fair, some of us were just shedding our playoff beards. Still, this straight-faced report from The Onion is either a credible Earth B where this happens already or a terrifying vision of the future where the streets of Williamsburg (and Bushwick, get with it guys) are full of discarded facial hair. Plus there’s a great weight-loss tip at the end of the video.

[h/t Free Williamsburg] (more…)

the passion of kim kardashian

Man, Bill Donohue is gonna be pissed. Then again, he always is. via ANIMAL

Given that her introduction to America was feigning shock, shock that her sex tape with Ray J was made public, Kim Kardashian has managed to do exceptionally well for herself. Even if you don’t have a reason to know who she is, you still somehow do, kind of like The Pope or the president or Osama bin Laden. So, taking things to their logical extreme, ANIMAL informs us that artist Hannah Kunkler now has an exhibit up in Bushwick that imagines Kim Kardashian as a god in various religious settings. (more…)

06/11/14 10:49am
thee oh sees

You can see Thee Oh Sees, and so much more, even without a Northside Badge this weekend

Guess what’s back for another weekend of music, film and art in the northernmost parts of Brooklyn? It’s the Northside Festival, and this time with that hot button word “innovation.” Though the $80 music badge to the festival is sold out and the $285 Innovation Regular badge is – spoiler – also sold out, this doesn’t mean that you and your broke, Tecate-holding hand can’t get your other hand into some of the weekend’s best shows for free though, because we’ve got them all here for you.

Show the SXSW music industry types that you have a better time at free shows with your Instagrams and Tweets and don’t dig out your wallet unless it’s for beer and taco trucks that run a-plenty in Williamsburg. Innovation is defined as the process of introducing new ideas or methods, and we here at Brokelyn think you’re too innovative to pay for anything. (more…)

06/09/14 1:12pm
world cup brooklyn

You’ll see all your favorite soccer stars, like Arriaga, Arriaga II and Barriaga. via Facebook

So … you weren’t able to swing the cash to head down to Brazil this summer for the World Cup. But instead of being jealous that you aren’t laying by a beautiful beach and partying in between soccer matches, be happy you don’t have to look far to find a great place to watch your favorite team duke it out for arguably the most important trophy in the world. We’ve rounded up the best bars from all over Brooklyn to catch the games, without breaking your balls. (more…)