04/15/15 12:49pm

A couple of months ago, we alerted you to the MTA’s new, much more politically aware and judgmental PSAs. Apparently that overhaul went so well that they’re taking a much more aggressive stance in their service announcements too. So next time you’re on a train and there’s a delay, you can expect an angry lecture about how the train will eventually be moving, but the world is full of uncertainty, MTA employees have to get dead people off the tracks and if you don’t like it, just move to some other shitty city with a worse transit system. Also check out the debut of the MTA’s new courtesy campaign posters, “Don’t be a baby, you god damn babies.” (more…)

04/14/15 7:00am

Heliotropes released their debut album A Constant Sea on Manimal Records in 2013 and their video for “Everyone Else” off that release features a cameo by Brokelyn family member, Caroline Shadood, who manages the band. It’s weird to think that a city as large as Brooklyn could be a “small town” vibes wise, but it really is. Or I should say, it can be.

Day in and day out you run into the same faces waiting for the subway, walking down the street, or buying cheap 99 cent beers at the corner bodega. It’s kind of nice. Or maybe horrifying when you’re just wanting to run out unnoticed to buy a frozen pizza and a box of fungal cream or something. The video for “Everyone Else” depicts a chunk of those familiar, small town-ish moments that Brooklyn can provide in between stretches of hectic bat-shittery. (more…)

04/13/15 11:00am

As we all know, the Trash Bar is closing, with the reason being a quadrupling of the rent if they stayed in Williamsburg. It’s the same old story we’ve heard again and again, and we’ll miss it greatly. However, the ABC crime drama Forever has put forward a different reason for the club’s closing (and has also given it a curious timeline, with a character telling us that it opened before CBGB did). In the above clip unearthed by Bedford + Bowery, the reason for the Trash Bar closing is because Cuba Gooding Jr., that fiend, has bought it and is making condos out of it. Which we guess we still can’t discount happening once Trash Bar closes for good. The condo part we mean, we’re pretty confident that Cuba wouldn’t do that to us. Lucky for us, the Trash Bar is still around for at least a little while longer, so get over there while you can and see if you can’t find where the bodies are buried. (more…)

04/10/15 3:57pm

Curious what our old pal Sue Smith has been up to lately? She’s staying busy with comedy of course, but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time to go out on the road (well, to McCarren Park) and preach the gospel of the menstrual cup, for both its environmental and health benefits. As seen in a new UCB video, Sue stopped women enjoying a snowy day in McCarren and let them in on some facts about tampons (full of bleach, polluting landfills all over the world) and offered some women menstrual cups to use right there in the McCarren Park bathroom.

It’s a subject near and dear to her heart, with Sue going over it in a Brokelyn post a few years ago. If you’re unaware of the benefits of menstrual cups, give it a read, especially since they can save you $2,000 over 25 years and Sue says it’s not at all weird after just a little bit of getting used to. (more…)

04/08/15 4:00pm

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of living below anyone in this great big city of ours, you’ve probably had a lot of questions about the noises being made upstairs. Sure, you get it, we don’t have much space here and you can put up with some walking around. What the hell is that thing that sounds like a bunch of blenders filled with rocks and placed on the floor though? Why does it sound like your upstairs neighbor is just pounding on the floor with a hammer? Are they really just rolling a keg along the floor? Comedy group Above Average is here to reveal that yes, those are things that your upstairs neighbor is doing. Why, you ask? They consider it performance, and your ceiling is their stage. Keep in mind that if you lived in the McKibbin Lofts like some of us once did, this video is more of a VERY REAL documentary and less of a funny sketch. (more…)

04/07/15 2:30pm
Truscott bares (almost) all in her no-holds-barred approach to taboo comedy topics. via Shark party media

Truscott says it’s ok to bare it all, as long as you do it smartly. via Shark Party Media

Of all the subjects stand-up comedians tend to leave untouched, rape is among the most verboten. Well sure, that makes a lot of sense. Rape is not a historical event that is “too soon” until it isn’t, nor is it a cultural anomaly that is “too close to home” in some places but not in others. In short, rape is not something that anyone can or should take lightly.

New York-based comedian Adrienne Truscott has a different opinion. ”I think any topic is on the table for comedy,” Truscott says.  ”It’s whether or not you approach a topic with rigor or with laziness, that can determine whether it succeeds or not.” She’s been touring a one-woman show called Asking For It: a one-lady rape about comedy starring her pussy and little else! (more…)

04/07/15 9:18am
This man would like to meet some celebrity robots

This man would like to meet some celebrity robots

Taking a walk around Brooklyn while listening to music through headphones is one of the nicest things you can do. Not only does it provide a self-curated soundtrack to what you’re experiencing, but it also serves to block out the ubiquitous sounds of randos trying to talk at your butt.

Just like the music you choose for your walk can personalize scenery that is otherwise shared by millions of people, a musician covering a song personalizes that selection of music in a whole new way, taking something widely known and sealing it in amber. And that’s exactly what Brooklyn singer/songwriter Matt Bauer did with this cover of Fever Ray’s “Keep the Streets Empty For Me.” (more…)

04/06/15 10:07am
mad men mustache

Roger Sterling, fashion pioneer

Look, we’re not going to sit here and pretend that Brooklyn invented the mustache, and therefore claim that Mad Men ”went Brooklyn” or anything like that. On the other hand, the real stars of last night’s season premiere were the mustaches. Roger Sterling had one, which makes sense in his quest for eternal youth. Ted Chauogh had one too, which made less sense, but it did make him look sadder, which seems like his bit. With the show entering an era of facial hair that has had a profound impact on the looks you see around Brooklyn today, let’s take a moment to revel in the mustaches of Mad Men, because without mustaches like these, you may never have seen the ridiculous one you saw on someone out at the bar this weekend. (more…)

04/01/15 3:08pm
Oh, hello

Oh, hello

What is it about Jeff Goldblum that makes us love him so? Was it his thick, wavy hair? His chiseled jaw? The way he kind of smiles at you in this unsettling way that you’re never quite sure what he’s thinking? It’s probably that last one. Whatever it is, the verdict was in a long time ago: America can’t get enough of Jeff Goldblum. Nitehawk Cinema knows that, so they’re taking the step that anyone with a movie theatre would take, and they’re devoting two entire months to the finer points of the Jeff Goldblum oeuvre with The Works: Jeff Goldblum. (more…)

03/31/15 1:33pm
They'll be so happy if you come

They’ll be so happy if you come

We knew the power-drinking, chain-smoking, secretary-harassing 60s would have to come to a bitter-sweet end eventually, but we also know we can’t let them go too peacefully. While our pilot for a disco spinoff of Mad Men hasn’t taken off yet, we supposed we’ll have to start saying goodbye to our favorite well-dressed, self-destructive advertisers. Here are some spots in Brooklyn (would they have even associated with this borough?) that will be screening Mad Men this Sunday at 10. (more…)