12/17/14 11:23am
fung wah bus

They’re back, baby! via Flickr user Filippo Diotalevi

Oftentimes it’s a fool’s errand to actually believe that the simple act of turning a calendar from one year to the next means that anything significantly better is going to start happening. That being said, we’re willing to maybe believe it will, because while 2014 had no cheap Fung Wah fares to whisk you out of New York in speeding crowded fashion, 2015 will see the return of the beloved cheap bus line according to Reason. It’ll probably still be the only good thing that happens in 2015 though. (more…)

12/17/14 10:37am
Sayra's in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

Sayra’s in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

We see you, present procrastinators. It’s the week before Christmas, Chanukah is in full swing, and all you have to show by way of gift giving is a bottle of bodega wine someone left at your apartment last party. It’s cool, this is a no judgment zone. Turn yourself from zero to hero with a holiday deals: 20% off our South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book. That means you get 28 beers at 28 bars in South Brooklyn and the Rockaways for the outrageously low price of $22.40 — cheaper than tap water, kids. (more…)

12/15/14 2:05pm
gateway ii

If you lived here, you’d be paying less rent at home by now

We broke the news last week that 2015 is going to be a banner year in “WTF, Brooklyn housing!?” with the sad reality that 60% of our hard-earned money goes straight to being able to keep a roof over our heads. So it’s always a breath of fresh air to see new, affordable housing — like this East New York building, the Gateway Elton II development, boasting $648/month for a two bedroom that Brick Underground noticed. (more…)

11/20/14 9:59am
thanksgiving cooking

It doesn’t have to be this way! Photo by Flickr user Alessandro Valli

Congratulations! If you are reading this article, brave and noble Brooklynite, it means that you have decided to take on the Goliath task of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner whether in your New York City apartment kitchen or in the house of the family member hosting it. At the very least, you’re helping cook.

Great fortune awaits you if you are able to pull of this incredible feat, but griping from long-forgotten family members is waiting just around the corner for those unable to complete the task. We here at Brokelyn believe in you, though, and as the resident chef of our financially-challenged website, I felt it was my duty to share with you some easy Thanksgiving cooking wisdom I’ve gained while surviving the chaos that is making your own dinner on November 27. (more…)

05/29/14 1:59pm
pushing tin

If you weren’t inspired by John Cusack’s performance as an air traffic controller, maybe you should be inspired by the pay they get around here.

Ever wonder how much your friends make, how much you should be making at your job, or how much a funeral director makes? The New York State Department of Labor recently released employment and wage data based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), which collects information from over 52,000 businesses. It’s quite the impressive list spanning blue collar, business, professional and service industries.

Great for students, workers who want to negotiate their salary (or get out of a dead end), and the BAW (bored at work) demographic. As well as listing the mean, median, starting and experienced salaries for every occupation, it also lists the number of people employed in those jobs. You’d still have to do your own research to figure the competition or demand of jobs, but if you’re thinking of changing industries – hey, you’re halfway into your research! We picked up a few of the more unconventional ways for you to make a boatload of money. (more…)

habana outpost

Ready for this again? Yeah, we thought so. via Facebook

You can’t stop the calendar from moving a day forward every day, so in that sense, you can’t really stop summer, no matter how hard winter has tried. We’ve definitely officially entered the time for jorts and basketball jerseys with the opening of the Gowanus Yacht Club and the Brooklyn Bridge Park dance parties and the Celebrate Brooklyn schedule, and now that the Habana Outpost outdoor movies have started, we’ve reached yet another important summer milestone. Every Sunday at 8pm from now until October 26, you get yourself some free movies in lovely Fort Greene. Take it all in, you’ve earned it. (more…)

celebrate brooklyn dance party

That could be you, having an awesome time. Photo by Julienne Schaer via Brooklyn Bridge Park

There’s nothing like a good outdoor dance party once the weather gets warm, especially if its a free outdoor dance party on the Brooklyn waterfront. Good thing for you then that the schedule is out for the Celebrate Brooklyn! Brooklyn Bridge Park dance parties is here, and that it looks awesome. Get your dancing shoes ready (those are just our regular shoes, but maybe you’re fancy and have dancing shoes too). (more…)

03/24/14 11:20am
Help these adorable baby turtles and you can travel cheap. via Facebook

Help these adorable baby turtles and you can travel cheap. via Facebook

Sometimes, like days when it’s late March and there’s a snowstorm on the horizon, you really feel like you’ve gotta get away. The problem with your line of reasoning there is that travel is expensive. Who knew? But, if you’re pure of heart, or at least you can fake being a good person, Matador Network has some cheap room and board options for you, like helping to protect adorable baby turtles in Mexico, conserve the Australian environment or building the Appalachian Trail. (more…)

03/11/14 9:35am
the verge

Vox is on the verge of something big, so get on board while you can. via The Verge

Everyone would like a job of course, but some people want something more than something that takes up eight-hours of each daily march towards death. They want something with prestige, or at least to work at a place gobbling up their competition, so we’ve got good news for you: Growing journalism behemoth Vox Media is hiring in New York for positions at Curbed, Racked, Eater and tech website The Verge. Best of all, none of these jobs require you to interact with Matt Yglesias. (more…)

03/05/14 11:47am
nyc crying guide

You don’t have to do it alone. via Flickr user notanyron

We know how it is nowadays. Everyone is all obsessed with their “feels,” always going on about how they can’t not even and are basically just an open wound of emotions spilling out everywhere. The thing is, walking down the street as a big ball of tears means that people are gonna look at you all weird. Well, finally someone is allegedly rounding up all the best places in New York City to have a good cry, in the NYC Crying Guide. (more…)