04/17/14 8:33am

They look relaxed and casual here, but don’t worry, Darlings put on a good show. via Facebook

1. Been feeling a little rootless lately? Well then a gypsy rock party at Radio Bushwick will fit your mood perfectly (Friday)

2. Torn between shopping and listening to music? Why not choose both, which you can do at the Thrift Disco pop up thrift store (Friday)

3. Hometown hero Prince Rama is playing Baby’s All Right, and being around royalty is always nice, even if the title is just made up (Friday) (more…)

04/16/14 9:14am

Mention Brokelyn through May 15 for 20% off a cut and/or color at Beehive Salon in Williamsburg

Spring in Brooklyn is about drinking outside, in as little clothing as possible, charged with a sense of renewal and possibility about life. Especially after all these rough winter months, we might need a little more than cold beer and sun on our faces to recover. Brokelyn is here to help by offering three springtastic Wiliamsburg beauty deals between now and May 15. Here are three spots to freshen your skin, brighten your hair, and soothe your muscles before venturing out and attempting to mingle with other humans again. Starting today through May 15, first time clients can mention Brokelyn at Beehive Salon, Massage Williamsburg and Skin by Molly to receive big discounts.

The Beehive Salon
115 N. 7th St. (between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.), Williamsburg
Appointments only
Deal: 20% off haircuts and color treatments for new clients who mention Brokelyn through May 15

This Williamsburg hair salon for men and women has a retro rocker vibe that translates into hair cuts that are sassy and skillful. Owner and “Queen Bee” stylist Maleina is as down to earth as she is experienced, with more than 20 years working in NYC salons. Many of the stylists have done hair for fashion shoots and Broadway productions, lending an added flair and a bit of glam to their cuts. Curly-haired girls will be happy with stylists Carla, Li and Eileen who are all Devachan certified. The salon’s open space with high ceilings and ample windows letting in natural light opens up into a backyard where you can relax while you’re waiting for your highlights to set. On Thursday nights, the ‘hive offers complimentary drinks, which have ranged from beer and wine to pina coladas and pomegrante margaritas. Check out the Beehive’s Down Time Spa downstairs, where you can book a facial, wax, massage and mani-pedis.



Yes, please. photo via Massage Williamsburg

Massage Williamsburg
169 Wythe Ave. (between N. 5th and N. 6th Streets), Suite 202
By appointment only
Deal: $20 off any massage for new clients who mention Brokelyn by May 15

This therapeutic massage studio offers Swedish massage, deep tissue, prenatal and a signature one hour back, neck and shoulder massage, so you can select which type to best target your sore spots. For each one you can choose between lavender aromatherapy oil or unscented grapeseed oil. The impressive team of NY-state licensed massage therapists has worked with physical therapy clients, cancer patients, dance companies, and has training in practices like acupuncture, reiki, yoga and pilates, in addition to their range of individual specialties. Clients cite their personable and knowledgable approach as reasons to keep coming back. It’s a good idea to get there a little early to talk with your massage therapist about what in particular ails you so he or she can tailor the massage accordingly. Owner Rachel Beider says one of her favorite parts about her job is seeing a client who comes in cranky or stressed but leaves smiling and relaxed. That could be you!


Let Molly clear out those pores so the sunlight can get in!

Let Molly clear out those pores so the sunlight can get in!

Skin by Molly
169 Wythe Ave. (between N. 6th and N. 7th Streets), Suite #107
By appointment only
Deal: $30 off any facial for new clients who mention Brokelyn by May 15

Founded by Molly Lamb, an Atlanta native with a great smile and a warm presence, Skin by Molly is the spot for a personalized, laid-back facial. Inspired to be an esthetician from her own struggles with her skin, Molly will listen to your concerns, without judging, and tailor treatment to your specific skin needs. All of her facials are conducted with natural-based peels and scrubs, like the “Radiance Facial” which employs a tourmaline-charged (mineral-based) mask or the “Back Facial” which implements a clay mask to exfoliate clogged pores. The “anti-aging facial” removes dead skin cells with a plant-based peel and re-moisturizes with a blend of herbs and oils. Edison bulbs and hard wood floors create an intimate setting for therapy with a skin expert who feels like an old friend. You’ll be in good hands at Skin by Molly. Think about it like this: if you can’t be nice to your face, how can you expect anybody else to be?


Are you a  beauty venue with a deal to offer Brokelyn readers?  Contact Kate at mooney.katharine@gmail.com for more information.

04/14/14 7:53am
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Brokelyn: Still your number one source for cheap lifestyle tips/Juan Lagares boosterism

It’s a young baseball season, anything is possible and the Mets are…not horrible. May as well celebrate that fact and watch Juan Lagares patrol center field like a boss then. And you can do it for less than five dollars this weekend, because the Mets are celebrating what would be the 50th anniversary of Shea Stadium (if it was still with us) with tickets priced like it’s 1964. What’s that mean for you? $3.50 cheap seat tickets for this weekend’s series agains the hated Atlanta Braves. Beer is still 2014 prices, sadly, but at least you can buy more with all the money you save on tickets. (more…)

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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
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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
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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…)

05/03/12 3:34pm

You coulda been a plumber! Instead you went to MIT.

You’ve yearned to join the ranks of countless presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel laureates, but lacked the grades or money. Now it’s time to break out your button-down collar and penny-less loafers and celebrate. Yesterday, two of the fanciest schools in all the land —Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — jointly announced the launch of edX, a new online initiative aimed at bringing their otherwise expensive classes to the masses free of charge starting this fall. The program is an outgrowth of MITx, an online learning project launched by MIT last December.

MIT President Anant Agarwal said the goal of the $60 million edX initiative is to “educate a billion people around the world” through an open source online platform, which, little does he know, could include you sitting naked and drunk at your computer at 3am screaming lines from Good Will Hunting at your screen. (more…)

04/23/12 3:00pm

PIckled carrots and beets. Photo courtesy of the Gradually Greener blog.

We’ve all felt the guilt. Think back to one week ago, when you were walking around the farmer’s market buying all sorts of just-in-season vegetables, thinking how this was going to be the start of you eating healthy. But that was a week ago. The beets and turnips are still sitting in the fridge, and you’ve got plans tonight, so they’ll be one step closer to the compost heap by morning. If you’re the thrift-savvy Brooklynite we know you are, you’re looking for a way to stretch your vegetables’ life span, so here’s your answer: pickling. (more…)

04/04/12 7:00am

Photo from February's Bed-Stuy bar crawl by Clay Williams.

When our friend Clay Williams announced he was putting together a bar crawl around Bed-Stuy in February, one of the predictable comments took issue with us labeling it a “locals crawl,” saying “maybe it should be called ‘crawl like a gentrifying white person.’ ” To which Clay smartly responded “As a 25+ year Bed-Stuy resident, I’m as concerned about gentrification as anyone. That said, I love that I don’t have to commute to have a good time. There are now places where we can eat and drink and hang out in our own neighborhood. The idea behind this crawl is to highlight that these places are here and to give us all a chance to support them.”

Suffice it to say, the crawl was a hit; now the organizer are back with another wallet-friendly crawl on April 14. (more…)