01/12/17 3:12pm
DC for days: The Brokelyn guide to your Women's March weekend in Washington

You should protest, but you can go get a coffee, too. via Flickr user Paul Sableman

Even if you’re going to DC to protest the terrible, terrible thing that’s about to happen (and by a number of measures, has already happened) to America, it’s fine to enjoy the city while you do it.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re big believers in using your own two feet to send a message (and we’ll see you at the march!), but a city can also be enjoyed outside of its political mire, especially when the city is running so many deals to benefit charities during Inauguration Weekend. Yep, that’s happening.

We’ve put together a quickie city guide for three days in Washington DC, Jan 20-22. Like most of our guides, it’s full of cheap and free stuff, and includes a few worthwhile splurges. Whether you’re stuck there on 💀Inauguration Day💀  or the day after the Women’s March or all of the above, this guide offers food, drink and culture recommendations from a whole bunch of DC creative types as well as info about discounts, deals and other special happenings during the March. Go enjoy DC before Trump suffocates it in a coat of tacky gold paint. (more…)

01/12/17 1:03pm
Invoicers get a voice: Gov. Cuomo is proposing a way to make life easier for freelancers in New York

Via Flickr user Noneck.

We know that freelancers are considered by many to be a pretty low rung of the job market, one that didn’t even warrant any attention during the recent 14-year long presidential campaign. But the workforce is growing, with 55 million people working as freelancers last year alone, making up 35 percent of the workforce. It’s only going to get bigger as people turn away from traditional office jobs in favor of making up their own patchwork careers.

We’re all going to have it a lot tougher in the coming year if Trump and his Cobra command squadron kill Obamacare and replace it with, who knows what, maybe just telling you to rub some dirt in it and get back out there. But there may be some good news on the horizon, at least in New York state. As part of his State of the State speech being delivered at several locations this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a “Portable Benefit Task Force” that will be charged with recommending some creative ways for freelance workers and others get access to affordable benefits.

“New York City specifically has been named the ‘freelancer capital of the world’ because it is home to 1.3 million self-identified freelancers,” Cuomo said in the speech, which you can read here. “Many of these workers lack the core protections and benefits provided for in the traditional labor market, and the existing system for supporting workers is outdated.” (more…)

01/11/17 3:29pm
Here are the museum memberships you can get with your NYC ID in 2017

The Center for Performance Research now accepts the NYC ID for a free membership. via FB

2017 brings with it a wave of anxiety about the future, as prose-inept-eel-necked Donald Trump looks poised to take the White House despite allegations of treason, assault, ethics, etc etc. Whether it shows on our faces or not, we’re all quietly panicking about our future access to health care, the survival of the free press, and whether we’ll even be able to function in America after January 20.

The great thing about NYC is that it remains a Whoville-esque snowflake in this blinding political avalanche, at least where culture is concerned. Few other cities can boast such impressive access to public programming. The NYC ID is a shining example of that access. It’s free to obtain, and gets you free memberships at dozens of cultural institutions, not to mention movie tickets and discounts at your local grocery store. Regardless of when you first obtained your NYC ID (and if you haven’t gotten yet, what are you waiting for) you can get a free one-year membership at any of the participating cultural institutions so long as you haven’t been a member of it since Jan. 1, 2013.

The roster of participating institutions in the IDNYC program has changed for 2017. Some institutions have bowed out, while a number of others have joined. Our friends at DNAinfo made it easy to spot the changes with a list of institutions that have taken leave of the IDNYC program, as well as the list of places now participating. Here’s what your ID gets you in 2017: (more…)

10/10/16 9:43am
Time for some Bayou Bingo fun via. Instagram

Time for some Bayou Bingo fun. via Instagram

Ahh, bar bingo. It’s not just your granny’s game anymore. These days, bingo is just a great way to gamble, drink beer, and swear a lot when the person next to you screams out their win as if an alien is erupting from their chest cavity.

Bar bingo took Brooklyn by storm around ’08, but has sadly died down with new fads like bar trivia and the never-ending comeback of karaoke. And while many local spots like Union Hall and Bell House do host bingo-related events once in awhile, demonic websites like Yelp and other internet info sources are usually out of date.

Now B4 you freak out, we here at Brokelyn dug deep into the ball basket and found out where you can still feed your bingo addiction on a weekly basis! So grab your bingo markers and remember the ‘ole saying: Try not to take your bingo too seriously, because at the end of the day you will find that it’s just a load of balls. (more…)