12/05/16 10:36am
8 DIY ways to turn post-Trump hate graffiti into something positive

You’ll still find plenty in bloom in the Botanic Garden throughout the winter. Via Facebook.

Two things are true right now: unseasonably warm temperatures are making this December a more tempting time to embrace the outdoors; and also the horrifying onslaught of news since election day makes you just want to stay inside and in bed forever. Don’t give in to the bed (all the time, at least). Your body needs fresh air and a walk in nature to center yourself and take a break from reading Twitter dot com every now and then.

You’re in luck because one of the best nature walks in town just became free for the winter: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now completely free to enter on weekdays through late February. And there’s plenty to do there, even if the trees are in winter hibernation. (more…)

12/01/16 8:38am
To win wittily, and beyond: A book about pun competitions is hitting the shelves!

In case you didn’t realize you needed a book about pun competitions. Screengrab via Amazon

The dire times we’re living in call for desperate pleasures, and the Gilmore Girls revival isn’t cutting it. Why not turn to puns? Brokelyn is biased, of course— both your editors are committed to puns in journalism, occasionally using them to pack a political punch. But we’re also like most of Brooklyn, for whom any mention of puns will incite the question, “Have you ever been to the Punderdome?”

Punderdome 3000, for those unfamiliar, is a pun competition invented by comedian Jo Firestone and her dad Fred Firestone. Once just a humble, loosely-attended affair at the now-defunct Southpaw bar in Park Slope, the ‘Dome has since grown into one of Brooklyn’s best-loved events, now held at Littlefield in Gowanus with a monthly attendance of more than 500 pun-lovers who gather to watch witty wordsmiths using punny nom de plumes deliver their best puns on a given topic. The show got so big that it even released its very own home card game (and the world lost its mind when we broke the news). Indeed, Brooklyn has become a haven for punsters and a lighthouse for pun-lovers worldwide. It’s enough to make you want to write a book about it.

That’s just what Joe Berkowitz, a 36-year-old writer from Crown Heights and occasional Punderdome competitor, finally did. His new book, Away With Words, currently on pre-order before it hits shelves on June 13, 2017, looks at “the bizarre and hilarious world of pun competitions from the Punderdome 3000 in Brooklyn to the World competition in Austin.”

“I think people who are obsessed with language will find it,” Berkowitz told us, “and I hope some people who hate puns will buy it for a friend as a prank only to have that friend read it and enjoy it.” (more…)

11/29/16 12:00pm
Get your photo booth outfits ready. 2015 No Office picture by BibiBooth.

Get your photo booth outfits ready. 2015 No Office picture by BibiBooth.

Brokelyn and the skint present: The No Office Holiday Party, Brooklyn’s hottest holiday party for everyone who ain’t about that office life (or anyone who just wants to turn up without their boss watching) is coming back for its 6th year on Dec. 9! And it’s on a Friday this time, so we can truly wreck the halls.

Let’s say goodbye to this terrifying garbage fire of a year with style at Littlefield, where we’ll have live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus lots of surprises in store this year, including some to help you take out your anger (hint: start saving up all the mean things you ever wanted to say to your boss).

Buy a ticket in advance to save money and get a free tote bag from Artist & Fleas, one of our sponsors. Tix are still just a low low $5 in advance ($8 at the door). A portion of the proceeds will go toward local organizations that will help fight the Trump administration too.  (more…)

10/17/16 1:30pm
It may be a jam festival, but it's still Williamsburg on a Saturday night. via Live for Live

It may be a jam festival, but it’s still Williamsburg on a Saturday night. Kevin Hollingsworth / Live for Live

Move over, open field in Vermont: Williamsburg is flexing to become the newest jam band destination in America. Yep, you heard us. There’s a jam band festival coming to NYC this weekend, and it’s taking place in our very own North Brooklyn (which, admittedly, seems like a strange choice, since besides the brunch trend there’s nothing particularly languorous or “Woodstock” about Williamsburg).

Classic Brooklyn for you: Not Just a Borough, An Experience.

So about this festival. It’s called Brooklyn Comes Alive, and it’s a one-day indoor jam-tacular on Oct. 22 that brings together musicians from all around the world for one very long day of collaborative and improvisational sessions at The Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP and the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Performers will play as individuals, in smaller groups and also in supergroups such as “The All Brothers Band” (with longtime Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and his brother Kofi Burbidge, plus Neal and Alan Evans) and “J Dilla Tribute,” featuring members of NYC hip-hop group Break Science and Stu Brooks, among others.

The festival was founded by festival junkie (and erstwhile Brooklynite) Justin Charles and his buddy Kunj Shah, the 29-year-old owner of Live for Live Music. Brokelyn spoke to Charles, who told us that he and Shah were inspired to create BCA by the late night Jazz festival scene in New Orleans.

“Every bar and club has these incredible jam sessions all night long,” Charles, 29, told us. “You can pop into a small bar and see these world class musicians, some [of whom] may have played for tens of thousands earlier that week … all just jamming and having fun.” (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…)