03/23/17 5:11pm

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We’ve all been there: waiting patiently for your Tinder date to arrive as the anticipation swells. You’re mad at yourself. You said repeatedly in the mirror, “I will not use Tinder again. I will not swipe right on a sapiosexual ever again no matter how cute they are in their profile pic!” But here you are, waiting for a sapiosexual. What’s a casual dater to do? Drink. What’s a savvy casual dater to do? Drink wisely.

As much as we want to say we will never succumb to the temptations of Tinder (again), allow yourself to go into the date wisely with the best drink to pair with your Tinder trope, because let’s get real, you’re going to have to drink to get through these dates. (more…)

03/23/17 10:35am
Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

Drag yourself out for a ruff night with Ruby Roo (#1) (pic by Natalie Molina)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Fancy yourself up for Drag Me Out to Lot 45 to watch the season 9 premier of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus a Quick Drag competition, trivia, giveaways, and performances from Ruby Roo, Shiny Penny, Hannah Lou, and more. (Friday, Lot 45, $5)

2. Warm up at No Enemies to the Left: It’s Getting Hot in Here, a music and comedy fundraiser for the Union of Concerned Scientists to combat climate change. (Friday, Brooklyn Bazaar, $20)

3. Listen to some lovely tales at the Ladies Night Storytelling Show, hosted by Shelby Thompson — pink jackets not required. (Friday, Big Irv’s, FREE) (more…)

03/08/17 10:59am

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To celebrate International Women’s Day I met up with some female entrepreneurs who are changing the face of business in Greenpoint. Vintage fashion dominates Manhattan Ave., creating a community of fashion loving business women who truly support each other. Female owned ventures are gaining ground in Brooklyn with a 39 percent increase in the last five years, according to a study from the Center for an Urban Future. If you are interested in starting up a business, read below to see what these inspiring woman have to say and check out the links at the bottom to organizations that help women and minorities start their own businesses in New York. Good Luck! The future is female. (more…)

01/30/17 8:40am
'Not this time, motherf--ker:' How Brooklyn raged against Trump's Muslim ban this weekend

A much-photographed sign at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Saturday night. Via @sushmitasp on Instagram.

President Trump has had just two Saturdays of his presidency so far and they’ve both been met with unprecedented national protest. Protesters flocked to JFK Saturday night until it was all but physically impossible to get there; then they shifted their attention to Cadman Plaza outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, where a judge would eventually grant a temporary stay on Trump’s order. The scene at Cadman Plaza drew hundreds of people, musicians and people handing out free cheese plates, all channeling the righteous anger shown in one of the most popular protest signs of the weekend: “First they came for the Muslims, and I said ‘Not this time, motherfucker.'”

That a Brooklyn federal judge was the first to rule on the stay was a coincidence of jurisdiction, but it’s hard not to find some top notes of Brooklyn pride that the decision, and its related protests, was issued from Downtown Brooklyn in a city rife with immigrants, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from a train window on your commute into work. New Yorkers felt the worst effects of 9/11 and came out of it with a resolve to be more tolerant of others, not less. The overall message from New York to the residents of Trump’s America was: If we’re not scared, why the hell are you? Here’s a snapshot of how Brooklyn reacted to the events of the weekend: (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…)