10/20/14 9:14am
cold war kids

The Cold War Kids have a conflict of interest, and you’re invited (for FREE!). via Facebook

Between October 21 and October 25, over 1,300 artists will perform at more than 80 venues during CMJ 2014. You could pay to experience the whole thing, with a $549 full badge or a $140 show pass (that gets you into the week’s concerts), but there are so many free shows during the week, why bother? It can be tricky and time consuming to pick the best shows to go to, and while we can’t help you with that, we can help you by at least pointing to all of the free shows the festival offers. (more…)

10/16/14 2:41pm
Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

New York Restaurant Week may still be prohibitively expensive but fortunately, you can get some actual good deals soon. That’s because Dine In Brooklyn, a three day celebration of local dining is back from October 20 to October 23 and October 27 to October 30.

Over 150 restaurants in the borough are planning to offer two-for-$15 lunches (so yes, you’ll need a friend or perhaps just take a meal to go) and $25 prix-fixe dinners. This may stretch your typical meal budget a bit, but you’re definitely getting a good value for the cost. (more…)

10/15/14 1:00pm

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This week marks the 5th anniversary of our blog! In case you haven’t heard Brokelyn’s backstory, we’ve always been about bringing you things on the cheap. And as Brooklyn neighborhoods continue to change (read: gentrify), so do the places we have to look at for anything close to affordable real estate. Your more unfortunate real estate listings will call these neighborhoods “the next frontier,” as if no one already lives there. We’ll happily avoid that kind of terminology and instead just bring you apartments across a healthy spread across the Greater Brooklyn Area—decide for yourself where to shack up in order to land (or avoid) the next up-and-coming ‘hood. (more…)

07/15/14 9:00am
j'eatjet? brunch

At j’eatjet it’s more like moremosa, Photo by Dave Rosado

Brunch: it’s that magical meal that’s somehow both over- AND underrated. It’s a great way to start a weekend or coast through a Sunday morning hangover, a meal where you can order a boozy drink and loudly proclaim “It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Who cares? It’s brunch o’clock here!” to the hearty enjoyment of nobody, because come on. Brunch can also be expensive, as day drinking is apparently a fancy affair once you introduce a fruit cup to the occasion.

Still, there’s no need to be one of the five richest kings of Europe to get your boozy brunch on. Instead of buying a sixer of Milwaukee’s Best to drink alongside some hastily-made scrambled eggs at home, class it up by heading to these eight restaurants which offer the best Brooklyn unlimited brunch drink specials. And even though we’ll be focusing on the bottomless, don’t forget The Saint Catherine’s excellent 2-for-1 brunch cocktail deal we recently alerted all ye brunching faithful to. (more…)

05/29/14 1:59pm
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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…)