03/03/15 9:23am
cowork-feature

Bat Haus is just one of Brooklyn’s many options for your home away from home office

It makes sense that Brooklyn — with its large creative class and outsized rents for small apartments — is seeing a boom in coworking spaces, a concept that was unheard of just 10 years ago. Neighborhoods all across Brooklyn now have their own places to rent a desk, or sometimes a spot at a communal table, alongside other freelancers, startup hatchers and gig-hoppers. To keep track of all the options, we compiled a list of every Brooklyn coworking space we could find, along with answers to the most basic questions (sorry, we can’t tell you whether you’ll bump elbows with your soulmate at the coffee machine.)

Each place has a different personality, from living-room casual to corporate, which is summed up in the “vibe” section. Under “perks” you’ll find what they offer beyond a desk and an electrical outlet, and here they really vary, with amenities including everything from copy machines to backyards, event spaces, bring-your-pooch-to-work policies, free ZipCars, receptionists and more. (more…)

Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.

Beer and flowers and then more beer sure sounds like a nice way to spend a day.

Hey there, winter weary homebody who’s just dying to get out of the house. Have you listened to our frequent entreaties to go to Ditmas Park and have some fun there because it’s a really nice neighborhood full of great places to eat and drink and cool houses to stare at when you’re kind of tipsy and sad you’ll never own a house? If you still haven’t, March is the month to do it, because March is Eat and Shop Your Heart Out Cortelyou, which means Cortelyou Road will be home to both pub AND sandwich crawls this month. (more…)

03/02/15 9:48am
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Sex toy savant. Photo via Mary Hoffer

What do you do with that gender studies degree? You might not think it’s going to lead you into a cool spot in the world of commerce, but that’s exactly what it did for Mary Hoffer, who’s in charge of the pleasure center that is the Babeland Park Slope shelves. As retail director, Hoffer helps make sure what sold at Babeland won’t hurt you and also has to be thinking of what you’re going to want to buy  before you ask for it. If that sounds fun, Hoffer says it is, so read on to find out whether you might be good behind the scenes at a sex shop and whether there’s such a thing as a typical day there. (more…)

02/17/15 1:13pm
nyc beer week

All those glasses are ready for you. via Facebook

There are a lot of weeks in winter. Presidents Week, Restaurant Week, New York Fashion Week, all those other weeks in between that are vaguely cold and unimportant. But there is one week, above all, that lifts our spirits every February, and that is NYC Beer Week. The 10-day celebration of New York beer is kicking off this Friday across the boroughs, and we’ve sifted through to find you the best free and cheap events happening in Brooklyn.

The 7th Annual NYC Beer Week begins Friday, February 20 and ends Sunday, March 1—yes, that’s right, the precious week is so epic, it miraculously lasts for ten days instead of seven—and though it includes a lots of events that we can’t afford (the Opening Bash on Feb. 21, Brewers Choice on Feb. 24 and the Closing Beer and Brass Brunch on March 1, to name a few) but there are also lots of free events to enjoy throughout the extended week.  Pro tip: bring your Beer Books! (more…)

02/11/15 2:47pm
Mmmm...Cheap things. Via Le Barricou

Mmmm…Cheap things. Via Le Barricou

For all those Brooklynites that are constantly stalking up and down Grand Street scouring beer bars and thrift shops (a.k.a. the majority of the staff at Brokelyn), I’ve got excellent news for you: Grand Street Restaurant Week is back in action! No longer will you have to browse through Antoinette or sip at Breukelyn Bier Merchants with a grumbling stomach, because from February 16 to February 22, restaurants all up and down Grand Street will be offering 2-course lunches from $8-$10 and 3-course dinners ranging from $18-$30. (more…)

01/28/15 11:29am
Put Richard Sherman in the Super Bowl every year

Put Richard Sherman in the Super Bowl every year

For a season that’s been a rolling morality/P.R. disaster for the N.F.L., this year’s Super Bowl is about as compelling a matchup the league could possibly have had. It’s almost like they fixed it. On the one side, you have the defending champion Seahawks and their 9/11 truther coach, trash-talking All-World cornerback and no-talking All-World running back looking to repeat as Super Bowl champs. On the other side looking to stop them you have the Patriots, the last team to snag back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 2003 and 2004, helmed as always by maddening pretty boy quarterback Tom Brady and their coach Bill “Not a scientist” Belichick who maybe did or did not engineer the weirdest attempt at cheating in sports in the last 20 years.

Who’ll come out on top? Ah who cares. Ultimately most of you probably aren’t Seahawks or Patriots fans, so all you want to do is yell at a TV and eat wings and other unhealthy crap. Fortunately there are plenty of Brooklyn bars that will allow you to do just that. (more…)

01/23/15 10:22am
brewskee-ball

All that practice will pay off in the reward you really want: BOOZE. via Facebook

Hey sports fans, tired of disappointing New York sports in your life? You wouldn’t be if you liked hockey, but fine, we get it, you just won’t get on that Rangers bandwagon. There’s another place you can get sporting satisfaction though, at least if you have some skillz, because Brewskee-Ball is back for another skeeson at the Full Circle Bar. And while there’s obviously a lot of pride on the line every time you roll, this time there’s something just as important at stake: booze booze booze. (more…)

11/20/14 9:59am
thanksgiving cooking

It doesn’t have to be this way! Photo by Flickr user Alessandro Valli

Congratulations! If you are reading this article, brave and noble Brooklynite, it means that you have decided to take on the Goliath task of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner whether in your New York City apartment kitchen or in the house of the family member hosting it. At the very least, you’re helping cook.

Great fortune awaits you if you are able to pull of this incredible feat, but griping from long-forgotten family members is waiting just around the corner for those unable to complete the task. We here at Brokelyn believe in you, though, and as the resident chef of our financially-challenged website, I felt it was my duty to share with you some easy Thanksgiving cooking wisdom I’ve gained while surviving the chaos that is making your own dinner on November 27. (more…)

05/29/14 1:59pm
pushing tin

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…)