10/11/16 4:35pm
Now all you need is a bicycle map for fish. Via NewYorker.com.

Now all you need is a bicycle map for fish. Via NewYorker.com.

All of human history is blurred by the dominance of the male gaze, and New York City’s subway map is no exception. It’s another hammer from history that pounds its beat throughout time, reminding women, through hallowed names of streets and parks, that they were considered the “other” for so long. Imagine a world where we could start fresh and replace those men with the names of women who lived, taught and made history all across the city. This “City of Women” map on NewYorker.com today pictures just that, swapping men’s names on subway stops with the likes of Twyla Tharp, Susan Sontag, Sojourner Truth, Xenobia Bailey, Terry Gross and, of course, Beyoncé (click through to the New Yorker for a closer look at the map). Rebecca Solnit writes:

“[N]ames perpetuate the gendering of New York City. Almost every city is full of men’s names, names that are markers of who wielded power, who made history, who held fortunes, who was remembered; women are anonymous people who changed fathers’ names for husbands’ as they married, who lived in private and were comparatively forgot­ten, with few exceptions. This naming stretches across the continent; the peaks of many Western mountains have names that make the ranges sound like the board of directors of an old corporation, and very little has been named for particular historical women, though Maryland was named after a Queen Mary who never got there.” (more…)

09/26/16 10:28am
Like the guy who's not even in the bike lane. via Adrian Cabrero on Flickr

Like the guy who’s not even in the bike lane. via Adrian Cabrero on Flickr

Summer is over, but there’s still time to hit the pavement before winter grounds all but the hardiest of bicyclists! You’ve replaced your stolen bike seat, picked up a helmet that doesn’t make you look like a total dork, and stocked up on those sexy autumn layers.

Once upon a time cycling was merely the stuff of Tour de France hopefuls and penny farthing hipsters, but thanks to new (and hopefully permanent) newfangled bike lanes the city now welcomes everyone from Lance Armstrong wannabes to 27-year-olds still learning to ride.

We’re no Amsterdam or Portland, but you’re still going to meet some pretty distinctive Brooklynites who prefer U-locks to metrocards. And we’ve listed the six types of cyclists you’re likely to meet in the bike lanes of NYC. Which category do you fall under? (more…)

08/23/16 10:55am
Via Flickr user quintanomedia.

Via Flickr user quintanomedia.

Summer, as much as we hate to admit it, is winding down and soon the city will be filled with tiny, adorable new NYU students and the crisp terror of having to bring a jacket with you everywhere again. Pile all that up with the perpetual motion machine of schoolyard absurdity that is driving our current presidential election and the fact that Frank Ocean’s album finally came out, which gives us nothing to look forward to in the near future, and it’s clear you need a vacation.

Luckily, this is fall is looking to be a great time to travel, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, which reported on a study by airfare prediction app Hopper. The company’s chief scientist predicts airfare for a domestic round-trip ticket will drop by as much as 8.2 percent to a seasonal low of $213 in October. That’s about the same as last year at the same time but 16 percent lower than in 2014; you’ve got dropping fuel prices to thank. Prices will keep going lower in the winter months too, so you’re gonna have less reason not to visit your parents for the holidays this year. Good thing I heard a rumor President Hillary is going to outlaw Christmas, or something. (more…)

08/11/16 4:19pm
Photo via Flickr user joiseyshowaa.

Photo via Flickr user joiseyshowaa.

When we talk about New York being an expensive place to live, we think in terms of things like housing, which is soon to only be affordable to the five richest seltzer barons in all the land, and food, which luckily is not an essential thing we need to live. We often overlook the money we’re saving by living in New York City: The lack of lawncare, of having to pay for home repairs because your super is (supposed to) fix everything, the gym memberships you don’t buy because everywhere you want to go is a 20 minute walk away and five flights up. One of the most obvious things that most of us save money on is cars, those one-ton metal Tamagotchis that demand constant attention, feeding and upkeep and endanger the lives of everyone around them. It’s been hard to quantify exactly how much not having a car saves you, until now.

A new study out this week from the Auto Insurance Center, an insurance information website, has figured it out: The average car commuter in America spends 42 hours — more than a whole workweek — in traffic. In New York, that translates into $1,7439 in lost cost of time/fuel/the will to live. Did you catch that, New Yorkers? You have a WHOLE EXTRA WORK WEEK and $1,700 extra dollars in your pocket every year just by not commuting by car. Yes, you have to subtract your Metrocard costs and subway delays and the fact that the L train is soon disappearing to the land of wind and ghosts, but think of it this way: would you rather be delayed in your car yelling furiously at stopped traffic while suffering through another morning zoo radio show, or gliding through a subway tunnel underneath all the traffic while devouring pages in the new Harry Potter book and maybe eating a bagel? So, how are you going to spend all this extra time? (more…)

07/29/16 4:45pm
Art stops, not pokestops: new map lures you to outdoor public art sites across NYC

Curate your own Brooklyn museum with this map from the Parks dept.

If you can make New York your gym, you can also make it your art museum. Now that the NYC Parks Department has released a map pointing out over 1,000 public art sites and monuments across NYC, it’ll be easier than ever to curate your own Brooklyn museum.

On the map, you can search for sites around your apartment or your office by entering a zip code or address. On the Parks website, you can scan the catalog of the city’s permanent and temporary collections by entering the name of a specific artwork, or browsing by key words like “abstract,” “bas relief,” and “9-11.” Hitting all 1,000 would take forever, so we chose five of the best you can see in Brooklyn—hop on a bike or hoof around this weekend on your own public art scavenger hunt. (more…)

07/22/16 12:10pm
5 slices, 5 boroughs, zero cars: Eat pizza across NYC to raise money for Transportation Alternatives

Cut across the city on your bike, for pizza and charity. Photo via @mikeyrx on Instagram

If you love to eat pizza, explore NYC without a car, and get competitive in the name of a good cause, here’s an adventure for you: the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge. Described as “like competitive eating had a baby with the Amazing Race,” the all-day event, held July 30, entails traveling via train, foot, bike, or ferry — the only restriction is you can’t commute by car — to eat a slice of pizza in all five boroughs. It’s a way to both eat well and be active—which, really, should be the goal of any healthy New York weekend.

And while it sounds like a fun, slightly absurd way to spend a Saturday, it’s in support of a cause relevant to every New Yorkers’ interests: a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, the nonprofit dedicated to making it easier to get around this city by improving bike, pedestrian and public transit, in the pursuit of car-free living in NYC.

“My wife and I both bike to work, and we have a two year old son,” organizer Joe Cutrufo told Brokelyn. “We want him to grow up in a city where it’s safe to cross the street and ride a bike.” Can’t argue with that. (more…)

07/19/16 1:37pm

It feels like every day somebody is campaigning for us to leave New York and move somewhere that’s actually affordable and proffers a higher quality of life. A couple weeks ago, we learned that we could get paid to move to Maine. A few months ago, we spoke with a mix of locals and transplants who made the case for relocating to New Orleans. Way back in 2012, we considered moving to Philly, a whopping four years ahead of a report out last month by the apartment-search site Abodo naming Philadelphia the “Best City for Millennials.”

With the DNC kicking off there next week, the city of brotherly love is fresh on our minds, and it turns out, there’s another “Brooklyn to Philly movement” that we didn’t know about. MovetoPhilly.com is the passion project of a Brooklyn expat, Christopher Plant, a realtor who would like to help you jump ship and join him in “Brooklyn 2.0″. He even encourages you to call him on the phone and ask him about it. So we did.  (more…)

07/14/16 8:00am

A couple rowers ready to launch out onto Prospect Park Lake. Photo via Village Community Boathouse

On Tuesday, we told you eight ways to get out on the water for under $50. Those are all great opportunities to be a passenger — on yachts, sailboats, cruisers and ferries commandeered by professional boat captains in NYC —but what if you’d like to row yourself? There are plenty of ways to be your own captain on smaller, self-propelled vessels, like kayaks, rowboats, or canoes.

Here are four free opportunities to get out and make your own waves from the Newtown Creek in Greenpoint down to the New York Harbor in Red Hook. (more…)

07/13/16 8:00am
Don't be like this girl. Get the right gear so you can ride safely through the city.  Photo via Flickr

Don’t be like this girl. Get the right gear so you can ride safely through the city. Photo via Flickr user mcuzbek.

Bicycles are as synonymous with Brooklyn summertime as Ample Hills cones and sky-high electric bills. Not only are they fun and festive, but as anyone who regularly travels from Park Slope to Williamsburg can tell you, a bike can be a real time saver. Twenty minutes of pedaling in the fresh air sure beats an hour navigating elaborate bus connections or long circuitous subway rides.

But the city streets can be intimidating to a new urban rider—especially with terrifying hit and runs in the headlines. Feeling like a wobbly, unprepared noob kept me from riding my bike in the city for a long time.

But that’s where stuff comes in. Glorious stuff! A few key items have really made all the difference in my riding confidence. I feel relaxed and in control, and my bike gets more weekend use than my MetroCard these days. Here are six gear game-changers and bicycle hacks that will pimp out your ride and help keep you comfortable and safe. (more…)

07/12/16 11:00am
Get on a boat: Here are eight ways to get on the water this summer for under $50

This is what you’ll be riding when you meet your Moby Dick. Photo via American Princess Cruises

Maybe one of your #summergoals this year is to be on boats more. What’s not to love about a boat? The trouble is access. In New York, we are surrounded by water, but we’re not always sure how to get out on it without either knowing a boat captain personally or else paying a pretty penny. Whether you fancy a yacht, sailboat, cruise ship or ferry; want to go out fishing, brush up on your knowledge of waterfront history, whale watch, peep Coney Island fireworks, or just go on a joy ride, we rounded up eight ways to get out onto the NYC waterways without going overboard, financially. This will be part one of our two-part summer boating series; check back later this week for our guide to self-powered boats—where to kayak, canoe, and paddle in Brooklyn on the cheap.  (more…)