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106 Green is just one of the Greenpoint galleries you’ve gotta go check out. via Facebook

Now that the G train is (more regularly) reliable, hopping on the train to Greenpoint Avenue is a great alternative to your typical weekend Bedford Ave/Brooklyn Flea/Berg’n routine. Long overshadowed by the perhaps more visible Williamsburg and Bushwick gallery scenes, the waterside stretch of Greenpoint boasts an impressive number of cozy, collaboratively-run artist studios and exhibition spaces, all conveniently nestled together for a perfect lazy Sunday stroll. The best part? They’re all free! Let’s take a look. (more…)

04/08/15 10:45am
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Go ahead, leave us. We don’t need you. via Flickr user Juha Uitto

[UPDATE: The MTA has pushed back the start of the work from this weekend to next weekend, starting at 11:30pm on Friday, April 17]

It seems we’ve all been angrily anticipating the spring service change on the L train that will halt all weekend service into Manhattan for the next six weekends straight from April 11  through May 18. Well, it’s time to look on the bright side! The L train shutdown means less Manhattanites which means that all of North Brooklyn’s dining, shopping and venues are yours for the taking. From bagels to burlesque shows, we give you the ABC’s of bars, restaurants, galleries, venues and shops stop by stop so you can effortlessly fill up your weekend calendars without leaving this side of the L. (more…)

03/03/15 9:23am
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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…)

02/03/15 10:09am
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Pretend that you’re a rich Upper West Side mom with a great post-baby bod with a Flywheel session through ClassPass.

New Yorkers love the new and the next, from restaurants to bands to workouts. So when I heard about ClassPass last spring, I was intrigued. The NYC-based offers a $79-$99/month passport to the fitness classes around the city. The membership gains you unlimited access to hundreds of gyms and studios in the New York area (even Hoboken!), with activities ranging from boxing and boot camps to spinning and pilates. The only catch is that you’re limited to three classes at an individual studio per month, so no matter how much you love the dance-like-Beyonce class, you’ll have to get your fix elsewhere until your next cycle. It seemed like an antidote to every gym excuse out there: proximity to work and my apartment, not having the right equipment, not open early or late enough, and the drag of falling into a workout rut. After my first week of classes, I’ve never looked back.

While ClassPass truly lets you become a fitness junkie, with some members taking more than one class on a daily basis, I try to set more personally attainable goals. A four-class weekly routine makes me feel like Sporty Spice while getting a balanced diet of kickboxing, spinning and yoga. As a mini-adventure, I always reserve a weekly slot to try something I’m afraid of, like tango or traveling above 42nd Street. Not only does it keep things interesting–it inspires my mind while teaching my body about muscles I never knew I had. Take a peek behind the scenes of some of my favorite classes, and discover just how many ways there are to sweat in this city, besides chugging a marg mid-July at Habana Outpost. (more…)

01/14/15 7:00am
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You can still get your beach-day kicks this winter, a train ride away. All photos by Vince Catalanotto

The holidays are over, and gone with them are all the opportunities for free food and drink. As a plentiful December recedes, the reality of a New York winter starts to set in. Shake off the claustrophobia and satisfy that craving for some open sky by heading out to Rockaway Beach. And bring your South Brooklyn and Rockaways Beer Book (now 20% off), because Whit’s End, Sayra’s and Playland Motel are open, and the beach will be all yours. (more…)

01/06/15 9:35am
Denmark don't care. Denmark is kicking our ass, all while enjoying a higher average quality of life than us. DENMARK, guys. They're like 1/100th our size. Step up your game, America. via Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Denmark don’t care. Denmark is kicking our ass, all while enjoying a higher average quality of life than us. DENMARK, guys. They’re like 1/100th our size. Step up your game, America. via Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Conventional wisdom in America holds that the only time for biking is when the weather is nice. Biking may be downright delightful from April to October, but you don’t have to listen to conventional wisdom and give up your two-wheeler when the snowflakes start a-fallin’. After all, conventional wisdom once held that the Earth is the center of the solar system, and look how THAT turned out.

Point is, conventional wisdom is hardly the end of the argument, and you should keep riding bicycles everywhere forever even in the cold, because they’re wonderful, they’re cheap and they keep you in shape. We’ll even tell you how to beat Old Man Winter and keep riding until it warms up. (more…)

12/16/14 11:55am
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If there’s anywhere to wear this atrocity, it’s one of these parties. via Flickr user Lynn Friedman

Chanukah is upon us, and this is Brooklyn, so you know celebrations are afoot. Whether you’re Jewish or you just really appreciate the efforts of the chosen people (bagels & lox, lawyers, Sandy Koufax), there’s a little something for everyone happening in our borough during the festival of lights. (more…)

12/04/14 8:52am
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You won’t come up empty doing your holiday shopping at the Bust Holiday Craftacular or any of these other Brooklyn holiday markets. via Facebook

OMG it’s the holidays again, and it’s less then a month until Christmas and Hanukkah! Your holiday shopping is done, right? You’ve found the perfect, unique, and handmade gift for everyone on your naughty and nice lists, right? No? Don’t you fret friends, there are now more holiday markets then ever right in the comfort of your own Brooklyn backyard. This year’s markets feature sugar (pies from Eat Pie Shop) spice (cider from Roberta’s Holiday Market) and everything nice (free gift-wrapping at Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar).

Why go to the city and deal with the tourists blocking the sidewalks while they stare up at all the big tall Starbucks shops in the sky if you can just travel around on Santa’s preferred sleigh, the G train.  Stay in Brooklyn, shop local at any of these markets, and we promise your holiday shopping list will be taken care of faster than you can say…happy holidays. (more…)

12/03/14 9:26am
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Your time will come, so make sure you’re ready. Photos by David Rosado

Jury duty: it might not be as fun as say, almost any other thing, and people usually don’t wake up hopeful that today’s the day the summons arrives in their mailbox, informing them that it’s time to head over to the courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. But it is your civic duty to serve, so you might as well just suck it up and go. The courthouse has WiFi so you can do things like read Brokelyn, catch up on Serial, write posts about surviving jury duty for Brokelyn, or non-computer things even. All of that is until they call your name. Then it’s time to work – and pretend you make up 1/12th of a GOD to someone.

Plus, jury duty time away from your regular job, and if it’s been a while since you’ve been to Downtown, consider it a great opportunity to check out some fun food and drink spots you might otherwise have missed. So, in the service of encouraging doing your civic duty without losing your mind, here’s your jury duty survival guide. (more…)

11/25/14 10:00am
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Why fight someone over a charm bracelet when you could just learn to make you on the cheap at Brooklyn Charm Shop? via Facebook

Black Friday is upon us and if you completely hate yourself, it’s prime time to buy presents for the holidays. Sure, we get it – the discounts are great, but it’s always a little awkward when your one friend gives you the perfect present and your gift to her was found after a hard won fight at the bargain bin.

Make your friends and family wish you were their secret Santa this year by giving them something you made at one of these six craft classes that you can take for $40 and under. We’re usually against learning anything that’s actually practical, but we would love to find a hand-knit scarf under the tree this year. (more…)