11/13/15 11:12am
Take a walk down the stairs to Riverbank Park, just one way to enjoy Harlem. via Flickr user Barry Solow

Take a walk down the stairs to Riverside Park, just one way to enjoy Harlem. via Flickr user Barry Solow

If you need a break from Brooklyn but can’t afford to take a vacation far away, don’t worry! New York City is huge, so just hop on the subway and check out a new spot in a different borough. You could head to Hamilton Heights, for instance, between 135th Street and 155th Street between the Hudson River and St. Nicholas Avenue, to check out some great museums, historical homes and restaurants uptown. “When in Harlem” as they say, be sure to hit up… (more…)

11/12/15 9:01am
Showgasm has been doing it for years now. via FB

Showgasm has been doing it for years now. via FB

Hey again. It’s me, Comedy Dad, bringing your Part II of Brokelyn’s two-part series on how to host a comedy show. In Part I, you learned why you should be hosting your own show, how to plan it, and where you should be looking for its home. Now, let’s get into the dirty details of producing it, and making it the hottest ticket in Brooklyn.  (more…)

11/09/15 11:26am

The Experiment Comedy Gallery is a perfect spot for Subreddit Live. Photo by Melton Sharpe

If you’ve been following Brokelyn’s series of articles on getting the nerve up to try an open mic and then killing it at said open mic, then you must have realized we’re telling you (yes, YOU) that Brooklyn always needs another comedian. You’ve been working on your material, getting up on any stage where you can get time, and rotating through all the bars in the metropolitan area. Maybe you’ve even met some people and gotten booked onto shows! And maybe now you’re wondering what the next move is? Contact the Tonight Show? Work on a TV pilot centered around your quirky life? Both of those will work, but you might also consider creating your own comedy show.

Sounds a little intimidating, you say? Don’t worry, Comedy Dad is here to help. (more…)

11/09/15 10:56am
Hike Breakneck, get this view.

Get an eagle-eye’s view with your own two feet (and sometimes hands) hiking Breakneck Ridge. Photo by Isaac Anderson

Fall is most definitely here, but don’t worry, you can still get outside! ‘Tis the season to escape from New York and be one with the trees for a day. Bring water, bring snacks, bring friends, and head to one of these hikes that you can get to without a car. (more…)

11/05/15 1:47pm
Even Arnold knows how to treat the streets. via London Kaye

Even a stoop kid like Arnold knows how to keep it legal. via London Kaye

You see it everywhere. It’s that giant picture of the cute kid outside your yoga studio; it’s the graphic of the young activist throwing flower bouquet bombs on your walk to work; it’s that random square of kid faces and block coloring on the sidewalk outside of your coffee shop. Street art is one of the most pervasive forms of media in the borough. So pervasive that you’ve probably been tempted, at some point or another, to make your own. 

But before your inspirations run wild and you start painting your heart out onto a building wall, it’s important to consider whether what you’re doing is legal. We’re all for stunts and damning the Man, but nobody wants to get arrested. Brokelyn got hold of two elusive specimens from BK’s guerilla art scene: London Kaye (best known for that heavily controversial Moonrise Kingdom mural), and Joseph Meloy, whose art you definitely recognize from various blocks in the borough. Here are their tips to get your work out there, and keep it out there (barring a sudden whitewash—RIP Five Pointz). (more…)

10/22/15 11:04am
When it comes to summer fun, never say die. Photo by Mary Dorn

When it comes to summer fun, never say die. Photo by Mary Dorn

Whoa, what’s this? Temperatures in the mid-70s in mid-October? We’ll take it. But we’ll also revel in the transience of the moment, since this is probably the last day it’ll feel this warm until next June. In other words, this is your last chance to take advantage of the things you love most about warm weather. Can’t think of any? That’s okay, we made a list for you.  (more…)

10/09/15 11:58am
You can see Life Size Maps up close and life-sized, for free at CMJ. Photo by Narumi Iyama, via Facebook

You can see Life Size Maps up close and life-sized, for free at CMJ. Photo by Narumi Iyama, via Facebook

This year marks the 35th anniversary of CMJ Music Marathon, one of the best platforms for new music in, well, America. It just so happens to take place in New York City, and you too can own an access badge to the whole thing for the low low price of most of your rent for the month. Alternatively, if there’s a show on this list that really appeals to you, you can buy an individual ticket for that show. OR, you could check out OUR handy dandy list of shows, chock full of up and coming artists hand picked by CMJ, that are all totally FREE! You are reading Brokelyn, after all. We know our audience. So here we go! Free shows! Yeah!

Note: Some of these shows require an RSVP, so we’ve let you know which ones. We’re helpful! (more…)

10/07/15 10:00am
Set your intention: cheaper yoga. via Brooklyn Yoga School

Set your intention: make rent this month. via Brooklyn Yoga School

Community classes and introductory specials aside, yoga in Brooklyn is getting ridiculously expensive. Monthly studio memberships cost upwards of $100, and that’s before you’ve factored in your commute to and from, or your meals before and after. Before you know it, what should be a moment of peace in your day becomes a major source of stress.

We hate to see you like this, and we also hate to see your wallets bone-dry. (After all, how are you gonna tip your bartenders when you use our new wine books?) So we rounded up all the cheap yoga you can do in Brooklyn. These classes are $10 or less, all the time, so you can keep your Namastés in the mix and still enjoy all the other things out there that cost money.  (more…)

09/25/15 9:15am
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A Downtown soup dumpling spot is just one reason to kind of be okay with fall arriving. via Facebook

Well, fall has finally arrived, and everyone is reluctantly sliding into their light jackets. I won’t lie, I’m sad. Summer in New York is my favorite, even if it does mean the city smells like boiling garbage and the subway is a direct conduit to the molten center of the earth. But don’t despair, fall has it’s upsides – like cozy sweaters, colorful foliage and pumpkin spice everything. There’s also plenty to do in Brooklyn in the fall and you can do it without back sweat! Here are just a few of the reasons to look forward to autumn in Brooklyn, like restaurant openings, craft beer festivals and a spooky theme park. (more…)

09/24/15 10:14am
You've gotta be on your guard

You’ve gotta be on your guard

We all know that a crowded subway car is no excuse for sexual misconduct (or sexual conduct, for that matter; get a room, guys). We’ve all been the victim of manspreading at one point or another, and we’ve definitely had to fight people to share the pole that they thought was their personal leaning post. But what about the lesser-known rules of subway etiquette, the ones the MTA doesn’t advertise on its website, via press release, or by adorning train walls with cute cartoons?

There are problems more serious than “showtime” plaguing the New York underground, and Brokelyn feels a moral responsibility to inform you. Let our staff contributors’ tales—and the appropriate Seinfeld reaction GIFs—inspire you to take heed. Avoid becoming the victim of poor subway etiquette, but above all, please don’t exhibit this behavior at the expense of your fellow commuters. (more…)