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This and so, so much more can be yours, if you run a 501 (c)3!

We know that some of you Brokelyn readers are a solid bunch, who do selfless work for non-profits, so we came across something that could be very much of interest to you. A vintage store in Bay Ridge is donating the contents of their entire store to whatever certified 501 (c)3 comes asking. Seriously, that picture above doesn’t even come close to everything your organization can receive. (more…)

12/04/13 12:44pm
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Police sketch of the suspect

Look, we don’t want to parrot the idea that crime is about to go back to numbers we saw in the 80s in #deblasiosnewyork. It’s just a silly idea coming from a galley of opportunists and scallawags who tried to make paranoia and dog whistle racism a plank of their electoral appeal. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re always going to be floating on an ocean of calm, this is a big city after all, with a rogues’ gallery of people looking to do wrong. Like the lunatic who broke into a Bensonhurst home this weekend looking for booty, while armed with a sword. It’s just so sad to see another young person hooked by the aura of the pirate’s life. (more…)

10/09/13 10:42am
Artist's sketch of the perp enjoying a nice day in the sunshine

Artist’s sketch of the perp enjoying a nice day in the sunshine

Despite the fact that the law on the books is that women can be as topless and free as men are, there are a bunch of prudes out there who don’t want to see boobs. Which is fine if they’re just old grannies or Helen Lovejoys waving their arms impotently, but apparently you’re kind of screwed if the anti-boobite is a cop, as proven by a Brooklyn woman who was arrested for sunbathing topless in Calvert Vaux Park in Bensonhurst. She’s suing now, of course. (more…)

07/08/13 12:30pm
Yeah, you wanna keep this open

Yeah, you wanna keep this open

Like green space in Brooklyn but don’t quite have it in you to create your own community garden? Makes sense, that’s really hard work. However, now there’s a chance to get involved in one that someone else put together, and all you need to do is point out a sign. The Narrows Botanical Garden (Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street, Bay Ridge) needs greeters on weekends to welcome people and make sure they know not to step on plants. (more…)

Pop quiz hotshot: where is this movie playing?

Pop quiz hotshot: where is this movie playing?

Holy moly, there sure are a lot of outdoor movies this summer. So many that you might have trouble keeping track of whether you’re supposed to be going to Coney Island or Red Hook, before realizing you should really be Fort Greene. So to help you keep track of it all, we’ve put everything from SummerScreen to Red Hook Flicks into a handy list so you’re never confused again. About where the movies are playing, we don’t know why you keep getting dumped either. (more…)

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It’s about that time of the month where folks are in a last-minute mad scramble for new living space. But you don’t have to negotiate with some scummy slumlord over whether or not the mice in your place should pay rent, ’cause we got a couple of listings for you right here. (more…)

02/27/13 9:29am
Now with alcohol! via Facebook

Now with alcohol! via Facebook

So after learning that their neighborhood was facing a potential jogging stroller invasion, the people of Bay Ridge could probably use a pick-me-up. Some sweet news to salve the bitter taste. Fortunately for them, that news exists: Hinsch’s, the 86-year-old ice cream parlor that was slated to be replaced by a national burger chain, is back from the brink of death. And among some of the changes is a key one: you can bring booze with you now! (more…)

How did we ever live in a world of late fees? via the Bensonhurst Bean

How did we ever live in a world of late fees? via the Bensonhurst Bean

If you thought there were no more Blockbusters in Brooklyn, or anywhere for that matter, no one would fault you for it. The video chain, once ubiquitous, fell on hard times thanks to competition from internet piracy, streaming movie services and if we’re being honest, kind of airless and boring stores. Blockbuster had one last outpost in Bensonhurst, but now the Bensonhurst Bean reports that location can’t hold out any longer. Driven out by bullies like Videology, no doubt. Blockbuster’s pain is your gain though, because the store is having a two-month fire sale on everything from the movies to the furniture.   (more…)

01/10/13 1:00pm
Sound Garden: defunct neighborhood locksmith to be converted to beer garden, The Lock Yard. Photo via The Brooklyn Paper.

Sound Garden: Will the Lock Yard be too noisy for the neighborhood? Photo via The Brooklyn Paper.

Bay Ridge’s first beer garden is slated to open this June, and somewhat unsurprisingly, local residents are not happy about it. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the now-defunct Bridgeview Locksmith on Fifth Avenue and 92nd street will soon be converted into the Lock Yard, the latest watering hole brought to you by Tommy Casatelli, owner of the Kettle Black and Ho’Brah Taco Joint. And while Casatelli has expressed excitement over creating an Americana-themed outdoor microbrewery, Bay Ridge residents anticipate something far more sinister. And by sinister, they mean skinny, drunk and overeducated.

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Mad props and an extra slice of sweet spud pie tonight to the good people of Occupy Sandy, who coordinated the prep and delivery of 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to residents of Canarsie, Red Hook, the Rockaways and Coney Island. And what an effort it was: some 300 to 400 volunteers worked continuously from 9 am Wednesday chopping, cutting, packing and organizing at Occupy HQ, at St. John’s Parish Hall, 461 99th St. in Bay Ridge. The last Thanksgiving meals were going out today at 4, but Occupy’s work is far from done; coordinator Waldemar Albrecht-Lunn told us that volunteers will be needed to help prepare food at the church indefinitely, “until the need is met.” He said to show up starting at 9 am any day. Or see the Occupy site for more on how to help. More (sorry, iPhone) pics of the OSers in action after the jump. (more…)