04/17/14 2:57pm
g train touch screen kiosk

At least you’ll have something to play around with while you wait. Photo by David Colon

The G isn’t exactly a line one that’s known for technological innovation, unless you count “waiting for so long it feel like you’ve gone back in time” as a form of time travel. Which maybe you do. But over the weekend, we noticed what looks like a promising upgrade for the G. Not more than four cars per train, but one of those fancy touchscreen kiosks that give you directions and real time-information on train delays. Well look who’s fancy now. (more…)

04/17/14 11:03am
broad city

Look, they’re on their way now! via Facebook

If you’re like us, one of your favorite things in the world right now is Broad City. Like no other TV show before it, it really hits on what it is to be young, live in the city and not GAF about anything but getting high, slacking off at your job and hooking up with really weird people. Well, trying to hook up with what you think are normal people only to have them keep trying to turn the whole thing into an “accidental” orgy. Anyway, if you know what that means, you’ll love this: tonight in the tiny back room at Over the Eight (594 Union Avenue, Williamsburg), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will be guests on The Kevin Corrigan Show. And it’s free! (more…)

04/16/14 11:00am
beirut band

Set sail for summer with Beirut. via Facebook

Snow be damned, summer is on its way here. That’s what we’re sticking with anyway, and that’s what the news cycle is sticking with. So, here is some great summer news: Williamsburg waterfront venue 50 Kent, (North 12th Street and Kent Avenue) formerly Williamsburg Park, will be hosting performances by both Beirut and the War on Drugs during the upcoming Northside Festival. Go ahead snow, just try to fall on that, we dare you. (more…)

04/16/14 9:14am
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Mention Brokelyn through May 15 for 20% off a cut and/or color at Beehive Salon in Williamsburg

Spring in Brooklyn is about drinking outside, in as little clothing as possible, charged with a sense of renewal and possibility about life. Especially after all these rough winter months, we might need a little more than cold beer and sun on our faces to recover. Brokelyn is here to help by offering three springtastic Wiliamsburg beauty deals between now and May 15. Here are three spots to freshen your skin, brighten your hair, and soothe your muscles before venturing out and attempting to mingle with other humans again. Starting today through May 15, first time clients can mention Brokelyn at Beehive Salon, Massage Williamsburg and Skin by Molly to receive big discounts.

The Beehive Salon
115 N. 7th St. (between Berry St. and Wythe Ave.), Williamsburg
718-782-8376
Appointments only
Deal: 20% off haircuts and color treatments for new clients who mention Brokelyn through May 15

This Williamsburg hair salon for men and women has a retro rocker vibe that translates into hair cuts that are sassy and skillful. Owner and “Queen Bee” stylist Maleina is as down to earth as she is experienced, with more than 20 years working in NYC salons. Many of the stylists have done hair for fashion shoots and Broadway productions, lending an added flair and a bit of glam to their cuts. Curly-haired girls will be happy with stylists Carla, Li and Eileen who are all Devachan certified. The salon’s open space with high ceilings and ample windows letting in natural light opens up into a backyard where you can relax while you’re waiting for your highlights to set. On Thursday nights, the ‘hive offers complimentary drinks, which have ranged from beer and wine to pina coladas and pomegrante margaritas. Check out the Beehive’s Down Time Spa downstairs, where you can book a facial, wax, massage and mani-pedis.

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Yes, please. photo via Massage Williamsburg

Massage Williamsburg
169 Wythe Ave. (between N. 5th and N. 6th Streets), Suite 202
917-538-6560
By appointment only
Deal: $20 off any massage for new clients who mention Brokelyn by May 15

This therapeutic massage studio offers Swedish massage, deep tissue, prenatal and a signature one hour back, neck and shoulder massage, so you can select which type to best target your sore spots. For each one you can choose between lavender aromatherapy oil or unscented grapeseed oil. The impressive team of NY-state licensed massage therapists has worked with physical therapy clients, cancer patients, dance companies, and has training in practices like acupuncture, reiki, yoga and pilates, in addition to their range of individual specialties. Clients cite their personable and knowledgable approach as reasons to keep coming back. It’s a good idea to get there a little early to talk with your massage therapist about what in particular ails you so he or she can tailor the massage accordingly. Owner Rachel Beider says one of her favorite parts about her job is seeing a client who comes in cranky or stressed but leaves smiling and relaxed. That could be you!

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Let Molly clear out those pores so the sunlight can get in!

Let Molly clear out those pores so the sunlight can get in!

Skin by Molly
169 Wythe Ave. (between N. 6th and N. 7th Streets), Suite #107
404-285-5652
By appointment only
Deal: $30 off any facial for new clients who mention Brokelyn by May 15

Founded by Molly Lamb, an Atlanta native with a great smile and a warm presence, Skin by Molly is the spot for a personalized, laid-back facial. Inspired to be an esthetician from her own struggles with her skin, Molly will listen to your concerns, without judging, and tailor treatment to your specific skin needs. All of her facials are conducted with natural-based peels and scrubs, like the “Radiance Facial” which employs a tourmaline-charged (mineral-based) mask or the “Back Facial” which implements a clay mask to exfoliate clogged pores. The “anti-aging facial” removes dead skin cells with a plant-based peel and re-moisturizes with a blend of herbs and oils. Edison bulbs and hard wood floors create an intimate setting for therapy with a skin expert who feels like an old friend. You’ll be in good hands at Skin by Molly. Think about it like this: if you can’t be nice to your face, how can you expect anybody else to be?

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Are you a  beauty venue with a deal to offer Brokelyn readers?  Contact Kate at mooney.katharine@gmail.com for more information.

04/14/14 1:38pm
fit and flow yoga

You’ll be able to hear them now. via Facebook

The virtues of acupuncture have been extolled for centuries. Its healing properties notwithstanding, it’s even better with a discount, and that’s something to be happy about.

Every Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Fit and Flow Yoga (65 Maspeth Avenue, Suite B) is letting you take advantage of  inexpensive ear acupuncture happy hour, which “sounds” painful but is really cool if you’re into non-traditional healing techniques. And at just $20, the happy hour experience is pointedly cheaper than their usual $80 -$90 service. (more…)

04/11/14 10:44am
dad jams

Will YOUR dad be there? via Dads Are The Original Hipsters

What is it about dads that fascinate people? Is it their weird love of Bob Seeger? Their insistence on paying for everything even when everyone else is insisting they pitch in? The way they have a garage full of bikes? Whatever it is, people love dads, so it makes sense that Glasslands is devoting a party this month to nothing but dad jams, and has priced it at a very dad-friendly five bucks. (more…)

04/07/14 12:03pm
summerscreen

Where you’re going, you don’t need to pay for tickets. But you probably should bring something comfortable to sit on.

Summer movie season is coming, and while we can all be excited about Guardians of the Galaxy and its raccoon with guns, there are better options than paying $15 to sit in a dark air conditioned room. Like heading to SummeScreen at the concrete baseball field at McCarren Park and watching free movies in the romantic summer light. And hey, starting Wednesday July 9, you can do just that, when SummerScreen blasts back into our lives with Back to the Future. (more…)

04/02/14 3:23pm
toasted brooklyn wedding expo

When you want chaos to reign at your wedding, getting a wedding photographer from the Toasted Brooklyn Wedding Expo. via Facebook

Getting married any time soon? What a bummer for you. Or we think it’s a bummer, we don’t know, we get all of our relationship exposure from sitcoms. Either way, just because you’re getting married, it doesn’t mean you need to do the same old crap that everyone else does, nor does it mean you need to give things over to a wedding planner who physically strikes you for not knowing an appetizer fork from a main course fork. And you won’t have to do that if you check out the Toasted Brooklyn Wedding Expo next Sunday, April 13, at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (more…)

04/02/14 1:38pm
williamsburg urban outfitters

Plan Ninety Eight from Middle America. via Instagram

If there’s one problem with Williamsburg, beyond the fact that your mom lives there, it’s expensive, it has kind of bitchy neighbors and it’s a death trap, is that the neighborhood just isn’t cool. Finally though, purveyors of super cool Mitt Romney t-shirts and Rick Santorum political donations Urban Outfitters, are blessedly giving the neighborhood a dose of a cool with their store opening on Friday. It’s not just your normal Urban Outfitters though. This place is gonna be five floors of cool chewed up by account executives and lovingly thrown up back at you, like a mother bird feeding a baby bird. (more…)

03/25/14 12:57pm
Photo by Sarah Bibi

Photo by Sarah Bibi

The Graham
151 Meserole St
East Williamsburg
718-388-4682

What it is: The Graham opens its doors to the neighborhood with totally inviting bartenders and a pretty exquisite happy hour – $2 off everything 3-8 daily.

Why we love it: It’s not too common to walk into a bar and immediately feel like you are one of the crew’s gang.

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