11/25/14 4:19pm
spike hill

Later. via Facebook

Hey, you done being sad about Death By Audio and Glasslands closing? Oh and 285 Kent too? Cool, because now it’s time to talk about all the great times you had at Spike Hill and how you’re gonna miss it, because whoops, Gothamist got word that Spike Hill is closing too. Guess the only reasons left to go to Williamsburg are Rosemary’s and the hopes of being cast in the Daredevil Netflix show(more…)

11/25/14 2:08pm
bushwick daily village

It takes a village to make a village

If you read Brokelyn, you might also be a reader of Bushwick Daily. It’s OK, we’re pals, we don’t consider it cheating. Other websites, maybe we do. Anyway! We bring up Bushwick Daily because they’ve decided to take some crazy step forward and evolve into a new website called Village, that will combine news, deals from local merchants and events all in one easy-to-use platform. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s kind of expensive to do that, so they’ve got a crowdfunding campaign going that could use your help. ‘Tis the season and all. (more…)

11/25/14 12:14pm

Someone’s landlord allegedly booted him to turn the room in an AirBnB [DailyDot]
Brooklyn is a DNC finalist [POLITICO]
Will trade fancy lettering for food [Daily News]
NYC protests Ferguson, mostly peacefully [DNA Info]
Poor neighborhoods in Brooklyn don’t have enough to eat [New York 1]
Here’s some video of the Astor Place Cube being taken away [Bedford + Bowery]
The final Bridging Gowanus meeting meant one last time to argue about tall buildings in Gowanus [Brownstoner]

11/25/14 11:48am
link nyc

Maybe you can just set up a tent outside of one.

Hey, were you briefly excited about the city’s LinkNYC plan to turn our payphones into free Wi-fi hotspots, before stopping to think that this couldn’t possibly turn out to be as good as you hoped? Congratulations if you were cynical about this whole mess, because it turns out that poor neighborhoods are gonna start with slower Wi-fi speeds, and a look at a map shows that while huge swathes of Midtown and Times Square will be covered by this, outside of Manhattan will see a lot less free internet. (more…)

11/24/14 12:30pm

Scenes of the end of Death By Audio [Free Williamsburg]
Rudy Giuliani shows us that racial sensitivity he’s known for [New York Magazine]
Fred Armisen busting out New York accent after New York accent [ANIMAL]
Dying poor in New York City [The Awl]
Scams and flams, scams and flams, scaaaams and flams, NYC edition [Runnin's Scared]
110-year-old De Robertis Caffé is closing [Bedford + Bowery]
Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo: unlikely pals [City & State]
The on-demand economy has some issues [Kernel Mag]

11/24/14 10:15am
781 metropolitan

We traded our sliders for this. Hope it’s worth it, New York. via Adam America

As we all know, Williamsburg lost a landmark fast-food operation this past year, as the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed. It was sad that Brooklynites had one less place to go and get tiny hamburgers, but time makes ghosts of us all, so you move on. There’s something to look forward to though, since the boxy 81-unit apartment going up on the former burger site is going to come with 20 percent affordable apartment buildings in it. So you might be able to tell friends you live where they made the chicken jalapeño sliders, if you get lucky. (more…)

11/23/14 4:30am
A terrifying ride. (TatteredFedoraFlow via Instagram)

Only nine months until summer. (TatteredFedoraFlow via Instagram)

On the Surface: “Why do it?” [Cafe]
On Elected Officials: “Bitch set me up!” [FT]
On Warbucks: “Life was now officially unfair.” [TNR]
On Layers: “…we are not always aware of our tongues…” [Aeon]
On Pinpricks: “Why the hell does anyone live here?” [New Inquiry]
On Due Process: “Down here, I am the law.” [Nervous Breakdown]
On Piqued Interest: “The more we know, the less we wonder.” [The Point]
On Arrivederci: “New York City is like the house from Poltergeist.” [Guardian]
On Mercenaries: “‘I also do freehand vegetable carving,’ he said.” [New Yorker]
On Blind Eyes: “I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them.” [Atlantic]
On Injustice: “‘Shut up,’ she heard a man’s voice say as a body barreled into her…” [RS]
On Ghosts: “It was marvelous to see the creative ways people were lining up shots…” [UC]
On Vapor: “Here, we offer a spotlight on the places that belong to a dying breed…” [NYMag]
On Keys: “But even with the fastest computers, brute-force attacks … could take days.” [NYT]

11/21/14 5:04pm
brooklyn bridge

Not for tourists. via Flickr user gigi_nyc

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- We wondered if keeping tourists off the Brooklyn Bridge was the best policy

- We analyzed some SantaCon in Bushwick conspiracy theories

- …before it turned out it wasn’t even showing up here

- There were jobs, so many jobs for you

-Bushwick got a porn festival

- The city made plans to bring us fast free Wi-fi

- The free pizza alert button was pushed

- The MTA promised to take action against man-spread

- The C train made plans to screw us next year

11/21/14 2:19pm
colony 1209

This can be yours, if you’ve got 80 million dollars

Hey, wanna feel kind of powerless just before the weekend starts? Of course you do! If you remember Bushwick’s Colony 1209 building, you might remember it as the apartment complex that literally presents itself as “homesteading” in a brand new neighborhood, which was one of many reasons people didn’t care for it. Well, it turns out your disapproval is meaningless, because the building which was bought for $58 million in April is now for sale with an asking price of $81.5 million. (more…)

11/21/14 1:25pm

Rookie cop shoots unarmed man in East New York [DNA Info]
Why are people pushed on to the subway tracks? [Vice]
Study time is over for the Brooklyn Bridge Park towers [Capital]
Taylor Swift: Champion of self-esteem [AV Club]
The Verrazano Bridge was never supposed to be free [New York Times]
The life of Prospect-Lefferts’ most well-known blogger [BKLYNR]
City Council report calls for rezoning in Buhwick, Sunset Park, Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg [Brownstoner]