09/02/14 12:00pm

Everybody wants to be on the Upper East Side now [The Daily Beast]
Andrew Cuomo might dump his lieutenant governor pick [New York Post]
The bedbugs, they’re everywhere [Daily News]
Townhouses are coming to Red Hook. A bunch of townhouses [The Real Deal]
Bye Domino factory, no one will miss you, apparently [New York Times]
What does fall have in store for us? Nothing good [The Awl]
We don’t have to give developers whatever they want so we can get affordable housing [Gothamist]
How to sleep without air conditioning [Something Awful]

09/02/14 10:51am
green-wood cemetery clown

Yeah wait…what was the deal with this feaking clown?

We here at Brokelyn are sadly aware that Summer ’14 ended in spirit yesterday, on Labor Day. This year’s summer was known for two things: the temperate weather which we’re sure we’ll pay for with a winter hellscape, and the mysteries surrounding a group of events which have captivated us all of Brooklyn, probably.

The biggest mystery Brooklyn was scratching its head over this summer was the pair of white flags sitting atop the Brooklyn Bridge, put there in place of the American flags that adorned the top of one of the most beautiful structures in America. We’re not fans of freelance decoration of the Brooklyn Bridge in general here, but we have to admit, there was something sort of interesting about those flags. Who put them there, and why? Random jokes on Twitter claiming responsibility for the flags were also met with an outsized reaction by the authorities who were clearly frustrated with the lack of information they were able to unearth themselves. We had a bonafide caper on our hands.

Then we found out some German artists did it, and after we got over our relief that there wasn’t some sinister reason for the flags being put there, we settled in with the disappointing fact that it was some silly art thing. Anyway, we’re not getting burned by a mystery’s uninteresting resolution again. We already saw the last season of LOST. But hey, that was only one of the many mysteries swirling around our fair borough. We still have others, and we want answers. Interesting answers. (more…)

09/02/14 7:00am
west indian day parade 2014

Welcome to the god times! Photos by Bibeka Shrestha

On a sweltering Labor Day in a summer that seems to only be getting started, politicians and dancers alike waved and shimmied their way across Eastern Parkway for the annual West Indian Day Parade (a special kudos to gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout for her standout dance skills). With piña coladas and nutcrackers in hand, the crowds took in the swirling colors, danced along to soca and reggae beats and chowed down on jerk chicken, collard greens, and other Caribbean and not-so-Carribean fare. Sen. Chuck Schumer tried to pump up the crowd with “Go Jamaica! Go Barbados!” New York’s finest slapped the bongos. Ronald McDonald showed up for some reason. But once the semi-trucks rolled in and throngs of costumed dancers came roaring through the streets, the real party began. (more…)

08/31/14 6:00am
New drugs, old methods. (via AJA)

New drugs, old methods. (via AJA)

On Sushi: “That’s like shaking your wanker in public.” [Vice]
On Chateaux: “It is what we all dream for ourselves.” [Medievalists]
On Drugs: “He’d sprinkle it in, light me up and bye bye!” [Mashable]
On Movement: “You know what? Screw it. I’m going to Richmond…” [AJA]
On Habits: “…the computer made 100 drinkable cups and no errors.” [FastCo]
On Release: “…almost everyone has peed in the ocean at some stage in their lives…” [ACS]
On Prophets: “…in Andrew W.K., we have a philosopher for these crazy times.” [FlavorWire]
On Hopes: “If you would go out there and look at Marine Park, you would understand…” [PR]
On Work: “Just because we have privilege doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our lives.” [New Republic]
On Solitude: “When I mentioned Thoreau, … Chris dismissed him with a single word: ‘dilettante.’” [GQ]
On Planning: “Once heralded as a firm commitment to an event in the future, a plan is now largely considered to be a string of noncommittal text messages leading up to a series of potential, though unlikely, events.” [Alex Cornell]

08/28/14 12:00pm

Everything’s going GREAT with Atlantic Yards construction! (There’s another delay) [WSJ]
Whoops, someone lost their bottomless brunch serving privileges [NBC4]
New Yorkers are turning against the cops [Daily News]
Maybe because the cops rarely face discipline for doing wrong [WNYC]
ANOTHER DAMN TRAIN FULL OF BEDBUGS [NY1]
Oh hey what’s up with the Lightstone project in Gowanus? [Gowanus Your Face Off]
Which neighborhoods will be the next to get super-gentrified? [Capital]

08/27/14 12:00pm

Finally, Bushwick gets the gravitas it deserves [New Yorker]
Uber’s scheming on a thing – that’s sabotage! [The Verge]
Aaaand a fake cabbie tried to rape a woman [DNAInfo]
4th Avenue development marches on [Observer]
C-Sections can take a big cut of your budget [Billfold]
Seven years on and we’re still talking about the Sopranos [Decider]
Strange how 9 of the 10 best restaurants in Crown Heights opened in the past three years [VV]

08/26/14 4:21pm
We'd swipe right for Aracelis Girmay

We might swipe right for you, Aracelis Girmay

Public transit is full of people trying to force culture on you, what with all the fairly talented street performers and those Metro distributors trying to trick you into reading free newspapers. The MTA will now be joining this bombardment by expanding their Poetry in Motion program to buses, our final culture-free sanctuary, according to the New York Observer. (more…)

08/26/14 2:58pm
fear city

This is where we’re at now, according to the NYPD

When it comes to the DNC in Brooklyn, there are powerful forces in favor and opposed to it. In favor of it, you’ve got the Clintons and the Democratic establishment in New York City. On the other side, you’ve got a delegation of bloggers as handsome as they are funny. Apparently the police union agrees with us, the handsome bloggers though, with the Sergeants Benevolent Association head Ed Mullins on a media tour agains the idea of the DNC coming here. Why? Because New York is back to being a crime-filled cesspool with weak ineffectual liberals at the helm. (more…)

08/26/14 12:00pm

Duane Reade is New York’s most expensive drug store [Scouting New York]
Ideas for more affordable housing, so Brooklyn doesn’t become ENTIRELY for rich jerks [Daily News]
DUMBO artists getting squeezed out by new, luxury housing-hungry landlords [DNA Info]
Apparently New York City has a floating library. That’s fun [Untapped Cities]
Soft serve justice arrives as three frozen yogurt shops go under [Grub Street]
Mass transit: It gets you places, it keeps cities cheap [City Labs]
Everyone is confused by mortgages, not just you [Wall Street Journal]
What’s taking so long for the police body cameras to show up? [Capital]

08/26/14 10:12am
new amsterdam

God it was much realer back then, you know?

In what would become a long-running theme throughout its history, today marks the anniversary of one of the first invasions of New York City by outsiders wearing funny clothes and not speaking in the same accents as the original inhabitants. We’re speaking of course, about the day in 1664 when the British first docked warships in Gravesend Bay and eventually sent troops to get a peaceful surrender out of the director-general of what was then known as New Amsterdam. (more…)