05/22/15 3:30pm
Sprint into the weekend. Cartoon by David Ostow

Sprint into the weekend. Cartoon by David Ostow

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• All of the fixtures of life in Brooklyn, made into a bunch of handy cartoons

• You, too, can live on $2.50 lunches and save an absurd amount of money

• This search for the best rosé under $10 will let you live a fancy Hamptons life at a fraction of the price

• The MTA does something actually cool, and makes a 16-bit video explaining subway delays

• It’s Governors Island time and we’ve got the only guide you need to enjoy it

• You can drink in the Navy Yard in the Kings County Distillery’s new backyard

• Get mad when you have to, with Freya Wilcox and the Howl

• Work with T Swift at Universal Music, or get one of these other jobs

• We were there for the thrilling competition of the first-ever NYC Kolache Eating Contest

• Want to work at TED? Here’s what it’s like, according to a producer there

• Make sure you get in and say goodbye to the Trash Bar by June 27

• We love the Great Georgiana and we love Caracas Rockaway

05/22/15 12:36pm

The Manhattan $30 hot dog gouger in a hero [Gawker]
Bushwick rooftop farm evicted for some bullshit [Bedford + Bowery]
Mayor Tall gets a mixed reception on Staten Island [Staten Island Advance]
Not that this cartoon could possibly describe you… [Times Magazine]
Pro-car forces defeat Vision Zero warriors in Bed-Stuy community board battle [Streetsblog]
All of NYC’s new bougie breakfast sandwiches, in one web page [GrubStreet]
People used to actually vote for mayor [CityLab]

05/21/15 3:15pm
sustainable cycles

They’ve really endorsed the menstrual cup life. via Facebook

We’ve talked about it on Brokelyn a couple of times, but if you want to make a small impact on the world AND save money, you should switch from pads or tampons to menstrual cups. Maybe you’re curious but weren’t quite swayed by UCB’s screaming vagina encouraging their use. In that case, you can learn from a non-screaming human when a group of bike-riding activists roll into Brooklyn to give a workshop on menstrual cups and give you one to take home yourself. (more…)

05/21/15 2:08pm
Just set aside a couple hours and start playing with it

Just set aside a couple hours and start playing with it

Ah, old New York, the New York that most of us weren’t alive for. There’s nothing like looking stopping all work activities and going through a collection of pictures when men wore hats and trolleys roamed the streets and there was no frozen yogurt anywhere. The game when it comes to going through old black and white pictures has changed though, because some programmers attached the New York Public Library’s 80,000 digitized photos of New York from the 1870s to 1970s to an interactive map called OldNYC. Just click on any dot and you get one or even a series of old pictures from near that location. We’ve got a few of our favorites, but really you should go waste the rest of the day playing with the map. Work can wait. (more…)

05/21/15 12:20pm

Neighbors are nervous about a giant new Kensington development [Ditmas Park Corner]
Either way you look at it, NYC spent a crapload on jails last year [BuzzFeed]
Just a dude leading a woman through the Staten Island Mall on a leash, nbd [Daily News]
City Councilman weakening right-of-way law swears he’s not weakening right-of-way law [amNewYork]
Empire State Building to become the Empire Starbucks Building [Commercial Observer]
Suggestions for Letterman’s retirement, from fans [ANIMAL]
The latest Crown Heights community board rezoning meeting was predictably insane [DNA Info]

05/21/15 9:56am
atlantic yards

This, if we’ve ever seen it, screams EDGE. via A/N Blog

How easy has it become to bitch about how Brooklyn is changing and don’t you wish it used to be like the good old days? So easy that even Forest City Ratner CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin is showing up at real estate conferences wearing a Movement to Protect The People button and talking about how she’s worried about Brooklyn’s affordability and lack of an edge. Not that Gilmartin or her rusted space turtle stadium have anything to do with that, right? Right! (more…)

05/20/15 4:20pm
Future site of a tourism hotspot. via Google Street View

Future site of a tourism hotspot. via Google Street View

Now that Brooklyn is the kind of place tourists carrying comically large bags of cash want to come and explore, developers are realizing they can make a mint by putting up hotels. Witness the successful Wythe Hotel, or Bklyn House, the Bushwick hotel constructed out of both concrete and nonsensical hip Brooklyn marketing-speak. Or forget those and look the future, where someday soon a hotel will rise on Flushing Avenue and Stewart Avenue. A hotel where tourists will be able to go to the rooftop deck and gaze longingly at the romantic sight that is the Newtown Creek. (more…)

05/20/15 3:42pm
trash bar

Say your goodbyes while you can. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

We’ve already said a few goodbyes to Trash Bar, from the moment we found out it was leaving to our brief anger at Cuba Gooding Jr. being the man behind the closure to cherished memories from people who’ve made their whole lives in the city based in part on working there. The one thing we haven’t known for sure is when exactly we were going to have to say goodbye to the place, but now a bar manager has reached out to tell us that the final days the door and filthy floor of the Trash Bar will welcome you is June 27. (more…)

05/20/15 1:06pm
4th of july fireworks

AMERICA. via Flickr user Ann Althouse

We fought for them and carried on for a few years and got them back last year, but let’s be honest, just one year of fireworks wasn’t enough. So we’re happy to report that the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration will once again be taking place along the East River. The announcement came earlier today from Mayor Tall himself, as he calmed the nerves of those who didn’t want the celebration moved back to the Hudson. If New Jersey wants to celebrate the Fourth of July, they can get their own fireworks spectacular. (more…)

05/20/15 12:04pm

Oh hey let’s all fish in the East River, what could go wrong? [Our Town]
Knicks’ lost season even more lost as they lose the draft lottery [Capital]
A Brokelyn alum goes to etiquette school [Gothamist]
Mayor Tall wants to make some changes at NYCHA [New York Times]
An anti-government surveillance group recorded all your conversations [Wired]
Ground Zero hot dog vendor caught up in hilarious price gouging [NBC4]
Al Qaeda’s job application seems as boring as every other application [Gawker]