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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)