08/24/16 4:19pm
You probably have 10 places exactly like this one by your office. Via Jazz Guy on Flickr.

You probably have 10 places exactly like this one by your office. Via Jazz Guy on Flickr.

Most of the entries in the big book of fake holidays are terrible: Best Friends Day, Raccoon Appreciation Day, Green Day, Father’s Day, to name just a few. Tomorrow, however, is National Duck Out for a Drink Day, a holiday Alex Balk at The Awl created six years ago because it’s the rotting corpse part of the dead of August and you deserve to slip out of the office for a shot or a beer, or a shot and beer (note that he created this holiday five years ago, which I think was when the first republican debate was being held, I can’t be sure as I can’t remember a time when this campaign was not happening.) So take advantage of it, why not? You do truly deserve it, we all deserve it, let’s keep drinking until we feel like we don’t deserve it any more. (more…)

08/24/16 11:30am
The yearlong feminist art show will include Marilyn Minter's Blue Poles, Via Brooklyn Museum.

The yearlong feminist art show will include Marilyn Minter’s Blue Poles, Via Brooklyn Museum.

Good news, everyone! We finally killed sexism. According to this Pew study out this week, most men thing sexism is over and thank god someone finally asked men about that, because both being in the patriarchy and trying to fight it is exhausting. So now that sexism is over, what are we all supposed to do with our time?

One idea is to take a break from the realm of Dead White Guy art and go to the Brooklyn Museum, which is kicking off a yearlong feminist art exhibit starting in October. According to DNAinfo, the “Year of Yes” will be stocked with female-centric artwork and programming with the goal of “reimagining feminism.” Luckily, they don’t mean reimagining it this way(more…)

08/19/16 5:30pm
Budweiser: hustling to make fart water since 1878.

Budweiser: hustling to make fart water since 1878.

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Budweiser tried to be “the Brooklyn choice” of beers but Brooklyn was like “nah.”

Bananas of New York became our favorite Humans of New York spoof.

Park Slope’s Rock Shop ended its live music career.

We told you about ShapeUp NYC, which is like a free version of ClassPass.

Someone pranked the internet with a fake Brooklyn pog store.

We explored this new indoor mini golf course, a great place to beat the heat.

Huma Abedin was hungry.

Spike Lee announced another Michael Jackson party on the Do the Right Thing block.

We rounded up the 8 best bars for playing conhole, bags or whatever you call it. 

Our new real estate column took you inside a totally relatable search for an apartment.

08/18/16 9:50am
The Undone Sweaters closed out the Rock Shop's live music era last night. Photo by Aaron Benoit/Brokelyn.

The Undone Sweaters closed out the Rock Shop’s live music era last night. Photo by Aaron Benoit/Brokelyn.

Rock and roll is here to stay, but just maybe not in Park Slope. The Rock Shop, a two-level live music venue and sports bar on Fourth Avenue that opened in 2010, will no longer host live music, performers and a representative from the bar confirmed last night. Instead, it will pivot to becoming a bar with a game room. Last night’s performance by Weezer cover band the Undone Sweaters and comedy country group The Reformed Whores was the farewell show for the venue.

“The Rock Shop is NOT closing, we just will not be having anymore live music,” a representative from the bar, who did not identify themselves, emailed Brokelyn last night. “The first floor will be converted into a bar with pool tables, pinball machines, and foosball table.”

The bar upstairs — which has a restaurant, roof deck and ample TVs —  will remain open while the first floor is renovated, with a goal of reopening in September, the rep said.

The change marked the closing of yet another concert space in increasingly live-music starved Park Slope.

“It makes me sad because this was a place I used to go to and frequent a bunch and see cool bands,” Danny Tamberelli, a member of the Undone Sweaters (who you also know as Little Pete from Pete & Pete) told Brokelyn after the show last night. “It’s the only small room in this neighborhood of Brooklyn where it sounds good and it’s big enough to have a rock show, and they take all kinds. It’s not too snooty or particular. It’s a damn shame.” (more…)

08/17/16 2:40pm
Via Flickr user Rbitting.

Via Flickr user Rbitting.

The rent is so damn high we’ve all surely considered some drastic measures: pitching a tent in Prospect Park, crafting a lean-to out of discarded Budweiser cans (the only thing that beer may actually be good for) or just taking a sublet in a burrow deep, deep into the earth’s crust far away from Twitter, Tinder and condo developers (actually, this is called a grave and you’d still probably pay a lot: have you ever seen burial prices in this city?). Perhaps at some point you’ve looked around at all the office space across the city, which sits largely dormant for many hours of the day, and wondered if you should just roll up with a sleeping bag and crash for the night, and figure out a way to make ramen in a Keurig machine.

This might not be the worst idea actually: A new study from RentHop out this week shows commercial space (offices, businesses, etc.) is actually up to 45 percent cheaper than residential space across the city. In Gowanus, for instance, office space costs an average of just $32.64 per square foot per year, compared to $54.77 for residential space. Kinda puts a whole new twist on the desire to “work from home” amiright? (more…)

08/15/16 11:25am
Budweiser debuts ad campaign trying to establish itself as 'the Brooklyn choice'

Via @oneouncegold on Instagram.

Budweiser is a beer that is perfectly fine to drink when it’s the only thing in the beach cooler or when you’re trying not to get too drunk or when you’re at a music festival and it’s all they’re serving, despite the fact that the festival charges $9 for a single bottle. But it is not very “good” or offering up much “taste,” and, as a brand based out of Belgium and worth $23 billion, it is certainly not very “authentic” to Brooklyn.

Advertising is a land of magical thinking that believes if you throw enough money at an idea you can make anything true, and that’s how we have this new Budweiser billboard (first spotted on Instagram by Meghan) in Bushwick. It’s part of their “Respect the Hustle” campaign seeking to “establish Budweiser as the Brooklyn choice,” which seems about as likely to succeed as trying to establish Papa John’s as the New York pizza choice. What does Budweiser have to do with freelancing, hustle or Brooklyn, exactly? (more…)

08/12/16 5:00pm
The L: Mysterious, often missing, loves to take you to the upside down (Manhattan).

The L: Mysterious, often missing, loves to take you to the upside down (Manhattan).

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The owner of Cardiff Giant told us about quitting his desk job to run a bar.

The Brooklyn Bazaar announced its comeback, in a huge new space.

We learned the most lucrative creative jobs in NYC still aren’t that highly paid.

We chugged coffee in excitement for this Gilmore Girls book club.

We took you on a Stranger Things inspired tour of Brooklyn.

The new web series Hikea gave strangers drugs and made them assemble furniture.

Cupping became the hot trend of the Olympics, and we showed you where to do it in Brooklyn.

We rounded up the best brunch deals in Bay Ridge.

We hit the jackpot with part 1 of our best pinball bars in Brooklyn roundup.

Our cartoonist introduced you to Captain Real America, the hero Brooklyn deserves.

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08/08/16 3:15pm
A lit Redd Eyess show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar's former space on Banker St.  Photo via Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

A lit Redd Eyess show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s former space on Banker St. Photo via Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

In June of 2015, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar was forced out of its warehouse space on 165 Banker St. in Greenpoint and replaced by BMW. It’s another in a long list of Brooklyn venues that have closed in the past few years, displaced by rising rents and new corporate tenants. They were able to make the most of it by opening the Riis Park Beach Bazaar as a seasonal outdoor flea market with live music and a food court.

But now, they get another shot at Greenpoint: Gothamist reports that they’ve found a new home in the Polonaise Terrace, the three-story Polish banquet hall on Greenpoint Avenue, which opens Sept. 9. Now known as just Brooklyn Bazaar, the three-story space will be larger than the original, which means more amenities, and it will be open seven days a week too.  (more…)

08/05/16 5:00pm
Why it's OK Hillary is shady, as described through kickball.

Why it’s OK Hillary is shady, as described through kickball.

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Bed-Stuy got a new dog-friendly bar in the old Do or Dine space.

Our blind seltzer taste test panel produced SHOCKING results.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner courted Brooklyn’s crucial kickball vote.

Brownsville got free solar panels, and you could too.

We found the people who give millennials a bad name.

Our cartoonist explained why she doesn’t care if Hillary is kinda shady.

We found a bodega soda label that seems totally legit.

We went on a record store crawl to see if it was worth the money.

Our Canadian correspondent told us why Brooklyn is better than summer camp.

We rounded up some Olympics watch parties just in time for the opening ceremonies.

08/05/16 4:09pm
Dogs wear jorts, not cargo pants. Photo via @radswagg on Instagram.

Ask a dog: jorts, or cargo shorts? Photo via @radswagg on Instagram.

On Monday, writer Nicole Hong penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal about how women are fed up with their husbands wearing cargo shorts. This stirred up controversy among readers, igniting the Cargo Shorts Wars of 2016, as Hong is calling them, which only further escalated on Twitter after this Washington Post hot take shed light on the country-wide schism that exists between jorts people and cargo shorts people.

We at Brokelyn expressed ages ago that we are pro-jorts. We’ve taken a firm stance and there’s nothing that could sway us. But for those of you who are still up in arms about what you should or shouldn’t stick your legs into, might we suggest looking to man’s best friend for guidance, as has been humanity’s pastime for tens of thousands of years? Ask yourself, what side would a dog take in this hot debate?

We did the leg-work, scouring Instagram to find out how the shorts struggle manifests in the dog world. To get a fresh, other-species perspective on this deeply contentious issue, we selected canine contenders from Team Jorts and Team Cargo Shorts to answer the question, who wore it better? Behold, dogs in jorts, vs. dogs in cargo shorts:
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