02/08/16 3:58pm
Worth the price of admission? via flickr user Adam WIlson

What’s the real price of admission, anymore? via flickr user Adam WIlson

It’s inescapable: no matter where you’re buying your tickets online, the face value you’re shown at first is never the amount you end up paying at checkout time. Sizable service fees, lazily attributed to “maintenance” or “processing,” can add anywhere from a couple dollars to the price of an entire meal to your purchase.

While it’s no secret that Ticketmaster is a profit-seeking enterprise out to gouge customers and corner the market, what about the smaller companies that you’re using every day for local indie theatre, music and comedy? Are they gouging too? Who’s really to “blame,” if at all, for the extra money you’re shelling out when you buy? We caught up with a few of New York’s most prevalent online ticketing services, Ovation Tix and Brown Paper Tickets, to get some answers about what those ticket fees are actually used for.  (more…)

02/08/16 12:45pm
Zero calories, zero soda. via eBay

Zero calories, zero soda. via eBay

It’s hard to determine what could revive interest in pharma-bore Martin Shkreli as of late. Between his performance at Congress, his late-night Tyra Mail habit, his belabored Twitter game and most notoriously, paying $2 million for the only copy of the new Wu-Tang Clan album, the ex-CEO (and Sheepshead Bay native) has become something more of a meme than a man.

Seeming to have noticed this, someone on eBay is trying to take advantage of Shkreli’s penchant for collectors’ items, and is now trying to sell Martin Shkreli a factory-sealed empty can of Diet Pepsi for $25 million.

“Just like the album,” reads the can’s listing, “It’s only worth what you—Martin Shkreli—say it is.”

“The ideal outcome is that it appeals to Shkreli’s ego,” the seller tells us.  (more…)

02/08/16 10:12am
Full graphic below. Illustration by Chris Giganti

Full graphic below. Illustration by Chris Giganti

The CDC’s released new buzzkill guidelines last week, telling women basically not to drink ever because drinking can make you pregnant, give you an STD (stay away from that brand of whiskey again, ladies) or lead to a whole host of other problems. Suffice it to say, they did not go over well: ThinkProgress said it doubles “as a handy guide to victim-blaming;” The New Republic accused the CDC of considering women “freestanding uteruses.” The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri pointed out that the guidelines leave out the role of men in this whole process.

Brokelyn pal Chris Giganti (last seen creating our favorite/most terrifying photoshop of all time) stepped in to fix that problem. He redid the CDC’s guidelines with a focus on men: show it to a man you know who could use some recommended self control when going out in public. (more…)

02/05/16 6:00pm
Idiotarod after-party. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

Idiotarod after-party. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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We helped you multitask while you go on dates

New Yorkers sounded off on the mayor’s desire named streetcar 

New Music Tuesday featured Bushwick’s Emily Wells

Homemade’s top chef tells us how she makes money on the app

Toronto is acting suspiciously like Brooklyn lately

We helped you find out if you could rent your apartment to a film crew

02/05/16 2:52pm
Mom Rose and her 9-month old daughter Ria, two of the rabbits up for adoption. Photo via Petfinder.

Mom Rose and her 9-month old daughter Ria, two of the rabbits up for adoption. Photo via Petfinder.

The Gowanus syphilis bunnies should be the mascots for Brooklyn: They’re adorable, tough, hardened by city life, possibly full of venereal disease and confusing to your friends who live elsewhere in the country. As a refresher, the city last year rescued almost 200 rabbits from an abandoned lot near the Gowanus, accusing their owner of animal abuse, including letting the rabbits develop syphilis. As Dave wrote last year, “Man this story about about hundreds of rabbits living in an empty lot near a Superfund site got real dark real fast.”

But good news! The rabbits are syphilis free and doing well, and now some of them are going up for adoption at a Valentine’s Day event tomorrow! Because what’s a better sign of your love than a bunny that survived the Gowanus?  (more…)

02/05/16 11:42am
Sunshine Laundromat is one of the most practical dating spots in Brooklyn. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

The new Sunshine Laundromat bar is a goddamn pinball wonderland, with or without beer googles.  Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Science says beer goggles aren’t a thing (but what does science know) [Munchies]

The Brooklyn to Staten Island migration has begun [BrickUnderground]

What it’s like to profit from gentrification [The Billfold]

Your grandma in Florida can soon get fresh Junior’s cheesecakes [Brownstoner]

Bill Clinton is coming to Williamsburg [CNN]

Should the Coney Island boardwalk be a landmark? [Daily News]

Brooklyn: The Movie: The TV Show [Empire]

It’s only a matter of time before Governors Island is all TD Banks [Politico]

(Above image taken at the new Sunshine Laundromat speakeasy, which is on our list of the most practical date spots in Brooklyn.)

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02/04/16 9:18am
A rendering of the proposed streetcar via NYT.

A rendering of the proposed streetcar via NYT.

Brooklyn could finally be getting some new public transit! And it’s going to be a … trolley? The New York Times reported yesterday the mayor is set to unveil a super ambitious plan to link Sunset Park, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, the Navy Yard, Williamsburg, Greenpoint all the way up to Astoria with a sleek new trolley car line. The idea is to serve the developing communities along the East River that are far from a subway line. It’d cost $2.5 billion, which is still less than a subway line, and move at 12mph which is just slow enough to annoy everyone.

Hey that’s cool, though, Brooklyn used to filled with trolley cars, so maybe we’ll finally get the Dodgers back too. And it certainly beats putting priority on new roads for cars, which are dumb. But then you remember the dire state of some of our subways, and that DC’s efforts to install streetcars were a historic boondoggle. Is this the best use of our transit money? Here’s what people make of what the mayor calls a stella-r plan.  (more…)

02/03/16 4:12pm
Yeah, VERY far north. via North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

Yeah, VERY far north. via North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

Last month, we half-jokingly suggested that you take a jaunt up to Canada while their dollar was in dire straits (it still is, FYI). We even went so far as to recommend spots in Toronto that might supplant your Brooklyn-based cravings for good coffee, cozy dive bars and must-try restaurants.

But lately, it seems to be getting a little out of hand. Toronto is getting its own Seinfeld pop-up diner this summer. And we recently discovered that one of the city’s über-hip venues, the Gladstone Hotel, is now doing Broad City trivia nights. Hold on: is Toronto actually trying to be the new Brooklyn, or at least the New York City of the North?  (more…)

02/02/16 10:58am
This is one of the few things that you'll actually be better at on drugs. via Broad City Instagram

This is one of the few things that you’ll actually be better at on drugs. via Broad City Instagram

We’re all anxiously awaiting the first episode of Broad City‘s third season (premiering Feb. 17 at 10pm, FYI). Will Ilana lose more teeth? Will Abbi ever peg a good man? Will another Brooklyn grocery store be ravaged by a life-sized Gumby?

While your imagination runs wild with the possibilities of what’s to come, here’s a way you can involved with the series hands-on: Broad City needs help painting a badass mural in Williamsburg this Saturday. The first 100 folks to show up for the job will get free “Broad Fucking City” tees, and everyone involved in the effort is invited to party at Kinfolk after the mural is finished with free drinks, Broad City swag and photo opps aplenty — including a special appearance from Bingo Bronson himself.  (more…)

02/01/16 8:58am
The king, the chapel and the bridge. Photos by Walter Wlodarczyk.

The king, the chapel and the bridge. Photos by Walter Wlodarczyk.

In the world of New York City public spectacles, sure you’ve got SantaCon, which has become a public nuisance, and the No Pants Subway Ride, which has lost all its shock value over the years. But at least we still have the Idiotarod, the yearly homage to absurdity that takes over a few neighborhoods with intensely designed racing carts and elaborately themed costumes for a day each winter. The 12th annual edition of the Idiotarod went down on Saturday, going over the Manhattan Bridge, through Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens before ending with a cart-smashing party at the Gowanus Ballroom. Brokelyn asked photographer Walter Wlodarczyk to capture the madness, because we’d much rather run into an army of wedding chapel Elvises on the street than a drunken Santa bro any day.  (more…)