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…)

01/29/16 6:55pm
When life gives you blizzards make Airbandblizzards. Via Patrick Horton.

When life gives you blizzards make Airbandblizzards. Via Patrick Horton.

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We listed the five key workplace protections women have under a new law .

The snow had people wondering if it’s time for a pedestrian revolution.

You chose wisely if you read our Brooklyn choose-your-own-adventure story.

We figured out which local box subscription services were worth your money.

We learned a lot about Blaise Kearsley, host of the How I Learned series.

Bushwick’s Fern Mayo told us about the musical sharing economy.

Margaret told us why these were her five works Brooklyn dates ever.

01/28/16 2:33pm
Someone is feel the Shkrel. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Someone is feeling the Shkrel. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Somebody is trolling Bernie Sanders and his supporters pretty hard in Bed-Stuy right now (above photo spotted near 345 Willoughby Ave. today). Someone check Martin Shkreli’s hands for spray paint.

A three-year L train closure might actually be good for rent [DNAinfo]

There’s a scientific reason you can’t get Springsteen tickets in New York [Bloomberg]

Why relocating your media company to Brooklyn ISN’T a good idea [AdAge]

Enjoy Slushwick before the realtors turn it into Slushcondo [Gothamist]

Don’t buy soda (still) [Grub Street]

Selfie aren’t the problem, it’s just your realtionship [Cosmo]

Talib Kweli is (sorta) bringing back the Brooklyn bookstore he used to own with Mos Def [VV]

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01/26/16 11:37am
These amendments came too late for Elaine, but you can still use 'em. via Seinfeld Tumblr

These amendments came too late for Elaine, but you can still use ’em. via Seinfeld Tumblr

Gird your loins, chauvinist bosses and creepy male co-workers: the New York Women’s Equality Act took effect Jan. 19, and it has a whole bunch of new protections for women in the workplace. It amends the New York State Human Rights Laws with new language that makes it much harder for employers to wiggle out of pay disparity and sexual harassment lawsuits, and also increases the rights of pregnant employees.

Below are five key changes that will improve women’s rights in the workplace. We’ve explained what the old laws were, and how the new Act changes each of them. We’ve also cited the legal jargon directly, in case you ever have to bring up the specifics of the Act with your boss. (Here’s hoping you never have to.) (more…)

01/26/16 9:49am
The roads are clear but trying to get to the subway? Good luck. Via @RegoParkQueens.

The roads are clear but trying to get to the subway? Good luck. Via @RegoParkQueens.

A blizzard is the great equalizer in the city. It covers all and makes surfaces equal, swallowing trash piles and parked cars in the same anonymous white mounds. It shuts down traffic and turns the streets back over to pedestrians who can walk down the middle of side roads and main avenues. What’s not equal, however, is the snow removal process. While plows worked the streets all day Saturday and into Sunday, some of the sidewalks still aren’t cleared, and a lot of those that are cleared are cleared with only a one-shall-pass narrow alley. More sidewalks are bordered by huge snow banks that make crossing the street impossible or are met at the end by the dreaded NYC slush pile, threatening to replace the Gowanus as the city’s most infamous body of water.

After this latest blizzard, New Yorkers have clearly become fed up with it. Why does the city prioritize snow removal for cars in a city where most people don’t drive? New York lives and dies by the sidewalk, yet a lot of the walkways are still hard to navigate, while cars are whooshing past my window as I type this. There are lots of reasons behind it, but calls for a pedestrian revolution are stirring.  (more…)

01/25/16 3:27pm
Roger That Community Garden is fighting for its life. Via FB.

Roger That Community Garden is fighting for its life. Via FB.

Residents of Crown Heights have been fighting for years to save a community garden between Rogers Avenue and Park Place from turning into another real estate monstrosity. They now have some political backers in the form of Rep. Diana Richardson and New York State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, who have introduced legislation that would grant the Roger That Garden eminent domain to make it a park, and save it from development. It’s good to have political muscle, but it’s the voices of the people that politicians also needs to hear. You could email them, but it’s easy for anyone to ignore emails. What people can’t ignore, however, is a huge pile of letters arriving at their desks. Even if they all don’t get read, the group is hoping that the sheer size of the pile will likely grab the attention of state lawmakers.

So tomorrow night (Jan. 26) head down to the Two Saints bar to meet your fellow garden-lovers and have a letter-writing party. From 7-10pm grab some paper, a pen and a drink, and write an old-fashioned letter to state legislators, letting them know how much you’d rather have this garden than more condos in Crown Heights. (more…)

01/25/16 12:55pm
This person's saving up for their spring wardrobe. Image via Brooklyn Baby Social.

This person’s saving up for their spring wardrobe. Image via Brooklyn Baby Social.

If you survived the first blizzard of 2016, by not dying of alcohol poisoning or murdering the person you lived with because they just wanted to watch Narcos all weekend, congratulations! The work however, is not done. The city is still covered with snow that has filled up many stairways and street corners. And you can make some extra money helping them out.

The Sanitation Department needs people to help shovel the streets of the city we all pay too much to live in. Of course, no one wants to spend their entire day shoveling snow, seeing as it’s what a lot of us left the suburbs to avoid. Unlike your childhood home however, the city will pay you for the work, with actual cash, not “moral responsibility” or whatever shill your parents try to pull to avoid opening their wallets. Details below: (more…)

01/25/16 12:03pm
Prius, defeated by the very environment it was trying to save.

Prius, defeated by the very environment it was trying to save.

Somebody in Greenpoint is (probably jokingly) selling their snowed-in Prius [Craigslist]

New York’s animal shelters are doing great [NYT]

Moving to the suburbs will literally kill you [Brick Underground]

Michelle Williams might force this woman to move to New Jersey [Curbed]

David Bowie got his own NYC street during the blizzard [Bowery Boogie]

Snow cocktails, candy and ice cream: Creative ways to use snow [DNAinfo]

ATM skimmers target cash-only restaurant [Gothamist]

Finally, a perfume for us [Reddit]

Their number got called: A new generation takes over Sahadi’s [NYO]

How Bushwick is fighting back against developer harassment [Bushwick Daily]

01/22/16 6:00pm
It's coming .... Via Flickr user Eric Leo Kogan.

It’s coming …. Via Flickr user Eric Leo Kogan.

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We contemplated quitting our jobs and working at a brewery

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It’s tax season but at least you can get drunk while you do them

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Someone found a loophole that could cancel your student loans for good

Thursdays at the Brooklyn Museum became free!

8 food experts told us their favorite spicy dishes in Brooklyn