12/05/16 10:36am
8 DIY ways to turn post-Trump hate graffiti into something positive

You’ll still find plenty in bloom in the Botanic Garden throughout the winter. Via Facebook.

Two things are true right now: unseasonably warm temperatures are making this December a more tempting time to embrace the outdoors; and also the horrifying onslaught of news since election day makes you just want to stay inside and in bed forever. Don’t give in to the bed (all the time, at least). Your body needs fresh air and a walk in nature to center yourself and take a break from reading Twitter dot com every now and then.

You’re in luck because one of the best nature walks in town just became free for the winter: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now completely free to enter on weekdays through late February. And there’s plenty to do there, even if the trees are in winter hibernation. (more…)

12/02/16 3:25pm
Even though the days are a little shorter, Extra Fancy's market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG

The days are a little shorter, but Extra Fancy’s market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG

In case you thought we were all done announcing winter holiday markets after yesterday’s bonanza of a roundup, we’ve got another one for you, and it features vendors you’re unlikely to have seen anywhere else. If the humdrum Etsy fare just isn’t doing it for you right now, come around back behind Extra Fancy (302 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg tomorrow, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 for a cozy little cloisters of jewelry, antiques, wellness products and children’s fashion.

Best of all? Drink specials for our readers! Read on to find out how to knock a few dollars off those Extra Fancy pints you’ll be drinking while you browse. (more…)

11/29/16 12:00pm
Get your photo booth outfits ready. 2015 No Office picture by BibiBooth.

Get your photo booth outfits ready. 2015 No Office picture by BibiBooth.

Brokelyn and the skint present: The No Office Holiday Party, Brooklyn’s hottest holiday party for everyone who ain’t about that office life (or anyone who just wants to turn up without their boss watching) is coming back for its 6th year on Dec. 9! And it’s on a Friday this time, so we can truly wreck the halls.

Let’s say goodbye to this terrifying garbage fire of a year with style at Littlefield, where we’ll have live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus lots of surprises in store this year, including some to help you take out your anger (hint: start saving up all the mean things you ever wanted to say to your boss).

Buy a ticket in advance to save money and get a free tote bag from Artist & Fleas, one of our sponsors. Tix are still just a low low $5 in advance ($8 at the door). A portion of the proceeds will go toward local organizations that will help fight the Trump administration too.  (more…)

11/17/16 1:00pm
Daniel Ellis-Ferris (left) and Brianna Maury (right). via WeWork

Daniel Ellis-Ferris (left) and Brianna Maury (right). via WeWork

The first time I interviewed Brooklynites Brianna Maury and Daniel Ellis-Ferris about their indie opera company, LoftOpera, we met up at a coffee shop in the Lower East Side. That was in 2014. When I reached out this year, Maury invited me to meet her at Loft Opera’s office, a spacious unit with a view inside the spiffy WeWork co-working space in Dumbo.

It’s not hard to imagine how LoftOpera grew into such a successful business venture. The concept of accessible, hip opera for a young crowd at just $30 a ticket is unique (by comparison, Met Opera tickets cost $200 and up); what’s more, Maury and Ellis-Ferris are two of the most business-minded art nerds I’ve ever met. In just two years under their aegis, LoftOpera has gained enough critical acclaim to poach The Metropolitan Opera’s Sophia Dumaine, formerly the Met’s Gifts Coordinator, as Development Director for their company.

And there’s another boast in order: Next month, LoftOpera is staging Macbeth — yep, it’s an opera, too — at the soon-to-be MAST chocolate factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, owned by the now infamous Mast Brothers. Brokelyn sat down with Maury to chat about the company’s growing success, the marriage of opera and chocolate, and what it is that makes successful people so easy to criticize.

“A lot of people have said we’re ruining the art form,” Maury, 26, told us. “When you’re doing something right, people can’t help but hate you.”  (more…)

11/16/16 8:38am
A 31-hour anti-Donald Trump comedy marathon is coming to Williamsburg in January

Come for the comedy, stay for the literal underground bunker. Via Facebook.

Among the many tragic things to consider about a Donald Trump presidency is just how humorless and dour it’s going to be. After eight years of Obama earning the title as the first alt-comedy president with appearances on Between Two Ferns, a bunch of viral videos and a literal mic-dropping White House Correspondents Dinner, the thought of a guy who’s hiring white supremacists to help run the country trying to crack a joke just adds a whole new level of depression to an already droopy outlook. It’s enough to make you want to lock yourself in an underground comedy bunker for the duration of the presidency.

That’s the idea (sort of) behind the Fuck Donald Trump comedy marathon coming to the Experiment Comedy Gallery in Williamsburg a week before the inauguration. It’s a 31.5 hour all-night-all-day event meant to entertain, provide some relief and group therapy, and to help raise money for groups that will be crucial fighting for justice in the coming years. And to needle the future president a little.

“To me, Donald Trump has no sense of humor,” organizer Mo Fathelbab told us. “The guy has thin skin. This is aimed solely at just mocking him. [It] gives me great pleasure as a Muslim-American to stick it to this dude that hates us.”  (more…)

10/24/16 3:44pm
Don't fear the cheaper: our Brokelyn picks for can't-miss events this Halloweekend

You don’t have to pay to get into 30 rock just to have fun this weekend. Via Pinterest

Point of fact: Halloween is the best holiday in New York City. Why? First of all, it’s the only holiday whose sole adult purpose is partying. Second, it’s the most creative holiday. And since New York is a hotbed of creative energy, we get some wild instances of that. (Not to mention, New Yorkers are especially good at bringing getting their pets into the spirit.)

Our friends over at DNA Info agree with us — though  9/10 dentists may not — and that makes for not one but two reliable journalistic sources to back up the next argument you have with your friends about Halloween. Even if you don’t have a costume yet (here, let us help!) this weekend has tons of spook to keep you frightfully delighted, all the way through to the last trick-or-treater at your front door. We picked out our favorites:  (more…)

10/13/16 10:36am
The sun finally sets on the Pavilion Theater. via flickr user Eelke

The sun finally sets on the Pavilion Theater. via flickr user Eelke

Change is never easy. But if it means trading out a poorly-serviced and notoriously bedbug-infested kind of place for a shiny new version of the same, then it’s worth the slight pangs of nostalgia you suffer in watching it go.

We’re talking, of course, about the old Pavilion Theater in Park Slope. It’s time to pay your final respects to the soon-to-be extinct movie theater, which is set to re-open as a Nitehawk Cinema in 2017. At least Nitehawk is giving you a chance to do it in style, with a free sendoff party on November 1!

There won’t be any ceremonial flaming arrows, but there will definitely be beer. (more…)

10/10/16 3:30pm
Greenlight Bookstore pairs pages and pints.  Credit: Brokelyn

Greenlight Bookstore pairs pages and pints.

With fall back-to-school themes inundating all areas of life, October is that time of year to transition your outdoor drinking routine to something more erudite and sweater-worthy. But as working hours grow longer and daylight peters out earlier, making the time to explore new haunts gets harder. A local happy hour is always an option, but the potential for mind-expansion is limited when you’re downing well drinks while watching your buddy karaoke to Ariana Grande.

Enter book readings, the best cover for taking the edge off while engaging in light brainwork since trivia nights and nerdy bingo.

Our borough is home to both some of the best authors and independent bookstores in the country. You’ve Got Mail may have been set in Manhattan, but we have our own local Fox Books and Meg Ryans to root for. And since this is Brooklyn, after all, we show our support by pairing intellectual curiosity with alcohol (be it free boxed wine at the event itself, or a quick trip to the local wine store across the street).

Here’s a selection of boozy book events the month of October has in (book)store for Brooklyn readers: (more…)

10/10/16 9:43am
Time for some Bayou Bingo fun via. Instagram

Time for some Bayou Bingo fun. via Instagram

Ahh, bar bingo. It’s not just your granny’s game anymore. These days, bingo is just a great way to gamble, drink beer, and swear a lot when the person next to you screams out their win as if an alien is erupting from their chest cavity.

Bar bingo took Brooklyn by storm around ’08, but has sadly died down with new fads like bar trivia and the never-ending comeback of karaoke. And while many local spots like Union Hall and Bell House do host bingo-related events once in awhile, demonic websites like Yelp and other internet info sources are usually out of date.

Now B4 you freak out, we here at Brokelyn dug deep into the ball basket and found out where you can still feed your bingo addiction on a weekly basis! So grab your bingo markers and remember the ‘ole saying: Try not to take your bingo too seriously, because at the end of the day you will find that it’s just a load of balls. (more…)

10/05/16 11:40am
Let me live my damn life Sidney via. Quotesgram

Let me live my damn life Sidney via. Quotesgram

Throw on the Psycho theme, because we’re ready for the ultimate spook. You could stay in bed and watch a scary movie (probably with the lights on, wimp) but what will you do about the lingering shadows keeping you up at night?

If haunted houses aren’t your cup of blood, watching a scary movie in a theatre is the next best scare: that slight chill from the air conditioning, the hushed whisper and focus of everyone waiting for what happens next, the swell of suspenseful music that inevitably leads to someone starting to scream profanities at the screen.

In that spirit (get it?), here’s Brokelyn’s spooktacular roundup of scary movie showings all around the borough. We’ll keep updating this list with additional series as they are announced. In the meantime, head to these movies, and keep the creepy clown costumes at home (also burn them). (more…)