06/07/16 4:09pm
Tonka and the truck. via Youtube

Tonka and the truck. via Youtube

Horses are a rare sight in this concrete jungle where memes are made of. One of last summer’s hottest news stories was that of the mysterious “Franklin Avenue Horseman,” and when the TODAY show brought in that same Brooklyn horse to meet Terry Crews on live television, we went wild all over again. Suffice it to say, Brooklyn should be as proud of its equine citizens as it is of its human ones.

This weekend, the New York Transit Museum is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a free all-day, all-ages block party on Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn. And guess who’s going to be in attendance? Yep, that’s right — besides the transportation games, live entertainment and vintage buses to board and explore, you too can now meet the blog-famous Brooklyn-trotting horse that once terrorized our streets and touched Terry Crews.

Heck, if you shake the horse’s hoof, it’s as though you met the man.  (more…)

06/07/16 1:00pm
Just like Audrey 2, the movies are doubled. via youtube

Just like Audrey 2, the movies are doubled. via Youtube

Summer in New York is a season of rituals, from the first backyard barbecue in June to the last hooky beach trip in September. Among the greatest of these rituals is the much-beloved outdoor movie, a ritual that has become something more of a rite of passage here in Brooklyn. If you haven’t been to one then you haven’t lived. At least, not by our standards.

In fact, the only thing that could beat a rooftop movie in Brooklyn in our books would be two rooftop movies in Brooklyn, screened one after the other, while taking a never-ending stream of tacos and beer to the face. And hey, would you look at that? Our Wicked Lady, the recently-opened bar and venue in Bushwick, is happy to oblige.

Tonight, the bar is kicking off a summer-long weekly series of double features on their rooftop (recently deemed one of New York’s 10 best rooftop bars in the city by no one we know) with a creature double feature, screening Little Shop of Horrors, followed by Gremlins. And all the while, you can nosh from a donation-based menu of pulled pork or sweet potato and kale tacos. (more…)

06/07/16 7:55am
The ultimate summer movie guide: All the free outdoor movies you can see in Brooklyn in 2016

Free outdoor movies in so many parks, bars and backyards it’ll make your head spin. Dan Nguyen / Flickr

I just watched the Game of Thrones pilot (late, I know) and Ned Stark keeps saying that “winter is coming.” I’ve inferred that since Westeros must be some kind of fortressed land off the coast of Australia, what he actually meant by this was that “summer is coming.” And boy, is it ever! Don’t let this week’s lower temperatures fool you; the countdown started long ago, and the Gowanus Yacht Club just declared outdoor drinking season officially open. It’s time to get outside and get lit, not to mention start racking up those demerit badges.

I’m not sure where I was going with the elegy to summer above, but it eventually leads us back to free outdoor movies. Because yadda yadda “nothing says summer like” yadda yadda. So here’s a massive list we made of all the free outdoor movies playing in Brooklyn this summer. We’ll keep adding to this list as more and more free outdoor movie schedules come out because trust us, there’s plenty more to come. Screening series will soon be announced at Coney Island Beach, Red Hook Park and at various other bars we love in the borough. Some series are more weather-permitting than others, and some make better dates than others. But don’t worry: as you’ll see from the list below, you’ve got more than enough chances to catch Purple Rain this summer.  (more…)

05/25/16 12:23pm

And all you gotta do is hand out programs and crack a smile once or twice.

I bet you’ve been reading our posts about summer for the past few months and thinking, why does Brokelyn love suummer so goddamn much? Well, besides all the obvious reasons I’ll tell you another one, which is that summer favors the broke. It’s one of the few times in the year when you can save on gym memberships by exercising outdoors, when you can find social activities under the stars that don’t cost a dime, and when you can actually fathom sleeping in parks if turning your entire life into a performance art piece doesn’t pan out.

And on this, the nicest day of the year so far, here’s yet another opportunity to claim summer 2016 as the Season of Not Paying for Stuff: BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is looking for volunteers to help run their summer programming, which includes over 25 concerts featuring the likes of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Violent Femmes, Jon Batiste and the Stay Human, and includes Benefit shows with Tame Impala, Ray LaMontagne, Beirut and Herbie Hancock.

In exchange for volunteering your time, you get to see every show, even those fancy paid shows, for free. Bet you’re starting to love summer even more now, huh?  (more…)

05/23/16 10:42am
4 awesome New York music festivals that won't rip you off (or force you to go to an island)

Started from a house party now we’re here. Via Henny Palooza, one of the music fests that won’t rip you off.

It’s day party season in New York City! Not to mention outdoor drinking season, day drinking season and the season of free outdoor movies. I guess it’s just everything season. The point is, there are plenty of excuses to party in the outdoors with a drink in your hand this summer. But none of those excuses are as notorious, or as consummate, as the Music Festival Experience™. What is the M.F.E.? It’s paying upwards of $200 to gain entry to an open field of music and skunk haze where you will spend another $200 on food and alcohol in the course of three days. It’s hating everyone while you’re sober and loving everyone once you’re not. It’s something you’ll swear never to do again, until you do.

Now, I love music as much festivals as the next person. But am I really trying to spend hundreds for GA tickets or thousands for VIP tickets to see them? All things considered, probably not. Sure, Governor’s Ball and the Panorama Festival always look great if you have that kind of cash, but 2016 is the summer of woke wallets and mine is telling me to sit this one out.

That said, it’s summer and we all want to party. So, here’s a list of far more affordable festivals and day parties worth checking out. They’re mostly in Manhattan, but their ticket prices are Brokelyn-approved. Besides, you were going to go all the way to Randall’s Island or Battery Park for those other festivals anyway, right? (more…)

05/19/16 11:02am
House of Vans is adding movies to its free show lineup this summer. Photo by Bryan Derballa, via Facebook.

House of Vans is adding movies to its free show lineup this summer. Photo by Bryan Derballa, via Facebook.

How’s your summer calendar looking so far? If you’re keeping track with Brokelyn, it’s already got lots of free outdoor movies, Prospect Park concerts, Riis Beach parties, SummerStage shows and Northside Fest concerts. Now add to that now the House of Vans, which is back for another summer of free shows at its brand extension huge warehouse on the Williamsburg waterfront. The shows kick off tonight with Jon Hopkins, Black Madonna and The Field and continues through July with shows by Neon Indian, Battles, DIIV and more; plus, the venue has partnered with Rooftop Films to hold a few movie screenings this year too. You have to RSVP and the shows are first-come, first-served so expect to wait in a line for the more popular shows. Here’s the full schedule: (more…)

05/18/16 3:48pm
Alamo Drafthouse is bringing a free, interactive movie series to Fort Greene Park!

Alamo Drafthouse is bringing its famed screening parties, like this Texas Chainsaw Massacre screening in 2011, to Brooklyn. Photo by Mary Sledd via Facebook.

We’ve been waiting years for the fabled Alamo Drafthouse to open in Downtown Brooklyn. We finally got word earlier this month that the Austin-based chain famous for its in-theater dining and drinking would actually be opening this summer. But the Drafthouse is known for more than just getting queso fries and Lone Stars delivered to your seat: It’s also loved for its outlandish and elaborate movie parties (including, famously, Jaws screenings held on a lake). We wondered: Would Brooklyn get some of that fun too?

Well now we have the answer: The Drafthouse announced today it’s bringing a FREE three-movie screening series to Fort Greene Park this year. It starts May 27 with a Bring Your Own Dog screening of the fabulous Christopher Guest mockumentary Best in Show, followed by the Brooklyn debut of its storied Labyrinth sing-along on June 3 (rescheduled to June 4 due to weather), where you can sing and dance along to words on the screen. The final film will be a costumes-encouraged screening of Finding Nemo on June 10, a week before the sequel Finding Dory hits theaters.  (more…)

05/16/16 11:00am
Yeah, okay, okay, it's really pretty. dumbonyc / Flickr

Yeah, okay, okay, it’s really pretty. dumbonyc / Flickr

The start of summer comes with an influx of pests: mosquitos, pantsplainers, street harassers… and of course tourists, some of whom happen to be your friends and family. As quaint as it can be to show them around and do a few touristy things, it can also be exhausting. There’s no doubt you’ll feel a financial strain within minutes of your first meal out, and a mental strain as try you explain to your beloved out-of-towners that he Rainbow Bagel isn’t worth the hype. But the next time your regularly-scheduled programming is interrupted by someone’s first trip to New York City, and Brooklyn at that, you won’t need to flounder for options, because you can simply take them on our Broketown Tours (TM) journey through DUMBO.

First an underutilized waterfront, then a refuge for artists, Dumbo has shifted from an area with one of the highest rents in the city over the course of just a few decades. So bring it back to its roots and still take in everything it has to offer without being an overcharged dumbo! We’ve put together a roundup of neighborhoods spots and sights that cater to tourists and locals alike in both their hype factors and their price points. Pace yourself and split food, and you can probably do most everything on this list for $20. After all, your tourist friends may only be here for a few days, but you live here, and you’ve still got a ways to go before you can afford your next vacation.  (more…)

05/10/16 2:30pm
The 2016 Prospect Park concert schedule is here! Catch Violent Femmes, Dr. Dog and more this year

Celebrate Brooklyn’s lineup includes Alvvays, Sharon Jones, the Violent Femmes and more. Photo by David Andrako.

This time of year is like Christmas for anyone who loves getting free outdoor events under the tree instead of Underoos. Our calendars have already been filling up with all these free movies, beach parties, concerts and festivals. Today we finally got news of one of the biggest dogs of summer: the 38th annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at the Prospect Park bandshell, which will bring free shows every week throughout the summer starting June 8. Highlights this year include Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings on opening night, the legendary Violent Femmes, Stephen Colbert’s bandleader Jon Batiste And Stay Human, rapper Heems, lovely dream posters Alvvays and much more. The paid shows include Beirut, Tame Impala and Herbie Hancock. See the full schedule below! (more…)

05/04/16 10:26am
Last year's celebration at Littlefield brought fans together from all over the city. Via MCA Day Facebook.

Last year’s celebration at Littlefield brought fans together from all over the city. Via MCA Day Facebook.

Like Ted Cruz, cancer is a miserable son of a bitch, but unlike Ted Cruz it refuses to go away and stop assaulting our friends, family and public figures and just generally making us sad all the time. Four years ago today, we lost beloved Brooklynite, talented musician and all around Good human being Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boys, to cancer. It’s a bummer to remember that cancer is out there lurking in the shadows and could take any of us down at any moment (sorry), but instead let’s focus on the good things: We now have MCA Day, an annual holiday celebrating the life and times of all things MCA, and think about the generally good things about being alive. The second part takes place on Aug. 20.  (more…)