08/19/16 3:42pm
When it gets to be the picture on the left, you'll wish you took more advantage of the one on the right.

When it gets to be the picture on the left, you’ll wish you took more advantage of the one on the right.

September is a stalking and devious predator, lurking just off the distance over the horizon, ready to pounce and ensnare you in its constricting flannels, outrageously long pants and infuriatingly pumpkin-spiced things as soon as a cool breeze rolls in. You may be looking at the temperature this past week and think a you would welcome a chill in the air, but your brain is deceiving you. Once the first cold snap tightens its grip around the city you will stretch the gossamer of your memory back to these days, these hot August weekends, and wonder why the foolish dolt that was Past You didn’t take more advantage of them.

Let us take this time to give you this public service announcement: Use these next few weeks to soak up as much beach time as you can and store it in your internal batteries until you need it later. It’s a good time to remember that our friends at the NYC Beach Bus offer the easiest way to get to the beach, without having to worry about train transfers, subway delays or crowded city buses: They’ll take you to the beach for just $15 round trip, and you get a free beer from Sixpoint or Sweetwater and other swag too. Plus, their Boerum Hill pick-up spot is selling homemade ice cream, AND you can now find our summer tank tops there while supplies last! Summer hard now, your future self will thank you.  (more…)

The view from Sunset Park's Bush Terminal. Photo via Scott Steinhardt /Brokelyn

The view from Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal ain’t too shabby. Photo via Scott Steinhardt /Brokelyn

In 2014, a major revitalization project began to change Sunset Park. Next to the neighborhood’s decommissioned piers and shipyards, new occupants started to replace the multitude of adult video stores and industrial warehouses near the shore. Industry City opened, and along with it came a rash of expensive food options with odd operating hours. Micro Center, a Best Buy competitor, opened its doors (with a Bed Bath & Beyond due to join it in the coming months). Once-occupied buildings were being reoccupied by newer, hipper tenants willing to pay a lot more. For a place that kept quiet for the last decade or so, it sure was making its fair share of noise.

Among the new retail chains and makeshift EDM venues, however, was a small piece of heaven tucked away behind condemned warehouses and leftover trolley tracks. After decades and planning and two years of building, Bush Terminal Park quietly opened its gates in November of 2014 on the corner of 43rd Street and 1st Avenue. Yet nearly two years later, residents living in proximity to the park still do not know of its existence. (more…)

07/28/16 2:36pm
Pokemon content just won't stop. All parties are Poke parties now.

Pokemon content just won’t stop. All parties are Poke parties now.

Years from now, when our world is a scorched earth landscape, the last known survivors will huddle for safety around Pokestops, sending scavengers out into the cold gray world to hunt the last remaining Pokemon for food. Gyms will be towering garrisons controlled by tyrannical Pokemasters, cruel potentates who mock your meager HP. You’ll warm your hands over a burning pile of incense and tell your kids there was a time before all things were Pokemon, when you could laugh and sing and dance without having to worry about catching yet another Zubat. They won’t believe you.

We’ve already seen Pokemon Go bar crawls pop up around the city. This Friday, rampant Pokemania continues with a Party at Bushwick’s Father Knows Best: it’s an all-things-pocket-monster party featuring actual Pokemon celebrity Ivy St. Ive, who went viral for her short lived professional Pokemon trainer service. The owners will drop some lures around the bar so you can keep catchin’ em all. And if all this sounds like not enough to get you there: The bar is offering free beer and shot combos to anyone who arrives in costume. (more…)

07/27/16 12:17pm
Don't be an L7 weenie: Go see The Sandlot for free.

Don’t be an L7 weenie: Go see The Sandlot for free.

What I love about The Sandlot is that it’s a movie about how stories of childhood told through the eyes of an adult are filtered through the thin vaseline of nostalgic distortion, something we’re all guilty of using. This is why the story of a bunch of kids playing ball on an empty lot is suffused with hyperbolic events and characters out of proportion. The neighbor’s dog, Hercules, was never truly that big and monstrous, the fence never really that towering; Benny was a star of the friend group but rode to levels of mythic neighborhood hero on amplified waves of reverence for someone who loomed so large in their imaginations. When you’re a kid and your world is the neighborhood, even the next yard over seems like a vast unexplored chasm of unchartered territory. You look back and think, man, everything was so big then.

The Sandlot is the perfect summer movie because it lives in the sweet spot of all our collective memories of our childhood summers, those days that probably we remember with sunny glee but maybe never quite existed, running through the streets without any cares except where to find a baseball.

The good news is you’re an adult now so you can be as carefree as you choose with your time: We suggest using some of that time to go watch The Sandlot for free outdoors at Fort Greene Park on Aug. 4. Your childhood self would be proud (bring s’mores).  (more…)

07/21/16 11:25am
Your new Ron, Hermione and their daughter from the play version of the Cursed Child.

Your new grown-up Ron and Hermione and their daughter from the play version of the Cursed Child.

Harry’s back! Sort of! The first official new Harry Potter story after the original septology comes out at midnight July 30. It’s a script based on the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play that’s opening in London at the same time. The play is basically the UK’s Hamilton, in that you stand no chance of getting tickets ever, so your best bet is to get the book. The plot has mostly been kept under wraps, and fans are nervous that J.K. Rowling is bordering on George Lucas levels of meddling with her own canon (the book is actually credited to three authors:  Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany).

But if nothing else, the release brings back the great Harry Potter tradition of midnight release parties. These are truly joyful affairs — when was the last time you’ve seen so many kids and people of all ages lined up at midnight to get their hands on a BOOK? You wait in line for a lot dumber things, New York. So here’s where to find the midnight releases and other parties in Brooklyn — start practicing your butterbeer pong skills now.  (more…)

07/19/16 2:58pm
The trippiest event of the summer is coming to Prospect Park: A free VR concert in space

This is an actual picture taken by the Hubble telescope. Via NASA.

We’ve all searched for a few “trippy” experiences in our lifetimes, and they all usually seem to involve space and lasers. Maybe you’ve smoked a blunt in the parking garage of the Boston Museum of Science before seeing the Pink Floyd laser light show AND the Aqua Teen movie (as I’ve heard some people have done), maybe you go to the planetarium at the Natural History Museum when you want to remember just how little your life matters to the whole universe, maybe you just lie down in an empty field any time you leave the eastern seaboard and remember, oh shit, stars!

But planetariums and laser shows are high school crap: You’re an adult now in the year 2016 and you can get your trippy experiences in a virtual reality setting, in a beautiful park accompanied by a live orchestra as you gaze into the deepest secrets of the universe discovered by the Hubble telescope.

On Aug. 6, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is premiering the free Hubble Cantata at the Prospect Park bandshell, featuring a 20-piece ensemble, a 100-person choir, two Metropolitan Opera stars and a virtual reality experience complete with 360-degree sound that takes you up close and personal with the cosmos as seen through the Hubble telescope. And you get a free cardboard virtual reality headset you get to keep after the show. Trippy! (more…)

07/06/16 5:29pm
Beach + games + you + prizes = a perfect summer day. Via The Push.

Beach + games + you + prizes = a perfect summer day. Via The Push.

Summer is in full swing and it’s time to get yo’ ass to the beach every damn chance you have. Brokelyn is helping kick off The Push, the brand-new games area at the always-hopping Riis Park Beach Bazaar, this Saturday UPDATE: Due to the hater known as weather, we’re moving everything to Sunday! with games, a cornhole tournament with sweet prizes and discounts on Brokelyn summer swag that you can’t get anywhere else.

Come out for a day of music, drinks, fun and your chance to win some summer prizes in our cornhole tournament. We’ll also be selling our sexy new summer tank tops at a special beach discount (just $15!). Plus, you can get your hands on one of our coveted Brokelyn beer koozies too (pictured below).  (more…)

06/17/16 8:00am
Meet Greg Hanson, founder of Pizzafest, a music fest by and for people who reeeally love pizza

Greg Hanson, the “Big Cheese” at King Pizza Records, at the first Pizzafest two years ago. Via Facebook.

There are pizza parties, and then there’s Pizzafest. To celebrate a triple tape release (yes, cassette tapes are coming back) for Coach N Commando, LUMPS and Heavy Flow, King Pizza Records is throwing its third annual Pizzafest next weekend: a festival full of rock n roll, cheap beer, and of course, a ton of pizza.

We chatted with King Pizza Records’ founder Greg Hanson to find out more details about the fest, his favorite pizza places, and more importantly, what exactly “pizzafisting is.” The record label and festival started as places for punky, grungy and garagey musical outcasts who didn’t feel “comfortable” trying to get in on other scenes so started their own, Hanson said. Highlights of the fest include pizza temporary tattoos, a sleeve-cutting station to get you ready for summer, pizza caricatures, custom artwork on display, Sixpoint beer and enough pizza that “you won’t leave searching for more slices.” For a full list of bands, and to purchase tickets, you can check out the event’s Facebook page; all the shows are $10 and under. (more…)

06/09/16 2:00pm
Boy, do we love that sash on Mayor Tall. Todd Crusham / Flickr

Boy, do we love that sash on Mayor Tall. Todd Crusham / Flickr

Fire up Grindr, HER, Scruff, Growlr and 3nder, because it’s Brooklyn Pride weekend! Manhattan may be the center of the movement that started it all, but our borough boasts a bevy of ways to celebrate, starting tonight. Whether you’re into parades, festivals, comedy, live music or dominating the dance floor, there’s a place for you to party. Come out for comedy shows featuring all-stars like Kevin Allison and Julio Torres, an open vodka bar, a gay-for-days singalong and plenty of booty-bouncing beats from Gowanus to Bushwick.

Put your face on and show your pride, Brooklyn, because we’re all hashtag blessed to live in a city where there are almost no rules about where any and everyone can pee. #sorryhaters (more…)

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…)