09/24/15 3:53pm
Milkshake squirrel doesn't need a straw. via Youtube

Milkshake squirrel doesn’t need a straw. via Youtube

Earlier this week, a rat carrying a slice of pizza down the New York City subway stairs took the internet by storm. Today, a squirrel climbing into a garbage and successfully opening a Shake Shack milkshake swooped in to usurp the crown.

The only question remains: which one do you choose to bear the flag? Who is the city’s truer mascot? The feral, iconic rodent toting Old New York in its teeth, barely seeing the way ahead but determined to hold fast to what little he owns? Or the lesser-known woodland creature using artisan’s savvy to go where few dare to, and uncork the iconic beverage of a New Era, in the service of a private moment of bliss?  (more…)

09/17/15 3:42pm
Maybe laughing at the debt will make it go away. via IAFTV

Maybe laughing at the debt will make it go away. via IAFTV

Student loan debt is a very real, very sad part of going to college in the United States. But hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it, or at least commiserate together and compare numbers. Internet Action Force posted a video asking millennials whether they ever thought they’d pay off their debt. The results aren’t shocking. (more…)

This is what $500,000 gets you, folks.  (via NYT)

This is what $500,000 gets you, folks. (via NYT)

I recently received a Google news alert, i.e. an ad, for a condo in Clinton Hill. I’m not in the market, but something struck me about the property. Not its precious name (Aperture 538) or the severe appointments, but its price tag: a staggering half-million dollars for a 533 square-foot studio. That is sheer lunacy — why would anyone pay that much for such a tiny space? Yeah, yeah, location, location, location. The ad says, “Clinton Hill is an ideal neighborhood to call home…”, which is true if you have no concept of the value of money. But I do; so I wondered if that cash would be better spent buying somewhere less desirable and simply visiting Brooklyn every weekend. (more…)

08/04/15 3:00pm
BBP's pop-up pool. Photo by Julienne Schaer

BBP’s pop-up pool. Photo by Julienne Schaer

Oh, for the love of all that is a visual of Michelle Williams clutching Jonathan Safran Foer’s tight little body, we know already. We know about the heat. You know it’s hot, we know it’s hot, and it doesn’t have to be the End of Days. Summertime in this city has always been brutal—and remember winter, guys? We should thank our lucky stars we only have to wear one layer outdoors.

The heat won’t last forever. But while it’s here, why not find some creative ways to deal with it instead of kvetching? In the spirit of summer, the Brokelyn staff got together and submitted a list of cheap ways to beat the heat without breaking the bank. (more…)

07/23/15 4:40pm
Websites are hip, right? via Ironstate Development/The Daily News

Websites are hip, right? via Ironstate Development/The Daily News

Staten Island is the new Brooklyn (again)! Let’s leave the tired premise of searching for the next Brooklyn aside for a moment (maybe forever) and focus instead on this: according to the Daily News the name of the big project that’s going to lure dumb millennials over the Verrazano Bridge is an apartment complex called URL. That is…quite a name. Of course, URL is now taken, and you still need to slap a millennial-friendly name on your development. Since we’re still young and have somewhat kind hearts, allow us to help you save money on consultants with these suggested names for your next millennial-bating building. (more…)

07/15/15 1:41pm
Amazon right now. Image via Flickr user Walter Pereantau

How everyone views Amazon right now. Image via Flickr user Walter Parentau

Today is Amazon’s 20th birthday, to celebrate it, they’re having a Black Friday in July type event called “Prime Day” and like so many other 20th birthdays, it’s been incredibly hyped about on social media, and it’s a huge disappointment. All of the suckers (we mean people) who signed up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of the price cuts that were advertised as being way better than regular Black Friday deals are expressing their outrage and disappointment on Twitter (where else?). Here, some of the more colorful complaints:  (more…)

06/18/15 2:50pm

Just think, this could be you this summer if you accomplish your goal. Image via Flickr user Robyn Lee

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, which are all about self-improvement or some such bullshit. Challenge yourself to make a Summer Resolution instead — the year’s already half over so you may as well face the fact that you’re not going to get any smarter, skinnier, or more successful in 2015. Know what you CAN do? Have one hell of a summer. It’s the time for basking in the sun, drinking outdoors, rooftop movies, and watching a puddle of sweat form at your feet while waiting in an underground sauna for a train to whisk you into sweet, sweet, air conditioned paradise. What do you want to accomplish this summer? We here at Brokelyn have started things off with a list of Summer Resolutions of our own, because there’s nothing worse than Labor Day rolling around and realizing you never went on that camping trip. (more…)

05/12/15 10:14am
Salute your jorts, New York.

Salute your jorts, New York. Photo by Mary Dorn.

Our Brokelyn editorials are few and far between; we reserve them for very special issues that demand a hero, a voice for the common brokester. We’ve recently found ourselves in this position again, as there are dark forces amassing, trying to attack one of the very things we as an organization, as people, as damned hard-working Americans hold dear: Summer. Specifically, fellow dudes, your right to wear as few clothes as possible, which is basically as much the point of summer as enjoying deep communion with the ocean in Rockaway or chugging Brooklyn Summer Ale until on your roof until you kill the part of your brain where the word “snow” is stored. Menacing clouds have been gathering out there for several years, made up of (we can safely deduce) khaki-slathered, tie-choked bros in temperature-controlled board rooms, the same people who maliciously decide to start back to school sales in the middle of July: They want to tell you that men should not wear shorts, ever, calling it some affront to good taste and vague notions about what men are “supposed” to do.

Do not listen to these shameful summer traitors: wear your trunks, your board shorts, your jorts and, yes, even your cargo shorts (if you must) proudly. You didn’t fight your way into being an adult to let some stuffy apocryphal notion of masculinity and decorum impugn your rights to enjoy the shit out of summer while we can.  (more…)

05/08/15 9:04am

Better hope your sign isn’t bedbugs. Illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

Astrology is a pretty divisive subject: some think it’s just a bunch of hooey, and others swear by it. But it’s not just about your daily horoscope! The zodiac is made up of twelve signs, each with their own characteristics. And those twelve signs are grouped by the four elements: fire, air, water and earth. Still with us? Good.

So the zodiac is predictive text; like auto-correct, but for the soul. Daily horoscopes may not always be spot-on, but having a general understanding of the habits or traits that govern your astrological sign can explain a lot. Like how if you’re a water sign, you’re always having all the feels. And now, two of our star-savvy writers have tailored the zodiac to our very own borough, giving you recognizable landmarks for all the things you probably do. Recognize yourself in your sign? Let us know in the comments section!  (more…)

05/05/15 9:54am
bill de blasio subway

You’re in for a wait. Hope you brought a magazine. via Facebook

Mayors: they’re just like us! Or at least Mayor Tall was yesterday, in the sense that he relied on the subway to get to an important engagement and was late because of it. We wouldn’t know this except that the mayor accidentally copied the New York Times on an angry email to his staff where he complained about that, “We waited 20 mins for an express only to hear there were major delays.”

While I’m usually one to point and laugh at something like this, I’m somewhat of an expert at going down into the subway with no time allotted for a delay, hoping against all reason the trains won’t be delayed, and then of course being late. I’ve developed some coping mechanisms while waiting for the train that I’ll gladly share with the mayor so that the next time the subway screws him over, he’ll be less of a big tall stress ball. (more…)