03/07/16 11:13am
I solemnly swear I am up to nothing good for the country. Via Jenna Johnson Twitter.

You got anything to treat the Trump agida too? Via Jenna Johnson Twitter.

You feel that tensions in your shoulders whenever you turn on CNN, that crick in your neck when you realize “should you accept the endorsement of white supremacists?” somehow became a campaign issue this year? You may be suffering from a case of Trump anxiety. It’s a physical manifestation of the stress this bonkers election cycle has wrought that’s apparently causing more people to seek massage therapy to relieve relieve their Trump knots, according to the Washington Post. Well now one Brooklyn massage therapist is capitalizing on that trend and offering a “Trump anxiety” massage, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bernie Sanders campaign. It sounds very luxurious. (more…)

02/16/16 3:40pm
You, too, can do the Beacons swagger. via Youtube

You, too, can do the Beacons swagger. via Youtube

Thrift store shopping in Brooklyn is basically real-store shopping anywhere else, and the O.G. “thrift” ripoff has always been Beacon’s Closet, a store notorious for its picky consignment process and its sometimes unforgiving price tags on used merchandise.

Don’t get us wrong, there’s great stuff to be found by shopping at this thrift mecca — we just don’t think you should be shelling out big bucks to do it. That’s why we’re excited to share the news that Beacon’s closet is having a storewide end-of-season sale at two of its three Brooklyn locations next weekend, and everything is up to 75 percent off! (more…)

01/28/16 1:54pm
These hallowed, art-filled halls are ripe for the picking. via Facebook

These hallowed, art-filled halls are ripe for the picking. via Facebook

If you like art, but you can’t afford a single damn piece of it, then you’ll be happy to know that there’s a bonafide gallery in Bushwick giving away all of theirs for free. According to the Brooklyn Paper, The Living Gallery is hosting a show called “Free the Art,” and they mean it literally.

The Paper spoke to gallery owner Nyssa Frank about the choice to give away the artists’ works to the highest bidder (of zero dollars): “The goal is to …[liberate] artists from equating money with their work.” (more…)

01/21/16 4:06pm
Hey look, these measuring cups are just like the buckets you organize your tax-deductible life into. via Yours Sincerely FB

Their cocktail game looks just like the dangerous science experiment that is doing taxes! via Yours Sincerely FB

Looming tax season got you down? Can’t muster up the energy to organize your affairs without a drink in your hand? Well lucky for you, the two aren’t mutually exclusive, thanks to this new promotion being offered by Yours Sincerely, a recently-opened cocktail bar in Bushwick.

According to Food & Wine, Your Sincerely (41 Wilson Ave.) has corralled an accountant to offer up his services right in the bar, and is offering a free cocktail for every hour you spend on those miserable taxes.  (more…)

12/31/15 2:23pm
Learn a hat trick

The hat is the window to the soul, after all.

In the dusky twilight of 2015, there’s a light ahead. And that light promises all sorts of positive changes you’re going to make to your eating habits, your physical well-being and your outlook on life. Whether it’s breaking a sweat, sharpening your kitchen skills or just taking in a new experience, Brokelyn’s got you covered with a roundup of awesome courses you can take in the new year.

And while you’re taking something for yourself, don’t forget that signing up for these classes through us helps keep the batteries in the Broke-a-tron. So check out one of these opportunities for self-betterment today, and thank us next year (i.e. tomorrow).  (more…)

11/30/15 11:59am
Heck, who needs the hot cocoa? via flickr user Bryan Ochalla

Heck, who needs the hot cocoa? via flickr user Bryan Ochalla

Thanksgiving dinner may be a thing of the past, but you aren’t out of the woods, no sir. Now there’s Christmas to focus on, and that’ll bring its own host of food-related challenges unless you strengthen your kitchen game in time for the holidays. Lucky for you, we’ve got a way for you to save money on your next cooking adventure.

In honor of Cyber Monday, our friends over at Coursehorse are offering a $15 coupon for any cooking class over $75. You can learn how to whip up homemade lemon preserves and marshmallows, wield alcohol in the frying pan, make a Momofuku-approved gingerbread cake, and so much more. (more…)

11/25/15 1:04pm
It's waiting for you, and it's free. via Facebook

It’s waiting for you, and it’s free. via Facebook

By Black Friday, the love and warmth you feel for your family might be worn down to a nub and you’ll feel the need to get out of the house. Or you’ll just feel really gluttonous and you need to get some energy out. You don’t want to go to the mall though, and Brooklyn Boulders’ offer of free climbing doesn’t jibe with your fear of heights. Fortunately for you, Crunch Gyms in Brooklyn and around the country are going to be open and free to use for anyone who wanders in looking to lift some weights or throw around some medicine balls. (more…)

11/24/15 11:37am

Welcome to your doom. Photoshop by Madelyn Owens

Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. It’s a day of overindulgence, football, casually racist uncles, loose fitting pants…and hours spent in gridlock traffic on our crumbling highway system. Maybe you have the income to book a flight or a train on the Biggest Most Expensive Travel Days of the year, but most likely you will be braving a budget bus trip back to your homeland.

The low price tag comes with hidden costs: there’s the chronic back pain from the cramped seats, or a seat mate who packed their own tuna salad, of course. Sometimes though, things are much worse. A fellow passenger who won’t stop singing, a chugging contest in the back of the bus and threats of violence. Even worse, sometime YOU’RE the problem. To help you through the long journey ahead, our Brokesters share their most harrowing tales of bus life struggles. (more…)

Get a handle on your fitness regime, before it's even time for resolutions. via Facebook

Get a handle on your fitness regime, before it’s even time for resolutions. via Facebook

As one of our contributors went over while putting fall on blast, as the weather gets colder, overeating due to large holiday meals really starts to ramp up (by the way don’t forget about all these holiday desserts to buy in Brooklyn and restaurants serving said large meals). What comes after that is usually a series of attempts at and lies you tell yourself and others about getting fit after New Year’s, but our question is, why wait? Not on the lying we mean, but on the attempts at fitness, because Brooklyn Boulders is throwing open their doors for an orgy of free climbing action over Thanksgiving weekend. (more…)

11/12/15 11:16am
You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley

You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley

Fall means a lot of crummy things in this town, but on the brighter side, it does mean Thanksgiving. Who among us doesn’t look forward to the blessed mid-season holiday where we throw all our calorie cares, workplace woes and family feuds, if only for one or two days?

While Thanksgiving may be cheerful, the preparations are not. We understand, so we’ve rounded up a few classes focused on tackling the more intricate and challenging elements of a Thanksgiving meal: cooking for celiacs and vegans, crafting autumnal wreaths, getting everybody glogg-tipsy, and carving a turkey, naturally.

Remember, signing up for these classes through us keeps the Brokeshow in town, so if you like what you read on our site, give one of these courses a try. (more…)