05/12/16 1:30pm
Hey nice, an eyeball for your body. via Facebok

Hey nice, an eyeball for your body. via Facebok

It’s almost summer time, which means sooner or later you’re going to have to take your shirt off in public. Coincidentally, Friday the 13th is coming up as well, and that means the return of everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos. There’s no better time than right before you bare it all on the beach to get a tattoo, ideally one that you can reveal in front of as many unsuspecting friends as possible for maximum oohs and ahhs. Also, not to alarm you or anything, but this is the ONLY Friday the 13th this year, and there are only two in 2017. Will you even be alive by then? Who knows! So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted). (more…)

03/25/16 10:00am

A thing you might not realize about your awkward Tinder date at the bar is that everyone else around you probably realizes it’s an awkward Tinder date. There’s something about the body language, the stilted conversation, the way you keep sneaking glances at your date’s face because the Tinder profile pic was so small (or possibly a Waffle House). The folks behind Bushwick’s Alphaville bar noticed this a lot too, so they built a special around it to ease your date jitters: prove you’re on a Tinder date, and you’ll get a free shot, from Monday through Wednesday.

“It was just a joke that bar manager Kait Browne put up there when we got that sign,” bar owner Skyler Insler said. “As a bartender, you can almost always spot which customers are on a Tinder/OkCupid date because of a certain kind of awkwardness they exude. But the free shots are definitely a real thing that happens now!” (more…)

03/23/16 3:41pm
Black Gold will pull out more than 10,000 records on Saturday. Via Twitter.

Black Gold will pull out more than 10,000 records on Saturday. Via Twitter.

I will confess that I am responsible for the decline of music stores. Splurging on a $20 Pixies CD was something I once considered a failsafe mood booster when I was feeling down and out in College Park. But that practice became damagingly expensive and less practical as time went on and the idea of owning “stuff” seemed quaint and wasteful. That means I lost the joy of going browsing, and music shops suffered and closed, and I can’t say I feel that bad about it. But we lost the joy of going and searching for physical music, which is indeed a real calming boost of brain chemicals. So this is why we buy vinyl now, for the joy of thumbing through and collecting, the idea that maybe listening to a whole album and not just a Spotify Discover playlist has some value, whether it’s artistic value or the zen of just letting it play.

One of your best chances of the year to do some of the record browsing is coming up this weekend: the semi-annual Gold Dig record sale is taking place Saturday in Gowanus, and it’s got more than 10,000 records for just $1 each, including some secretly hidden gems.  (more…)

03/16/16 12:40pm
Wake up. Go to work. Check if you won. That's all it takes, with the new HamApp. via Facebook

Wake up. Go to work. Check if you won. That’s all it takes, with the new HamApp. via Facebook

Have you seen Hamilton yet? Everyone’s talking about Hamilton. I hear it’s even better than [insert long-running Broadway show].

If you’re as tired of the phrases above as I am, then you probably also haven’t seen Hamilton yet. And if you’re as desperate as I am to see the hit Broadway show that’s already sold out for the next six months, then you’ll probably be happy (as I was) to discover that entering the daily lottery just got a whole lot easier with this neat app called the Ham Lottery App. It might be your best chance to see the play short of becoming the president.  (more…)

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…)