Hear that, Brooklyn? It’s the sounds of tulips blooming, birds chirping, ice cream trucks lurching forth from the rat-infested warehouses where they invariably spend their winters. Summer is coming! Oh wait, hear that other thing though? It’s the sound of your jorts’ zipper grinding to a halt at the halfway point. Because if you’re anything like me, this winter has been spent eating cream-based sauces while swaddled in shapeless garments like some kind of dry-skin-plagued ghost of the Barefoot Contessa.
The weather is nice now, and there’s no excuse for continuing to motionlessly haunt our apartments all day. So it’s time to get in shape again! But picking up a new workout regime can be overwhelming, especially in a city where there’s a new dessert-, beverage-, or fitness-related fad every moon cycle. (Speaking of which, have you heard about moon juice? It’s like a green smoothie, but spookier.) Every class or gym seems to come with its own intimidating group of over-zealous followers, which can be a deterrent in its own right. What’s an independent thinker to do?
Here’s our take on exactly how culty some of NYC’s hottest workouts can be, and whether the workout is worth the kool-aid drinking that comes along with it. Pick your poison, and we’ll see you on the other side of that #beachbody. (more…)
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s climbing gym is right under the Manhattan Bridge. Via Brooklyn Bridge Park.
One of the things your friends who live “elsewhere” in the world will tell you they don’t like about New York is the lack of outdoorsy activities, like we’re all relegated to playing stickball in the streets and running through fire hydrants for fresh air entertainment. They’re wrong of course — camping, beaches and lots of free hikes are just a train ride away. But here’s one outdoorsy activity that you don’t even have to leave Brooklyn for, and it’s got a view even your friends who live in the sticks would be jealous of: The new climbing wall at Brooklyn Bridge Park is opening on April 16, and it will be North America’s largest outdoor bouldering facility. It’s tucked under the Manhattan bridge on the banks of the East River, with a view of the glimmering city skyline in the background — a literal million dollar view. And it’s way cheaper than the city’s existing climbing gyms too. (more…)
Morgan Fitz-Ward eyes the ice at Aviator Sports Center. Gabrielle Westfield/Brokelyn
It amazes me that after everything we’ve managed to accomplish in North America, sports teams are still gendered, and women’s leagues are treated as less-than. I’m grateful to live in Brooklyn, of course, where we recognize women’s sports teams as the bonafide royalty they are. Last year the borough was lucky enough to be graced with another group of queens to cheer for: The New York Riveters, BK’s first professional women’s ice hockey team. As one of just four charter franchises in the newly-formed National Women’s Hockey League, with Rosie the Riveter as their mascot — aka the universal symbol for women who fight the “boys’ club” mentality — these girls are well-positioned to change the way for women’s contact sports.
We spoke to a few of the Riveters at the end of their inaugural season, where they struggled a bit in their first year, finishing fourth in the league with three regulation wins, one overtime win, two overtime losses and 11 regulation losses. They’ve got one final away game Sunday against the Connecticut Whale, but since nobody seems to like the “Brooklynized” Islanders, anyway, we’re formally declaring our allegiance to the Riveters and their home turf at Aviator Sports Center at Floyd Bennet Field. Their presence as a professional women’s team in the borough is important, but it’s also exciting that a generation of young girls are get to grow up with them as role models.
Look at that, even babies are in the club. You gonna be outdone by a baby? via SBRC
So you see all these fit people in their tights and shorts running by you every morning and you think to yourself, “Maybe I should try this jogging (pronounced, y-ogging) thing.” The problem is you can’t just take off running down the street like a lunatic. You’ll tire yourself out, for one, and you’ll probably hurt yourself. That’s where the South Brooklyn Running Club and their new Beginners Learn-to-Run class comes in. (more…)
This was almost the site of the second American Civil War
As you may have gleaned from our Twitter account (follow us!), we took a trip to Barclays earlier this week. Very space age, the food is better than at any arena we’ve ever been to. But it was troubling to see that half of the paying crowd was made up of Heat fans. That kind of thing made sense when the Nets belonged to New Jersey, but where’s your team’s home court advantage Brooklyn? Making the crowd look even less supportive of their hometown squad is this telegram shared by CBS by way of Baseball Prospectus (subscription required) in which the president was told in no uncertain terms to come celebrate the Dodgers making it to the World Series, or else. (more…)
Gotta be in shape to hide all those eggs. via Facebook
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for gym owners. Everyone swears that 2013 will be THE year that they will get into kickass shape. Will they? Or will they just be in a rush to get rid of what all of the holiday booze and delicious simple carbs did to their waistlines and give up after a month? Either way, gyms love to capitalize on this get-fit phase that always happens at the start of a new year, which can be very good news for us brokesters who normally can’t afford to invest that much in elliptical machines. Here are some more affordable – or at least, more affordable than usual – options for the new year. (more…)
The Knicks and Nets square off at Barclays again tonight, but unlike their first meeting when both teams couldn’t stop winning, they seem to be moving in opposite directions now. The Knicks dusted themselves off and blew out the defending champion Heat by 20 points and are owners of the best record in the Eastern Conference, while the Nets have turned in a couple of uninpsired performances at home against perennial doormats the Golden State Warriors and team of no note the Milwaukee Bucks. What’s behind the Nets’ malaise, missing their center, Brook Lopez, or missing their secret weapon, Beyonce? (more…)
So you might have heard that the subway is underwater. In that case, how the hell are you supposed to get around? Fortunately, our bike giveaway with Dutch bike-masters VANMOOF is running for a few more hours. And if you’re sitting at home watching Chris Christie shake his fist at the flood, why not try to win the bike? (more…)
We know you brokesters love your bicycles, so we’ve got good news: we’re giving one away. No, we didn’t scrounge up a vintage Huffy with pegs and streamers (that’s so last year). We got our hands on a sweet new game-changing commuter bike from one of the coolest and most conscientious bike makers around: VANMOOF.
VANMOOF, headquartered in the Netherlands (yeah, the country that managed to essentially ban cars from one of its towns), is dedicated to bringing bicycles back to power. In this vein, it has produced the ultimate city bike: the VANMOOF 5. It’s made of light-weight aluminum, so you won’t get a sweaty back after riding over the Manhattan bridge; it’s got an integrated chain lock, so you’ll never lose it; and it’s outfitted with super-bright, pedal-powered Philips lights that are nicely integrated in the frame. The only thing you ever have to do to see and been seen, is hit the switch.
Did we mention this thing looks awesome? Don’t just take our word for it. VANMOOF has won serious design awards for its bikes, including the prestigious Red Dot award and the Dutch Design Award; and the VANMOOF 5 has received the EUROBIKE and BikeExpo awards, among many others.
One of you lucky readers is going to take this baby home. So what are you still doing here? Opt into the contest by giving VANMOOF your email below and earn extra entries by following them on Facebook & Twitter and sharing the contest with your friends.