04/14/17 3:20pm
CAPTION. Photo via Wikipedia

*One of New York’s countless urgent care options.” Photo via Wikipedia

Welcome to the Brokelyn Files where our resident unlicensed P.I. Sam Weiss answers the local questions you never thought to ask. Got a lead on a Brooklyn mystery? Write us in the comments below.

Urgent care — it’s medical treatment for those who don’t quite need an emergency room but who can’t see their primary care physician. Urgent care clinics are ideal for people like me (that is, disorganized hypochondriacs) and they’ve popped up in practically every neighborhood and on every corner in New York. But where did they all come from? And why? Why now? And are they actually any good as an alternative to seeing a normal doctor? This week, the Brokelyn Files aims its metaphorical magnifying glass at the medical industry to answers those questions and more. (more…)

04/04/17 10:22am
"Global" "Welcome" "Ambassador" Taylor Swift knows about bodegas. Photo by NYC & Company

I knew you were a bodega when I walked in (and saw a cat!!!). Photo by NYC & Company

Welcome to the Brokelyn Files where our resident unlicensed P.I. Sam Weiss answers the local questions you never thought to ask. Got a lead on a Brooklyn mystery? Write us in the comments below.

The bodega — symbol of New York City, bringer of breakfast sandwiches, canned foods and very old candy, beacon of light at 4:30am when everything else is closed. Broadly, we all know that the word refers to a New York City general store, but to try to put a finer point on what exactly makes a bodega a bodega brings a world of ambiguity: When does a grocery store become a bodega? Are all delis bodegas? And why do we call them that but the rest of the country doesn’t? This week, the Brokelyn Files seeks to answer those questions and more, because we want to know exactly from where our bacon, egg and cheeses are coming. (more…)

03/17/17 10:58am

Hark, castle: wutchu doin in the middle of Atlantic Ave.? Photo by Sam Weiss / Brokelyn

Welcome to the Brokelyn Files where our resident unlicensed P.I. Sam Weiss answers the local questions you never thought to ask. Got a lead on a Brooklyn mystery? Write us in the comments below.

If you’ve ever found yourself wandering through Brooklyn, fed up with the subway and terrified of the bus system, you may well have encountered a massive, castle-like building taking up an entire block of precious New York City real estate and, often, seemingly empty. No, there wasn’t a secret Brooklyn monarchy you didn’t know about, that building and several others across the borough are armories, left over from the 19th and early-20th centuries. This week, the Brokelyn Files (having previously reported on the mysterious, all-Hasidic B-110 bus) investigates Brooklyn’s proliferation of former armory buildings: Why were they built, why do we have so many and for what are they being used now? (more…)

03/02/17 2:02pm
The B-110, MTA's white whale, in Borough Park - via Wikimedia

The B-110, MTA’s white whale, in Borough Park. Photo via Wikimedia

Have you ever noticed a 1970’s-era city bus cruising through Brooklyn carrying exclusively Hasidic passengers? That’s the B-110 bus, the MTA’s white whale and the subject of the inaugural edition of The Brokelyn Files, our new series where we investigate local mysteries. This week’s mystery: What’s the deal with the most mysterious bus line in the MTA’s fleet, the B-110? (more…)