02/26/15 2:47pm
death by audio

Never forget the cargo net. Photo by Mary Dorn

The end of 2014 was a particularly rough stretch for the Brooklyn D.I.Y. scene, losing pretty much every foothold in Williamsburg. Even before that though, a lot of beloved D.I.Y. venues closed up shop, leaving a bit of a hole in the scene. With that in mind, Williamsburg art space Cloud City (85 N. 1st Street) will be taking a look back next month with the “RIP DIY” photo exhibit, featuring pictures capturing moments at Brooklyn’s closed venues from 20 photographers. We’re pegging the odds of the exhibit closing due to being replaced by a condo at 4:1. (more…)

02/25/15 1:32pm
Still got it

Still got it

We’re told the East Coast-West Coast 90s beef has dissipated, but we at Brokelyn don’t like to let things go, especially when there’s the chance they might age into something we can attach the word “vintage” to. Despite our love of vintage feuds (#TeamMcCoy #HouseOfYork) and our bitter hatred for stupid LA and their stupid sunshine,  we feel a newfound tenderness toward Dr. Dre, the new AARP poster child. We think it’s safe to say this beautiful kinship over our vulnerability to the passage of time and Dre’s potential access to that medicinal kush has basically made him a surrogate pop-pop to us all. This is why we’re excited to reconcile and celebrate his birthday with a night of gin and juice and nuthin but G thangs at Kinfolk’s Dre Day. (more…)

02/18/15 4:19pm
The one on the right, or just throw it on the floor, i guess. Via Dept. of Sanitation Facebook

The one on the right, or just throw it on the floor, i guess. Via Dept. of Sanitation Facebook

Williamsburg: stop being gross. Yes, there are many things we could be referring to when we say that, but in this instance, we’re talking about those gnarly compost piles that everyone keeps on their roof, in their yards, and in their bedrooms (actually, now that we think about it, that one person might have just been a slob). The city government seems to agree with me, as they’re bringing the city’ curbside composting collection program to Williamsburg this spring, according to DNAinfo. (more…)

02/16/15 1:58pm
A store that sells records? Imagine that

A store that sells records? Imagine that

The 20th anniversary of Rex Manning Day, the annual holiday where Americans get together and wail “No Live Tyler, don’t do it, don’t throw yourself at Rex Manning!” is coming. How are you going to celebrate? If your answer was “Watch Empire Records alone,” we have a more social option for you: head to Rough Trade Records, which is going to be turned into a full-scale replica of Empire Records by BBQ Films, to celebrate the nostalgic capstone for a generation of people who thought working at a record store was the coolest job you could ever have (before they all started music blogs and downloading music). (more…)

02/16/15 11:15am
This is completely innocent

This is completely innocent

Puberty was probably the worst time in your life for you, a confusing rush of hormones and patchy beards and so many feels. You don’t want to revisit it, not for any reason in the world. Well, maybe one reason, because an art exhibit opening in Williamsburg Friday is turning your hormonal trauma into delicious candy that you get to eat. As long as you’re okay with eating cotton candy boobs and candy off of ropes coming out of a gourd, which is supposed to represent menstruation. You know, normal ways to eat candy. (more…)

02/11/15 2:47pm
Mmmm...Cheap things. Via Le Barricou

Mmmm…Cheap things. Via Le Barricou

For all those Brooklynites that are constantly stalking up and down Grand Street scouring beer bars and thrift shops (a.k.a. the majority of the staff at Brokelyn), I’ve got excellent news for you: Grand Street Restaurant Week is back in action! No longer will you have to browse through Antoinette or sip at Breukelyn Bier Merchants with a grumbling stomach, because from February 16 to February 22, restaurants all up and down Grand Street will be offering 2-course lunches from $8-$10 and 3-course dinners ranging from $18-$30. (more…)

02/09/15 1:30pm
Humble

You’ll have to travel 3,600 miles to really get it

When we apartment hunt, we try to focus on the bright side, like how signs of puppy-sized rats are better than actual rats. Apparently, though, things are a little different for the other half (of a percent) when it comes to looking for a place to live. A condo in the affordable housing oasis that is Williamsburg is now offering anyone who buys a penthouse, loft, or townhouse a free trip to Amsterdam. Everything’s coming up rich people! (more…)

02/06/15 3:53pm
Because making movies is cheap and easy anyways, right? Via Disposable Film

Because making movies is cheap and easy anyways, right? Via Disposable Film

Movies are great, but you know what sucks about them? That they pay people to make them! I know, insane. If you want to help keep the money out of movies, then come over to Videology tonight at 8:30 for the Disposable Film Festival, a film fest made entirely from amateur filmmakers in it for nothing but the bragging rights. (more…)

02/04/15 4:24pm
garage land

Just what you need on a Wednesday. Photo by Coley Gold SF, via Facebook

In the past few months, the music scene in Brooklyn has been taking some hits. Lots of hits. A weird amounts of hits. The lovely people at The Good Room, however, have decided to take a stand for local acts by starting Garage Land, a weekly series that highlights rock and roll, grunge, psyche, garage, and punk from here and abroad, as well as featuring rotating DJ acts. That in and of itself is good news, but even better is that it’s just going to run you five damn dollars every week to rock out. That leaves plenty of money for drunken singalongs! (more…)

02/04/15 2:41pm
tinder live

Now with more prison! via Zoomin.tv

It seems that you can’t even have a conversation without the mention of Tinder, the seedy characters involved and the bizarre narrative that usually follows. You may have also seen Lane Moore tear it apart on the site in a web-based version of her cheap comedy show, Tinder LIVE. If you haven’t made it out to the actual show though, this time around she is bringing you a version of it that could really kindle your flame, by doling out love advice and Tinder zingers with the all-star cast of Orange is the New Black including that trigger-happy Yoga Jones (Connie Shulman, who is also the voice of Patti Mayonnaise!) and nun-gone-bad Sister Jane (Beth Fowler).  (more…)