08/24/16 10:43am
How to get free tickets to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Photo via @fullfrontalsamb on Instagram.

How to get free tickets to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Photo via @fullfrontalsamb on Instagram.

Late night comedy broadcast shows have always been free to attend in New York because they depend on having a live audience for their taping—but for as long as they’ve been free, they’ve been in high demand. Whether you have to enter a lottery, hop on a wait-list, wake up at an ungodly hour to shred your dignity on a Midtown street corner for a standby, or just get lucky and obtain an actual ticket, where there’s a will there’s a way!

A chance to see the latest crop of late night hosts, the likes of Samantha Bee, Jon Oliver, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert live, for free, is pretty exciting, as they’ve added some much needed punch to late night, taking on big issues and serving as a pressure release valve for our daily political absurdities in a post-Jon Stewart world. Here’s how to do it:  (more…)

08/23/16 2:48pm
Torontoke? Via Flickr user Cannabis Culture.

Torontoke? Via Flickr user Cannabis Culture.

Here’s a job weed like to apply for. Canada, the country that’s high above us, both geographically and in terms of moving its drug laws into a progressive, kind new era, has had medical marijuana since 2001 and is now on the path to full legalization, which is a cannabis-do attitude America lacks. Rolled up in that newly budding marketplace is a whole new stash of jobs. Today our Canadian bureau chief Sam Corbin passes us the news that could bowl you over if you’re looking for a freelance gig (though it may involve a few red-eye flights to get to work): Toronto-based NOW Magazine is hiring a freelance marijuana writer to “tackle Canada’s rapidly changing marijuana laws, industry and culture.” You’d be writing about law and politics, medical and recreational communities, retail and business angles, plus writing how-tos and FAQs, which, let’s be blunt, sounds like a kush gig. (more…)

08/23/16 12:52pm
Through Labor Day, City Acupuncture is offering $19 intro sessions at its Bed-Stuy location. Photo via @city_acupuncture_bedstuy

Through Labor Day, City Acupuncture is offering $19 intro sessions at its Bed-Stuy location. Photo via @city_acupuncture_bedstuy

Last week, I was walking home from the train when I noticed a sign outside City Acupuncture, the spa and wellness center which moved into the storefront on the corner of Bedford and Lexington Ave. in June, months after SCRATCHbread shuttered in October (R.I.P.). The sign was a promo for $19 for an hour of acupuncture, and it certainly caught my eye.

Until that moment, I’d largely ignored the new business, as it was no longer a place where I could procure the most buttery, delicious shortbread for $2, or a scrumptious breakfast mess of grits, pesto, bacon, soft-boiled egg and kale. Although I’ve never done acupuncture, I know that it’s generally quite pricey — on average, $80-$120 per hour session at a private practice, and $40 at a community practice, according to City Acupuncture’s blog. $19 for an intro session was certainly a steal. Should I try it? I was a little skeptical — at that price, was I going to get stuck with (and by) an intern?

But because I’ve been pretty stressed out, on the hunt for a new apartment — which, in New York, is its own special nightmare — and I do have consistent soreness in my hip flexor and IT band and piriformis muscle, due to being a runner who doesn’t stretch or do yoga enough, I figured I’d be brave and go for it. Besides, my day had already been shot to hell by an embarrassingly debilitating hangover; surely at the very least, acupuncture would help alleviate that? (more…)

08/23/16 10:55am
Via Flickr user quintanomedia.

Via Flickr user quintanomedia.

Summer, as much as we hate to admit it, is winding down and soon the city will be filled with tiny, adorable new NYU students and the crisp terror of having to bring a jacket with you everywhere again. Pile all that up with the perpetual motion machine of schoolyard absurdity that is driving our current presidential election and the fact that Frank Ocean’s album finally came out, which gives us nothing to look forward to in the near future, and it’s clear you need a vacation.

Luckily, this is fall is looking to be a great time to travel, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, which reported on a study by airfare prediction app Hopper. The company’s chief scientist predicts airfare for a domestic round-trip ticket will drop by as much as 8.2 percent to a seasonal low of $213 in October. That’s about the same as last year at the same time but 16 percent lower than in 2014; you’ve got dropping fuel prices to thank. Prices will keep going lower in the winter months too, so you’re gonna have less reason not to visit your parents for the holidays this year. Good thing I heard a rumor President Hillary is going to outlaw Christmas, or something. (more…)

08/22/16 3:51pm

puns

Back in July, Punderdome champion and Brokelyn editor at large Sam Corbin dazzled us with a video of her making 50 fashion puns in two minutes, filmed for InStyle. Now, she’s at it again, but this time, hitting it out of the ballpark with 50 Yankees puns in two minutes. Wow, her puns-batted-in (PBI) is consistently above average! (Oh wait, Tim says that joke’s no good, let’s strike it from the record.)

The alleged #biggestYankeesfan makes double and triple (word) plays out of big Yankee names like Jeter, Yogi Berra, Pettite, and of course A. Rod, and more general baseball terms like “pitchers,” “diamonds” and “MLB.” Whether you’re a die-hard Mets fan or a Yankees apologist, a baseball enthusiast or more just a proponent of ballpark drinking, when it comes to punning, Corbin covers all the bases.

Editor’s note: Brokelyn remains a staunchly pro-Mets organization, but good baseball puns of any kind take a Piazza hearts!

Check out the video, after the jump: (more…)

08/22/16 2:00pm
Photo via @dunkindonuts on Instagram.

Photo via @dunkindonuts on Instagram.

I’m a cold brew iced coffee nut. I make it at home and drink it year round, even on the chilliest of winter days, when my hands will go numb from clutching it on a walk to the train. I’m not a cold brew snob, per se, but I don’t really want to mess with iced coffee if it isn’t prepared that way. (For those unfamiliar, the cold brew method consists of steeping coffee grounds in water for roughly 12 hours and then filtering it out.)

I’m accustomed to the smooth, less acidic taste resulting from the cold brew, having grown up drinking it in New Orleans, where iced coffee has always been cold brewed — and back then, it wasn’t even designated “cold brew,” because there wasn’t a need to differentiate it.

In the past few years, in New York and other major cities, cold brew iced coffee has become much more ubiquitous. Once only available at boutique coffee shops, it’s now bottled and canned and stocked at grocery stores, and national chains like Starbucks have begun adding it to their menus. Just this month, Dunkin’ Donuts, jumped on the cold brew caravan, offering it nationwide. (more…)

08/22/16 1:00pm
Bard it all: Female Shakespeare troupe bringing a free, all-nude Tempest to Prospect Park

Naked actors from the Torn Out Theater troupe during a previous performance of The Tempest. Via website.

Shakespeare in the Park is a great free summer thing to do, but tickets are impossible to get and you’ve got to go all the way into Manhattan to sit in Central Park theater for hours, where you run the risk of losing you WNYC totebag among all the other WNYC totebags in attendance. Brooklyn has a few of our own versions; now we’re getting a new one that definitely feels more at home in our borough than tony enclaves of the Upper West Side.

A troupe of female actors is doing a run of all-nude performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest starting Sept. 7. As the Brooklyn Paper reports today: “The show’s male director says that the stripped-down show is designed to promote body positivity — but he also knew that using unclad actors would create some conversation.” Director Pitr Strait told the paper: “We asked ‘How do we work nudity into the play so Shakespeare doesn’t get swallowed up and so the huge, distracting thing works for us?'” And while nudity is illegal in NYC (but not toplessness!), the city makes special exceptions for performance art. In short, these ladies will really bard it all for you. (more…)

08/22/16 12:00pm
The Schlep Sisters bring new meaning to the phrase "good-time gals" (#10)

The Schlep Sisters bring new meaning to the phrase “good-time gals” (#10)

1. This week marks 100 years of the National Park Service. Today’s Centennial Celebration includes an ice cream social, music from Ramblin’ Dan and Atlas Genius, a talk and interactive puzzling with Bill Nye the Science Guy, and a DJ set by Questlove. (Monday, Brooklyn Bridge Park, FREE)

2. For a much boozier anniversary celebration, head to the Dorothy Parker Birthday, which includes a distillery tour and gin-making lesson, martini specials, and readings from Parker’s works. (Monday, The Shanty, FREE)

3. The Brooklyn Comedy Fest is in town, and tonight is a BCF special edition of the BackFat Variety Show, starring Hari Kondabolu, Jo Firestone, Junior Assassin, Kerry Coddett, Liz Magee, and Dan Wilbur. (Tuesday, 61 Local, FREE) (more…)

08/22/16 10:40am
Via Instagram user @niitoflyy_ornaww.

Via Instagram user @niitoflyy_ornaww.

It’s tough being a roving freelancer in New York City: Cafe owners are cracking down on free wifi, #brands are constantly co-opting your hustle and you get so frustrated at not being paid on time, sometimes you just got to sing about it. It can seem like the city is conspiring against you, closing in around you and constantly raising the price of cold brew when you are just looking for a seat and a reliable wifi signal.

But lo, fear not, for today we learn of one company stepping up to help out overworked freelancers: TGI Fridays, the nation’s leading app-developer, is offering a “Fridays Office” coworking space with free wifi at its Forest Hills location starting this week. It happens to coincide with the return of its Endless Apps special too. If your work schedule would be drastically improved by making your weak freelancer’s body stronger by consuming a feed bag full of mozzarella sticks and the occasional blueberry Long Island iced tea, get your ass to Forest Hills.  (more…)

08/19/16 5:30pm
Budweiser: hustling to make fart water since 1878.

Budweiser: hustling to make fart water since 1878.

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Budweiser tried to be “the Brooklyn choice” of beers but Brooklyn was like “nah.”

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Park Slope’s Rock Shop ended its live music career.

We told you about ShapeUp NYC, which is like a free version of ClassPass.

Someone pranked the internet with a fake Brooklyn pog store.

We explored this new indoor mini golf course, a great place to beat the heat.

Huma Abedin was hungry.

Spike Lee announced another Michael Jackson party on the Do the Right Thing block.

We rounded up the 8 best bars for playing conhole, bags or whatever you call it. 

Our new real estate column took you inside a totally relatable search for an apartment.