07/24/14 3:23pm
vegan police

Will The Vegan Police be there? Probably. via DeviantArt user Chickabowow-Fafa

You may have escaped Scientology, but the vegans are here, and they’re actively recruiting.

The Seed is coming to town on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday August 10 to educate you on what it means to be vegan “for those who have and have not chosen this lifestyle” according to organizers. Or don’t have friends who are always telling you how easy it is and how seitan is actually really good, seriously. Even better, you can go to the Vegan Police Academy for 50% off the listed price, with an exclusive code from Brokelyn. (more…)

07/24/14 2:14pm
silicon alley

New York City’s tech scene, basically. via Facebook

New York City’s tech scene is really booming, or so we’ve been led to believe, what with the coining of the phrase “Silicon Alley” and the whole Brooklyn Tech Triangle thing. Which is good we guess in the sense that it brings jobs, but it looks like it also brings some of the bad parts about the meritocracy that is tech, like the fact that it’s mostly a bunch of dudes in the boardroom yelling “DISRUPT” into their Google Glass or whatever. In fact, New Yorker’s tech scene is so good at excluding women in the boardroom that we lead the nation in it, with just 38% of NYC tech companies having a female executive on their board. (more…)

07/24/14 1:00pm
clothing donation bin

More of this, less donating to them. Photo by David Colon

Everyone hates those sketchy garbage donation bins that have been popping up more and more on our otherwise clean streets, but just because that particular way of donating clothes is a sham, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate clothes at all. The folks at WNYC crowdsourced a few ways to legitimately donate your clothes to people who aren’t just making a quick buck off of your big heart and good intentions. (more…)

07/24/14 12:00pm

Was that “real estate broker’s guide” fact, fiction or faction? [Brick Underground]
The plan to save Citi Bike is taking shape [Wall Street Journal]
Hey here’s some great New Yorker stories by women you should read [The Cut]
Hot bike thief action, caught on camera [FREEwilliamsburg]
Just a normal summer day at Prospect Park [Greasy Lake]
Babycastles had an 11-year-old intern [Bedford + Bowery]
The Late Show is staying in New York…for $16 million [Variety]
Why people went to Eric Garner’s funeral, in their own words [ANIMAL]
Independent commission not really independent, claims Cuomo administration [Capital]

07/24/14 11:20am


Brooklyn Ice House Cash Only  Food Games Outdoor Space 

318 Van Brunt St.
(between Pioneer & King)
Red Hook
(718) 222-1865


What is it? Far away hideaway; premier saloon of Red Hook’s Wild West.

Why we love it: A solid jukebox, a pile of board games, a food smoker, and an expansive backyard that invites all-day and all-night drinking, make it worth the trek if you’re coming from other parts of the borough. The friendly, come-one-come-all mentality of the staff and regulars doesn’t hurt.

Who to bring: That friend of yours who keeps saying he wants to explore Red Hook; your bike-riding partner; anybody who thinks dive bars in Brooklyn are affected.

What to order: Two pulled pork sandwiches for $5. One of the 60 beers on tap from around the world.

Fun fact:Just two weeks after Sandy inundated the bar’s basement, wiping out refrigerators, freezers, electrical equipment and a vast supply of beer and liquor, the Van Brunt mainstay reopened its doors to the thirsty post-hurricane masses.—Kate Mooney

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07/24/14 9:50am
myspace the party

Now THIS is a party. via Mashable

1. Celebrate Brooklyn is screening Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, which looks at the role of music in the struggle against apartheid. (Friday)

2. Head to Littlefield’s Destination Moon for some otherworldly music and art. (Friday)

3. Take a trip back to the days of social media before Facebook at all-night rager MySpace The Party Episode IV: A New Mope at Glasslands. Bring your Top 8! (Friday) (more…)

07/24/14 8:08am
deli grossery

Hell, they almost look appetizing. Photo by Michael Silber, via Deli Grossery

New York City, the advertising hub of the world. Everyone here is keen on the effectiveness of advertising, even so far down the line as bodega owners with those classic food posters with pictures of what’s supposed to pass for delicious looking food. They have become an unmistakable staple of delis and bodegas, and have become so ingrained in the city’s landscape that they’re one of the many awesome definitive characteristics of the city. So much so that one man has devoted his time to photographing and mapping out all these signs and posters on his Tumblr, Deli Grossery. Depending on your perspective, this could be art, but at the very least it proves to be interesting. (more…)

07/23/14 1:56pm
hawkeye matt fraction

Hey, have we mentioned lately how you should be reading Hawkeye? Because you totally should be

Given that every summer movie season from now on is going to have at least one giant Marvel movie attached to it, it’s about time you get acquianted with the source material. You can either sit down with one of your nerd friends and have her explain who Nick Fury is and the complicated history of the Winter Solider OR you can pay just 99 cents for online access to 75 years of Marvel Comics for a whole month. Do the second one, it sounds GREAT. (more…)

07/23/14 12:38pm


Hey guys, did you forget? Your year-long lease is up at the end of this month, because you’re still on college time. Don’t worry, Brokelyn’s gotcha covered. This week’s apartment steals feature prices that might actually make you feel like you’re still in college, except the hot plate is a luxury gas stove and you (usually) can’t hear your roommate having sex next door. Ready? Here they are. (more…)

07/23/14 12:00pm

shiba-inu-biting-teethTaro the Shiba Inu via Flickr

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