12/05/16 11:11am
Get into the spirit at the Roots n' Ruckus Fest (#5) (pic by JMS Art & Photo)

Get into the spirit at the Roots n’ Ruckus Fest (#5) (pic by JMS Art & Photo)

1. Listen to comedians answer tough / ridiculous questions at Would You Rather?, featuring Peter Bandyk, Amanda Xeller, Jed Resnik, and Shen Liu. (Monday, The Experiment Comedy Gallery, $5)

2. Work out all your angst at the launch of a new monthly emo party, Taking Back Mondays, with all your favorite ’00s screamers plus $2 beer all night and food from Strange Flavor Burger Shack. (Monday, The Johnsons, FREE)

3. Get moody at the final Little Cinema screening of the season: Edward Scissorhands, with dancers, aerialists, DJ’s, live music, and immersive effects incorporated into the film. (Tuesday, House of Yes, $15) (more…)

12/05/16 10:36am
You'll still find plenty in bloom in the Botanic Garden throughout the winter. Via Facebook.

You’ll still find plenty in bloom in the Botanic Garden throughout the winter. Via Facebook.

Two things are true right now: unseasonably warm temperatures are making this December a more tempting time to embrace the outdoors; and also the horrifying onslaught of news since election day makes you just want to stay inside and in bed forever. Don’t give in to the bed (all the time, at least). Your body needs fresh air and a walk in nature to center yourself and take a break from reading Twitter dot com every now and then.

You’re in luck because one of the best nature walks in town just became free for the winter: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now completely free to enter on weekdays through late February. And there’s plenty to do there, even if the trees are in winter hibernation. (more…)

12/02/16 3:56pm
Keep making monkeys fuck, not war, Brooklyn.

Keep making love, not war, Brooklyn.

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We gave you creative ways to tag over hate graffiti and turn it into a friendly Roboctopus.

Your holiday shopping list got easier with our roundup of the best winter markets in Brooklyn.

The Gowanus Canal threatened to become as shit-filled as Trump’s America.

The old Domino Sugar factory became a place you could afford to live.

The most novel idea, a book about pun competitions, finally became a reality.

NYC was declared the third most expensive city to get a tattoo.

Brooklyn dads loved it when you called them Big Papa.

Netflix’s new offline streaming called for some subway watching etiquette rules.

“Professional feminist advocate” became a real job description you could brag about.

Seamless subway ads just kept getting worse in NYC.

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12/02/16 3:25pm
Even though the days are a little shorter, Extra Fancy's market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG

The days are a little shorter, but Extra Fancy’s market will keep the holiday cheer alive. via IG

In case you thought we were all done announcing winter holiday markets after yesterday’s bonanza of a roundup, we’ve got another one for you, and it features vendors you’re unlikely to have seen anywhere else. If the humdrum Etsy fare just isn’t doing it for you right now, come around back behind Extra Fancy (302 Metropolitan Ave.) in Williamsburg tomorrow, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 for a cozy little cloisters of jewelry, antiques, wellness products and children’s fashion.

Best of all? Drink specials for our readers! Read on to find out how to knock a few dollars off those Extra Fancy pints you’ll be drinking while you browse. (more…)

12/02/16 1:08pm
8 DIY ways to turn post-Trump hate graffiti into something positive

Turn anti-semitic graffiti into a discussion of 2002’s fine cinema. Left photo via QNS; right illustration by Chris Giganti.

There’s no denying that for many of us the days since Nov. 8 have taken on a nearly apocalyptic portent. Those who warned us that no presidential election could lead to changes overnight woke up the next morning (and every morning after) to visions of a new and surreal reality, as though we had passed into the timeline of The Man in the High Castle (maybe we’re living Season 2). What’s been so world-shaking in the aftermath is that not only did we not accurately know our country, but we don’t even know our own city, or even our Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Not even a full week after the election, The F.B.I. reported a 6 percent rise in reported hate crimes, and only a few days after that Brooklyn Heights’ own Adam Yauch Park was found tagged with swastikas. While we have to leave most of the hate crimes to authorities to handle, people around the city have taken up the call to get rid of the hate messages themselves. So here are some suggestions for DIY graffiti solutions to defuse the messages of hate you may find in your own neighborhood. This is New York City, after all: if we can’t win a tagging war on home turf, what the fuck are we even doing? (more…)

12/02/16 12:14pm
Corporate livin' ain't easy.

Beware these office space cadets. via gratisography

What is it about the office that brings out the weird people and uncomfortable interactions? Perhaps it’s the mundaneness of the job or the sterile environment. Our parents’ generation put up with them for a guaranteed career and pension; but that’s all out the window now. We’re a generation of freelancers and entrepreneurs. It’s a lot of work, but a hell of a lot more fun. And you don’t have to put up with the strange and annoying denizens that roam the corporate halls. It’s especially true if you snag a sweet spot at Coworkrs.

Coworkrs delivers a hospitality-centric approach, with curated spaces and premium services, which means no cubicle farms or brown sludge coffee. It’s a chic place where everything is taken care of, allowing you to work, meet clients, and build your business in a professional-friendly environment. The company has five different locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn and offer co-working spaces, dedicated desks, and even private offices. It’s perfect for everyone, from the one-woman show that’s ready to move beyond the coffee shop to the startup that’s outgrown the living room. Plus, you’ll be in the company of people passionate about their work — unlike the following folk you’d have to put up with in the traditional 9-5. (more…)

12/01/16 4:15pm
Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

Catch the surreal stylings of Cheeky Lane (#1) (pic by Steven Menendez)

1. See some strange whimsey at The Winter Wonderland Blunderland Variety Show, starring Trixie Little, The Love Show, Samantha Sterman, Cheeky Lane, Poison Eve, and more. (Friday, House of Yes, $15)

2. Laugh for strong gals at The Fempire Strikes Back, with comedy, videos, and funny songs from sketch troupe American Candy. (Friday & Saturday, Actors Fund Arts Center, $25)

3. Spread some cheer at the Bushwick Starr Holiday Party, with free drinks, free food, dancing to DJ Avg Jo, a mistletoe photobooth, and more. (Friday, Bushwick Starr, $25)

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12/01/16 3:25pm
Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the 'Shwick.

Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the ‘Shwick.

Holidays also mark the peak season of DIY, and people are scouring staples like Etsy and Pinterest to see what they can make, bake, gift or thrift for the upcoming holidays. If you are lacking inspiration needed to get those creative juices flowing, (because hey, aren’t we all) or if you just want a quick one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping, head to your nearest holiday market.

Oh, what’s that? You need help finding one that close to you? As per usual, we’ve got you covered, with the borough’s finest in local gifts and crafts–enough to make even a scrooge splurge. (more…)

12/01/16 1:08pm
Give the gift of beer this holiday. Photo by Cat Wolinski/Brokelyn.

Give the gift of beer this holiday. Photo by Cat Wolinski/Brokelyn.

In these hard times, your friends all need a drink or two or 30. That’s why instead of buying the people on your shopping list or at your office Secret Santa some crap they’ll never use, you should instead give them something they really want: free beer.

We have a limited number of our Queens Beer Books still available for purchase — buy one today to get yours in time for the holidays! Each one contains coupons for more than 30 beers at more than 30 of Queens’ best bars, breweries, restaurants and beer halls for just $30. And if you’re shopping for someone who’s looking forward to the carefree days of summer, you can grab one of our Brokelyn summer tank tops too. (more…)

12/01/16 8:38am
In case you didn't realize you needed a book about pun competitions. Screengrab via Amazon

In case you didn’t realize you needed a book about pun competitions. Screengrab via Amazon

The dire times we’re living in call for desperate pleasures, and the Gilmore Girls revival isn’t cutting it. Why not turn to puns? Brokelyn is biased, of course— both your editors are committed to puns in journalism, occasionally using them to pack a political punch. But we’re also like most of Brooklyn, for whom any mention of puns will incite the question, “Have you ever been to the Punderdome?”

Punderdome 3000, for those unfamiliar, is a pun competition invented by comedian Jo Firestone and her dad Fred Firestone. Once just a humble, loosely-attended affair at the now-defunct Southpaw bar in Park Slope, the ‘Dome has since grown into one of Brooklyn’s best-loved events, now held at Littlefield in Gowanus with a monthly attendance of more than 500 pun-lovers who gather to watch witty wordsmiths using punny nom de plumes deliver their best puns on a given topic. The show got so big that it even released its very own home card game (and the world lost its mind when we broke the news). Indeed, Brooklyn has become a haven for punsters and a lighthouse for pun-lovers worldwide. It’s enough to make you want to write a book about it.

That’s just what Joe Berkowitz, a 36-year-old writer from Crown Heights and occasional Punderdome competitor, finally did. His new book, Away With Words, currently on pre-order before it hits shelves on June 13, 2017, looks at “the bizarre and hilarious world of pun competitions from the Punderdome 3000 in Brooklyn to the World competition in Austin.”

“I think people who are obsessed with language will find it,” Berkowitz told us, “and I hope some people who hate puns will buy it for a friend as a prank only to have that friend read it and enjoy it.” (more…)