08/19/14 1:48pm
biking nyc

You would be too if you ever saw one of NYC’s vicious bike bears take someone’s head clean off with one swipe. via Flickr user Michael Mandeberg

When it comes to the mean streets of New York City, we all know that the asphalt is harder than anywhere on Earth, and that our drivers are blinder and meaner than anywhere else. So it was a little baffling that we built a bike sharing service around the idea that tourists would use it, yet here we are, and they’re not using it. Why don’t they use it? According to a new poll, it turns out they’re all terrified of the idea of biking on our streets. (more…)

08/19/14 12:34pm
one stop beer shop

via Facebook

One Stop Beer Shop  Food Games  

134 Kingsland Ave. (at Beadel)
Greenpoint
(718) 599-0128

 

What it is: Overwhelmingly more beer bar than beer store, the upscale spot is both in the middle of and far enough away from the hustle of Williamsburg’s trendier spots and bustle of Greenpoint’s city-like avenues. The venue focuses on (and succeeds at) bringing unique ales, lagers, lambics and everything in between from around the world into one friendly but smart neighborhood spot.

Why we love it: Where to begin? The beer selection is wider than you’d imagine, with a tap list of 16 drafts ranging from casual to connoisseur favorites with a few talked-about seasonals sprinkled in, a draft line of kombucha (which is, in fact alcoholic at a whopping 1.3 percent) and a bottle list so deep you won’t know where to begin (an 82 bottle mix of domestics and imports ranging from 12 oz to large format bottles).

Who to bring: Brunch goers who would be pleased with an unlimited beer brunch for $18 (every Sunday until 4); anyone who loves beer; anyone who likes cocktails; anyone willing to try the bartender’s inventive beer cocktails or one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary’s.

What to order: If you’re hungry, the soft pretzels are melt-in-your-mouth and can be paired with a variety of choice dipping sauces (the chipotle mayo is a winner). The pulled pork sandwich is big, moist and hard not to devour like a monster and the grilled cheese is pretty good, too. But the main goal should be to try a few of the 16 drafts and 82 bottles ranging from local and state-side favorites to selects you’ve never heard of from around the world. There is a beer and shot deal, but the bar keeps it quiet to keep from disturbing the loyal locals there to try some good beer.

Fun fact: One Stop has a card club, called the Beer Society, that rewards you for your loyal patronage and beer guzzling tendencies. If you’re really into the beer scene, get a card (free) and try to get through the select list of 40 bottles – you’ll get your name on a plaque on the wall, and if you’re really ambitious, you can continue on to phase two, which challenges you with a list of 20 large-format bottles. For that, the managing partner will take your prize down of the wall to the plaque making station in the basement and add gold bottle cap with a “II” insignia that he hand paints himself.—Cat Wolinski

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08/19/14 12:00pm

R.I.P. Jennifer Lopez’ Prospect Heights cell phone store [Observer]
The Post boldly comes out in favor of sexual assault [The Awl]
What New York City neighborhoods are most full of dog poop? [DNA Info]
The Revolutionary Communist Party comes out in favor of making trouble in Ferguson [Runnin' Scared]
Bill Bratton is PISSED that the City Museum has a graffiti exhibit [Wall Street Journal]
A Shepard Fairey mural is coming to the Bowery, like it or not [ANIMAL]
What the AFL-CIO not endorsing Andrew Cuomo means [Capital]

08/19/14 11:10am
our princess is in another castle

Hell yes we’ll kill some Excitebike

If you’re like us, you still have some vestigial Nintendo thumb skills that aren’t being put to use at the moment because either you don’t have an old Nintendo sitting around, or you have one but you don’t have a TV. Well, it’s time to put those skills you developed as an unathletic 8-year-old to use, because competitive Nintendo league Our Princess Is In Another Castle is setting up every Tuesday night at the Gowanus Whole Foods now. (more…)

08/19/14 10:15am
dogecoin

Did you major in Dogeconomics? Have we got a job for you. via the Daily Dot

How much do you know about the viral internet? If you answered “I have watched the video where the guy fucks the snake,” then we’re very sorry for you, but we also have a job for you. Internet newshole The Daily Dot needs a morning editor to run their virtual newsroom and win the day when it comes to spotting the viral stuff that people will be talking about. Like the snake fucking video. (more…)

08/19/14 9:28am
kevin mcallister

And that’s before he turns your house into a huge game of Mousetrap

Can you put a price on a human life? In public, people will swear up and down you can’t, but get some academics behind closed doors and they’ll gladly do it for you. At least the USDA will, judging by the fact that they took a look at the cost of raising a child in America from birth to age 17, and came up with the number $245,340. So, that’s a quarter of a million dollars before college. This is why it’s so disappointing to your mother that you’re not a doctor. (more…)

08/18/14 2:58pm
rippers rockaway

Does it make a good office or not? Photo by David Colon

If you’re a freelancer, or someone who works from home, the idea to work not just outside but at the beach might pop in to your head at some point in the summer. Should you do it? Obviously we here at Brokelyn are never ones to argue against a beach trip, but given that it already takes discipline to work at home and get things done, surely there are drawbacks to working at the beach that surpass the usual challenges one finds working from home or at a coffice. As a public service, we’ve spent the day at Beach 86th Street compling the pros and cons of a beach office. (more…)

08/18/14 2:13pm
will and grace

It’s just like that show that went off the air ten years ago!

New York! It’s big, and can feel kind of lonely when you just get here or if you’re not the type to wow the crowd at your local karaoke night. On the other hand, New York! You sometimes find yourself living with people who consider bed bugs a pet or keep half the dishes in your apartment under their beds with food stuck to it and don’t tell you. Given the choice, most people who need roommates would like to not have them. It turns out that the new trend among the rich and kinda lonely is living with roommates even if they can easily afford not to. We’re not angry about this (really we’re not), it just sounds more sad than anything. (more…)

08/18/14 1:12pm
roger that garden project

Save Roger That…start buying scratch-off tickets. Photo by Emily-Bell Dinan

If anyone has a rich eccentric uncle trying to spend all of his money before he dies, you might want to hit him up now, because the owner of the lot where Crown Heights’ Roger That Garden sits has put a price on what it will cost to buy the lot from him: one million dollars, according to the New York Post. Which is a lot of money, but to be fair, Steve Billings of TYC Realty paid a $10 to buy the property, and a man needs to make his money back in this crazy go go world of ours. (more…)

08/18/14 10:06am
colonie

Don’t throw your mushrooms away, throw them in some apple cider vinegar! Photo courtesy of Andrew Whitcomb

How much of your food skips the fork and goes straight from the fridge to the trash can? Probably too much.  Even if you share a quarter of a mini-fridge, you’re probably not using everything you buy before it starts to stink up your and then your roommate’s partitioned fridge space. Americans are really good at buying more groceries than we can use, and it’s a huge waste of money, not to mention resources.

Chef Andrew Whitcomb, of Colonie (127 Atlantic Ave), teaches us some of the tricks he uses to keep margins down at his restaurant, so we can enjoy our perishables before they truly perish.

We came up with some foods that often turn in our refrigerators before we get a chance to use them and Chef Whitcomb shared his mastermind strategies for optimal deliciousness, with things like pickling, sauces and…carrot jerky? (more…)