03/26/15 12:12pm

New maps and figures prove millennials are a bunch of gypsies, traveling circus folk [City Lab]
You, too, can be a cigar-smoking tycoon landowner in North Williamsburg
 [Crain's]
Hey lady, would you like some fries with that court date? [Eater NY]
Ugh, as if we needed any more proof that we couldn’t afford New York [The Observer]
Thrill-seekers climbed the Triborough Bridge, and lived to Instagram it [NY Post]
No, no, no, McDonalds just launched a Big Mac clothing line [NY Daily News]
Stop-and-frisk, now there’s something we wouldn’t miss if it closed for good [ANIMAL]

03/26/15 11:22am
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Sheet music beats an iPod DJ. by Sam Bodkin


What’s a regular Friday night look like for you? Does it involve drinking and socializing in a cool apartment? How about a string section? Oh yeah, you heard me. There’s a new beat in town for all you Brooklyn culture-seekers, and it involves all of the above.

Groupmuse is a social events platform that organizes live performances of classical masterworks—BYOB, since the performance will be in someone’s apartment. “A concert hall isn’t a particularly engaging social scene,” says Groupmuse founder Sam Bodkin. That’s why he moved the music into living rooms, and pared down the concert ticket price to just $10. So for the cost of a cocktail, you can experience some of the greatest music in history, ten feet away from you. No black tie necessary. (more…)

03/26/15 9:55am
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Just don’t dance so hard it ends in the death of a disco dancer

1. We were going to suggest you go to this Smiths party at The Bell House to find yourself a Charming Man, but decided against it since that joke isn’t funny anymore. (Friday)

2. Dance to free indie slash synthpop in tandem at Tandem Bar. (Friday)

3. If you can hear anything over the sound of your self viciously devouring free pizza, you’ll probably enjoy the comics at Videology’s Comedy Killed the Video Star. (Friday)

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03/26/15 8:00am
Follow these tips and you'll have your party guests jumping for joy.

Follow these tips and you’ll have your party guests jumping for joy. Photo by Sarah Bibi Gainer.

Like getting into a crowded subway car, you’d think throwing a party would be something New Yorkers could handle on their own by now. Yet, much like how you have to yell at that clueless bro to MOVE THE EFF INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE CAR, too often you find yourself at a Brooklyn party that’s about as well thought out as as Budweiser millennial marketing campaign. This is New York City and we have high standards for parties: one false move and your event will be the cause of exodus, as displeased partygoers slip out the door on the hunt for a place that isn’t just six people sitting around a coffee table playing Cards Against Humanity. So here in the age of intense FOMO fear, Brokelyn provides this public service, your basic primer of How to Throw a Party. If some of these tips are excruciatingly obvious to you, great — send it to your less-capable friends as a gentle nudge to get their party game on top of a fleek.

And tune in to part 2, How to attend a party in New York City in 2015, tomorrow! (more…)

03/25/15 1:00pm
Hope and Anchor. Photo by Guillaume Gaudet.

Hope and Anchor. Photo by Guillaume Gaudet.

Hope and Anchor
347 Van Brunt St. (at Wolcott), Red Hook,
(718) 237-0276

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What it is: A cozy Red Hook staple with maritime decor and anytime fun.

Why we love it: At Hope and Anchor, a bottle selection of 15 craft beers accompanies a menu of comfort food and burgers like you’ve never seen ‘em. There are parties to attend, parties to throw (you can rent out the whole bar for $25 a person) and events like drag queen karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights that is nothing short of, as the locals say, “amazing.” Hope & Anchor is a place for the nostalgic, the easy going, the queer friendly and the generally decent human beings of Brooklyn who either live near or are enthusiastic enough to travel to this fun-loving apple of Red Hook’s eye.

What to order: You really can’t go wrong with a burger here, and here’s why–you’ve got options. Beef, salmon, tofu, lamb, or duck, there’s tons of fry to try. Lots of veggie options, too. And, if you throw back one or five too many of those bottled beers, come back in the morning for the Hangover Helper, a breakfast burrito with all the fixins.

Regular tip: Ask about the staff cuddle hug.

03/25/15 12:19pm

There’s a new building with 153 possibly affordable apartments coming to Flatbush [YIMBY]
If you hate hipsters, you might like Cards Against Brooklyn [DNAinfo]
A NYC shoe repair store that the march of retail chains forgot to obliterate [Vanishing New York]
Free haircuts and beard trims in Carroll Gardens today [Craigslist]
A 47-year-old retiree on how to be rich like him [Billfold]
‘A true pigeon will never break your heart’ [Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn]
Why white people dance alone [TPM]
Jemima Kirke’s Brooklyn workouts aren’t supposed to make her skinny [NYTimes]

03/25/15 11:23am
Photo by Flickr user carnagenyc.

Right? There is, isn’t there? Photo by Flickr user carnagenyc.

Brooklyn may not be where I was born and raised, but eight years, six jobs, five apartments, three ER visits, and one Brooklyn Bridge tattoo later, it’s where I belong. I’ve been in love and had my heart broken here. I’ve trained for a marathon here. I’ve woken up to water bugs crawling out of the drain, dead rodents, and roommates’ random hookups. I’ve made friends, lost friends and attended funerals. I vote here. My nephew was born here. I’ve dipped my toes in the Gowanus, kissed on the Brooklyn Bridge, and volunteered after Hurricane Sandy. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.  (more…)

03/25/15 8:23am
Magazines about what's in right now are so in right now. Via NYLON

Magazines about what’s in right now are so in right now. Via NYLON

Brooklyn is a big place, and getting bigger every day, since random boroughs are rapidly becoming annexed by deranged real estate agents. Point is, if you’re looking for something out there, you’re likely to find it, whether it be a significant other who likes home-brewing and needlepoint rap lyrics as much as you do, or finding a place where you can get a damn whiskey coke without judgement and under 7 bucks. More than anything, though, it means that if you’re looking for an awesome job involving doing what you love, it could only be mere stops on the G train away. Which is to say, several hours. But the ride will be worth it once you find yourself breaking out of your boring desk job and expressing your inner dancer/sommelier/poet/psychopath!

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03/24/15 4:39pm
Your signature might just save the Williamsburg businesses you rely on. via Travelers Today

Stop the L train closure, save the Williamsburg businesses you rely on. via Travelers Today

The hurricane of pure despair L train shutdown is now arriving: weeknight closures between Bedford and Eighth Avenue as of midnight tonight, and hellfire six straight weekends without service starting April 11. While that’s inconvenient for you as a commuter, it’s potentially catastrophic for the small businesses of Williamsburg, many of whom were counting on the spring weather to bring in more traffic after the brutal winter. DNA Info reports that Williamsburg businesses have started an online petition, as a last-ditch attempt to postpone the shutdown until August. ”To transport the humans here, the L train is our main artery,” Crest Hardware owner Joseph Franquinha told DNAinfo. “You cut off this artery, you’re cutting off our livelihood.” If you like local businesses that aren’t Starbucks or Urban Outfitters, you should consider signing it. (more…)