10/29/14 12:00pm

Metro-North is screwing up left and right [WNYC]
New Yorkers wanna know: Does Taylor Swift know who Dr. Zizmor is? [Daily News]
Non-union DOE employees need some damn raises [DNA Info]
How Katz’ Deli stays open [Slate]
Misdemeanor arrests are up, even as violent crime is down [New York Times]
Here’s the new Pok Pok Fat Thai on Columbia Street [Grub Street]
People thought that Farmingdale beheading was a prank [New York Magazine]

10/29/14 10:41am
diy halloween costumes

Just because you’re broke, doesn’t mean you can’t look cool or sexy on Halloween. All illustrations by Shaylyn Berlew

Halloween is a sexy time. And no, I’m not referring to the stupid store-bought costumes. I mean it more like people can get in touch with a different part of their personality, put on a mask, and act the fool with people in various states of bloody, gothic, or otherwise ornate undress. But since you’re reading Brokelyn, I can only imagine your costume budget comes up a few digits south of a period-appropriate musketeer or Marie Antoinette outfit. However, there’s no reason a brokester needs to compromise his or her seductiveness just to pay the rent come November 1.

So, herewith, I present to you some rock-solid, wallet-friendly, DIY costumes and apropos sexual innuendos to say while wearing them. Just make sure to be safe, don’t eat too much candy corn (serious bloating action there), and have a ghoulishly good time come Friday night. (more…)

10/29/14 8:38am
You could look this cool. Well maybe not THIS cool, but close.

You could look this cool. Well maybe not THIS cool, but close.

We’re lamenting about graduating from Brokelyn High last Thursday, and like any good Millennial, the nostalgia is already coming on strong. We had a great freakin’ time at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance, but the clear-cut winner of the popularity contest wasn’t Mascot the Bear (sorry, Mascot), but our limited-edition varsity jackets. Not only do these bad boys make you look like you lettered in assassinating nefarious high school bullies, but they are hand-to-Holy-Spirit the most comfortable jacket you’ll purchase this fall. Did we mention the secret inside pocket? Oh. There’s a secret inside pocket. At just $30, this jacket is less expensive than a week’s worth of $7 lattes from that one coffee shop in Greenpoint, and it will keep you just as warm.

The jackets in action at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dinaro)

The jackets in action at the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance. (Photo courtesy of Kim Dinaro)

So what are you waiting for? Order your Brokelyn High Varsity Jacket now! (Or, conversely, if you want to start your summer shopping early, we’ve got t-shirts for sale too).

10/29/14 8:22am
green-wood cemetery

If you want to be buried in Green-Wood, you’re gonna have to choose between being able to buy a home in life or a home in death. Choose wisely. via Facebook

We have some bad news and we’re going to just break it to you straight: you’re going to die someday. Unless science advances to incredible new heights sometime in the near future, allowing us all to live forever, you’re going to have to take the time to make arrangements for when you finally leave this mortal coil. And hell, even with the science, we’ll find a way to kill ourselves anyhow when we eventually legalize knife fighting out of existential boredom.

So, now that we’re all in a good mood, let’s talk about how much it costs to be buried in Brooklyn and see if we can find you an affordable option, so you can achieve the dream of staying in Brooklyn for all time. After all, it’s that or some friends throw you into the Gowanus for the low, low cost of leaving them all your stuff. (more…)

10/28/14 4:43pm
bushwick fire

Bushwick certainly used to look a lot different. via City of Noise

As you would expect of an old city, Brooklyn has a long relationship with fire, man’s greatest foe and greatest ally at the same time. On the one hand, fire provides warmth, cooks meat or seitan and is fought by hunky firemen. On the other hand, fire destroys and hurts, fire bad. The Brooklyn Historical Society and Green-Wood Cemetery are teaming up for a series of talks on all of those facets of fire happening over the next few weeks, talks that are either free or very cheap. (more…)

10/28/14 2:45pm

We haven’t talked about street harassment here for a little while, but hey let’s do that now, since here a brand new video of a woman who committed the crime of walking down the street in pants and got hours and hours of people hollering at her. If you have things that we humans call “empathy” or “a working brain,” we’d suggest not reading the comments, since they’re the same depressing mix of people saying she’s just being complimented and calling her conceited. If you want to piss them off, throw the Hollaback Project some cash, and if you’re a woman who’s always dealing with catcalling, here are some tips for combatting it from someone who grew up here dealing with it. (more…)

10/28/14 1:55pm
citi bike

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. If you live in certain neighborhoods. Photo by Mary Dorn

Ever since they were introduced to our fine city, people have been asking two questions: When will someone die on one, and when will the service expand to be useful to more than a few people in Manhattan. We can’t answer the dying thing, but we can share the news that Citi Bike announced a huge expansion program today, with more bikes coming to Bed-Stuy, bikes finally coming to Greenpoint in 2015 and also a rate hike. Which is fair since at least it comes with 6,000 more bikes eventually. Hence, bike share’s new slogan, “Citi Bike: Possibly useful in Brooklyn soon!” (more…)

10/28/14 12:47pm
supercollider

via Facebook

Supercollider   Food Outdoor Space Wifi

609 Fourth Ave.
(between 17th and 18th)
South Slope
347-725-3419

 

What it is: Supercollider is a coffee shop/lounge that will amp you up with its local coffee in the morning and mellow you out with its 15 craft beers and cocktails later in the day (yeah, that’s a typical day, right?). This newcomer to Fourth Ave boasts trivia nights, open mics with live musicians, and even film screenings in its backyard.

Why we love it: Supercollider is a relaxed spot that would make for good date drinks, hanging out with friends, or even just stopping by solo and seeing what’s happening. Beyond the long bar there are booths where you can park and take up one of the serious board games kept behind the bar (Settlers of Catan, among others). Add in a backyard that hasn’t become overcrowded and you have a nice gem that welcomes a nice, steady booze-a-thon.

Who to bring: This is a great lounge to stop by with those game night friends, or for that nice, quiet first date drink.

What to order: Any of their 18 craft beers will do fine, or their coffee, if that’s your steez.

Fun fact: One block away from the Prospect Ave stop on the R train, this bar might be the easiest to get your drunk on within moments of your Metrocard swipe.—Eric Silver

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10/28/14 12:00pm

The Knicks and Nets are too cheap to give their dancers health insurance [New York Post]
Prospect Heights is getting a BYOB poetry series [DNA Info]
Virgin renters take heart, someone’s looking out for you [Brick Underground]
Here are some gross ways to get high [ANIMAL]
Even people who love the new Taylor Swift pretend “Welcome to New York” doesn’t exist [The Hairpin]
John Kerry was in Fort Greene [Fort Greene Focus]
Well, here it is, here’s Colin Meloy busking [BrooklynVegan]
Citi Bike is gonna have a new chief [Daily News]

10/28/14 11:09am
imani henry

Imani Henry’s not into the whole “up and coming” thing. Photo by Sabelo Narasimhan

The name “Brooklyn” has come to refer to a lot more than a borough. Brooklyn’s a lucrative brand, the backdrop of many a millennial crisis on Girls, and a place where it’s getting tough to survive if your income’s more like that of a Girls character than a cast member. It’s no secret Brooklyn’s the sleek poster child of gentrification, and there are a lot of people fighting to make sure that growing coolness doesn’t detract attention from the huge loss of affordable housing that’s accompanied it.

Community activist Imani Henry is one of those people. “There is nothing hip and cool happening in Brooklyn. It’s a war,” he told us. “If people can really think about it, there are people moving to the Poconos and Ithaca in their 70s. People with mental health conditions who have no place to go or live. Families are being pushed out of their apartments. There’s nothing sexy, hot, or cute about it.”

As a social worker who organizes with Equality for Flatbush, a grassroots group fighting gentrification and police repression, he spends a lot of time helping long-time Brooklyn residents remain Brooklyn residents. Henry has seen a very ugly side to the borough’s changing faces and facades, and talked with us about it, how to make a positive impact on the borough’s changes and gentrification’s “inevitability.” (more…)