Pie potentate Pels poses for a pic

Pie potentate Pels poses for a pic

Hey folks, welcome back to the second installment of Brokelyn’s newest profile series: Perfect Summer Sundays. Each week, we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size. Tourists, too! Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.

This week we’re taking you to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with Alison Pels, newly-crowned pie potentate of central Brooklyn. Since opening her own shop in the area, Pels has discovered all there is to know about this unassuming little neighborhood tucked in next to Prospect Park, and she’s brought all her “secrets of the garden” to Brokelyn! (more…)

06/19/15 7:01am
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Looks much more fun than watching Netflix all summer. Image via Flickr user gigi_nyc

Put on your jorts, slather yourself in sunblock and cue the Ella Fitzgerald; it’s summer time, kid, and the living is easy. We-e-ll, okay, that’s not entirely true. Summer can be as expensive as any other season, unless you know how to pace yourself. After all, you’ve gota whole 94 days (plus one bonus day we’ve determined the calendar gave us) to enjoy the warmth and the good feelings that come from being outdoors Between co-workers, a significant other, social gatherings and me-time, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed.

Not to fear. Through vigorous research at the Brokelyn offices, we’ve gathered not one, not two, not 39, but 95 things to do—one for each day of summer. They range between the splurge-worthy and the completely free, so you don’t have to shell out every day to make memories. Use this guide as a go-to for how to spend your summer daze, and keep your bank account flush. First up, we’ve got June and July. So strap on your summer shoes (which might just be your shoes) and get ready to get out there. (more…)

05/14/15 11:38am
So it's like your morning commute, but it smells better and you won't get kicked in the face. Via flickr user Dan Nguyen

Like your morning commute, but smells better and you won’t get kicked in the face. Via flickr user Dan Nguyen

It’s the worst catchphrase in Brooklyn. “It’s showtime!” You’ve practically choreographed a signature eye-roll for every time it happens. And with good reason: because here you are, just trying to get from A to B on a quiet train ride, and all of a sudden someone is blasting music and nearly kicking you in the face on a speeding suwbay train. But this weekend, you can watch a bonafide subway performance from a safe distance! DNA info reports that the Brooklyn Museum’s latest exhibit will feature live showtime dancers on Sunday, in an exhibit called “Public Disruption/Private Powers.” (more…)

05/07/15 9:03am
So many haikus, so little time

So many haikus, so little time. via Flickr user Joe Hall

1. See what two years of Brooklyn College MFAing creates at Chain Reaction, the spring thesis exhibition at SIGNAL Gallery. (Friday)

2. Ride the Wonder Wheel while poets serenade you with Coney Island-inspired work at Poem-a-Rama. (Friday)

3. Help out the Free Portrait Project by very quietly collecting original paintings and prints at this Silent Art Auction Fundraiser at Shoestring Press. (Friday) (more…)

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If you know Basquiat, skip the paintings for the notebooks. If you don’t, enjoy both.

Text plays a crucial role in the work of Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, often overwhelming visual aspects with a mass of black scribbles. From his initial work as a graffiti artist in Lower Manhattan with which he announced his creative voice as SAMO©, Basquiat engaged in a discourse on race, wealth, and art in America. Had his whirlwind life been slightly different, Basquiat may well have achieved fame as a poet.

Given the importance of text to Basquiat’s work, it should come as no surprise that he kept copious notes. He preferred cheap, marble composition books, some of which you can now see on display at the Brooklyn Museum in a new exhibition “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” or as the exhibition’s synopsis puts it “#basquiatnotebooks.” While this much hyped exhibit offers the opportunity to see Basquiat’s famous textual artistry on a smaller, more concentrated scale, the exhibition’s mixed messages could lead some visitors astray. (more…)

04/02/15 10:20am
Bring it.

Bring it.

1. Get a laugh at the intersection of feminism, farts and fun at the premiere of the web series Wildcats at Videology. (Friday)

2. See Casey Balsham, Ronny Slowik, and plenty of other comics at The Bridges. (Friday)

3. Welcome Main’s Bunker Brewing to Brooklyn with a tap takeover at Covenhoven with the Beerded Ladies. (Friday) (more…)

03/31/15 8:53am
See what Basquiat was scribbling about these guys all those years

See what Basquiat was scribbling about these guys all those years

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the city’s coolest, most legendary icons, not to mention a Brooklyn native. We know this not just because of our deep art and hip-hop history knowledge, but because Jay-Z and Kanye keep rapping about him. It follows, then, that the works of one of New York’s biggest legends pay a visit only to one of the city’s coolest museums. The Brooklyn Museum has gotten a hold of Basquiat’s rare notebooks, and you can see his 160 pages of sketches, poems, observations, and general scribblings of ideas starting this Friday. (more…)

03/23/15 7:00am
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Chitra Ganesh breaks down gender and myth while you break it down

1. James Hannahan discusses his latest sad-sounding novel, Delicious Foods, which follows a grieving widow as she becomes a drug addict. (Monday)

2. Another edition of Creep has lurked back into our lives, and this time their lineup includes Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Brett Davis, and Liza Treyger. (Tuesday)

3. Join Dawn Luebbe as she bravely revisits her preteen years at My 1992 Diary at WORD. (Tuesday) (more…)

03/19/15 8:00am
Ladies...

Ladies…

1. Nibble on cheap lobster rolls at Brooklyn Bridge Park, since we imagine nibbling is how rich people eat. (Friday)

2. See art in Brooklyn about art in Brooklyn at Made in Brooklyn, a four-night pop-up gallery. (Friday)

3. We know you’ve still got some teenage angst left in you, so begrudgingly drag it all to Videology for My So-Called Life party. (Friday)

4. Get tips on how to grapple with your most crippling lulls in creativity at Overcoming Writer’s Block, a workshop at Made in NY Media Center. (Saturday)  (more…)

03/05/15 9:33am
Totoro always brings the party

Totoro always brings the party

1. See work from the city’s best young street photographers at the Empire State launch party at Livestream Public. (Friday)

2. Dance the lingering cold away as DJs spin hip hop, r&b, disco, and house at Trophy Bar. (Friday)

3. SnapCrackle and pop (lock and drop it) to jazz-funk, hip hop, afrobeat, reggae, and just about every other danceable genra at Bed-Vyne Brew. (Friday) (more…)