09/10/14 11:27am
Time 2 learn

Time 2 learn

If you’re suffering the wave of back-to-school nostalgia that Target commercials and Old Navy window displays forces on the post-grad crowd, you’re not alone. You may be done shopping for dorm supplies (take a minute to celebrate never needing a shower caddy again) and composition books may never be in your life again, but you’re never too old to continue learning.

College classes are tempting, and expensive, to broaden your education, but there are plenty of university-less classes in New York that will teach you valuable, and practical lessons, like new languages, how to further your career, make a ceramic bowl, code an app, and much more, and you shouldn’t have to take out any loans to do it! Plus, you may learn a new marketable skill. Etsy always has room for another liberal arts grad… (more…)

09/08/14 11:26am
brooklyn public library

This could be you! The librarian, not the kids. via Facebook

Hey, have you heard the good news? The library has more money in their budget than they had last year, according to a very excited press release. What it means for you is extended hours and more libraries open on weekends, if you’re the type of person who wants to hang out in the library on weekends. Having money though also means that the library is doing a bunch of hiring. Want to be a librarian? Want to be handle the library’s social media? Want to be a custodian? Well today is your lucky day, bub. (more…)

08/22/14 2:27pm
brooklyn public library

Man, librarians are the best. You should definitely let them pick your books. via Facebook

So you’re finished with you’re summer reading, and you’re not sure where you want to go next. After all, there are so many books! Fortunately, the Brooklyn Public Library is here to save you from your own poor decisions with a new service called Bklyn BookMatch, in which they make you a personalized reading list. If there was ever a reason to pay back your massive late fees, this is it. (more…)

07/21/14 10:27am
Get a good look, because you won't see much on the other side of that fence.

Get a good look, because you won’t see much on the other side of that fence.

1. Marvel at some big shiny computer graphics at the Coney Island Flicks screening of Iron Man 3. (Monday)

2. Get your magical realism fix with this book release for Land of Love and Drowning, which follows several generations of a family in the Virgin Islands. (Monday)

3. Go to Night Owl Comedy, it’ll be a hoot. (Tuesday) (more…)

06/30/14 8:40am
The_Jedi_Doth_Return

We have a feeling a lot of folks die in the end.

1. Hear how storytelling and immigration reform go together with artists at the Brooklyn Public Library. (Monday)

2. Supercollider screens Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. Learn from history so that we don’t end up repeating it. (Monday)

3. Float away at Coney Island with a screening of Gravity. (Monday) (more…)

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Helmets are a perfect summer accessory. Soon… Photo by Mary Dorn

In a perfect world, teased hair, positive thinking and a fedora would be enough to protect your soft, mushy brain when you’re on a bike. Sadly, fedoras don’t protect your doughy brain as well as helmets do, so you should definitely get a helmet and maybe put away your fedora forever. Fortunately, the Department of Transportation and the Brooklyn Public Library can help you with the helmet part on Tuesday, with yet another helmet giveaway. (more…)

04/21/14 9:37am
class_of_nuke_em_high

Just like when you were in high school

1. Roll the dice on Game Night at Spike Hill, since the odds are pretty low that everyone they booked won’t be funny (Monday)

2. Or, check out Brooklyn, Stand Up at Over the Eight, which changes the formula of your usual standup show by promising interactive games. Hopefully the game isn’t “Make fun of the audience”

3. Mountain Dew or crab juice? The age-old question is asked and answered at Simpsons Club this week when the Simpsons visit New York (Monday)

4. See free play Bully Me Down just once, or follow them to every bar they perform at and see it all week. Either way, you get free pirate-themed theater (Monday – Friday) (more…)

03/13/14 8:37am
Morrissey

And do you think you’ve made the right dance move this time?

1. The Brooklyn Public Library’s Four & Twenty Blackbirds cafe is opening, so go and get you some pie and a book (Friday)

2. The Museum of Natural Mystery is a uh…something at the Bell House, that has death metal burlesque, a Please Touch booth, a dance party and much more. Mostly it sounds too weird to miss (Friday)

3. The upcoming edition of dance party Hey Queen! is called Man Eater, because isn’t it about time we had a misandrist dance party? Yes, yes it is (Friday)

4. Spring is almost here, so it’s time to get sexy at Videology by making out to some 90s-era music videos, which you missed out on in the 90s because what were you, like, 6 back then? (Friday) (more…)

four & twenty blackbirds

There’s a rumor the cafe will come with a “Pie in exchange for overdue books” program. Photo by Marcus Nilsson, via Facebook

Going to the library is great way to get educated and and a geat wat to stay involved in your community. And once March comes around, it’s gonna be a great place to eat delicious pies, because Melissa and Emily Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds are taking over the cafe in the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Because pies, like reading, are fundamental. (more…)

02/12/14 11:01am
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Why pay on Valentine’s Day when you can walk through a tunnel of love (of sorts) in Prospect Park? via Flickr user Mambo’Dan

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you know what that means: Duane Reade is guilting you with boxes of overpriced chocolates you now feel pressured to buy for your main squeeze on that “special” day. If you’re reading Brokelyn, you probably want to impress a significant other without breaking the bank (unless you’re these guys) and sometimes collaging pictures together from your road trip to Philly just isn’t going to cut it. In the spirit of romance and all that, here’s a ready-to-go, adventure-packed and couples-approved free Valentine’s Day in BK. It won’t cost you anything, but there may be a few catches along the way.  (more…)