08/04/14 9:59am
splitty

You’ll probably be able to find a couple Nathaniel P. types while at Splitty’s. Or maybe you are one…

From Norman Mailer to Edgwidge Danticat to that guy from that OkCupid date who writes thinkpieces on Encino Man, Brooklyn has a long history of producing, housing and inspiring great authors and literary works. So naturally, there’s plenty of great literature that takes place around these parts. Here’s an introductory list of Brooklyn-based books, and where in the borough you should enjoy them for an optimum reader experience. But you don’t have to take my word for it… (more…)

06/25/14 10:24am

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This week, the city voted for a 1% rent increase on all stabilized apartments. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in one? Actually, still sounds nice. Sure you could plot your way into living in one of those, but that’s gonna take you some time. Meanwhile, how about checking out these “very unlikely to not increase” Brooklyn apartments? (more…)

06/09/14 1:12pm
world cup brooklyn

You’ll see all your favorite soccer stars, like Arriaga, Arriaga II and Barriaga. via Facebook

So … you weren’t able to swing the cash to head down to Brazil this summer for the World Cup. But instead of being jealous that you aren’t laying by a beautiful beach and partying in between soccer matches, be happy you don’t have to look far to find a great place to watch your favorite team duke it out for arguably the most important trophy in the world. We’ve rounded up the best bars from all over Brooklyn to catch the games, without breaking your balls. (more…)

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Hot Bird: A baby-free zone since 2014. via Flickr user Betty Tsang

Parents have it tough around here. Between having to do things like finding a school for their terrible children, and making their terrible children do their Common Core homework and generally make sure their children stay alive, it’s enough to drive you to drink. Of course, if you have children, you can’t just leave them at home when you need a beer. You can’t bring them to Hot Bird either though, as the bar has recently instituted a “no kids” policy. (more…)

05/12/14 11:55am
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The Daily Press in Bed-Stuy is one of just 122 great places to get coffee in Brooklyn. via Facebook

Last week, the Times posted an interactive map of 101 spots to get great coffee in NYC, including a meager 29 coffee shops in Brooklyn, and leaving entire neighborhoods blank. While the map paid even less attention to Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, we felt compelled to right their egregious oversights in our borough. So, we put together a map representing the motherlode of BK coffee hubs, from as far south as Sheepshead Bay to the northern tip of Greenpoint.

Thanks to everyone who contributed, including Team Brokelyn’s Tim, Rebecca, Isaac, Conal, Sam, Dan, and Ned Berke from Sheepshead Bites. Let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite spot!

05/05/14 9:10am
sunshine laundry

You’d never know it, but these people are celebrating Cinco de Mayo

This has to be one of the happiest Mondays as it’s also Cinco de Mayo. Tuesday hangover likely to ensue be damned! While many of us have taken the holiday as a reason to get crunk it was originally celebrated by Mexicans to commemorate the day the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. (Oh yeah, putting a little history on dat ass.) Here are some places in Brooklyn, with the kind of margarita and taco deals (oh and free pinball too) that will make you grateful in your heart for that fateful day.

Careful about overcelebrating though. One of the great things about being a blogger and working from home is that pants are optional, especially after Cinco de Mayo. But for the rest of you who are office-bound tomorrow, pace yourself. You’ll still need a job come Tuesday. (more…)

04/29/14 10:09am
cafe rue dix

Cafe Rue Dix is just one of the Brooklyn restaurants to get a deal at African Restaurant Week. via Instagram

We’re always on the hunt for cheap places to eat, or moderately-priced places offering deals anyway, so we’re very familiar with New York Restaurant Week’s proud tradition of ignoring Brooklyn. But screw them, because check it out: it’s African Restaurant Week right now, and the city’s best African restaurants are offering prix fixe lunch and dinner ($16.95 and $24.95 each) and menu discounts. And the organizers are including Brooklyn, because they’ve got half a brain in their heads. (more…)

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Usually you avoid school, but hey, it’s free. via Facebook

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to go to one of the prestigious art schools in one of the most artistic cities in the world? Well, on April 5 you can find out for the low low cost of zero dollars.

The Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill is opening their Pratt Free School this weekend, offering a day of free classes to the public taught by alumni of their Master Communication Design program. The day of free classes, which have become a yearly tradition at the school, are designed as both a showcase for recent graduates and an outreach to the Brooklyn community. (more…)

eugene mirman

Will Eugene have alpacas with him? You won’t know until you find out. via Facebook

A great thing about Brooklyn is that famous people you see on TV, or whose animated selves you see on TV in this case, just kind of live everywhere. Case in point: Bob’s Burgers‘ Larry Murphy lives so close to Clinton Hill’s Splitty (415 Myrtle Avenue) that he decided to put together a weekly comedy night there. He’s opening it with a bang too, bringing a couple of his co-stars, Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman, and a Brokelyn favorite, Kate Berlant, along with him tonight. Plus, it won’t cost you more than a Lincoln (the bill, not the coin). (more…)

02/26/14 2:37pm
spike lee

Yelling can be good, but it’s gotta get you somewhere

Yesterday, while some of you were livetweeting The Bachelor (or livetweeting NHL players’ livetweeting it), or live-tweeting white people yell at each other about plastic bags, Spike Lee unloaded an internet-ready rant about gentrification at a speech at the Pratt Institute. Spike Lee has deep roots in Brooklyn, and has used it as a canvas for years, so if he’s got something to say, he’s worth hearing out. Lee was pretty on point with most of the rant, but it left out something important: things don’t have to be this way. (more…)