ghostbusters

You afraid of this ghost? No? Then check out this chat with its creator.

Aside from having awesome gear and the rakish wit of a young-ish Bill Murray, the Ghostbusters had another important factor for success: great #branding. Their logo, a ghost in a “not allowed” circle, says everything you needed to know about the Ghostbusters, namely, that they were anti-ghost. On Saturday, you can hear from the man who made that logo, Michael C. Gross, when he pops in to Pratt on Saturday, September 20 for a FREE talk about design and his career in the humor business. If you are in fact afraid of some ghosts, you’re still allowed to go, but we wouldn’t recommend it. (more…)

clinton hill flea

Soon this empty lot will fill the emptiness inside you, with stuff. via Fort Greene Focus

Flea markets, everyone wants one! Fresh on the heels of Crown Heights getting the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, here comes word from Fort Greene Focus that Clinton Hill is getting a bread-based flea market, the Clinton Hill Flea. Well, maybe not bread-based, since it’s not like you’ll be able to pay for things like bread, but the Clinton Hill Flea at least seems to have an emphasis on bread. (more…)

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…)

hot bird

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
daily press

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…)