01/05/16 10:53am
Hey look, it's you, and this is now. via Flickr user Jerry Donhal

Hey look, it’s you, and this is now. via Flickr user Jerry Donhal

Winter temperatures are finally upon us, which means it’s time to start enjoying our second wind of summer. What? But it’s not summer. Yes it is. Summer is basically just a time when you are always warm and you do beach things. And we’ve rounded up a number of inexpensive ways you can do all the beach things this season, like walking in the sand, day-drinking, playing boardwalk games, going swimming and more.

Caution: activities below should not be attempted if you have other things to do. Because much like an actual summer day spent at the beach, these things are mostly lazy, will take all of your time, and will inevitably end with you getting drunk.  (more…)

12/22/15 11:59am
Say goodbye to 2015 in style at any of these great parties. via Facebook

Say goodbye to 2015 in style at any of these great parties. via Facebook

There are only a few more days of 2015 left! Whether you are filled with hope, melancholy or dread for the upcoming year, don’t let the old one go out with a whimper. Even if you didn’t get invited to any killer house parties this year, you don’t have to schlep into Manhattan to find an awesome party. From booze to burlesque and food to fireworks, there are plenty of Brooklyn New Year’s Eve events and activities in every neighborhood to fit any-sized budget. (more…)

12/14/15 9:55am
It's like, life goes around in a circle, so why not make it literal on the New Year's Eve. via Flickr user Kilgub

It’s like, life goes around in a circle, so why not make it literal on the New Year’s Eve. via Flickr user Kilgub

Last month, we mentioned that the Wonder Wheel would be open on New Year’s Day for the first time in its 95 year history. That’s exciting, and some of you might already be making plans about how you’ll manage your New Year’s Eve substance abuse so you can make it to Coney Island and ride the Wonder Wheel. Now we’ve got even better news: The Wonder Wheel will be open on New Year’s Eve also, and it’ll be free to ride. Finally, a chance for you to sing “Auld Lang Syne” on a Ferris wheel and not have people look at you like you’re crazy. (more…)

12/04/15 9:57am
What's more Coney-tastic than Amour Obscur's accordion?

What’s more Coney-tastic than Amour Obscur’s accordion? (#11) (photo courtesy of Amour Obscur)

1. See a smorgasbord of cinema at the Mono No Aware film festival at LightSpace Studio. (Friday & Saturday, FREE)

2. Watch an array of different performances at the La Luz Fall Showcase, including musical improv, double-dutch, magic, and more. (Friday, $7)

3. Get ruff (sorry) at Dog Fight 2, an improv competition with all proceeds going to Barc Animal Shelter. (Friday, $5) (more…)

12/02/15 11:50am
via Shwick Market

The Shwick Market is just one of the over 20 Brooklyn holiday markets where you can pick up cool things during Christmas season. via Shwick Market

Now that we’re all done stuffing our faces with turkey leftovers, it’s time for the gift-buying panic to set it. Are you suffering from an overwhelming pressure to buy everyone in your life the perfect present? Has your agoraphobia kicked in at the mere thought of fighting the hordes of Manhattan tourists?

Here at Brokelyn, we are all about minimizing holiday PTSD. Our number one tip: stay in the borough and shop locally! There are tons of Brooklyn holiday markets, pop-ups and fairs for you to find something fun and affordable for everyone on your gift list. (more…)

Quite a place to say hello to 2016. via Flickr user Kilgub

Quite a place to say hello to 2016. via Flickr user Kilgub

Every day, we’re getting closer to the best holiday of the year, and if you’re anything like us, you’re very excited. No, not Thanksgiving or Christmas, we mean New Year’s Eve. And of course after New Year’s Eve is the holiday’s cousin, New Year’s Day, also known as International Hangover Day, during which you lie on the couch and recover from the previous evening’s heavy indulgence of LSD and Glug. On the other hand, you might be able to actually move around and stuff after New Year’s Eve, so if you’re up for what could be a chilly adventure, amNewYork reports that you can ride Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel on New Year’s Day for the first time in the ride’s history. (more…)

10/16/15 1:12pm
Get seduced by this transexual Transylvanian in Williamsburg

Get seduced by this transexual Transylvanian in Williamsburg

It’s getting colder out and there are more and more ghost sightings (or attempted ghost sightings anyway) around the borough. That can only mean Halloween is almost here, and you know what that means: Putting on a crazy costume and getting freaking wasted, all in an attempt to ward off the ghost of you getting old. We’re here to help, with the best ways you can celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn, both on the big day itself and on the run up to it. (more…)

09/25/15 9:15am
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A Downtown soup dumpling spot is just one reason to kind of be okay with fall arriving. via Facebook

Well, fall has finally arrived, and everyone is reluctantly sliding into their light jackets. I won’t lie, I’m sad. Summer in New York is my favorite, even if it does mean the city smells like boiling garbage and the subway is a direct conduit to the molten center of the earth. But don’t despair, fall has it’s upsides – like cozy sweaters, colorful foliage and pumpkin spice everything. There’s also plenty to do in Brooklyn in the fall and you can do it without back sweat! Here are just a few of the reasons to look forward to autumn in Brooklyn, like restaurant openings, craft beer festivals and a spooky theme park. (more…)

08/24/15 8:22am
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Sorry Boots, your revolution is in another castle. via Facebook

You know, usually Monday comes around and I’m all glum and tell you guys to enjoy the night in spite of the fact that it’s Monday. Screw that today though, holy crap did you see Jon Stewart hit John Cena with a chair last night? Attack the week like you’re making a vicious and unexpected heel turn, starting by going out and having a great time at one of these events pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

Can you outgrow this hairy gents?

Can you outgrow this hairy gents?

Beards! People are fascinated by them, many folks throughout history have grown them. Maybe even you have one, and you’re thinking you should get around to shaving because it’s so freaking hot out. Before you do that though, consider how long it takes you to grow something weird and award-worthy, because glory and a trophy fez await you at the upcoming Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition. (more…)