It’s time to say goodbye to the real estate listings as we know them, brokesters. Shed a tear for the apartment days of yore. Oh, don’t worry, this isn’t a eulogy for the death of cheapness; you can still find reasonably-priced places to live without our help. That said, this week’s apartments are an epic send-off from here at Brokelyn headquarters. We’ve got Sunset Park to Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights to Coney Island. And these spots aren’t just light on the wallet—they’re featherweight. Take that, by-application-only affordable housing! (more…)
It’s just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc
Gone are the days of abandoned warehouses and empty piers lining the Brooklyn waterfront. Wegman’s has replaced the ghostly buildings on Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and it’s hard to imagine Red Hook without Ikea. Beautification efforts in the early 2000s replaced miles of industrial sites with the Brooklyn Bridge Park and rejuvenated the waterfront as a popular space for cultural events. Now with businesses like the Brooklyn Barge Bar which offers a range of water sport programs nestled comfortably next to art galleries and restaurants, Brooklyn’s shoreline has become a playground for nature enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Here’s our recommendations of the 50 best ways to experience Brooklyn’s waterfront. (more…)
Join the Cyclones in doffing your cap to Brooklyn’s new royalty. via Facebook
[UPDATE: That was fast! All the tickets have been claimed, thanks everyone.]
As you recall, we’re crowning King Henry and the Girl of Gotham Brooklyn’s new King and Queen this Saturday, July 18 at 6pm at MCU Park, after they won votes from you the people in the contest to see who should replace Jay-Z and Beyonce. As exciting as that it, we have even more excitement to ladle on the royal pronouncement: You (yes you) can come for free because we have a whole slew of tickets in the right field bleachers to give away. We of course want to do right by you, the committed Brokelyn reader, so if you want in, all you have to do is give us your name and email address, and whether you want one ticket or two in the form below by 4pm on Thursday (or while supplies last) and we’ll be in touch with the details on how to get your ticket on Friday! (By the way, if you have a South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book, there’s a free beer waiting for you after the game at Peggy O’Neill’s.)
Which beach is the one for you? via Luna Park NYC Flickr
Welcome to beach season. Depending on the kind of person you are, you might have different preferences for your beach, like the food you can get nearby or the crowd you want to hang around with or even your preferred way of getting to there. Instead of thinking long and hard about it, our top Beach Data Scientists put together a quiz that determines which NYC beach is the one that fits your personality the best. So take it and enjoy, but just remember that the results are legally binding* and you have to go to this beach for the rest of the summer! (more…)
What it is: Year-round Coney Island mainstay and Irish pub located right next door to MCU Park.
Why we love it: Pride for amateur Brooklyn leagues Cyclones and the Bolts runs deep here, with pre and post game tailgates most game days. From live bands all day on Saturdays, to karaoke on Mondays, there’s a draw for everybody. Hit up the bar with your fellow Cyclones and Bolts fans before and/or after catching the game, or wander over at the end of the day with your beach-and-ride compatriots.
What to order: Coney Island lager on tap, and a sample platter of bar food classics like wings, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.
Regular tip: The name is an homage to Irish lass Margaret “Peggy” Devaney, historic survivor of the Titanic.
If this muppet asks you where the Cyclone is, don’t tell him. Flickr image via Amy.
There’s a new Biblical plague in town. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s making a torrential descent onto the Coney Island boardwalk. According to Brooklyn Paper, a number of Times Square mascots seem to have relocated to the People’s Playground, after abdicating their midtown Manhattan posts due to recent police crackdowns on costumed solicitation.
Like this, but minus baseball plus bands. via Flickr user Eden, Janine & Jim
There’s no shortage of summer concerts to while away your summer evenings on a blanket in the park or on a pier by the sea. But here’s just a few more gigs you can get excited about! Now in its 35th year, the Seaside Summer festival in Coney Island will bring an eclectic roster of live music to MCU park, otherwise known as the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.
It’s a short little festival happening Wednesday, July 22 through Friday, July 24. But it’s managed to squeeze in sounds for every taste. Oh, and enjoy this #tbt: the first performance is by JT Taylor, formerly of Kool & the Gang. (more…)
Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon
As you might have seen on Twitter, we didn’t just get to enjoy the Mermaid Parade in a haze of drunken irresponsibility this year. No, this year we enjoyed the Mermaid Parade as judges, which as it turns out, still means a good amount of of drunken irresponsibility, but also there are free tacos. And bribes, lots of people just giving you things like alcohol, candy, sexy dances and flowers in the hopes you’ll vote for their float or costume. Also we could get closer to the parade than usual. Still, our judging duties weren’t going to keep up from getting plenty of pictures of the day, since it lets us relive all the madness and share what we saw with anyone who couldn’t make it. (more…)
If you’ve got a nicer way to watch a movie, we’d love to hear it. via Flickr user David Tan
You’ve already got opportunities to watch outdoor movies in parks and in bars this summer, but seeing as how it’s beach season, maybe you want to be able to both go to the beach and see a movie and ride a roller coaster n the same day. In that case, thank your lucky stars that Flicks on the Beach will be returning to Coney Island this summer with another killer lineup of favorites both new and old. At least if you consider “old” to be movies made in 1984 to be old (which please don’t do that because it would make us feel old). (more…)