11/14/13 8:47am
Hang this on your wall: "Lehigh Valley at Red Hook" by Ella Yang

Hang this on your wall: “Lehigh Valley at Red Hook” by Ella Yang

Shout out something right now. Hear that? That’s the echo from your bare walls, you bum. Yeah, sure, you just painted… three months ago. No one is going to want to sleep with you if your room looks like a monastic cell. And, no, you cannot put that Bob Marley poster back up. You have to get some real art. And don’t complain that you’re too poor, because the Brooklyn Art Council’s AccessArt affordable art show is this Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. The sweet deal is, every piece of art costs either $100 or $200. For just $25, you can browse through all the art from some of Brooklyn’s best artists, and every sale goes towards funding the BAC’s efforts to provide grants, professional development and other help to young artists. (more…)

09/26/13 2:14pm
Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss things like the Small Penis Pageant ever again! Photo by Mary Dorn

Subscribe to our newsletter and never miss things like the Small Penis Pageant ever again! Photo by Mary Dorn

Reading everything on the internet is fine and dandy when you’re bored at the office, but sometimes bosses actually want you to work at work. Later at happy hour, your friends are discussing great Brooklyn happenings and you’re left nodding your head dumbly with no idea what they’re talking about. If you don’t want to be stuck at home every weekend holding your cat and weeping softly into a pillow, we suggest you subscribe to the Brokelyn newsletter. Every week we comb through our events listings and send you the most interesting ones happening that weekend. Plus, we give you the best of that week’s articles and a classic Brokelyn piece.

This just in: we snagged two general admissions tickets, usually $50 apiece, to the massive Brooklyn Pour beer fest on October 12. One lucky newsletter subscriber will get these, and it could be you! To enter all you have to do is subscribe and click on the link in this week’s e-mail. We’ll pick a winner on Monday, September 30th at noon. Click here to subscribe now, unless you like hanging out with your cat. …

06/27/13 11:45am
At MCU Park, Via Flickr's Gary Dunaier.

At MCU Park, Via Flickr’s Gary Dunaier.

Coney Island is hopping this summer and we want to help you get in on the action. We’re giving away FOUR tickets to Saturday night’s Cyclones game where they’ll go rogue on the Hudson Valley Renegades. PLUS you get $12 towards food and drink. And once your done scarfing dogs, drinking beer, and watching the game, you and your three friends will be treated to a post-game fireworks show.

You must be an e-mail subscriber to win. It’s free and easy: fill in that little box to your right that says “JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST” and click subscribe. In the upcoming newsletters, click the link to enter. That’s all you have to do. We’ll be accepting entries until noon tomorrow and will contact our winner on soon after that.

Keep an eye out for the newsletter every Thursday in your mailbox. After this contest is over, we’ll have many more giveaways and lots of useful info.

Celebratory forearm bumps for everyone! via Facebook

Celebratory forearm bumps for all! via Facebook

The Mermaid Parade triumphantly returns to Coney Island this Saturday. There will be many babes and hunks in sea gear, and much fun will be had. But what about when you’re done tipsily hitting on anthropomorphic sea creatures? We’ve got the solution: we’re giving away tickets to Saturday night’s Cyclones game against the hated Aberdeen IronBirds! And win or lose, there are post-game fireworks, although of course they’ll be more exciting if the Cyclones win.

You must be an e-mail subscriber to win. It’s free and easy: fill in that little box to your right that says “JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST” and click subscribe. In the upcoming newsletters, click the link to enter. That’s all you have to do. We’ll be accepting entries until noon tomorrow and will contact our winner on soon after that.

Keep an eye out for the newsletter every Thursday in your mailbox. After this contest is over, we’ll have many more giveaways and lots of useful info.

05/30/13 1:00pm
Courtesy the Bell House

Photo by Rich Marchewka

Just when you think we couldn’t give away more awesome stuff: we’ve got two tickets to Steve Lemme and Kevin Heffernan’s comedy tour appearing at the Bell House this Sunday. You might know them better as Farva (LITER A COLA!) and Mac (Meow sir, do you know how fast you were going?) from Super Troopers. They’ll have you laughing with some original comedy, Broken Lizard movie trivia, and strange stories from Beerfest.

You must be an e-mail subscriber to win. It’s free and easy: fill in that little box to your right that says “JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST” and click subscribe. In the newsletter we’ll send out later today, click the link to enter. That’s all you have to do. We’re drawing a winner tomorrow at noon.

Keep an eye out for the newsletter every Thursday in your mailbox. After this contest is over, we’ll have many more giveaways and lots of useful Brokelyn info.

05/13/13 4:00pm
This movies won't suck... your blood.

These movies won’t suck… your blood.

UPDATE: The contest is over and the winners have been notified. If you were too late, remember, you can sign up for our mailing list and enter special contests every week just for subscribers. Enter your e-mail address in the box in the right-hand column. We’ll send out a newsletter every week with the weekend’s hot events, highlights from the site, and details about the current contest.

Like scary movies? Then you’ll want to read this. We’re giving five lucky email subscribers tickets to Yelp’s Passport To Downtown Brooklyn Horror and Suspense night this Thursday! These tickets will get you and a friend access to The Dark Side screening, featuring indie horror shorts plus the World Premiere of 5 SENSES OF FEAR from Chiller TV. And Tony Timpone, the legendary Editor Emeritus of Fangoria Magazine, is moderating the Q&A session with the filmmakers after the screening. (more…)

04/29/13 1:00pm
How can you miss this? (via flickr user mjpeacecorps)

How can you miss this? (via flickr user mjpeacecorps)

We’re all still reeling from the Great GoogaMooga Shutout of 2013, and if you’re not into springing for a $35 Prospect Park Alliance membership or $50+ VIP tickets, you’ve probably resigned yourself to a Mooga-free spring. But it turns out there’s hope yet: a pair of contests are promising free tickets to winners and/or participants, and they’re dangling those bite-sized Brooklyn foodstuffs right in front of your face! (more…)

03/18/13 10:26am
***YOUR ART HERE*** (via flickr user BitchCakesNY

***YOUR ART HERE*** (via flickr user *Bitch Cakes*)

Williamsburg might be pushing out all the artists in favor of Urban Outfitters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t leave your creative mark on what’s left of the neighborhood. The Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center is looking to jazz up Wythe Avenue before it becomes completely condo-ified, and they want your help: they’ve put out a call for mural/artwork proposals to hang outside an old firehouse for the next year or two. (more…)

03/08/13 11:00am
Russ will still help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and still present you with delicious food options

Russ will still help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and still present you with delicious food options

Sponsored By Brass Taxes.

Brass Taxes was created to make taxes suck less for freelancers, artists, and other nice people.

Hey! Remember when we told you about our awesome contest in which you can win free tax preparation from Brass Taxes? And remember how much you HATE doing taxes? Good thing the contest is still going, huh? Because if you win, it’s totally worth it. Instead of taking three-plus hours of your time and $100-plus for TurboTax, you give all your tax documents to Rus, talk about what you do, and, presto, he comes back with a fully-filed return and mucho bucks for you.

Even if you’re not making that much money freelancing now, you can still deduct lots of things on your road to self-sufficiency. Writing classes? Yep. Notebooks filled with sitcom ideas? No prob. Trips to the Met to improve your graphic design skills? You bet. Rus knows what will fly with the IRS and what won’t, so head on over to the Brass Taxes website and check out his process.

If you’re still wary of spending money on a tax preparer, we’re giving away one free tax prep with Rus, a $200 value! Opt in to Rus’s mailing list and you could have your 1099 woes swept away by a kindred freelance spirit. For more chances to win, follow Rus on Twitter, like him on Facebook, tell your friends, or retweet the contest. (Oh, and if you file your taxes with Rus now and win the contest later, he’ll refund your money.)

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02/28/13 12:00pm
Russ will help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and present you with delicious food options

Rus will help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and present you with delicious food options

Sponsored By Brass Taxes.

Brass Taxes was created to make taxes suck less for freelancers, artists, and other nice people.

You’ve made it to New York, you’ve learned the subways, suffered through the indignity of retail, and landed a few gigs as a writer/comic/barbershop quartet singer. You can finally say at parties (without a sense of dread that someone will ask for proof) “My day job is my dream job.” You’re a freelancer, finally. Shouldn’t you file taxes like one?

Rus at Brass Taxes thinks so. He started in New York as a freelance video editor, writer, and performer. To make ends meet, he took a job with a tax preparer and discovered a startling truth: there was a whole lot more that he could have been deducting as part of his freelance career. “I found out I had been short-changing myself; I had been living so tightly. I never went out and had an appetizer,” Rus says of his leaner days.

Rus started helping his freelance friends with their returns and realized he had a knack for it, as well as a unique perspective. “I’m an outsider in this business. I was a freelancer who learned taxes.” When it comes to filing returns, that empathy can amount to a lot of money for you.

Most professional tax planners won’t take the time to figure out everything you can deduct. “Our taxes are messy. I think the kind of taxes we have and the kind of people we are can be annoying to traditional tax planners,” Rus says. Instead of sighing and rolling his eyes when you show up with receipts for improv classes, Rus sits down with you and figures out all of your legitimate freelance expense deductions.

And it’s worth it. Instead of taking three-plus hours of your time and $100-plus for TurboTax, you give all your tax documents to Rus, talk about what you do, and, presto, he comes back with a fully-filed return and mucho bucks for you.

Even if you’re not making that much money freelancing now, you can still deduct lots of things on your road to self-sufficiency. Writing classes? Yep. Notebooks filled with sitcom ideas? No prob. Trips to the Met to improve your graphic design skills? You bet. Rus knows what will fly with the IRS and what won’t, so head on over to the Brass Taxes website and check out his process.

If you’re still wary of spending money on a tax preparer, we’re giving away one free tax prep with Rus, a $200 value! Opt in to Rus’s mailing list and you could have your 1099 woes swept away by a kindred freelance spirit. For more chances to win, follow Rus on Twitter, like him on Facebook, tell your friends, or retweet the contest. (Oh, and if you file your taxes with Rus now and win the contest later, he’ll refund your money.)

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