08/21/15 10:16am
Coffee shop or bar? These places, like Greene Grape Annex, are both. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Coffee shop or bar? These places, like Greene Grape Annex, are both. Photo by Tim Donnelly

The Williamsburg Starbucks made news this week by starting to offer beer along with their soy-frappe-cappuccino-whip-drinks. Count us among the unimpressed. Starbucks may be good at cake-pops and pumping out a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in under fourteen seconds, but the borough is filled to the brim with local spots that serve up the coffee/beer combo without sending most of your money back to Seattle. Whether you’re craving a post coffee stout in Park Slope or an IPA with your espresso in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn coffee shops offer you many (better) options than beer from Starbucks.
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08/18/15 9:43am
Finally, a place to go where a pizza face is honored and respected.

Finally, a place to go where a pizza face is honored and respected.

It’s another dang Tuesday, but at least it’s Tuesday in the summer. On a Tuesday in the summer, you can get outside and enjoy things, as opposed to any upcoming Tuesdays in October and November, where if it’s warm enough to enjoy anything outside you have to worry about this finally being the day it’s so hot worldwide the ice caps finish melting and the angry ocean swallows you. So! Here’s some fun things to do, found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. Get out there and enjoy one. (more…)

07/27/15 8:01am
Let's talk about a book-free future. No, not as a goal, ya dummies.

Let’s talk about a book-free future. No, not as a goal, ya dummies.

“Monday, Monday” goes the old song, although I’m surprised to learn it’s actually about a relationship or something and not about someone complaining that the weekend is over. Well, you learn something every day! Like how you’re here to learn what wonderful things there are to do tonight that can be found on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)

07/24/15 10:57am
They're all able to still show you a good time

They’re all able to still show you a good time

It’s been 25 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed, and while disabled people face less outright discrimination and more curb cuts, one factor of American life they’re still trying to make more headway into is the world of entertainment. Seriously, before RJ Mitte’s nuanced turn as Walter Jr. in Breaking Bad, who was the most memorable three-dimensional disabled character in pop culture? Jimmy and Timmy from South Park? As you might imagine, disabled entertainers themselves have something to say about this, and you can see a whole bunch of them for free this weekend at the BAM Fisher Building at the day-long Cripfest at 2pm on Saturday. (more…)

07/21/15 10:27am
Alt-humor incarnate, in Fort Greene. Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

Alt-humor incarnate: Jo Firestone. Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

July’s almost over, but summer’s in full swing with another installment of Brokelyn’s very own Perfect Summer Sundays. Here’s how it works: each week, we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size. Tourists, too! Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.

This week we’re taking you to Fort Greene with a household name in the Brooklyn comedy scene, Jo Firestone. Jo creates and hosts some of the borough’s quirkiest nightly entertainment: pun competitions, drunk debates, live-dubbed sitcoms… you name it, the self-proclaimed “goat-woman” has probably made it. Today, Firestone rattles off an exhaustive list (more…)

Phineas & Pherb is just one of the ice cream brands you'll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

Phin & Phebe’s is just one of the ice cream brands you’ll be able to scream for there. Please ask nicely instead of screaming, though. via Facebook

How do you beat the heat in the summer? Don’t cry in a vain attempt to spread some moisture on your face, that’s just gonna dehydrate you. Instead, eat ice cream! Brooklyn has a few ice cream shops, and now it’s about to get another one in Fort Greene, from mini-Fulton Street empire Greene Grape, who’s opening an ice cream shop on June 24. (more…)

06/02/15 2:47pm
afropunk

All this and you don’t even have to take a 10-hour car trip. Photo by Dennis Manuel, via Facebook

Hey you, were you planning on going to some far-off music festival that deposits you in the middle of some field in a state that isn’t New York all so you can pay for the privilege of squinting at the band on stage from a mile away and trying to figure out if that’s Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers? Jesus Christ, why would you do that when you can just go to something like the Afropunk Festival, held right here in Brooklyn on August 22 and 23 and starring the likes of Lauryn Hill, Danny Brown, Grace Jones and Lenny Kravtiz. Lenny Kravitz? Sure, why not. (more…)

05/27/15 8:28am
sonya art walk

Look how much fun these people are having with art! via Facebook

It’s late spring in New York City, and you’re probably being inundated with images of all the highly Instagrammable art happenings that are perpetually popping up around here. Though it’s inarguably awesome to have access to so much new art on the reg, maybe you want to have a serious art binge without venturing into Manhattan or taking a boat. Look no further than the 16th Annual SONYA Art Walk this weekend! (more…)

05/18/15 8:16am
Let's rock. via Wikipedia

Let’s rock. via Wikipedia

1. Attend an electric-ifying literary mashup when Franklin Park Reading Series teams up with Electric Lit. (Monday)

2. Limber up those wrists to silently shred at the US Air Guitar Championship Qualifier. (Monday)

3. Sip free booze while perusing out-of-print vinyl in a famous backyard at the Daptone Records Super Soul Stoop Sale. (Monday) (more…)

Settle in for some cocktails at the darkly-lit romantic Dick & Jane's

Settle in for some cocktails at the darkly-lit, romantic Dick & Jane’s

Dick & Jane’s Bar
266 Adelphi St. (Dekalb and Willoughby)
Fort Greene

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What it is: Fort Greene’s neighborhood speakeasy housed in a garage bar is a darkly-lit den of delicious libations.

Why we love it: It feels hidden and cozy, an ideal spot to take a date before or after dinner, or just to duck out of the sun at the end of the day. Down-to-earth bartenders are dedicated to crafting inventive, fresh cocktails, but without any tired mixologist pretense, making you feel at home and well-sated. They play vinyl on Tuesdays.

What to order:  Pick your poison of cocktails made with a range of spirits from spicy pisco to lavender vodka (both house-infused). They switch up the drinks seasonally, so check for new selections made with fresh juices and house-made syrups every few months or so. Cool off this spring with the “Steve McQueen,” a gin and elderflower refresher finished with a dash of cayenne, or go hard with majority-alcohol “Fort Greene” that combines rye, rum, chartreuse, and sweet vermouth.  Two $5 beers grace the menu with their presence, but they are solid choices—Tiger Lager from Singapore and Shiner Bock, a favorite of Texas-born manager Issac Flores—and a small selection of $10 wines.

Regular tip: Legend has it the tiny space once served as a horse stable way back when.

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