I grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and I never really felt like I “fit.” The neighborhood was largely Caribbean, but the only people I had interactions with were my fellow Haitians. Most of the kids in my school were either Irish or Italian, and I was one of three black students in my class. It’s safe to say I didn’t identify with any of my peers on a cultural level — especially where food was concerned. New York is America’s little melting pot, and there are dozens of restaurants that represent each respective country. But this has never been the case with Haitian restaurants.
Once I got to college, I made it my duty to throw house parties for my friends whenever I came back home to Brooklyn between semesters. I would beg my mother to prepare a buffet of traditional Haitian food for my friends to try. Everybody loved those parties, and I’ve wanted to share the food with friends and strangers ever since.
Good Haitian food takes love and time— from cleaning the meat, to seasoning it using authentic imported spices, to ritual meals like soup joumou, a yellow pumpkin soup we eat on New Years’ Day. And while I’d love to have my mom cook you all some Haitian food, it’s much easier to share my secrets about where else you can get the good stuff. So here’s a list of the best Haitian restaurants in Brooklyn. If you’re feeling really adventurous, double down (get it?) with our Caribbean snack crawl picks along the way. (more…)
Impress your friends with how nicely you live vs. how little you make! via website
If you’ve wandered around Fort Greene any time over the last year, then you’ve seen the eyesore of a building that’s been under construction for forever at Ashland and Lafayette. Well, guess what? It turns out that the city wants people to live inside, and on any budget. From the looks of their breakdown, almost half of units in the building qualify as “affordable,” priced drastically below market value (prices below)
250 Ashland is now accepting applications through April, so read on to find out whether you qualify, and what you can look forward to if you win the housing lottery. (more…)
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…)
As that famous Irish band Bono and the Bono Bono Boys once sang, “It’s a beautiful dayyyyyy/don’t let it get awayyyyy/maybe check something out on the Brokelyn Events Calendarrrrrr.” Who am I, who are you, to argue with the world’s most beloved Irish crooner and his hit songs about the weather and how to enjoy it, especially on a nice day like this? So check out these picks, which are the best of the batch, and then put on your short pants and your sundresses and go have some fun tonight. (more…)
No matter how fun your family is, their Christmas is probably more fun
It’s Monday and you’re feeling bad. I get it, it’s normal. On the other hand, think about this: the Brokelyn/skint No Office party is next week, and then the week after that is when the annual “Fuck off from everything because Christmas is this week” begins and then after that it’s New Year’s Eve, the best day of the year. Take the long view, but also take the short view, today, right now, because there’s great stuff to do on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. (more…)
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…)
By Black Friday, the love and warmth you feel for your family might be worn down to a nub and you’ll feel the need to get out of the house. Or you’ll just feel really gluttonous and you need to get some energy out. You don’t want to go to the mall though, and Brooklyn Boulders’ offer of free climbing doesn’t jibe with your fear of heights. Fortunately for you, Crunch Gyms in Brooklyn and around the country are going to be open and free to use for anyone who wanders in looking to lift some weights or throw around some medicine balls. (more…)
Your prayers for a great date spot near a lot of trains have been answered by St. Gambrinus. via Facebook
Looking for love, but can’t bear to give up the comfort of your closest train? Hey, we get it. But what will you do when you meet someone who lives in Midwood? Don’t you want to give that cutie from Long Island City a chance? Thankfully, there’s no need to schlep all the way to their hood until things get serious. Despite the head-scratching lack of fine dating establishments by some of our premier subway stations there are always those dive bars in the rough, so here are some places where you can meet up halfway and still have a great date. (more…)
How did Malcolm X influence Brooklyn beyond making beards look good? Find out tonight! via Wikipedia
So, here we are, another Monday. Exciting stuff. No wait, exciting isn’t the word, unless you’ve got some anxiety to start your week and then it’s not really the good exciting. Anyway, don’t think about the fact that it’s the beginning of the week, that’s kind of a downer. Instead, turn to the Brokelyn Events Calendar, which has a bunch of fun stuff on it that will help you forget about the fact that it’s Monday. (more…)
Just don’t show up late, like you used to in high school
It keeps being nice out, so you should really consider stopping with the “Oh but it’s dark at 2:30″ moaning and just enjoy as much 70 degree weather as you can. The easiest way to do that is to do one of these things I found for you on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. Once it’s dark and cold at the same time, then we can all really start the complaining. (more…)