09/30/14 9:58am
dustin diamond bayside the musical

See how Dustin Diamond, and therefore you, ave aged, RIGHT BEFORE YOUR EYES. via Facebook

Hey guys, are you excited about the Brokelyn High Homecoming Dance? We sure are, and one of the reasons is that our host, “Principal” Scott Rogowsky is clearly excited as well. Why else would he book Dustin Diamond for the premiere Season 6 of “Running Late With Scott Rogowsky” tonight at 8pm, if not to get into the mindset of a high school principal? Well OK, probably because also it should make for an interesting show, what with the Saved by the Bell Lifetime movie having just come out and Diamond bringing the cast of Bayside! The Musical! with him. (more…)

09/30/14 7:00am
red hook fairway cheese

Head to the Red Hook Fairway and you might find yourself in a cheesy part of the world.  And you may ask yourself, “Is this cheese cheaper than Whole Foods’?” All photos by Joanna Purpich

Fairway and Whole Foods, the great behemoths of responsible eating and fresh produce in Brooklyn. While their wide variety of organic and specialty products make the sticker shock more bearable, shopping ethically-yet-thrifty is a cherished Brokelyn tradition, so I wanted to find out which store gave you less sticker shock.

I made a list of common grocery purchases like grapes, bacon and rice then hit both stores for a side by side comparison. I matched brands whenever possible and tried to find comparable products for meat and produce. I also compared the experience of shopping at the two stores because a good collection of samples can make a worthwhile trip all on its own. Neither Whole Foods or Fairway has a reputation for being all that budget friendly, but when push comes to shove, which one is cheaper?  (more…)

09/25/14 11:00am
gladys brooklyn

Gladys: Fancy enough for Michelin, but not too fancy for you. via Gladys

Appearing to be fancier than you really are is an important trick in life, especially when you’re trying to impress a date or a business associate or a parole officer. Don’t bother by trying to do it by putting on a suit, instead head to one of these restaurants that were given a Bib Gourmand rating for 2015 by Michelin. It’s not an official Michelin star, but it does mean Michelin inspectors determined you could get two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. There are 36 such places to choose from in Brooklyn, and the person you’re trying to impress will probably stop listening after you mumble something about “Michelin approved,” because people just don’t listen these days. (more…)

09/23/14 4:26pm
rogue taxidermy fair

Well, that’s one way to convince people you saw a two-headed lamb. via Flickr user Charlyn Wee

It’s not a party until the bedazzled piglet shows up. At least, that’s what the people throwing the Rogue Taxidermy Fair would like you to think. Admittedly, chilling with preserved animals can feel a bit off-putting, but we always thought winged monkeys were more bad-ass than scary and we’d love to see one in real life. Embrace the whimsically macabre by checking out the Rogue Taxidermy Fair on October 5 at 3pm at the Bell House (149 7th Street, Gowanus). (more…)

09/23/14 3:30pm
hungry march band

They’re hungry to show you a good time. via Flickr user agent j loves nyc

As you all know, we’re celebrating five years of Brokelyn at the Bell House on October 16, and you’re all invited to celebrate with us. Also, you might remember our party is high school homecoming dance-themed. You can’t have a good homecoming celebration without a good marching band though, so we’re thrilled to announce that Brooklyn’s own party-starting marching band the Hungry March Band will be performing at the party, revving up your school spirit and kicking the party into another gear. What, you didn’t think that we’d just settle for any old marching band, did you? (more…)

09/22/14 10:45am
Your outfit's already been planned out.

Your outfit’s already been planned out.

1. See if you can think of any topics that aren’t covered in 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write. (Monday)

2. Plunge right into Dive Comedy at Freddy’s Bar. (Monday)

3. Art Talks, and boy does it (and speakers from BRIC, Soapbox Gallery and Gridspace) want to have a word with you. (Monday) (more…)

09/18/14 9:19am
If you have any better ideas of how to get people to hold your hand we'd like to hear them.

If you have any better ideas of how to get people to hold our hands we’d like to hear them. via Facebook

1. Join the DJs, musicians and artists of Late Bloomers at 7 Dunham to help out the New York City Urban Debate League. (Friday)

2. Why contra dance on land like a mere peasant when you can dance on a barge? (Friday)

3. OK GO are spinning DJ sets at Glasslands, hopefully from the comfort of a treadmill. (Friday) (more…)

09/17/14 8:34am
bedford hill

Mmmm…oysters. Photo by David Colon

Upset because you didn’t make it to the beach? That’s your own fault and nothing we  can do about it. However, while summer is drawing to a close, Brooklyn keeps it real by providing a taste of the sea with multiple $1 oyster specials. Here’s the scoop on where to go if you want to pinch pennies and still have a sexy* good time eating everyone’s favorite summer aphrodisiac. (more…)

09/16/14 3:15pm
brooklyn boulders

They’re gonna be crawling all over you, but that’s OK, apply today! via Facebook

Do you hate your current job because there’s not enough rock climbing or children? That’s a very specific reason to be upset with your job! Still, in this instance, it’s paying off, because Brooklyn Boulders wants someone who loves kids and loves rock climbing to join their team on their belay staff. Are you ready for a life of getting kids excited about climbing on stuff?  (more…)

09/10/14 11:27am
Time 2 learn

Time 2 learn

If you’re suffering the wave of back-to-school nostalgia that Target commercials and Old Navy window displays forces on the post-grad crowd, you’re not alone. You may be done shopping for dorm supplies (take a minute to celebrate never needing a shower caddy again) and composition books may never be in your life again, but you’re never too old to continue learning.

College classes are tempting, and expensive, to broaden your education, but there are plenty of university-less classes in New York that will teach you valuable, and practical lessons, like new languages, how to further your career, make a ceramic bowl, code an app, and much more, and you shouldn’t have to take out any loans to do it! Plus, you may learn a new marketable skill. Etsy always has room for another liberal arts grad… (more…)