03/20/15 8:06am
clench and release

It was a rough winter for all of us, including Charla

We were big fans of Charla Lauriston’s first season of her web series Clench and Release, which if you haven’t watched, you should watch here right now. Obviously other people were too, because Lauriston parlayed that and all the other stuff she did into a writing job on the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you worked your way through that too and still want some Charla, you’re in luck, because Clench and Release season 2 is about to drop, and you can see it premiere live and catch stand up from a bevy of Brooklyn comics next week at Littlefield. (more…)

03/18/15 1:28pm

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Don’t believe the hype: even though all humanity will one day be replaced by scores of condominia, we’ve still got plenty of time to enjoy prewar brownstones and stuff. In fact, we didn’t have any trouble this week picking out a number places you can brag about! You might not even want to leave your house to camp out at coffee shops, since now listings are pushing things like “free wi-fi” and floors that “cater to you.” Sounds like your apartment is more than meets the eye. Finger sandwiches, anyone? (more…)

The Halyards.

Halyards.

Halyards
406 3rd Avenue (between 6th Street and 7th Street)
Gowanus
(718) 532-8787

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What is it: Halyards is a low-key spot with a nautical feel, located surreptitiously in industrial Gowanus.

Why we love it: Its relaxed atmosphere, affable bartenders and reliably clean surfaces. There are a wide variety of beers on tap, and a seasonal cocktail menu. Bring anyone you’re trying to impress — like a date or friend you haven’t seen in many years. The pool table, dart board, and bowls of Jenga blocks break up the awkwardness, and the music is never loud enough to be intrusive.

What to order: The Root & Ginger Beer for $10. A great choice for those of us who are indecisive about our soft drinks–and wish that root beer was actually alcoholic.

Regular tip: The owner is British, so it definitely feels more like a pub than a bar.

03/11/15 2:16pm
body art and soul tattoo

Ooh, you can get a zombie Jake the Dog at Body Art and Soul

“Friday the 13th tattoos?” you’re saying to yourself as you stare at the screen. “Didn’t we just have a Friday the 13th?” Yes, we did, but thanks to the vagaries of the calendar, we’ve got yet another one this week, which means if you missed out on a chance for a cheap goofy tattoo in February, you can get one this Friday. Or if you got one of those $13 tattoos, you can just get another one. After all, it’s Friday, there are plenty of tattoo parlors offering up cheap ink, and this is the last Friday the 13th until November, so get crazy. (more…)

03/09/15 4:15pm
BeerProv Champion

It’s your duty to decide: who will win the BeerProv Mug of Champions? Photo via BeerProv.com

Do you ever get the feeling that something is missing from improv? No, we’re not talking about a script, or a set, or costume design, which are also all missing from improv. We’re talking about beer, and for the first time in Brooklyn, that’s going to change, thanks to beer-drinking improv troupe and competition, BeerProv. (more…)

03/06/15 2:02pm
No Phoebe, the honor is ours

No Phoebe, the honor is ours

Story time has such a special place in our hearts. Pretty much any time someone says “and lemme tell you something else,” we immediately plant ourselves cross-legged at their feet, chin in palms, ready for whatever magical tales, or rants, they have for us. You know what really gets us pumped though? Story time from strong female leads, because it is 1) empowering and sometimes makes us tear up a little and 2) reminds us of our favorite Netflix microgenre. If you’re as into hearing ladies share stories that make you cackle and cry as we are, you might just be crazy for March Madness: An Evening of Readings By Women We Love, brought to you by Jezebel and The Bell House. (more…)

03/04/15 4:21pm
Looks action-packed.

Looks action-packed.

Not content with just being a place to get a good workout without being around a bunch of aggro bros talking about reps, Brooklyn Boulders is now expanding into the exciting world of cinema. Considering how good they are at providing kinetic entertainment, we’ve got a feeling their sedentary effort will be fun too, and if you think so you can find our tomorrow night at the premiere at their first ever movie, a documentary following one their first volunteers around his home country of Turkey. Best of all, because you’re reading Brokelyn, you can do it for half-off and get your ticket for just five bucks. (more…)

03/03/15 2:17pm
You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

You know, sewer peole stuff. via The Technodrome

For all the talk about how Brooklyn is a desiccated, used-up wasteland when it comes to creative endeavors, we still manage to be able to be privy to some pretty weird shit. Hot on the heels of last weekend’s live reading of a script about Peter Cetera, a young trumpeter and the apocalypse at Shea Stadium, we get yet another bonkers live script this week, this time a soap opera about sewer creatures from the mind of Jo Firestone. Oh and Jon Glaser will be there, in case you missed him at Shea Stadium. (more…)

02/27/15 2:16pm
He's living as he arrived: Talking excitedly about food.

He’s leaving as he arrived: Talking excitedly about food.

Saying goodbye is never easy, and we really hate doing it, because when people leave New York you can’t even be sure if they’re still even alive. Still, tonight, Brokelyn has to do it, because our own Kenji Magrann-Wells is saying goodbye to Brooklyn and to America, to go to Scotland and learn everything there is to learn about making whiskey. If you’re going to miss Kenji as much as we will, you can come say goodbye before he goes on his spirit quest, when he presents a lecture on molecularly gastronomy tonight at Nerd Nite at Littlefield. (more…)

02/26/15 9:04am
Hear what she really had to say about that sizzurp

Hear what she really had to say about that sizzurp

1. If you think about floating city states in the ocean as much as we do, you’ll appreciate the art at Seastead, inspired by those nautical utopias. (Friday)

2. Dance to electronic pop from KIT, People at Parties, and Manic Pixi at the Knitting Factory. (Friday)

3. Hear musicians from different cultural and stylistic backgrounds come together at Found Sound Nation Concert #3 at Pioneer Works. (Friday)

4. See our own food expert, Kenji Magrann-Wells give a lecture on molecular gastronomy at Nerd Nite at Littlefield, and listen to a couple other science-based lectures too. (Friday) (more…)