09/04/15 10:51am
Pulaski Bridge

Maybe this time it’s true? via Flickr user NYC Tom

Way back in 2013, which is really a year that happened we promise, we excitedly shared the news that the Pulaski Bridge was getting its own bike lane. No more sharing a narrow strip of sidewalk with pedestrians when you biked into Long Island City! Since then, it’s become the “Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown” or bike lanes, with a delay pushing it back to 2015 and then another delay announced pushing it back to 2016. So take this with a pre-packaged food helping of salt, but according to Streetsblog, construction on the Pulaski Bridge bike lane will allegedly start this month and could open this year. (more…)

09/02/15 9:37am
It was funny was Elvis did it, it's still funny today

It was funny was Elvis did it, it’s still funny today

Welcome to Wednesday, the fulcrum of your week. If you’ve been having a bad one, here’s your chance to really turn things around and make it a good week. If you’ve been having a good week, this is where you could slip up and start doing the wrong thing and all of a sudden it’s a bad week. Either way, these things to do as found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar will make sure that you salvage your week or keep it going well. (more…)

08/26/15 8:10am
It's your chance to hook your friend up with someone else's friend by being that friend

It’s your chance to hook your friend up with someone else’s friend by being that friend

It’s nice on the one hand that you’ve made it to Wednesday and that in the summer Wednesday is closer to the end of the week than usual, but that gravy train is almost over. Soon, people will expect you to actually put in a full effort on Fridays and man what a bummer that’s gonna be. Don’t dwell on it though, instead get out there and have a good time at one of these fun nights out pulled from the Brokelyn Event Calendar, because nothing says “I value fun more than work” like a Thursday hangover. (more…)

08/25/15 2:58pm
It has better hair, oddly enough. via Bucky Turco's Instagram

It has better hair, oddly enough. via Bucky Turco’s Instagram

Anyone sick of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign yet? Yeah, we’re not either, but that’s mostly because we didn’t live through the reign of Morton Downey, Jr. and always wondered what would happen when decades of resentment politics took on a physical form. That being said, whatever entertainment value he provides, Trump’s campaign is ugly stuff and while some of you out there might want to respond calmly to the man who praised his immigrant-beating supporters as “passionate,” some of us know we still have the option of resorting to violence. Or something close it, because tonight in McCarren Park, you’ve got a chance to beat on a Trump piñata that’s stuffed with money. (more…)

08/19/15 9:34am
Take a flying leap at the day

Take a flying leap at the day

Hey wow, it’s Wednesday already, where did the week go? Down the same hole you always seem to lose time down I suppose. Still, you’re halfway to the weekend, which is such good news you should be singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” or something. Maybe not that, maybe just go out and do one of these fun things pulled off the Brokelyn Event Calendar. Less weird than just singing out loud to yourself. (more…)

08/17/15 9:47am
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Reclamation’s Love Shack Shandy beer cocktail will have you singing after you’ve had a couple.

Beer. Cocktails. Combining the two almost seems crazy, but here at Brokelyn we’re willing to experiment with ways to get a good buzz going. Turns out, when beer cocktails are done right, they’re pretty darn good, and even worth venturing out of your usual for (after enjoying your Brooklyn Beer Book beer on the house, of course).

Rather then send you out just asking the bartender to dump some tequila into a Tecate tallboy, we’ve got 9 bars for you to check out that are perfecting the art of the beer cocktail. Beyond the classics like the michelada, more inventive beer cocktails are being thrown together by booze mad scientsts around Brooklyn, like an award-winning gin-and-saison combo that took home “Best Beer Cocktail in NYC” at Brooklyn Brewery’s beer cocktail competition, to a lemon-infused vodka drink topped off with a Budweiser. (more…)

08/14/15 11:07am
Look like this, even in the winter, for less. via Facebook

Look like this, even in the winter, for less. via Facebook

Everywhere you look, people are pretending like the summer is ending tomorrow (even though, as we will happily point out, summer isn’t officially over until September 23). Beacon’s Closet is no exception as it turns out, so they’re selling off a bunch of summer clothes this weekend at all of their locations. Looks like you can get a whole new summer wardrobe to rock for another month of summer, all up to 50% off each item. (more…)

08/14/15 9:39am
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Obviously you’ll miss bagels when you leave, but there’s so much more to miss too. via Bagelsmith

After 4 years of living in Brooklyn, I was excited for a new chapter in New Orleans, but also knew it’d be bittersweet. Having grown up in New York (on Long Island, I’m honest), with most of my adult years in good ol’ BK, missing friends and family was going to be inevitable. I knew that I’d long for the convenience of public transportation and bodegas on every corner. Admittedly, I had preemptive FOMO regarding friends’ parties, the perennial run of free NYC shows and the yet-to-open spots that seemingly appear daily.

One thing I didn’t appropriately account for was food. Lame “I’m gonna miss pizza!” jokes were about as far as I took it, shortly before and after I moved out of Brooklyn. New Orleans, where I now reside, has an awesome culinary scene. It could be a lot worse, but from time-to-time I get the gastronomic blues. No offense to the people I left behind, but you can’t FaceTime with a bagel. Snapchat allows me to hear your voice, but there’s no scratch and and sniff feature when you send over a picture of that legit pastrami sandwich.

Brooklyn ex-pats all could probably give you their own list, but here are the foods that keep me up at night wishing I could have them, and the ones I go out of my way to get when I visit. (more…)

08/05/15 4:24pm
You asked for it, America

You asked for it, America

Whether you think it’s a mass hallucination, a divine punishment for the sins of our modern ways of life or a an elaborate version of Punk’d that Ashton Kutcher is unleashing on us, the seemingly endless 2016 Presidential race (kind of) kicks into medium-gear tomorrow night with the long-awaited Fox News Republican primary debate.

Ten Republican candidates will take the stage in Cleveland, Ohio and nine will wave their arms in an attempt to take attention away from the main reason people will be watching: wondering what Donald Trump will say or do. A nine-person and one short-fingered vulgarian debate just goes better with alcohol, so hit one of these two Brooklyn bars showing the debate tomorrow at 9pm. Be sure to drink anytime anyone says anything. (more…)

08/03/15 8:05am
tk. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

tk. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Another Monday. Used to be you could come out of the weekend saying “Well, at least this is one more day closer to retirement.” Now, we’re never going to retire ever, because CEOs need your pension money for gold-plated bathtubs and bribes. Sorry, we mean “lobbyists.” Anyway, think less about that and more about enjoying yourself tonight, with these fun nights out found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)