12/07/16 1:15pm
Via Flickr user wasik.

Via Flickr user wasik.

WELP our dystopian nightmare has entered the “conspiracy theories about Halloween decorations at Roberta’s” stage, so it doesn’t look like things are getting better anytime soon. We’ve been tracking lots of ways to join the resistance, from volunteer opportunities and bystander intervention training to being a DIY graffiti vigilante and attending a 31-hour anti-Trump comedy marathon. We’re just going to keep listing events and other opportunities here: If you know of any we should add, email tim[at]brokelyn.com or tell us in the comments. (more…)

01/14/16 3:20pm

You no longer have to feel bad whenever you throw out the clothes your roommate of eight months ago left behind and never came back to get. Or deal with taking all of your old, now unfashionable clothes through our shoddy public transit system and wait for the person working at the thrift store to get to you.

With re-fashioNYC, a partnership between the city’s sanitation department and Housing Works, the sanitation department will pick up last seasons wardrobe, so the people at the thrift store won’t secretly judge you. You could put all of your old clothes, shoes and and ever your ex’s cut up clothing, which you may or may not have chopped to pieces once you found out they were still on Tinder (as well as other rags, towels, linens and bedding). It’s part of the city’s zero waste initiative, with the hope of cutting down on the 200,000 tons of this stuff New Yorkers throw out each year. And you can do it right from your home or office for free.  (more…)

09/23/15 11:00am
I'll take one of each please. Via Facebook

I’ll take one of each please. Via Facebook

Growing up, my favorite time of the year was fall. I loved starting a new school year with a new teacher and a new back pack full of new school supplies. Fall has always been a very “out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new” time of year. Everyone’s Rosh Hashanah, if you will. September is a time of new beginnings, new temperatures, even a new Vogue Big Book. So, while you’re living among all this newness why not ask yourself, “Should I get a new job?” If you answer yes, then keep reading. We’ve got some great jobs at some dope companies (both old and new) looking for a fresh hire within their company! (more…)

08/28/15 10:02am
Make their closet your closet. via Facebook

Make their closet your closet. via Facebook

Now that you’ve managed to turn your favorite clothes into ripped up, sweat-stained shells of what they once more, you’re gonna need to get some new clothes for fall so that you remain fashionable (and aren’t nude and freezing all season). The only problem with getting a new wardrobe that hasn’t been shredded by summer is it can cost you a bunch of money, but you can avoid Empty Wallet Syndrome by shopping smart and hitting up Housing Works’ Best of Fall sale, which is dragging designer clothes down to prices that you can afford. (more…)

11/25/14 3:35pm
film biz recycling

Sweet crap like this at Film Biz Recycling, all for 25% off? Sign us up. via Facebook

If you’re not camped out for Black Friday “deals” already, well we don’t know what to tell you. Sadly, you’ll have to miss out on the biggest state-sanctioned riot of the year we guess. It’s not so bad though, because while capitalism devours the world in the form of people fighting over $11 TVs at bog box stores, you can shop sanely and safely at the best thrift and secondhand stores in the city during Green Friday. We’re talking deals like 50% off clothing at Goodwill, 25% off at Film Biz Recycling and so much more. (more…)

01/25/13 10:16am
Ladies clamored for the limited dude selection at the BK Meat Up in 2009. Photo by Mark Sullivan Bernal.

Ladies clamored for the limited dude selection at the BK Meat Up in 2009. Photo by Mark Sullivan Bernal.

Not to be a Dennis Downer, but it probably sucks to be a single lady in New York City, especially of the attractive, driven, smart type, which, last I checked, is like 85 percent of yous. You outnumber dudes, so you are forced to hit on whatever human mackerel you find swimming around at Lucky Dog or whathaveyou. Not to mention that Adam, once he went all stalkery and creepo, instantly became the most realistic character on Girls. I have seen that inky stare of desperation across too many faces, even including one that was being dragged away by the cops in practically the same situation (LEAVE MY LIFE OUT OF THIS, LENA). A lot of you make more money than us and are willing to pick up the check, yet still my lady friends can’t seem to find even a simple winter’s bone.

But the sad truth is that we, the dudes of Brooklyn, the broliteriate, if you will, are apparently not helping the situation at all. I present exhibits A through Z: Every single time there’s some sort of singles event/date-off/sexy party, the place is overflowing with ladies, and not just any ladies, but babes, cute girls with food blogs, light brown hair and quirky skirts or tall ones with stylish glasses and a hopeful smile who can’t help but bite the side of their lip out of nervousness. Take, for example, the Literary Speed Dating our friend Jo Firestone is hosting at Housing Works on the day before Valentine’s day. She’s got binders full of women, and practically no men, so much so that there is now a freaking discount for straight guys. What gives, bros?  (more…)

Reader Whitney sent in this tip about a new sale for the new year: Housing Works in Park Slope is taking 40 percent off all apparel on Wednesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 26. Housing Works, if you don’t know, is a great organization that raises money through its thrift stores to support its AIDS advocacy and research work. And with that kind of mission, they get some pretty sweet donations (read: not bleach-splashed jeans or promotional T shirts from NASCARMAGGEDON 2005).

Housing Works, 266 Fifth Ave., open Mon-Sat: 12pm-7pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm.

10/03/11 9:44am

Housing Works Bookstore, via flickr's DeanPeterson.

Fall is great because it means bookworm events out the wazoo. So another week brings us another book swap, but this one features both our friends at Public Assembly and will benefit the good folk at Housing Works (which, if you didn’t know, advocates on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS). From 12-6 Sunday, bring $2 donation and a sack of your old books to swap for new new (or at least, new-to-you) reading material at the Bring Your Old Books: Community Swap & Benefit. All the money and extra books will be donated to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, which helps raise money for advocacy and outreach. Plus, there will be music by DJ Ian Michael Jackson and DJ Spindler.  For early donations or to volunteer, email bethanypickard(at)gmail.com. Bookworms unite!

06/24/09 6:38am

picture-86Tonight’s Swag-a-Thon is in Manhattan, but seeing as it’s sponsored by our kindred spirits over at ASSME (The American Society of Shitcanned Media Elites) it seems all too relevant: isn’t Brooklyn the world capital of such folks? First, read AdAge columnist Simon Dumenco’s witty interview with ASSME founder Aaron Gell, the former executive editor at Radar Magazine, which folded last October.