07/16/15 4:05pm
King Henry is a man of his word

King Henry is a man of his word

Hey brokesters! We were thrilled with all the enthusiasm you showed to snag free tickets to Saturdays Brooklyn Cyclones game, where we’ll be crowning Brooklyn’s king and queen. Not sure if you remember from way back when our competition was in full swing, but King Henry (aka Brooklyn’s new monarch) had also promised to shine the shoes of the first five baseball fans in line. Well, great news: he hasn’t forgotten. Wear your most scuffed-up pair of black loafers to the game, and get ’em looking like new!  (more…)

07/13/15 11:50am
Join the Cyclones in doffing your cap to Brooklyn's new royalty. via Facebook

Join the Cyclones in doffing your cap to Brooklyn’s new royalty. via Facebook

[UPDATE: That was fast! All the tickets have been claimed, thanks everyone.]

As you recall, we’re crowning King Henry and the Girl of Gotham Brooklyn’s new King and Queen this Saturday, July 18 at 6pm at MCU Park, after they won votes from you the people in the contest to see who should replace Jay-Z and Beyonce. As exciting as that it, we have even more excitement to ladle on the royal pronouncement: You (yes you) can come for free because we have a whole slew of tickets in the right field bleachers to give away. We of course want to do right by you, the committed Brokelyn reader, so if you want in, all you have to do is give us your name and email address, and whether you want one ticket or two in the form below by 4pm on Thursday (or while supplies last) and we’ll be in touch with the details on how to get your ticket on Friday! (By the way, if you have a South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book, there’s a free beer waiting for you after the game at Peggy O’Neill’s.)

06/29/15 10:50am
The King connects with his loyal subjects. via Flickr user Luna Park NYC

The King connects with his loyal subjects. via Flickr user Luna Park NYC

When Jay and Bey called it quits on the borough this year, we sought to elect a new King and Queen of Brooklyn by popular vote. There was a runoff featuring impressive arguments from each worthy competitor, and the people have spoken: King Henry and the Girls of Gotham reign!

Now that they’re in charge, they’ll have to make good on all the bribes they used to win our affection. The Gotham Girls are planning a special derby performance we’ve yet to get you details for, but King Henry’s just given us an update on what to expect from his side of the royal court this summer. (more…)

03/09/15 10:50am
So, who's it gonna be?

So, who’s it gonna be?

A month ago we asked you who should be the new King and Queen of Brooklyn, and put forward a slate of candidates we thought were worthy of the royal honors. So much choice can be confusing to voters though, and none of the candidates managed to capture 50% of the vote. We decided to have a runoff to determine things once and for all, with the two top couples facing off head to head to determine once and for all who should be Brooklyn’s new King and Queen. So, it comes down to The Grand Prospect Hall Couple against King Henry and The Girl of Gotham. (more…)

03/06/15 7:00am
We'll take a funny guy like this at the helm any day.

We’d bow to this Cyclones all-star any day.

Editor’s note: When we heard that Jay-Z and Beyonce were packing it in for LA recently, we ran a post seeking a new king and queen of Brooklyn. This is clearly a topic that arouses our readers’ passions because, at last count, 1,666 people voted in this vitally important election, which is a very democratic way to choose a monarchy if you think about it. So after weeks of counting chads and paper ballots and weeding out dead people’s votes, we are down to two finalists, the Halkias, the owners of Grand Prospect Hall, and the “couple” (loosely) comprised of King Henry, the Cyclones’ mascot, and the lady on the logo for Gotham Girls, who is not technically human (though the Gotham Girls appear to be). There will be a runoff next month, after all parties have a chance to make their case. The Halkiases had their moment to tell readers why they deserve to be the next king and queen, and the Gotham Girls have spoken as one half of the opponent power-couple. Now, we turn to the Gotham Girls’ co-competitor, King Henry (aka Guy Zoda), to talk about what he could offer the borough as its official reigning monarch. Remember folks, this’ll be our final interview before the ultimate vote takes place—so be prepared to cast your ballot, oh, sometime really soon.

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He may go by a royal title, but Brooklyn Cyclones’ King Henry has a lot of humility about this whole competition. “I was just honored [you] put me on the site with the others. The Grand Prospect Hall Couple has been around for years!” Well that may be so, but initial polling showed Henry and his lady of Gotham ahead of the Halkias by a landslide. “That’s why I thought the runoff was a joke at first,” the King confesses. “We were already winning by so many votes!” (more…)