If you live within two subway stops of Tom’s Diner, you may have gotten into a long, whiskey-breathed argument about where Prospect Heights actually is. At the very least, you’ve likely cringed at the phrase “ProCro.” Smartphone lookups only blur the boundaries—Google Maps includes the Barclay’s Center in the postage stamp-sized area, and an old NY Magazine article suggests that that a block-wide sliver on Prospect Park west is part of the neighborhood. I object vehemently to both assertions, and I’m not even drunk right now. One thing’s for certain: there are some really solid happy hours in the region arguably known as Prospect Heights. Here’s a list of places where you can get tipsy and then try to figure out where the hell you are. (more…)
Are you Brokelyn’s Facebook friend yet? Oh but you should be! Not only do you get to interact with us in a more intimate way, but you also get to see some exclusive content that doesn’t make its way here, such as this Labor Day bonus on all the jobs Meghan Doherty has ever held, behind-the-scene photos and the above video of everyone’s favorite dearly departed Dirty Dancin’, blue-ribbon swilling hero. C’mon over and hit that “like” button, because as PBR says, it’s a lot to look forward to, and as Swayze reminds us: the little hand says it’s time to rock n roll.
[Thx to SarahSpy for the video!]
Where do you go to tie one on after you’ve been laid off? Our friends over at FiPS have a good debate going on today — although one we hope you won’t have a need for anytime soon! — on this very topic. It’s a specific alchemy of elements you need: a place that’s comforting and friendly (Norm!) but not too rowdy that you can’t still drown your sorrows, with beers cheap enough to afford with your non-existent paycheck (free bar food helps too). Kerri at FiPS says her pick is High Dive, for its free popcorn, Boss-filled jukebox, chalkboard walls on which to scribble your unemployment rage and, most importantly, a drink board where friends can pre-pay for your drinks. What’s your pick? Team Brokelyn weighs in with some of ours below, several of which are sadly drawn from real experience. (more…)
The leaves in Prospect Park may not have changed color yet, but nothing says autumn like Oktoberfest. Instead of dropping cash on a flight to Munich or overpriced craft beer and sausage at a biergarten, learn to DIY brew from the best of them at Oktoberfetsy, a workshop sponsored by Etsy Labs in Dumbo on Oct. 19. Talk shop with Brooklyn Brew Shop founders Erica Shea and Stephen Valand while getting the insider scoop on the best way to brew. If the $5 price tag isn’t enough to pull you away from Netflix, there’s a catch: you can get in free with any beer-related purchase from Etsy, some of which are cheaper than $5, though we dissuade you from sporting this PBR belt buckle. You’ll also get to sip on beer samples while watching a brewing demo of the Shop’s autumn ale, Bourbon Dubbel, then get the 411 on how to replicate the process yourself. (more…)
This is the breast NYC law ever [Village Voice]
Baby to to be born in cleanest spot in Bushwick [L Magazine]
NYPD pledges to be less jerky, actually catch sex attackers [FiPs]
AT&T service possibly actually improving in BK [DP Blog]
Swayze once got hazy on PBR [SarahSpy]
Occupying a bar with Wall Street’s finest [The Hairpin]
First Jobs dies, now jobs bill dies [Daily Intel]
Crafting with cat hair is a thing [Village Voice]
Brooklyn365 points us to this rad/possibly hazardous event tonight at Lady Jay’s in Williamsburg: Stick & Poke night, where a handful of local tattoo artists will be giving away free, super-low-fi tattoos on a first-come, first-served basis. Stick and poke tattooing is essentially freehand, stick-figure style tats (what we call “prison ink” around Brokelyn HQ). The event is co-sponsored by PBR, who will be on hand offering specials, a photobooth, PBR tattoos (temporary??). This night of totally awesome decisions starts at 10pm tonight at Lady Jay’s, 633 Grand St.
If you’re anything like me, you may feel a small debt of gratitude to George Washington on President’s Day. The man who brought most (or some) of you a three-day weekend deserves a little respect, and what better way to pay off your debt to democracy and our first president than by flashing his face around? In honor of our first commander-in-cheap, here are the five of the best Brooklyn values you can get for a Washington (aka $1) while you have the day off. (more…)
A few weeks ago, I noticed that my hair was looking like a dirty rag. Whether Seasonal Affective Disorder was taking its toll or the cause was lack of sunlight, I needed a boost. I’d always heard that avocado, beer, olive oil, and yogurt gave hair great shine or body, so I decided to put all of them in my hair (one at a time) to see if any of those claims had a basis in reality.
DISCLAIMER: It won’t behoove you to use these products instead of store-bought shampoo and conditioner, but it could save at least $10 from buying a hair-treatment masque. (more…)
If you don’t have a ticket to see the Brooklyn-based quintet’s sold-out Summerstage show on Friday, they come back around to Prospect Park on August 11. (Tickets on sale here.) Alternately, if you live in Williamsburg, don’t be surprised to catch them thrift-shopping, eating Mexican “beef product” sandwiches or perusing the vinyl selection at The Thing, a few of bassist Gerard Smith’s (far left) favorite things to do when the tour bus is parked at home. (more…)