10/10/16 11:09am
Dance it up for Indigenous Peoples Day with Bulla en el Barrio (#1)

Dance it up for Indigenous Peoples Day with Bulla en el Barrio (#1)

1. Forget Columbus Day — celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with New York–based collective Bulla en el Barrio, who will present a workshop and performance of Bullerengue, a traditional cultural expression manifested through music and dance from the Colombian Caribbean and Urabá regions. (Monday, Starr Bar, FREE)

2. Dance the night away at Rothtoberfest, with Van Halen on the jukebox all night, $4 Sly Fox Oktoberfest pints, and a free beer to anyone wearing a David Lee Roth t-shirt. (Monday, The Diamond, FREE)

3. Eat your way through the ‘hood at Feast Bed-Stuy, a food & drink crawl with discounts at Peaches Hot House, Bed-Vyne Bar, The Meat Market, and more. (Tuesday, Bed-Stuy, FREE) (more…)

09/06/16 2:55pm
Spotted in the wild: The strange case of Brooklyn's Trump supporters

Trump graffiti spotted in Bushwick last week. Photo by Mary Dorn/Brokelyn.

A few weeks back, I was sitting in the front patio of Pine Box Rock Shop in East Williamsburg, enjoying a traditionally sloppy and rapturously tasty burger from the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Pine Box is a vegan bar, and it was hosting its monthly Vegan Shop-Up, a collection of cruelty free foods, clothing and other stuff that would piss off the people who think your dietary choices are any of their business. Suddenly, the mood on the sidewalk shifted and all eyes took notice of a strange figure walking into the bar, a person wearing something that looked totally out of place among the tattooed and ripped-jeans crowd. A man walked in wearing cargo shorts! Well, he was wearing those, and yes they did seem out of place, but that wasn’t the main item of clothing that acted like a laser lighthouse beam cutting through the day drunk fog: He was wearing a blue Trump shirt. Paired with the khaki cargo shorts, he cut a wide swath through the crowd into the bar while I craned my neck to make sure it wasn’t some parody shirt, like small type that said “whatever you do, do not vote TRUMP” or a Pixies Trump Le Monde homage or something, but nope, it was the real deal.

Bushwick vegans for Trump would seemingly be the most under-discussed voter demographic of this entire election cycle. The guy, who might have looked more at home at an Ohio State tailgate or quoting a Family Guy episode, didn’t stay long, and from what I can tell, no one got in his face and asked “what the hell?” or interacted with him in any way.

We’re foolish to think of Brooklyn overall as just a liberal bubble, because it’s far too big and looks too much like a huge sampler pack of all kinds of humans old and young to be contained in one ideological pinpoint. Lots of neighborhoods are Republican strongholds. But it’s fair to say the incidence of running into a Trumpkin in bars that cater to vegans off the L train is unexpected. Yet Trump supporters are certainly roaming around Brooklyn — and a few of them have been making themselves known. (more…)

04/28/16 4:48pm
Get colorful with the Brooklyn Gypsies (#4)

Get colorful with the Brooklyn Gypsies (#3)

1. Put on your diamonds and pearls and head to Prince Movie Night, pt 1, a double-feature of Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge in a fancy loft. (Friday, Gemini & Scorpio, $10 suggested) (For our ongoing Prince events listing, go here.)

2. See some real weird cinema at the fourth annual Bad Film Fest: “the worst of the best and the best of the worst.” (Friday through Sunday, Cloud City, $8/film)

3. Take in some slick lyrics at Ghetto Hors D’oeuvres: Colors, a poetic theatrical performance by the Brooklyn Gypsies. (Friday & Saturday, Bushwick Starr, $15) (more…)

01/28/16 3:31pm
Get silly with the Idiots (#) (pic by Alix Piorun)

Have a ridiculous time with the Idiots (#9) (pic by Alix Piorun)

1. See the light at The Lamp Show, a group exhibition where 30+ artists will be showing their illuminated works. (Friday, 99¢ Gallery, FREE)

2. Feel the drama at the One Catches Light festival, featuring three short plays by three solo artists. (Friday & Saturday, Jack, $15)

3. Embrace your inner bohemian at the Title:Point SalON!, with a presentation by photographer Walter Wlodarczyk, tunes from pianist Carter Catchcart, a reading by novelist Kegan Zema and more. (Friday, Silent Barn, FREE) (more…)

11/23/15 10:20am
The Way Station is one of the city's best free venues to book and has room for your giant stand up bass. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

The Way Station is one of the city’s best free venues to book and has room for your giant stand up bass. via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

Imagine that you’re a musician in New York City, home of 8,000 bands trying to play the same venues, and someone approaches YOU on the Internet, saying they like YOUR music and want YOU to play a show. How cool is that?! Pretty cool. But you look again at the email. It’s actually a booking company that expects you to sell a certain amount of tickets. They are unclear about what will happen if you don’t sell enough tickets, but they ask that you sign an “e-contract” stating that you WILL sell tickets AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!

There are some venues in New York City that host what are known as pay-to-play gigs: a venue will say to an artist, “you can play here, but only if you agree to sell X number of tickets. Plus, you’ll be on the hook for whatever money you don’t make if you DON’T sell X number of tickets.” But there is an alternative. There are tons of places in the city where you can play a show for free. We’ve put together a list of NYC’s best venues for local musicians that won’t make you pay just to get on the stage, along with some tips on booking a show. (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…)

07/10/15 12:42pm
Pine Box Rock Shop. Via Bitch Cakes.

Pine Box Rock Shop. Via Bitch Cakes.

Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street (off Morgan Avenue)
Bushwick
718-366-6311

What it is: A bar and music venue located steps from the Morgan L stop in an old casket factory.

Why we love it: Owners/oft-bartenders Jeff and Heather are awesome people, encouraging a laid back, dog-friendly vibe where a good conversation isn’t hard to find. It’s also the best place in the area to catch some football while tipping back a local microbrew like Alphabet City Dizzy Brewnette or the latest Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve. You can look over the old show stubs that are scattered as part of the bar top and wonder how many thousands of dollars of concert money are represented beneath your beverage. Live music in a sectioned-off venue, karaoke, Walking Dead watching parties…what’s not to love? Bring good talkers, rockers, groups, zombie-enthusiasts, dog-lovers, and that vegan friend of yours

What to order: Along with a completely domestic, badass beer list with ABV range of 3.8 to a walloping 10.0%, you can try one of their seasonal cocktails like the Dig For Fire (Espolon muddled with jalapenos and simple syrup) or the Phyllis Diller (Jim Beam, apple juice and fresh lemon, served on the rocks with a crisp apple slice).

Regular tip: Pine Box’s beer and cocktails are 100% vegan. If you didn’t know it, everything from bone meal to beetle extract can be found in many adult beverages. Pine Box gets around using certain bar staples like Baileys by making their own vegan cream, using Kahlua and vanilla soy milk. People rave about their vegan empanadas and sometimes vegan food trucks park out front.

02/23/15 9:06am
No, we're fine, someone's just chopping onions

No, we’re fine, someone’s just chopping onions

1. It’s New York Beer Week, so check out the cheap events brewing around town. (Monday-Friday)

2. Hear about Eric Walrond, a black writer who introduced Americans to the literary Caribbean, at Greenlight Bookstore. (Monday)

3. Catch Janeane Garofalo, Anna Drezen and a host of other comics performing for free in the back of Muchmore’s at Fresh Perspectives. (Monday) (more…)

10/06/14 10:21am
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The drinks will enhance your skills immensely. via Facebook

1. Kick off autumn with free skee ball and a funniest flannel contest at Full Circle Bar. (Monday)

2. Macri Park Bar brings in a model for you to sketch at Drink and Draw. (Tuesday)

3. Manifesto is taking over the People’s Republic of Brooklyn with laughter for the people. (Tuesday) (more…)

08/18/14 7:00am
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With a speech this good, you can celebrate Independence Day all year

1. Spike Hill’s Game Night is celebrating the Brooklyn Comedy Festival with jokes from Josh Gondelamn, musical duo The Reformed Whores and more good clean fun (Monday)

2. Vanessa Manko drops her debut novel, The Invention of Exile at powerHouse Arena, with a reading and a chat with the former Mr. Padma Laskshmi, Salman Rushdie  (Monday)

3. It’s audience choice night at Coney Island Flicks and Grease was the one that they want, ooh ooh ooh  (Monday) (more…)