02/09/17 4:57pm
Here's why Brooklynites lined up at 10am yesterday for these Planned Parenthood tattoos

A patron gets “choice” tattooed on their arm during the Part to Protect Fundraiser yesterday. Photo by Tony Falcone.

Never underestimate the allure of cheap tattoos in Brooklyn, especially when those tattoos are killer feminist designs that benefit Planned Parenthood. Dozens of eager tattoo subjects lined up outside Magick City in Greenpoint yesterday for the Tattoo to Protect Your Parts fundraiser yesterday. The event didn’t start until 2pm, but if you weren’t in line by noon, you were out of luck. About 80 people total got the chance to pay $40 for a tattoo, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood NYC Votes. The event was the brainchild of Party to Protect, a group founded in the post-election malaise to help raise money for things under attack during the Trump administration like reproductive rights and basic human decency.

“I think we’ve all spent a few nights just on the couch with a blanket just crying about the state of the world,” Laura Matthei, one of the group’s organizers told us. “This is obviously something that’s not a conspiracy theory anymore. The framework is being laid out. I thought we were immune to stuff like that and we’re no longer immune. And that’s really terrifying and we want to do everything we can to combat this.” (more…)

01/23/17 4:12pm
March on: Keep the momentum going with these anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week

Signs of protest at the Women’s Marchers in DC on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

You were in pretty good company if you marched in DC, Manhattan, Antarctica or just your own living room on Saturday. The trick now is to roll that energy and momentum into continued action to keep up the pressure on the Trump administration, and on other lawmakers to keep it in check. The good news is, NYC is continuing to give you plenty of chances to protest and raise money for causes like Planned Parenthood, which bodes well for the next four years.

Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week; we’ll keep updating it as more come in. (more…)

01/04/17 3:00pm
Here are all the anti-Trump benefits and protests in NYC before Trump's inauguration

Of course it makes sense that this little tyke would break into talk show hosting. via Youtube screengrab

We’re just two and a half weeks out from the day when Trump will become the 45th President of the United States. I know it’s hard to hear. I actually like to write it out a few times, in the hopes that either Beetlejuice or the Candyman will appear to swallow the Cheeto whole. Cheeto, Cheeto, Cheeto. Anyway, since that out is looking less and less likely, all we can do is keep protesting, encouraging our elected officials to voice our concerns where they have clout and hit up a few comedy benefits and fundraisers in between.

With that in mind, here are a bunch of worthwhile events happening from tonight through Inauguration Day in NYC. We’ll keep adding to this list as more come in, but there’s already something here to keep you busy most every night between now and then. Most of these are free and all are affordable, btw, so check out as many as you can if you have the time! (I mean, with the time any of us have left.) (more…)

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…)

11/17/16 3:12pm
In case the flowers don't fall at your feet, what's your plan B? Credit: John Ambrosio

‘James Joyce’ better have a plan if that whole poet laureate thing doesn’t work out. Credit: John Ambrosio

It’s hard out there for an artist, and it isn’t going to get any easier in Trump’s America. The 45th presidency may provide us with endless comedic material, but there’s a chance things will get so bad that even light-hearted laughs will subject to a $500 fine and all comedic content will undergo a rigorous screening process to determine whether it might offend the Chairman President-elect.

I jest (ish), but the point is, everyone’s going to need to have a backup plan in Trump’s America, and the President-elect’s (boooooo, hissssssss) policies on abortion access are going to make that especially hard for women. Did you know? In order not to let that happen, comedian Brett Davis and a ragtag bunch of local celeb comics are doing a fundraiser comedy show for Planned Parenthood tonight, simply titled “The Special Event” (after Davis’ usual show, The Special Without Brett Davis).

Since SNL just picked up a whole bunch of new writers — local space prince Julio Torres among them— it’s unlikely any of the comics in this show will find stardom before Trump takes the White House. So we asked each one to weigh in about their backup career plans, should the whole comedy thing go kaput. In other words, we wanted to know: “What’s your Plan B?” (more…)

10/08/15 2:31pm
Carrie Bradshaw has nothing on these ladies

Carrie Bradshaw has nothing on these ladies. Photo via Facebook

Hey, remember when a group of dummies said we should defund Planned Parenthood? We sure do. Help smash the Patriarchy—and anyone else who says women shouldn’t get to choose what to do with their bodies—by heading into Manhattan tomorrow night, for Awkward Sex and the City, Natalie Wall’s recurring comedy show featuring some of New York’s best comedians retelling their most hilarious, interesting or just plain-old-weird sexploits inside of a sex shop. A portion of the proceeds from this show will go to Planned Parenthood.


07/02/14 2:38pm
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Can you see yourself here for longer than 8 seconds? via Facebook

You there, yes, you, the one on the computer: it seems like you’re in need of a new job. Yes, you’re about to become junior manager of your shoeshine stand, and your side-job as a bike-based bread delivery boy only threatens you with vehicular manslaughter occasionally, but I see great potential in you. Why, you could have this whole city in the palm of your hand if you so chose! You could be a titan of industry, a God of capitalism and magnanimity, the very engine that turns the world itself! But, perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself. To begin with, how about we get you a nice job with some paid vacation time, hmm? (more…)

07/05/13 2:29pm
Has this ever worked for anyone?

Has this ever worked for anyone?

1. Out of 25,000 photographs he took between 2005 and 2010, photographer Robert Madruga is displaying only 25 for an exhibit in Gowanus. Try not to think about all the photos you don’t see (Friday)

2. The Brick Theater is hosting an intersection of video games and performance art. We’re thinking Lara Croft delivering a piece from the Vagina Monologues, but we’re probably wrong (Friday)

3. Wasabassco Burlesque invites you to the Bell House to keep celebrating America the only way they know how to: with asses everywhere you look (Friday)

4. Mellow Pages moved over to a space that’s much, much larger than their old one, so they’re inviting you over to celebrate it. No readings, just hanging (Friday) (more…)

11/09/12 9:03am

Please, please get this as a tattoo. via elle

1. Two Boots is getting out of the pizza kitchen and into relief kitchens. (Friday – Sunday)

2. Sandy tried to blow DUMBO away, so they told her to suck it. (Friday)

3. Go see the comedy show The Big Gulp before they’re legally required to change their name by the Health Department. (Friday)

4. It’s a party at a tattoo parlor benefiting Planned Parenthood. Obama’s America in a nutshell. (Friday)


02/03/12 2:20pm

Because everyone (even el Bloombito) rallied to support Planned Parenthood in the wake of the Susan G. Komentroversy this week, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite women’s health guides, lest you NYC would ever leave you stranded alone in a cold, heartless world if you had a health emergency. First, check our no-insurance health care guide and the list of free STD testing services available in BK (don’t forget about that free condom finder app too). We also have a roundup and price check of abortion providers in Brooklyn, and a rundown of the whys and hows of using money saving menstrual cups. And switching to a bit of a lighter side from health to beauty, a cautionary tale of what really goes on at a $10 bikini wax (ouch!).