07/18/14 9:23am
summer fridays

You COULD sit in a kiddie pool on your roof, but think about all the fun stuff you’d be missing out on.

If you’re lucky enough to have a job that gives you summer Fridays (or any job at all), you’re pretty much killing us here at Brokelyn if you’re using your free, salaried time to watch Netflix. We’re not going to say we’re not jealous of your paid free hours, but even while secretly hating you we want you help you make the most of your summer Fridays.

Even though lucky you has permanent, parent-approved employment, you don’t need to spend a lot, or any, money to make the most of your much-deserved time off. (more…)

07/03/14 9:03am
4th of july fireworks

AMERICA. via Flickr user Ann Althouse

1. The fireworks are back on the East River after their hiatus on the Hudson. Here are the best spots to welcome them home. (Friday)

2. We’ve rounded up the best ways to be patriotic and frugal this 4th of July. (Friday)

3. Celebrate all kinds of art and flop around in a kiddie pool at Artwork$ Festival. (Saturday) (more…)

06/27/14 10:33am
nathan's hot dog contest

It’s time. via Nathan’s

The land of the free can truly be the land of the free (and cheap) July 4th next Friday, with plenty of awesome no and low-cost patriotic events to celebrate America’s independence. We’ve got you covered for the East River fireworks, so check out the other awesome free and cheap things to kick off your three-day weekend! (more…)

06/24/14 1:32pm
new york classical theatre

If you think this looks ridiculous, just remember that it’s Shakespeare, so it must be smart. via Facebook

One great thing about living in New York is that there are so many opportunities to pretend like you’re intelligent and cultured, even if you’re not, and it gets even easier in the summer with all the free events available to you. For instance, you could see some free opera this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park, but if you want to at least kind of understand what the hell is being said on stage, you could also see a free performance of Willy Shakespeare’s As You Like It in Prospect Park, tonight through Sunday. (more…)

06/16/14 7:00am
brooklyn dog runs

Your pup will jump for joy when you bring her to one of these dog runs or off-leash areas. All photos by Kirsten White

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You and your mutt can only play fetch for so long in your apartment’s 10 feet of common area before you’ll both literally run into the wall. Now that it’s summer, you’ve got no excuse not to get off your haunches and bound into the great outside! Whether catatonic in the coffice or comatose on the couch, you’ve both been cooped up for too long and are in great need of some Vitamin D(og). Don’t despair, we’ve made a list of seven of our favorite North Brooklyn dog runs and off-leash areas where you both can run around free.  (more…)

06/05/14 4:20pm
the beat cave prospect park

You could be in here, working on beats, after planting some trees. via The Wall Street Journal

You’ve got a great album bouncing around the skull of yours, but you just don’t have the money to get to a recording studio and lay the thing down. the era of being like Wavves and recording the whole thing into a tape recorder in your bedroom and people thinking that’s cool is over, so we have a better suggestion: volunteer for eight hours helping out around Prospect Park and you get three hours for free at the Audobon Center’s recording center The Beat Cave. Just think how much more authentic your folk album will be after you earned the recording time by spending 16 hours planting trees. (more…)

06/03/14 4:46pm
new york road runners

Even if you don’t have a number, it’s hot out there, so get some free water. via Facebook

If any of you subscribe to the life of jogging, we are impressed. Running is hard, and most difficult things in life aren’t even worth doing. That being said, you’ve got an ally in the New York Road Runners, who are celebrating National Running Day (which is a thing)  tomorrow, June 4, the best way they know how: providing joggers free water and bandanas in Prospect and Brooklyn Bridge Park. That’s awful nice of them. (more…)

06/02/14 8:36am
The Electric Lady brings her show to Prospect Park Thursday. Be there. via Facebook

The Electric Lady brings her show to Prospect Park Thursday. Be there. via Facebook

1. Have a horrifyingly good time at The Way Station, as they show a horror movie, ask a few trivia questions and provide free pizza at their Monster Monday Madness (Monday)

2. Freestyle Mondays has seen the same improv rhyming champ for two straight months, so see if Osyris Antham can make it a three-peat. Don’t call it that though, unless you wan to pay Pat Riley (Tuesday)

3. A woman goes on an epic quest to find out who was behind her identify theft, something we all secretly fear, at a screening of Chase Rewards (Monday) (more…)

05/01/14 8:34am
adam yauch

You don’t just have to mourn, you can party too

1. What Cheer? Brigade and The Reverend Vince Anderson are bringing horns and religion to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and all you need to do is show up. Not so hard, is it? (Friday)

2. Help raise some money for a gender affirming surgery at a cheetah print prom fundraiser bash at Littlefield, because it’s better than anything your money for your high school prom went to (Friday)

3. The Devil’s Sword is an Indonesian fantasy movie about a young prince fighting a Crocodile Queen and her army of half-men, half-crocodiles. We can’t imagine you need to know anything more (Friday)

4. Help weave some nice designs into the fence at Havemeyer Park. Because why stare at a bunch of chain link when you can look at bright colorful designs? (Friday – Saturday)

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04/30/14 9:04am
celebrate brooklyn

Oh man, it’s definitely time to celebrate. via Facebook

After this long miserable winter, we needed some kind of bright burst of color to lift our spirits. Don’t bother looking outside, look right here on this screen because you can finally start planning your summer around the free Celebrate Brooklyn Prospect Park shows. The folks at BRIC really topped themselves this year, snagging not only Janelle Monae for the opening night show, but also grabbing St. Vincent, The Dum Dum Girls, Deltron 3030 and Talib Kweli among others for the summer’s free shows. Full lineup below, and judging by this at least, it’s gonna be a good summer. (more…)