10/22/14 11:13am
brooklyn bridge park

How freaking romantic. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Dating is hard. It’s difficult to meet new people, whether in “real life” or online, and the process of dating itself can be exhausting, traumatic, heartbreaking, demoralizing…oh yeah, and expensive. You’re already (potentially) wasting time on a new date; don’t waste your money, too! While splitting the bill is usually the way to go, sometimes one party wants to treat the other.  Get creative without breaking the bank; do something other than stare blankly at each other while sipping overpriced cocktails. Need suggestions? Here are 20 Brooklyn date ideas that will keep both of you entertained/fed/watered/etc. for $20 or less. Who ever said a cheapskate couldn’t be romantic? (more…)

10/09/14 1:43pm
lakeview jamboree

A good old fashioned hootenanny, waiting for you at Prospect Park

If you’re looking for a cheap way to fill up and get a little exercise this weekend (but not too much), Prospect Park has the solution: Lakeside’s Backyard Jamboree!

This family-friendly autumnal festival will bring southern-style BBQ, pumpkin decorating, caramel apples and of course a photo booth to South Prospect Park Saturday, October 11 from 11am to 5pm. Oh and did we mention there will be country line dancing? We’re expecting more than the Cha Cha Slide. (more…)

10/08/14 2:49pm
The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

The roller disco at Lola Star will be like this, but on roller skates. So really, really scary

‘Tis the season to put out the pumpkins, deck the halls with boughs of cobwebs and stir your cauldron pot, because Halloween is in our midst. In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Brooklyn World, Halloween is the occasion to party and no other boroughs can say anything about it. So don your creepiest outfits and head out to the hottest happenings in BK. (more…)

10/01/14 11:34am
prospect park cyclist

This fella ain’t too popular at the moment. via Flickr user Ahmed ElHusseiny

After a pedestrian in Central Park was killed by a cyclist using the area as his own personal velodrome, people started suggesting that cyclists going really really fast in Central Park wan’t the best idea. Unsurprisingly, that suggestion is being made for Prospect Park cyclists too. Instead of civilians doing the suggesting by shaking their fists at you, the NYPD is going to be the ones doing it, by stepping up enforcement in the park, according to Park Slope Stoop’s report from the latest meeting at the 78th Precinct. (more…)

08/27/14 9:33am
nyc runs

These are actually just people running to sign up, so move quick! via Facebook

Some people get an endorphin rush from doing charity. Other people get it from jogging. A few of you out there probably get that sweet, sweet endorphin high from both, and fortunately for you, there’s a good way to combine them, at the CHIPS 5K Walk and Run, hitting Prospect Park in September. Plus, for those of you looking to still do good even though you don’t have much to give, registration is just $25! (more…)

08/11/14 8:56am

Celebrate Brooklyn ended with a weird, guitar robot bang Saturday night with a free St. Vincent show that about a quarter of Brooklyn came out for. Where were you, though? For once, your poor decision to skip something fun paid off, because the show is streaming in its entirety, at least the audio portion is. So while on the one hand you missed seeing Annie Clark’s awesome robotic dance moves and “Sigourney Weaver possessed by Zuul” presence, you can hear “Your Lips Are Red” turned into a 10-minute guitar freakout. So, Monday’s not all bad.

[h/t Stereogum] (more…)

08/07/14 3:52pm
fight the phrag

Kill some nature, for a good cause. Photo via Prospect Park Alliace

After all the fun times Prospect Park has given you, isn’t it only fair to give back a little?

Fight the Phrag, a new initiative from The Prospect Park Alliance aims to remove phragmites, an invasive species of wetland grass, from Brooklyn’s only lake, part of a larger project to revitalize Prospect Park’s woodlands and natural areas. What’s that mean for you? You can spend a weekend or two fighting 18-foot high weeds! (more…)

08/04/14 10:28am
Well are you gonna go or what?

Well are you gonna go or what?

1. Get a free glamour shot for your LinkedIn (or Tinder, or however you wanna use it), courtesy of Mesh. (Monday-Friday)

2. Head to Videology for the premiere of Covert Bacon’s four original webseries pilots. If the shows are as good as they sound like they taste, you’ve got a great night ahead of you. (Monday)

3. Bribe and blackmail your friends into going with you to Coney Island to see American Hustle. (Monday) (more…)

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…)