01/10/17 2:00pm
Suit up for Trump's America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

Suit up for Trump’s America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

The dead of winter isn’t exactly a time when you’re looking to take your shirt off in public, but that’s all the more reason to get in on everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos.

Yep, the best sale in Brooklyn is back, and covering up your ink now means it’s far less likely to peel and scab in the hot sun as it heals. By the time you unveil it to friends during beach season it’ll be as black as the heart of our presidential administration!

Also, not to alarm you or anything, but there are only two Fridays that are also the 13th in 2017. Will you even be alive by the second one? Who knows! Hashtag Trump’s America. Hashtag ink again. So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted). (more…)

10/23/15 9:30am

There’s a universe of options for $31 tattoos at Big Bang Ink, and other tattoo shops this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and here in Brooklyn you can celebrate it right many different ways. In addition to all the parties happening, five awesome tattoo shops are treating you to something that will last forever (unlike your Halloween candy), $31 tattoos. So grab your $31, and the nearest (dare)devil and go get inked!

09/02/15 10:00am


via Facebook

via Facebook

2123 Avenue Z (Corner of E. 22nd)
Sheepshead Bay


What it is: Real deal neighborhood dive with daily complimentary buffet, nightly karaoke and an Islanders fan base.

Why we love it: Free food! No peanuts or pretzels here, we’re talking hefty portions of pasta, chicken strips, lentil soup—hearty drinking food. Plus, a dive bar that also has karaoke is a dream of ours.

Who to bring: Your singing partner who is always on the hunt for a new spot to drop the mic; a friend who’s die-hard for dive bars.

What to order: Take your pick from four drafts and over 20 domestic and international bottles, and enjoy what’s for dinner that night!

Fun fact: Originally called the Log Cabin Bar, the watering hole is rumored to have been Brooklyn’s first karaoke bar—the owners purchased an early Japanese model of a karaoke machine for $6,000 at an entertainment expo at Javits Center in the mid 1980’s.

08/26/15 4:23pm
This could be your life

This could be your life (NOTE: Not the hospital beds in question)

Here it is, the Craigslist version of “For sale, baby shoes, never worn,” an ad that reads:



Also there are some instructions on how to claim the beds from their owner in Sheepshead Bay, but the ad itself raises a series of questions: (more…)

08/20/15 10:52am
Looks like you'll have to make concessions. via flickr user Eden, Janine & Jim

Looks like you’ll have to make concessions. via flickr user Eden, Janine & Jim

When you’re shelling out upwards of $12 for a movie ticket, spending an extra $7 on popcorn just doesn’t seem reasonable. That’s why most of us do the smart thing and bring our own candy, popcorn and beverages, sheathed neatly in our purses and bags. Today, Consumerist reports that due to an upswing in movie theater crime around the country, Regal’s security measures may tighten to include routine bag-checks for moviegoers upon entry.

The real question is: does this mean we can’t get away with outside snacks anymore? (more…)

07/24/15 1:00pm


Anyway Café
1602 Gravesend Neck Rd (between 16th St & 17th St)
Sheepshead Bay
(718) 934-5988

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What it is: An elegant and cozy bistro with live music, an impressive vodka selection, and a balanced mix of Russian and French cuisine.

Why we love it: Where else can you pair crepes with stroganoff and wash it down with different flavors of infused vodka? Bring a date! Dim lighting, a nostalgic Russian band playing, vodka to sip on…

What to order: The pelmeni (unleavened dough dumplings), stroganoff, and anything topped with caviar because, caviar! The infused vodkas (apricot, black currant, lychee) take center stage here, but beer drinkers have plenty of choices as well.

Regular Tip: Check out their events page to keep abreast of special nights and musical happenings.

07/22/15 9:27am
It's just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc

It’s just a nice place to be. via Flickr user dumbonyc

Gone are the days of abandoned warehouses and empty piers lining the Brooklyn waterfront. Wegman’s has replaced the ghostly buildings on Admiral’s Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and it’s hard to imagine Red Hook without Ikea. Beautification efforts in the early 2000s replaced miles of industrial sites with the Brooklyn Bridge Park and rejuvenated the waterfront as a popular space for cultural events. Now with businesses like the Brooklyn Barge Bar which offers a range of water sport programs nestled comfortably next to art galleries and restaurants, Brooklyn’s shoreline has become a playground for nature enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Here’s our recommendations of the 50 best ways to experience Brooklyn’s waterfront. (more…)

07/14/15 12:44pm
Carlino with the family paddle

Carlino’s all business at the pizzeria

Happy #NewHorizons, brokesters. Now that you can see Pluto, you may as well expand your horizons here in the borough, too, by checking out Sheepshead Bay. That’s right! It’s time for the latest edition of Perfect Summer Sundays, Brokelyn’s original profile series where we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size.

This week, we’re taking you to Sheepshead Bay with Sal Carlino, the once-son and now-owner of Papa Leone Pizzeria. Established in 1974, this family-owned pizzeria boasts the authentic “mom and pop shop” status that old Brooklyn—or what little is left of it, anyway—is famous for. They’ve been making the same tantalizing homemade sauces for decades, and they’ve got a full bar with $2 anytime beers.

“My father opened Papa Leone’s in May of ’74,” says Carlino. “41 years later we’re pretty much the same place, but with me at the helm.” (more…)

05/13/15 9:19am
anyway cafe

Lambchops at Anyway Cafe? Do it, they’re 15% off. via Facebook

Now that the summer is here and you have to factor things like outdoor drinking, beach trips and sunscreen into your budget, you might be thinking that going out to eat might have to fall by the wayside. No sense in worrying about that next week though, because the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce wants everyone to go check out the borough’s huge selection of Russian and Eastern European restaurants, so they’ve established Brooklyn’s first Russian Restaurant Week. That means even you, the humble brokester, can spend a week eating out, since participating restaurants are offering prix fixes and discounts on your meal. (more…)

Photo via Sheepshead Bites

There’ll be dessert of course, but eat some real food first Photo via Sheepshead Bites

One of the best events for people who desire great food from south Brooklyn is no more.  A Taste of Sheepshead Bay is dead, long live The Bite: Sheepshead Bay. Different name, same concept: a variety of different Sheepshead Bay restaurants, all under one roof, bringing the best of the south Brooklyn restaurant scene to you. For what amounts to half of what we usually spend whenever we go out to eat in the first place, you can try everything from Turkish, to Latin, to ol’ fashion American food. Much better than just making pasta and watching Netflix, trust us, we know. (more…)