07/01/16 9:00am
Soak up the sun: Brokelyn's 2016 ultimate guide to Brooklyn outdoor bars!

Soak in the sun all summer long at (clockwise from top left) Bar Chord, Our Wicked Lady, Margarita Island and a bunch more bars in our guide.

Y’all, we did it. We survived a blizzard, Ted Cruz, a weird season of Broad City, and that one night in May when we had to pull our coats out from under the bed again. Dreams of a margarita-soaked Brooklyn summer kept us warm through those cold nights— but wake the fuck up, it’s finally here! Now is your chance to fling off your comforter, don your mom jorts and man-spread all over the most wonderful time of the year: outdoor drinking season.

Eager to suck down a pitcher of sunshine but not quite sure where to go? Waste no time in the group text: Team Brokelyn has compiled a comprehensive list of nearly 175 spirited spots across the borough where you can drink outside. From wine bars to dives to every sidewalk seat in between, we’re passing along our notes on each bar’s vibe and spilling our secrets to navigating the drink menu without spending your summer allowance all in one place.

Don’t spend the prime of your young adulthood watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix — get out there and get tequila drunk! Outdoors! Simply click the ‘hood you’re headed to and let us be your patio spirit guides (and don’t forget to cop one of our new Brokelyn tank tops so you can be your best summer self).  —Meghan Stephens (more…)

08/28/15 11:00am
We're gonna be Bon Jovial tonight.

We’re gonna be Bon Jovial tonight.

UPDATE: Lakeside is releasing 25 last-minute discount tickets! Enter BROKELYNSUMMER at checkout and rock and roll all night (OK, until 10) for $12 instead of $18. 

All summer long you’ve been faced with a major problem: you don’t have a pool, no one has a lawn big enough for running around in a sprinkler or playing lawn games, and you certainly don’t have a time machine to go back to simpler decade before #squadgoals and Walk the Moon. The good news is tonight we’re bringing you the next best thing: Brokelyn is throwing an 80s splashback party in the middle of the splashpad at Prospect Park’s roller skating rink!

You can splash around and play ladder ball, badminton, Kan Jam or take out some enemies of summer targets on our Super Soaker shooting range. And since we’re partnering with the wonderful Lola Star and her weekly Dreamland roller disco (where the theme is hair metal), admission includes roller skate rentals. Oh and here’s another thing you wish you had all summer: free beer from Brooklyn Brewery, which we’ll have for the first hour, so don’t dawdle!

Here’s everything else you need to know for the party: (more…)

08/21/15 8:57am
Splashdance!

Splashdance!

The dog days of summer are in full effect and it’s too hot to think about doing much at night other than finding a place for water to wash over your body constantly. Good thing we’ve got the perfect hot summer weekend plan for you: Brokelyn is teaming with Lakeside at Prospect Park and Lola Star’s Dreamland roller disco to bring you Pour Some Water on Me: An 80s Splashback Party!

We’re bringing games and Super Soakers to the splashpad, where you can dance along to the 80s hair metal tunes from Dreamland’s DJ. You’ll want to get there early too: we’ve got an hour of Brooklyn Brewery open bar (while supplies last) to kick off the night! And one more thing: we’re bringing back the legendary all-male wet T-shirt contest(more…)

08/04/15 3:00pm
BBP's pop-up pool. Photo by Julienne Schaer

BBP’s pop-up pool. Photo by Julienne Schaer

Oh, for the love of all that is a visual of Michelle Williams clutching Jonathan Safran Foer’s tight little body, we know already. We know about the heat. You know it’s hot, we know it’s hot, and it doesn’t have to be the End of Days. Summertime in this city has always been brutal—and remember winter, guys? We should thank our lucky stars we only have to wear one layer outdoors.

The heat won’t last forever. But while it’s here, why not find some creative ways to deal with it instead of kvetching? In the spirit of summer, the Brokelyn staff got together and submitted a list of cheap ways to beat the heat without breaking the bank. (more…)

06/25/15 1:06pm
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Everybody into the pool (for 45 minutes). Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

When it comes to public pools in Brooklyn, we’ve got plenty. The one amenity those pools lack is that they’re not located in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can swim and look out on great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty and the financial sector of Manhattan (and wonder how they’ll all screw us over next). On the other hand, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool has all of those amenities, and it opens tomorrow, June 26 for free 45-minute swim sessions throughout the day. Everyone into the pool (in an orderly fashion)! (more…)

06/25/15 9:40am
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Grab your bestie and your most pastel pastels, and go see some outdoor movies

The temperature is only getting higher, you’re sweating more and your brain feels covered in a sticky film that makes critical thinking all but impossible. You might think you feel like that because you’re in love, but really, it’s summer. And nothing is better in the summer than getting together with some friends, putting down a blanket, fighting off other people encroaching on your blanket space and watching a movie outdoors. Where to do it though, and which movie to see? With this handy guide of all the Brooklyn outdoor movies this summer, you’ll always have the answers to those questions ready. At least if you keep this page open on your spacephone all the time or something. (more…)

Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon

Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon

As you might have seen on Twitter, we didn’t just get to enjoy the Mermaid Parade in a haze of drunken irresponsibility this year. No, this year we enjoyed the Mermaid Parade as judges, which as it turns out, still means a good amount of of drunken irresponsibility, but also there are free tacos. And bribes, lots of people just giving you things like alcohol, candy, sexy dances and flowers in the hopes you’ll vote for their float or costume. Also we could get closer to the parade than usual. Still, our judging duties weren’t going to keep up from getting plenty of pictures of the day, since it lets us relive all the madness and share what we saw with anyone who couldn’t make it. (more…)

06/19/15 7:01am
Coney Island-Brooklyn-Brokelyn-Summer Guide

Looks much more fun than watching Netflix all summer. Image via Flickr user gigi_nyc

Put on your jorts, slather yourself in sunblock and cue the Ella Fitzgerald; it’s summer time, kid, and the living is easy. We-e-ll, okay, that’s not entirely true. Summer can be as expensive as any other season, unless you know how to pace yourself. After all, you’ve gota whole 94 days (plus one bonus day we’ve determined the calendar gave us) to enjoy the warmth and the good feelings that come from being outdoors Between co-workers, a significant other, social gatherings and me-time, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed.

Not to fear. Through vigorous research at the Brokelyn offices, we’ve gathered not one, not two, not 39, but 95 things to do—one for each day of summer. They range between the splurge-worthy and the completely free, so you don’t have to shell out every day to make memories. Use this guide as a go-to for how to spend your summer daze, and keep your bank account flush. First up, we’ve got June and July. So strap on your summer shoes (which might just be your shoes) and get ready to get out there. (more…)

06/18/15 2:50pm
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Just think, this could be you this summer if you accomplish your goal. Image via Flickr user Robyn Lee

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, which are all about self-improvement or some such bullshit. Challenge yourself to make a Summer Resolution instead — the year’s already half over so you may as well face the fact that you’re not going to get any smarter, skinnier, or more successful in 2015. Know what you CAN do? Have one hell of a summer. It’s the time for basking in the sun, drinking outdoors, rooftop movies, and watching a puddle of sweat form at your feet while waiting in an underground sauna for a train to whisk you into sweet, sweet, air conditioned paradise. What do you want to accomplish this summer? We here at Brokelyn have started things off with a list of Summer Resolutions of our own, because there’s nothing worse than Labor Day rolling around and realizing you never went on that camping trip. (more…)

06/17/15 9:43am
You love J-Law. See her in the park you love.

You love J-Law. See her in the park you love.

Summer’s big humid hug is wrapping around us tighter and tighter, like a large friend who doesn’t know her own strength. Don’t complain about that part, instead, take advantage of the great things it means, like being able to sit in the Long Meadow in Prospect Park and watching movies without paying a single cent. That’s right, Prospect Park has free summer movies for you to see this year too. (more…)