11/24/15 11:37am
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Welcome to your doom. Photoshop by Madelyn Owens

Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. It’s a day of overindulgence, football, casually racist uncles, loose fitting pants…and hours spent in gridlock traffic on our crumbling highway system. Maybe you have the income to book a flight or a train on the Biggest Most Expensive Travel Days of the year, but most likely you will be braving a budget bus trip back to your homeland.

The low price tag comes with hidden costs: there’s the chronic back pain from the cramped seats, or a seat mate who packed their own tuna salad, of course. Sometimes though, things are much worse. A fellow passenger who won’t stop singing, a chugging contest in the back of the bus and threats of violence. Even worse, sometime YOU’RE the problem. To help you through the long journey ahead, our Brokesters share their most harrowing tales of bus life struggles. (more…)

11/23/15 1:12pm
We're thankful for Jean Grae's amazing fashion sense (#3)

We’re thankful for Jean Grae’s amazing fashion sense (#3) (pic by Ochos Photography)

1. It’s Thanksgiving week, so start it off right by stuffing yourself at Sycamore Bar’s Friendsgiving, which promises turducken meatballs, mulled wine, and pie. Nommmm. (Monday, FREE)

2. Or if you prefer to start it off laughing, head to the Brooklyn Brewery, which has joined forces with Above Average to present an excellent comedy showcase, featuring Aparna Nancherla, Aaron Jackson, Jo Firestone, and Jon Rudnitsky. (Monday, FREE) (more…)

11/12/15 11:16am
You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley

You, too, can serve up PInterest-worthy platters. via Flickr user Stacy Spensley

Fall means a lot of crummy things in this town, but on the brighter side, it does mean Thanksgiving. Who among us doesn’t look forward to the blessed mid-season holiday where we throw all our calorie cares, workplace woes and family feuds, if only for one or two days?

While Thanksgiving may be cheerful, the preparations are not. We understand, so we’ve rounded up a few classes focused on tackling the more intricate and challenging elements of a Thanksgiving meal: cooking for celiacs and vegans, crafting autumnal wreaths, getting everybody glogg-tipsy, and carving a turkey, naturally.

Remember, signing up for these classes through us keeps the Brokeshow in town, so if you like what you read on our site, give one of these courses a try. (more…)

11/24/14 12:00pm

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Gotham Brokerage has been through a lot of holiday seasons in the city, and they know the special hazards holidays can bring.

Always keep an eye on the stove. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended, even when cooking your Thanksgiving turkey which can take a couple of hours to cook.
Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while you’re cooking. You don’t want toys or dogs underfoot when you’re handling large pans full of piping hot food. And unless your kids know the rules, you don’t want them near the stove or sharp knives.

Knowing you’re covered for any possibility is one of the keys to being able to sleep in heavenly peace during the season. If you’re unsure about your coverage, contact Gotham Brokerage, and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

11/20/14 9:59am
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It doesn’t have to be this way! Photo by Flickr user Alessandro Valli

Congratulations! If you are reading this article, brave and noble Brooklynite, it means that you have decided to take on the Goliath task of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner whether in your New York City apartment kitchen or in the house of the family member hosting it. At the very least, you’re helping cook.

Great fortune awaits you if you are able to pull of this incredible feat, but griping from long-forgotten family members is waiting just around the corner for those unable to complete the task. We here at Brokelyn believe in you, though, and as the resident chef of our financially-challenged website, I felt it was my duty to share with you some easy Thanksgiving cooking wisdom I’ve gained while surviving the chaos that is making your own dinner on November 27. (more…)

11/18/14 2:14pm
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Roaming free in greenery before he gets eaten, just as God intended. via Flickr user katmulkey

Thanksgiving is nigh, and there’s truly no better way to celebrate the cease fire in casual Native American slaughter by coming together as mankind to kill and eat something lower on the food chain. But this is the 21st century, and we’re not barbarians. That’s why we’re making sure the turkeys we carve this year are organic, and we’ve got a definitive guide to where to find the most pampered poultry in Brooklyn.

We told you just what makes an organic turkey organic here, but the cliffsnotes version is that these birds get some fresh air, sunlight, and grazing rights before the big chop. Just to streamline things we’ve rounded up 13 lb. organic turkeys, which serve 8-10 people. (more…)

11/13/14 1:05pm
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You can help Feeding NYC feed plenty of families for Thanksgiving, but that’s not all you can do. via Facebook

A few Thursdays from now, the country comes together to stuff its face. Do you really need a fried turkey the size of a small child? Of course you do – along with at least two sides per guest. But while you’re busy eating a few years off your life, remember that there’s people in our community who struggle to get by everyday. Give back the next two weeks by donating your time or money to these seven events and charities. (more…)

11/05/14 12:00pm

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Don’t deep-fry a turkey unless you really know what you’re doing. If you decide to give it a try, do the research first. Do it outdoors, and well away from your house, a fence, or anything flammable. Don’t be one of these guys. (As an alternative, may we suggest brining the turkey?) Gotham Brokerage has been through a lot of holiday seasons in the city, and they know the special hazards holidays can bring. Knowing you’re covered for any possibility is one of the keys to being able to sleep in heavenly peace during the season. If you’re unsure about your coverage, contact Gotham Brokerage, and they’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote.

10/31/14 3:27pm
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Help some other families get this. via Flickr user Tim Sackton

We know, we know, Halloween is barely over and you’ve barely even started on your candy coma. With that being said, Thanksgiving will be here before we know, and while most of us are lucky enough to have family or a Friendsgiving to go to and eat well, there are too many people in this city who don’t have that. Enter Flatbush food kitchen CAMBA, who’s trying to make at least a small dent by giving 500 turkeys to 500 families in need. Sounds nice, right? You can help, by just throwing some money to their Indiegogo raising money for that. (more…)

Mad props and an extra slice of sweet spud pie tonight to the good people of Occupy Sandy, who coordinated the prep and delivery of 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to residents of Canarsie, Red Hook, the Rockaways and Coney Island. And what an effort it was: some 300 to 400 volunteers worked continuously from 9 am Wednesday chopping, cutting, packing and organizing at Occupy HQ, at St. John’s Parish Hall, 461 99th St. in Bay Ridge. The last Thanksgiving meals were going out today at 4, but Occupy’s work is far from done; coordinator Waldemar Albrecht-Lunn told us that volunteers will be needed to help prepare food at the church indefinitely, “until the need is met.” He said to show up starting at 9 am any day. Or see the Occupy site for more on how to help. More (sorry, iPhone) pics of the OSers in action after the jump. (more…)