03/08/16 1:00pm

Look, we have a soft spot for Trader Joe’s around here. You might think of it as just the place to get cheap cereal (if you’re still into that) or dried mangoes, but some of your Brokelyn staff remember it fondly as the cradle of employment that took us in during the height of the recession and gave us insight into what all your dietary patterns are like. So pardon us if we take a moment to enjoy this jam from D.C.-based rapper Abu Rahss who finally has created a rap anthem to sing along to while waiting in what has seemingly turned into a Möbius strip of a line at the Court Street store. (more…)

07/09/15 4:08pm
Aisles of cheap, much grocery. via flickr user Steel Wool

Aisles of cheap, much grocery. via flickr user Steel Wool

Thrifty L-train dwellers, rejoice: no more will you have to make trips across the river just to get to the promised land of cheap groceries. Why? Because Crain’s NY reports that Trader Joe’s is coming to Williamsburg. That’s right. And while there’s no official opening date, it’s enough to drool over the myriad cookie butters, trail mixes and frozen Indian dinners we’ll soon have at our fingertips. All hail the home of royalty-free foodstuffs and toiletries!  (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…)

08/13/14 11:58am
washington avenue trader joe's

Some of us are having nightmares at the idea of unloading a truck into this location. THANKS.

The rumor mill has ginned up something mighty frothy today, putting the idea in everyone’s heads that Prospect Heights is about to get a Trader Joe’s on Washington Avenue and Lincoln Place. Someone heard from a guy who heard from a guy who heard from another guy that TJ’s is bringing its Hawaiian shirts to 856 Washington Ave. (such airtight sourcing!) Well, allow us to burst that bubble, because it’s almost certainly not happening, for several reasons. (more…)

10/29/13 10:32am
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The card doesn’t let you skip the line though. via Flickr user Steel Wool

We all love public radio, especially WNYC and it’s soothing Brian Lehrer-inflected tones. But the thing about public radio is that they need money from common yutzes like you and me to keep themselves on the air. WNYC is in the middle of one of their pledge drives and has a pretty sweet offer for everyone: join today by noon and you’re eligible to win a $2000 gift card to Trader Joe’s. Two thousand dollars! You could eat for like, half a year with a $200o gift certificate there. Al you need to do is donate online or donate over the phone (888-376-9692) and your name is entered in the contest. Just a word of advice: don’t go try to use the gift card on a Monday or a weekend. Actually, don’t ever try to shop at Trader Joe’s on those days.

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After you move in, be sure to say hello to Sam. Photo by Carly Goteiner

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Moving, be it from out of state or while you’re already living here, can be a real pain. What makes Brooklyn’s neighborhoods different from each other, aside from different levels of being expensive? We’ve got people who’ve lived all over this borough and are more than happy to share their insider neighborhood knowledge with you. Today we take a trip to Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, land of grown person things. (more…)

If it weren't for us you'd all be shopping German! Photo by Wikimedia user Aconcagua.

If it weren’t for us you’d all be shopping German! Photo by Wikimedia user Aconcagua.

We got a heads up from a press release that this Thursday Aldi, the mega-giant, German-held discount supermarket chain is opening an outpost in Sheepshead Bay at 3785 Nostrand Avenue. I have experienced the German version of Aldi many times, but to figure out what we’re getting in to, I took a trip to the only other Aldi in NYC — at the far east end of 116th street in Harlem. (more…)

07/19/13 11:07am
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Our life philosophy, in sign form. Photo by Zach Adams

New York devours money, we know this. All bills aside, it’s the eating (and drinking) out that really kills your budget. When the weekend rolls around, and you’re low on cash, deciding between drinking money, dinner money and blowing out next week’s budget can put a serious damper on your plans. But, after savoring literally 6 types of nut butter at the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market one morning, I remembered all the weekends I’d unintentionally stumbled upon a literal buffet of free samples–one after the other after the other–on my way to meet friends for an expensive meal. Brooklyn has an unusually high concentration of sample-hawking food establishments.

Then it hit me: “I bet you could sustain yourself purely on free samples for a whole day.” So here’s my attempt to do just that while shuffling around the borough one Saturday, with two friends from out of town. (more…)

12/07/12 3:00pm

Wondering whether your apartment is haunted? Check out this map to find out.

The long history embedded in Brooklyn means that there are always going to be stories behind the interesting looking places in your neighborhood. It’s what gives Brooklyn its charm. New Brooklynites Jonathan and Melissa Motzkin, recently moved here from San Francisco felt that vibe, and, not knowing much about our ‘hood, did what any good San Franciscans would: they made an app.

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10/13/11 9:00am

This is all Sue can do to contain her rage.

Living and working in New York City since 2000 has made me an angry person. I’ve had a ton of crappy, low-paying jobs, from babysitting children of models, movie stars and poor people, to working in a bakery, to selling skateboards. And, of course, waiting tables, teaching yoga, styling photo shoots, selling textiles, throwing parties, doing admin work for nutty professors, cleaning up vomit in a bowling alley … Don’t make me continue. People in New York will do stuff like come in 20 minutes late to yoga class, change their babies AT A DINNER TABLE FOR DINING, and “forget” to pay you on payday.

I know I’m not alone. So to channel my emotions in a healthier way, I wrote a one-person character show about my work-induced anger problem called Minimum Rage, playing Oct. 20 at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in Chelsea. If you don’t come, I can’t promise you won’t be the target of our collective rage behind your back. But you can start commiserating by reading stories of the crazy crap my fellow Brokesters have had to hold their tongues on in the name of paying their rent. Add your own in the comments. (more…)