02/22/17 12:54pm

The Levee is one of the last true old (as in, from 10 years ago) bars left in Williamsburg, where you can still get piss drunk on cheap beer at 1pm on a Tuesday while sitting on a cigarette-covered picnic table as a guy with ratty metal hair digs around in a vat of communal cheese balls to provide you with a non-nutritious but free bar meal of cheese dust with a Twizzler chaser. You know, the good ol’ days of the recession before any of us had jobs.

Anyway, the bar we check on every week out of fear it’s finally being turned into an M&M Store/Lexus dealership mega complex is still holding strong, and is still at it with the great street art. The bar just unveiled a new mural yesterday (above) on its North 3rd Street-facing side created by Damien Mitchell. It shows a winking Vladimir Putin taking off his Trump mask, which is to date the worst cosplay to wear to a party. Not even in your most strung out nights in the old Kokie’s days would you imagine a world where this art would be necessary in 2017.  (more…)

02/16/17 3:29pm
Photo by Steve Sherman/Brownstoner.

Fort Greene’s Pequena joined the Day Without Immigrants protest today. Photo by Steve Sherman/Brownstoner.

Let’s check in on the latest tally of groups that have struck out against Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-sanity attempts to solve problems that don’t exist since being in office: the bars revolted, the bodegas took to the streets, the restaurants took a stand and the laundromats rode into battle. Now today, a variety of businesses joined the fight as donut shops, Mexican restaurants and fruit stands went on strike for the Day Without Immigrants protest. Across Brooklyn, those businesses included Fort Greene’s Pequeña, Dough donuts in Bed-Stuy, Blue Ribbon in Park Slope, Sociale in Brooklyn Heights and many more, according to Brownstoner.

Up next in huge protests, women take the streets again March 8 for “A Day Without A Woman,” organized by the group that created the Women’s March on Washington. So basically, soon you should be expecting a protest every day of every week until the end of time, which is probably only about two months away anyway. Here’s what the Day Without Immigrants looked like in Brooklyn today.  (more…)

02/08/17 11:39am
This Greenpoint laundromat charges double to wash your filthy Trump clothes

Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

It’s been three months since the election and we’ll still probably never get used to seeing the occasional Make America Great Again hat on the subway. Its presence seems like a glitch or a fleck of dirt on your laptop screen you keep trying to rub away. Greenpoint in particular is not exactly a hotbed of Trump support, but if you do see any Trump-boosting clothing, you can take pleasure in knowing they might be very dirty.

Greenpoint’s joke-loving, pinball-obsessed Sunshine Laundromat has posted the above sign, which I spotted last night, pledging to add a 100 percent surcharge on any laundry containing the Trump name, and donate an equal amount to the American Society for Muslim Advancement. This sign is more joke than threat: it’s doubtful any Trump fans are coming into the pinball speakeasy laundromat in Greenpoint, or if this would actually even be legal (and there are lots of other laundromats nearby anyway). But it’s a further sign of where we’re at as a country: first the bars revolted, then the bodegas took to the streets, then the restaurants took a stand, and now the laundromats are joining in. Nutcracker Salesman Against Trump can’t be far behind.  (more…)

02/03/17 9:59am
Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Meow he’s gone and done it. Photos by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

We’re just 14 days into the Donald Trump presidency and we’ve reached the point that bodega owners — and, presumably, their cats — have risen up in open revolt. Thousands of Yemeni bodega owners and supporters rallied in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall last night in protest of Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban, capping off an unprecedented eight-hour citywide bodega strike. The strike shuttered an estimated 1,000 Yemeni-owned bodegas, groceries and others stores across the five boroughs and drove home the point that Trump’s Muslim travel ban wasn’t just reverberating in far-off lands; it affected the family and friends of the people you get your coffee, Modelo and Hi-Chews from every day. And we already know what happened when someone tried to come for the bodega cats.

This above was our favorite sign from the rally, so let’s take a moment to digest what it means: The words of a man who bragged about sexual assault on tape but still became president are being used against him by New York City bodega owners in protest of his racist and knee-jerk outrage at Muslim countries around the world. Good luck with this stuff, writers of future history textbooks.  (more…)

02/01/17 4:41pm
Via Google Maps.

Via Google Maps.

Stock up on BECs, toilet paper and Goya products while you can because Yemeni bodega workers across the city are going on strike tomorrow to protest Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Buzzfeed reports from 12-8pm tomorrow, an estimated 1,000 Yemeni-owned (yeah, that’s how many just Yemeni bodegas there are in New York City) stores citywide will shut down to show their opposition to the ban, which several courts have already told the Trump administration to get the FOH with. It comes on the heels of the of the yellow cab drivers’ union refusing to pick up at JFK over the weekend in solidarity with the protestors. Yemen is one of the country’s on Trump’s ban list. A protest at Brooklyn Borough Hall is planned for 5:15pm too.

“This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric and, during this period, grocery store owners will spend time with their families and loved ones to support each other; many of these families have been directly affected by the Ban,” according to the event’s Facebook page. (more…)

01/31/17 4:45pm
Resistance Comedy Union Hall Make America A Laughstock

Via Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press

With tens of millions of Americans poised to lose their health insurance, the curative powers of laughter better start really pulling their weight. While a good hearty chuckle won’t do much for the void left by your inability to afford antidepressants anymore, it’ll make your Saturday nights a lot more enjoyable, and it’ll benefit the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and other upstanding organizations, to be chosen by the comedians themselves, that could really use your money about now.

Beer-and-bocce bastion Union Hall’s booker Shannon Manning announced today that she plans on packing the venue’s unused event slots full of politically motivated comedy, with proceeds going to those golden groups that continue to fight for our rights even now that our government has #gonefascist.  (more…)

01/30/17 1:24pm
This week in activism: Anti-Trump protests, fundraisers and more in NYC this week

A sign at Sunday’s Battery Park protest. Via @yrfriendsydney on Instagram.

To quote a tweet over the weekend: “So far so good. Only a couple hundred more Saturdays of unprecedented national protests and we should all be okay.” It seems the nihilistic, Tasmanian Devil of racism that now occupies the Oval Office is not going to ease up trying to undermine fundamental American values any time soon. But every step of the way, Trump’s actions have been meet with virulent protests nationwide — and unprecedented fundraising for groups like the ACLU.

In other words: Strap in kids, we’re in this for the long haul. Here are the latest protests/rallies and anti-Trump fundraisers this week, which span the spectrum from protests outside Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office to a class teaching women how to embrace the revolutionary thing known as “pockets.” We’ll keep updating this list as more come in too.  (more…)

01/30/17 8:40am
'Not this time, motherf--ker:' How Brooklyn raged against Trump's Muslim ban this weekend

A much-photographed sign at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Saturday night. Via @sushmitasp on Instagram.

President Trump has had just two Saturdays of his presidency so far and they’ve both been met with unprecedented national protest. Protesters flocked to JFK Saturday night until it was all but physically impossible to get there; then they shifted their attention to Cadman Plaza outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, where a judge would eventually grant a temporary stay on Trump’s order. The scene at Cadman Plaza drew hundreds of people, musicians and people handing out free cheese plates, all channeling the righteous anger shown in one of the most popular protest signs of the weekend: “First they came for the Muslims, and I said ‘Not this time, motherfucker.'”

That a Brooklyn federal judge was the first to rule on the stay was a coincidence of jurisdiction, but it’s hard not to find some top notes of Brooklyn pride that the decision, and its related protests, was issued from Downtown Brooklyn in a city rife with immigrants, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from a train window on your commute into work. New Yorkers felt the worst effects of 9/11 and came out of it with a resolve to be more tolerant of others, not less. The overall message from New York to the residents of Trump’s America was: If we’re not scared, why the hell are you? Here’s a snapshot of how Brooklyn reacted to the events of the weekend: (more…)

01/23/17 4:12pm
March on: Keep the momentum going with these anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week

Signs of protest at the Women’s Marchers in DC on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

You were in pretty good company if you marched in DC, Manhattan, Antarctica or just your own living room on Saturday. The trick now is to roll that energy and momentum into continued action to keep up the pressure on the Trump administration, and on other lawmakers to keep it in check. The good news is, NYC is continuing to give you plenty of chances to protest and raise money for causes like Planned Parenthood, which bodes well for the next four years.

Here’s our latest roundup of anti-Trump events and fundraisers this week; we’ll keep updating it as more come in. (more…)

01/23/17 11:36am
Trump be damned, Cuomo says you'll still be able to get free birth control in New York state

Spotted at the March in Washington on Saturday. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn

In 2012, this here blog celebrated the Obamacare mandate that essentially made birth control free to women with insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to offer birth control without a copay, because it turns out sex is a fun thing that everyone likes to do. Now that the new president/twitter addict has brought his Tasmanian Devil political style to the White House, it’s unclear which parts of Obamacare might survive and which will get ripped off like the Band-Aid you also won’t be able to support under the Republican’s so-far-nonexistent healthcare replacement. But New York has your back on the birth control issue.

While millions of women marched against Trump around the country and globe this weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state insurance regulations that will require insurers to keep offering free birth control and access to free medically necessary abortions.

“Women deserve to make a fair wage and the same salary as any man, they deserve to work in an office free of sexual harassment, they deserve comprehensive paid family leave and they deserve control over their health and reproductive decisions,” Cuomo said in a statement, according to the Times. (more…)