04/04/16 10:08am
The Experiment was one of the few vestiges of 'weird' on the waterfront. Sam Corbin / Brokelyn

The Experiment was one of the few vestiges of ‘weird’ on the waterfront. Sam Corbin / Brokelyn

Many of us were lucky enough to drink in the emergent comedy scene at The Experiment Comedy Gallery, an awesome BYOB comedy venue formerly in residence at 20 Broadway. The Experiment rose to notoriety during the “Donald Trump Special” they ran last year, when owner Mo Fathelbab announced he was offering Muslims free admission to shows.

But as with most good things in Brooklyn, Vice bought it. Just kidding. But the Experiment was forced to cease operations last week due to conflicts with the housing board and management company. Comedian Elsa Waithe set up a GoFundMe page on Fathelbab’s behalf in order to bring back the Experiment, citing a deadline of May 1 to gather the necessary funds for relocation. “As a result [of the closure],” she writes, “many amazing shows have had to cancel, or be put on hold. Mo’s first concern in all of this was not for the financial loss of his business but the loss of stage time for so many terrific comedians.” (more…)

03/10/16 3:24pm
The crowd has changed at Mulholland's but the bar keeps kicking. Via Facebook.

The crowd has changed at Mulholland’s but the bar keeps kicking. Via Facebook.

Mulholland’s has always seemed like a bit of of an odd outlier in Williamsburg. It’s a straight-up sports bar, with a wall of TVs and a kitchen serving up chicken wings to big Sunday football crowds. It would feel slightly more at home in Midtown, not on Grand Street down the road from the Skee-Ball bar and around the corner from the pinball bar. When it first opened 10 years ago, Brooklyn Paper said it “felt more like a bar in a strip mall;” the Times called it “probably the first place to be so completely dedicated to sports” in the neighborhood. It opened near the tail end of peak artsy Williamsburg, when the neighborhood was still the butt of fedora and kickball jokes. Muholland’s seemed, for lack of better terms, an oasis for bros in the hipster desert.

Then a strange thing happened: the neighborhood changed. Trash Bar a few doors down closed; vegan fast food joint Foodswings across the street turned into a wine bar owned by James Murphy. The condos came in and so did the chain stores — and chain bars. Mulholland’s has always been embraced by a diverse clientele, but now it seems almost quaint amid the change, a stalwart of slightly older Williamsburg as the neighborhood becomes a mini Manhattan.

“We stuck in there kinda just being the originals,” owner Shawn Mulholland said. This weekend, the bar is celebrating its 10th anniversary with three hours of free beer and a night of music from Brooklyn-born artists. Mulholland has seen his customers change a lot over that time, though he doesn’t know if the bar has another 10 years left. (more…)

03/04/16 10:04am
Find out what these ladies are so scared of at Rhinbecca, NY. Photo by Hunter Canning

Find out what these ladies are so scared of at Rhinbecca, NY. Photo by Hunter Canning

Last week we told you to go see a play in Bushwick, because it would make you ask yourself why the heck you still live in New York. This week we’re telling you to go see a play in Williamsburg, because it might just get you laid.

Rhinbecca, NY is what some have called an “insane little piece of theatre” by New York-based indie theatre company Theater Reconstruction Ensemble (TRE) playing at the Brick Theater starting tonight (March 4). It’s an original play loosely inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock (Rebecca, Vertigo, The Birds) and the plays of Eugene Ionesco (Rhinoceros, Exit the King, The Killer).

TRE is just five years young, but the work of its 30-year-old director, John Kurzynowski, has already inspired a thinkpiece or two. And here’s the real reason to go: unlike stodgy Broadway and off-Broadway plays where you see the show and then vacate the premises, TRE’s shows are notorious for ending off with a trip to the nearest bar, accompanied by a cast that can drink you under the table. So it’s more than just theatre: it’s also a cheap thrill with people you’d actually enjoy hanging out with — including me, your trusty Brokelyn managing editor. Yes, I’m part of the ensemble! (more…)

03/03/16 4:24pm
What a great neighbor they are. via 1 North 4th Street

What a great neighbor they are. via 1 North 4th Street

In one form or another, the possibly years-long Lpocalypse is coming to Brooklyn soon, bringing with it hordes of L train riders needing a new train and hopefully the lesson that putting off transit improvements until a system is pushed to capacity and falling apart is maybe not the best idea. The shutdown is going to be hard on everyone who relies on the L train and also hard one everyone who relies on any L-adjacent trains that weren’t built for the kind of capacity L train spillover will bring. Fortunately, one of Williamsburg’s newest arrivals, luxury building 1 North 4th Place, is helping to make life easier for waterfront residents by offering a free shuttle from their building to the Marcy Avenue J/M/Z stop.

Considering all the time we’ve spent hating the gleaming waterfront towers sticking up over Williamsburg like Dennis Hopper’s high rise from Land of the Dead, this is a great gesture. A real gift to the community from a building that’s an almost physical representation of New York City’s income inequality problem. This is extremely nice of them, so be sure to take advantage of this generosity. (more…)

03/01/16 12:00pm
If you make $20,000 per year and got EXTREMELY lucky, you'd be home by now

If you make $20,000 per year and got EXTREMELY lucky, you’d be home by now.

Hey remember back when we were arguing over whether Williamsburg was still weird or if it was a cultural wasteland of glass and steel and failed Eastern European leaders? Haha, forget about all that because Williamsburg is cool again, or at least these three buildings offering dirt cheap apartments starting at $532/month are cool. And considering the price per square foot in Williamsburg is $802, you could even say this apartment is renting cheaper than dirt. Per DNAinfo, lotteries for places as low as $532 for a one-bedroom apartment right off the J or G, and the L (but that’s going to become less of a selling point once the Lpocalypse hits) are now open.  (more…)

02/22/16 2:00pm
You could do this every day for $756/month.  via Youtube

You could do this every day for $756/month. via Youtube

We know, you probably didn’t think you could ever afford to live alone in this town. Frankly, neither did we. But Mayor Tall’s campaign for affordable housing is ever here to remind you that you still can. And for the first time since the terrible poor doors crisis of 2015, there are affordable units in prime Williamsburg!

DNA Info reports that 13 shiny new units of affordable housing are coming to a number of buildings spanning from the North to South ‘burg. We made a map for you so you can drool over all the locations, locations, locations and their proximity to trains (including J and M trains, since you won’t be able to rely on the L). Read on to figure out how you can have a place all to yourself, instead of being limited to the occasional absences of a terrible roommate like Bevvers.
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02/02/16 10:58am
This is one of the few things that you'll actually be better at on drugs. via Broad City Instagram

This is one of the few things that you’ll actually be better at on drugs. via Broad City Instagram

We’re all anxiously awaiting the first episode of Broad City‘s third season (premiering Feb. 17 at 10pm, FYI). Will Ilana lose more teeth? Will Abbi ever peg a good man? Will another Brooklyn grocery store be ravaged by a life-sized Gumby?

While your imagination runs wild with the possibilities of what’s to come, here’s a way you can involved with the series hands-on: Broad City needs help painting a badass mural in Williamsburg this Saturday. The first 100 folks to show up for the job will get free “Broad Fucking City” tees, and everyone involved in the effort is invited to party at Kinfolk after the mural is finished with free drinks, Broad City swag and photo opps aplenty — including a special appearance from Bingo Bronson himself.  (more…)

01/21/16 2:00pm
You'll probably use a laptop, but, you know. via flickr user Tim Hamilton

You’ll probably use a laptop, but, you know. via flickr user Tim Hamilton

Mercury is in retrograde and Jonas is coming to swallow us all, which means that if you write plays, it’s the perfect time to cozy up in your apartment and get some work done. “Work” doesn’t mean binge-watching Transparent and ordering Seamless, by the way. It means sitting down at your computer and finishing your newest script, or editing the draft of an old one, or even jotting down some ideas for your next big project.

In that spirit, we’ve rounded up seven exciting programs that are currently accepting submissions from playwrights. Deadlines are upcoming, if not imminent, so take a look at the opportunities below and decide which one, or how many, are right for you.  (more…)

01/14/16 9:11am
The next Manhattan-bound L train will arrive in 1,576,800 minutes. Via.

The next Manhattan-bound L train will arrive in 1,576,800 minutes. Via.

RIP L train, we’d say you had a good run but that was only on the times you weren’t overcrowded or not even running on the weekends. Gothamist broke the news yesterday (later confirmed by the Times) that the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan could be shut down for three whole years (!) to repair tunnel damage work from Hurricane Sandy. As preposterous as it seems to shut down an entire subway line that moves 300,000 riders a day from Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Brownsville, East New York and Canarsie, preposterous is just another dare for the MTA. But before you get too worked up about being stuck at the Bedford Stop until 2020, don’t fret: people are already proposing totally rational alternatives to #LNiño. (more…)

01/12/16 1:00pm
j'eatjet? brunch

At j’eatjet it’s more like moremosa, Photo by Dave Rosado

[We updated this list for January 2016 and added some new spots so everything is up to date!-ed.]

Brunch: it’s that magical meal that’s somehow both over- AND underrated. It’s a great way to start a weekend or coast through a Sunday morning hangover, a meal where you can order a boozy drink and loudly proclaim “It’s five o’clock somewhere, right? Who cares? It’s brunch o’clock here!” to the hearty enjoyment of nobody, because come on. Brunch can also be expensive, as day drinking is apparently a fancy affair once you introduce a fruit cup to the occasion.

Still, there’s no need to be one of the five richest kings of Europe to get your boozy brunch on. Instead of buying a sixer of Milwaukee’s Best to drink alongside some hastily-made scrambled eggs at home, class it up by heading to these eighteen restaurants (!) which offer the best Brooklyn unlimited brunch drink specials.  (more…)