07/02/15 9:19am
Go wreck it, for America

Go wreck it, for America

Congratulations to everyone reading this, you made it to the end of the week. We know what you’re thinking, about how it’s Thursday and not Friday, but given time’s fluid nature and more importantly the fact that the working week will more or less stop tomorrow in order to let people get a head start on screaming “Wooo America!”, we’re calling it today. Before you either go out of town or step away from your computers for a long weekend, you should let the Brokelyn Event Calendar point you to some cool things to do tonight. (more…)

07/01/15 1:46pm
If you're gonna hit art galleries this summer, be sure you hit up Smack Melon in DUMBO

If you’re gonna hit art galleries this summer, be sure you hit up Smack Mellon in DUMBO

Brooklyn art seekers, rejoice. There’s an abundance of extraordinary art to see in New York this summer, and it’s not limited to the galleries in Chelsea (which duh, you knew that much at least). For those looking to expand their artistic horizons past Manhattan and into the outer boroughs, we’ve asked Savona Bailey-McClain, director of the West Harlem Art Fund, to suggest five notable galleries in Williamsburg and Dumbo (two neighborhoods in which the Art Fund offers expert-led tours) to hit this season. (more…)

07/01/15 10:00am
macy's fourth of july fireworks

The fireworks are back where they belong, but where will you be? via Flickr user Ann Althouse

For the second year in a row after five years away from it, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will be blowing up above the East River. Woo! Whatever (HIGHLY ILLEGAL) July 4th show you thought you had planned, you know it’s gonna look rinky-dink compared to the barges full of explosions that Macy’s is rolling in between Brooklyn and Manhattan, so save them for another day and get yourself as close to a front row seat for all the explosive action that you can.

07/01/15 8:53am
Inglourious Basterds

It’s Hitler’s worst nightmare, after losing in the World Cup

Welcome to July, you did it! We mean, if that’s where you were trying to get to, you did it. We have a question though. If everyone is fucking off from work on Friday, is Wednesday still the halfway point of the week? Or is this one of those holiday weeks where by Thursday everyone has just decided they’re done with everything? Even the mayor already left town, do we even have laws anymore? Ponder our new lawless, half week thing as you enjoy the best nightlife Brooklyn has to offer, as found on the Brokelyn Event Calendar. (more…)

06/29/15 2:00pm
4th Down.

4th Down.

4th Down
750 Grand St. (Graham Ave. and Humboldt St.), East Williamsburg
(917) 744-6522

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What it is: A chill sports bar in Williamsburg that prides itself on not being “so Williamsburg.”

Why we love it: For a neighborhood that’s not known these days for being very sporty, Williamsburg has a decent number of straightforward, no-frills sports bars and 4th Down is one of them. The bar, which used to be located on North 4th St., now sits above a gym (appropriately) on Grand St., tucked far enough away from the main drag that you’ll feel safe from the hype, and close enough to the L train that you won’t feel remote.

Bring a friend who “hates hipsters” (he’s definitely a hipster) or really wants to relax off the beaten path with a beer and a game on TV. There are 12 rotating New York craft drafts and 16 high definition televisions to choose from so you won’t be disappointed.The bartenders are relaxed and attentive, and the clientele just as agreeable.

What to order: The drink specials here encourage a long stay. Start with a local New York draft and stay for a shot and beer special. Buckets of beer come six for the price of five, so if your hipster-hating-hipster friend isn’t feeling the craft selection, a bucket of six Miller High Lifes will only set you back $20. If you’re hungry, go for pub classics like wings and fries.

Regular tip: Happy hour generously includes $4 craft drafts, $4 well drinks and $4 shots of Bushmills from 2 to 7pm, Monday through Friday.

06/23/15 3:50pm
Upvote, or better yet, go see the show

Instead of commenting ad infinitum on threads like this, go see a live show.

It’s a telling refrain: you just stopped at home to answer some e-mails, and suddenly found yourself flaking on night plans with friends in order to troll reddit, or some such online time-sucker of a website, right? Right. We’re all guilty of sending that “sorry, I’m the worst” text so we could just watch Netflix, stalk an ex on Facebook, start a Twitter war, etcetera.

Hey, no shade intended. In fact, there’s a new bi-weekly comedy show at South 4th Bar and Café that might do just the trick to cure you of URL, IRL. (more…)

06/23/15 12:36pm
JMZ... stands for Just Millions of Zillions (of dollars). via BrickUnderground

JMZ… stands for Just Millions of Zillions (of dollars). via BrickUnderground

I think that deep down, a little part of each of us had been hoping that someday, when we had to move, the J/M/Z would be our untapped resource. I mean, the Z is a rarely-seen ghost train, and the line is brown, for Chrissakes. Who really wants to live off of a brown train line? Huh. The answer is actually a lot of people, apparently.

According to Brick Underground, who made this nifty train map thing, rent gets predictably cheaper as you eke deeper and deeper into Brooklyn—but all the options are still entirely more expensive than anyone ever wants to spend on an apartment. (more…)

06/22/15 4:30pm

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Passenger Bar
229 Roebling Street (Corner of S. 3rd)

What it is: An artist-haven in a prime South Williamsburg location, Passenger Bar evokes the collaborative spirit of New York in its 1970s creative heyday.

Why we love it: Cool without trying, Passenger Bar is as much of a bar as it is a community. Weekly comedy shows, burlesque performances, and a rotating cast of psychedelic DJs offer way more than just a pit-stop to grab a quick bite and some brews. We’re also partial to their monthly “Sunday Social,” which features 100s of used records and and a selection of bespoke baubles for sale, along with drink specials and yummy Porschetta sandwiches. Last but not least, be sure to check out the Self-Portrait Project — a permanent free photobooth tucked away in the back corner that will instantly become your go-to for a new Tinder default.

What to order: Passenger Bar offers a top-notch draft selection, including old standbys like Captain Lawrence and Sixpoint, for $7 and under. You’ve gotta wash your beer down with a spinach & cheese empanada or a Sigmund’s Truffle Cheese pretzel. Top either with their homemade hot sauce and you’ve been transported to bar-food heaven.

Regular tip: Ask Ryan to make you a jalapeno margarita. Trust us, just do it.

06/19/15 11:45am
How about not getting drunk at an art gallery for once? Image via Flickr user spAvAAl

How about not getting drunk at an art gallery for once? Image via Flickr user spAvAAl

A formerly private art space located on 269 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg will open its door’s to the public for the first time this Saturday, from 3 to 6pm. Instead of serving ice-cold, cheap and terrible tasting beers like PBR or Coor’s Light to visitors, Ran Tea House will be serving traditional Chinese tea.”We use tea as a starting point to try to communicate,” Director Jenny Zeng told DNAinfo about the unique alternative offered to people who visit the gallery instead of alcohol. (more…)

06/16/15 8:40am
jon snow memorial

Brooklyn is weird. via Instagram user dortreport

The world just finished a (possibly draining to the point of exhaustion) season of Game of Thrones, where plenty of dying and not a lot of winning happened. One of the people of Westeros who shuffled off the mortal coil was Westeros’ favorite bastard, Jon Snow. This was, as it turns out, a very unpopular direction for the plot to go in, and the collective body of the internet has spent the hours since either wailing about it or covering its eyes and yelling “NO SPOILERS.” Williamsburg resident Matt Doherty was so upset he made the street memorial you see above, complete with novena candles and snow, and left it out on Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg. (more…)