11/26/14 2:57pm
d.b.a. brooklyn

You’ve got one last chance to enjoy the party. via Facebook

Another day, another spot in Williamsburg that we love is shutting its doors: d.b.a Brooklyn, a bar we love and solid Beer Book bar, announced that they were closing with a post on their Facebook page. There was no reason given for the closure and a call to the bar went unanswered, but all we know is that Sunday, November 30 will be the bar’s last day open. That day, you can watch the Saints play the Steelers, and then help the bar have a send off, or as they put it “drink the inventory.” (more…)

11/25/14 4:19pm
spike hill

Later. via Facebook

Hey, you done being sad about Death By Audio and Glasslands closing? Oh and 285 Kent too? Cool, because now it’s time to talk about all the great times you had at Spike Hill and how you’re gonna miss it, because whoops, Gothamist got word that Spike Hill is closing too. Guess the only reasons left to go to Williamsburg are Rosemary’s and the hopes of being cast in the Daredevil Netflix show(more…)

11/25/14 10:00am
brooklyn charm shop

Why fight someone over a charm bracelet when you could just learn to make you on the cheap at Brooklyn Charm Shop? via Facebook

Black Friday is upon us and if you completely hate yourself, it’s prime time to buy presents for the holidays. Sure, we get it – the discounts are great, but it’s always a little awkward when your one friend gives you the perfect present and your gift to her was found after a hard won fight at the bargain bin.

Make your friends and family wish you were their secret Santa this year by giving them something you made at one of these six craft classes that you can take for $40 and under. We’re usually against learning anything that’s actually practical, but we would love to find a hand-knit scarf under the tree this year. (more…)

11/24/14 1:45pm
Wear your eatin' pants for the Thanksgiving Mac

Wear your eatin’ pants for the Thanksgiving Mac

Thanksgiving can be tricky when you’re away from your family. You and your friends could try to cook a turkey, but your lavish banquet may end up being turkey-flavored ramen if you don’t know how to roast a bird, even if you try following these handy Thanksgiving cooking tips. If cooking consumes time you’d rather devote to drawing handprint turkeys and watching the National Dog Show, check out this list of Brooklyn restaurants that are delivering and serving meals this Turkey Day, updated for 2014. Most require advanced orders or reservations, so be sure to call early. (more…)

11/24/14 12:54pm
Time for some seasonal movies and bitter betrayal.

Time for some seasonal movies and bitter betrayal.

1. Go tell the folks at Brooklyn, Stand Up!! how thankful you are for their free jokes. (Monday)

2. Don’t forget to go to Brooklyn Public Philosophers’ talk Memory Holes, where they’ll be discussing memory manipulation and the self. (Monday)

3. Filthy Stinking Rich is Brooklyn’s most expensive free comedy show, so wear your good monocle to this one. (Monday) (more…)

11/24/14 10:15am
781 metropolitan

We traded our sliders for this. Hope it’s worth it, New York. via Adam America

As we all know, Williamsburg lost a landmark fast-food operation this past year, as the White Castle on Metropolitan Avenue closed. It was sad that Brooklynites had one less place to go and get tiny hamburgers, but time makes ghosts of us all, so you move on. There’s something to look forward to though, since the boxy 81-unit apartment going up on the former burger site is going to come with 20 percent affordable apartment buildings in it. So you might be able to tell friends you live where they made the chicken jalapeño sliders, if you get lucky. (more…)

11/24/14 7:01am
northeast kingdom

When you want a dinner to impress, you can’t go wrong with a good steak, like the TK at the Northeast Kingdom (vegetarians and vegans not included). via Northeast Kingdom

We’ve all been there: third date coming up, and you need that one final push to seal the deal. It’s time to bust out the steak. Now, we here at Brokelyn have felt your plight, especially when the check comes and you realize you’re in for a romantic walk home because you won’t be able to afford that cab home. You could make a steak at home, as this fine butcher will tell you, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone do the cooking for you. Yes, there are probably cheaper steaks in Kings County, but let’s save your poor date from grabbing steaks at that biker bar that grills on a sideways shopping cart. Negotiating the factors of romance and budget, here are our seven picks for where to go for the big third-date swing. (more…)

11/21/14 11:00am
Up yours, VICE. (via Flickr user Anne Helmond)

Up yours, VICE. (via Flickr user Anne Helmond)

Vice Media, the big bad Pulitzer & Hearst of the 21st century, hasn’t seemed to cease fire in the slashing and burning of South Williamsburg’s local businesses in order to make way for the expansion of their behemoth media megaplex. This time the victim is The Muse, the best place in Williamsburg to see fire-breathing, colorful scarves and aerial acrobatics. The acrobatic training space and multi-disciplinary performance venue on South 1st Street has to vacate to make way for Vice’s space-age utopia, and early construction is forcing the circus out even earlier than they’d planned to leave. It’s not the end yet though: You can help them finance a new home in Bushwick on Kickstarter(more…)

11/20/14 10:59am
This, plus drinking games.

This, plus drinking games.

1. Soul Understated brings their soul-hip-hop-jazz sound to The Classon Social Club. (Friday)

2. The author of 33 Artists 3 Acts discusses her work on behind the scenes narrative studying artists like Ai Weiwei, Jeff Koons, and Carroll Dunham. (Friday)

3. Laugh, cry, make witty cultural references, and call your mom at Videology’s Gilmore Girls Party. (Friday)

4. See apolocalyptic art rock trio Bugs in the Dark and find out of that genre is as scary as their name. (Friday) (more…)

11/19/14 4:15pm
We love this body-inclusive fashion spread from Issue 01 of Golly Magazine (via @gollymagazine)

We love this body-inclusive fashion spread from Issue 01 of Golly Magazine (via @gollymagazine)

We’re at that magical sweet spot – the calm before the storm, the capitalist insanity that is the holiday season. Come Black Friday, it will officially be a present buying (or more likely, procrastinating) race against Father Time AND Father Christmas, which is enough pressure and daddy issues to make us want to crawl into bed with a month’s supply of eggnog and hope for the best.

Instead of making that slightly pathetic image a reality, why not get a leg up on the competition this year and casually peruse some great vintage and designer wares, sip on some free PBR, subscribe to a brand new magazine, and maybe get a hand poke by an up-and-coming, Insta-famous tattoo maven? All things you can do at Golly Magazine’s holiday pop-up shop Friday. (more…)