Brokelyn’s top 10 stories of 2017

Anticipated to be a burning trash dumpster of a year, 2017 lived up to expectations. We here at Brokelyn strove to provide you Brokesters with all the Broking news we had the capacity to cover. Below, some of the articles we are the most proud of having produced these past 12 months, and also the articles that Google Analytics tell us you enjoyed the most as well.

Happy 2018, now take a moment to remember these glorious moments in hyperlocal journalism.

A hair-raising offer: Boobie Trap is offering free booze for anyone who chops off their man bun

Back in January, one Bushwick bar raised the stakes and offered male bun-sporters a full booze bottle in exchange for their bun. “We’d film the amputation and pin the bun up on the wall,” Boobie Trap co-owner Kristen North told us.

3 new Brooklyn breweries are opening this summer

A wealth of brew: Brooklyn got three (3!) new breweries this summer – Five Boroughs in Sunset Park, Randolph Beer in Dumbo, and Circa Brewing in Downtown Brooklyn. This is in addition to the borough’s multiple existing breweries.

Biggie Smalls worked at my Park Slope temple and was ‘a good kid’

As a teenager in the summer of 1986, the Notorious B.I.G. was a counselor for young children at Congregation Beth Elohim’s day camp.

City shafting local dollar vans, licensing Cali startup as L train alternative

Instead of supporting its homegrown dollar van industry, the city decided to give San Francisco startup Chariot one of a limited number of licenses to operate in specific ways post L train shutdown.

A guide to every $1 oyster happy hour in Brooklyn

The birth of this evergreen, continually updated, comprehensive guide has undeniably led to significantly increased oyster consumption among Brokesters.

Your body, your choice: Get a cheap feminist tattoo to benefit Planned Parenthood next week

Remember when lots of people got affordable tattoos in the name of Planned Parenthood, back in February? Ain’t nothing like cheap ink for a good cause.

1,000 Yemeni bodegas across NYC are striking tomorrow to protest Trump’s Muslim ban

A million years ago, bodega owners shutdown shop for a day in protest of Trump’s first travel ban.

As workers went on strike, the rest of America wonders: ‘What the hell is a bodega?’

Following the bodega owners’ shutdown, the rest of America asked “wtf is a bodega?”

Parks Department inexplicably includes Drake in wheelchair ramp rendering

We broke the news that Wheelchair Drake, in all his memed glory, was inexplicably demonstrating the functionality of a proposed wheelchair ramp for Fort Greene Park in the back of a PDF of renderings.

Jay-Z references Dumbo on his new album and gets his historic real estate values wrong

Poor Jay-Z did not invest in Dumbo real estate back in the day, and now he must forever live with the weight of that regret.

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