02/24/17 9:37am
It's a good day to be a pupper in a park. Photo by wolfies_place

It’s a good day to be a pupper in a park. Photo by wolfies_place / Instagram

This Sheepshead Bay store specializes in the evil eye [New York Times]
Cobbling together: the Brooklynites who gather to make handcrafted shoes [The Guardian]
Massive whirlpool coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park [DNAinfo]
Millennials no longer looking to rent in W’burg, Bushwick or Greenpoint [Free Williamsburg]
L Train shutdown planning ignores needs of small businesses, owners say [DNAinfo]
Overheard at the Park Slope Food Co-op [New York Times]
Police raid of Gowanus motorcycle clubhouse nets guns, cornucopia of drugs [Gothamist]
City plugs contested Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal in new video [Curbed]

02/23/17 2:15pm
This Sunday is the 89th tiny gold men reunion. Photo via Wikipedia

This Sunday is the 89th tiny gold men reunion. Photo via Wikipedia

This Sunday, celebrities will come together to cry, make political statements, wear sparkly gowns and bestow upon each other tiny golden men. It’s the 89th Academy Awards, and whether or not you’ve seen La La Land or don’t even have the attention span to get through anything but a Disney film, lots of venues are making a night of it across the borough so go out and watch if for nothing but the booze and so you can sound cultured at work in the morning.

Here’s where we’re deciding between to spend our Sunday night. (more…)

02/23/17 12:40pm
Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#) (pic by Michelle Talich)

Fête the Man in Black with Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion (#2) (pic by Michelle Talich)

[Ed note: Reminder, we now have a separate roundup for activism-focused events, which we encourage you to check out here.]

1. Revel in artistic diversity at the Black Artstory Month closing event, with dance and movement arts, performances, and a pop-up art exhibit. (Friday, BLDG 92, FREE)

2. Fall into a ring of fire at the 12th annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, hosted, as ever, by Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion. (Friday & Saturday, Littlefield, $15)

3. Watch some wild lip-reading at Live-Dubbed Sitcoms: Tropical February, where comedians improvise new dialogue over muted episodes of classic shows; this month featuring Saved by the Bell: Malibu Sands and California Dreams. (Friday, Videology, FREE) (more…)

02/23/17 11:26am
Ruthie Darling Vintage Clothing

We are living in a vintage world, ladies. Photo by Ruthie Darling/Brokelyn at Risk

Vintage shopping has long been the perfect way for millennials to stay chic and save money. As a part-time fashion blogger myself, I love to create new outfits, but being a financially challenged freelancer, I have to find clothing on a seriously low budget. I’ve been hitting up some Brooklyn neighborhoods in search of the coolest vintage at the cheapest prices. This week I’m in Bushwick, and here is what I found. (more…)

02/22/17 5:16pm
Margarita pug

If you do not have a margarita today these pugs will cry and it will be your fault.

Today is National Margarita Day! So, friends, ask not what tequila can do for you, but what you can do for tequila: namely, consume it in large amounts with lots of salt and lime.

For naysayers who believe margaritas to be a thing for summer and only summer, this elderly talking puppet puts it best, “In the darkness of winter we need the citrus vitality and joyful fellowship of National Margarita Day all the more.” Also, it kind of feels like spring outside right, which is the next best thing to summer. (more…)

02/22/17 5:03pm

best-of-brooklyn-nominations-open-map

Life is short and as much as you’d like to spend all your waking hours exploring every single bar and restaurant in each neighborhood across the borough, there simply isn’t enough time. You need someone to cut away all the garbage and lead you to the good stuff (and the occasional good stuff hidden behind the garbage). That’s where the Best of Brooklyn comes in: The Best of Brooklyn showdown, brought to you by Dime Community Bank, is coming back for 2017 and nominations have just opened. Your input is needed to make sure your favorite dive bar, first-date-restaurant, vegan bakery and everything else you love about the borough gets the attention it deserves. (more…)

02/22/17 2:19pm
Pick your poison, crickets or mealworms

Pick your poison, crickets or mealworms. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

In recent months there have been a host of opportunities around New York City to consume free sweets for the small price of a mandatory insect topping thanks to The Economist‘s wildly creative promotional pop-ups promoting bug-consumption as a protein-alternative.

Today until 4:30pm the bug brigade has put up camp in Dumbo, on the corner of Water and Jay streets, and is offering a free waffle from the beloved Wafels and Dinges food truck with one topping (Nutella, whipped cream, Speculoos or fudge) of your choice … and either mealworms or crickets. If you get both insects, you get two toppings.

But should even the brokest Brokest Brokester’s limits for taking free food break down at bugs? I tried it to find out.  (more…)

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…)

02/22/17 11:35am
Shapr is a new app that takes the pain out of networking. via Shapr.

Shapr is a new app that takes the pain out of networking. via Shapr.

Every TED Talk you’ve forced yourself to sit through agrees: Networking is important. Especially in a city like New York, it’s all about who you know. You’ve got to find some way to make some personal connections, or else your resume is bound to end up buried under used K-Cups in some HR trashcan. Even if you’re comfortable in your current role, it’s still good to meet folks at other startups around the city and learn about what else is happening in your field. You didn’t move to a city of 8 million people to meet no one new.

Enter Shapr, a new app that’s revolutionizing the way we network. The folks at Shapr brilliantly picked up on the parallels between looking for professional opportunities and looking for love, and they created an app that adapts some of the most successful and familiar features from today’s popular dating apps. However, instead of swiping for dates, you’re swiping for interesting people to meet for professional collaborations, meaningful conversations and industry friendships. It’s a mindful way to meet people in your city that allows even those in relationships to start swiping. (more…)

02/22/17 8:54am
The state of the scene: Farewell (for now) to two of Brooklyn comedy's best venues

The Annoyance Theatre will close their Bedford Avenue location this March. Via The Annoyance / Facebook

It’s been a tough few months for the Brooklyn comedy scene. The city has is cracking down on DIY venues in the wake of Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire, world events are throwing a wrench into comedy as a whole (or so the think pieces say) and now our fair borough is saying farewell (for now, at least) to two of its best spaces for new, experimental comedy: Over the Eight and the Annoyance Theatre. With that in mind, we step back and take stock in the past, present and future of Brooklyn’s comedy scene. (more…)