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Living Big on Small Change in Brooklyn

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    Getting laid is one of the few forms of entertainment that — even when the summer concerts end — won’t hit you with ticket prices or drink minimums (although sometimes that helps). But because you somehow missed the thousands of free condoms around the city, and health class succeeded in scaring the crap out of you in high school, the biggest cost might be the time you spend Googling the difference between an ingrown hair and an STD sore. Better safe than sorry, so we put together a listing of all the free screenings (and pregnancy testing) centers in the borough. This way, you don’t have to wait until you donate blood to the Red Cross for your next HIV screening, and your sex life can resume. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Brokelyn is a supporter of the NYC free condoms initiative. Use this listing to find a place near you where… Read More

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    If you don't have the dough to davin, here's our annual list of places where you can pray freely for free, whether your pleasure is reform, orthodox or some kind of New Age hybrid. This year, heaven's gates open the evening of September 28 for Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur begins sundown of October 8. … Read More

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    Bored and stir-crazy yet? No subway and dangerous winds mean we’ll all probably be spending a lot of time getting reacquainted with the inside of our apartments today. What are you using this day off to do? Catch up on work? Have lots of storm sex? Crochet a Tardis doily? Write letters to your congress people? Watch ALL OF NETFLIX? Here are some ways we’re spending the day, but we want to hear yours too: Watching Walking Dead from the beginning on Netflix Cleaning the cat hair off of all our black clothing Finding out what the smell in the fridge is Playing Catchphrase with one other person (only medium fun) Gchatting with people we don’t really like Watch Arrested from start to finish, again Eating pre-made peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough Diving into Pawn Stars on the History Channel Cooking everything out of Goya Finally trying to make prison… Read More

    The post Hey Brooklyn: How you spending Sandy? appeared first on Brokelyn.


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    With limited subway service and waits for the bus bridge now apparently somewhere between “one generation” and “eons upon eons,” you might be thinking it’s time to get around with a car service. Of course, on a day like today, with limited gas supplies and everyone needing to get around, what are the chances of taking a car at all, much less into Manhattan? Oy vey. Here are what’s happening at some of the local car services that we could even get through to. 440 Car Service 1266 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 919-4040  - Cars and gas, doing trips into Manhattan Harbor View Taxi, 9419 Fifth Avenue, (718) 860-2506 – via Twitter: “We are operating with backup phone number and limited fuel, here for you as best we can.” Boerum Hill Car Service (718) 855-2222 ‎”Good morning, we have no cars. New York City has no gas.” New American Car Service 221 Ditmas Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 972-7979 ‎”Not… Read More

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    Have you ever wondered, as you popped a tab on a lukewarm Modelo Especial that set you back at least a buck fifty, whether it’s worth moving cross-country for cheaper beer? Well, the folks over at Nerd Wallet certainly did: they used a cost-of-living calculator to compare prices on six-packs of Heineken, and according to their calculations, at $12.63-a-pack, Manhattan is the worst place to be a beer drinker. Queens also made a cameo on the most-expensive list, clocking in at $10.57-a-pack. Brooklyn, on the other hand, didn’t crack the top ten on either list, so it sounds like we’re pretty middle-of-the-road. I was once tragically tricked into buying an $8 Amstel Light at a bar in the Meatpacking District, so it’s no surprise that Manhattan tops the most expensive list. But it is strange not to see Brooklyn noted at either end of the spectrum. Do our bodega six-packs get no love? Are… Read More

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    News of Brooklyn’s ultra-hipness made it overseas a while ago, with everyone from Parisians to Swedes trying to get their hands on our artisanal food trucks and craft brews. Up next on the borough’s quest for international domination? Mother Russia, baby! Brooklyn’s not the first “city” Moscow’s over-stylized. For the most part, Muscovites have drawn thematic inspiration from bigwigs like London, Rome and Paris. But those cities are so over now, and according to GQ Russia editor Michael Idov, Kings County’s all the rage in Moscow, where themed restaurants celebrating all the twee fauxhemian yupster goodness Brooklyn–specifically, Williamsburg–has to offer have begun popping up left and right. There’s a barbershop called Chop-Chop that specializes in Brooklyn-style haircuts (Bangs? Pixie cuts? Months of unwashed PBR buildup?), a speakeasy “friends and family” bar hidden beneath a vintage clothing shop that serves burgers with rosemary, an artisanal toothbrush shop, a ukulele shop, an abundance of cupcake bakeries and a… Read More

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    Consider this your PSA for the day: Craigslist is a wonderful resource for finding many things, like jobs, apartments and that beautiful bearded man who smiled at you on the G train. But sometimes, we see things up for grabs on Craigslist that make us cringe, like ads for free and/or cheap mattresses and beds. Let’s talk for a minute about bedbugs, because I (and many, many other Brooklynites) have had personal experience with these fun little creatures. They are real, they bite you in your sleep, it takes goddamn forever to get rid of them and you will bag and wash all your clothes and personal belongings until you never want to look at a quarter or clear plastic bag again. But what’s more frustrating about them is that they’re pretty hard to detect, and you could have them hiding in the crevices of your box spring for a… Read More

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    It’s been a while since we’ve rounded up some good jobs for all you fine un-, under-, and unhappily employed folks out there, and since we’ve been taunting you with all these sample sales and important Kickstarter campaigns, it’s probably our duty to help get your BoA debit card unfrozen. Bloomberg (the company, not the man) is looking for a freelance video editor to work on HD videos for their television channel out of their Manhattan office. They’re asking for three years of experience, plus you’ll probably end up working the night shift, but hey, the mayor didn’t become a billionaire on the day shift, now did he? (Really, though, did he? TEACH US YOUR WAYS) For something near and dear to many an unaffiliated 1099-chained worker’s heart, the Freelancer’s Union needs an Online Community Manager to operate out of their offices in DUMBO. Duties include working with bloggers and… Read More

    The post Cook at Pies ‘n Thighs, and other jobs available right now appeared first on Brokelyn.


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    Frances Ha is a coming-of-age film set in NYC, shot entirely in black and white, about a 27-year-old aspiring dancer (Greta Gerwig) floundering while everyone around her, including her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner), grows up. It’s a topic not too far afield for its start, 29-year old Gerwig, who even when co-starring with Ben Stiller in 2010′s Greenberg, found herself driving around LA with no money and no place to stay. The Mumblecore ingénue stars and also co-wrote the film with boyfriend Noah Baumbach (who last directed her as the girl who puts up with abusive, transitioning Bushwick-carpenter loser played by Stiller in Greenberg). She’s down-to-earth, quirky in an unaffected way, endearingly scatterbrained (aren’t we all?). I want her to be my best friend, but I had to settle for a phone interview. Gerwig, who lives in Manhattan, chatted with us about whether it’s true that only rich people can be… Read More

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    Few things represent our modern city culture like brunch, bicycles, Brooklyn and the ability to siphon money from tourists who want to experience “Real New York,” so it makes sense that this sort of thing exists:  a Brooklyn-based bike tour company is now offering a “Brunch in Brooklyn” tour, so you can experience all the wonders of midday breakfast dining for just $65 a person. What a deal! The tour’s headed by Get Up and Ride, which offers private and group tours of Brooklyn by bike, in addition to a “Classic Brooklyn” bike tour that takes you to Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. Their newest offering, the “Brunch in Brooklyn Bike Tour,” offers 2.5 hours of cycling and brunching, with three 20 minute stops: Cup on Norman and Oven.ly in Greenpoint and Whirlybird in Williamsburg. The tour also provides samples of Mast Brothers chocolate, and they’ll be convening for… Read More

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    Brooklyn! Everyone wants to live here these days, but how can you be sure you really live here? If you’ve experienced any of these things that only a true Brooklynite has, you know that you definitely do! 1. Your license says “Brooklyn” in the space where the city goes 2. When you leave Manhattan to go home, you take a train marked “Brooklyn” 3. When filling out forms, you put “Brooklyn” in the town box 4. Or, you put “Kings” if the form asks what county you live in 5. If someone asks you “Hey, do you live in Manhattan?” you say “No, I live in Brooklyn.” 6. When people at a concert say “It’s nice to be here in Brooklyn,” sometimes you clap 7. You are eligible to vote for Brooklyn borough president 8. When people ask, “Which Whole Foods is in your borough, the SoHo one or the Brooklyn one?”… Read More

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    The last two summers, Brokelyn has been your go-to source for news about Martin Amis in Brooklyn. And, once again, we have an update as to what’s up with Martin Amis in Brooklyn. According to the Post, he’s not getting out much: British novelist Martin Amis relocated to trendy Brooklyn in 2011 — but unlike literary ex-pats like Salman Rushdie, he has not become a regular on the city social circuit. “Not often. I’m happy at home,” Amis declares in a Q&A with Hugo Guinness in Man of the World magazine when asked if he regularly dines out. “Quite lonely, isn’t it?” wonders Guinness, a resident of the borough. This has been you update on Martin Amis’ life in Brooklyn. Stay tuned for your 2015 update next summer. Previously in “Martin Amis in Brooklyn”: Martin Amis lives here! (2012), Martin Amis hates hipsters! (2013)… Read More

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    Who wants to own a car around here? Between insurance, gas and parking, car ownership is just one giant money and time suck in what’s already a stressful city life. That being said, using a car can be helpful sometimes, so fortunately, finally, there’s an easy way to use a car without renting one: car2go. Like Citi Bike but with cars, all you do is find a nearby car, climb in, and drive it to your destination. Then you leave it there, ready for the next person to use. car2go is coming to Brooklyn on October 25. And if you sign up now, for free, you’ll get 30 minutes of free driving. With car2go, there’s no monthly fee. Once you’ve signed up, been accepted, and get your card, you pay only for the minutes you use. You see one of their cars on the street (or find it with their app), you just get out your… Read More

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    Brooklyn is going through something of a transportation renaissance. Remember the old days, when it was impossible to get a cab, and you had to call for a dicey, fake-pine-smelling livery car? Now there are bike lanes, green cabs, and, coming this month, car2go. Soon, when you need a car, you’ll just find one parked nearby, drive to your destination, and leave it there for the next person to use. If that sounds like something you might want to try, make sure to register for car2go before the October 25 launch date: for a limited time, you can sign up for free and you’ll get 30 minutes of free driving. There’s no monthly fee with car2go — you just pay for the minutes you use. So this is a free chance to drive the eco-friendly, two-passenger Smart Fortwo around your favorite borough (and to see how easy it is to park a car that’s 35% smaller than average). Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on… Read More

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    Brooklyn (the movie, based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin) is a stunning portrait of Brooklyn in the early 1950s and a romance that blossoms between a young Irish immigrant and her Italian suitor. The beauty of their budding relationship against the backdrop of the city is a coming of age tale for its characters and Brooklyn alike, struggling to find their way and navigate the modern world while maintaining tradition. Although our protagonist, Eilis, certainly has her own romantic struggles and heart-wrenching decisions to make, dating in 1950s Brooklyn looks a hell of a lot better than dating in 2015. Dating in any decade has its downsides of course, but when I look at my personal experience in the 2000s and 2010s, compared to dating in the Brooklyn of the 1950s, I’m clearly dating in Brooklyn in the wrong era. I was supposed to be here cavorting among the men of… Read More

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    We’ve been waiting with bated breath for the opening of a Downtown Brooklyn location of Alamo Drafthouse, Austin’s über hip bar and cinema, since they first started the buzz about it some four years ago. And while there’s been no official opening date announced, it’s clear that Alamo’s 445 Gold St. address is due to cut the ribbon any minute now, because they’re hiring for all sorts of managerial positions! (Hint: you should take one of them.) Alamo, for those not in the know, is a food-and-drink theater in the vein of Nitehawk or the new Syndicated theater in Bushwick. But it’s famous for holding elaborate events, including a screening of Jaws on a lake or showing Snowpiercer on a train. No word on what elaborate events they’ll bring got Brooklyn, but if you get one of these jobs, you can maybe pitch some ideas. Alamo Drafthouse is currently looking for a Private and Community Events Manager, a General Manager and a Theater Manager. Job descriptions vary, but any… Read More

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    Well, that settles that. We already knew that way too much of our income was going to rent. Just last year, New York City came in as second-most expensive place to raise a family. But those statistics suddenly pale in comparison to Brooklyn’s latest crowning yearbook superlative, Most Unaffordable Place to Live in America. Real estate data company ATTOM data solutions released their third 2016 quarterly report today, which ranked cities on a scale of unaffordability by comparing incomes with market rate housing and closing deal costs. Brooklyn won out by a landslide, with 123.5 percent of median income being the going rate for a house. Santa Cruz came in second, at 111.1 percent. Marketwatch, who first reported ATTOM’s findings, put it in laymen’s terms: “A person earning the average salary in Brooklyn cannot afford the average home there — even if he or she could spend his entire salary (and then some) on housing.” Well, guess we’d better start commuting… Read More

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    If you don't have the dough to davin, here's our annual list of places where you can pray freely for free, whether your pleasure is reform, orthodox or some kind of New Age hybrid. This year, heaven's gates open the evening of September 28 for Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur begins sundown of October 8. … Read More

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    Bringing up the topic of moving usually elicits groans and horror stories from all. It’s stressful, nobody likes it and since Brooklyn has been decreed the “Most Unaffordable Place to Live in America,” you’re probably pushing your luck anyway. But if the apartment you had once fallen in love with is now mouse ridden, and your current landlord has been ignoring your calls, and you’re nowhere near any good bars to make this all worth it, then it’s time to be movin’ out. For something that sucks so much, we all keep doing it. But it doesn’t have to be completely unbearable. Brokelyn here, ready to share some insightful wisdom, reminders of the little things, and tips and hook-ups so you don’t have to go through these trying times of pre-move anguish alone. We’ve all been there, and we’re ready to help you pack up and move on to bigger, better places— ideally with a working toilet.  The Pre-Hunt – Once you’ve concluded that… Read More

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    Break-ups: they happen to us all, and it happens to our besties. So what are we (as good friends) supposed to do? Distract. Nothing really heals a broken heart like time. So while they are counting down the hours to happiness, let’s bring in the fun (with optimal spaces to cry openly in public when needed)! ________ Brooklyn Crab 24 Reed St., Red Hook Have you checked your weather app recently? Because spring has mother fuckin’ sprung! Take your BFF to Brooklyn Crab in Redhook to eat their feelings in crab legs and oysters as you peer out to marvel at our gorgeous Lady Liberty. This restaurant/ bar boasts multiple levels, which means multiple bars. When your friend won’t stop gushing about their ex, take ‘em to the backyard oasis filled with free mini-golf, cornhole and yes, you guessed it, another bar! Now, I will warn you, the cornhole attracts its fair share… Read More >

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