Isn’t this a sight for sore eyes. via Flickr user Roshan Vyas
Gosh, this is weird. I don’t really know where to start here.
I guess, I’ll start with “hello.” You’re back and up-and-running, and a few of my friends even took you late night and said it was “pretty fine.” They said you “looked like you always did.” I’m glad you got to see them and that it wasn’t weird for you or them. Well, I guess I can’t speak on your behalf – I don’t feel comfortable doing that anymore – but I know my friends were more than ready to use you, and honestly glad you were there.
So, how was your time off? Were you able to get all that work done you were talking about? You made some pretty lofty promises for “change” and “increased efficiency.” Hopefully you won’t go back on your word. Again. (more…)
What it is: Classic cocktail bar and New American restaurant on Smith Street.
Why we love it: The cocktails are all named after famous hunters—Katniss Everdeen, Handsome Hound, Boba Fett—which shows that Hunter’s is a laid-back establishment with a tongue-in cheek bent. But that doesn’t mean they don’t take the quality of their food and libations very seriously. You can get a really excellent meal here of locally and sustainably sourced dishes inspired by Chef/owner Angelo Schifilliti’s Italian heritage.
What to order: Can’t wait for episode VII? Geek out with the “Boba Fett” made with Brooklyn Republic Vodka, pear nectar, Grand Marnier and star anise. Enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails from 4- 7 daily, or anytime with our Cocktail Book, and half-price wine bottles on Sundays. To eat, go for a house made pasta and one of their fresh, inventive salads, such as the farro and bacon. The mushroom pot pie and rolled stuffed pork chop are among the wholesome, delectable entrees. Sit at the bar and share the mussels and a cheese plate made up of selections from Stinky’s just down the street.
Regular tip: Host a private party or event at Hunter’s—pick from their pre-fixe packages “Arrival at the Lodge” “A Hunter’s Feast” or “Avant-Chasse Brunch.”
They’ve really endorsed the menstrual cup life. via Facebook
We’ve talked about it on Brokelyn a couple of times, but if you want to make a small impact on the world AND save money, you should switch from pads or tampons to menstrual cups. Maybe you’re curious but weren’t quite swayed by UCB’s screaming vagina encouraging their use. In that case, you can learn from a non-screaming human when a group of bike-riding activists roll into Brooklyn to give a workshop on menstrual cups and give you one to take home yourself. (more…)
Just set aside a couple hours and start playing with it
Ah, old New York, the New York that most of us weren’t alive for. There’s nothing like looking stopping all work activities and going through a collection of pictures when men wore hats and trolleys roamed the streets and there was no frozen yogurt anywhere. The game when it comes to going through old black and white pictures has changed though, because some programmers attached the New York Public Library’s 80,000 digitized photos of New York from the 1870s to 1970s to an interactive map called OldNYC. Just click on any dot and you get one or even a series of old pictures from near that location. We’ve got a few of our favorites, but really you should go waste the rest of the day playing with the map. Work can wait. (more…)
If you haven’t played bocce yet, you’re missing out on one of the most social, competitive, addictive, drinking experiences around. A game that favors skill, but notoriously doles out heaping helpings of beginner’s luck, bocce is literally a sport that anyone can play (and be good at). Whether you’re the hyper-competitive type, or just down for low-impact fun on a random weeknight, bocce welcomes you with open arms (and will probably ask you to grab the next round of drinks).
Entering below earns you the chance to win a free team registration for you and four friends for 8 weeks of games, drinking, an end-of-the-season party, and way more bocce pun-based team names than you ever thought possible. Even if you don’t win, for the low cost of less than $10 a week, you and your friends will be set for Wednesday plans for the summer, complete with t-shirts, prizes, and Thursday hangovers (optional). League play begins June 3, and registration ends on May 29. What are you waiting for? Andiamo! a Rafflecopter giveaway
Skip the dumpy salad line at work and feast on this deliciousness instead for just $2.50 a day. Photo by April Greene.
There’s one culprit in New York’s vast selection of overpriced dining options that I’ve made it my personal mission to trounce: The work-week lunch. For a decade, I watched my midtown coworkers shuffle outside every time the clock struck 12:30, in biting cold or stifling heat. They’d cram into bleach-reeking lookalike delis, drop $10 for a wilty salad or couple of greasy pepperoni slices and can of Coke, and trek back to the office, lopsided with their plastic bag meal weighing one arm down. By this time, they might have 30 minutes to jaw and read the Internet before decorum called them back to work (but not before they’d filled the trash can under their desk halfway up with landfill-lacing greasy napkins and clamshell boxes).
What was I doing all this time? I, my friends, was enjoying a full 60 minutes of Reddit in the company of my $2.50-a-pop super-duper healthy and tasty homemade lunches! They take an hour once a week to prepare and have spared me countless rides in the office elevator with undesirable neighboring tenants. As if that all weren’t enough, a conservative calculation estimates that these lunches have saved me $14,000 in those 10 years, versus what my esteemed colleagues shelled out. That’s what I call lunch money. Let me show you how you can do it too. (more…)