Throwing into stark detail his assertion that New York has become “a tale of two cities,” recently elected New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and teenage son are leaving their modest home in Park Slope, Brooklyn and decamping for public housing in the neighboring borough of Manhattan. Despite protestations that he would have loved to stay, de Blasio called the move “a practical choice” in a statement released to reporters, one that’s no doubt driven by Brooklyn’s skyrocketing rents. (more…)
This is your new Manhattan. via Flickr user roboppy
The Christmas season is the time for giving, as we all know. Giving to your landlord that is, at least judging by the news that Brooklyn’s median rent hit $2800 last month, inching it ever closer to Manhattan’s $3100 per month median rent. Some time in the future, an alien historian will pick a charred textbook (after Godzilla, of course) out of the rubble that calls this ever-increasing rent “Bloomberg’s Revenge.” (more…)
Be just like Canadian hero Pat Kiernan and get on some skates at McCarren! Photo by Camille Lawhead
In case the snow, or the freezing temperatures or your roommates’ anger at you for not turning the heat on weren’t any indication, let us remind you that it’s winter. So given that it’s winter, it’s time to go ice skating, and lucky for us, Brooklyn has a brand new ice skating rink to take advantage of. Of course, it also costs money, which is a problem, but a Groupon can at least solve part of that problem, cutting the cost of skating there in half. So what are you waiting for? (more…)
There are days you want a soft pretzel, with mustard, but it’s cold outside. What are you supposed to do those days, not have a pretzel? Usually, yes. But the thrilling miracle that is the DIY mustard and pretzel kit can make your pretzel dreams come true without ever leaving the house. Truly we live in wondrous times.
The kit, found on Brooklyn DIY’s Etsy shop (of course), comes with everything you need to make a 6 oz. jar of mustard and 12 pretzels. Because in keeping with the give a mouse a cookie precedent, if you make your own mustard, well, then you’re going to need to make a homemade thing to spread it on. Whether you then will fill the need to brew your own beer with which to wash the pretzel down is entirely up to you, but we’d stop right at the pretzel. It’s cheaper that way. $22.95 from Brooklyn DIY Supply
Williamsburg’s Magic Cobra has plenty of unlucky tattoo options for you
This Friday the 13th – notably the last Friday the 13th in 2013 – why not face down your own demons and get that star tattoo on your wrist that you’ve been waffling over for months? While a tiny tat any other day of the year can run you $50.00 and up, several Brooklyn shops are honoring this auspicious day with plum deals. This is Freaky Friday, and it means $13 tattoos (plus tip!), y’all. And what better way to kick off the holiday season than wincing your way into cheap, wonderful, entirely one-of-a-kind permanent art? Go forth, get lucky! (more…)
We live in a golden age of sorts for enjoyers of the scourge known as marijuana. Police just laugh at you when they catch you smoking it (if you’re white, anyway), and if it’s stronger than it was the the 60s like your parents keep saying, well who cares? Just means you can smoke less of it, and therefore buy less, saving money. And while users are having a great time, it sounds like dealers might be too, if a recent HuffPo profile of a pot dealer is to be believed. (more…)
Space…the giant big empty above our heads. It’s terrifying in its bigness and emptiness, but that didn’t stop some students from CUNY’s Medgar Edvers College from building a satellite they gave to NASA, to be launched into space. And now that satellite has been attached to a rocket and sent up to the stars, meaning Brooklyn is the first borough to puncture the atmosphere and make our mark in space. Suck on that, Queens! (more…)
Remember that self-guided Spirit Trail? We found a bottle of booze from the tour for under $25, which is harder than you’d think, for a good reason. These are after all, smaller outfits that just started, and startup costs are more expensive. Expenses like rent, as we’re always rantingdiscussing, are ridiculous around here. Despite this, there was at least one booze that fit the bill and that is Owney’s Rum Infusions, made by Williamsburg’s The Noble Experiment, clocking in at $20-$22.
The smooth rum, that will make you question why you ever bothered with the swill you endured in college, comes in three flavors: vanilla, rosemary and mint. Bridget Firtle, the noble experimenter herself, is one of the few women in the Brooklyn distilling industry. So you’re not just drinking to forget your humiliating moments of 2013, (of which you have many) but getting a taste of girl power. And it tastes oh, so good. $20-$22 at Heights Chateau, Brooklyn Wine Exchange, and Wright & Goebel Wines and Spirits
We wonder if this will be a good FIT in Greenpoint. Eh. eh? via New York Shitty
Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, a new New York Sports Club is scheduled to open in Greenpoint this winter, which is great for those with a New York Sports Club membership or those who would consider buying one, and less great for those who can’t afford to pay half the price of health insurance to have a gym membership.
For those less excited about fitness centers in the neighborhood and the attendant spitting out of sweaty body-builders and yoga mat girls, this probably means another corporate eyesore popping up on our nice, quiet north Brooklyn street. The NYSC joins Greenpoint Landing, the Dunkin Donuts literally everywhere and the Starbucks opening on Union Avenue on our “Increasing Capitalist Ventures, Dwindling Old-world Charm” bingo cards. (more…)