You gotta be good though. if your pun Blows, there’s no way they pick you
We’re not going to paper over the fact that America’s daily news sources are in a bit of trouble, that’d just be foolish. But they’re still essential sources of information, at least when they’re done well, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal certainly deliver in that regard. So it’s good to see them getting a bit more in touch with the inked-up youth of today living in their City Rooms, with a contest the Times‘ social media editor, Daniel Victor, is running: go to this Facebook thread and deliver your best newspaper pun (or rhyme, but ew come on). The winner gets a 12-week digital subscription to the Times, the runner up gets a six-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal website. If there was ever a contest where you didn’t want to copy someone, this is it. (more…)
Well, Brooklyn does love exposed pipes. via Facebook
Despite the fact that some cities are too proud to welcome colonization by Brooklyn, some cities are more than happy to welcome aesthetic dominance by us. Take Houston’s Brooklyn Athletic Club, for instance. And now we can add Toronto, a city known for its Maple Leafs and crack smoking mayor, to that list, thanks to their brand new Brooklyn Tavern. We assume that this is just revenge for Ontario Bar not showing old clips of Leafs games on repeat, and we can accept that. (more…)
Neither rain nor snow nor normal temporal limitations will stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. via Facebook
What’s worse than ordering some totally sweet thing on the internet and then having to actually wait a few business days for it? Nothing, right? Literally nothing worse on Earth than that. That could be an argument against doing all our retail shopping online, but sometimes it’s snowing or raining or you’re sick and you still want to buy a book. And now the US Postal Service is here to help, expanding their pilot program for same-day delivery from retailers to New York. (more…)
These days, it can be hard to imagine that there are still alternatives to big corporate banks in New York City. The architecture of our main thoroughfares speaks to the large presence of these giants. On Broadway alone between 59th Street and 72nd Street, there are 14 big bank locations—that’s more than one per block. And it doesn’t count the large number of ATMs in pharmacies.
But when millions of New Yorkers deposit their money into a big bank, do they actually know where it goes? Unlike banks, credit unions are not-for-profits where the members themselves own the credit unions. This means that the financial profits go back to members and the community, rather than to shareholders. With regular banks, 97% of the money you deposit can leave the community but credit unions last year distributed over $5.3 billion back to members.
The first credit union in North America was started in 1901 with a 10 cent deposit by a reporter in the Canadian parliament who was shocked by the exorbitant interest Montreal residents were paying on loans from moneylenders. Credit unions have certainly grown since then, but have retained their focus on the neighborhood level.
This video has a quick overview about the difference joining a credit union can make:
Last year, credit unions provided more than $630 million within local communities to support commercial, residential, and industrial development.
Credit unions also provide the ability and know-how for residents to make informed financial decisions through hosting financial literary classes. They’ve have also helped members refinance debt, extend mortgage credit, and access private student financing.
On a personal level, credit unions can offer lower interest rates on loans and also higher return on investments on average compared to banks. Fees for things like checking accounts and ATM surcharges can be lower too. If you want access to cash machines, credit unions have over 100,000 ATMs that can be used without fees in their shared network.
And what about the security of your deposits? They’re insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the same amount as the FDIC.
You can help change the banking industry simply by choosing where to put your money. Credit unions are one way to bring banking back to the community level. Learn how to switch to a credit union at makeyourmoneymatter.org.
Want to have a job making sure Biolite stoves don’t explode when people use them? A new website can help. via Facebook
Technology: it’s hot (as you can see above)! Everyone’s trying to get down with internet companies and small manufacturing jobs, and the includes the people of Brooklyn. The only difference between us and some wannabes is that we have ourselves a genuine tech triangle made of Downtown Brooklyn, the Navy Yard and DUMBO, where startups and light manufacturing are incubated like so many fluffy baby chicks. Wanna get in on this sweet warm incubated action? A new website has collected all the jobs offered up in the tech triangle. (more…)
One of the great joys of the summer, aside from everyone dressing like clothes are poison and they need to wear as few of them as possible, is riding the free ferry to Governors Island to take advantage of all the cool stuff they’ve got going on over there. Would some of the magic be lessened with a small charge for riding the ferry? Well, no, probably not, but it’s still kind of a bummer that the Trust for Governors Island is proposing to make the ferry ride $2 next summer. The good news? It’s to support keeping the island open everyday from May to September. (more…)
Bad Credit No Credit doesn’t care about your credit score, but it’s not like they don’t realize its importance. Photo by Andrew St. Clair, via Facebook
1. What do you, notwant to go to something called BeerFest and drink unlimited beers for three hours? You’ve changed, you’ve changed (Friday)
2. The Living Room is a standup and sketch show where you can see comedians work things out before you see them appear on your pictocube jumping box television (Friday)
3. Check out Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore, a lo-fi independent movie about a high school girl’s sexual awakening that will remind you how bad you were at sex when you were in high school (Friday) (more…)
Clara Bizna$$, Meg Skaff and Ash Wednesday of the Hand Job Academy. Bonus points for that Beasties shirt.
While Hand Job Academy sounds like the place you want to send that girl who gave you an awkward and painful knuckle twist in the back of your Celica junior year, it’s actually the name of a group of very funny ladies. HJA gained some notoriety this year for penning a long-overdue (and very funny. And lewd) rap anthem about periods called “Shark Week.” Check out this feature on the group from The Cut, reported live from their recent performance at Hank’s Saloon. They’ve even got a special holiday song you can check out below too. Better yet, see the trio of ladies as they perform live at the No Office Holiday party on 12/12! (more…)