10/01/14 4:06pm

prospect-lefferts gardens

Hey guys, I’m your substitute realtor for today, because Sam is unavailable. While I can’t give you Sam’s noted Canadian wit or keen eye for real estate, I can at least find you some places that won’t break your paycheck into pieces and snort it while demanding more more MORE. It’s just for a week, but long as I’m here, I found you some cheap places to live in Fort Greene, Bensonhurst, Crown Heights and a mysterious place in Sunset Park. They’re also all 2-bedrooms somehow, which I didn’t notice until now. Anyway, let’s go hunting! (more…)

morbid anatomy museum

Oh sure, not spooky at all. via Facebook

Remember when it was cool to wear all black and be openly depressed and obsessed with death? Being a teen goth wasn’t my thing, but just because you choose to dress in color and be optimistic about life and the world doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate and partake in the creepier thing sin life. Like the death-obsessed Morbid Anatomy Museum (424A 3rd Avenue) in Gowanus, for instance. And with this Amazon local deal of the day you can appreciate it for less, with 55% off an annual membership! (more…)

10/01/14 1:37pm
ra ra riot

You can jump for joy if you win, but please don’t Ra Ra Riot if you don’t. via Facebook

As you’ve probably heard, next weekend’s Escape Music Festival has left Red Hook and sought refuge on the welcoming shores of Governors Island. While we’re a little bummed we’ll have to go to a whole different island to get there, we believe once a Brooklyn festival, always a Brooklyn festival, which is why we’re sending a very lucky email subscriber (and their very lucky friend) to Escape Music Festival with a pair of two-day VIP passes that would normally run you $259 each. We hope you also read that in Oprah’s voice. (more…)

10/01/14 12:49pm
brooklyn heights wifi

We know, who could possibly think using the number 8 is alright? via Brooklyn Heights Blog

“Funny” WiFi names aren’t always as funny as you think they are, unless of course you can elicit a ridiculous reaction from someone with it. Which is exactly what a ridiculous bro in the Brooklyn Law School dorms on Clark Street accomplished by naming his WiFi “( . Y . ) Boobies.” A pissed-off dad emailed the above screenshot to Brooklyn Heights Blog, telling the blog this “bro nonsense” isn’t a thing “my daughter should have to see this when she comes out of the subway and checks her messages.” Of course, he mentioned that she’s a teenager, so we’d imagine that she sees worse things on an every day basis on Snapchat.

(Previously in funny WiFi names: “Lulu’s Anal Bleaching“)

10/01/14 12:20pm

Taxi-sharing as savior is disputed [Capital]
In other taxi news, here’s how illegal cabs fuck with green cabs. They’re very organized [Village Voice]
Times Square M&M’s store damn near almost killed two people [New York Post]
Giant Sheepshead Bay development sounding worse every day [Sheepshead Bites]
Cops told back teens to get out of Park Slope, for no reason [DNA Info]
Here is your cleanest fast food restaurant in New York City [IQuantNY]
Central Park dirt full of weird microbes we’ve never heard of [Washington Post]

10/01/14 12:00pm

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Sponsored By car2go.

car2go is always a pleasure to drive: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

Created By BlankSlate

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 card, grab it and go. When you’re done, you park it in any legal, non-metered parking space in your Brooklyn home area and walk away. Check it out!

You can probably imagine the times it might be handy to grab one of these adorable, easy-to-park cars and hit the road. There are those neighborhoods that are not directly connected to each other by subway, like Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights. (Or Red Hook and… almost anywhere.) Take an impromptu trip to Coney Island. Get your cat to the vet in no time. The possibilities are endless.

At this point, you probably have a lot of questions. Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. And don’t forget to sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free driving!

10/01/14 11:34am
prospect park cyclist

This fella ain’t too popular at the moment. via Flickr user Ahmed ElHusseiny

After a pedestrian in Central Park was killed by a cyclist using the area as his own personal velodrome, people started suggesting that cyclists going really really fast in Central Park wan’t the best idea. Unsurprisingly, that suggestion is being made for Prospect Park cyclists too. Instead of civilians doing the suggesting by shaking their fists at you, the NYPD is going to be the ones doing it, by stepping up enforcement in the park, according to Park Slope Stoop’s report from the latest meeting at the 78th Precinct. (more…)

ticket oak

You can’t get a Ticket Oak, but that might be for the best…

It’s fall, but that’s no excuse for you to hole up indoors binge-watching old episodes of The Office with a sexually compatible person you barely tolerate (that’s what winter is for). Right now though, you should be out there enjoying nature, and you can do it by bringing nature to you by grabbing a free tree at Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza (1360 Fulton Street) this weekend. This is a great way to branch out and meet your neighbors, even if you’re not sure whether you’re putting down roots or leaving in just a couple of years. (more…)

10/01/14 8:55am
open house new york

Learn all about how Williamsburg’s always been a trendsetter, at the Weylin B. Seymour building

The strength and depth of your knowledge of Brooklyn’s architectural roots, history, and the cultural relevance of such is directly correlated with your status as a Brooklynite and more importantly a measure of just how “hip” you are. And you are hip right? Just kidding, we don’t really care, and hopefully you don’t really either, but with Open House New York tours going on next weekend, you can get hip to some of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets. OHNY tours will open the doors to some of Brooklyn’s most interesting and historically notable sites, and invite you to appreciate learning cool new things while listening to experts enlighten you in areas outside of your usual knowledge.

On the weekend of October 11-12 the 12th Annual OHNY will grant the public free access to over 300 buildings and sites of historical and cultural significance throughout all five boroughs. Some locations feature guided tours with architects and experts sharing relevant site specific information while others grant “open access” for you to explore at your own pace. Most of the weekend is free, but some of the more popular sites require reservations for a modest fee of $5. Ye be warned; these will fill up fast, very fast, so be ready when advance registration for reservations opens at 11am on October 1, right here.

With so much to see and do in so little time though, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite tours to take right here in Brooklyn. (more…)

09/30/14 4:23pm
brewskeeball

It’s time once again, but you’ve got more money in your pocket this time. via Facebook

More than just the October chill (or uh, September curtain of humidity we guess), you can also feel competition in the air as the seasons turn. The baseball playoffs are here, Brooklyn’s first minor league football team is getting ready to kick off, but most importantly, it’s time for another Brewskee-Ball skeeson. And unlike other years when you had to go digging in couch cushions for your registration money, this year they’re making it cheap to roll up and play, with a Groupon that knocks off almost half the price to play this season. (more…)