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Fikriyyah George

11/03/14 8:35am

dana siomkos

Brooklyn attracts a ton of creative talent looking to break into the advertising industry, so how do you stand out amidst the sea of resumes? We asked Dana Siomkos, the owner of advertising and digital marketing recruitment agency You & Them, precisely how to do that. Siomkos has been in the business of recruiting since 2010, and before that, she was on the other side working at an agency. You & Them have talent scouts located in Brooklyn, LA and Chicago, but Siomkos is located right here in Brooklyn.

Siomkos told us all about how to get into the industry from a different career track, if there’s room for writers in digital marketing and if you still get a Don Draper-style bar in your office.

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10/06/14 9:17am
streb

Learn new ways to walk at Streb. via Streb

With the warm weather transitioning into lower digits outside volleyball at Pier 5 won’t be a copacetic way to keep yourself moving and fit. Colder weather might make you want to hibernate and accumulate a nice layer of fat under our sweatpants and black slacks, but you can combat this by keeping a smidge in shape with some of Brooklyn’s most wallet-friendly indoor options. Depending on the class, trade in your Lulemon see-through yoga pants for some respectable workout or dance gear. Now repeat after us “jeggings are not work-out clothes.” (more…)

09/22/14 7:00am
diy business cards

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear these cards were bone. With Silian Rail lettering. Photo by Fikriyyah

With modern technology and the advent of social media you’d think that business cards are dying a slow death, but just like Blackberry, someone’s always forecasting their demise only for them to keep on keeping on for another year. Even if you do connect with your new acquaintance using LinkedIn, Twitter, or heck even email business cards still have the aura of “Hey I’m an accomplished, competent and professional adult who you’ll want to contact again.”

Business cards from any provider will normally take two to three weeks to arrive, though. To speed that up to express delivery is a small ransom. Three day shipping ranges from $20-$35 at Vistaprint and Moo.com is merciless charging $27-$61, which is money better spent on a few hot toddies. Here’s a tip though: you can get ditch the steep price of rushed business cards by printing your own DIY business cards. (more…)

09/04/14 7:00am
hailo

Which cab app will leave you happiest with your trip? via Hailo’s Facebook

We’re not big cab people, but those times when you’re late for a flight after oversleeping because you set your alarm clock for PM not AM, the extra dough is well worth it. Now that there’s a whole slew of cab apps (yay capitalism!), going from Downtown to your sister’s wedding or other urgent destinations need not be so cumbersome-on your wallet. Do all the cab apps offer the same thing just in different packaging? And how do they compare to the tried and true livery cab? We decided to find out for you. (more…)

08/19/14 4:19pm
blind barber tacos

Mmmmm…tacos… via Twitter

It doesn’t matter what season it is summer, fall or even fummer (summer + fall) when cheap tacos come calling we come in droves. Blind Barber (524 Lorimer Street, Williamsburg) the barbershop that happens to have a cafe/bar in the front will be having $2 Taco Tuesday starting tonight. (more…)

the compound cowork

There are worse places to spend a summer Saturday. We think. via Facebook

Freelancers, small business owners lend us your ears! Working out of a cafe is merely a croissant and a small coffee away, but does the fear of having your laptop  stolen while you hit the can or order another large iced Americano ever go away?

If not, and you’re tired of your co-workers consisting of your cats when you work from home, then it might be time to check out a space where other freelancers just like you congregate to get work done. Brooklyn’s newest co-working space, The Compound Cowork (507 Flatbush Avenue, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens), is officially launching this Saturday, and to celebrate they’re offering a free day of co-working (that normally sets you back $30) from 1pm-8pm. (more…)

06/26/14 9:18am
macy's fourth of july fireworks

The fireworks are back where they belong, but where will you be? via Flickr user Ann Althouse

It’s been five freaking years since the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks were in the East River and therefore visible from Brooklyn, but now they’re back. We’ve moved a million times, broken up with neurotic girlfriends and gotten seen favorite bars both open and close in that timespan. The only thing we’ve been waiting longer for is Dr. Dre’s Detox. You can’t even remember what you had for breakfast last week so of course you don’t remember good spots to see the fireworks. We’re here to help though, with a few waterfront spots with East River views that you shouldn’t have to camp out at all day if you want to see the show! (more…)

06/05/14 2:55pm
baby's all right

Artist’s rendition of how good you’ll feel after spending just $4. What? You still have to tip on each drink. via Facebook

Aahhhh summer. Nothing like boob sweat, arguing with your roommates over their share of the electric bill and free events up the wazooo. But after this brutal winter we’re not complaining. We’ll take all the boob sweat mother nature can muster.

When ya gotta pay your share of the electric bill though (to keep the boob sweat at bay at home, at least) those $10 and $12 cocktails really start to add up. So you’ll be relieved to hear that all every day in June, Williamsburg restaurant/bar/music venue Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway) has a happy hour special of $1 Pink Baby frozen cocktails from 5pm to 8pm. And their happy hour is…..Every. Day. *floored* (more…)

05/05/14 9:10am
sunshine laundry

You’d never know it, but these people are celebrating Cinco de Mayo

This has to be one of the happiest Mondays as it’s also Cinco de Mayo. Tuesday hangover likely to ensue be damned! While many of us have taken the holiday as a reason to get crunk it was originally celebrated by Mexicans to commemorate the day the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. (Oh yeah, putting a little history on dat ass.) Here are some places in Brooklyn, with the kind of margarita and taco deals (oh and free pinball too) that will make you grateful in your heart for that fateful day.

Careful about overcelebrating though. One of the great things about being a blogger and working from home is that pants are optional, especially after Cinco de Mayo. But for the rest of you who are office-bound tomorrow, pace yourself. You’ll still need a job come Tuesday. (more…)

pitchblack brass band

The PitchBlak Brass Band funded their album on Kickstarter, and they’re saying thanks by playing the Kickstarter Block Party for free. via Facebook

Kickstarter’s throwing a block party Saturday May 3 and we’re all invited! Huzzah!

The festivities, which are both a party a showcase (all vendors from art to food are successfully funded Kickstarter projects) will take place outside the company’s Greenpoint headquarters (58 Kent Street) from noon  until 6pm rain or shine. So hopefully it’s real spring and not this pusedo-spring Mother Nature’s been sporting. (more…)