07/09/14 1:54pm
crumbs bake shop

Taylor Swift’s anti-Midas touch strikes yet another national retail chain. via Facebook

As a budding journalist/writer these posts aren’t all that pays the bills, if at all. Like so many freelancers, I had a second job in the service industry, serving coffee and sweets, in this case, at Crumbs in Brooklyn. Emphasis on the had. This past Monday, after coming home from a shift, my boss called me to let me know that Crumbs was no more and neither of us had a job.

It happened so suddenly I was shocked, exhilarated even. One retailer who doesn’t appreciate its employees down, a bajillion more to go. For the whole company to go under is one of the most dramatic and epic of ways to lose your job. Not every day does a fellow employee get quoted in The Wall Street Journal. (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…)

04/16/14 9:09am
pigeons

Meet your new roommates! Photo by Fikriyyah George

You know when you find roommates on Craigslist, you never know what you’re gonna get. In this case a beautiful loft in the northern reaches of Bed-Stuy with two artists and two cats eventually became a beautiful loft in the northern reaches of Bed-Stuy with two artists, two cats and two pigeons. Yes, PIGEONS. Pigeons brought inside my apartment, on purpose. (more…)

03/26/14 7:00am
affordable care act

Since not all of us are lucky enough to get the president to do our checkups, here’s what you need to know so you can see a doctor

In case you hadn’t heard, Google need not be your doctor anymore, you hypochondriacs. You can see a real doctor, get tests taken, turn your head and cough or get your feet up in them stirrups if you sign up for health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, by March 31. The thing is, shopping for insurance might be intimidating, so here’s all you need to know about getting covered before the deadline. (more…)

02/26/14 4:16pm
tommy wiseau

Is your movie The Room bad? Well, you might be in luck.

Did your tightly held dreams of being a big shot Hollywood director die upon watching the awful first cut of your awful first film. Never fear New York Film Academy graduates and New York University dropouts! The Second Annual Bad Film Fest is now accepting submissions! (more…)

02/07/14 10:55am
makespace

Might the future of storage be green boxes? Maybe!

Couchsurfers, subletters, moms with tattoos in Williamsburg lend us your ears. Moving sucks, right? Especially if you do it a lot and have to deal with the stress of storing things on top of your moving. Bad enough you have to part with your stuff, going to pick up it is a goddamn production all its own. But now there’s MakeSpace, a startup trying to take some of pain out of moving by dragging the world of self-storage on to the internet and dragging picking up your stuff for you. So if this ends up settling the storage question, all you’ll have to worry about is Brooklyn’s ever-escalating rent. (more…)