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Fikriyyah George

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…)

01/02/14 9:29am
flu shots

It’s the least wonderful time of the year. via Army Corps of Engineers’ Flickr

If you think you’ve dodged the flu bullet because you haven’t gotten sick so far, you’re wrong. Flu occurrences peak in January and February and the virus is known to hang around until May, even the summertime if you’re that unlucky. You could just try overdosing on echinacea and the unpronounceable oscillococcinum or whatever hippies do. Or you could just get yourself shot up with live cultures with a vaccine and be done with the whole thing. You don’t have to wait until there’s a run on flu shots like there is every year either, we’re here to help you get ahead of the game. (more…)

12/20/13 10:51am
a year of writing

The only classmate you need, or want. via Flickr user tracy apps

You know what comes right after stuff-your-gut season? New Year’s resolutions! You know, something like finishing (or starting) that Great American Novel you’ve been hammering out since you last had ideals, or shreds of hope that you would be accomplished. To help you get over the hump on your book, a writing workshop could be helpful, but those are pricey, and they also means being stuck to a class schedule. Unless of course, you take a new pay-what-you-wish online writing workshop being offered by a Brooklyn writer and editor. (more…)

12/13/13 10:41am
Dichroic Tree Topper

Why have a normal tree topper when you can have a Dichroic Tree Topper? via Facebook

NYC Resistor is putting on a Holiday Craft Fair and it’s going to be like none other.

NYC Resistor is a collective of people who come together in their shared space in Boerum Hill to create, and hack the mess out of DIY projects ranging from crocheting to laser cutting, and other technological fun you would need, if not a PhD, then an inquisitive mind and a lot of time on your hands to figure out. Fortunately at their craft fair on Sunday, you won’t need a PhD to understand how cool the things their vendors are selling are. (more…)

12/10/13 1:32pm

Owney's Rum Infusions

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 ranting discussing, 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

12/03/13 7:00am
rich jones

Photo by Eldon Phillips

Rich Jones is Lead Recruiter for a NYC-based startup that develops mobile apps for iPad. He hires for positions in information technology which includes software developers, systems administrators, IT project managers and network engineers. He also hires for business development positions. He previously spent two years as a tech recruiter for a staffing agency. (more…)

11/21/13 8:15am
brooklyn brewery

The picture even kind of makes it look like Heaven. via Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery
North 11th Street
Williamsburg
718-486-7422

What it is: Brooklyn Brewery’s official tasting room. With eight to ten beers on tap and uber-friendly bartenders, it’s a place that gets loud but definitely not rowdy.

Why we love it: With its camp-style seating, the bar is unpretentious at its best- sit down, drink and be merry. With no food except for snack ‘ums like Peanut Brittle you can order out and tell the delivery guy to just bring it in to you. Or you can just nosh on a pie from the pizza truck outside. People have even been known to bring in cakes for birthdays. (more…)