The holidays are here, which means office parties are here too. You’ve put in some good hours and stuck it to the man, so it’s time to celebrate and get loose with some colleagues. What could go wrong? Well, A LOT can go wrong actually. Stakes can be high when socializing with co-workers and they get even higher when the booze becomes a factor. Here are a few pointers on what to avoid in order to maintain your office party etiquette, and not get too holiday ratchet. (Of course, you can always drink with the employed, but not your co-workers, tonight at the No Office Party at Littlefield where you can ignore all of this advice!) (more…)
You thought you could dance, until you wound up here. Photos by Gabrielle Westfield
When I originally heard about the Brooklynettes open tryout I knew immediately I had to see what it was like. I also wanted to see how far my background in gymnastics and collegiate cheerleading, and the 3.5 hip-hop dance classes under my belt, would get me in the process. My preparation for this tryout was simple: nothing but salads for the 2 days prior, attend Chelsea Piers adult gymnastics class to see if I could still tumble (flip), and watch videos of the Brooklynettes’ routines on YouTube the night before the tryout. This was about the most preparation I’ve ever done for a personal endeavor… and I felt like a well-oiled machine (cue the Rocky theme song). (more…)
We have said it before, we will say it again, stop naming your babies Brooklyn.
Slate just released a map of baby names and their places of origin. The results were catastrophic, 36 out of the 50 American states have declared “Brooklyn” as the most popular female baby name starting with B. Naturally, New York’s rebellious tendencies kicked in and the state choose Brianna, as its most popular female baby name starting with B. Just look at that huge swathe of red.
The same trends were seen with less popular names like Madison and Charlotte, which had more popularity in states without those city names. Let get more original here people, or if all else fails pick another trending name like Khaleesi, from Game of Thrones.
Dinner for two, and Nic Cage: what could be more romantic?
[UPDATE: We heard from Solerno and they say the tickets and the waiting list are all full up! Of course, you can still have an awesome Valentine's Day for no money]
Nobody knows romance like the Italians and no one loves a free meal like Brokelyn. So we couldn’t be happier to let you know about a chance to grab a free pre-Valentines day three-course meal,with cocktails and a movie screening to boot, this Thursday at 7pm, at Nitehawk.
The film of the night is the classic (and Brooklyn-set) romantic comedy Moonstruck. Considering it has the theatrical stylings of early Nicolas Cage and Cher, how could you resist? I grew up on this movie because my mom is an absolute sucker for 80s romcoms, and a then-chiseled and less meme-y Nicolas Cage. Cage spends the movie dramatically overcoming the tragic of a loss of his hand (spoiler alert), unintentionally adding to the comedy component. (more…)
GrandeMarshall is shouting into the mic that he wants you at the party on Friday. via Facebook
Friday marks the 6th anniversary for Fool’s Gold Records and they are bringing in a sick lineup to SRB Brooklyn (177 2nd Avenue, Gowanus) to celebrate the occasion. The Brooklyn-based record label has been establishing themselves as a standout label in the industry by merging the two distinctive sounds of hip-hop and electronic music, and now they’re celebrating their success. Some of the label’s big hitters (A-Trak, Danny Brown and Chromeo) will be missing the show due to conflicting tour schedules. However, don’t make the mistake of underestimating this B- Team, each with a dynamic sound of their own, these guys are blazing their own trail and securing their future in hip hop. (more…)
If you don’t end up getting tickets, just tell him to go jump in a lake. via Facebook
As you may have heard, Pitchfork-approved Washed Out is about to go on tour. And if you were disappointed that soonest you were going to see him was December 14, think again. Yes, Christmas is coming even earlier this year, with Santa giving out free Washed Out tickets to a Williamsburg show, today at noon. Well OK, so maybe Santa is actually just Converse Rubber Tracks, but hey, free Washed Out show either way. (more…)
Get not at all creeped out, for less, at the New York Botanical Garden
It’s that time again kids. The spooky ambiance is taking over Brooklyn and we couldn’t be more excited that our favorite holiday (by far) is just right around the corner. So as you soon realize that pumpkin carving is way harder than you remember as a kid, and opt out for more useful function; let us share with you some other haunting deals that can keep your bank account from looking like the ghost of debtor’s future. (more…)
“Where can I pay less to do this…?” via Flickr user therealannogus
Ok so the boys had their turn, now we want to hear from our girls.
Are you sick of paying Manhattan prices to just get a decent haircut? Ignoring the frills of color or highlights (aka Pandora’s Box), a girl should have options to get her hair trimmed without having to dish out 75 bucks or more. Let’s be honest, hair can mean everything to a girl and also serve as one of our more defining physical attributes. So yes, a haircut can make or break you, but should not have to empty your wristlet. Also, you don’t want to be the one to show up at a silent meal and have to mime a defense of that awful mop on your head… it’s already going to be awkward enough.
So, we’re putting together another barber shop guide, but this time for the ladies. So let us know, where does a money-conscious gal go to get her mane molded in the BK? Let us know!
It’s inevitable, you guys are going to have to get a haircut some time. So unless you are confident in your own clipper skills or trust your drunk roommate to get the back of your head, we suggest that you pony up and find a trusted barber. Here are a few suggested barber shops in your neighborhood that will get the job done on dime and not leave you looking like Pauly D. (more…)
Don’t let the sun set on your summer without getting lucky
You work hard, you play hard, simple as that. Labor Day weekend commends the other 361 days you bust your ass at that 9 to 5, bus tables in that smelly bar, or sell bougie dresses in TriBeCa. We’ve compiled a list of affordable activities for you to fill your Labor Day weekend with relaxation or complete debauchery, your choice. (more…)