You can still take them to get candy/fight crime. via Favim
Sandy may have wrecked the Village Halloween parade and allowed Chris Christie to bend the laws of space and time, but out here, we’re doing well enough to get costumed up and demand free candy like a bunch of freeloaders. This is especially good news for parents, who now don’t have to explain to their tiny, stricken Batmen and Princess Meridas that they can’t go trick or treating because of downed power lines. So as long as Halloween is still on, here’s some places to enjoy it with your kids: (more…)
Ryan Malarkey, a 23-year-old designer, says she spent “probably close to $10,000″ on ink. Photo (c) Paul Nathan / Generation Ink.
How many people do you know with epic tattoos? Of those people, how many of them are in a pretty much constant state of fiscal-overdrawnery and/or unemployment (AKA: “freelancing”)? Do they live in Williamsburg? Do they wish they did? They might be in photographer Paul Nathan’s new coffee table book, “Generation Ink: Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” featuring portraits of walking canvases who have spent upwards of $10,000 on their ink. Who are these people, where did they get $10,000 and why did they spend it on tattoos? And who are you to judge? You have a Louis Vuitton bag but are a month behind on rent! Oh, wait, that’s me. Did these people get their money’s worth? And what’s your number? (more…)
Fringe Fest brings all sorts of acts to NYC. Like … this.
There’s no such thing as a free ticket to FringeNYC’s bevy of plays. Unless you werq for it! There is exactly one way and only one way to get into a Fringe show for free – volunteer. You’ve already missed the first few days of the festival (that’s so you) but you’ve got until Aug. 26 to see as many of Fringe’s spanking new, cutting edge pieces of theater as you can possibly stand. By volunteering for FringeNYC you get to add to the “volunteer” section of your resume, feel satisfied in having helped your fellow starving artist and you get FREE THEATER TICKETS! (more…)
Who needs marshes for kayaking? Photo via Flickr’s ceoNYC.
It seems like about eight years ago, New Yorkers finally discovered they were surrounded by water. Since then parks, high rises and “beaches” have been popping up all along the coasts. We’ve even begun participating in water sports in our questionable waters. As a brokester, your best investment in water sports this summer is going to be kayaking, because it’s mostly free. Here are our favorite spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan to get your kayak on for absolutely free this summer. (more…)
Greg Barris – restaurateur, grey pants enthusiast, proud owner of gorgeous curls of hair, forgiver of sins, cook book collector and straight-up hilarious comedian – has been employed by at least 13 different companies since he was 13 years old. Greg, 30, is currently a co-owner of L’Asso, with restaurant locations in the East Village and NoLIta. He also hosts Heart Of Darkness (most often performed at Park Slope’s Union Hall). Heart Of Darkness is an evening packed with comedians, musicians, academics, philosophers, hair dressers and any other kind of freakishly fascinating type. Reggie Watts and Janeane Garofalo are regular guests and Greg will, without fail, forgive you – you personally – of your sins. All of them, you filthy sinner. Greg also performs standup at various clubs throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan and often shares his unique brand of comedy with Los Angeles. But it was a long road to get there that involved telemarketing, boot selling and getting fired from a comedy club … for making a joke. (more…)
We go out of our way to save some money, but even we must admit there are those things that a person should not scrimp on. Invasive medical procedures is a wonderful example. Also, tattoos. Tattoos are forever (or for-until-you-can-afford-laser-removal) and, as such, shouldn’t be something you make decisions about based on today’s Groupon. We’ve heard some awesomely bad tattoo stories and here are a few. Recall these cautionary tales the next time that “Become A Work Of Art For As Little As $50” ad shows its face on your Facebook side bar. We love tattoos and we love saving money, we’re just not sure the two should ever occupy the same thought space. (more…)
Photo courtesy of Sugarland, home to the sick drag show Sickening Sundays. [Update: photo changed from original post.
Loving drag queens is like breathing. We all do it but don’t always talk about it. Sometimes we need fresh, unconditioned air and sometimes we need to see drag queens. But where? While Manhattan remains a fake-eyelash stronghold, Brooklyn has its share of drag nights. And while we’d never tell a drag queen she’s cheap, the truth is some of them are. Free, even.