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Woo, party in the Archway. via Flickr user Adnan Islam

With summer in full swing the inevitable inverse proportion of fun and funds has begun! Although nothing beats summertime in New York, the season is accompanied by a lightheartedness that can result in being unable to renew your lease come the fall. Instead of falling on hard times in September, rein it in and take advantage of the tons of awesome free activities available. Hey music lovers, listen up because I’m talking to you: there’s a free concert in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge every Thursday night. (more…)

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Tobey Maguire PROBABLY won’t be there, but you never know!

While the end of summer is inevitably a downer, don’t resort to hibernation mode just yet. We still have one more (albeit short-lived) season of decent weather before seasonal depression officially begins, so make it count!

Kick off the fall festivities Spanish style at the Sidra House Rules pop-up bar in Boerum Hill. On Thursday, September 25 hit up Building on Bond (112 Bond Street) for unlimited cider starting at 6pm. This $25 deal includes all-you-can-drink cider until the barrels run out (there will 3 kegs containing 80L of alcohol, you’ll get your money’s worth, relax) and a mix of Spanish tapas. (more…)

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Cookie Road’s Psychedelic Cookies… #nofilter. Photos by Megan Yanchitis

Now that it’s warm enough to emerge from hibernation, it’s time to eat and explore places in Brooklyn you haven’t seen. Forget about that juice cleanse for beach season and hop on the uh, ever-reliable, G Train and visit some of Greenpoint’s scrumptious bakeries (all conveniently located within walking distance of one another!).

Greenpoint has tons of great offerings those inevitable Girls tours will miss, and one of these offerings is pastries! The area is jam-packed (pun intended) with local bakeries that offer delicious treats at delightful prices. The quaint neighborhood offers a retreat from Manhattan’s endless Cronut lines/$1000 sundae scene. On top of tasting great, Greenpoint’s bakeries are uniquely charming and encompass the local community feel in their decor and simplicity. Because no matter how trendy you are, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name…and your pastry order. (more…)

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So 60s. via The Museum of the City of New York

Today, the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue) will debut never-before-seen photos in their new exhibition, In a World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963.

In a mix of true artistry/creepiness, Rose snapped shots of sunbathers by stealthily wielding his camera, unbeknownst to the beachgoers. The right to privacy aside, the exhibition displays beautifully unguarded moments of people from all walks of life enjoying intimate moments in a public space. (more…)

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See the swagger like this up close and personal. vi Facebook

Has your life been missing a certain amount of swagger lately? Well, you can see if M.I.A. has any to spare since she’s gonna be just over the border in Queens next month. Seriously? Seriously, the Sri Lankan born, London-bred artist is performing on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm with A$AP Ferg at the Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Avenue) for just $38. (more…)

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These are the only pencils they let you write with, but you also get to report on pizza at Planet Money, so, good trade-off we think. via Facebook

If your job is significantly adding to your seasonal depression and it takes all the energy you can muster to get out of bed on these cold winter mornings and trudge to work, then it’s probably safe to say you’re in the majority of New Yorkers.

Instead of spending the commute fantasizing about what it would be like to actually enjoy your job, take a mental health day and make it happen by applying to some of these awesome openings: (more…)

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A Brooklyn Night Bazaar SuperPass will allow you to play free mini-golf, but don’t let the competitiveness ruin your date night. via Facebook

Whether you’re in a highly dysfunctional relationship, pissed that you’re single, or (gasp!) happily dating get your head in the game this Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on. Yes, some of it revolves around gushy love stuff or lonely angst, but hey, nothing’s perfect. Skip the Groupon prix fixe dinner in Midtown and check out some of these Valentine’s alternatives:

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You can check out Mike Taylor’s exhibition “No Future” at the Brooklyn Artists Alliance. Nihilism is always in. via Facebook

Winter, being that slog that it is, isn’t very friendly to going out. Still, you should reconsider your plan to just hole up in a bar or not even do that, because tonight, Greenpoint’s local art galleries are opening their doors from 6pm-9pm in celebration of Greenpoint Gallery Night. The event (organized by Scott Chasse of Calico and Lia Post of Fowler Arts) features a variety of local exhibition spaces and businesses with artistic elements. With every gallery being in walking distance of the other, you can set your own route, making it a perfectly casual night out, date or otherwise . So put on those snow boots and slog around Greenpoint to stare at some local art and feel smart. (more…)