There’s no shortage of worthy ways to be charitable this time of year, but you’d be hard-pressed to find another that says “Made for BK” quite like this. Open Source, a Park Slope gallery/creative space, is looking for a few good cooks to staff its Open Source Food Kitchen every night in December. For a fourth year, the gallery’s running its month-long free kitchen where a volunteer comes in each night, whips up a meal, and 15-20 starving artists dig in. The site says fellow artists usually don the chef hat, but really, anybody’s welcome to come in and cook. (more…)
Last year, our annual list of turkey-day dinners for the kitchen-averse started on a solemn note: The price of dinner with all the trimmings was up a whopping $10 from the year before. So this year, we were flat-out scared when we set out to check the lay of the Thanksgiving prix-fixe land. But we needn’t have feared, because it turns out, here in 2011, $35 (and less) is still alive and well. Now, while you could get stuck on what this says about the economy and all, we’d rather not. Instead… we’ll just go and eat like it’s 2010. Here’s this year’s Thanksgiving prix-fixe list. If we missed a place, let us know. (more…)
Credit unions: where the 99 percent doesn't mean your interest rate?
This Saturday is the “money talks” day in the world of financial protest. The bank situation’s going hay-wire, the question “fee or not to fee” has us all glued to our account screens digging for hidden charges. Something’s got to give. And by something, we mean it’s time to move your money. At least that’s what members of a national movement would have us do this Saturday on the new occupier-related anti-bank holiday Bank Transfer Day. The point: to get us to remove our money from for-profit banks and stow it safely in the country’s neighborly non-profit credit unions. Sounds like a plan. But first, just to be safe, let’s go over some credit-union ins and outs, before you move your funds out and in. (more…)
These lovely people are putting their trust in you.
Call it refreshing, call it gimmicky, call it… a contagious strain of Jersey-rocker altruism? Whatever it is, there’s no denying the economics of one dining deal starting in November. Santorini Grill, a Greek restaurant off Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg, will be operating under a “pay what you will” model for one month starting Nov. 4. According to Gothamist, the deal is the restaurant’s own ”Greek Bailout” at a time when we all could use one. If the owner can keep the lights on and the rent paid, she tells Gothamist, the bailout will be sticking around longer. (more…)
A little while back, we ran the numbers on Rx meds at a few major pharmacies around the borough, and we learned a couple things: First, we found out who had the best prices; and second, we learned prescription drugs can actually be cheaper without that fancy PPO. You just had to know where to look. Well, now, thanks to a new NYC program, you needn’t bother to look much at all. Because for the last few months, the city’s been handing out the BigAppleRX card, a free ticket to discounted drugs all over the place that gives you 53 percent off generics and 15 percent off brand names. (more…)
Pia Toscano sang the anthem in '03 and was recently an American Idol finalist.
For aspiring baseballers, the minors are where it all begins. Whipper-snappin’ pros take endless grounders, bust their chops, hone their skills, all in the hope of climbing the ladder to the game’s biggest stage. And by biggest stage… we mean American Idol. The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ local farm team, are looking for future idols to sing (or otherwise perform) the national anthem at this season’s home games in Coney Island. Open auditions are next Thursday, May 19, and if you’re feeling at all musically-patriotic, you might want to try your chords. This local girl did back when, and it worked out pretty well for her. (more…)
Wanted: dedicated educators willing to stoke open flames: A plug for a firebug-themed charter school? Almost. Or… just a perfectly innocent chance to teach kids the ins and outs of the 18th Century kitchen. Prospect Park’s well-preserved (and always educational) Lefferts Historic House is seeking three volunteers for its Hearth & Oven program. Volunteers will maintain fires, demonstrate cooking and help students and families “prepare foods using traditional tools and methods.” And, you’ll get to sample whatever charred Revolutionary-era delicacies are pulled from the flames. It requires prior experience teaching or cooking, and it’s billed as the perfect opportunity to learn a “unique skill.” Flames will be lit in July and will last for six weeks. For more details and to sign up, here’s the page on Volunteermatch.
Deciding how to broaden the ol’ skill-set can be a daunting task. You could shoot for ninja-like office chops to get back in the game, or even put in the time for a job-magnet of a three-letter suffix (Your Name, Esq.?). But you could also try your hand at something a little more… handy. Brooklyn Woods, a Gowanus-based woodworking shop and training facility, is recruiting for its free full-time training program to put some fresh woodworkers and cabinet makers out into the job force. If you’ve had blue and yellow dreams of designing the next Hemnes or Aspelund, this is your chance. (more…)
You know how your grandmother could take a tattered piece of clothing, apply needle and thread and then, in a blur of old-world legerdemain, the thing was suddenly better than freakin’ new? Well, time to dredge up some of that innate garment-reclaiming handiness and save yourself a trip to Goodwill. Tonight’s the first-ever Mending Circle, a free monthly workshop at the Textile Arts Center in Park Slope. Along with the Sewing Rebellion, the center’s bringing together menders, sewers and stitchers to share their almost-lost arts and help you save your most “lovingly”-worn stuff. (more…)
Update: Saturday’s safari has been CANCELLED due to the snow. Check back for the next safari in February (date TBA)
You’ve probably heard they’re here; you may have even craned your neck to catch a squawking flash of green up above. Brooklyn’s got parrots. As legend has it, the early avian settlers escaped from a container at JFK Airport back in the ’60s. Now, they’re practically a native species to the NYC environs, and Brooklyn’s become home to more than its fair share. This Saturday, Jan. 8, one of our local parrot ambassadors is leading a free Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari to see the birds. Whether BK’s parrots are news to you and you’ve gotta get a glimpse, or you’ve just never known how to spot the famous flying Argentines, this weekend’s your chance. (more…)