What it is: A small neighborhood bar nestled between the border of Green-Wood Heights and South Slope.
Why we love it: In addition to possessing an ultra laid-back feel without a lick of pretentiousness, the bar boasts an unassuming nice sized outdoor garden that’s great for patrons to kick back and enjoy a host of libations accompanied by a mid-summer night’s breeze. The bar is also next door to a 24-hour laundromat. How’s that for multitasking? (more…)
Crop to Cup instructor Conor Welch. Photo by Lauren Cannon.
The broke and sporadically employed are all too aware of the age old employer Catch-22 slogan: “Only the experienced need apply.” Pray tell, how is a neophyte supposed to gain experience without first getting a job? Even at basic entry level work at a restaurant or coffee shop, you’re probably going to have to produce a resume to get in the door. Crop to Cup, the Gowanus coffee shop/importer/wholesaler, is doing its part to educate a new, erm, crop of budding baristas and coffee enthusiasts. Tomorrow, the shop will offer one of its regular training classes at their in-house education space. (more…)
Virtual assistants are way more useful than virtual reality
You, overworked and underpaid, dream incessantly of a clone to handle your annoying online tasks and past-due assignments. Silly mortal: Don’t you know this dream is already possible in (virtual) reality? Virtual assistants are real people who assist in your online endeavors for a fraction of what it would cost to hire an actual personal assistant. Having one doesn’t free you from picking up your own dry-cleaning and scrubbing down your own purse-size chihuahua. But it does mean you can get many pesky assignments completed for you for a low monthly fee. (more…)
Whether you’re a future banker or book publisher, your career ladder is bound to start with an assistant-level position. That’s the go-to Gal or Guy Friday who’s responsible for making the boss look good, among other things.
With more people vying for scarce entry-level jobs, how do you edge out the growing competition? Start by being a black belt in office technologies like MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Photoshop and so on. Master them and future employers will be impressed by your slick-looking resume and imagine what wonders you can work for them. (more…)
In the current economy, many businesses are using the carrot and stick method to lure potential customers. This is great for me, as I can use all the free stuff I can get. And since Twitter is my preferred hub of social networking, I decided to experiment and see how I could use it to effectively procure free food. Sure, there are people who use Twitter to hawk their home-baked goods, but what about stuff that costs money, from actual restaurants? The following is a list of tips I learned though trial and error while shamelessly (and successfully!) seeking free food from my network of followers. (more…)
Certain do-gooders of businesses out there should just get a pass when it comes to the harsh realities of economics. Baltic Bazaar Thrift, long-time Brooklyn home to cheap fabric and jobs for the mentally-ill, is closing its doors at the end of the month in the face of high rent. As much as we hate to see the Atlantic Ave. staple go, this cloud happens to have an especially colorful patterned lining. While the Bazaar’s still around (until the end of July or thereabouts), all of their high-end fabric is on sale for at least 50 percent off. And we hear it’s being hauled off in arm-loads. (more…)
As a Southern black woman in Brooklyn, I’ve noticed that far more black women around here wear their hair natural than where I’m from (most black women chemically straighten their hair). I’ve gone natural most of my life, so I know too well how expensive getting un-relaxed hair done can be: upward of $100 for a full wash, set and style, compared to $30 for a woman who uses relaxer. When I moved here, I assumed the popularity of going natural in Brooklyn would translate to more reasonable prices. I was wrong—it doesn’t. But I have found a few ways to cut costs with my hair-care… and even afford the occasional salon-pampering (hint: discount to come). (more…)
So we’ve taken care of decadent, meaty, succulent… anyone for some greens on their raffle-won menu? It’s easy to pledge a new healthy diet, but footing the bill for that local, organic, free-range goodness—that can prove a deal-breaker when it comes to turning over a new leaf. And there lies the appeal of Green Kitchen, the brand new Park Slope fresh-eats spot where $60 from the RAFFLE OF THE CENTURY will bring in quite a haul. (more…)
In the world of multiple-roommate-living, returning home after a long day to soak in the tub just isn’t what it should be. How often do we long for our own space, even for an hour or so, to wash away the cares of the world—to detox from a day in the city? At Slope Suds, the mini-hideaway of a salon and spa in the thick of Park Slope, you can do just that: make it all disappear. To help it happen, the Slope Suds crew and owner Karla Mironov are pitching in an hour-long massage and style & conditioning treatment (a $140 value!) for the RAFFLE OF THE CENTURY. (more…)
Granted, you hear the word ‘thrift,’ and ‘luxury item’ isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But what if you forget those ratty t-shirts and stained corduroys, and think Vintage? Vintage as in fashion time-machine catered to the innate style of the pin-up fashionista on a budget. That is Park Slope’s Guvnor’s Vintage Thrift. And that’s why they, and their $50 gift certificate, are part of THE RAFFLE OF THE CENTURY on June 10. And ladies, since you’re trying to look like a million bucks for the night, Guvnor’s might be a good place to start this weekend. (more…)