In much, much more comforting news, you can get some free cookies tomorrow, just for showing up and beng alive. If you’re out and about in Williamsburg or Fort Greene and want to eat something life-affirming, Christina Tosi and her mom will be driving the Momofuku Milk Bar truck around, handing out free cookies. After a few stops in the early part of the day in Manhattan, the sweetsmobile will roll across the Williamsburg Bridge around 3:30 for a stop at Bedford Ave & North 7th followed by Fort Greene Park around 4:50. Follow @AmericanExpress for live updates on the truck’s location throughout the day.
Maybe leave the puppet at home while bartending Wyatt. Photo via 92YTribeca on Flickr.
The holidays are always over indulgent, but this year it’s a double whammy of festiveness with constant “drinking+eating+shopping for Sandy relief” events on top of all the normal yuletide excess. It’s a marathon not a sprint people. Here’s another one for your calendar next week: On Tuesday, Dec. 18, Pork Slope is hosting a Sandy fundraiser featuring Brooklyn’s own (now former) Daily Show correspondent and host of Night Train Wyatt Cenac behind the bar and resident celebri-DJ ?uestlove manning tunes.
Good tips and you get to sit outside. via Flickr user cha_petitjean
Man, not being broke is EXPENSIVE! If you are in the class of people who can afford to utilize services such as nannies/babysitters, dog walkers, house cleaners, hair stylists, personal trainers, doormen, building supers, personal assistants, delivery services, etc., prepare to shell out a bunch of extra dough in end-of-year tips.
According to DNAInfo, some Park Slope families will tip their domestic service providers up to $1,500 this holiday season. This is relevant to you, the hungry brokester, because there may well be opportunity here. (more…)
Photogenically intoxicating. Tres Brooklyn. Photo via BkRV Facebook.
Brooklyn branded booze is all the rave lately and everyone has someone on their gift list that appreciates presents of the inebriating variety. From gin to rye to wine to rum, bitters, beer, and bourbon, you could probably cover your whole gift-worthy circle with cheer in a bottle. Brooklyn as a brand symbolic of “the good life” started with Brooklyn Brewery back in the 70s, but Absolut was the first to stamp Brooklyn on vodka. But that crap tasted like Spike Lee’s secret bathtub moonshine formula and was probably distilled in the vodka equivalent of a sweatshop. Brooklyn Republic Vodka is the true vodka of our borough. Distilled with New York wheat, the formula is blended and purified in small batches with Brooklyn tap water in the company’s plant near the Navy Yard. We don’t know much about vodka tasting (except that it mixes great with, well, anything), but the New York Times describes it as having a “clean aroma, bright flavor and smooth finish.” $24.99 (and under) available and liquor stores throughout Brooklyn.
Being this handsome not guaranteed. Actually, never mind, we guarantee it.
What better way to spread your love of Brooklyn then by outfitting everyone you know with stylish digs from your favorite blog? The Brokelyn Apparel shop features an affordable selection of our premium logo tanks and tees designed and handmade locally by Brooklyn Royalty designer and Manufacture NY director Bob Bland.
Because people apparently don’t understand puns anywhere in the rest of the world, your giftee will get a lot of folks staring at their chest being like ‘Where’d you get that awesome Brooklyn shirt? Oh wait (double-take) “Brokelyn”?! That’s hilarious!’ Given this inevitability, we especially favor this green and orange racerback tank. Though, given that “everyone looks busty in it” maybe don’t gift it to your girlfriend or tween cousins. (more…)
Deck the halls with boughs of organic holly. Photo by *Bitch Cakes* via Flickr
Produce, sure, pesticides are bad. Meat, well, yea who knows what those weird poultry plumping hormones could do to us. But organic Christmas trees? Really? Besides the pretentious bragging rights attached to buying a (more expensive) “organic” tree, is there really any reason for a tree that exists entirely to be chopped down, adorned with tinsel and then die in a week to be chemical-free? Unless some hip artisanal restaurant is making Douglass Fir soup, what’s the point? (more…)
For the local surf community, hurricanes and other storms provoking surging swells are often a welcome opportunity. But Sandy was a beast of a different breed, ravaging coastlines and destroying beaches, changing the sand bars and jetties and breaks, and with them the lives and livelihoods of NYC boarders long and short. This Sunday, brush off the holiday market fatigue and soak up some winter stoke while supporting local surf-gear merchants at the Brooklyn Surf Flea Holiday Bazaar.
Whether you’re a goofy footer, love one, or just dig the Endless Summer vibe, stop by the languid Picture Farm Gallery space from 2-8pm and shop local while enjoying drink specials, tunes, and surf flicks. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to Sandy relief efforts. (more…)
Don’t cry, you can still afford to live in Brooklyn. For now. Photo by Rachel DeLetto
BREAKING! More people want to live in Brooklyn, so rents are going up. This according to a muckracking report from the New York Post. Median rental price in Brooklyn is up 10.1 percent from 2011 as compared to Manhattan which saw a a 1.4 percent increase. Yes that’s a big difference. But the rental market in the City has been pushing the boundaries of insanity affordability for decades. It’s still cheaper to live in Brooklyn, at least for now. (more…)
Everything old-timey seems to come back en vogue eventually. But the payphone is one relic destined to be denied retro nostalgia resurrection. Everyone and their subway panhandler has a spacephone these days and our mobile dependency is only growing stronger with every next-gen iPhone. But there are still 11,000 active pay phones in New York City that are mostly sitting idly collecting gross city grime. Mayor Bloomberg and his tech/digital advisory team want to know what you–innovative tech-savvy urban dwellers you are–think the future of payphones should be. Enter the Reinvent Payphones public design challenge for a chance tohelp modernize the communications infrastructure of your city. (more…)