OMG it’s tomorrow!! While Brokesters have been coming out in droves to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy, don’t forget that Election Day is TOMORROW, which means only 1.5 more days of binders full of women memes but also only 1.5 more days to convince voters in swing states to vote for Obama or that other guy…Gary Johnson? (more…)
Attention ladies: you are STILL statistically likely to be more broke than your male counterparts. The National Partnership for Women & Families did some number crunchin’ on the 2010 census, and it turns out that nationally, women working full time STILL only make 77 cents on every dollar that a man working full time makes.
I know what you’re thinking. “Whoa whoa whoa, The national rate totally doesn’t apply to New York! All of those totally backward southern states, the rectangle ones in the middle and all other places that are not as forward our reliable, true-blue state, are skewing the numbers!” Well, get this: in New York, women STILL earn only 84 cents for every dollar earned by a man. A woman at the median income level will earn $8,275 less than a man making that same salary. The disparity spans all education levels and industries, so don’t think you’re immune! How many more ways can we explain to you how much this blows?? (more…)
We here at Brokelyn are very excited about the next presidential election, since our broke asses rely on the government for our fair wages, unemployment and access to affordable health care. I know you’re thinking, “New York State will have no problem re-electing our hipster, dumpster-diving, student loan-paying president! What can I do?” The answer is to think about states that are not New York. Or New Jersey. We can have an impact on these battleground states, without ever leaving Brooklyn, just by using the phone. (more…)
Remember when you didn’t register to vote because you couldn’t find the form/Board of Elections address/mailbox to mail the form? Those days of weak excuses are over! Just last week, Governor Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can register to vote online via the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new web portal. Because yes, to increase turnout on election day, the quintessential democratic act of casting a ballot should be associated with the ease and sense of empowerment one feels when ordering kung pao chicken through Seamless. (more…)
I’ve got some news for you: there is a FREE Robyn themed dance party for humans and Fembots, who have feelings too! So take the bus downtown (actually the train to Williamsburg) and be a dancehall queen at THIS PARTY IS KILLING YOU: A NIGHT OF ROBYN EVERYTHING, presented by the Silent Drape Runners, at Public Assembly next Saturday, Aug. 11. Plus, FREE vodka drinks from 10-10:30! (more…)
Your windows are letting the air conditioning out, your light bulbs are wearing out too fast and your energy bills are through the roof. These problems are all connected, and they can be alleviated with some help from our pals who work for New York State government (seriously). There are lots of great FREE programs to save on your energy bills at home, but many are exclusively for home owners or landlords. For those of us brokesters who rent our apartments (uh, like all of us), here are the programs that we can apply for directly. (more…)
For waaaaaaaayyyy too long, New York City affordable housing lotteries have only been accessible using paper forms and snail mail. This meant individual repetitive applications for each development with no verification process. It also meant that anyone in Gen. Y was not going to bother applying. The New York Observer reports that the application process has been brought into the 21st century, meaning as of now you can apply for affordable housing ON THE INTERNET.
Currently, there are only two open lotteries are for buildings in East Harlem and Richmond Hill, Queens. The New York Times hasn’t done real estate features on these neighborhoods yet, but $785 for a studio?!?! Yes, please. (more…)
The Brooklyn Public Library is super broke right now. Like, the Central Library needs new doors kind of broke. To be fair, the doors are 70 years old, iconic and cannot be repaired — not an easy fix. However, the BPL is up for a $250,000 grant to get new doors (exact replicas of the old ones) through Partners in Preservation, a program from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. And just like many of us brokesters, the BPL will only get that money by winning a web-based election for it …. that they need you to vote in EVERY DAY until MAY 21. The library is in competition with a bunch of other projects, including the Guggenheim, the Coney Island B&B Carousel and the Apollo Theater.
But seriously, what better architectural element to preserve than the symbolic gateway to knowledge in our treasured borough. (more…)
We at Brokelyn appreciate government handouts wherever we can find them. We also hate high energy bills from our old, crappy home appliances. That’s why we’re so excited that coming this month is a rebate program through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that gives you $350 off qualifying refrigerators and $250 off qualifying washing machines. Eligible low-end fridges start around $650, washers at $450, which means you could be getting more than 50 percent off! Whatta deal! For those of us (probably most Brokelyn readers) who rent our apartments, it’s a good idea to check your lease to see who is responsible for the cost/replacement of these appliances in your apartment. So if you’re in need of one, you might want to tell your landlord of this deal, which might actually motivate them to take care of something right away before the offer expires. (more…)
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