More bleak news on the jobs front: April’s national job growth was just so-so, with the US economy adding only 115,000 jobs. Even though the unemployment rate shimmied down from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, it’s because a whole bunch of people gave up on looking for work altogether. We’ll let the experts slice and dice that stat for you, along with what it means for Obama, porkbelly futures and a brokester in Palm Beach who would, unfathomably, rather clean up after a suicide than hang a sex swing, whatever that is. (Is the sex swing job still available?) But this is a drizzly Friday morning and who wants to start the weekend in a zero-growth economic funk? Thus begins today’s open thread, awkwardly renamed brokes populi until we come up with something better: Do you have any good news to report on your own personal jobs front? Any coups, triumphs, actual paid employment to brag about? Any exciting interviews that you don’t want to jinx by talking about? Or if you just want to bitch about your crap situation, OK, you can do that too. While we’re all chatting, do you have a better name than brokes populi? We’ll send you a Brokelyn t-shirt if you nail it.
Praise be the gods that deliver onto us cheap booze libations, available through low-cost, high-fun stork: Trader Joe’s. The most recent breaking development in affordable alcohol has arrived in the form of $4 four-packs of canned wine, exclusively available at the Union Square Trader Joe’s Wine Shop (138 E 14th St.).
Classic summer kick-off Northside Festival is just over a month away, and we’ve got two free premium, all-access badges for every day of the fest for two lucky Brokesters. The premium badges, which are your ticket into all five days of the festival – Wednesday, June 7 to Sunday, June 11 – retail for over $550, […]
Full disclosure: Charly Bliss is one my favorite bands on the fucking planet, and once you hear the Brooklyn-based quartet’s debut full-length, Guppy, (out today), they’ll be one of yours too. The band’s blend of fuzzed-out garage rock, manic punk energy and pure pop joy results in the most exuberant feel-good music for people feeling […]