Are you upset enough about the American economy to … remove yourself from it? You might get that chance in north Brooklyn, where a new currency called the Brooklyn Torch is about to launch, Brooklyn Based reports. The Torch is what BB calls a “barter system mixed with performance art and dash of idealism” with the goal of sparking the local economy and encouraging social interactions that go beyond the typical dollar exchange. The Torch folks won’t say when they’re launching yet, but they’ve already got a list of participating businesses, so you eventually could pay 100 Torches for an hour of tattooing or 30 for an hour of guitar lessons. The Torch is equal to $1, but organizers hope to encourage special deals and discounts for Torch wielders. Read more at BB. Would you use it?
One of the more commonly held themes (maybe even beliefs) about New York is that it is a pit of loneliness, where you can never feel more isolated while surrounded by millions of people. 30 Rock encapsulated New York’s uncanny ability to grind you down perfectly here. This can feel like a shitty city, especially during […]
Hot take: Halloween isn’t for everybody. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday. It just favors creatives and DIY experts to a fault. Many people are Hallo-wise enough to start planning their costume for the following year on Nov. 1. — and if you’re one of those people, more power to you! — but that leaves the rest […]
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American […]