The Violin Femmes: Suzanne Davenport (l to r) with Elaine Yau, Anya Szykitka and Donna Gail Horton. Via FB.
The Violin Femmes (get it??) are one of those street musician acts you see hitting the strings in subway tunnels, wearing funny clothes, in both the heat of summer and the dead of winter. But they’re not your average amateur buskers — they’re all serious adult music students led by an established professional. They just happen to prioritize the joy of playing and performing over making dough.
The group of four-ish, 40-plus women were brought together by pro violin player Suzanne Davenport, who moved to NYC from Germany in 2002. Why, in a city rife with musicians struggling to make ends meet by stacking up whatever meager door fees they can wrest from obscure venues, would her group be happy to take time out of their working lives to give away the priceless gift of music for a song? We asked her for some insight into the life of the playing-for-free musician: (more…)
Can you keep help the Brooklyn Historical Society’s library in order? Then we’ve got a job for you! via Facebook
So holiday season is yet again upon us, and we know what that means: the purchasing of turkeys, the entertaining of relatives you were pretty sure were dead, and so, so many holiday presents. Yes, true Brokelyners are already weeping for the potential income about to be flushed on the “feelings” of “others,” and to make up for these economic and seasonal drains, I’d recommend snapping up one of the many awesome jobs floating around Kings County! I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best of the week in one, easy, convenient location, much like how all of your Christmas gifts end up conveniently at that one store a block from your house on Christmas Eve. (more…)
Hey you could work here! via Flickr user *Bitch Cakes*
Maybe it’s been a minute since you’ve seen You’ve Got Mail, but let me refresh your memory on the plot. Big, sleek, lucrative chain bookstores = bad. Cute, quirky, independent bookstores = good. Was that not what we were supposed to take away from that movie? Even still, coolness and community responsibility points are rewarded to those that support local bookstores over the Fox Bookstores of the world, and now here’s your chance to up the ante and work at one, as WORD is looking for someone to manage their inventory in both their Greenpoint and Jersey City stores. (more…)
The holidays are here, and with Christmas and Hanukkah comes the efforts of people to sell you their stuff which you can give to your families in exchange for love. If you need a little extra cash for the “buying stuff” side of the ledger, than good news: bubbly Coney Island boutique Lola Star is opening a Williamsburg pop-up store and needs help selling t-shirts, cool nautical-themed novelties, nail polish and all the other good stuff they sell. Better working for scrappy underdog Lola Star than an Illumnati-based fake indie stores. (more…)
Welcome to layoff season! It’s the unhappiest time of the year between Columbus Day and Christmas when employers slash costs to make way for end of the year profits by decking the halls with pink slips. Sure, you might have seen that last Friday the official unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent. But don’t be fooled: Last month, employers also sent 50,000 people in all sorts of industries to the unemployment line.
Finding yourself suddenly without a paycheck can be terrifying — especially if you live paycheck-to-paycheck in an expensive place like Brooklyn, where rents have become ridiculous. You don’t have to be gripped with fear about becoming a statistic, however. There are things you could do right now to cushion the blow if the axe is coming for you. (more…)
Can you tweet funny stuff about these covers? You’re hired! via Facebook
As the holiday season descends upon us, you know that the people here at Brokelyn only have one wish: for you to have a kick-ass job that makes all of your friends and relatives insanely jealous. Oh, we’re also wishing for jet-skis, and for Glasslands not to close. But mainly, we’re really wishing for the job-so-great-everyone’s-jealous thing. So, to help you in that quest to find the perfect occupation, we’ve rounded up the best of the job offers this week into one handy list! (more…)
Ophira Eisenberg: professional funny person, writer, host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, grocery stock girl, IT guru, retail extraordinaire, Canadian.
From a young age, Ophira knew the importance of working hard to achieve success. Her second grade teacher once reported to Ophira’s mother that after Ophira completed her assigned work, she would sit in the back of the classroom doing extra exercises and worksheets, chanting “Work! Work! Work!” in a sing-songy voice. Ophira claims she has never been an over-achiever, but always understood the value of hard work, and something about being busy makes her feel whole, which is the kind of attitude that can land you a memoir that gets optioned (Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogomy) and not one but two comedy albums. Ophira will be at Union Hall on November 6 for a night of storytelling and comedy to celebrate the release of her second album, Bangs! but today she’s telling us the story of her journey from a grocery stock girl to a retail genius to an IT guru, before finally settling in as the host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another.” - MB (more…)
Brooklyn attracts a ton of creative talent looking to break into the advertising industry, so how do you stand out amidst the sea of resumes? We asked Dana Siomkos, the owner of advertising and digital marketing recruitment agency You & Them, precisely how to do that. Siomkos has been in the business of recruiting since 2010, and before that, she was on the other side working at an agency. You & Them have talent scouts located in Brooklyn, LA and Chicago, but Siomkos is located right here in Brooklyn.
Siomkos told us all about how to get into the industry from a different career track, if there’s room for writers in digital marketing and if you still get a Don Draper-style bar in your office.
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar? is just one of the markets where you can make a little cash this holiday season. via Facebook
Twas the night before Halloween, and you remembered Christmas is just around the corner… For retailers, at least.
It’s never too early to be thinking of the winter holidays. Because, presents. But if you want to turn that bundle of yarn stuffed under your bed (note to self) into some cash, get crafting, because it’s time to work on your holiday market inventory! Never sold your pom-pom cowls before? Never fear. Brokelyn will try and help you vend your cool crafts to the Brooklynites who appreciate your creativity at upcoming holiday markets. (more…)