Every good New York apartment needs a map of some kind, be it a cycling map or a subway map. For one, a map hanging on the wall makes you look smart. And also, it’s nice to see where you’re going without looking at a screen, especially in the event that Google finally becomes sentient and rises up against us. If you’re going to have a subway map though, why not have a little fun with it, and buy this full color, actually useful Super Mario World subway map from Ript?
It’s the perfect gift for those who are obsessed with tubes of both the plumbing and train variety. And, despite the cartoonish graphics and garnishes of Super Mario World iconography, this is an actual, up to date subway map that really will help you get to where you need to go. Hell, the creators even included Staten Island and the JFK air train, just like an actual dry and boring subway map has. $25 for an 18″ x 24″ print, from Ript
You gotta be good though. if your pun Blows, there’s no way they pick you
We’re not going to paper over the fact that America’s daily news sources are in a bit of trouble, that’d just be foolish. But they’re still essential sources of information, at least when they’re done well, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal certainly deliver in that regard. So it’s good to see them getting a bit more in touch with the inked-up youth of today living in their City Rooms, with a contest the Times‘ social media editor, Daniel Victor, is running: go to this Facebook thread and deliver your best newspaper pun (or rhyme, but ew come on). The winner gets a 12-week digital subscription to the Times, the runner up gets a six-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal website. If there was ever a contest where you didn’t want to copy someone, this is it. (more…)
Learn why you shouldn’t do this, if you didn’t already know
Good manners are important, especially if you spend all day on the internet being a professional jerk. Of course, why get your professional etiquette advice from some fossilized manners guide when you can be guided through our weird and and its social mores by someone closer to your age? Our own Meghan Doherty wrote and illustrated that very guide so that you can be sure of the right thing to do, or buy it for a younger sibling or cousin to let them know about the world that’s waiting for them.
How Not to Be A Dick offers advice on how to deal with mundane things like office meetings, on more important things like dating and lessons on subway etiquette that even middle-aged New Yorkers could probably stand to be reminded of, coupled with illustrated examples of what you should and shouldn’t do. With simple and useful advice like “Pee in the toilet, not ths shower” and “Think before you speak” (easy to forget), it’s an etiquette guide that deserves to live on with the Post Institute books of the world. $16.99 at WORD, and other fine independent Brooklyn booksellers
You too, can feel this triumphant in the snow, if that’s your thing. via NYC Snow Bus Instagram
Summer might be over (and we’re all still mourning), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the opportunity to get on a bus with a bunch of strangers and go somewhere far away to enjoy yourself. To that end, the people behind the NYC Beach Bus, the best summer invention since those WWF Superstar ice cream bars, have put together an NYC Snow Bus that will take you to ski slopes in far off Mountain Creek in a place called “New Jersey.” Plus, because they love you guys so much, they’ve got a special deal for Brokelyn readers. Someone get the hot tub ready there, because while I could use a vacation, I’m a terrible skier. (more…)
The ASPCA knows that even though you’re pooh-poohing the idea of Black Friday, you still want something. Wanting things is human nature, as is just expecting people to give you things. That attitude can also be found in man’s best most disdainful friend, the cat, which is why it makes perfect sense that the ASPCA is rechristening Black Friday “Cat Friday” and giving away cats to whoever comes asking. (more…)
Save $30 on a trip like this Fall foliage hike. Via Facebook.
We got a heads-up that Discover Outdoors, one of New York’s outdoorsy guided tour companies, is offering a special deal. If you donate $20 to the new Discover Outdoors Foundation between now and Friday, you get $30 off any upcoming Discover Outdoors trip. They offer anything from wine tasting sojourns to volunteer trips to Africa. But what we like most are the guided hikes to parks throughout the northeast for all skill levels that include transportation. (more…)
Want to keep riding in the winter? Gear up. via Facebook
Riding a bike in the winter can seem, to the outside observer, the province of an insane person. And maybe it is, we don’t know, but that’s because we do it. If riding a bike is free during the summer, it’s free during the winter, that’s our philosophy. Of course, riding in the winter does mean getting things like gloves and leg warmers, and ear warmers (so you can wear a helmet and keep your ears warm). And rather than see you pay full price for this stuff, the folks at Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue) are having a big sale on it, so you can layer up on the cheap. (more…)
You might think airplane seats make a bad couch, but for 10% off, you could be persuaded otherwise. via Build It Green!NYC Facebook
Hey guys, getting your hockey gear ready for all sorts of elbows you’ll have to dodge at the annual Black Friday insanity? Why? Not only is that $20 Blu-ray player not worth crippling someone for, it doesn’t even make for an interesting gift. Instead, why don’t you enjoy the much more relaxed shopping experiences offered by Green Friday, which is a confluence of deals offered by thrift and secondhand stores around the city on the same day as Black Friday? (more…)
Even the Power Rangers get in the occasional climb in. via Facebook
Usually “Closed for private event” at our favorite places stokes our class war rage (unless we’re invited of course). So while it’s a bummer for any of half-mountain goats out there who wanted to get a climb in at Brooklyn Boulders (575 Degraw Street) that they’re closed for a private event tonight, the gym is making it up to you all with a nice treat: they’re parking a Zico truck out front at 5pm that will give away both free coconut water (which is kinda, eh) and free Brooklyn Boulders passes for use on a future day of climbing. So get out there and get your pass, and then keep telling people you’ll be going to the gym any day now.
Give the gift of soul this Christmas. via Facebook
What’s the best kind of music? Obviously it’s a tough question to answer and probably doesn’t have an objectively right answer. Except that the objectively correct answer is soul music. Instead of arguing with us, instead you should learn how right we are by ordering Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ new album Give the People What They Want. Because if it’s anything like the group’s previous albums, it will be track after track of danceable, full0throated soul tunes carried by Sharon Jones’ impressive pipes. The Brooklyn-born band has been pumping out soul-revival gems for four albums now, and are ready to get your feet moving again with their new album coming out in January
But why wait until January? If you pre-order the vinyl for $22.99, Daptone Records will also send you a two song vinyl 45″ right now. And act fast: the first 300 vinyl orders come on sweet blue marble vinyl and if you go the CD route, the first 200 will be signed by the Queen of Modern Soul herself, Sharon Jones. $22.99 from the Daptone Records online store