03/28/17 12:10pm
The finalized flash sheet. Photo via Tattoo to Protect The Planet's Facebook event page

The finalized flash sheet. Photo via Tattoo to Protect The Planet’s Facebook event page

Following the great success of their last benefit discount tattoo event, Party to Protect is back with another day of cheap tats and performances in the name of benefiting a cause the Trump administration is opposed to: The well-being of the Earth.

Tattoo to Protect the Planet for Earthjustice will set up its pop-up salon at the same venue as last time, Greenpoint’s Magick City at 37 Box St., with $60 black ink only flash sheet tattoos available from noon to 6pm privy four artists from Williamsburg’s Magic Cobra Tattoo Society on Tuesday, April 25. All proceeds will go to Earthjustice, a nonprofit organization devoted to representing environmental cases pro bono, “because the Earth needs a good lawyer.” (more…)

01/31/17 12:00pm
Your body, your choice: Get a cheap feminist tattoo to benefit Planned Parenthood next week

The final version of the flash sheet. Courtesy of artist Adam Korothy.

(UPDATED 2/3 with final flash sheet above.) Among less positive developments, the first month of 2017 has seen some of the most creative Planned Parenthood benefits of all time, and now a discounted female-empowerment tattoo pop-up salon is joining that list.

The event, Tattoo to Protect Your Parts: A Planned Parenthood Affair, is happening Feb. 8 at Greenpoint’s Magick City. It’s a combination tattoo pop-up and dance party, where you can choose from $40 flash sheet tattoos, all designed with a feminist aesthetic by artists at Williamsburg’s Magic Cobra Tattoo Society, with all the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis; you can see some of the designs above and the flash sheet’s final 20 designs will be posted on the Party to Protect Facebook page prior to the event. (more…)

01/18/17 11:20am
The end is nigh: Everything at American Apparel is deeply discounted from now until it closes

The days are numbered: The American Apparel on Flatbush Ave. Via Dan Nguyen on Flickr.

Better stock up tights and slim slacks now. If you’ve walked by an American Apparel store in the past month or so, you’ve seen those big signs announcing everything in the store is 40 percent off, a discount big enough to make you not regret the price you pay for a simple, if undeniably comfortable, T-shirt. That was before the retailer was sold off to Canadian company and maker of uncomfortable T-shirts Gildan last week. Now, layoffs have begun and all 110 outlets of the retailer are set to close, including the ones in Brooklyn.

A worker at the Flatbush Avenue store last week seemed optimistic the store might stick around (it won’t, based on news reports; stores may start closing in 100 days). When I asked when the 40 percent-off sale is ending, she said “I don’t think it is.” That means the process of liquidating American Apparel’s stock of slim slacks and hoodies and unitards is well underway, and discounts are only going to get steeper as the days tick by. (more…)

01/11/17 3:29pm
Here are the museum memberships you can get with your NYC ID in 2017

The Center for Performance Research now accepts the NYC ID for a free membership. via FB

2017 brings with it a wave of anxiety about the future, as prose-inept-eel-necked Donald Trump looks poised to take the White House despite allegations of treason, assault, ethics, etc etc. Whether it shows on our faces or not, we’re all quietly panicking about our future access to health care, the survival of the free press, and whether we’ll even be able to function in America after January 20.

The great thing about NYC is that it remains a Whoville-esque snowflake in this blinding political avalanche, at least where culture is concerned. Few other cities can boast such impressive access to public programming. The NYC ID is a shining example of that access. It’s free to obtain, and gets you free memberships at dozens of cultural institutions, not to mention movie tickets and discounts at your local grocery store. Regardless of when you first obtained your NYC ID (and if you haven’t gotten yet, what are you waiting for) you can get a free one-year membership at any of the participating cultural institutions so long as you haven’t been a member of it since Jan. 1, 2013.

The roster of participating institutions in the IDNYC program has changed for 2017. Some institutions have bowed out, while a number of others have joined. Our friends at DNAinfo made it easy to spot the changes with a list of institutions that have taken leave of the IDNYC program, as well as the list of places now participating. Here’s what your ID gets you in 2017: (more…)

01/10/17 2:00pm
Suit up for Trump's America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

Suit up for Trump’s America. via Evil and Love on Instagram

The dead of winter isn’t exactly a time when you’re looking to take your shirt off in public, but that’s all the more reason to get in on everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos.

Yep, the best sale in Brooklyn is back, and covering up your ink now means it’s far less likely to peel and scab in the hot sun as it heals. By the time you unveil it to friends during beach season it’ll be as black as the heart of our presidential administration!

Also, not to alarm you or anything, but there are only two Fridays that are also the 13th in 2017. Will you even be alive by the second one? Who knows! Hashtag Trump’s America. Hashtag ink again. So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted). (more…)

01/03/17 9:25am
A hair-raising offer: Boobie Trap is offering free booze for anyone who chops off their man bun

Via Boobie Trap Facebook.

The new year means a new outlook on life, new goals and maybe the chance to newly reconsider any questionable hairstyle decisions you made last year. Bushwick’s Boobie Trap bar is starting off the year by taking aim at one of the most controversial dude looks in recent years: the man bun. The bar is offering “one full booze bottle” to any guy who removes their top knot on the premises, as the sign above states.

“We’d film the amputation and pin the bun up on the wall,” Boobie Trap co-owner Kristen North told us. (more…)

12/05/16 1:37pm
Remember the kneady.

Remember the kneady.

$230, if this report from the NY Post today is to be believed. The Post’s Brad Hamilton went undercover at a suss new “massage parlor” on tony Smith Street in Cobble Hill. He confirmed it was “a bordello barely masquerading as a massage spa,” with several online sex-seeking ads that also pointed to the location. Hamilton paid $50 for an hour-long massage, and then $180 for the, uh, bonus service that involved nudity, breast touching and a condom. At least it’s not another bank? (more…)

10/17/16 3:00pm
Nets gain: Your IDNYC will get you 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets

25 percent off this expensive haus? Not bad. via Flickr user Adrian Kinloch

If you haven’t got your IDNYC card yet, now’s as good a time as any to make the schlep. It’s barely a schlep, anyway; the ID is free, and there won’t be long lineups to get one since you’re so late to the party yourself.

Why now? Well, IDNYC has always boasted discounts at a number of cultural institutions — free one-year memberships at the Botanic Gardens, BAM and the Brooklyn Museum, for example — but now, your IDNYC also makes up for in sports game discounts what it lacks in sensible function. You get 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets! (more…)

09/14/16 3:40pm
Stacks on stacks on stacks. Via Verso Books.

Stacks on stacks on stacks. Via Verso Books.

In the midst of all this political razzmatazz where Hillary is tripping (literally) and Trump is mongering (lying) you know what Brooklyn needs? Socialism! Or at least a jolt of philosophical thought from the mother of all leftist political book-sellers, Brooklyn’s Verso Books, which is holding a huge 50 percent-off sale right now. You can get books that are 100+ pages of feminist thought, social critique and architectural analysis for as low as $5. Are we lighting your liberal arts souls on fire yet? (more…)

09/02/16 11:41am
Okay, you win this round, Uber. via Gilt City

Okay, you win this round, Uber. via Gilt City

If you read us, you know we spend a lot of time railing against our least favorite Not Car Service, Uber. And for good reason: they’re more expensive than yellow taxis, soft Brooklyn depends on them like whiny babies, and most recently, they’re poised to drive up MTA fares like crazy.

But we also can’t resist a good deal, so begrudgingly we share the following news: Starting Friday, September 2 at 8pm until Monday, September 5 at 11:59pm, you can take a shared Uber anywhere in Brooklyn for $5 flat.

Yes anywhere, and yes $5. Sadly there’s no catch, besides the silent demerit points you rack up with us every time you take an Uber. You’ve gotta share the car with total strangers, sure, and it’ll take you an extra hour to get home if you end up riding with someone going to the opposite end of Brooklyn, but these are the small concessions we make to get in on cheap cab fare. If you absolutely neeeed a pal with you in the car, additional riders are $1.

Happy Labor day riding, folks. We’ll see you in the regular subway system on Tuesday morning.