12/01/16 3:25pm
Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the 'Shwick.

Get your hoilday kicks, en croute, at the ‘Shwick.

Holidays also mark the peak season of DIY, and people are scouring staples like Etsy and Pinterest to see what they can make, bake, gift or thrift for the upcoming holidays. If you are lacking inspiration needed to get those creative juices flowing, (because hey, aren’t we all) or if you just want a quick one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping, head to your nearest holiday market.

Oh, what’s that? You need help finding one that close to you? As per usual, we’ve got you covered, with the borough’s finest in local gifts and crafts–enough to make even a scrooge splurge. (more…)

10/12/16 3:58pm
The new Century 21 in Downtown BK has ALL of the bras. via IG

The new Century 21 in Downtown BK has ALL of the bras. via Instagram

This morning, a new Century 21 opened in Downtown Brooklyn at 445 Albee Sq. It’s part of the fancy new City Point multiplex— and if you can get past City Point’s egregious use of the word “DoBro” to describe the neighborhood, then you’re actually going to like what’s there, because with the upcoming addition of a Trader Joe’s and an Alamo Drafthouse, Downtown BK is about to be your one-stop destination for groceries, entertainment… and bras.

That’s right, ladies. In addition to being a big box resource for all things cheap, Century 21 is an especial secret mecca for budget price designer bras, and by budget I mean $20 or less.

Obviously, if your bra size is anywhere from 32-36 in an A-D cup, then you can usually find something way cheap at a Target or Old Navy. But if like me you’ve been ruined by an experience where someone in a fancy bra store told you that you were a weird size you could never find in regular stores again (30DD, pour one out for me), then you’re condemned to be forever and always on the hunt for bras in your size that won’t a) make you feel like a granny or b) ruin your bank account.

Enter Century 21. You could go to the one in Bay Ridge if you live near there, but since there’s now another location for the more northerly bust-blessed Brooklynites, I feel especially obliged to shout it from the rooftops: BRAS! BUY YOUR BRAS AT CENTURY 21! (more…)

10/06/16 1:00pm
Are you in den-aisle about how much you're saving? via Brigitte / Flickr

Are you in den-aisle about how much you’re saving? via Brigitte / Flickr

The beauty of living in New York City is having almost anything you need at your fingertips whenever you need. I could take out my phone right now and order bahn mi, batteries and an eighth of sativa delivered to my door. But where cost is concerned, convenience is cruel. We don’t have the sort of expendable income to be throwing away our cash haphazardly.

Since we’re too busy paddle boarding the Gowanus Canal, cuddling kittens and confronting our inner demons to make a career out of extreme couponing or schlepping to the Costco, locating in Sunset Park off the 36th Street R stop, we usually end up shelling out the extra few cents and dollars here and there.

But how much would you actually save by going to Costco? Is it worth the train ride there and back and the membership fee to get those sweet bulk prices? We conducted a comparative shopping test of a grocery store (Key Food), a bodega and Costco, all in Sunset Park. Keep in mind that prices are going to vary depending on your neighborhood, weekly specials and bodega of choice. But if you’ve ever wondered whether you were wasting money buying toilet paper one roll at a time at the corner store, maybe this will help ease your inner Suze Orman. (more…)

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The flea in 2010. Photo by EvanScott7/Wikimedia Commons

When the grass freezes over and droves of Brooklynites huddle indoors for the winter season, what’s a flea market to do? The Brooklyn Flea has been asking itself this question for a while now. Since moving out of their original location in the Skylight space at One Hanson in 2012, they’ve tried multiple venues for their winter market. First, they shacked up in a lofted space in Williamsburg near their outdoor market; then, they tried that warehouse on Dean Street connected to Berg’n. Finally, they opted for Sunset Park’s Industry City.

While they were valiant, none one of these attempts really stuck, and now NY Mag tells us the flea is moving (decisively, we hope) back into the iconic space at One Hanson — née Williamsburgh Savings Bank — in Fort Greene.  (more…)

05/25/16 11:00am
Ikea is fine but ugh who has the time or energy.  Via Khalid Ahmed/Flickr

Ikea is fine but ugh who has the time or energy. Via Khalid Ahmed/Flickr

The problem with shopping at Ikea — besides the couples counseling you’ll need and the literal stereotype of yuppie adulthood you’ll be snapping together like so much Grundtal pieces — is that your apartment ends up looking exactly the same as everyone else’s in Brooklyn. This is an understandable trade off for low-cost, accessible, one-stop shopping that comes with a side of cheap meatballs. The same could be said of shopping at Target or any other assemble-at-home furniture seller, the ones you find scattered around the city or huddled in gangs at the opposite ends of vast oceans of parking lots in the suburbs. The one-stop shopping angle is enticing: you buy a piece of furniture, that matches other furniture, and goes with that accent wall, and, after a few frustrating grunts and screaming at the instruction manual, you screw together a bedroom set that looks like a lot of other bedroom sets, bing bang boom.

To avoid this trap of sameness, maybe instead you can turn to the internet to try to order things, but then there’s the searching, and the pretending not to search when your boss walks by your desk, and the waiting, and the hoping to be home at the exact right moment to catch the UPS guy, who makes his rounds with ninja assassin levels of sneakiness. You can try Craigslist, but then there’s the fear of bed bugs or being sex murdered over a futon, which seems like a hassle. (more…)

02/09/16 2:35pm
All this Costco cheese, whenever you please. Via Yelp.

All this Costco cheese, whenever you please. Via Yelp.

Hello and welcome to weekly lifehacks, a recurring series where we share a simple tip on how to make your life just a little bit easier (and we promise not to overuse the word “hack”). 

For city kids, Costco exists only in rumors. Tales of its bounty make it sound like the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, except instead of priceless treasures it’s filled floor to ceiling with bulk paper towels and cheap family sized jugs of peanut butter, discounted beer and jars of olive oil big enough to fry the world’s largest latke. It’s a discount fortress only accessible by car (the Brooklyn store is located in Sunset Park, under the BQE) and the admission fee is steep: You have to be a member to get in, and memberships alone costs $55 a year. But there is one trick that lets you get Costco items without a membership, and without having to find a ride there either. (more…)

02/04/16 11:07am
And it sure beats buying a card at Duane Reade. via Facebook

And it sure beats buying a card for bae at the Duane Reade. via Facebook

Well hey, would you look at that? It’s February, and we’re not crying! Well, maybe you are. But thanks to unseasonably warm weather, an entertaining carnival of politicians and the recent blizzard hijinks, the shortest month of the year is feeling breezy and breezing by.

In that brightened spirit, we’re happy to share that it’s time for Greenpointers’ annual Valentine’s Day Market, home to all things love-themed and feel-good! This Sunday, head over to Greenpoint Loft for a budget-friendly day of free activities, delicious treats from local food vendors, and maybe even pick up a special something for a special someone. (more…)

01/27/16 3:00pm
Winter warmers that you don't even have to put on a coat to find. Via Shaker & Spoon Instagram

Because otherwise, would you be buying each of these mixers individually? via Shaker & Spoon Instagram

With a personalized feel and the convenience of door-to-door delivery, subscription boxes are new wave CSAs: simply sign up for goodies tailored to your interests, and forget all about it until a box filled with said goodies lands at your doorstep. But with the prevalence of discounted produce, cheap liquor and big box department stores, do these curated subscriptions actually provide a valuable consumer experience? Or are they just another sorry side-effect of the Seamless generation?

We’ve rounded up five niche New York and Brooklyn-based subscription boxes, and summed up whether they were actually worth the price, big or small. From cocktail boxes to cosmetics boxes to boxes for people who just want to live out their Instagram fantasies, read on to find out whether one of these subscriptions is a sensible addition to your monthly budget. (more…)

12/24/15 9:00am
This way, it's always bagel time.

This way, it’s always bagel time

We’ve come to the gloaming of holiday shopping opportunities. If you haven’t bought all your gifts yet, you’ll probably have to settle for some belated Christmas day giving. And that isn’t the worst thing, so long as you make sure that whatever you do get is well worth the wait.

Enter Bagel-O-Clock, a nifty customizable novelty gift conceived by two 25-year-old Canadian artists, Charlotte Ficek and Max Silverbrook. It’s a clock that’s made-to-order, just like your morning bagel: you pick your favorite dough flavor, have it open-faced or closed, top it with lox and schmear or what-have-you, and voilà! Within a week or two, you’ll be the proud owner (or giver) of a truly artisanal bagel that tells the time.


12/21/15 9:56am
A hat that says "movies" on it will help your cinephile friend show the world she loves movies

A hat with “movies” written on it will help your cinephile friend show the world she loves movies

Chances are, you have at least one movie obsessive on your gift list. You know the type. Whenever you plan a movie outing, she’ll only go if it’s showing at Nitehawk. His cat’s name is Roger (after Ebert). When everyone on your Facebook feed was rooting for the Mets he declared “I’m #teambunzo.” (What does that even mean?) Don’t bother asking the cinephile on your list for clarification on The Gift they’d like the best. They’ll just think you’re asking them to choose between the Sam Raimi and the Joel Edgerton films by that name. Instead, simply rely on the recommendations from these local experts we have rounded up for you. And if you can’t find them on the 25th to give them their gift? Don’t worry, we know where they’ll be. Seeing the new Tarantino film at the closest theater showing it in 70mm. (more…)