06/26/15 11:45am
You want some falafel from Cachaco? Get to pickin. via Facebook

You want some falafel from Cachaco? Get to pickin. via Facebook

[UPDATE: The organizers have emailed us to let us know that bad weather has pushed back the clean up to a later date]

We don’t think it’s impolitic to point out that there’s a lot of garbage in New York City. You got a lot of people, you’re gonna have a lot of garbage. However, you can do something about some of that garbage this weekend, by joining up with the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce for their Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint cleanup effort on Saturday. Is doing it for the sake of being a mensch not enough? That’s fair. Just know that you’ll also get free lunch if you help them out. Oh sure, NOW you’re interested. (more…)

06/24/15 9:10am
nyc street trees

First test: How many trees are in this picture. via Flickr user David Thompson

You might recall a couple weeks ago when we alerted you to the city’s need for volunteers to count garbage floating in the ocean off our beaches. Maybe it appealed to your love of counting, but you’d like to count something a little more vibrant. You’ve got that shot now, because the Parks Department is looking for volunteers to count all of the city’s street trees. (more…)

06/04/15 9:50am
nyc beach

Quick: count all the bottles. via Flickr user megananne

We love our beaches here in the city, but let’s be honest, they don’t always have a reputation as being the cleanest places to romp in the sun. You can help do something about the occassional mess though, and you don’t even have to get your hands dirty: per the Brooklyn Daily, the city is looking for volunteers to record beach garbage every week. We’ll start! This past weekend, we saw an abandoned baby diaper at Jacob Riis. (more…)

06/01/15 11:07am
prospect park

It does so much for you, do something for it. via Flickr user Harry Pujols

We all love Prospect Park (well, we’re assuming that you do because who could possibly hate it?), the crown jewel of Brooklyn’s green space that’s always there for us if we want to feel like we’re kind of in the woods. The park does so much for us, providing great spaces to barbecue, free concerts, places for your dog to play and rolling green expanses, and it never even asks anything from us. In the next couple days though, you can do something nice for it, because two wealthy fans of the park have promised to donate $50,000 to its upkeep if 1,000 people donate to the Prospect Park Alliance. (more…)

04/28/15 12:41pm
Work like a king for a day at Dumbo Startup Lab. via Facebook

Pay-what-you-can to work in luxury for a day at Dumbo Startup Lab. via Facebook

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that Nepal’s in pretty bad shape. Natural disasters in faraway places tend to make us feel helpless, especially when relief efforts bifurcate into smaller and smaller arteries of support. If you have dimes to spare and work you can do remotely, consider lending your work hours to the cause by renting a coworking space next week.  According to Technical.ly, work spaces all around the city will be pay-what-you-can on May 6, to help relief efforts in Nepal.

The coalition allows you to donate any amount directly to a relief fund of your choice, and then simply show proof of your donation to gain access to your chosen co-working space for the day. Pretty cool, huh? (more…)

04/27/15 3:22pm
Dawwww. via Flickr user Kellinahandbasket

Dawwww. via Flickr user Kellinahandbasket

Kitten season is upon us, which means it’s time to give kittens the appreciation they so rarely receive, despite all the work they put into the war on manspreading and computer illiteracyBut instead of in addition to saluting them by exclusively wearing kitten t-shirts and kitten lapel pins during very important business meetings, you can honor this glorious period between tax and construction season (or if kittens make you sneeze, the allergy season within allergy season) by giving kittens a place to crash until they find a new home. It’s like you get to be a mama cat, without eventually having to pay for kitten tuition. (more…)

03/18/15 9:22am
brooklyn bridge park

Get it looking more like this. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

That sure was a rough winter we just went through, huh? We guess with the threat of snow hanging over us, we shouldn’t be acting like we’ve turned a corner just yet, but screw it, let’s say we have and that spring is on its way. After so much snow and ice and cold, you might be looking a little worse for wear, but at least you spent most of your time inside. Brooklyn Bridge Park didn’t have the option, so after being ravaged by winter, it needs a little spring cleaning, which you can help with this weekend and next week. (more…)

lowlands bar coat drive

If you’ve got an extra coat with a good hood, you can turn it into a free drink. via Flickr user Ed Yourdon

You don’t need us to tell you it’s miserable outside, but hey let’s just remind you: it’s fucking miserable and cold and snowy and wet outside. You probably have a winter coat though, which is fortunate because it makes the misery a little less miserable. Not eveyone is that lucky, but you can do something about it this month. If you’ve got an extra winter coat sitting around the house, now is the time to donate it, because Lowlands Bar will give you precious, precious alcohol in exchange for said coat. (more…)

02/03/15 2:30pm
c train

Make it a better C train. A C train that doesn’t accidentally wind up at Carroll Street. via Flickr user Julian Dunn

The C train this, the C train that. Our beloved rickety subway line has been the subject of much chagrin, and all of its coming closures aren’t helping the situation any. But since MTA officials are continuing to use the excuse “because Sandy,” it’s hard to decide which shortfalls in service we should chock up to natural disasters, and which ones are just plain unacceptable. Well, if you want to get some rant out of your system in the presence of people who might actually be able to do something about it, then head over to Bed-Stuy’s Brooklyn Movement Center (375 Stuyvesant Avenue) Wednesday at 7pm, where the Riders’ Alliance is hosting a C train think-tank with free pizza! (more…)

01/16/15 9:30am
sean casey animal rescue

Look at this cool guy you can hang out with, he doesn’t care it’s winter. via Facebook

The dark void of winter’s short days is upon us full force. It looks and feels pretty bad out there, but if you were considering just giving in to S.A.D., we have a solution. Nothing can chip through the winter blues like exercise and a dog smiling dumbly up at you. Even if , like so many people in Brooklyn you can’t swing the financial and spacial needs of a dog, you can still get your dog time for free by volunteering to walk orphan dogs who need a little love and socialization.

Take an afternoon break from work if you freelance, come by after work if you’re a 9-5er. Take a break from catatonically staring under your eyebrows out the window like Jack in The Shining if you’re unemployed. Bring a date, I mean, HELLO? A needy dog? That’s going to melt your date’s heart faster than the ice caps! If your love for animals doesn’t compel you perhaps your libido will. Brooklyn is home to three animal shelters that host ample dogs who need your love, so whatever your reason to walk one, you get your dog time and some time out of your apartment, the dog gets its people time and everyone wins. (more…)