10/01/15 9:14am
Aw, pretty. How can we make it even prettier? via FGP

Aw, pretty. How can we make it even prettier? via FGP

Maybe you never pictured yourself as a budding urban designer, but Fort Greene Park’s pathways are getting a makeover, and you could be the Nick Arrojo to the Parks Department’s Stacy London. As part of the People Make Parks initiative, the Parks Department is committed to incorporating community suggestions about how parks should look, feel and move. FGP just got approved for capital funding, so there’s a meeting tonight to talk about those pathways.

Lucky for you, this meeting is about a public park, and not our ever-dwindling faith in the MTA, so it might be bearable—dare we say even productive? (more…)

09/21/15 12:35pm
Getting paid should not cause the same stress as paying bills. Via Facebook

Getting paid should not cause the same stress as paying bills. Via Facebook

Tonight from 6-8pm New York City based freelancers will join together to launch the #FreelanceIsntFree Campaign at the Brooklyn Town Hall Meeting.

Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, wants the non-traditional workers to know “you deserve to get paid.” If you’re a freelancer who is tired of feeling “economically vulnerable” from unfair or lack-there-of payments, unstable working conditions, or unsupportive employers join Sara, Brooklyn City Coucil Members and hundreds of other freelance workers tonight at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

RSVP here. Take control of your life by joining the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign today.


09/21/15 11:14am
BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

BPL brining knowledge to the masses. Via Flickr

Exciting news from the BPL this morning.

Today, Brooklynites will gather at Bedstuy’s Macon Library to receive free MiFi hotspots. The 4G, wireless devices are part of the Library HotSpot Program, which is dedicated to “bridging the digital divide” for patrons without at home internet capabilities.

In a press release today, Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library said: “The internet has changed the way people learn, seek employment and engage with their community.We are proud to offer Brooklynites free internet access not only in our 60 branches, but, with the Library HotSpot program, in their own homes.”

With grants from Google, The Knight News Challenge, and The Robin Hood Foundation, the program intends to put internet in 10,000 households and the BPL will loan around 3,000 of those 10. Twenty-two Brooklyn library branches currently participate, and the BPL has already distributed nearly two-thirds of the MiFi hotspots.

The devices will allow families to connect their desktops, laptops, tablets and up to ten mobile phones to the internet; and Sprint hooks the families up with free, unlimited data for a year.

Users of the BPL without access to internet at home are eligible to borrow devices for one year if enrolled in an adult education or inclusion program offered by the Brooklyn Public Library. Programs include: ESOL, Adult Basic Education or a Citizenship Preparation Class.

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…)