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…)

01/08/15 9:32am
citizens committee for new york city

Got an idea for a garden that could use a little cash lift? Read on. via Facebook.

As you’ve been looking around your neighborhood, have you been dreaming up a way to make it better? No, not in a misguided and possibly racist way, we mean something like making a community garden, organizing tenants for housing rights and getting recycling programs going. Your problem is probably that you lack the resources to get this started, but fortunately for you, it’s grant season over at the Citizens Committee for New York City, and they’re giving out $3,000 grants for people with good neighborhood improvement project ideas. (more…)

12/23/14 12:29pm
A lucky kid could be playing with this Mutant Masher, and you won't even had to have left the house!

A lucky kid could be playing with this Mutant Masher, and you won’t even had to have left the house!

So it’s still technically Christmas shopping season, and it means it’s still toy drive season. We know how it is though: despite the fact that buying a toy for a toy drive is a good thing to do, the idea of fighting hordes of deal-hungry masses is a nightmare, especially just days before Christmas. Still, you want to do the right thing. Luckily for you, the fine folks at CAMBA are raising money for their toy drive, which you can donate without leaving the house or fighting anyone in the Target toy aisle. (more…)

12/05/14 10:06am
big brooklyn holiday toy drive

Every kid deserves a visit from Santa. via Facebook

As you know all too well, the holiday season is here, a time of year to be especially mindful of those around us who could use our help. If you’re looking for a way to help brighten the holidays for local kids in need, the Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive is an excellent opportunity. Last year’s event collected over 1,500 toys, and this year’s toy drive is bigger than ever. Sponsored by Brooklyn businesses and organizations, the toy drive is looking for unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games appropriate for kids under the age of 15 through December 15. And if you were on the fence for some reason, yes, there’s something in it for you. Namely, free drinks. (more…)

11/13/14 1:05pm
feeding nyc

You can help Feeding NYC feed plenty of families for Thanksgiving, but that’s not all you can do. via Facebook

A few Thursdays from now, the country comes together to stuff its face. Do you really need a fried turkey the size of a small child? Of course you do – along with at least two sides per guest. But while you’re busy eating a few years off your life, remember that there’s people in our community who struggle to get by everyday. Give back the next two weeks by donating your time or money to these seven events and charities. (more…)

10/31/14 3:27pm
thanksgiving turkey

Help some other families get this. via Flickr user Tim Sackton

We know, we know, Halloween is barely over and you’ve barely even started on your candy coma. With that being said, Thanksgiving will be here before we know, and while most of us are lucky enough to have family or a Friendsgiving to go to and eat well, there are too many people in this city who don’t have that. Enter Flatbush food kitchen CAMBA, who’s trying to make at least a small dent by giving 500 turkeys to 500 families in need. Sounds nice, right? You can help, by just throwing some money to their Indiegogo raising money for that. (more…)

09/22/14 4:49pm
brooke street wings

It’s not every day someone gives you food as a reward for a Kickstarter donation, but here we are.

There are a lot of brilliant ideas out there with meh funding (the tunnel we wanted to dig from our houses to Disney World chief among them), which is a shame, since there are also so many meh ideas with brilliant funding (capitalism). Check out these four Brooklyn Kickstarters that all have neat plans but could use a little push. (more…)

09/11/14 2:23pm
safe horizon

You can help Safe Horizon help out domestic violence survivors. via Facebook

A recording released earlier this week of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee highlights the serious but rarely discussed issue of domestic violence. While our screens separate us from a survivor’s pain, we must remember that domestic violence happens everywhere. Even though abuse often occurs behind closed doors, you can still support survivors by giving time, money or your voice to any one of these life-changing organizations. (more…)