06/27/13 11:45am
At MCU Park, Via Flickr's Gary Dunaier.

At MCU Park, Via Flickr’s Gary Dunaier.

Coney Island is hopping this summer and we want to help you get in on the action. We’re giving away FOUR tickets to Saturday night’s Cyclones game where they’ll go rogue on the Hudson Valley Renegades. PLUS you get $12 towards food and drink. And once your done scarfing dogs, drinking beer, and watching the game, you and your three friends will be treated to a post-game fireworks show.

You must be an e-mail subscriber to win. It’s free and easy: fill in that little box to your right that says “JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST” and click subscribe. In the upcoming newsletters, click the link to enter. That’s all you have to do. We’ll be accepting entries until noon tomorrow and will contact our winner on soon after that.

Keep an eye out for the newsletter every Thursday in your mailbox. After this contest is over, we’ll have many more giveaways and lots of useful info.

Celebratory forearm bumps for everyone! via Facebook

Celebratory forearm bumps for all! via Facebook

The Mermaid Parade triumphantly returns to Coney Island this Saturday. There will be many babes and hunks in sea gear, and much fun will be had. But what about when you’re done tipsily hitting on anthropomorphic sea creatures? We’ve got the solution: we’re giving away tickets to Saturday night’s Cyclones game against the hated Aberdeen IronBirds! And win or lose, there are post-game fireworks, although of course they’ll be more exciting if the Cyclones win.

You must be an e-mail subscriber to win. It’s free and easy: fill in that little box to your right that says “JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST” and click subscribe. In the upcoming newsletters, click the link to enter. That’s all you have to do. We’ll be accepting entries until noon tomorrow and will contact our winner on soon after that.

Keep an eye out for the newsletter every Thursday in your mailbox. After this contest is over, we’ll have many more giveaways and lots of useful info.

03/26/13 12:00pm
Picture yourself here

Picture yourself here

Sponsored By Carpingo.

Carpingo is Brooklyn’s car sharing community. Cars by the hour or day, available 24/7.

Just a reminder folks….

We have teamed up with Carpingo to give one lucky reader a Friday-through-Monday car share and a $500 gift certificate* to the Inn at Lake Joseph, a beautiful upstate retreat near Forestburgh, New York. Finally you and your honey can flee the concrete jungle for grass, trees, and a body of water that isn’t the Gowanus Canal.

Carpingo is New York City’s only home-grown hourly car sharing company. Their service is easy – reserve a car online for when and where you need it, and it’ll be there. No lines, no paperwork, no office hours – just unlock and drive. Cars are available by the hour or the day, 24/7. Carpingo will even cover gas and insurance.

So get out of those pajamas and enter our contest by submitting your email below, and as usual – earn extra entries by following/liking/retweeting and referring friends! It’ll be the perfect way to usher in the warm weather and support a great new local business.

*Applicable to room rate only. Gratuity and taxes not included.

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03/25/13 1:00pm
Can you smash the competition? via ArtInfo

Can you smash the competition? via ArtInfo

We’re still waiting to find out that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are real (and live in an underground sewer somewhere in Bed-Stuy) but it turns out at least some childhood dreams do come true; Warner Bros. is making a movie about Legos, and they’re holding a contest that could land your Lego creation a role in the film. (more…)

03/20/13 3:24pm
Looks, uh, friendly

Looks, uh, friendly

What’s better than drinking for free? Sex? Depends. A transcendent live music experience. Eh, take it or leave it. But opportunities to drink for nothing don’t just fall out of the trees. One did fall into our email box though. Williamsburg’s The Woods just got a new, possibly stuffed, possibly alive, fox, and they’re giving away a $500 bar tab to the person who can give it the best name. However, there’s a catch: you can only drink that $500 away during their weekday happy hours from 4-10. And you have less than a month to get through your tab. (more…)

03/15/13 1:00pm
via Maksim Killa

Can’t stop (the party), won’t stop (the party) via Maksim Killa

People of the McKibbin Lofts! We think it’s a bummer that your management company is trying to make your building more civilized. This is Bushwick, not the goddamn Upper West Side. But we know that no one who lives there was actually happy about that ridiculous flyer announcing the ridiculous new building policy, right? So because everyone at Brokelyn loves a party, we’ve got a deal for you: tweet your best McKibbin party pictures to us @Brokelyn and whoever takes the picture we like the most wins not one, but TWO cases of beer. Can you dig it?  (more…)

03/07/13 12:00pm
Get away while you can

Get away while you can

Sponsored By Carpingo.

Carpingo is Brooklyn’s car sharing community. Cars by the hour or day, available 24/7.

Spring is almost here and you’ve totally missed all your chances to get out of the city: ski trips fell through; snow-shoeing plans cancelled for lack of snow; or maybe you find it impossible to get out of bed on the weekend before the sun sets at 4 p.m. We’ve got just the tonic for those hibernation blues: a weekend trip to the country!

We have teamed up with Carpingo to give one lucky reader a Friday-through-Monday car share and a $500 gift certificate* to the Inn at Lake Joseph, a beautiful upstate retreat near Forestburgh, New York. Finally you and your honey can flee the concrete jungle for grass, trees, and a body of water that isn’t the Gowanus Canal.

Carpingo is New York City’s only home-grown hourly car sharing company. Their service is easy – reserve a car online for when and where you need it, and it’ll be there. No lines, no paperwork, no office hours – just unlock and drive. Cars are available by the hour or the day, 24/7. Carpingo will even cover gas and insurance.

We know how it is. Sometimes you bought too many groceries at Trader Joe’s or have to move that kayak that’s been lying in your hallway since May. You just can’t do it without a car. But why bother with the hassle of alternate-side parking and mooching friends who “forget” to offer gas money? Sign up and you’ll not only get access to a car whenever you want, you’ll support a Brooklyn business that partners with great NYC organizations like Rooftop Films, St. Francis College Athletics, and Gotham Girls Roller Derby. With Carpingo, your money stays local even if you’re on the move.

So get out of those pajamas and enter our contest by submitting your email below, and as usual – earn extra entries by following/liking/retweeting and referring friends! It’ll be the perfect way to usher in the warm weather and support a great new business.

*Applicable to room rate only. Gratuity and taxes not included.

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03/05/13 3:28pm
Shall I compare thee to a witty tweet? via NPR

Shall I compare thee to a witty tweet? via NPR

Poetry is probably the least respected of the language arts, at least in a financial sense. Are there even any professional poets out there? Well yes, obviously, but the fact that we can ask that in jest indicates at least a little bit that poetry, while beautiful belongs to a different age. One where people didn’t have the word “lulz” for starters. But the New York Public Library is trying to drag poetry into the digital age, and their method, while kind of questionable could actually work. And that’s how we end up with the National Poetry Contest on Twitter. (more…)

03/01/13 3:00pm
Your doorway to business success? via Facebook

Your doorway to business success? via Facebook

This is America, which supposedly means that if you’ve got enough time, dedication, and cutthroat business practices, you can be anything you want to be. This is also Brooklyn, which means that if you’ve got enough ingenuity, promise, and luck, you can probably win a competition where someone will give you enough money to be anything you want to be. This time around, it’s the Brooklyn Public Library’s PowerUP! competition that wants to pull you up by your bootstraps and launch you into commercial success. (more…)

02/28/13 12:00pm
Russ will help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and present you with delicious food options

Rus will help you avoid the wrath of the IRS and present you with delicious food options

Sponsored By Brass Taxes.

Brass Taxes was created to make taxes suck less for freelancers, artists, and other nice people.

You’ve made it to New York, you’ve learned the subways, suffered through the indignity of retail, and landed a few gigs as a writer/comic/barbershop quartet singer. You can finally say at parties (without a sense of dread that someone will ask for proof) “My day job is my dream job.” You’re a freelancer, finally. Shouldn’t you file taxes like one?

Rus at Brass Taxes thinks so. He started in New York as a freelance video editor, writer, and performer. To make ends meet, he took a job with a tax preparer and discovered a startling truth: there was a whole lot more that he could have been deducting as part of his freelance career. “I found out I had been short-changing myself; I had been living so tightly. I never went out and had an appetizer,” Rus says of his leaner days.

Rus started helping his freelance friends with their returns and realized he had a knack for it, as well as a unique perspective. “I’m an outsider in this business. I was a freelancer who learned taxes.” When it comes to filing returns, that empathy can amount to a lot of money for you.

Most professional tax planners won’t take the time to figure out everything you can deduct. “Our taxes are messy. I think the kind of taxes we have and the kind of people we are can be annoying to traditional tax planners,” Rus says. Instead of sighing and rolling his eyes when you show up with receipts for improv classes, Rus sits down with you and figures out all of your legitimate freelance expense deductions.

And it’s worth it. Instead of taking three-plus hours of your time and $100-plus for TurboTax, you give all your tax documents to Rus, talk about what you do, and, presto, he comes back with a fully-filed return and mucho bucks for you.

Even if you’re not making that much money freelancing now, you can still deduct lots of things on your road to self-sufficiency. Writing classes? Yep. Notebooks filled with sitcom ideas? No prob. Trips to the Met to improve your graphic design skills? You bet. Rus knows what will fly with the IRS and what won’t, so head on over to the Brass Taxes website and check out his process.

If you’re still wary of spending money on a tax preparer, we’re giving away one free tax prep with Rus, a $200 value! Opt in to Rus’s mailing list and you could have your 1099 woes swept away by a kindred freelance spirit. For more chances to win, follow Rus on Twitter, like him on Facebook, tell your friends, or retweet the contest. (Oh, and if you file your taxes with Rus now and win the contest later, he’ll refund your money.)

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