Like a lot of you, I was intrigued by AirPnP, the service that lets you use, and get an intimate glimpse into, a stranger’s bathroom, for a price. And while I didn’t need to use someone else’s bathroom, which is what the app was intended to, I still wanted to. After all, what kind of person actually signs up to let someone have a shit and shower in their bathroom?
So when I saw the chance to use a bathroom in a “Crown Heights mansion,” that was only a five-minute walk from my apartment and came with the option to use the shower, I decided it was now or never. And also that it was worth ten dollars to do this. So, like the ad requested, I shot a text message to the bathroom’s owners (“Hi there, I saw your bathroom on AirPnP. Is it possible to use your shower?”) and waited for a response. (more…)
These are the only pencils they let you write with, but you also get to report on pizza at Planet Money, so, good trade-off we think. via Facebook
If your job is significantly adding to your seasonal depression and it takes all the energy you can muster to get out of bed on these cold winter mornings and trudge to work, then it’s probably safe to say you’re in the majority of New Yorkers.
Instead of spending the commute fantasizing about what it would be like to actually enjoy your job, take a mental health day and make it happen by applying to some of these awesome openings: (more…)
You don’t have to do it alone. via Flickr user notanyron
We know how it is nowadays. Everyone is all obsessed with their “feels,” always going on about how they can’t not even and are basically just an open wound of emotions spilling out everywhere. The thing is, walking down the street as a big ball of tears means that people are gonna look at you all weird. Well, finally someone is allegedly rounding up all the best places in New York City to have a good cry, in the NYC Crying Guide. (more…)
You coulda been a plumber! Instead you went to MIT.
You’ve yearned to join the ranks of countless presidents, Supreme Court justices and Nobel laureates, but lacked the grades or money. Now it’s time to break out your button-down collar and penny-less loafers and celebrate. Yesterday, two of the fanciest schools in all the land —Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — jointly announced the launch of edX, a new online initiative aimed at bringing their otherwise expensive classes to the masses free of charge starting this fall. The program is an outgrowth of MITx, an online learning project launched by MIT last December.
MIT President Anant Agarwal said the goal of the $60 million edX initiative is to “educate a billion people around the world” through an open source online platform, which, little does he know, could include you sitting naked and drunk at your computer at 3am screaming lines from Good Will Hunting at your screen. (more…)
PIckled carrots and beets. Photo courtesy of the Gradually Greener blog.
We’ve all felt the guilt. Think back to one week ago, when you were walking around the farmer’s market buying all sorts of just-in-season vegetables, thinking how this was going to be the start of you eating healthy. But that was a week ago. The beets and turnips are still sitting in the fridge, and you’ve got plans tonight, so they’ll be one step closer to the compost heap by morning. If you’re the thrift-savvy Brooklynite we know you are, you’re looking for a way to stretch your vegetables’ life span, so here’s your answer: pickling. (more…)
Photo from February's Bed-Stuy bar crawl by Clay Williams.
When our friend Clay Williams announced he was putting together a bar crawl around Bed-Stuy in February, one of the predictable comments took issue with us labeling it a “locals crawl,” saying “maybe it should be called ‘crawl like a gentrifying white person.’ ” To which Clay smartly responded “As a 25+ year Bed-Stuy resident, I’m as concerned about gentrification as anyone. That said, I love that I don’t have to commute to have a good time. There are now places where we can eat and drink and hang out in our own neighborhood. The idea behind this crawl is to highlight that these places are here and to give us all a chance to support them.”
Floyd Bennett Field campers who are way better dressed than us. Flickr photo courtesy of Sam Utne.
A group of our friends has an annual late-spring (pre-mosquito) tradition of overnight camping at Floyd Bennett field in Brooklyn every year. (Yes, this is the place where some newspaper reporter incredulously roughs it for a night each year, because, Fuggedaboutit, you can actually go camping in Brooklyn???, only to discover that it’s pretty much like camping anywhere else.) In the past, our friend Matt booked one of four gargantuan plots for $50 a night, where a bunch of people could pitch tents and nobody was within farting distance of someone else’s.
This year, it’s a whole different scene, owing to the National Park Service’s long-term goal of transforming the underutilized bucolia into a mini-Yellowstone. Those big plans are already underway. (more…)
Do you have rampant enthusiasm for the “cornerstone beverage of civilization” throughout the ages? Put more simply, do you love beer? Sixpoint Brewery is now accepting submissions for their popular (now third annual) “Beer is Culture” art contest and has upped the ante by offering free art museum memberships to the finalists, through which you can express your admiration for beer and its place in our world. Create any sort of art that captures the theme “Beer is Culture,” submit it to their Facebook page before April 30, and watch as fans vote on their favorites. Finalists, announced May 1, receive “unique prizes” from the brewery, as well as an annual membership to the art museum of their choice. The grand winner also gets his or her artwork splashed across the Sixpoint Facebook page for the next whole year. So take this opportunity to practice your art, let someone else promote you, and plan a few beer-soaked cultural Saturdays at your favorite museum.
On one sunny morning recently, I was laid off. After the initial shock wore off and I figured out how to apply for unemployment, I decided to make the best of it. My first move: taking advantage of late-night inspiration. I’m an industrial designer, and like lots of creative people, my most productive stretch is from evening to the wee hours, so that’s when I work on my resume and portfolio. Waking up around 11 works out well, because while I can’t afford dinner prices at the trendy new places, I can still swing a $12 lunch. Here are some of my favorite new lunch haunts around Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights. What are yours? (more…)