Sure, it’s only gonna be this big. But who cares? It’s free. via flickr user Il Primo Uomo.
It’s gonna be hot today. Like swamp-ass-inducing, chocolate-in-your-purse-melting hot. And since our concrete jungle has all those hard surfaces reflecting heat down onto the unsuspecting public, you’re probably going to need a way to cool down at some point. Lucky for you, it’s free cone day at Haagen-Dazs today! And double-lucky for you, there are participating store locations in Brooklyn. (more…)
Are you ready, kids? Festive, fun and oh-so free. via Craigslist
One of the worst things about adulthood is that nobody lets you onto the bouncy castle anymore. You’re just supposed to be this serious adult who scoffs at the idea of physical leisure and much would rather do taxes. (I actually heard a kid in Chinatown yesterday joking with his friends by yelling, “I’ve gotta go to Chase bank, because that’s where my account is!”) But since someone’s giving away this Spongebob Squarepants bouncy castle on Craigslist, you can finally throw caution and judgment to the wind. Now you can bounce to your heart’s content, under the approving eyes of everyone’s favorite kitchen sponge sea sponge! (more…)
Fun in the snow: not just for the kids anymore. via Twitter user Rachel Berkowitz (@rachel)
[UPDATE: A Parks Department spokesperson tells us they decided not to offer the sleds and hot chocolate today after all. Sorry all]
The snow may have stopped falling, but there’s still a whole white mess on the ground to play with! And if you’re not already out of the house, you must be doing Snowpocalypse 2015 wrong. We’re way past the “I haven’t had brunch yet” excuse; and hey, look at us, we’re up and blogging, aren’t we? The NYC Parks Department figured you’d be too lazy to make up your mind about how to spend the day, so they’re making it easy for you by offering free sleds and hot chocolate in Fort Greene Park all afternoon! (more…)
Tastes enough like meat that you’ll wonder if it actually is.
The city might be gearing up for a snowpocalypse at the moment, but don’t let that distract you from the important things. For instance, you have about three hours to snag your free Chipotle burrito before the entire city implodes in a cloud of powdery snow. What’s that? You haven’t heard about the burrito chain’s big push to bring its Sofritas vegan burrito to the masses? Well, the deal is, you buy one of their new tofu-based gut-bombs and you can get another free burrito of any type in the future. The only catch? You have to eat tofu and you can only use your voucher between tomorrow and February 28. (more…)
A tree grows in Brooklyn, with your help of course! Who says New York is a concrete jungle without enough greenery? This year marks year 7 of MillionTreesNYC’s free tree giveaway. That’s right, free fruit trees for you to take home and plant at home or at a community garden, to take care of, raise as your own beautiful child, and literally enjoy the fruits of your labor! (more…)
90s nostalgia is all around us, and while some curmudgeons among you might think that’s not a universally great thing, it does have some benefits. For instance, remembering that De La Soul is great, even if you were too young to appreciate them on their first go-round. So whether you were a fan from the beginning or had to age into good taste, it’s exciting news that De La Soul will put their whole catalog online for free for 25 hours, starting today at 11am on their website. (more…)
Tomorrow (Tuesday) is what would have been the original Sailor Jerry’s birthday, and you know what that means? Lots of jokes about crusty seamen! Sorry, couldn’t resist: it actually means free tattoos and cheap rum for you and all your adventurous ilk. And when we say “adventurous,” we don’t mean because of the tattooing: we mean you’ll have to go into Manhattan. (more…)
Expensive storm, free book. Via Concord Free Press.
Hard to think it’s been almost a year since Hurricane Sandy walloped the coastline — after all, some of its most victimized businesses have only squeaked back to life in the past month or so. Even if you spent the summer looking at the damage in the Rockaways while on your way to the beach, the real images of how awful that storm really was are important to remember. Over at the New York Times, our friend Julie Turkewitz writes about The Rockaways, a new photo book from photographer Gilles Peress showing the devastation in Breezy Point and the surrounding areas. And you can get it for free starting today at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo. (more…)
This could be you! The beard already is. via Flickr user Carlos Lorenzo
Trying to become more interesting still, but birdwatching isn’t really your thing? Understandable. After all, why should the birds get to have all the fun making music when you’ve totally got a Lumineers/Mumford and Sons inside you? Sorry, that was mean, we’re sure your band will be better than them. You just need to learn to play a folk-y instrument, and lucky for you, cheap violin classes have come to Williamsburg. Wait, sorry. Cheap violin classes that come with free beers. And before you ask, no, sadly, it’s not called the Kirin Ichiban Method. (more…)
Look around at your apartment. You hate your chairs, don’t you? Sure they do the job of having people sit on them without completely falling apart. But what else do they do, really? They’re very boring. Wouldn’t your apartment be more exciting by reminding you of a place where you can get drunk and get into fistfights? Well then you should probably grab these bar stools and the barrel that comes with them before someone else does. (more…)