fun in the snow: not just for kids anymore. via Twitter user Rachel Berkowitz (@rachel)

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…)

01/26/15 11:29am
Tastes enough like meat that you'll wonder if it actually is.

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…)

09/03/14 3:33pm
new york restoration project

Trees! Trees for you to enjoy! via Facebook

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…)

02/14/14 8:53am
de la soul

These dudes aren’t ego trippin’

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…)

01/13/14 5:49pm
We'll ink to that.

We’ll ink to that.

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…)

10/18/13 12:59pm
Expensive storm, free book. Via Concord Free Press.

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…)

09/06/13 10:05am
This could be you! The beard already is. via Flickr user Carlos Lorenzo

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…)

09/05/13 3:10pm
Also useful for: wearing

Also useful for: wearing

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…)

09/05/13 1:12pm
Because there are more than pigeons in this city. via Flickr user zigazou76

Because there are more than pigeons in this city. via Flickr user zigazou76

Can you not tell the difference between the red-footed booby and just a regular booby? Just like having the opportunity to say “booby” in polite conversation? You should try birdwatching then. But how to learn about it, aside from just reading how to do it in a book, which is booooring? Turns out that now you can join up with the Brooklyn Bird Club at Prospect Park, who’ll be happy to teach you. (more…)

08/30/13 11:45am
Yeah, that could get us to Manhattan. via Facebook

Yeah, that could get us to Manhattan. via Facebook

So summer is ending and we’re all sad about it. If only there were some way we could drink our way out of (or deeper into) our sadness and not spend that much money on it. Oh wait, what’s that, over the bridge, in the mysterious kingdom known as “the Lower East Side?” A free bazaar that will have free Brooklyn Brewery beer at 6:30pm tomorrow? Our dreams have been answered! (more…)