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…)
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…)
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…)
Having 30 Rock withdrawal? We don’t see why, it’s everywhere, from Fox syndication to Netflix to Hulu. More importantly, are you a 30 Rock fan and a standup comedy fan? Then here is an offer that will appeal to both of your interests: Tracy Morgan is filming his Comedy Central special at Brooklyn’s own BAM Harvey Theater, and tickets are free. Free, for you! Go, go get’em! (more…)
So, Labor Day weekend. Technically it’s only supposed to be a three day weekend. But screw that, man, we’re young and free and wild, like that song by .fun says we are. Can’t remember the name of it at the moment. So if you’re making it a four day weekend by skipping work tomorrow, we’ve got the perfect springboard to launch you into your weekend: the folks at Sailor Jerry’s are back to their old tricks of giving out free tattoos and drink specials tonight. Oh, and free hot dogs, too. That’s good! (more…)
This one might need a little more work. Via Smith & Ratfliff.
Put your bike through hell this summer? It’s fine if you did, this is the season to be riding it, after all. Still it could probably use some love right around now. Lucky for you we got a tip that Levi’s (of pants fame) is holding a pop-up bike shop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 28 from 5pm-9pm. If you’re still riding that steel-framed Nishiki with the clacking gears, get it fixed up with free a bike tune-up, quick repairs, and a wash. Plus after the bike shop closes, there are some free jams by Javelin, Lemonade, and a DJ set from Tanlines starting at 8pm. (more…)