Summer, as much as we hate to admit it, is winding down and soon the city will be filled with tiny, adorable new NYU students and the crisp terror of having to bring a jacket with you everywhere again. Pile all that up with the perpetual motion machine of schoolyard absurdity that is driving our current presidential election and the fact that Frank Ocean’s album finally came out, which gives us nothing to look forward to in the near future, and it’s clear you need a vacation.
Luckily, this is fall is looking to be a great time to travel, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, which reported on a study by airfare prediction app Hopper. The company’s chief scientist predicts airfare for a domestic round-trip ticket will drop by as much as 8.2 percent to a seasonal low of $213 in October. That’s about the same as last year at the same time but 16 percent lower than in 2014; you’ve got dropping fuel prices to thank. Prices will keep going lower in the winter months too, so you’re gonna have less reason not to visit your parents for the holidays this year. Good thing I heard a rumor President Hillary is going to outlaw Christmas, or something. (more…)
When we talk about New York being an expensive place to live, we think in terms of things like housing, which is soon to only be affordable to the five richest seltzer barons in all the land, and food, which luckily is not an essential thing we need to live. We often overlook the money we’re saving by living in New York City: The lack of lawncare, of having to pay for home repairs because your super is (supposed to) fix everything, the gym memberships you don’t buy because everywhere you want to go is a 20 minute walk away and five flights up. One of the most obvious things that most of us save money on is cars, those one-ton metal Tamagotchis that demand constant attention, feeding and upkeep and endanger the lives of everyone around them. It’s been hard to quantify exactly how much not having a car saves you, until now.
A new study out this week from the Auto Insurance Center, an insurance information website, has figured it out: The average car commuter in America spends 42 hours — more than a whole workweek — in traffic. In New York, that translates into $1,7439 in lost cost of time/fuel/the will to live. Did you catch that, New Yorkers? You have a WHOLE EXTRA WORK WEEK and $1,700 extra dollars in your pocket every year just by not commuting by car. Yes, you have to subtract your Metrocard costs and subway delays and the fact that the L train is soon disappearing to the land of wind and ghosts, but think of it this way: would you rather be delayed in your car yelling furiously at stopped traffic while suffering through another morning zoo radio show, or gliding through a subway tunnel underneath all the traffic while devouring pages in the new Harry Potter book and maybe eating a bagel? So, how are you going to spend all this extra time? (more…)
Curate your own Brooklyn museum with this map from the Parks dept.
If you can make New York your gym, you can also make it your art museum. Now that the NYC Parks Department has released a map pointing out over 1,000 public art sites and monuments across NYC, it’ll be easier than ever to curate your own Brooklyn museum.
On the map, you can search for sites around your apartment or your office by entering a zip code or address. On the Parks website, you can scan the catalog of the city’s permanent and temporary collections by entering the name of a specific artwork, or browsing by key words like “abstract,” “bas relief,” and “9-11.” Hitting all 1,000 would take forever, so we chose five of the best you can see in Brooklyn—hop on a bike or hoof around this weekend on your own public art scavenger hunt. (more…)
Cut across the city on your bike, for pizza and charity. Photo via @mikeyrx on Instagram
If you love to eat pizza, explore NYC without a car, and get competitive in the name of a good cause, here’s an adventure for you: the 5 Boro Pizza Challenge. Described as “like competitive eating had a baby with the Amazing Race,” the all-day event, held July 30, entails traveling via train, foot, bike, or ferry — the only restriction is you can’t commute by car — to eat a slice of pizza in all five boroughs. It’s a way to both eat well and be active—which, really, should be the goal of any healthy New York weekend.
And while it sounds like a fun, slightly absurd way to spend a Saturday, it’s in support of a cause relevant to every New Yorkers’ interests: a fundraiser for Transportation Alternatives, the nonprofit dedicated to making it easier to get around this city by improving bike, pedestrian and public transit, in the pursuit of car-free living in NYC.
“My wife and I both bike to work, and we have a two year old son,” organizer Joe Cutrufo told Brokelyn. “We want him to grow up in a city where it’s safe to cross the street and ride a bike.” Can’t argue with that. (more…)
It feels like every day somebody is campaigning for us to leave New York and move somewhere that’s actually affordable and proffers a higher quality of life. A couple weeks ago, we learned that we could get paid to move to Maine. A few months ago, we spoke with a mix of locals and transplants who made the case for relocating to New Orleans. Way back in 2012, we considered moving to Philly, a whopping four years ahead of a report out last month by the apartment-search site Abodo naming Philadelphia the “Best City for Millennials.”
With the DNC kicking off there next week, the city of brotherly love is fresh on our minds, and it turns out, there’s another “Brooklyn to Philly movement” that we didn’t know about. MovetoPhilly.com is the passion project of a Brooklyn expat, Christopher Plant, a realtor who would like to help you jump ship and join him in “Brooklyn 2.0″. He even encourages you to call him on the phone and ask him about it. So we did. (more…)
A couple rowers ready to launch out onto Prospect Park Lake. Photo via Village Community Boathouse
On Tuesday, we told you eight ways to get out on the water for under $50. Those are all great opportunities to be a passenger — on yachts, sailboats, cruisers and ferries commandeered by professional boat captains in NYC —but what if you’d like to row yourself? There are plenty of ways to be your own captain on smaller, self-propelled vessels, like kayaks, rowboats, or canoes.
Here are four free opportunities to get out and make your own waves from the Newtown Creek in Greenpoint down to the New York Harbor in Red Hook. (more…)
Don’t be like this girl. Get the right gear so you can ride safely through the city. Photo via Flickr user mcuzbek.
Bicycles are as synonymous with Brooklyn summertime as Ample Hills cones and sky-high electric bills. Not only are they fun and festive, but as anyone who regularly travels from Park Slope to Williamsburg can tell you, a bike can be a real time saver. Twenty minutes of pedaling in the fresh air sure beats an hour navigating elaborate bus connections or long circuitous subway rides.
But the city streets can be intimidating to a new urban rider—especially with terrifying hit and runs in the headlines. Feeling like a wobbly, unprepared noob kept me from riding my bike in the city for a long time.
But that’s where stuff comes in. Glorious stuff! A few key items have really made all the difference in my riding confidence. I feel relaxed and in control, and my bike gets more weekend use than my MetroCard these days. Here are six gear game-changers and bicycle hacks that will pimp outyour ride and help keep you comfortable and safe.(more…)
This is what you’ll be riding when you meet your Moby Dick. Photo via American Princess Cruises
Maybe one of your #summergoals this year is to be on boats more. What’s not to love about a boat? The trouble is access. In New York, we are surrounded by water, but we’re not always sure how to get out on it without either knowing a boat captain personally or else paying a pretty penny. Whether you fancy a yacht, sailboat, cruise ship or ferry; want to go out fishing, brush up on your knowledge of waterfront history, whale watch, peep Coney Island fireworks, or just go on a joy ride, we rounded up eight ways to get out onto the NYC waterways without going overboard, financially. This will be part one of our two-part summer boating series; check back later this week for our guide to self-powered boats—where to kayak, canoe, and paddle in Brooklyn on the cheap. (more…)
The seats are cleaner and the cell service is better. Devyn Caldwell / Flickr
Somehow, even though it’s not actually happening until 2018, the coming L train shutdown remains the buzziest topic in the borough. And just when you thought things were dying down, the Wall Street Journalannounced yesterday that the L might have to shut down on the Manhattan side too, and everyone’s up in arms again.
In light of this ongoing media fear-mongering — which has caused arguably the worst case of seasonal creep we’ve ever seen — we feel it’s high time we remind you that BUSES WORK, TOO. They may not be as frequently immortalized in film, or as reviled for gropers, or as romanticized in Patti smith novels, but city buses are just as functional, and way more reliable, than subways. How? Let us count the ways. (more…)
But if you’re really still hung up on the lack of Uber cars trolling the city in the hopes that you’ll hail them, take heart: Brokelyn’s rounded up a number of alternative ways to get around, and it’s not just with hailing apps — which, by the way, can be used for any number of taxicabs and car services in the city. Our roundup caters to the Brooklyn populace specifically, and there’s sure to be something on this list that works for you. (more…)