09/19/14 2:10pm
luna park halloween harvest

This could be pretty much any day at Coney Island though. via Luna Park

Well, it’s big bummer, but it’s time for us to admit that summer is pretty much over and done with. Even if we wanted to hold on, the calendar is turning the page on Sunday, so we might as well also. On the other hand, it also means we can start ramping up for Halloween. First up on the list of things to do: grab a discounted ticket to the Luna Park Halloween party. After all, the rides are scary, so the prices shouldn’t be. We’ll be here all week folks, try the veal. (more…)

permanent records

Someone probably already got the Zappa though. :( via Facebook

Permanent Records, Greenpoint-based purveyors of vinyl goods, has lost its lease, and Thursday will be their final day of regular business at 181 Franklin Street before they head down to South Slope. While it’s always sad when a record store is forced to leave their home, Permanent will live on, and you can stand to benefit from this development with their massive moving sale, going on now through the end of business Thursday. We placed a call to see just how massive, and they’ve definitely delivered. (more…)

09/16/14 11:26am
This could be you! Every day!

This could be you! Every day!

We’ve all been there: you walk into a wine shop not really sure of what you get, you just know you don’t want to get the wrong thing. Paralyzed by choice, you panic and just buy wine-flavored product and then everyone at the cheese party hates you. Well, buck up, because soon they’ll be drinking from the wine you made in your apartment. No, not prison wine, actual fancy wine that you can make with this half-price home wine-making kit. (more…)

09/15/14 9:01am
bicycle roots

Protect your soft skull, for less. via Bicycle Roots

Welp, it’s just about fall, so that means it’s time to put your bike in storage until spring, right? Wrong! In the fall, you can ride your bike without turning into a sweaty mess, which means you can still avoid paying for a MetroCard unless absolutely necesarry, and still get places earlier than your friends. You can do all of that even cheaper than usual too, because Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights) is having themselves a big sale, chopping prices on things like bikes, bags, jackets and of course, helmets. It is, after all, the fall. (more…)

09/10/14 11:27am
Time 2 learn

Time 2 learn

If you’re suffering the wave of back-to-school nostalgia that Target commercials and Old Navy window displays forces on the post-grad crowd, you’re not alone. You may be done shopping for dorm supplies (take a minute to celebrate never needing a shower caddy again) and composition books may never be in your life again, but you’re never too old to continue learning.

College classes are tempting, and expensive, to broaden your education, but there are plenty of university-less classes in New York that will teach you valuable, and practical lessons, like new languages, how to further your career, make a ceramic bowl, code an app, and much more, and you shouldn’t have to take out any loans to do it! Plus, you may learn a new marketable skill. Etsy always has room for another liberal arts grad… (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…)

08/28/14 9:38am
the weather man

Hey, it worked for this guy.

Hey, have you heard? New York City is dangerous again, and that means you need some protection. No sense in trying for a gun though, those are way too difficult to get around here, at least legally. So while you could go find some back alley in which to buy yourself a snub nose .38, allow us to suggest a different path: a good old fashioned bow and arrow. You might not know how to use one now, but there’s a Groupon out there for lessons right here in Brooklyn for half of what it usually will run you. (more…)

08/27/14 8:26am
ride brooklyn

So many bikes, so little money. At least some of them will be cheaper than usual. via Facebook

Just because the temperatures will start dropping soon and you’ll have to start wearing sweatshirts and (eep) jackets, doesn’t mean you should stop riding your bike. That’s just what the Car Lobby wants. And hell, fall is a perfect time to buy bikes or bike accessories, or at least it seems that way, because Ride Brooklyn is having a giant sale for Labor Day weekend starting Thursday. (more…)

08/26/14 2:00pm
housing works

Not only do you get to look dashing and get great deals, you also help a good cause. Everybody wins (but especially you). via Facebook

Housing Works Thrift Shop’s semiannual Best of Fall  sale starts this Saturday, and it features discounts from 70 to 90 percent off so you can look all fancy for the turning leaves. Entry to their twelve participating thrift shops, including their Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights locations, is free and they’ve re-stocked their stores with clothes from designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Chloé and Campomaggi, along with new art and furniture. You can see more of the deals on their Pinterest board. (more…)

08/21/14 10:19am
Daffodils

See, they even make this trash receptacle look nice and welcoming. via Flickr user Hubert Figuière

We usually encourage people to go out and get some free trees when they’re available, and we think you should still do that if the chance arrives. Still, trees are very big, so if you’ve been waiting for something smaller with which to beautify your block or neighborhood, register to get a big bag of free daffodil bulbs from New Yorkers for Parks. Look at them up there! They’re so bright! (more…)