The days are numbered: The American Apparel on Flatbush Ave. Via Dan Nguyen on Flickr.
Better stock up tights and slim slacks now. If you’ve walked by an American Apparel store in the past month or so, you’ve seen those big signs announcing everything in the store is 40 percent off, a discount big enough to make you not regret the price you pay for a simple, if undeniably comfortable, T-shirt. That was before the retailer was sold off to Canadian company and maker of uncomfortable T-shirts Gildan last week. Now, layoffs have begun and all 110 outlets of the retailer are set to close, including the ones in Brooklyn.
A worker at the Flatbush Avenue store last week seemed optimistic the store might stick around (it won’t, based on news reports; stores may start closing in 100 days). When I asked when the 40 percent-off sale is ending, she said “I don’t think it is.” That means the process of liquidating American Apparel’s stock of slim slacks and hoodies and unitards is well underway, and discounts are only going to get steeper as the days tick by. (more…)
The Center for Performance Research now accepts the NYC ID for a free membership. via FB
2017 brings with it a wave of anxiety about the future, as prose-inept-eel-necked Donald Trump looks poised to take the White House despite allegations of treason, assault, ethics, etc etc. Whether it shows on our faces or not, we’re all quietly panicking about our future access to health care, the survival of the free press, and whether we’ll even be able to function in America after January 20.
The great thing about NYC is that it remains a Whoville-esque snowflake in this blinding political avalanche, at least where culture is concerned. Few other cities can boast such impressive access to public programming. The NYC ID is a shining example of that access. It’s free to obtain, and gets you free memberships at dozens of cultural institutions, not to mention movie tickets and discounts at your local grocery store. Regardless of when you first obtained your NYC ID (and if you haven’t gotten yet, what are you waiting for) you can get a free one-year membership at any of the participating cultural institutions so long as you haven’t been a member of it since Jan. 1, 2013.
The roster of participating institutions in the IDNYC program has changed for 2017. Some institutions have bowed out, while a number of others have joined. Our friends at DNAinfo made it easy to spot the changes with a list of institutions that have taken leave of the IDNYC program, as well as the list of places now participating. Here’s what your ID gets you in 2017: (more…)
Suit up for Trump’s America. via Evil and Love on Instagram
The dead of winter isn’t exactly a time when you’re looking to take your shirt off in public, but that’s all the more reason to get in on everyone’s favorite deal: Friday the 13th tattoos.
Yep, the best sale in Brooklyn is back, and covering up your ink now means it’s far less likely to peel and scab in the hot sun as it heals. By the time you unveil it to friends during beach season it’ll be as black as the heart of our presidential administration!
Also, not to alarm you or anything, but there are only two Fridays that are also the 13th in 2017. Will you even be alive by the second one? Who knows! Hashtag Trump’s America. Hashtag ink again. So go to any of these fine tattoo parlors to get yourself some ink for $13 plus a lucky $7 tip (unless otherwise noted). (more…)
The new year means a new outlook on life, new goals and maybe the chance to newly reconsider any questionable hairstyle decisions you made last year. Bushwick’s Boobie Trap bar is starting off the year by taking aim at one of the most controversial dude looks in recent years: the man bun. The bar is offering “one full booze bottle” to any guy who removes their top knot on the premises, as the sign above states.
“We’d film the amputation and pin the bun up on the wall,” Boobie Trap co-owner Kristen North told us. (more…)
$230, if this report from the NY Post today is to be believed. The Post’s Brad Hamilton went undercover at a suss new “massage parlor” on tony Smith Street in Cobble Hill. He confirmed it was “a bordello barely masquerading as a massage spa,” with several online sex-seeking ads that also pointed to the location. Hamilton paid $50 for an hour-long massage, and then $180 for the, uh, bonus service that involved nudity, breast touching and a condom. At least it’s not another bank? (more…)
25 percent off this expensive haus? Not bad. via Flickr user Adrian Kinloch
If you haven’t got your IDNYC card yet, now’s as good a time as any to make the schlep. It’s barely a schlep, anyway; the ID is free, and there won’t be long lineups to get one since you’re so late to the party yourself.
Why now? Well, IDNYC has always boasted discounts at a number of cultural institutions — free one-year memberships at the Botanic Gardens, BAM and the Brooklyn Museum, for example — but now, your IDNYC also makes up for in sports game discounts what it lacks in sensible function. You get 25 percent off Barclays Center tickets! (more…)
In the midst of all this political razzmatazz where Hillary is tripping (literally) and Trump is mongering (lying) you know what Brooklyn needs? Socialism! Or at least a jolt of philosophical thought from the mother of all leftist political book-sellers, Brooklyn’s Verso Books, which is holding a huge 50 percent-off sale right now. You can get books that are 100+ pages of feminist thought, social critique and architectural analysis for as low as $5. Are we lighting your liberal arts souls on fire yet? (more…)
Yes anywhere, and yes $5. Sadly there’s no catch, besides the silent demerit points you rack up with us every time you take an Uber. You’ve gotta share the car with total strangers, sure, and it’ll take you an extra hour to get home if you end up riding with someone going to the opposite end of Brooklyn, but these are the small concessions we make to get in on cheap cab fare. If you absolutely neeeed a pal with you in the car, additional riders are $1.
Happy Labor day riding, folks. We’ll see you in the regular subway system on Tuesday morning.
It’s National Thrift Store Day! Make like Macklemore and pop some tags. Photo by Jess Keefe.
It seems like every day there’s a new made-up holiday. Some of them, it’s hard to figure out the motivation behind why they exist, like, National Middle Child Day, for example, which apparently was on Aug. 12. Others, it’s obvious were created with the intention of getting us to buy shit. At least today’s fake holiday, #NationalThriftStoreDay, is in the name of a good cause, encouraging the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle.
And in New York, donateNYC has taken the reins, partnering with dozens of secondhand stores around the city where you can either donate goods or purchase them used. Today’s efforts are also in support of the city’s 0x30 initiative, which sets the goal that by the year 2030, New Yorkers will contribute zero waste to the city’s landfills.
If the mission behind #NationalThriftStoreDay isn’t enough to incentivize you, there are a few deals to get you out there thriftin’ and giftin’. And hey, today could be the day you finally find that perfect vintage summer dress. (more…)
If only Biggie were still alive today to see these BIG discounts. via screenshot.
Amazon Prime Day is today and it’s the most nakedly modern holiday, in that it’s entirely built around separating you from your money as you buy crap you probably don’t need (and it skips the pretenses of being tied to religion or appreciating your mother). The day is filled with deals if you’re an Amazon Prime member, and the deals this year seem to be actuallydecent compared to last year’s yard sale of trash. Do we like Amazon, they of the war against publishers and awful work conditions? IDK any more but it is my no. 1 place to get episodes of The Flash so maybe it’s a little ok.
So we’ll let others point you to the best dealsoverall: You’re here because you’re asking yourself: How can I use my membership to this internet superstore to get crap that shows how much I love Brooklyn? Well here are the best (relatively) Brooklyn-related items to spend your money on. (more…)