Be just like Canadian hero Pat Kiernan and get on some skates at McCarren! Photo by Camille Lawhead
In case the snow, or the freezing temperatures or your roommates’ anger at you for not turning the heat on weren’t any indication, let us remind you that it’s winter. So given that it’s winter, it’s time to go ice skating, and lucky for us, Brooklyn has a brand new ice skating rink to take advantage of. Of course, it also costs money, which is a problem, but a Groupon can at least solve part of that problem, cutting the cost of skating there in half. So what are you waiting for? (more…)
Williamsburg’s Magic Cobra has plenty of unlucky tattoo options for you
This Friday the 13th – notably the last Friday the 13th in 2013 – why not face down your own demons and get that star tattoo on your wrist that you’ve been waffling over for months? While a tiny tat any other day of the year can run you $50.00 and up, several Brooklyn shops are honoring this auspicious day with plum deals. This is Freaky Friday, and it means $13 tattoos (plus tip!), y’all. And what better way to kick off the holiday season than wincing your way into cheap, wonderful, entirely one-of-a-kind permanent art? Go forth, get lucky! (more…)
Every good New York apartment needs a map of some kind, be it a cycling map or a subway map. For one, a map hanging on the wall makes you look smart. And also, it’s nice to see where you’re going without looking at a screen, especially in the event that Google finally becomes sentient and rises up against us. If you’re going to have a subway map though, why not have a little fun with it, and buy this full color, actually useful Super Mario World subway map from Ript?
It’s the perfect gift for those who are obsessed with tubes of both the plumbing and train variety. And, despite the cartoonish graphics and garnishes of Super Mario World iconography, this is an actual, up to date subway map that really will help you get to where you need to go. Hell, the creators even included Staten Island and the JFK air train, just like an actual dry and boring subway map has. $25 for an 18″ x 24″ print, from Ript
You gotta be good though. if your pun Blows, there’s no way they pick you
We’re not going to paper over the fact that America’s daily news sources are in a bit of trouble, that’d just be foolish. But they’re still essential sources of information, at least when they’re done well, and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal certainly deliver in that regard. So it’s good to see them getting a bit more in touch with the inked-up youth of today living in their City Rooms, with a contest the Times‘ social media editor, Daniel Victor, is running: go to this Facebook thread and deliver your best newspaper pun (or rhyme, but ew come on). The winner gets a 12-week digital subscription to the Times, the runner up gets a six-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal website. If there was ever a contest where you didn’t want to copy someone, this is it. (more…)
Learn why you shouldn’t do this, if you didn’t already know
Good manners are important, especially if you spend all day on the internet being a professional jerk. Of course, why get your professional etiquette advice from some fossilized manners guide when you can be guided through our weird and and its social mores by someone closer to your age? Our own Meghan Doherty wrote and illustrated that very guide so that you can be sure of the right thing to do, or buy it for a younger sibling or cousin to let them know about the world that’s waiting for them.
How Not to Be A Dick offers advice on how to deal with mundane things like office meetings, on more important things like dating and lessons on subway etiquette that even middle-aged New Yorkers could probably stand to be reminded of, coupled with illustrated examples of what you should and shouldn’t do. With simple and useful advice like “Pee in the toilet, not ths shower” and “Think before you speak” (easy to forget), it’s an etiquette guide that deserves to live on with the Post Institute books of the world. $16.99 at WORD, and other fine independent Brooklyn booksellers
You too, can feel this triumphant in the snow, if that’s your thing. via NYC Snow Bus Instagram
Summer might be over (and we’re all still mourning), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the opportunity to get on a bus with a bunch of strangers and go somewhere far away to enjoy yourself. To that end, the people behind the NYC Beach Bus, the best summer invention since those WWF Superstar ice cream bars, have put together an NYC Snow Bus that will take you to ski slopes in far off Mountain Creek in a place called “New Jersey.” Plus, because they love you guys so much, they’ve got a special deal for Brokelyn readers. Someone get the hot tub ready there, because while I could use a vacation, I’m a terrible skier. (more…)
The ASPCA knows that even though you’re pooh-poohing the idea of Black Friday, you still want something. Wanting things is human nature, as is just expecting people to give you things. That attitude can also be found in man’s best most disdainful friend, the cat, which is why it makes perfect sense that the ASPCA is rechristening Black Friday “Cat Friday” and giving away cats to whoever comes asking. (more…)
Save $30 on a trip like this Fall foliage hike. Via Facebook.
We got a heads-up that Discover Outdoors, one of New York’s outdoorsy guided tour companies, is offering a special deal. If you donate $20 to the new Discover Outdoors Foundation between now and Friday, you get $30 off any upcoming Discover Outdoors trip. They offer anything from wine tasting sojourns to volunteer trips to Africa. But what we like most are the guided hikes to parks throughout the northeast for all skill levels that include transportation. (more…)
Want to keep riding in the winter? Gear up. via Facebook
Riding a bike in the winter can seem, to the outside observer, the province of an insane person. And maybe it is, we don’t know, but that’s because we do it. If riding a bike is free during the summer, it’s free during the winter, that’s our philosophy. Of course, riding in the winter does mean getting things like gloves and leg warmers, and ear warmers (so you can wear a helmet and keep your ears warm). And rather than see you pay full price for this stuff, the folks at Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue) are having a big sale on it, so you can layer up on the cheap. (more…)
You might think airplane seats make a bad couch, but for 10% off, you could be persuaded otherwise. via Build It Green!NYC Facebook
Hey guys, getting your hockey gear ready for all sorts of elbows you’ll have to dodge at the annual Black Friday insanity? Why? Not only is that $20 Blu-ray player not worth crippling someone for, it doesn’t even make for an interesting gift. Instead, why don’t you enjoy the much more relaxed shopping experiences offered by Green Friday, which is a confluence of deals offered by thrift and secondhand stores around the city on the same day as Black Friday? (more…)