Let’s take a break from being terrorized for a moment to think happy thoughts about the summer. Cotton candy, hot dogs, riding thrill rides, doing your best not to throw up in a nearby garbage can after you’ve done those three things in that order. Sadly, the costs for all that fun can add up. But what if there was a way to take a chunk out of that cost? Oh, look at that, there is. Plus, it comes with a free ride on the Cyclone. (more…)
Well, kids, April 15th is almost done! Or, at the very least, it’s very nearly a reasonable time to crack open that bottle of Jim Beam you bought with what little money the government left you with. Luckily, though we’re all desperately hoping the IRS might not find a daily bodega coffees a suspicious deduction, there are a bunch of warm-blooded American companies out there willing to dole out freebies even to the self-employed. Take a look, and let us know of any other gratis goodies out there today in the comments: (more…)
Summer is a time when you might be a little dumber with your money. The scientific reason for that is because the heat makes your brain work more slowly and keeps you from carefully considering things. It’s OK though, it only lasts for like three months. Glasslands, recognizing this, is offering you the opportunity to get started on that early with a season pass to the in demand DIY spot that will get you into every show, no questions asked, for $225. Is it worth it? Actually, it just might be. (more…)
Bowling. Bowling is great, especially if join a league like we did. We highly recommend it. The only problem with this sport that doesn’t actually require much athleticism? As it gets warmer out, you still have to play it indoors. But then there’s bocce, which takes some of the better parts of bowling (balls, throwing balls a specific distance accurately) and moves them outside. And allows you to drink. So you’d be crazy to pass up the opportunity to play in a bocce league for half price, right? Right. (more…)
There was a time when Marvel differentiated itself from their rival DC by refusing to play the resurrection game. If a character died, that character stayed dead. Then they killed off Spider-Man’s first love, Gwen Stacy, which pissed off a whole bundle of people. Then brought her back as a clone, which led to the execrable ”Clone Saga.” The less said about that dark chapter the better. But, at while Marvel’s first attempt at getting around their cardinal rule failed, they’ve learned, and now are ready to bring back a previously dead and popular storyline: remember those 700 free first issues that crashed Comixology’s website? Marvel’s giving it another shot. (more…)
Yesterday’s AWESOME 11-2 win over the Padres notwithstanding, the Mets…aren’t supposed to be very good this year. And that’s a polite way of saying it, a way that avoids phrases like “65 wins” and “goddamn disgrace.” But hey, want to know who’s supposed to be even worse than the Mets? The Miami Marlins, who could very well be run by modern-day robber barons, and could potentially finish sixth in the NL East even though there are only five teams. When a team full of minor leaguers plays a team fighting for third place at best in an expensive ballpark, the real winner is you, because the Mets have resorted to just giving tickets away! (more…)
[UPDATE: 4:30pm: After publishing this post this morning, we heard a lot of feedback from you, and we have decided that this piece does not meet Brokelyn's editorial standards. We have since fired Sally Nakile, effective immediately, and will pledge to return our commitment to Brooklyn's hard-working service industry employees. Sally Nakile has been forced to returned to her career as a cat burglar. Our readers deserve better, and we are sorry if anyone was offended.]
Here’s where the problem I’ve been wrestling with for years started: I spend waaaaay too much money on brunch. Like, it’s an addiction. On an average weekend, I have crammed in anywhere between three to five brunches in the past. But I’ve found it’s worth it, because too many friendships have broken over too many missed mimosas or un flapped jack. Anyway, that’s not the point: The thing all these weekend meals pointed out to me is that eating out at restaurants all the time really takes a wallop out of the wallet. I found myself dropping three figures each weekend, and that’s before you factor in the necessary post-brunch cocktails and crostinis (a girl cannot live on kale omelets alone, after all).
So about a year ago, I had an idea: how much money could I save in a year by giving up tipping? I mean, the Europeans have been doing this for ages, so why not America? I kept track of how much money I saved by not tipping for all of the past 12 months, and it added up to hundreds of dollars a month, and a whopping $10,000 for the year! It turns out, it is way easier than you think. This is how I did it, and how you can too: (more…)
We’d apologize for the higher frequency of baseball-related posts here that will be coming up as the weather warms up, but we wouldn’t mean it. Especially since New York is facing the prospect of having not just one, but TWO disappointing baseball teams this year. And that means more deals and cheap tickets as the teams are desperate to fill their stadiums. Yeah, we’re talking to you, Yankee fans. Fortunately, a new Amazon Local deal fell into our inbox today that allows you to get already cheap baseball tickets for even cheaper. (more…)
Oh, Williamsburg, is there no end to your artisanal craft fairs? Between the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, all one million incarnations of the Brooklyn Flea and that overpriced clothing market you’ve got going on for “vintage” shoppers from Manhattan on N. 7th Street, we’re getting a little overwhelmed. So, yes, there’s a new bazaar headed to the Northside this Saturday, but this one really might be worth a visit: not only is it totally free to attend, but the organizers are giving you $20 to shop there! (more…)
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