04/07/14 3:07pm
Looks nice enough to us

Looks nice enough to us

It’s the same story every time. You buy some toads to put in your fish tank because the guy at the pet store told you they were African dwarf frogs. But then time goes on and they start destroying things and raising hell and scaring the hell out of your fish and eating them sometimes too, and you realize you’ve been sold Hypnotoads. Erm, African claw frogs.

Well, maybe this hasn’t happened to you, but it happened to someone in Sunset Park, and you can reap the rewards of the situation by getting a couple of free toads for yourself. Seems like a good deal to us, provided you don’t have tiny fish the toads might eat. Or maybe you hate the fish, in which case hey, win-win.

04/04/14 2:46pm
piñata

Ain’t no party like a piñata party. Photo by Megan Lovett

You need certain things to have a really, really good party. A disco ball. A willingness for your party guests to take their pants off. Kickin’ jams. Tons of beers. Another thing that will help you achieve party success is a piñata, but how can you afford that if you’ve spent all your money on booze? Well, you can head to Manhattan this weekend, where someone is giving away hundreds of piñatas. Enough piñatas, in fact, to fill up three entire rooms. (more…)

04/02/14 2:10pm

Clinton Hill listing 4:2

Winter was a fucking downer but April is looking up. And if you avoid moving into a renovated high-rise, you can be, too! Opt out of the shiny-faucet condo life this spring and check out these lowdown townhouses up for grabs on the market today. Real estate is no stranger to the old saying that good things come in threes, it seems—most of the best deals from our real estate listings this week are on 3-bedroom apts. (more…)

cyclone coney island

Wheeeee! via Facebook

Now that Bobby Parnell is probably gonna need Tommy John surgery, we can dispense with the hope of baseball season and move right into pining for summer. First order of business in planning your sweat-soaked adventures? Picking up an unlimited rides/Cyclone Groupon so that you can spend a whole day in Coney Island in a romantic haze, just like Beyonce! (more…)

pratt free school

Usually you avoid school, but hey, it’s free. via Facebook

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to go to one of the prestigious art schools in one of the most artistic cities in the world? Well, on April 5 you can find out for the low low cost of zero dollars.

The Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill is opening their Pratt Free School this weekend, offering a day of free classes to the public taught by alumni of their Master Communication Design program. The day of free classes, which have become a yearly tradition at the school, are designed as both a showcase for recent graduates and an outreach to the Brooklyn community. (more…)

03/28/14 4:14pm
bartolo colon

Don’t let anyone tell you the Mets didn’t make any big off-season acquisitions

If you missed the $5 Mets tickets…and you missed the Mets Groupon…don’t worry, the team is still committed to getting your butt in the seats and spending money on the Lovecraftian horror that is Pastrachos. Today’s offer is a buy one, get one free deal on tickets up to $50 for next weekend’s game agains the Red. Who aren’t really “the hated Reds,” because it’s not 1973 anymore.

This of course, means that you’re paying half as much money for your ticket, because what kind of cheap friend won’t give you $25 for tickets along the first or third base line? Ignore the free tickets, those were gone mighty quick. And look, don’t give the Mets shit about this. They need to raise money in some way if they’re gonna have the money to spend on Stephen Drew halfway through the year.

bay ridge vintage shop

This and so, so much more can be yours, if you run a 501 (c)3!

We know that some of you Brokelyn readers are a solid bunch, who do selfless work for non-profits, so we came across something that could be very much of interest to you. A vintage store in Bay Ridge is donating the contents of their entire store to whatever certified 501 (c)3 comes asking. Seriously, that picture above doesn’t even come close to everything your organization can receive. (more…)

03/27/14 8:20am
vow to be chic

Finally, some bridesmaids who are happy with their dresses. via Instagram

Part of the curse of being pretty and blonde and having 27+ best friends includes needing to buy 27 bridesmaid dresses to wear as you stand up in their weddings. Not only do you have to worry about the immense amount of closet space these poofy pink contraptions take up, but also how you can possibly afford all of these designer dresses, along with the wedding costs of engagement gifts, shower gifts, wedding gifts and transportation and a hotel if you have to travel.

Vow to Be Chic is a new service that can at least solve the bridesmaids dress problem for you. The rental service loans designer dresses starting at just $95, because VTBC puts it “being a bridesmaid is an expensive honor.” True that. (more…)

03/26/14 10:58am
Because you can't wait for Batman vs. Superman, you and a friend can get these for just $19 each. Photo by Madelyn Owens

Because you can’t wait for Batman vs. Superman, you and a friend can get these for just $19 each. Photo by Madelyn Owens

Writing that the Fab.com warehouse sale existed wasn’t enough, we had to do a little brokevestigation of our own. So what was it like there? The vibe: There was a huge line to get in, but it moved pretty quickly but I waited for about 15 minutes. Inside it is a total clusterfuck; bins full of pillows, stacks of “moustache doormats,” boxes of assorted clothing, loosely organized by size. There was a “pop-up sale” of 30% off select items, but that was only valid for the 25th. There may be other surprise discounts on other days of the sale though. (more…)

03/25/14 11:12am

Fab.com warehouse saleFab.com, the internet portal for quirky household ephemera and bodily decorations that one doesn’t need but frequently wants, is having a bricks-and-mortar warehouse sale in Chelsea right now. (Chelsea is in Manhattan, FYI.) They’re promising up to 90 percent off their usual colorful miscellany. What better occasion to deploy the time-honored technique of buying presents for other people and keeping them for yourself? Here are the sale details:  (more…)