12/15/14 2:49pm
More humane than sleighs

Give your commuter reindeer a day off and go get a bike

So you know how you always wanted a pony for The Holiday? Well the one we mailed you one last week but you weren’t home to sign for him so sorry no pony this year. Before you melt into a puddle of pony-less despair, we have some good news. We’ve got a bike (discount) for you! Ride Brooklyn is having a huge holiday sale this weekend so you can get yourself a new bike and the flattering lycra outfit you’ve been eyeing. (more…)

12/12/14 3:15pm
ms. marvel kamala khan

A comic book is a book, especially if it’s Ms. Marvel, Volume 1. So says one of our book goft experts, Rahawa Haile.

Books! There are so many out there, and if you’re trying to buy one for someone as a gift, your odds of buying a not that great one are astronomically high. Fortunately for you, we live in a borough with plenty of intelligent, well-read people, so we asked three of them what they think your book worm friend will go absolutely gaga for. So take it from them, and not us, since all we ever read is stuff on the internet. (more…)

12/09/14 3:52pm
donna minkovitz

She knows what she’s talking about

You might not have a job that requires you to do a lot of writing, but you know that deep inside you lies the soul of a great human of letters. The only issue is adding the actual ability to write to said soul so that you can get words on a page that people want to read. Don’t go crazy staring at a blank sheet of paper until it happens, instead, take advantage of a couple of free writing courses that award-winning memoirist Donna Minkowitz is offering at some Brooklyn libraries this month. (more…)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

We love Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street) for their great selection and community involvement, so it comes as little surprise they are offering an awesome volunteer opportunity that will get  you a discount on holiday book shopping when you help out with gift wrapping — for a good cause.  (more…)

12/01/14 4:10pm
40 40 club

Don’t be like these plebes, roll in with your table service Groupon and live large. via Facebook

Despite the fact that you’re a habitual reader of Brokelyn, you still might harbor a hunger for the finer things in life. You may have heard Jay-Z rap “At the 40/40 Club ESPN on the screen” in “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and sat back wondering when the day would come that you could get some damn table service and live like Hov for a day. Well, that day has come, at least if you want to snag a 40/40 Club Groupon. Which, maybe don’t brag about ballin’ too loudly, considering you’re doing it at over 50% off. (more…)

12/01/14 3:18pm
It's the size of six, maybe even eight pens!

It’s the size of four, maybe even six pens!

Do you guys remember the halcyon days of the 2012 election? We do, in part because it was so goddamn expensive. Still, if you have any fond memories of those days or you just want to make a quick buck off a political junkie in ten years, you should reach out to this person on Craigslist offering up some eventually vintage election 2012 swag, including a large BIDEN poster. And we know how you love Joe Biden. (more…)

11/28/14 12:07pm
Wouldn't you rather get two Robicelli's cupcakes for $5 than get trampled in the quest for a cheap TV? via Facebook

Wouldn’t you rather get two Robicelli’s cupcakes for $5 than get trampled in the quest for a cheap TV? via Facebook

If you’re reading this, our congratulations for not having been trampled into a coma at Black Friday. Whether you participated in the shopping stampede or not, you might be wondering if there’s any more shopping you can do where you find cheap holiday deals, but maybe cheap holiday deals that don’t require full body armor to get. Well the answer is yes! November 29 is Small Business Saturday, a celebration of the indie shops and small businesses that make Brooklyn go. Small business like say, Robicelli’s (9009 5th Avenue), which is offering sweet deals in the literal and metaphorical sense. (more…)

11/25/14 3:35pm
film biz recycling

Sweet crap like this at Film Biz Recycling, all for 25% off? Sign us up. via Facebook

If you’re not camped out for Black Friday “deals” already, well we don’t know what to tell you. Sadly, you’ll have to miss out on the biggest state-sanctioned riot of the year we guess. It’s not so bad though, because while capitalism devours the world in the form of people fighting over $11 TVs at bog box stores, you can shop sanely and safely at the best thrift and secondhand stores in the city during Green Friday. We’re talking deals like 50% off clothing at Goodwill, 25% off at Film Biz Recycling and so much more. (more…)

11/24/14 2:45pm
What are you holding onto this for? (via Flickr user dmott9)

What are you holding onto this for? (via Flickr user dmott9)

Recycle your old electronics and get rewarded with brand new ones. Sounds like a utopian world where donuts rain from the sky and Beyonce shows up at your bedside to sing you lullabies, right? Well we can’t vouch for the last two, but swapping your old, broken tablet for a brand new one on the cheap is a real thing, thanks to UpWise. (more…)

11/21/14 11:30am
bicycle roots

Damn son, you could use a tune-up. via Flickr user hugovk

It’s winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop riding your bike. Let’s not forget, subway platforms and bus shelters are still cold as hell, so at least if you bike you’ll be actually moving through that cold air. Your bike might need a little love to be in tip-top shape to get through all the winter crap that’s gonna hit your streets, and your pals at Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights) will help you do just that, with a coupon for $20 off a tune up that’s good until the end of the year. (more…)