08/17/16 3:21pm
It's National Thrift Store Day! Make like Macklemore and pop some tags. Photo by Jess Keefe.

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…)

07/12/16 2:28pm
If only Biggie were still alive today to see these BIG discounts. via screenshot.

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 actually decent 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 deals overall: 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…)

06/24/16 1:04pm
Transmitter Park in Greenpoint is one of the places to catch free outdoor yoga this summer. Via goodyoga.

Transmitter Park in Greenpoint is one of the places to catch free outdoor yoga this summer. Via goodyoga.

It’s a stressful time in the world right now, what with a Brexit shaking up the world economy and a somber Pride weekend kicking off, not to mention the overstuffed man suit alien Men in Black currently running for president as a Republican. On top of all that, you have your job, which maybe doesn’t give you as much outside or active time as you’d like to have this summer.

The good news is you can de-stress yourself for free before, after and during work all summer long thanks to a big selection of free yoga classes around Brooklyn, most of them outdoors too. You can get up early to do a lotus pose in Prospect Park, pop by BRIC for a free lunch stretch accompanied by music or check out the Navy Yard’s new boardwalk/landscape to do some downward facing dog after you clock out. Here’s how to do free yoga nearly every day of the week this summer. (more…)

06/23/16 1:50pm
Cyclone: You don't look a day over 80. Via Luna Park.

Happy birthday, Cyclone:! You don’t look a day over 80. Via Luna Park.

Few beloved things in this city can turn 89 years old without fear of being replaced by a bank or turned into a condo. Luckily for us, the Coney Island Cyclone is protected from such a fate: The iconic wooden roller coaster has been a New York City landmark since 1988, meaning it’s not going to be replaced by a White Castle any time soon. The ride, one of the Truly Best Things in Brooklyn, turns 89 on Sunday. To celebrate, Luna Park is giving out free rides.  (more…)

06/16/16 11:31am
James Hook, a dad, wants to iron your clothes, just like your real dad. Via Pete's Candy Store.

James Hook, a dad, wants to iron your clothes, just like your real dad. Via Pete’s Candy Store.

At the intersection where performance art meets downright helpful chore-doing we find this new installment/service at Pete’s Candy Store. Pete’s is known for its cool events, its diabolically difficult trivia night and for having a nice backyard in which to hang. Now it’s the place to get your clothes ironed, for free, while you drink. Greenpoint dad James Hook told the Brooklyn Paper he loves ironing so much he wanted to bring it into a public forum, and is offering to do it for free every Tuesday night in July, from 9pm-midnight.

“I love ironing, I really do,” Hook, who works at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden when he isn’t ironing for his three kids, told the paper. “I feel in order to perfect it, I need to bring it into a public forum — I feel you need to have people judging your work beyond your friends and family.” (more…)

06/08/16 1:44pm
Show off your tattoos to get free drinks at this new East Village bar

Black Rose love tattoos, just like bartenders worldwide (this pic is from Spain). Via Flickr user jclabarca.

Tattoos are great for scene cred but that and a bag of nickels still aren’t enough to buy you a tube of Bacitracin to take care of your ink. They can cost a lot but they’re also a way to shortcut your fear of commitment and do something you’ll be forced to live with for the rest of your life, however long it will take to explain that Mooninites tattoo to your grandchildren. So to celebrate the body-art-positive people of New York City, newly opened East Village spot Black Rose is offering a “free drink with your ink” tattoo tuesday specials.  (more…)

03/25/16 10:00am

A thing you might not realize about your awkward Tinder date at the bar is that everyone else around you probably realizes it’s an awkward Tinder date. There’s something about the body language, the stilted conversation, the way you keep sneaking glances at your date’s face because the Tinder profile pic was so small (or possibly a Waffle House). The folks behind Bushwick’s Alphaville bar noticed this a lot too, so they built a special around it to ease your date jitters: prove you’re on a Tinder date, and you’ll get a free shot, from Monday through Wednesday.

“It was just a joke that bar manager Kait Browne put up there when we got that sign,” bar owner Skyler Insler said. “As a bartender, you can almost always spot which customers are on a Tinder/OkCupid date because of a certain kind of awkwardness they exude. But the free shots are definitely a real thing that happens now!” (more…)

03/23/16 3:41pm
Black Gold will pull out more than 10,000 records on Saturday. Via Twitter.

Black Gold will pull out more than 10,000 records on Saturday. Via Twitter.

I will confess that I am responsible for the decline of music stores. Splurging on a $20 Pixies CD was something I once considered a failsafe mood booster when I was feeling down and out in College Park. But that practice became damagingly expensive and less practical as time went on and the idea of owning “stuff” seemed quaint and wasteful. That means I lost the joy of going browsing, and music shops suffered and closed, and I can’t say I feel that bad about it. But we lost the joy of going and searching for physical music, which is indeed a real calming boost of brain chemicals. So this is why we buy vinyl now, for the joy of thumbing through and collecting, the idea that maybe listening to a whole album and not just a Spotify Discover playlist has some value, whether it’s artistic value or the zen of just letting it play.

One of your best chances of the year to do some of the record browsing is coming up this weekend: the semi-annual Gold Dig record sale is taking place Saturday in Gowanus, and it’s got more than 10,000 records for just $1 each, including some secretly hidden gems.  (more…)

03/16/16 12:40pm
Wake up. Go to work. Check if you won. That's all it takes, with the new HamApp. via Facebook

Wake up. Go to work. Check if you won. That’s all it takes, with the new HamApp. via Facebook

Have you seen Hamilton yet? Everyone’s talking about Hamilton. I hear it’s even better than [insert long-running Broadway show].

If you’re as tired of the phrases above as I am, then you probably also haven’t seen Hamilton yet. And if you’re as desperate as I am to see the hit Broadway show that’s already sold out for the next six months, then you’ll probably be happy (as I was) to discover that entering the daily lottery just got a whole lot easier with this neat app called the Ham Lottery App. It might be your best chance to see the play short of becoming the president.  (more…)

03/07/16 11:13am
I solemnly swear I am up to nothing good for the country. Via Jenna Johnson Twitter.

You got anything to treat the Trump agida too? Via Jenna Johnson Twitter.

You feel that tensions in your shoulders whenever you turn on CNN, that crick in your neck when you realize “should you accept the endorsement of white supremacists?” somehow became a campaign issue this year? You may be suffering from a case of Trump anxiety. It’s a physical manifestation of the stress this bonkers election cycle has wrought that’s apparently causing more people to seek massage therapy to relieve relieve their Trump knots, according to the Washington Post. Well now one Brooklyn massage therapist is capitalizing on that trend and offering a “Trump anxiety” massage, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bernie Sanders campaign. It sounds very luxurious. (more…)