03/26/14 7:00am
affordable care act

Since not all of us are lucky enough to get the president to do our checkups, here’s what you need to know so you can see a doctor

In case you hadn’t heard, Google need not be your doctor anymore, you hypochondriacs. You can see a real doctor, get tests taken, turn your head and cough or get your feet up in them stirrups if you sign up for health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, by March 31. The thing is, shopping for insurance might be intimidating, so here’s all you need to know about getting covered before the deadline. (more…)

02/12/14 11:01am
prospect park winter

Why pay on Valentine’s Day when you can walk through a tunnel of love (of sorts) in Prospect Park? via Flickr user Mambo’Dan

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you know what that means: Duane Reade is guilting you with boxes of overpriced chocolates you now feel pressured to buy for your main squeeze on that “special” day. If you’re reading Brokelyn, you probably want to impress a significant other without breaking the bank (unless you’re these guys) and sometimes collaging pictures together from your road trip to Philly just isn’t going to cut it. In the spirit of romance and all that, here’s a ready-to-go, adventure-packed and couples-approved free Valentine’s Day in BK. It won’t cost you anything, but there may be a few catches along the way.  (more…)

02/07/14 10:55am
makespace

Might the future of storage be green boxes? Maybe!

Couchsurfers, subletters, moms with tattoos in Williamsburg lend us your ears. Moving sucks, right? Especially if you do it a lot and have to deal with the stress of storing things on top of your moving. Bad enough you have to part with your stuff, going to pick up it is a goddamn production all its own. But now there’s MakeSpace, a startup trying to take some of pain out of moving by dragging the world of self-storage on to the internet and dragging picking up your stuff for you. So if this ends up settling the storage question, all you’ll have to worry about is Brooklyn’s ever-escalating rent. (more…)

01/17/14 11:37am

Figuring out Obamacare can be confusing, but it’s especially important to understand if you’re an artist and don’t have health insurance. Greenpointers found a video made by the the CUE Art Foundation, explaining the Affordable Care Act and walking through the options it offers. If you still don’t have insurance, get on that and watch this video. Your herbal teas haven’t been working, your cough is keeping your roommates up, you need to see a doctor.

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brookyn free clinic

These nice young doctors want to help you ladies out. via Facebook

It’s barely a week into January, but if you’re like me the chances are you’re already terrified about all of the incidental medical expenses you’re going to incur in the year 2014—especially if you’re a woman with more, ahem, routine requirements. Men and rich people, this would be the time to stop reading recognize the myriad medical procedures your friends/ girlfriends and wives face. But ladies, rejoice: Wednesday, January 8 marks the inaugural Women’s Health Night at the Brooklyn Free Clinic in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Starting tomorrow and continuing on a monthly basis, uninsured women can mosey over to 840 Lefferts Avenue in order to seek out the services of volunteer physicians and gynecologists therein. (more…)

01/03/14 11:11am
sledding in brooklyn

Off you go. via Flickr user Phillip Stearns

For some of you, today is a snow day. Not us, bloggers don’t get snow days. But if your office is sending you home early, or just telling you not to come in, your thoughts might be turning to dreams of sliding down hills on a sled, or a garbage can lid or whatever else you can turn into a sled. But where? WNYC had the same question, and is answering it with a crowdsourced sledding spot map where people can add the places they like and brief descriptions of the spots. (more…)

11/15/13 9:21am
sbs bus

The big blue bus is here, but should you ride it ride it? via Wikipedia

In case you haven’t heard, a new transit option is coming to Brooklyn on November 17, and has crowned the B44 with the much-coveted express bus alternative known as SBS (Select Bus Service), or BRT (Bus Rapid Transit, because the MTA apparently needed two three-letter acronyms to make it official). Traveling from Sheepshead Bay to Williamsburg, the new B44 Select Bus Service is replacing the Limited on that line. Want to know if it’s really worth it? Here’s the skinny: (more…)

11/01/13 2:33pm
mooch

Here’s a hint: don’t advertise it. via Flickr user Mike Smails

Look, we get it, you don’t have everything in life that you wish you had. But look at your friend Barney, that materially comfortable and well-adjusted jerk. Well, he’s still your friend, but it’s about time you used some advice from Lifehacker to subtly use your friendship to your advantage, by using it to keep up on your favorite TV show, get free booze and expand your media library. Because why should friendship be limited to just mutual respect and admiration among peers, when you could get stuff too? (more…)

10/31/13 2:41pm
bike-powered generator

You laugh, but you also want to binge on Walking Dead while society collapses

Whether we get another huge hurricane or not, eventually society will blessedly collapse, freeing us from the bonds of rapacious capitalism. But also potentially plunging us into darkness. So if you want your collapsed society but still want the ability to listen to Velvet Undergound records, something like a bike-powered generator could really come in handy, couldn’t it? So someone made a YouTube video showing you just how to do that. (more…)

10/25/13 2:00pm
It could maybe happen, potentially

It could maybe happen, potentially

At the moment you’re broke as hell slaving away at some barely above entry level job, so you live where you can afford and you like it. Someday though, you might actually be looking for a nicer place to live or even a place that’s brand spaking new. Plus given the fact that new housing in Brooklyn is going to keep going up, your chances of landing in a new building are higher than they might seem. But new buildings come with new questions, so Brick Underground answered some of them. Here are the ones we found most interesting. (more…)