05/12/14 11:00am
Put down that sledgehammer and try these upgrades instead.

Put down that sledgehammer and try these upgrades instead.

Moving into a new place is exciting. There’s a new location, new view, and new take-out restaurants for you to order from. But it can also be disheartening. I mean, I’ve wanted to hang up my Casablanca poster in every apartment I’ve moved into, but had to resort to taping it up (out of frame) so I wouldn’t get charged for the holes in the wall. I’ve also learned to buy dark, heavy furniture to give the room some personality to the white walls on white carpet. So while I have lots of ideas on how to spruce up  boring spaces, most leases put severe kink in those plans. Here are four tactics I’ve used that allow you to make your apartment shine, without worrying that your security deposit money will shrivel up: (more…)

05/09/14 10:05am
governors ball

They make a lot of garbage for you to pick up at Governors Ball, but you also go for free. So, fair deal. via Facebook

You know what the worst part of a music festival is? The music festival prices.  Just because you happen to be a fiscally-challenged urban sophisticate doesn’t mean you should be missing out on all of the festivities, and while scaling the walls and fending off security might sound fun, we’ve got an alternative way to get free tickets that involves light volunteering and minimal tazer burns. By volunteering and working for a few hours, turns out you can get access to New York’s two hot-ticket festivals coming up this summer, Northside Festival and Governors Ball, and we’ve got the rundown on exactly how it’s done. (more…)

05/05/14 9:28am
Be honest: can you REALLY afford that train?

Be honest: can you REALLY afford that train?

Financial advice columns continue to hammer away at us to ditch our credit cards and start paying down debt. But how do you get started when you’re already stretched thin?  Your rent is too damn high and by the time you’ve paid for cable, cell, Seamless, yoga and going out on the weekend you are all tapped out.

Unless you are willing to give up some of those things you associate with the cost of living – and I’m talking about more than just fancy (read: overpriced) coffees — you’ll remain a  caged hamster spinning round and round on your financial wheel forever. How do you break the cycle and start paying off debt and saving  — even just a little bit —for the future?

That’s the subject of my upcoming class at Brooklyn Brainery on June 21 “Money Management 101:  Living Within Your Means” And Brokelyn readers get first crack at enrolling before everyone else! It starts with getting real about what your basic monthly needs cost. Here are some of my tips you can start today: (more…)

03/28/14 10:38am
beastanetics

Beastanetics will graciously kick your ass to get you in shape after this miserable winter. via Facebook

So, as you can tell by the freezing weather outside, spring is obviously here. That means, regretfully, that layers will quickly be shedding, and people will be realizing just how much cheese was consumed over this winter. So yeah time to hit the gym. You can’t head into spring without your beach bod, but unfortunately you don’t have the money to pay someone to follow you around and yell at you…huh, when you write out what a trainer does, it sounds like a weird job. Anyways, for some excellent ways to get fit that fit your budget, here are some of our suggestions (or, you know, just go outside, find something heavy, and lift it): (more…)

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…)