If it weren’t for us you’d all be shopping German! Photo by Wikimedia user Aconcagua.
We got a heads up from a press release that this Thursday Aldi, the mega-giant, German-held discount supermarket chain is opening an outpost in Sheepshead Bay at 3785 Nostrand Avenue. I have experienced the German version of Aldi many times, but to figure out what we’re getting in to, I took a trip to the only other Aldi in NYC — at the far east end of 116th street in Harlem. (more…)
With longterm G-train blackouts looming for some weekends to come, starting this weekend, we decided to round up why getting stuck in Greenpoint is actually pretty awesome. Drink well, eat better, tan yourself on the shores of the East River and shop for the perfect party dress all while your MetroCard is stashed away with the rest of your office attire. It may actually be more of a hassle come December, when your friends expect you to spend your weekends somewhere else. (more…)
You too can look this good on your wedding day. Photo by Clean Plate Pictures
It’s summer, so inevitably thoughts are turning to love and romance. Some of it of the more sweat, temporary variety, but some of it is of the forever variety. If you’re dealing with the latter, maybe you’re planning a wedding. But you don’t want it to be some lame cookie-cutter wedding. You want it to have the same feel that the life you live here does. And this weekend at the Brooklyn Flea, there’s a wedding pop-up that will help cater to that exact need of yours. Mazel tov! (more…)
Just try not to think of how covered in sweat everything is. via Facebook
For people of a certain age, the Market Hotel was the ultimate DIY venue in Brooklyn. Maybe even in the world. Well, OK, maybe that’s a little bit of an overstatement. Still, the Market Hotel was really cool, and was shut down too early by Bloomberg’s fun police. They’re cleaning things out there now, and will be having a tag sale this weekend, so maybe you can own a thing that you sat on looking bored because you thought that made you look cool. (more…)
Mermaid Parade ready eyeshadow from the dollar store? Methinks so. All photos by Cat Agonis
As much as we adore all those summer moments on rooftops and in hydrant pools, it takes a little extra care to stay fly and fresh to death in the heat. That’s already hard enough when you’re hustling in this city, and time and money is always something you’re running short on. So you need to learn to take advantage of beauty product deals at your local dollar store, mine being Flushing 99 Cent Plus, on Flushing Avenue. Unfortunately since many things at the dollar store aren’t actually a dollar anymore, prices here cross the .99 cent threshold. But they’re still way cheaper than anything at Sephora or even Duane Reade where you have to spend upwards of $8 just for a flippin eye pencil. WACK. Anyway are we ready? Let’s do this! (more…)
Now when you get in a cab to go home, you can just point at your shirt!
It’s almost summer, allegedly, even if the best you can hope for from the weather right now is freezing your ass off in Citi Field’s cheap seats. Summer, of course, means going to thrift shops and finding basketball jerseys to wear both because they are comfortable and because they’re still timely, because the NBA playoffs last until around August or it feels like that anyway. What if you don’t want to go to a thrift store though, because they’re too dirty or you’re taking a (non-violent) stand against Macklemore? Well, Urban Outfiters has your back with their Bushwick jersey/tanktop thing! (more…)
What treasures await educated bargain hunters? via Flickr user emily geoff
I LOVE to shop, but this habit of mine comes with some unfortunate side effects.
In the past, I’ve hit up an outlet spot like DSW, thinking I’m getting a deal on some pair of Aldo boots or something that still comes out to like, 100 freaking dollars, and then 6 months later the zipper breaks and the heel pops off. Or there’s the time I spent $60 on some dress at Topshop, since that’s apparently the going rate nowadays for something that cost $2 to make, only to have the seam inexplicably unravel and leave me half-naked in line at some Duane Reade NOT within walking distance from my house.
I don’t know about you guys, but these betrayals, which always occur after I justify a higher-than-normal purchase price, are what caused me to look into other cheaper outlets to do all my shopping. And let me tell you, Brooklyn’s very own Fulton Mall is the place to Get. Shit. Done. The amount of times I’ve spent more than $30 on a single item are zero, and I’m still rocking things bought from years past. Here’s a little guide to help you save in your wallet and amp up your wardrobe, minus the morning after guilt. (more…)
CAN’T WAIT TO EAT THIS (via flickr user skelastic)
Don’t let the wind chill deceive you — the summer outdoor market season is VERY NEARLY UPON US, and this weekend marks the return of Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea! And thank god, because that artisanal BK-made salsa we bought last July has totally expired. Not that that’s stopped us… (more…)
Mombucha, just like Mom used to make! (via Zaarly.com)
Oh, Williamsburg, is there no end to your artisanal craft fairs? Between the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, all one million incarnations of the Brooklyn Flea and that overpriced clothing market you’ve got going on for “vintage” shoppers from Manhattan on N. 7th Street, we’re getting a little overwhelmed. So, yes, there’s a new bazaar headed to the Northside this Saturday, but this one really might be worth a visit: not only is it totally free to attend, but the organizers are giving you $20 to shop there! (more…)
Head down to Academy, and a few other stores, for your limited edition vinyl fix. via Facebook
We’ve been mourning the impending death of Williamsburg vinyl shop Sound Fix Records for the past few weeks, but there’s some good news for lovers of stores that sell music outside of the iTunes gulag: next month marks the return of the annual Record Store Day, in which independently-owned record stores nationwide celebrate their dying awesomeness with special record releases, meet-and-greets, performances and general record-related revelry. (more…)