Open your pay stub, take a look at your hourly rate and then put yourself in some perspective: do you earn more than $9.50 an hour? If so, then you do better than the average retail worker in NYC, according to a new study reported in the New York Times today. The average for just Brooklyn is only $8.50, and the study is none too encouraging about the state and security of low-income jobs, with this cheery squib from reporter Steven Greenhouse: “Guaranteed work hours are no longer the normal and just ‘getting on the schedule’ has become the reward for job performance.” Yikes. So it’s MLK Day and maybe you’re a retail worker feeling particularly interesting in social justice issues, so, what the hell, if you’re game, tell us: what do you make? You can be anonymous in the comments if you want, but maybe we can rout out the better retail jobs? For anyone who’s never had a retail job in NYC, here’s a picture of a magic dog instead.
2014 was a Red Wedding of a year for Brooklyn’s beloved DIY music venues. Death by Audio closed in November, 285 Kent shuttered in January and Glasslands threw its last party on New Year’s Eve. Those were more or less the Big Three of the DIY venue world at the time, and they were all felled by one […]
1. Get your culture on at the 45th annual International African Arts Festival, a four-day extravaganza with music, dance, symposia, workshops, a food and craft marketplace, and on and on. (Friday through Monday, Commodore Barry Park, $5) 2, Immerse yourself in “a light and sound environment” at Sight Unseen, an experimental musical work by Lee Ranaldo […]
Budget flights from New York City have long been the freakish white whale/golden unicorn hybrid of travel that we never thought we’d see. While those Europeans get to hop from country on airlines like Ryanair (essentially the Megabus of airplanes), we’re stuck thinking a $400 roundtrip to Chicago is a steal. Now, finally, we might be getting […]