Monday linkage

The best stuff to buy in December [Yahoo Finance]
Dollar stores on the rise, as are prices [Sheepshead Bites]
Almost time to kayak again in Newtown Creek [BK Eagle]
Food nabe of the year: South W’burg [Metromix]
How Kensingtonians like their pizza [Kensington Prospect]
BK becoming land of the fancy cake [NY Times]
Big Alter sale today: 40% off jeans and collections [Greenpointers]
Vintage transit rides, carol sing-along +  free goodies, more [the skint]