This holiday season, you can snag 10 percent off a Raleigh bicycle at Bespoke bicycles in Fort Greene, 20 percent off anything at the Hom Store (cozy nesting gear) in Bay Ridge, or 20 percent off all hardcovers at Bergen Street comics in Park Slope. Those are a few of the deals available around Brooklyn courtesy of the Shop Brooklyn initiative put together by borough president Marty Markowitz. The point, of course, is to get Brooklynites buying locally this year and keep those storefronts filled with something other than “for rent” signs. We love this because it’s been a bruising year for the little guys, who add so much more to our collective quality of life than those few bucks saved by shopping at Amazon. Through Christmas, you can find all the participating stores, cafés, grocers and spas on ishopbrooklyn.com (officially launching Friday, but there’s a “preview” site up now), or look for the “Shop Brooklyn” logo in store windows. If all else fails, just try haggling. You’d be surprised.
About five years ago, when I would wonder what gifts to bring people from Brooklyn on holidays, my thoughts suddenly always went to food. McClure’s bloody mary mix for mom, NuNu Chocolates for grandma, a bottle of Kings County Distillery corn whiskey to encourage my sister to drink more. This seemed like an easy way to […]
In the year 2016, the photo calendar is little more than a relic of the bygone Hallmark era. Dethroned from its organizational dominion by basic e-planning technology circa 1984, and later eschewed for the more minimalist Moleskine, the photo calendar now hovers, in terms of status, somewhere in between the tea cosy and the blu-ray DVD. It’s usually […]
1. Prepare your quips, ready your groans, and join Brokelyn at the Punderdome Home Game Preview Party, a night of wordplay, drinks, and punny fun with Punderdome co-creator Jo Firestone, a panel of punxperts, drink specials, and a chance to play the puntastic game weeks before it goes on sale. (Tuesday, Halyards, FREE) 2. Even though the […]