09/18/14 2:55pm
Get culture for free (via Facebook/BrooklynMuseum)

Get culture for free (via Facebook/BrooklynMuseum)

#deblasio’s New York is shaping up to be a good place for people who like free stuff.

Signed into law this past July, municipal ID cards will become available to New York City residents, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The municipal ID works instead of a state ID, like a drivers license (because New Yorkers really need those…), and offers perks like the ability to get a library card or a bank account. And, now free and discounted admission to some of NYC’s finest cultural institutions! (more…)

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Finally, Clueless will get the appreciation it deserves.

Charity marathons are a good idea in theory, but in practice? All that running, all that training, and it’s all on top of the time you spent hectoring people for money for whatever charity you’re trying to help. Better to spend time hectoring people for money and then sitting down to watch movies for 24 hours straight, which is a thing you can do now thanks to BAM’s 24-hour movie marathon in September. The only training you’ll need to do for this is watching Netflix late at night and making sure you stay awake. (more…)

07/03/14 12:52pm
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There are dark forces working on the edges of our Independence Day celebration. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Before we get all wrapped up in celebrations of the jobs report, celebrations of America and violent arguments over whether a hot dog is in fact a sandwich, we need to deal with an inconvenient truth: the chance of rain on July 4 is 100% right now according to Weather.com. Nature, for some reason hates America. Of course, if you have the day off on July 4, you’re still going to want to do things, so we’ve got a roundup of some indoor celebrations in case this darkest of weather predictions comes true. All that being said, Mother Nature ought to remember that America is a nation armed with 2200 nuclear warheads and we’d certainly hate for something to happen to this nice planet if the weather didn’t play along with our holiday weekend. (more…)

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See these guys for the price of one ticket, and get two of those tickets for the price of one. Sorry, a lot of math.

Last weekend was great, wasn’t it? Can’t wait for the next one? Me neither. If you’re like me and want to fill your schedule with activities ASAP, jump on this rad offer from WNYC’s Soundcheck. From now until midnight tonight, WNYC Soundcheck has buy-one-get-one tickets (which are just $20 anyway) for their live taping this Saturday, June 7, as a part of RadioLoveFest. Why should you care, aside from the fact that it’s a good deal? It means you can see Wyatt Cenac and Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen for just ten bucks! (more…)

12/20/13 3:24pm
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Who cares about seeing your family when you can hang out with the nice young men of the So So Glos. via Facebook

If you’re a delusional millennial like me, then your big fat paycheck from the coffee house and free lunch from your internship just isn’t going to cut the mustard when it comes to meeting the travel expenses involved in getting home to see your family this week. Living this Brooklyn dream costs and between your rent, Netflix, and conference room rental for your (now sadly doomed) “Keep the Isles Out of Brooklyn” committee, this time of year can be a bit of a bummer when you can’t see your family.

But you know what? Home with the family and your hometown friends is all well and good for about three hours until you’re reminded of why the hell you got out of that burg in the first place: same conversations leading to the same arguments and the same idiot yelling abuse at you from the same car they drove when they were 17. Only now your beard or vintage style is probably award winning. On that note, here’s a couple fun things to do this week while everyone else has upped sticks back to the Midwest or Long Island. (more…)

12/05/13 8:19am
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Bad Credit No Credit doesn’t care about your credit score, but it’s not like they don’t realize its importance. Photo by Andrew St. Clair, via Facebook

1. What do you, not want to go to something called BeerFest and drink unlimited beers for three hours? You’ve changed, you’ve changed (Friday)

2. The Living Room is a standup and sketch show where you can see comedians work things out before you see them appear on your pictocube jumping box television (Friday)

3. Check out Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore, a lo-fi independent movie about a high school girl’s sexual awakening that will remind you how bad you were at sex when you were in high school (Friday) (more…)

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They look ready for Christmas. via Facebook

Christmas music, and holiday cheer, and Christmas in general isn’t anything we get too excited about around these parts. Enforced cheer and goodwill towards man just isn’t our thing, and we do holiday party-level drinking every day of the year. But even our Grinch-sized hearts are warmed by this news: The Simpsons and This Is Spinal Tap‘s Harry Shearer, and his wife, songwriter Judith Owen, are coming to BAM on December 7 to put on a free holiday sing-along. Finally, a holiday event that isn’t fa-la-la-la-lame. (more…)

10/08/13 10:03am
It doesn't look like much, but let's see you look this good in your 50s. via Flickr user Mike Knell

It doesn’t look like much, but let’s see you look this good in your 40s. via Flickr user Mike Knell

With a 4-year reign as the Straphangers’ “Worst Train Service in NYC”, it’s not easy to understand why anyone would want to live off the C train. And when I first moved from living off the L to living off the C, I thought I knew what I had coming: mechanical breakdowns and long waits. Loud, rickety commutes populated by the fringiest of neighbors. Businesses I would only frequent out of necessity. But after 8 months of calling this little caboose and its territories home, I’m inclined to set the record straight. The C is AWESOME. (more…)

Not pictured: squiggly waves of free wifi emanating out

Not pictured: squiggly waves of free wifi emanating out

As global warming grips more of our future and leads to rising global temperatures, one question is one everyone’s mind: “Can we work outside more, then?” Ordinarily it’s hard, even if the weather is nice, but the city has aggressively expanded the areas with free outdoor wifi over the years, and right before he leaves office, Mike Bloomberg plans to add a couple more corridors of free wifi in Brooklyn. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Brownsville and Downtown Brooklyn are scheduled to get their own free outdoor wifi in December this year, thanks to a public/private partnership between the city and different sponsors. (more…)

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Mo vinyl, mo parking.

Remember a year ago when you used to look at boring old bike racks around town and think to yourself: “man, I wish these said something.” Then last August, beloved Brooklynite and head that talks David Byrne came along and waved his magic wand of whimsy in front of BAM and poof! these bike racks appeared spelling out words, and everyone loved them, because it confirmed that BAM is pretty cool in general. Last week, the words got rotated out for the first time, thanks to this contest. Originally, they said “micro lip” and “pink crown;” now they spell out “mo vinyl” and “wry romp.” It’s just the first of planned word changes into the future. Portland has had a year to commission some Brian Eno racks but still none are in sight, so I think we’re winning, Brooklyn. (more…)