11/25/15 1:04pm
It's waiting for you, and it's free. via Facebook

It’s waiting for you, and it’s free. via Facebook

By Black Friday, the love and warmth you feel for your family might be worn down to a nub and you’ll feel the need to get out of the house. Or you’ll just feel really gluttonous and you need to get some energy out. You don’t want to go to the mall though, and Brooklyn Boulders’ offer of free climbing doesn’t jibe with your fear of heights. Fortunately for you, Crunch Gyms in Brooklyn and around the country are going to be open and free to use for anyone who wanders in looking to lift some weights or throw around some medicine balls. (more…)

11/24/15 2:36pm

Ah Black Friday, the one day per year (other than if your favorite sports team wins a championship) that rioting is not just accepted but is defended as being baked into the American tradition like so many caramelized apples in that pie you’re while eating on line for a cheap flat screen TV. Sure you could not participate in this, but missing the deals means no TV for you, so retailers kind of have you by the short and curlies. On the other hand, like this video purporting to show a kindly old man retailer being honest about the whole thing points out, you could just get cheaper stuff a few days later of by ordering online.

We’re going to refrain from going with the usual internet hyperbole about how this video “lays waste” or “destroys” Black Friday or whatever, because what’s the point? Sure well know the truth about it, and we’re told it time and time again. But no matter how many times it’s said, no matter how many goofy Tim and Eric-style product rebrandings a video will have, once the deals come, you’ll buy it. You’ll buy anything. (more…)

Get a handle on your fitness regime, before it's even time for resolutions. via Facebook

Get a handle on your fitness regime, before it’s even time for resolutions. via Facebook

As one of our contributors went over while putting fall on blast, as the weather gets colder, overeating due to large holiday meals really starts to ramp up (by the way don’t forget about all these holiday desserts to buy in Brooklyn and restaurants serving said large meals). What comes after that is usually a series of attempts at and lies you tell yourself and others about getting fit after New Year’s, but our question is, why wait? Not on the lying we mean, but on the attempts at fitness, because Brooklyn Boulders is throwing open their doors for an orgy of free climbing action over Thanksgiving weekend. (more…)

11/26/13 9:44am
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Crate diggers of Co-op 87, your day has come. Again. via Facebook

Black Friday. For anyone who’s not a fanny-pack wearing aunt named Lois, this day of commercial worship is truly a dark and borderline offensive tradition. Around the nation millions of Americans will line up for their Keurigs and flat screen TV’s. Hell, some hot to trot money pinchers have already set up camp.

But now, for the rest of us, there’s hope. The great minds behind the annual Record Store Day celebration have truly given us a reason to get into the holiday spirit: Back to Black Friday Record Store Day. Crate diggers, hold on to your sleeve protectors, because the day is almost upon us. That’s right, a second Record Store Day has been planned for Friday, November 29, with a whole new bunch of exclusive LP’s to offer. Granted it’s a smaller Record Store Day and while its release line-up may not be as distinguished as its progenitor, it’s still got some very cool records to get after. We’ve got the scoop on where to go to grab the special releases. (more…)

Christmas shopping: It doesn’t have to be this way. via AppStorm

The snowflake decorations are going up all over the city, which can mean only one thing: pagans are doing weird snow ceremonies it’s Christmas time. And Christmas means shopping, for your loved ones and for office Secret Santas. And sure, you can fight awful crowds at big box stores and end up with PTSD after you punch out a grandmother to get a toy grappling gun for your nephew. But you can also go to Fort Greene and support local businesses in a much more relaxed fashion. Plus, Santa will be there! (more…)

11/20/12 2:00pm

Which side are you on? via Out There

Whether you think Wal-Mart is a talisman of neighborhood destroying corporate evil or a place to get reasonably priced consumer goods, one thing is now undeniable: they’re having a bit of labor trouble. Unions have been able to organize strikes in stores and warehouses in California and now they’re looking to expand the strikes to stores across the country on that holiest of shopping days, Black Friday. If you want to be a part of it without joining a picket line, you can now help sponsor a striking worker. (more…)

11/25/11 10:53am

Cash > credit [The Atlantic]
Buy Nothing Day dinner in Flatbush (free, obvs) [DP Blog]
Terrible retailers reap terrible Black Friday karma [NYO]
“Producing artwork functions as a mating display” [L Magazine]
Build local: made in BK craft fair tomorrow [I Love Franklin Ave.]
Ikea: the melodrama [mcbrooklyn]
The real origin of “Black Friday?” The police [WNYC]
Bowl out your family rage for free today [BK Bowl]
Occupy Black Friday? [WaPo]

11/23/11 2:33pm

Get 15 percent off animal butt magnets at Future Perfect.

We’re not going to tell you how to shop this weekend. We’re going to tell you how not to shop. For the love of [insert deity here], does anyone  really need to:

1) Shop on Thanksgiving, when some retailers (Old Navy!) are forcing their employees to come to work?
2) Shop at midnight on Thursday, when Target, Best Buy, Kohls and Macy’s are forcing their employees to come to work?
3) Get up at 4 a.m. on Friday to stalk big-box stores for $10 DVDs?

Why not roll out of bed at a reasonable hour and head to the boutique down the block? Some of Brooklyn’s independent retailers are making it even easier this year by having holiday sales.

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11/24/10 1:19pm

Be careful out there

You know the routine: first Thanksgiving… then a weekend of retail mass hysteria unequaled for 12 months in either direction. We don’t know if you’re into the Black Friday 4 a.m. must-buy game (if not, here are a few other options), but one thing’s for sure: You’ll have no problem finding the deals. So rather than tracking down every BF sale around for you, we’ve compiled a few handy guides to help you intrepid souls navigate the craziness around the corner. (more…)