Santa and Mrs. Claus are looking for some help filling out out gift list. Photo by Sarah Gainer
In case you couldn’t tell by the rapidly falling temperatures or the (eek!) Christmas decorations strung up in some neighborhoods, Christmas time is almost here. And aside from the bullshit like brotherhood towards man and the celebration of the birth of a sandal-wearing revolutionary hippie, it also means everyone gets a whole lot of stuff. We’re excited about the stuff, as usual, so we’re very excited to announce we’re bringing back our ’25 Gifts Under $25′ guide. But if Santa and his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus, (pictured above) are going to stuff every good broketster’s stocking with awesome gifts, we need your help in suggesting what they should give people. (more…)
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…)
Happy holidays from Team Ho-Ho-Hokelyn at the No Office Holiday Party.
If you didn’t wake up this morning praying that the Mayan apocalypse would save you from a jingling bell of a hangover, then you must not have been at last night’s No Office Holiday Party with us at Littlefield. But for those of you that were there, we have a special thank you present: the gorgeous, festive photos from the Bibi Booth are here! Sloppy wet reindeer kisses to all who jammed with us last night; the party is meant to give all of us –whether you’re freelance, an unemployed or *gasp* an office worker — a chance to kick back together before the holidays. A full list of thank yous follows, the first of which is our co-hosts the skint, Brooklyn Based and Fucked in Park Slope, who are all attractive party people. (more…)
Get it bumping at Fort Greene’s “Make Music” parade
Aah, the holidays. A special time of year when we seem to collectively clamour for the title of “Most Destitute: 2013.” Winners are to be announced the first week of January at a special ceremony in your local bodega when your friendly clerk tells you that you cannot charge a quart of milk to your card “for some reason.” Chances are that right now, you have presents to buy (although hopefully you’re nearly finished), parties to attend, and family to see. Or maybe you’re staying in the city over the holidays for the first time either by choice or financial constraint. It’s a wallet-crushing time of year but fear not, there are still many things to see and ways to enjoy yourself this week that won’t add (much) to your impending financial woes. (more…)
If you’ve been procrastinating on your holiday shopping, don’t you worry, we’re here for you. While most of Brooklyn’s wonderful craft markets have packed up, to hibernate until next year, there’ still a few that can provide you with all the hand-made, locally sourced holiday cheer that you can handle. All markets open Saturday and Sunday unless otherwise noted.
Get ready to tear up. Brooklyn’s Catholic Charities is collecting Christmas gifts for school kids in Red Hook affected by Hurricane Sandy. Here are some of the letters from 13 children. They’re asking for things like some kids are asking for Uggs and Hello Kitty merch, but some are asking for skinny jeans and paint sets, so we have some future Williamsburg residents in the mix obviously.
If you’d like to help out this holiday season, info is after the jump.
Everyone loves an open bar, and most people at least like children, so if you combine a way to help kids with an open bar, you’re gonna have a well-liked event. So, bring a $20 toy to Red Star Bar (37 Greenpoint Avenue) tonight, or just $20 and you can help make a Sandy refugee’s Christmas AND enjoy free drinks. If you want to help even more, enter the raffle, which has prizes like Nets luxury box tickets, a private screening for two at Nitehawk and even a freaking cruise.
I know some of y’all are going to be like, what’s this Upper East Side looking thing doing on Brokelyn? OK so it’s not a WORD Bookstore tote, and about 95 percent of you won’t give a SHIT about this, but for the five percent who do, it’s essential public service on a par with no-insurance medical care or how to find an afforable lawyer or yay for free birth control! This classy little Tory Burch lunchbox is one of the 50 holiday gifts that drop in stores on Saturday (TOMORROW!) as part of the Target-Neiman Marcus holiday collabo. If you haven’t been keeping up with this, it’s where designers including Rodarte, Alice + Olivia, Skaist-Taylor, Phillip Crangi, Lela Rose, Marchesa, Marc Jacobs (don’t get too excited, he phoned it in) and yeah, Tory, came up with an exclusive line of limited edition gifts bowing at both stores. Here’s the whole freaking collection. And YES, I’m drinking that Kool-Ade, out of an Oscar De La Renta dog bowl in fact. Whether you order online or get behind me online at the Brooklyn Junction store at 8 a.m., there’s a limit of five items per customer. The Philip Crangi trinket box (#30) is for my mom, but you can have these Rag + Bone shotglasses: (more…)