04/19/17 2:28pm
Life does not always give you what you want, but sometimes it gives you what you need. And sometimes what you need is a giant red neon sign from a closed fusion restaurant in Chelsea

Life does not always give you what you want, but sometimes it gives you what you need. And sometimes what you need is a giant red neon sign from a closed fusion restaurant in Chelsea

Opening a fusion Spanish/Chinese food restaurant in Chelsea is a far riskier business venture than the act of acquiring said store’s signage after it closes and puts its neon front up for grabs on Craigslist. Now the chance is yours: now closed Chelsea restaurant El Paraiso is giving away its front.

“Do you want it? You can have it,” reads the blunt Craigslist post for the sign.

It is unclear the state of functionality of the sign, and if it still glows, but with a little love it can probably be brought back to light. (more…)

03/21/17 9:19am
A wealth of clean dirt! Don't get too attached to that barrel though

A wealth of clean dirt! Don’t get too attached to that barrel though

We are fairly certain the space-time continuum has been breached by the paradox proposed in this Craigslist post: the concept of “clean dirt” has been introduced, my fellow god-fearing Americans, and it’s unclear what this means for logic as we’ve known it.

While the OP may have just been trying to give away some of his clearly bountiful soil collection, he has instead undermined the entire English language. (more…)

08/25/16 2:00pm
Free books abound — if you trust your neighbors' selection. Via Flickr user Squid Ink.

Free books abound — if you trust your neighbors’ selection. Via Flickr user Squid Ink.

New York City is expensive … if you actually try to pay for everything you need. The city is a giving tree that will help support your basic needs, if you know where to look, and save you the hassle of paying for stuff that is freely available everywhere: Moving boxes, magazines, condoms and more. Here are 10 things you never have to pay for in the city; add your own picks to the comments. (more…)

06/28/16 4:49pm
Brokelyn and the NYC Beach Bus want you to never worry about getting to the beach again. Via Facebook.

Brokelyn and the NYC Beach Bus want you to never worry about getting to the beach again. Via Facebook.

On this Fourth of July weekend, we don’t have a European Union to declare independence from (and then immediately regret declaring independence from). But let us propose another thing to liberate yourself from: The tyranny of worrying how to get to the beach for the rest of the summer.

We will gladly help you in this revolution, because we’re giving away a season pass to the NYC Beach Bus! The bus is our favorite way to get to the the beaches in Rockaway, Jacob Riis Beach plus Fire Island and Robert Moses Beach. It’s easy to win: All you’ve got to do to enter is take an Instagram, which you’ll probably be doing this weekend anyway. (more…)

12/17/15 2:41pm
Get some doors on your wall

Get some doors on your wall

The door is the window to a building’s soul, as the old saying goes that we didn’t just make up now. You might not think about doors all the time, since a lot of them are just plain glass or beat up old wood or steel, but some doors in Brooklyn make you stop, take a look and take a picture while you think “This is gonna get me so many damn Instagram likes.” Rather than force you to go out and seek doors like that, which could take all day, Brownstoner has put together a whole poster of pictures of their favorite doors called “The Doors of Brooklyn.” A fitting name, really. It’s big and colorful and best of all, you can win it for free! How? Keep reading. (more…)

12/15/15 2:27pm
One last shot for bonus drinks at Lowlands Bar

One last shot for bonus drinks at Lowlands Bar

December 15 is a very important day in a year that’s usually not filled with important days. Hm? No, it’s not important because it’s the last day you can buy health insurance for 2016 (although your parents would probably appreciate you doing that). It’s important because today is the last day you can use any tickets you’ve got left from the first Cocktail Book we published earlier this year. Lucky for you that your last night for bonus cocktails is happening on a typically mild and beautiful December night, eh? (more…)

07/29/15 2:24pm
Business dog is all business, via Petfinder

Business dog is all business, via Petfinder

Considering getting a dog or a cat? Have you been browsing /r/aww obsessively? This Saturday is your chance to find a cute companion at the Prospect Park Adoptapalooza. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals will show off more than 150 dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies which you can adopt right on the spot. There are also free activities and giveaways at the event even if you’re not yet ready for a furry friend. (more…)

05/12/15 10:56am
Sure, it's only gonna be this big. But who cares? via flickr user Il Primo Uomo.

Sure, it’s only gonna be this big. But who cares? It’s free. via flickr user Il Primo Uomo.

It’s gonna be hot today. Like swamp-ass-inducing, chocolate-in-your-purse-melting hot. And since our concrete jungle has all those hard surfaces reflecting heat down onto the unsuspecting public, you’re probably going to need a way to cool down at some point. Lucky for you, it’s free cone day at Haagen-Dazs today! And double-lucky for you, there are participating store locations in Brooklyn. (more…)

05/08/15 2:13pm
citi bike

You won’t have to pay a dime. Or a euro. Photo by Mary Dorn

When it comes to foreign exchange around here, the Sweden to Brooklyn connection has proven to be the most fruitful one for both parties involved, with breweries, bars and trips building a bridge between Europe and Real America. Switzerland has seen this lovefest happening and must have been saying “Was zur Hölle?” to themselves, because they’re looking to get New Yorkers’ affections with a very large gesture: a day of free Citi Bike rides, entirely on them next Thursday. (more…)

04/06/15 1:29pm
tribeca film festival

Maybe you can meet DeNiro and finally get that big break. via Facebook

It’s almost time for the Tribeca Film Festival, New York City’s annual show of force letting those jerks at Sundance know that we can do movie festivals too. You might be thinking it’s time you hobnobbed with the types of people that go to Tribeca, in the hopes of getting some good selfies or a getting a project off the ground, but you also might not want to pay for the privilege. For one day anyway, you won’t have to, because you can snag free tickets this week to any of the Tribeca Film Festival’s programming on April 24, just by popping into an AT&T store. (more…)