Holiday shopping is stressful, what with your family members asking for bad gifts and the crowded stores and the people waiting to steal your credit card information from online shopping sites. We do what we can to help with our gift guides, but we can’t do it alone. So, the DUMBO Business Improvement District is stepping in to just hand out free DUMBO cash to that’s legal currency at participating businesses in the area. All you have to do to get it is exist in DUMBO while they’re giving it out. (more…)
Woo yeah it’s Thursday, time to get crazy! Good thing there’s good stuff on the Brokelyn Events Calendar. Or I guess get as crazy as you’re comfortable with getting knowing full well that you have to drag yourself into your co-working space or office or wherever tomorrow due to the fact that Friday is still a day of the week that we all have to work. I know, it’s crap. Ask the president to fix him maybe. @ him on Twitter, he doesn’t have a lot on his plate. “Hey, @POTUS, make Friday part of the weekend, that’s #changewecanbelievein.” (more…)
In an ideal world, the printed word would still be treated with respect and not kicked around like some pesky fossil reminding us of a duller, slower age before hashtags. In that world, enraged citizens would pour into the streets, yelling creatively worded protest chants at the first hint of a threat to service at their beloved library system. The library is, after all—like the DMV or Target—the crossroads of society through which all people still pass; the sign of public trust that knowledge is for all to share regardless of income level.
But that’s not what happened when Sunday hours were eliminated in the Brooklyn Public Library system earlier this year, and the 60 or so branches in the borough narrowly avoided a major budget slash a few weeks ago that would have dropped Saturday hours too, not to forget an upcoming two-year closure of the Park Slope branch for renovations. If you have one of those “jobs” that requires you to be somewhere during weekdays, your window for getting to the library is shrinking.
But a group of people is out there fighting for your weekend access to books, computers, workshops and the other resources that make up the broke-person’s oasis known as the public library, that place that’s like the socialized medicine version of B&N. (more…)