10/30/14 9:10am
morningstar tattoo

Dibs on that gremlin-looking thing

Halloween is the time for tricks, treats, and flash tattoos. We rounded up four shops offering $31 tatto deals in honor of the spookiest time of year. So gather your courage and get inked with the creepiest tat you can find…if you dare. (more…)

10/28/14 1:55pm
citi bike

Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. If you live in certain neighborhoods. Photo by Mary Dorn

Ever since they were introduced to our fine city, people have been asking two questions: When will someone die on one, and when will the service expand to be useful to more than a few people in Manhattan. We can’t answer the dying thing, but we can share the news that Citi Bike announced a huge expansion program today, with more bikes coming to Bed-Stuy, bikes finally coming to Greenpoint in 2015 and also a rate hike. Which is fair since at least it comes with 6,000 more bikes eventually. Hence, bike share’s new slogan, “Citi Bike: Possibly useful in Brooklyn soon!” (more…)

10/28/14 10:06am
pies'n'thighs

Chicken, waffles, satisfied nap afterwards. All photos by Joanna Purpich

Chicken and waffles hold a strange place in the food pyramid. They’re neither a true breakfast dish nor a lunch item despite the role chicken and waffles separately play in our diets. Have we found the holy grail of brunch? Regardless of when you choose to stuff your face, chicken and waffles are wonderful. Unfortunately, they can just as easily empty your wallet as fill your stomach.

Armed with the belief that chicken and waffles can be both affordable and delicious, I checked out eight Brooklyn restaurants all offering the dish for $13 and under, and ranked them for each individual component and the value of the meal as a whole. (more…)

10/27/14 4:46pm
run the jewels

These nice young men want to go to the movies with you. via Facebook

If you are anything like us, which we imagine you must be a little bit because here are reading this website, you’ve been listening to a lot of Run the Jewels lately, whether their first album or new (and FREE) second album. You might be listening to these albums and thinking, “Man, I wanna tell these dudes they spit hot, life-changing fire,” and aren’t you lucky, because you can meet them at Rough Trade Records (64 North 9th Street) on Wednesday, October 29 at a free meet-and-greet. That’s not even the best news though, because the best news is that if you get there early enough, you can see The Warriors with these dudes after the meet. (more…)

10/24/14 2:00pm
59 frost street

Will Williamsburg still be standing when you get picked to live here though? via NY YIMBY

Rent! You hate paying it, but you have to if you’re going to keep legally occupying a residential space. So you suck it up and give half your paycheck to your landlord every month. Buck up though, because check it out: a new affordable housing development (59 Frost Street) is taking applications in Williamsburg and they have $640/month studios, $689/month 1-bedrooms and $835/month 2-bedrooms. Holy crap, that’s definitely worth living in Williamsburg, all things considered. (more…)

10/24/14 9:48am
ebola

Tourist

Confirming the fears of your grandparent or aunt who yelled “Don’t move to New York City!”, a Doctors Without Borders doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Guinea came down with the disease after he’d done things like go to the Highline, take the subway and roll a few games at The Gutter. The thing we’re most upset about here is that the Ebola patient, Craig Spencer, is somehow both a life-saving hero working with Doctors Without Borders and a cool enough guy to know that The Gutter is the most fun bowling alley in Williamsburg. He’s like the best parts of you mixed with the parts your mother wished you were. As for Ebola on the subway? We’re not freaking out that much. We’d still worry more about getting bedbugs on the subway rather than Ebola. (more…)

10/22/14 11:13am
brooklyn bridge park

How freaking romantic. Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

Dating is hard. It’s difficult to meet new people, whether in “real life” or online, and the process of dating itself can be exhausting, traumatic, heartbreaking, demoralizing…oh yeah, and expensive. You’re already (potentially) wasting time on a new date; don’t waste your money, too! While splitting the bill is usually the way to go, sometimes one party wants to treat the other.  Get creative without breaking the bank; do something other than stare blankly at each other while sipping overpriced cocktails. Need suggestions? Here are 20 Brooklyn date ideas that will keep both of you entertained/fed/watered/etc. for $20 or less. Who ever said a cheapskate couldn’t be romantic? (more…)

10/21/14 11:26am
glasslands gallery

Vaya con dios, Glasslands. via Facebook

As venue after venue closed around Williamsburg, the common refrain became “Huh, Glasslands is still there.” Well, that refrain is now over, because they posted a message to their website today announcing that their last show will be on New Year’s Eve this year. According to the prophecy, it’s going to become “condos that you can’t even look at if you don’t make 6 figures per year.” Which is actually a pretty accurate guess, we think. (more…)

10/20/14 9:14am
cold war kids

The Cold War Kids have a conflict of interest, and you’re invited (for FREE!). via Facebook

Between October 21 and October 25, over 1,300 artists will perform at more than 80 venues during CMJ 2014. You could pay to experience the whole thing, with a $549 full badge or a $140 show pass (that gets you into the week’s concerts), but there are so many free shows during the week, why bother? It can be tricky and time consuming to pick the best shows to go to, and while we can’t help you with that, we can help you by at least pointing to all of the free shows the festival offers. (more…)

10/16/14 2:41pm
Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

Dine in Brooklyn offers gourmet dinners and a discount (via Facebook/kiwiana.restaurant)

New York Restaurant Week may still be prohibitively expensive but fortunately, you can get some actual good deals soon. That’s because Dine In Brooklyn, a three day celebration of local dining is back from October 20 to October 23 and October 27 to October 30.

Over 150 restaurants in the borough are planning to offer two-for-$15 lunches (so yes, you’ll need a friend or perhaps just take a meal to go) and $25 prix-fixe dinners. This may stretch your typical meal budget a bit, but you’re definitely getting a good value for the cost. (more…)