12/05/16 10:36am
8 DIY ways to turn post-Trump hate graffiti into something positive

You’ll still find plenty in bloom in the Botanic Garden throughout the winter. Via Facebook.

Two things are true right now: unseasonably warm temperatures are making this December a more tempting time to embrace the outdoors; and also the horrifying onslaught of news since election day makes you just want to stay inside and in bed forever. Don’t give in to the bed (all the time, at least). Your body needs fresh air and a walk in nature to center yourself and take a break from reading Twitter dot com every now and then.

You’re in luck because one of the best nature walks in town just became free for the winter: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is now completely free to enter on weekdays through late February. And there’s plenty to do there, even if the trees are in winter hibernation. (more…)

02/12/16 10:51am
Good bagel shop, bad vestibule etiquette. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

Good bagel shop, bad etiquette. Vestibules are one of our best defenses against the cold. Don’t ruin them. Photo by Tim Donnelly/Brokelyn.

We’re about to go into a bone-chilling, frozen-pipes-warning, the polar-opposite-from-summer, they-even-cancelled-an-ice-festival-because-it’s-too-cold weekend. So let’s take a moment to appreciate some true heroes of the season: winter vestibules. Those little pop up chambers act like an air lock between the bitter cold of the frozen tundra outside. They are crucial elements of city life, one more safeguard that makes sitting inside a bar absorbing whiskey to thaw your bones seem like the only way to wait out the cold (I wrote an appreciation and brief history of the vestibules for the NY Post last year).

But there is a problem with this system that is ruining it for all of us and rendering them ineffective: terrible vestibule etiquette. It occurs when you hold the door to the outside open, letting winter into our sanctums, violating the social contract meant to keep us all warm. Please refresh yourself on the proper way to use them this weekend.  (more…)

01/22/16 3:31pm
Cold nights call for hot ramen at Shalom Japan in Williamsburg. Via FB.

Cold nights call for hot ramen at Shalom Japan in Williamsburg. Via FB.

Winter means cold and snow that transform your neighborhood into Narnia, but there actually is an upside to the season: spicy food. It’s something we enjoy year-round, but it’s especially needed during the winter months. Like cold beer in the summer, a spicy dish can make you forget about the weather outside, while slowly destroying your insides, one delicious gulp at a time. So, if you’re an unlucky soul going out this weekend or anytime during the next few months, we’ve asked some local food experts and people who know Brooklyn for their recommendations of the best spicy food you can find in Brooklyn. Today also just so happens to be the birthday of Wilbur Scoville, the guy who invented the way to measure the hotness of peppers, so go make him proud.  (more…)

01/08/16 11:35am
Photo courtesy Outdoorfest

Photo courtesy Outdoorfest

This post is brought to you by Sorta Outdoorsy, a weekly newsletter full of ideas for outdoor adventures around New York City. Like what you see? Subscribe to Sorta Outdoorsy.

We did something recently that was so awesome we can’t believe we hadn’t done it already. What we did was take the A train out almost as far as it goes to Beach 67 early one morning to surf. We were heading to our first surf lesson and as the train rolled past Broad Channel, we looked out at the water and questioned starting such a hobby in the middle of winter. (more…)

11/16/15 2:07pm
Look good in an orange vest? That doesn't matter as much as your shoveling ability, but it helps. via Facebook

Look good in an orange vest? That doesn’t matter as much as your shoveling ability, but it helps. via Facebook

It might feel like spring or summer of flip-flop weather out there, but you can rest assured that at some point, winter is coming. Probably. When that happens, the city doesn’t want to be caught with their snowpants down in the case of an ice or snow storm, so they’re hiring emergency snow removal workers before the sleet hits the fan. Want in? Why not, you’ve probably done more miserable work for less than the advertised rate of $13.50/hour. (more…)

02/17/15 11:07am
lefrak center ice skating

It’s winter, so get out there and skate with your sweetie. via Facebook

We have a theory: winter is the new summer when it comes to falling in love. After all, summer doesn’t have hot drinks and cold nights for cuddling. It might be 10 degrees out and snowing, but once the snow stops, we recommend you take your date outside. Staying inside increases the chance of getting cold and flu symptoms, not to mention cabin fever, so grab a coat, your partner and enjoy one of these fun winter date ideas from hookah in Bay Ridge to ramen in Williamsburg and plenty in between. (more…)

01/06/15 9:35am
Denmark don't care. Denmark is kicking our ass, all while enjoying a higher average quality of life than us. DENMARK, guys. They're like 1/100th our size. Step up your game, America. via Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Denmark don’t care. Denmark is kicking our ass, all while enjoying a higher average quality of life than us. DENMARK, guys. They’re like 1/100th our size. Step up your game, America. via Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Conventional wisdom in America holds that the only time for biking is when the weather is nice. Biking may be downright delightful from April to October, but you don’t have to listen to conventional wisdom and give up your two-wheeler when the snowflakes start a-fallin’. After all, conventional wisdom once held that the Earth is the center of the solar system, and look how THAT turned out.

Point is, conventional wisdom is hardly the end of the argument, and you should keep riding bicycles everywhere forever even in the cold, because they’re wonderful, they’re cheap and they keep you in shape. We’ll even tell you how to beat Old Man Winter and keep riding until it warms up. (more…)

02/05/14 4:29pm
Looks like a big pile of productivity to us. via Flickr user James D. Schwartz

Looks like a big pile of productivity to us. via Flickr user James D. Schwartz

Were you able to make it to work today, despite all the slush and the transit problems? We bet you’re real thrilled to be there, just like every day! And while you’re probably a little more miserable than usual, your boss is probably a bit happier than usual, because a fancy Harvard professor studied the how bad weather affects worker productivity and found that it makes us all more likely to get stuff done. (more…)

01/24/14 8:45am
flu shots

Do your patriotic duty and don’t spread disease to your friends

Did you guys take our advice and get flu shots when we told you how to find them? Well, great, because now New York is reporting “widespread” influenza activity, and everyone is just a big walking bag of disease, non-STI division. You can still take precautions though, and for free, as the city will be giving free flu shots in Crown Heights in a program specifically targeted towards adults. (more…)

01/22/14 9:38am
winter storm janus

It’s gonna be like this for awhile. Photo by Dave Colon

The snow has snowed and the city has fallen back into the grip of a polar vortex. What a great time to have to go to work! In some ways, it’s more difficult to get to work today than when it was actually snowing yesterday, given that it’s colder and that snow has had a night to freeze to the ground and make things slippery. So, we’d like to know, how was it getting to work today? (more…)