Thursday, May 28, 2009

Daily Deal!

Free Mojitos Today!
Nonna's Restaurant
520 Columbus Ave (at 85th St)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Daily Deal!

Today's Groupon: $25 Swedish Massage at GemVie ($62% Off $65 Value)

$25 gets you a $65 Groupon for a Swedish massage at GemVie MediSpa (that’s a 62% savings). Located at 24 East 36th St. in Midtown Manhattan, GemVie is your safe harbor for relaxation and rejuvenation in an increasingly stressful and demanding world. What better way to unwind than with a 30-minute Swedish massage designed to relieve tension and stress? At GemVie, a masseuse will combine long, gliding strokes and hearty kneading to ease soreness, soothe your nerves, and loosen muscles in your entire body. If you already live in a constant state of pure relaxation, today’s Groupon will make a wonderful gift for someone less fortunate than you.

After your rubdown, unwind further in the relaxation room or linger over gourmet coffee or juices on the garden terrace.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lower Roller Fun- Weekend


"Can’t afford to spend your holiday weekend in some exotic clime this year? Nevermind! Laugh at the Depression with us by luxuriating in the Arts instead. Spend your Stay-cation saturating your senses, exercising your funny bone and going for an intellectual joy ride at the still free and more fabulous than ever, LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. And if you’re a Tourist trapped by Up and Midtown Prices, break free with LES’s Free Breakout Entertainment and culture. It is what the Real New York has always really been about.

Join our literally hundreds of performers as they gather at Theater for the New City to gift you with their time and talent at our 14th Annual LES. As always, we will sing hosannas to the Lower East Side and East Village’s Artistic Past, dig its Present and sneak preview its Artistic Future.

Classical Theater, Yiddish Theater, Vaudeville, Burlesque and the nascent Silent Film Industry all flourished here. George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Yip Harburg, Eddie Cantor, the Adlers, Molly Pican, Charlie Parker, Eugene O’Neill, Garcia Lorca, Mark Twain, the list goes on and on. They all lived and created here at one time. Now, it’s our time to both remember them and continue their tradition by continuing to create."

Friday, May 22rd, 6pm - 1am
Saturday, May 23th, 10am - 1am
Sunday, May 24th, 5pm - 1am


Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Fulton Stall Market
Date: Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Fulton Stall Market (South Street, between Fulton and Beekman Streets)
Cost: Free

A collection of local produce farmers, a Hudson Valley bakery, New York state wineries, plus a Garden State artisan cheesemaker and a fresh fish purveyor, are among the pioneering vendors slated to sell their goods in lower Manhattan when the Fulton Stall Market opens for the season on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23.
The venture marks the return of an outdoor food market within the historic Seaport
District. Approximately a dozen vendors will occupy the 16 former fish stalls that line South Street between Fulton and Beekman Streets. Open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., the market will enable the public to purchase a wide variety of offerings ranging from seasonal fruits and vegetables, local fish and shellfish, handmade cheeses and organic breads, as well as cut flowers and potted plants. In addition, wines from various New York regions will be featured and available for sampling. Cooking demonstrations by local area chefs are being planned with a focus on pairing local foods with local wines. "New York City residents understand farmers' markets.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Recessionista Guide to a Swinging Summer 2009: Part IV

Habana Outpost, NYC's first and only solar powered restaurant, will continue its outdoor movie screening tradition starting Sunday, May 10th. Movies screen in the outside courtyard every Sunday thru October and start at 8 pm. All movies are NYC-themed and free to the public.

• May 10 - The Warriors
• May 17 - Crooklyn
• May 24 - Coming To America
• May 31 - Krush Groove
• June 7 - Way of the Dragon
• June 14 - Salsa
• June 21 - Saturday Night Fever
• June 28 - Do The Right Thing
• July 5 - Jaws
• July 12 - Scarface
• July 19 - Drunken Master
• July 26 - Friday
• August 2 - Beat Street
• August 9 - Star Wars
• August 16 - School Daze
• August 23 - Purple Rain
• August 30 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil
• September 6 - Moonwalker
• September 13 - The Pest
• September 20 - Kings of New York
• September 27 - City of God
• October 4 - Flash Gordon
• October 11 - The Untouchables
• October 18 - Batman
• October 25 - Chucky: Child's Play

Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street (corner of South Portland) Brooklyn, NY 11217

Low Roller Fun - Tonight!

Great Evenings in the Great Hall at Cooper Union

Date: Tuesday, May 19th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: The Cooper Union,The Great Hall (7 E 7th St at 3rd Ave)
Cost: Free

Great Evenings in The Great Hall presents “Electoral Politics”—an exciting multi-media event and a rare opportunity for the public to see notable New Yorkers such as author, journalist and political pundit Fred Siegel, CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven along with other well-known actors and writers reenact the powerful words delivered by pioneering politicians on the historic Great Hall stage. A musical performance is also part of the program, which concludes with a montage that includes footage of President Obama’s address, then a Senator of Illinois, from Cooper Union’s Great Hall.

For 150 years, thousands have come to Cooper Union’s Great Hall to protest or promote political change in New York City and across the nation: from Theodore Roosevelt and Fiorello LaGuardia to, more recently, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Reliving some of those momentous times in American politics, Great Evenings in The Great Hall presents “Electoral Politics”—an exciting multi-media event and rare opportunity for the public to see notable New Yorkers such as author, journalist and political pundit Fred Siegel, CUNY professor Frances Fox Piven and other well-known actors and writers reenact portions of these pioneering Great Hall speeches (Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 PM, Great Hall at The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.). Whether it is the overthrow of Boss Tweed and the notorious Tammany Hall Gang—or listening to Liz Abzug, daughter of Bella Abzug—a pioneering feminist who mobilized women into American politics, the Great Hall has and continues to be a catalyst for change and can be experienced live in "Electoral Politics." A musical performance and a montage of Great Hall political figures will be integrated throughout the evening’s festivities, concluding with footage of President Obama—then a Senator from Illinois—marking his presidential run for the White House with an illuminating speech in the Great Hall.

Since 1859, the Great Hall has been a preeminent stage for pioneering individuals whose views reshaped society. Each of the eight programs in the “Great Evenings in the Great Hall” year long series will focus on one area of protest, reform, or education to be reenacted by notable New York actors, writers and historians
-from FreeNYC

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cheap Eats

(photo by Celia Chang/

If you happen to be one of those NYC gals who stores her sweaters in her oven, or you are too busy enjoying all of the free events in the city to cook, fear not. You can still eat well on the cheap.

The New York Times Magazine's Concierge has compiled a thorough list of cheap, but delicious, lunch and dinner options for self-proclaimed foodies.

Her highlights include a $4.25 bowl of pho at Nam Son in Chinatown; $5.25 goat paratha with mint chutney at Lassi in Greenwich Village; $4.25 hand-cut noodles and shrimp dumplings in broth or $4 roast duck with rice at Great New York Noodletown (a BYOB spot).

Be sure to check out the comments section for great meal deals in other boroughs.

We're all in this thing together

Hot in recession: Chocolate, running shoes, Spam
Other big sellers? Condoms, beer and guns. The perfect combo for a cheap & kinky night at home.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Yes, we're getting very desperate

Possibly the most genius cheapo beauty trick ever:

For those of you without the patience to watch, here’s the basic idea: Slip your almost-used-up lipglosses with the lids very tightly twisted on into a cup of hot water for several minutes. That's it! It's such a simple trick but it's actually really clever. You see, it makes the gloss that’s on the sides of the tube run down to the bottom where the wand can reach it. And it makes a big difference—one of her glosses that looked almost empty magically appears almost halfway full afterward!

Curb Alert!

How is this stylish and well-kept couch being GIVEN AWAY? Because you have to get it down a 5th floor walkup. Skip that pricey yoga class tonight, and go get it in Chelsea.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Curb Alert!

This adorable set of dishes all yours for FREE - just pick them up in cobble hill!

Recessionista Guide to a Swinging Summer 2009: Part III

It's finally up! Recessiongirl's been checking the Bryant Park website since mid Jaunary in anticipation of the 2009 summer movie schedule. BP's summer movie series isn't just a free flick, it's a full-on event, complete with a 50 meter dash onto the green, picnic setups with full bars, and a 60 second synchronized group dance. And how perfect is this in recession times? If you're unemployed, you become the friend most in-demand ... having a mate at the park at 5pm on the dot is neccessary if your group wants a decent spot. Bring blankets, games, and plenty of food and drink - movies don't begin until sundown. Our fave pick of the 2009 season? Harold and Maude, on July 20th.

Happy Hour of the Week

If you are looking for a cool glass of pinot grigio (or 2) to get you through the rest of the week, check out this cozy wine bar in the East Village, featuring great deals:
Live Music (no cover) every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Happy Hour, 2 for 1, daily until 8 pm
Mondays, 1/2 price bottles of wine all night long
In addition to the great deals, this wine bar offers chill music, friendly bartenders, and a sofa that gives you an open air view of all of the random happenings on St. Mark's place!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Boogies

You're starting to make your own soap like they did in the 1930s, so why not learn to dance like it's the 1930s? It's Dance Week in NYC, which means that two-left-footed partner of yours can no longer use hard economic times as an excuse for not taking those swing lessons you've been dying to try. Check out the website for a complete listing of free classes. Dance week runs thru May 17.

We're all in this thing together

Recession Mass Exodus: From Brooklyn to ... Manhattan??
Real Estate
Manhattan Calling
Published: May 10, 2009
Great Recession prices are drawing even the most loyal outer-borough dwellers, from Hoboken to Astoria to the brownstone blocks off Prospect Park, back to Manhattan.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

We're all in this thing together

As I sit at the window in my underwear smoking a cigarette, after yet again another lonely night, I couldn't help but wonder ...
Am I expected to foot half the bill on a first date?
Should I be ordering the house white, god forbid, instead of my usual dry martini?
Have dates to the falafel cart all of the sudden become acceptable?
A few New Yorkers weigh in on how the downturn in the economy has caused a downturn in our dating lives.

Dating in New York, Recession-Style

Published: May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Daily Deal

Today is the last day to snag a great deal on a designer dress.

The Millennium Broadway Hotel is hosting a Designer's Sample Sale. While all sample sales are not necessarily recession-friendly, this one is offering Betsey Johnson (!) evening dresses at $75, day dresses at $50, and sportswear at $35!

Where: 145 W. 44th St., nr. Broadway, sixth floor

When: Today! 10-8

RG knows how she will be spending her lunch break today!

Low Roller Fun

Penny Fridays

Date: Friday, May 8th

Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Ellis Bar (627 5th Ave, Park Slope)

Cost: Free!

Park Slope Ellis Bar helps out with the recession special tonight with 1¢ drinks tonight from 9-10. This week its penny tequilas, jackrabbits (?) and vodka shots. 21+

Date: Friday, May 8th
Time: 11:00pm
Location: Studio B (259 Banker Street between Calyer & Meserole)
Cost: Free with RSVP; $5 at the door
Open Bar: 2 for 1 well drinks and domestic beers 11:00pm - 12:00am

Usually the party Fixed has a price tag attached to it, but tonight they are opening up there doors for free! (Be sure to with RSVP though!) The line up features JG Wilkes (Optimo- Glasgow), and Tanlines (NYC- members of Professor Murder) Live, plus residents JDH & Dave P. And to wash away your thirst 2 for 1 well drinks and domestic beers from 11pm to midnight!
For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Recessionista Guide to a Swingin' Summer 2009: Part II

2009 Celebrate Brooklyn Schedule (Free Shows at Prospect Park Bandshell)

Monday, June 8 @ 8:00 P.M. David Byrne
Thursday, June 11 @ 7:30 P.M. Goran Bregovic & His Weddings
Friday, June 19 @ 7:30 P.M. David Rudder & Samantha Thornhill
Saturday, June 20 @ 7:30 P.M. La Nave De Los Monstruos
Thursday, June 25 @ 7:00 P.M. Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Friday, June 26 @ 7:30 P.M. Blonde Redhead

Saturday, June 27 @ 7:00 P.M. Dr. Dog & These United States
Thursday, July 2 @ 7:00 P.M. Obie Juan Bermudez & Cucu Diamantes
Thursday, July 9 @ 8:00 P.M. Dance STREB: Invisible Forces
Friday, July 10 @ 7:30 P.M. Los Amigos Invisibles & Aterciopelados
Saturday, July @ 11, 4:00 P.M. They Might Be Giants

Thursday, July @ 16, 7:30 P.M. Kronos Quartet & Luminescent Orchestrii
Friday, July 17 @ 7:30 P.M. The Robert Cray Band & The Sweet Divines
Saturday, July 18 @ 2:00 P.M. King Sunny Ade & Freshly Ground
Thursday, July 23 @ 8:00 P.M. Dance Stephen Petronio Company
Friday, July 24 @ 7:30 P.M. Buckwheat Zydeco & The Holmes Brothers
Saturday, July 25 @ 7:30 P.M. Kailash Kher & Electro Morocco
Thursday, July 30 @ 7:30 P.M. Burning Spear & Naomi Shelton
Friday, July 31 @ 7:00 P.M. John Scofield & Christian Scott & Ivan
Saturday, August 1 @ 7:30 P.M. Dean And Britta & Crystal Stilts
Thursday, August 6 @ 7:30 P.M. EscortFriday, August 7 @7:00 P.M. Grace Potter And The Nocturnals & Deer Tick
Saturday, August 8 @ 7:00 P.M. Big Daddy Kane

Low Roller Fun - Tonight!

Indigest 1207 Reading Series

Date: Wednesday, May 6th
Time: 7:00pm (6:00pm doors)
Location: Le Poisson Rouge, Gallery (158 Bleeker St.)
Cost: Free
At their monthly reading series, online literary magazine InDigest takes it's mission of creating a dialogue between and about the arts of the screen and into the bar. The series step apart from other readings in it's efforts to bring in musicians, artists, fiction and poetry into a literary cabaret where authors read their own work as well as the work of other influential authors. With drink specials, great readings, and a free party following every reading. Tonight's edition features Jennifer Knox. Bio below. 21+

Jennifer L. Knox was born in Lancaster, California—once crystal meth capitolof the nation, and home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Space Shuttle. She received her BA from the University of Iowa, and her MFA in poetry writing from New York University. She has taught poetry writing at Hunter College and New York University. Her books Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me are both available fromthe Möthershipp that is Bloof Books. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 1997, 2003 and 2006, Best American Erotic Poems, Great American Prose Poems: From Poet to Present, and Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books.

Daily Deal

at Hundson Terrace

Don't let the rain put a damper on your alcoholic tenancies. Send your name to and you'll be treated to a free drink when you swing by Hudson Terrace tonight.
-from NYC daily deals

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Low Roller Fun

Date: Tuesday, May 5th
Time: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Vada Spa (387 6th Avenue)
Cost: Free
"Ready to fall in love with a new spa? Come to SpaSally’s free spa party on Cinco de Mayo anytime between 12pm and 7pm and get free spa services. Yep, free, but only for one day. Choose one of the following free Laser Hair Removal for the Lip, Chin or Underarms, free Eyebrow or Lip wax Organic Pomegranate Martini Face Mask or Organic Strawberry Coconut Mask, free Mini Acupuncture, free Margarita Foot Scrub (Coconut/Lime or Papaya/Mango). During the spa party, all gift certificates are 30% off. And you also get 30% off any treatments you book during the party. (You don't have to get the treatment right then, just book it.) Free gift bag for the first 200 guests. No appointment necessary, just drop by."
-from free nyc

Bushwick Book Club Tonight!
Date: Tuesday May 5
Time: 8pm
Location: Goodbye Blue Monday [1087 Broadway, Brooklyn]
Cost: Free
Tonight the Bushwick Book Club returns with Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. There will be food and drink inspired by the book, as well as songs from a handful of performers, including Corn Mo.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Free Pizza!

Snapple is giving away 500 free slices to the first people who show up at the designated pizzeria of the day, beginning at 10:30 am.
Here are the spots for the 1st three days:
Spinelli Pizza
425 Seventh Avenue(between 33rd and 34th streets)
Famous Joe's Pizza
7 Carmine Street(between Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue)
Silver Spoon Diner
58-21 Junction Boulevard

Friday, May 1, 2009

Swap yer stuff!

Saver's Swap, TODAY May 1, 3-6pm
One Saver's Junk is Another Saver's Treasure! It's true. Let's help people save their money AND the environment at the same time! We are helping reduce wasteful spending as well as waste in our world. Now that we have people in the café saving their money, let's help them grow those bills with an Orange Savings Account!

We're hosting a swap meet where consumers have an outlet to exchange their goods (i.e. electronics, apparel, books, costume jewelry & small home goods) for those of others, FREE OF CHARGE. No furniture or lingerie/undergarments allowed. Savers will also have the chance to leave left over items with ING DIRECT for donation to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
Friday // 3 to 6 p.m. // ING DIRECT Café [968 3rd Ave]