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89th And Broke

I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Deal Alert! Get a Free Bottle of Prosecco with a Dozen Oysters!

I am not a fan of oysters, but I certainly love prosecco. If you like both, you’ll want to check out Virgola on Greenwich Ave between Charles & 10th Street. According to TableHoppingNY, if you buy a dozen oysters, you’ll get a free bottle of prosecco.

Drinking Event! New York State Beer Tastings at Idle Hands!

Edit: these tastings just include beer, not whiskey and tots. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Our friends at Idle Hands on 2nd and Ave B are offering a cool tasting experience every Wednesday this month from now until the end of April. For $10, you can get a tasting of different beers from around New York, plus a shot of whiskey and an order of tater tots. Tastings run from 7-9pm and if you want to go, you should RSVP.


Try This Trick! Get Free Samples with PINCHme!

A few years ago, I told you guys my dirty secret: that I always scoop up free online samples.  If you are like me, you’ll want to check out PINCHme.  I stumbled across the site from someone’s Pinterest board, and am certainly glad I did.

With PINCHme, you’ll get an email when free samples are available on their site, and you’ll select the free samples you are interested in.  Once you try the products, you’ll get an email in a few weeks to take a survey, and you’ll get points for taking the survey. Now I only have a few hundred points, but supposedly once you get to a certain threshold, you’ll be put into monthly drawings for gift cards.

Now I’m sure you are wondering – what are the free samples? To date I’ve tried Suave Skin Solutions lotion, Gevalia Moche Latte k-cups, and Clear Shampoo all for free and all I did after I try them was answer 6 questions each – not bad!

Have you tried PINCHme before? If so, tell us what you got!


Giveaway! Win Tickets to The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway!

The Bridges of Madison County is a new musical out on Broadway – and we want you to see it at a low price (perfect if you Bridges 1have family and friends coming in this spring!). Four-time Tony® nominee Kelli O’Hara stars with Steven Pasquale in the most romantic musical Broadway has seen in years.  While I haven’t see it yet, New York Magazine hails BRIDGES as being “gorgeous, powerful, and rapturous” and NPR says that it’s “an evening you will cherish long after the show’s over.”

Bridges plays on 45th Street between Broadway and 8th, and since we want you to check it out, we’re giving away two tickets to one lucky reader for a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night performance now through May – plus a signed gift from the cast! We’re trying a new giveaway format, so if you are an email subscriber, to enter you will have to visit our website in order to enter the contest.

Not feeling lucky but still want to see the show? Broadwayoffers.com has a great deal where you can get tickets for as low as $49 (orchestra is discounted to $87!)  with the code BRBLST125.


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Fabulous Freebie! Free Artichoke Pizza!

According to Artichoke Pizza’s Twitter handle, the first 2400 slices are free at the Macdougal Street location (between W. 3rd and Bleeker)  from 1-8pm. Read our review here.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Smashburger!

The new Smashburger on 10 West 33rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues will be giving away FREE burgers today, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thanks to readers Claudia and Drew for the tip!

Fabulous Freebie! Free Boozy Cupcakes!

TableHoppingNY has a deal this week for free mini boozy cupcakes at Prohibition at 9 Clinton Street between Avenue B and Houston. Here’s how to get your freebie!

  1. First, click here
  2. Enter your name and email to receive your mobile coupon
  3. Head over to Prohibition Bakery with your mobile coupon between now and April 13
  4. Tap the “Use Now” button in front of the merchant
  5. Enjoy your cupcake!

Fabulous Freebie! Free Cone Day!

This morning’s dreary weather does not make me excited for ice cream, but if you find yourself near a Ben & Jerry’s from 12-8pm, pop in today for a free cone. Locations are listed below.

  • Macys Herald Square, Macys – 4th Floor
  • 200 West 44th Street
  • Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level
  • 405 Washington Street, Hoboken
  • 104th & Broadway

Deal Alert! $1 Empanadas!

In honor of National Empanada Day, visit Favela Cubana on Laguardia between Washington and West 3rd for $1 empanadas today, starting at 11am. You can enjoy the beef and corn version at this cheap price for both dine-in or take-out.

Check out our review from a few years back.

We Tried It: MyClean.com (Plus $30 Off Coupon!)

Last week, I had the opportunity to try MyClean, a cleaning service where you can get quotes easily online, as well as 50pointschedule and pay for a cleaning.

Now, I’ve never experienced a cleaning service before, and before our maid showed up, I was quickly throwing all my clothes into the closet – I finally understood that feeling I had heard from friends growing up – about cleaning before the maid gets there.

We were in the house when our cleaning lady, Deborah, showed up, but if we had a doorman, we had the option of leaving our keys and Deborah could have come right in. With MyClean, you don’t have to worry about your belongings, which I know can be a concern – all of the staff at MyClean has background checks, completed a rigorous training, and are insured and bonded, meaning you’ll be covered if there is any accident.

We clean fairly regularly so I didn’t think I would notice a difference from the cleaning but honestly, it was a huge difference after Deborah finished up. The sink shined, our stovetop finally had stains off of it that I had spent hours trying to clean, and the hardwood floor was so clean I nearly slipped on it as I ran across in my socks. What a huge difference – and we could easily see what Deborah did because she left a 50 point checklist that all MyClean employees use to show you their level of work.

My cleaning was $130 for the Get It Clean package (I have a one bedroom), which is deal for those who haven’t cleaned in a few weeks. A Deep Clean package is also available which is ideal for moving in or out ($249). There’s also a Keep It Clean if you want to keep your home in tip-top condition and is ideal for those who book weekly. You can get a weekly subscription service if you’d like, and save 15% per clean.

I know you all can be a little frugal (hey, its 89th and Broke afterall), but I definitely would recommend MyClean’s Get It Clean twice a year for annual spring and fall cleaning. If you can pad your budget and do it more frequently, especially if you and your roommates fight about cleaning, it might be worth it to get the subscription. If I were to move again in the city, a Deep Clean would be ideal, as it’s one less thing to worry about during a very stressful time.

If you want to give MyClean a try, use the code “Whatadeal” to get $30 off your first cleaning. This code is for new customers only.

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