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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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Fabulous Freebie! Free Samples at Grand Central!

Every Monday in July, enjoy complimentary samples at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall from 11am – 2pm and 4-7pm. The participating restaurants will be as follows:

Try This Trick! Fiverr!

Have you  heard of Fiverr? The site allows people to sell services – anything from designing a logo if you are thinking of starting your own blog, to getting a custom iPhone case designed, to getting a customized birthday message from a Marilyn Monroe lookalike to send to a friend. Best of all, these services start at just $5.  There is even an iPhone and Android app if you wish to browse the thousands of services offered on your phone.

If you also have any special talents, I recommend you check out Fiverr’s sellers community if you want to make some extra cash on the side. Every little bit helps!

Have you tried Fiverr before? What are your thoughts?


Fabulous Freebie! Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven

Enjoy a free small slurpee at 7-Eleven from 11am – 7pm today! Plus, if you download their app, you’ll get free offers all week long, including another free slurpee on July 19.  The list of freebies all week can be found here.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Ben & Jerry’s!

Tweet at @BenJerrysTruck using the hashtag #coretour between now and July 28 and they might stop by your office for a free scoop! 

Giveaway! Win Screenplays from Martin McDonagh, Writer of The Cripple of Inishmaan!

I had mentioned to you all before that Daniel Radcliffe was now on Broadway, starring in The Cripple of Inishmaan.  The show is running through July 20, so if you are a fan of Daniel’s, definitely get your tickets before then – and check out this backstage video.

We’re also giving away copies of two of Martin McDonagh’s other plays - The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West. Want to curl up with them? Leave a comment below by 11:59pm EST on 7/10 and tell us what you have enjoyed most about this summer!


Deal Alert! 56 Cent Pancakes!

The internet is buzzing today, because IHOP is offering Original Buttermilk Pancake Short Stacks for 56 cents!

Now for the fine print…this offer is valid at participating IHOP Restaurant locations only. You cannot use any other coupons or any other discounts and must dine-in. And keep in mind – one 56¢ Original Buttermilk Short Stack (3 Pancakes) per Guest. Find an IHOP here!

It’s Hot Out and the Public Pools are Open

It’s freaking hot out today. By 9:30 am, I was nearly sweating through my dress. The one cure on a day like today is the pool!

Not sure you want to give the public pool a try? Here’s my experience from a few years back at the pool in Astoria. The pools are open until Labor Day, so you have plenty of time to take a dip!

Original Review Posted July 12, 2011

Yesterday, I spent the day at the pool. As someone who has lived in New York for four years, I realize how weird it sounds to say that.

You can swim in dozens of pools in NYC, throughout the five boroughs. The pools are open from 11am – 7pm, and are closed daily from 3-4 pm for cleaning. Since I found myself off this week from work, I decided to check out the pool at Astoria Park, which is one of the oldest in the city.  At 330 x 165 feet long, it’s also one of the biggest in the city.

We showed up at about 1 pm, and there was no line to get into the pool. I had tried to stop by on the weekend, but the line was outrageous and wrapped around the building. My advice: go on a weekday if your schedule allows it, or consider showing up during the pool cleaning time to get in line, or right before it opens.

I’d check the rules of the pool you want to attend, but in Astoria, you cannot bring anything on to the pool deck but your sunscreen, a book, a towel, sun glasses and flip flops. Otherwise, they will make you lock everything up  so don’t expect to bring a picnic lunch (or eat it beforehand like we did!).  My advice is to bring the minimal amount of stuff you think you’ll need as well as a combination lock, since there are lockers available. I locked my items up and took a mandatory shower since they make you rinse off before heading to the pool. I carried out my towel and sunscreen to the pool deck (aka the cement) and found a spot to lay down my stuff while I headed into the pool.

It was 93 degrees out, so the pool was certainly refreshing. There were about 10 lifeguards on duty, and the pool was about 4 feet deep. For me, it was a great way to beat the heat without breaking the bank. And to my surprise, I thought the pool was really clean – there was nothing gross floating around and most people behaved themselves (although I did get splashed from time to time). I will say however, it did feel like a mean summer camp towards the end of my stay at the pool.  Around 2:45 pm you are asked to head to the locker room so they can clean the pool, and essentially, you are kicked out of the facility. I was rushing to change into my clothes, but the employees keep yelling at you and telling you to hurry. If you can ignore the yelling, you are fine, but just note that this isn’t the friendliest staff.

Hope you all get a few swims in this summer.

Deal Alert! $25 All You Can Eat Mussels!


Via We Heart Astoria

We Heart Astoria posted this great deal that is definitely worth coming out to Queens for if you are a mussels fan. For $25, you can get all you can eat mussels, plus fries, salad and dessert at Francis Cafe on 35th and Ditmars. PLUS – it is BYOB! Snag this special on Fridays from 5-10pm.

Old Navy Has a Flip Flop Vending Machine – and It’s Free!

Oh wow! Old Navy has flip flop vending machines all around the city. Follow them on Twitter to find their location, and tweet at them to get a free pair. If you don’t have time to get a free pair, you can snag them for $1 on Saturday.

Deal Alert! Papaya King Launches Food Truck with $1 Hot Dogs!

Papaya King is launching its food truck today on 52nd St. and 6th Ave. If you are there between 2-3PM, you can get a plain frank with sauerkraut for $1, or you can purchase a frank off of their regular menu for $3 with all the toppings.

The truck will be conveniently parked in midtown Manhattan, equidistant to each restaurant during the week (the restaurant locations are 86th Street and St. Marks) and in Flatiron, Soho, and Union Square on the weekends. To find out the exact location, you can find them on twitter at @PapayaKingTruck or go to their website www.PapayaKing.com.

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