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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 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.

On Broadway: Beautiful, the Carole King Musical

A few weeks back, I was invited to see Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. Now I had seen A Night with Janis Joplin back in the fall, and was a little nervous going into the show. With Janis Joplin, I felt like I was at her concert – and literally only knew two songs. With Carole King, I was familiar with maybe about two songs going into it – would this be the same thing? And it didn’t help that whenever I told folks I was going to the show, they said “Oh Carole King, that woman who sings Your So Vain?” For the record, that’s Carly Simon!

I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this show – it was one of my favorites that I had seen in a long time. Instead of it feeling like a concert, I felt like I was watching a story unfold, with songs written by Carole King weaved in throughout the show – her hits that you may know like So Far Away or You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman didn’t really come in to the end of the musical, so you got to learn all about her backstory. I had no idea she wrote songs like The Locomotion, songs for the Shirelles and more. I left the show listening to Carole King for the next week on Spotify (as did my cousin who was my plus 1) and found myself on Wikipedia learning more about her life.

If you want to see Beautiful but can’t afford the prices, consider getting rush tickets. A number of $40 tickets will be made available for each performance, for purchase day-of at the box office of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street between 6th and 7th). Tickets are subject to availability, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per person. There are also some partner offers like free drinks with ticket stub and things like that.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Coffee!

Here is how you can score free coffee this month:

Eating Event! Choice Streets Tickets on Sale at Noon!

Today at noon, Village Voice will start selling tickets to Choice Streets. Held on the Intrepid on Wednesday, May 7, guests will enjoy samplings from 20+ food trucks and free drinks from 8-11pm. Tickets are $50 and you will get a passport so you can get a sample at each truck that you visit (pending availability). If you want to get in as a VIP and get an extra hour of eating and exclusive access to a VIP happy hour, tickets are $70. If $70 seems like too much, for $60 you can get an early entry ticket and get an extra 30 minutes of eating. Honestly, if you want to avoid the lines and make sure you don’t miss out on any food, I’d recommend going early or VIP. There will be lines and you will wait, but I promise, it’s fun!

While the food truck list has not been released yet, this is who attended last year:

  • Andy’s Ice
  • Big D’s Grub
  • Comme Ci Comme Ca
  • Coolhaus
  • Desi Food Truck
  • Gorilla Cheese NYC
  • Hibachi Heaven
  • Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
  • La Bella Torte
  • Mac Truck
  • Mausam Curry ‘n Bites
  • Mexico Blvd
  • Miami Food Machine
  • Mike N’ Willie’s
  • Neapolitan Express
  • Nuchas
  • Palenque
  • Rhong Tiam
  • Seoul Food
  • Solber Pupusas
  • Souvlaki GR
  • Valducci’s Original Pizza
  • Wafels & Dinges

 

Deal Alert! Free Slice of Cake with Purchase!

According to reader Stephanie, Glaser’s Bake Shop (1670 1st Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets) is giving away a free piece of cake with purchase–white sheet cake with either lemon or chocolate frosting, in honor of the shop’s 112th birthday.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Naan!

Keep an eye on the Stonefire Naan Twitter feed through Wednesday, April 9. We received a tweet saying that their food truck is roaming the streets of NYC, handing out free naan. Locations are shared through the Twitter feed, and last we heard, the truck may be en route to Portchester, for those of you who live outside the city.

Deal Alert! $5 Walking Tours!

It officially feels like spring this week – and Walks of New York, a new tour operator here in the city, is celebrating by offering walking tours of NYC for a suggested donation of $5 – regularly, these start at $35, now through April 7. 

Walks of New York is a brand extension of Walks of Italy, which has received praise from publications like Fodor’s, AFAR and USA Today. These tours are also pretty small (limited to 12 people), so you won’t have to worry about missing any info. If you have friends or family coming this weekend, or want to explore a new neighborhood, you may want to take advantage of this deal this week.

All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. In order to view the special pricing, the tour must first be added to your cart, then click “Checkout.”

Tours include:

Highlights of New York Tour  – Uncover the secrets of Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the New York Public Library, and Times Square. The Highlights of New York Tour delves into the heart of Gotham, exploring the architectural gems and historic landmarks of Midtown Manhattan.

Lower East Side Stories: Traditional New York Culture & Food – New York’s Lower East Side has been home to immigrants for two centuries and played a significant role in shaping America. Journey through the fascinating neighborhood, exploring its historic sites and learning how the immigrants lived, worked, worshiped and celebrated.  Visit a historic synagogue, tour the neighborhood’s distinctive shops and galleries, and taste some its classic foods, including fresh pickles, bagels and old-world delicatessen.  Along the way, encounter some of the neighborhood’s intriguing residents, and hear stories of its famous denizens…and infamous gangsters.

Meet the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met Museum, the nation’s largest art museum, can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate.  This concise, informative, and entertaining tour transports you through four millennia of art while enjoying highlights of the vast collection of masterworks. Explore the development of art, from ancient Egyptian temples, Greek and Roman works, European masterpieces, Asian Art to American classics.  Along the way learn fascinating details of great works and artists in this illuminating tour of the world’s finest art.

B&H New York Photography Tour – The Big Apple is a feast for the camera. Get the most from your visit and your equipment with this small group New York Photography Tour. A professional photographer will guide you through the Meatpacking District and along the High Line, where you’ll learn the tricks of the trade – from changing your camera settings, to capturing the best skyline pictures and the most interesting macro shots. The tour concludes at B&H Photo’s superstore, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive demonstration of the latest photography equipment & gadgets.

 

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