Being Citybroke is about perspective. It’s about seeing glitter in the gutter and a sense of humor when life is giving you everything you don’t exactly want and you’re hanging on for a dream that you sometimes can’t remember.
It’s not sales or survival - it’s an electronic letter from the trenches. It’s what suits who make $60K in at age 24 can’t even imagine. It’s Freedom. It’s Poverty. It’s Broken. It’s Beautiful.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Free Ice Cream from our Favorite Hippies

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year - it's Ben & Jerry's free cone day! To celebrate the birthday of every stoner's best friend, on April 29th each year participating Ben & Jerry's give away one free cone of your choice. It appears they are turning 30 this year - so light one up and check out locations here. And while you're on the website kill some time playing an awesome birthday game, or upload a message of peace on their random-but-just-sort-of works John Lennon tribute page.

Monday, April 21, 2008

When I Was Your Age...

My first job was in 8th grade as a referee for 5-year-old soccer games. It was zone soccer (you know, where the field is separated into little squares resulting in way less exerted energy than real soccer), and I was paid about $8/hr. Now, kids find their first job on sites like Tutors wanted for "Ivy bound" - apparently the WASPiest tutoring company around - can make between $30 and $50 an hour - what?! That's about what I'm making right now. Thanks a lot, mom and dad, for totally ripping me off paying me 5 bucks to wash the car. Now I clearly don't value myself high enough. So, those of you reading this who are unfortunate enough to have a teenager (or I guess maybe you are one), this is a great site as long as you live in the New York, D.C. or Philly area.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Free Music/Party With College Students

The annual Culture Shock festival that takes place each year on the SUNY Purchase campus is scheduled for next weekend, April 15 and 16. I have never heard of this before but it looks interesting and I totally would to go, but I now live in Real Life and don't have the luxury of getting wasted in the middle of the week anymore (well, at least not during the day...well, at least while not sitting at my desk during the day). The impression I get is that Culture Shock is like Bonnaroo meets your local county fair. Pretty good music with a bunch of semi-hippy/rich New Jersey/New York college kids running around. But, best of all, it's FREE. Bad news is you have to have a car or be willing to take the Metro North outside of the city limits (gasp!) to a strange place with green things called grass and trees grow. Some of the musical highlights are Atlas Sound (dude from Deerhunter) and Deerhoof. For the full line-up and directions go to BrooklynVegan.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Rich Folks Follow Our Lead

It turns out that shoppers who can afford couture are flirting with "fast fashion," or cheap look alike threads found at H&M and Topshop - places that we frequent.
It turns out, the stuff we buy looks sweet enough to go with a $6000 handbag and $800 pair of heels. Lauren Sherman breaks it down.