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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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Pay What You Want Today at the New Dig Inn

Visit the new Dig Inn at 16 E 23rd Street between Park and Madison and pay what you want for your lunch. This special runs from 11am – 2pm – but don’t be a total cheapskate – proceeds benefit UNICEF’s Next Generation in support of clean water projects.

Free Cupcakes Today!



Check out this offer below - free cupcakes from Sweetery today! Thanks, Ludmila, for the tip!cupcake Food Network

$1 Burritos, Tacos, Platos and Quesadillas at the New Dos Toros

Visit the new Dos Toros at 465 Lexington between 45th and 46th today! According to their Facebook page, there will be $1 burritos, tacos, platos and quesadillas. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Half-Off Frappuccinos at Starbucks Through May 10

I’ll admit it. I’ve been terrible at blogging lately – it’s just been super crazy at work but I’m hoping to be back more this week! 

If you’ve missed the news about this deal, figured I’d share it with you – especially on a day like today where you may be looking to cool down with a cold beverage this afternoon. From 3-5pm now through May 10, you can get half-off Frappuccinos at Starbucks. If you are a My Star Rewards member (remember I told you about this and how you can have your rewards card through the app?) the happy hour lasts until 6pm. Enjoy!

Free Cone Day at Carvel

Today, April 30, Carvel, America’s Freshest Ice Cream, is celebrating Free Cone Day. From 3 to 8 p.m., Carvel is treating guests to a free junior cone filled with fresh vanilla, chocolate or the unnamed (1)popular Nutella soft ice cream, which is only available until May 31. There aren’t a ton of Carvel locations, but you can find one near you here.

Carvel will also raise funds for the American Red Cross by selling coupon books, and has already committed to donate a minimum of $20K for disaster relief efforts.

$25 For All You Can Drink Beer and All You Can Eat Wings at Slainte on Mondays

I love beer and I love wings – so this deal has my name all over it. Mondays at Slainte on Bowery and 1st offers this fantastic deal – $25 gets you all you can eat wings and all you can drink Narraganset. Cheers!

$5 Uber Rides

If you are traveling within Manhattan below 125th Street through Sunday, consider user Uber’s uberPOOL feature. They are offering $5 flat rates when you select this option – if your route matches with a fellow passenger, you’ll pick that passenger up along the way and car pool. I’ve tried it before, and I’ve never matched, so chances are you may be able to scoop this $5 ride for yourself! New to Uber? Click here to get a free $20 credit.


I Tried It: Ipsy April 2015 Review

Full disclosure: I didn’t start wearing makeup until I graduated from college and my mom insisted I visit the Clinique counter before my move to the big city. Once living in the city, I have been well-connected with beauty friends who surprise me with samples. I’ve loved the thrill of diving into a bag, and pulling out random perfumes, eye shadows and falling in love with new products. So when I turned 30 and received some birthday money, instead of saving it, I decided to buy something for me – and that’s how I discovered Ipsy.

Ipsy essentially is that thrill I already described – you fill out a beauty quiz (aka a survey) on types of fun facts like eye colors, products you use the most, etc. and for $10 a month, you get a Glam Bag curated with 5 beauty products – some are full size products, some are samples. If you want additional savings, you can purchase a year subscription for $110. Ipsy was started by the YouTube sensation, Michelle Phan and she works with her stylists to select these different products.

So I signed up for Ipsy, and will admit, was turned off at first. It said I was on a wait list and the only way to skip it was to share on Facebook and ask my friends to join. I hate that stuff, so not cool. So I emailed them asking if I could skip the wait list because I was really excited about it. I learned though they convert Waitlisters in batches and always move a big group at the beginning of each month. Moral of the story – if you sign up now and don’t get in immediately, don’t worry.

I got alerted when my bag was being shipped. I opened it up and literally screamed that this bag was perfectly made for me! The theme was “Beautifully Bohemian” and included all of my favorite types of products, like:

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  • JulieG Nail Color: I love nail polish and a few years back, opted to skip a bi-weekly mani/pedi and save time and money and do it at home. The color Damsel is a fun “mid-ton”, perfect for spring. I put it on over the week with a Sally Hansen Bottom and Top Coat, and after 4 days – and lots of dishes – is just starting to chip at the tops of a few nails. Went on smooth and easy. Definitely would use again.
  • theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eye Shadow Single in Fit: I love eye shadows and exclusively wear any shade of brown (unless it’s a wedding and then I go fancy). While it’s a little lighter than what I’ve been wearing lately (it’s a light shimmery copper), will definitely go into the rotation.
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick: I love lipstick. I don’t wear it often but when I do, it makes me feel super dressed up. I got the Melted Peony shade which is a light pink. I like how easy this was to apply and that it didn’t leave my lips sticky, but could use a brighter color. Wasn’t a huge fan of the shade.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: Aside from regular shampoo, dry shampoo is one of my most recent hair care purchases lately so was excited to receive this travel size. I love using dry shampoo when lightly working out so you can extend a previous day’s style.
  • Aromachology Sophisticated & Sensual:  I love perfume – in fact I have a whole perfume bar in my room. I like that this was a light floral scent, not over powering. I also liked it was one of those roll on perfumes too vs. a mini spray!

Overall, I was very impressed with my first bag. Everything I’d use – maybe not daily – but definitely would test out and try. I’m already looking forward to my next Glam Bag.

If you want to give Ipsy a try, I encourage you to use my referral link. I’ll get points that can go to future samples at Ipsy.

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Reminder: Choice Streets Tickets Still on Sale

One of my favorite food events of the year – and quite possibly my favorite – is happening in two weeks –  Choice Streets! Held on the Intrepid on Tuesday, May 5, guests will enjoy samplings from 20+ food trucks and free drinks from 8-11pm. Tickets are $55 and last year, you got 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 plus a gift bag and an exclusive happy hour, tickets are $85. For $65, 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. It’s nice to avoid the crowds and start eating.

I like Choice Streets because unlike other food events, there’s a ton of space on the Intrepid, so you don’t feel like a sardine.

Here’s who is participating this year:

  • Andy’s Italian Ice
  • Big D’s Grub
  • Brooklyn Organic Coffee & Tea
  • Carl’s Steaks
  • Domo Taco
  • Gorilla Cheese
  • Korilla BBQ
  • Langos Truck
  • Mike ‘n Willie’s
  • Ponti Rossi
  • Snowday
  • Solber Pupusas
  • Sweet Chili
  • The Treats Truck
  • Valudcci’s Pizza
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

Here’s our list of favorites from last year’s event. Are you planning on attending Choice Streets?

Win Two Tickets to Clinton The Musical

As Hillary Clinton announces her run for president, here at 89th and Broke, we’re giving away two tickets to see Clinton the Musical.CLN_S030_375x375

The National Review calls this show, “Ribald and entertaining!  Clinton The Musical is every bit as outrageous as you might think.” Here’s the show’s description:

It’s 1992.  Scrunchies are in and mullets are out.  “Baywatch” is a hit and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year is Bill Clinton.  He’s optimistic, charismatic, and he’s bringing saxy back!  Clinton the Musical is a sensational and satirical look at the 42nd President, who upholds the ideals of Lady Liberty while simultaneously charming the pantsuit off her. With Hillary by his side, he’s bringing new life to the party.

If you don’t win the contest, you can still see the show at a great deal for $39 (tickets are regularly $75 – $95). To see the show at this special rate, visit telechargeoffers.com and use code CTRED49 or call 212-947-8844 and mention code CTRED49.

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