Last weekend I partnered with an app that handles my money, transfers, and expenses, to show you guys around some of my favorite haunts in my neighborhood. I'm always on the hunt for new apps that can be useful to me (Take a look at this piece I wrote last year about my favorite apps.) so I jumped at the chance when ChimpChange asked if I'd be willing to try out their service.
ChimpChange makes it easy for me to transfer money to anyone instantly. For someone who thrifts a lot with friends the worst thing is realizing I only have my cards when a shop is cash-only. When you just can't leave behind that amazing vintage find your only options are to A) go on the hunt for an ATM or B) ask your friend to cover you. With ChimpChange you can instantly transfer money to your friend via the app while they pay in cash. It’s a win-win situation because the funds are transferred immediately.
Another detail I’m digging about the app is that it comes with its own Mastercard linked to my account. I can use it like any other debit card for purchases and withdrawals, for online shopping or brick and mortar boutiques.
Besides everyday shopping, the number one thing I’m jazzed about is traveling with my ChimpChange app. As a habit I load money onto prepaid cards when I leave NYC. It’s safe because I can leave my bank card in my hotel, and only take a prepaid card out on the town, decreasing the chance of theft or loss. With ChimpChange I can load money by transferring it from my bank account, or in person with cash. Unlike a prepaid card, I can withdraw money from my ChimpChange card on the go. If I’m in Los Angeles and I find a bad ass cash-only dive bar, I can withdraw money from my ChimpChange card and don’t need to take my bank card anywhere as a back up.
I highly recommend downloading the app (currently available on iPhone, soon on Android). There are a ton of examples in which it’s useful for me so I hope you find it works out for your too. Below, find my favorite Bushwick spots for weekend hangs where I used my ChimpChange card last Sunday!
146 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Variety Coffee is my new go-to coffee around Myrtle-Wyckoff thanks to a tip from my friend (and fellow blogger) Jamal! It has beautiful interiors with large windows that make for the perfect setting for working or leisure time. Not to mention, the coffee is superb. Another thing I really appreciate about Variety is the playlists the baristas create. They play really good music, not the usual "singer-songwriter-coffee-shop music."
50 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Heavy Woods is a special place to my boyfriend and I. We usually go every weekend for a work session or simply to brunch and hang out (See "Weekend @heavywoods ritual with bae part one and two," haha). This time we went all out with bacon bloody marys and brunch dishes. The menu offers indulgent New-Orleans style plates that don't require me leaving my neighborhood to eat. I highly recommend the "Red Eye Bandit." It's a couple of biscuits dripping in gravy topped with ham, finished with eggs on top. Think of it as a southern "benedict." It's utterly delicious and I promise you won't regret it!
159 Central Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Maite is a new bar and restaurant that just opened in Bushwick less than two months ago. Though I haven't gotten a chance to try the food, I did sample a few cocktails. So far, the Anita is my favorite. It's the perfect summertime combination of cristal, rosemary, ginger beer and lime. The place is thoughtfully decorated, with a hodgepodge of tables and chairs in different styles all occupying the space in harmony. With a light-flooded dining hall, I will certainly be stopping by here on summer afternoons to enjoy some cool cocktails.