10/31/14 1:55pm
cypress hills cemetery

Hey, maybe you’ll make it here after all. via Facebook

So you were all set to make sure that one day you were going to be a New York City resident…forever. Then you read our investigation on how much it costs to get buried in Brooklyn and you figured you’d just try to dig a shallow grave in a construction site instead. But wait! Turns out that in true NYC thrift fashion, you can buy a secondhand grave. Some of them are only slightly used! (more…)

10/31/14 12:30pm

The story behind the world’s best Halloween video [Sideshow]
What killed 3rd Ward? A rush to get investors, mostly [CulturalWeekly]
Just a drill bit almost smashing through a packed F train, nothing to see here [Daily News]
Don’t talk like a robot when doing customer service for the City of New York [DNA Info]
Red Hook is getting a big glass office development [New York YIMBY]
NYC’s top cop resigns abruptly [New York Times]
How often do you shout “Fuggedaboudit” at the Statue of Liberty? [Clickhole]
How someone’s crappy Bushwick loft became a crime scene [Brick Underground]

10/31/14 12:00pm

brooklyn-i-heart-ny-mug-gotham-brokerage-insuranceWelcome to your new apartment | Jennine Jacob via Flickr

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10/31/14 11:07am

If you’re still in morning over 5Pointz, you might not want to watch the above video of it’s five-pointed star being torn down by a crane (courtesy of Untapped Cities, who also has more pictures of the building coming down) and crumbling into dust about one second after being unmoored from the rest of the building. As for the rest of us who might be sad but not super attached, well, here it is just in time for Halloween, another reminder that everything dies, even art. (more…)

10/31/14 10:09am

Franky doesn’t give a shit if you know what a bodega is.

Taylor Swift was elected mayor of Times Square last week and we don’t remember voting for her but whatever. Despite the rage aneurysm Dave gave himself, I can’t spend much time worrying about what a lady who released her album through a Target exclusive has to say about New York, because talking too much about these things only makes them stronger, like some sort of blonde X-Man whose mutation is the power to summon a smothering tidal wave of thinkpieces.

Anyway, we asked you last week what your real NYC anthem was, and you came through big time, with a greatest hits collection of jams so good, we put them into a Spotify playlist to share with you. It runs the Gotham gamut, from Sinatra and Gershwin to Jay Z and the Beasties, from LCD Soundsystem and the Ramones to Black Star and the Julie Ruin. Pump it through your headphones the next time you’re stuck behind tourists with Target bags on the Manhattan sidewalk and need to remember that the city is big enough to have a song for every person. (more…)

sunshine laundry

It’s gonna be bumping

In case you were unaware, the marathon is this Sunday. No, we don’t mean the New York City marathon, we don’t care for people in better shape than us. We mean the third Sunshine Laundry pinball marathon, during which, Greenpoint’s famed laundromat/pinball arcade Sunshine Laundry (860 Manhattan Avenue) will make all of their machines free for the duration of the NYC Marathon. Can your flipper fingers handle that kind of intensity? We hope so. (more…)

146 Fenimore Street

Do you live here? Sorry. via Google Street View

Real estate speculation! Sometimes it takes the form of horrible arson. Oftentimes, it takes much more banal, but somehow more unappealing-sounding forms, like this article in Real Estate Weekly about Pittsburgh-based HLC Equity buying a building in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Why are they doing it, and what’s their plan? Funny you should ask!

Farber said he saw 146 Fenimore Street as the ideal first investment in Brooklyn because of its proximity to several subway lines and the neighborhood’s untapped, fast-growing potential…convincing Farber that Prospect Lefferts Gardens is on the cusp of a major influx of white-collar residents.

Most of the building’s units are rent-stabilized, and HLC plans to slowly renovate the entire building.
“We could probably sell it at a profit right now,” Farber said. “But we want to hold on to it.”

Well, sucks to be you, rent-stabilized resident’s who we’re sure won’t be harassed in any way by your out-of-town landlords betting on “more white-collar residents.” Just to be sure though, don’t forget that you’ve got rights when it comes to improvements, and your rent in general.

jimmyjane bullet

Way, way better than fun-size Jujubees

It’s kind a bummer that now that we’re adults, people are less into the idea of giving us free stuff in exchange for dressing as Superman or Aquaman or Slutty Jon Stewart on Halloween, but we guess that’s just part of life. What’s this though? Babeland in Park Slope (462 Bergen Street) is getting into the spirit of the holiday tomorrow, giving away vibrators to the first 25 people who show up the the store tomorrow. You don’t have to show up in a costume, but there’s a potential reward in it. (more…)

10/30/14 12:47pm

brooklyn-breweryThe Brooklyn Brewery       

79 North 11th Street
(between Berry and Wythe)



bk brew 3

What it is: A world-famous craft beer brewery right here in our backyard.

Why we love it: Since opening in 1998, its year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained notoriety around the world, leading to its distribution in 25 states, 20 countries and god knows how many pleased palates. Hop on one of the weekend tours for free any Saturday or Sunday (Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. on the half hour), make a reservation for a small batch tour or just enjoy the space for what it was made for: drinking beer.

Who to bring: It’s a great place to impress your family, your friends from other boroughs or your out-of-town visitors begging for something to do they can write home or post on Facebook about. Seriously, though, this place is a melting pot (kettle?) of everyone who likes beer, from the loyal locals to the Manhattanite day drinkers to the obvious tourists who all join together in pursuit of the most beautiful thing on earth: beer.

What to get: Beer, obvs. Bar offerings include year-round and seasonal beers for $5 each or 5 for $20, and if you’re hankering for some eats, you can order in from neighboring restaurants and eat at one of the communal tables throughout the beer hall. Tables fill up quickly, though, so snag your spot early if sitting while you eat is your thing.

Fun fact: Brooklyn Brewery regularly hosts Funny Story with Tom Shillue, a comedian/storyteller who regularly appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Redeye with Greg Gutfeld and his own Comedy Central Stand Up special.—Cat Wolinski

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10/30/14 12:00pm

Bed-Stuy is getting a locally-sourced general store [DNA Info]
There was maybe a race problem with the catcalling video [Slate]
Literally one million people have been arrested for pot possession in NYC since 1980 [Gotham Gazette]
Cabbies aren’t peeing enough, apparently [ANIMAL]
Shake Shack has crinkle cut fries again, if that’s what you’re into [Gothamist]
People in NYC are less likely than the rest of the state to have employer-provided insurance [Crain's]
Two years on from Sandy, here’s what’s happening [Sheepshead Bites]
Andrew WK is trying to look at the positives of gentrification [Bedford + Bowery]