07/22/14 12:33pm
Photo by Sarah Gainer

Photo by Sarah Gainer

South   Food Games Outdoor Space 

629 5th Ave.
South Slope
(718) 832-4720

 


What it is: A neighborhood joint that serves up 40 beers, varying types of grilled cheeses and a whole lot of friendly vibes.

Why we love it: This is a great place to stop in, grab a beer, eat too much free popcorn, realize you’ve only had 1/40th of their beer menu, get some more beers, realize your are at 5/40th of their drink menu, go eat a grilled cheese in their backyard and then go back in for you 6/40.

Who to bring: Any beer snob who is not pretentious would love this place. Get them a few deep into the beer list at South and then challenge them at Buckhunter for who pays the next round.

What to order: Seriously, go in and have the bartender take the reigns. They have a great list of craft beers to accommodate anyone. They also have a timed appropriate happy hour with $1 off beer, wine and liquor from 6pm to 9pm seven days a week.

Fun Fact: Rosie Schaap, The New York Times drinking columnist and author, is a regular bartender here.—Emily Berninger


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07/22/14 12:00pm

Citi Bike might get a commuter tax break, but still no expansion on the horizon [amNewYork]
Internal police repot on Eric Garner shows cops didn’t mention chokehold [Daily News]
Thomas Friedman treats corporate sloganeering unquestioningly? Now we’ve heard everything [NYM]
Here is a video of Arsenal players trying to talk like New Yorkers [Deadspin]
Who do you meet at a dog park? [Slate]
Locals all love Williamsburg Starbucks, so we guess that fight is over [Bedford + Bowery]
Laugh at the person who paid $4.3 million for a messy bed being called “art” [New York Post]
Pity the poor people who can’t sell their Riverdale mansions [Observer]
Jill Abramson blames cars for NYC’s pedestrian deaths. Good for her! [Runnin' Scared]

07/22/14 11:00am
Good idea, Brooklyn Bridge. via Mark Weprin's Twitter

Good idea, Brooklyn Bridge. via Mark Weprin’s Twitter

Move over, brown goo in Gowanus, New York City has a new mystery to be collectively baffled by: Why has the American flag that proudly waves on top of the Brooklyn Bridge been replaced by the white flag of surrender? City Council member Mark Weprin spotted the flag and began asking questions this morning, and according to DNA Info, police are baffled and are looking at surveillance footage to see who could have pulled this off. Our theory? The Brooklyn Bridge, after standing tall for 131 years, is finally throwing in the towel. (more…)

07/22/14 9:47am
williamsburg j. crew

wow. such graffiti. much hipster. very art. via J. Crew

We tried to goof on the Williamsburg J. Crew by getting hold of the employee handbook for the store, but you know, it sounds like they’re doing a good enough job parodying themselves. From T Magazine:

“We didn’t want to just go and do graffiti,” says Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director. Initially, she wanted to keep the store’s facade as she’d found it — covered in posters and spray-painted tags. “Unfortunately when we did a survey of the space, the facade was actually in such poor shape we had to replace quite a bit of the brick,” she said. “We asked, ‘Who is a local artist who might be able to do help us tell people we’re coming in a way that’s not obvious and might be able to reference that graffiti sensibility — but making it feel more modern?’ ”

But forget about Lyons’s real employees for a second: what would Hannah Horvath think of a J.Crew moving into Williamsburg?

YES, WHAT? Just a reminder, that if you hear anyone make jokes about Williamsburg hipsters these days, that person is a terrible hack and should be tied to the tip of an ICBM and shot into space.

07/22/14 9:11am
hell's kitchen

Are you not afraid of this man? Then apply today! via Facebook

Hey there chefs, and chef wannabes (who can cook, this isn’t for you if you can’t cook), do you want a shortcut around our tips for moving up in the restaurant world? Do you not mind being yelled at by a large man holding a knife? Then you’re in luck, because Hell’s Kitchen is once again looking for a some chefs who want to make a name for themselves and don’t mind being screamed at by an on-camera lunatic! (more…)

07/21/14 4:03pm
mckibbin lofts

They’re just not figuring this out? Photo by Emily Paup

Hey, speaking of totally authentic NYC apartments, what’s up with the McKibbin Lofts lately? Last time we checked in with them, there was a totally authentic dumpster fire in front of the building. Today’s news? The Department of Buildings slapped the basement at 255 McKibbin Street with an order to vacate on Friday, according to a tip sent in to Gothamist, with the order saying that the basement’s conditions were “perilous to human life.” Looks like C.H.U.D.s finally have an opening to get their own slice of gentrification pie. (more…)

07/21/14 3:19pm
marmara park avenue hotel

Your apartment of course, looks just like this. via Marmara Park Avenue

You know how it is when you move to New York City. You call your friends and family back home in Topeka, Iowa or wherever you’re from and they drawl into the phone and ask if your apartment is JUST like the one from Sex in the City or Seinfeld or Girls or The Parent ‘Hood. It’s what people who don’t know any better expect when they come to New York, so of course a new hotel in Manhattan, the Marmara Park Avenue, is pitching themselves as a chance to stay in a real New York apartment. Just, you know, without any of the bad stuff. (more…)

bam movie marathon

Finally, Clueless will get the appreciation it deserves.

Charity marathons are a good idea in theory, but in practice? All that running, all that training, and it’s all on top of the time you spent hectoring people for money for whatever charity you’re trying to help. Better to spend time hectoring people for money and then sitting down to watch movies for 24 hours straight, which is a thing you can do now thanks to BAM’s 24-hour movie marathon in September. The only training you’ll need to do for this is watching Netflix late at night and making sure you stay awake. (more…)

07/21/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

Created By BlankSlate

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York is a city of islands. It has 520 miles of coastline — more than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined. Brooklyn alone, projecting outward from the Southwestern corner of Long Island, is mostly surrounded by water: the East River, the Upper and Lower New York Bay, Jamaica Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Three things you might know about the waters surrounding Brooklyn:

1. The waters around Brooklyn are rich with marine life. In fact, they were once, like, buy-a-brownstone rich, with 12-inch oysters and six-foot lobsters.

2. Back when explorers like Giovanni da Verrazzano and Henry Hudson (of bridge and river fame, respectively) sailed into New York Harbor, sturgeon were so abundant that the fish were considered hazardous to boat passage.

3. Today, despite decades of unchecked use, the New York seascape still hosts everything from whales, to seals, to more than 338 species of fish.

Most New Yorkers don’t even think about this rich marine life living just off their shores. The New York Aquarium is trying to change that, helping residents and visitors understand these vital waters, and protecting them from growing threats, including expanded shipping, dredging, overfishing, and energy development.

Back on its feet (or flippers) after Hurricane Sandy, the aquarium is also working on transforming itself for the future, and you can be a part of it. Check out the plans, which include a thrilling new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! You don’t have to be buy-a-brownstone rich to lend a hand. Donate today.

07/21/14 12:00pm

Oh no, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s relationship is in trouble according to anonymous sources [Post]
No, if this Gowanus date was like a Girls episode, it’d end with awkward sex [Irish Central]
Here’s a ridiculous new food line [Bedford + Bowery]
The chokehold cop lost his gun and badge [Metropolis]
Here’s what those sober, 7am raves are like [Gothamist]
Rich New Yorkers aren’t running from high taxes. Let’s tax them some more! [New York Times]
The Daily News fired a bunch of people [Capital]