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)
Williamsburg

718-486-7422

 

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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]

10/30/14 11:12am
Just like the good old days. via Anchor Light

Just like the good old days. via Anchor Light

It’s been a little while since the days of landlords burning down their building in New York for fun and insurance money. After all, it’s much more fun and profitable to just jack up the rent, regardless of whether it’s legal or not. So we’ve gotta hand it to the building owner in Bed-Stuy who allegedly decided that he wanted to burn down a building he owns that’s being squatted in and then sell the land for profit, rather than the old timey reason of collecting insurance money. That kind of vintage move, but with a modern twist, is exactly the kind of thing that fits into modern day New York City. Also it fits because it’s people acting like goddamn monsters over real estate. (more…)

10/30/14 9:50am
Will you be this year's zombie prom king or queen? Or will they just eat your brain?

Will you be this year’s zombie prom king or queen? Or will they just eat your delicious brains? via Facebook

1. If you don’t want to buy a halloween costume just go get it drawn on you at these tattoo shops for $31! (Friday)

2. Go liquor treating at a rye whiskey with rock candy syrup tasting at at the Greene Grape. (Friday)

3. Eight of Swords is celebrating Halloween and their third anniversary with music, dancers, costume contests, and the opening of their newest art show, Arise O’ Ancient Ones. (Friday)

4. Spend Halloween with bands covering Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cure, and Pantera at Spike Hill. (Friday) (more…)

10/30/14 9:10am
morningstar tattoo

Dibs on that gremlin-looking thing

Halloween is the time for tricks, treats, and flash tattoos. We rounded up four shops offering $31 tatto deals in honor of the spookiest time of year. So gather your courage and get inked with the creepiest tat you can find…if you dare. (more…)

10/29/14 4:29pm
running late with scott rogowsky

Three years of sitting at a desk with his initials on it. via Facebook

Think about the things that you’ve done for three years straight. Not too many things come to mind, beyond “staying employed”do they? No, because commitment to anything is terrible and we fickle millennials run from any use of the c-word. We gotta hand it to Scott Rogowsky then, because tomorrow, Thursday October 30, he’s celebrating doing three years of Running Late with Scott Rogoswky, which in terms of talk shows means that he lasted longer than when Conan had The Tonight Show. We’ve also gotta hand it to him because instead of charging a premium, Scott is throwing open the doors and making this a free show, and everyone knows laughter is better when it’s free. (more…)

10/29/14 2:35pm

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After the anomalous smattering of reasonably-priced 2- and 4-bedroom apartments these past months, BK real estate seems t0 have settled back into the nice-and-easy 3-bedroom setup. You know what that means: no having an impromptu threesome with your roommates and no coupling and forcing one of you to be the third-wheel renter. Seriously! Good things come in threes, (except for a magical rent-stabilized 2-bedroom we found) as long as you don’t fuck it up. And these apartments are totally worth not fucking up for. (more…)

the gate

Who could object to this? via Facebook

There’s nothing like a dog-friendly bar, at least for most of us out there. Drinking and beer and petting dogs, it’s just a great way to live. Some people apparently can’t handle that kind of awesomeness though, as Park Slope Stoop and DNA Info reported, some monster called 311 to complain about the fact that Park Slope’s The Gate lets people bring their dogs in. Obviously there are worse people in the world, but we’re gonna put you in the top 5 this week, anonymous 311 narc. (more…)