We knew the police blotter, we served with the police blotter, and you map, are no police blotter
Earlier today we were gnashing our teeth, as we do, about the death of the police blotter and it’s myriad wonders. And like some parent trying to distract a kid from the death of their dog by buying them a new, worse dog, the NYPD has released an interactive crime map of their own. “See?” they say, “It’s just the same as the thing you used to have and loved!” Except it isn’t, because it doesn’t even give any details and WE HATE IT. (more…)
The medical field is one of those things that is basically alchemy to us, given all the experience we have with it and our utter lack of contact with it due to being uninsured/young and unbreakable. That’s why we’re glad Gina Bellafante at the Times let us know what’s happening in the exciting field of medicine in New York. Except what’s happening there is that doctors aren’t taking insurance and setting themselves up as doctor concierges (docierges?) to people who are willing to pay $25,000 per year for the privilege. And the service comes with all sorts of life-extending extras, so basically our billionaire oligarch class will never die. (more…)
He was right all along, and he didn’t even need to go to Harvard
Nobody likes paying rent, except for maybe those weird kids you went to school with who’d remind the teacher about homework. But at least we can rest easy knowing that the rent we’re paying isn’t slowly sending us to the poorhouse because it hasn’t massively shot upwards while our wages have gone down just as quickly. Wait, what’s that? A fancy Harvard study, America’s Rental Housing, found that that’s the exact thing that’s happening? It’s almost like capitalism is a heartless endeavor that only favors the rich or something. (more…)
One of the reasons New York is so great is that in plenty of neighborhoods, you don’t need to own a car. But when it’s raining, you’ve got things to transport or your subway line is down, the humble taxi driver is there to pick your non-car owning self up from your decision. And not only do they drive you where you need to go, they’ll shoot the shit with you and make your ride that much more interesting. So what better way to pay tribute to the cabbies of our lives than buying a taxi driver beefcake calendar, so that cabbies can always be with you?
Here’s a fun fact: Brokelyn was founded thanks to the generosity of a deceased cabbie (this is true), so maybe we’re a little biased in this situation. But we think cabbies are great, and absolutely deserving of this sexy calendar, made by Philip Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin. And not only does this full color calendar come with one full year of New York’s hunkiest cabbies showing you their sensitive, hardworking and party sides (above), 100% of the proceeds goes to University Settlement, New York’s oldest settlement house that works to help immigrant families and working people. And maybe you should carry this on your person if you buy it, so you can get an autograph if one of these men will pick you up in their cab one day. $14.99, online (more…)
One of the joys of looking at the news is the police blotter. Yes, it’s informative and alerts you to potential dangers in your neighborhood and city, but it’s also the place you go to for bizarre stories like the man who thought he was a pirate in Bensonhurst. But Brooklynites are going to have to find a new source of crime-based entertainment (perhaps Criminal Minds?), because apparently the NYPD is doing away with the practice of sharing police blotter information. (more…)
If the photo booth is this fun, just imagine how great the rest of the party is. Photo by Sarah Gainer
We knew the No Office Holiday Party (happening Thursday, have you RSVP’ed yet?) was a big deal for the likes of us humble bloggers and freelancers. But it turns out it’s also an awesome sociological event for the New York Times to talk about, so they invited us to talk about it in their “Room for Debate” about office Christmas parties. Here’s a couple paragraphs from our editorial, be sure to read the whole thing!
After all, don’t people who toil in co-working spaces and coffee shops and apartments also deserve to bask in the pleasures of karaoke, vodka luges and electric sexual tension with people who have similar lives? Shouldn’t freelancers be able to celebrate their ability to chase down work like wolves without the peace of mind of an auto-deposit every two weeks?
At the “No Office Holiday Party,” we’re celebrating not just the holidays but the young laptop nomads, coffee shop dwellers and gig workers who chisel away at their passion project in the cracks between babysitting or stocking chickpeas. Working alone doesn’t mean you actually are alone. And besides, not having to go into an office the next day means not having to combine a hangover with fluorescent lights.
There’s nothing like your neighborhood coffee shop. Even though they all exist to do the same thing, which is to pump legally acceptable speed into your brain, each one does it a little differently. Whether one specializes in latte art, sourcing the most magical coffees from the far-flung corners of the world or they just always hire incredibly cute baristas, the neighborhood coffee shop is far from a homogenous enterprise. And now Williamsburg is getting themselves another independent operator to add to their collection of them, a new place called…Starbuck’s? Sorry, no, Starbucks. Williamsburg is getting a Starbucks, and they’re hiring. (more…)
Has this happened to you? Learn what your rights are if it does
You’ve got a lot in life to worry about, between work, relationships and the knowledge that one day the sun will implode and end all life on Earth. So why would you want to add not knowing your rights in a tenant/landlord dispute to that list, when you can get a free crash course in your rights as a tenant this weekend at the Silent Barn? Sorry, they won’t be able to do anything about that whole “extinction of all life” thing. But no one can! (more…)