01/26/15 12:00pm

Here’s the East New York rezoning plan [New York YIMBY]
Shelly Silver will still kind of be around [Capital]
Scenes from this year’s stupid fun Idiotarod [Bedford + Bowery]
Police ticket straphangers fleeing the bum car smell [Queens Crap]
Orson Welles: Failed Post columnist [New York Post]
People are either happy or sad about Continental closing [Grub Street]
Your friend might be a snob, but should you be a jerk about it? [The Awl]

01/23/15 4:29pm


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-We were unimpressed with SNL’s trip to Bushwick

-Here’s all you need to know about doing music and comedy PR

-The MTA fare hike got here

-Adult preschool showed up too, and it’ll only cost you $333. What a bargain!

-Peak-say ood-gay pig latin? A fancy Cambridge study wants you

-We searched from the top (Greenpoint) to the bottom (Bay Ridge) of BK for cheap apartments

-The girls from Broad City focused on leaning in for episode two

-We met the lawyer who’ll rescue your security deposit

-An expert had advice on how not to die falling through a sidewalk cellar door

-We loved Lock Yard enough to make it our back yard and we loved sitting and sipping at Sayra’s Wine Bar

01/23/15 2:40pm
bushwick street art

WAR! via Instagram user Zexo

Bushwick might be hot enough to be the world’s seventh-coolest neighborhood, have shitty hotels “inspired” by it and get SNL and SantaCon to take a look at it, but that doesn’t mean it’s Park Slope. Bushwick can still be ravaged by WAR, although in this case it’s a graffiti vs. street art civil war that ANIMAL found, as spray paint can holding brother is turning against spray paint holding brother in a defacement battle over authenticity and gentrification. We haven’t enjoyed a Bushwick story like this since the one where Droid907 was interviewed sitting in a ditch and waiting to hop a freight train. (more…)

01/23/15 12:48pm

We know, we know, there’s some kind of death storm coming this weekend that’s going to bring bad weather and bad vibes. Allegedly. But think about how many times the weather has lied to you before. We mean, it’s sunny right now as we write this post. In that spirit of not trusting the weather, we think the smartest thing to do is make a whole bunch of weekend plans using this video of us and our pal Richard Burroughs from the Brooklyn Reader as your guide. After all, there’s so much going on this weekend just from our picks alone, how could you let a little Nor’easter ruin your fun? (more…)

01/23/15 12:03pm

It’s taking the MetroCard forever to die [The Atlantic]
R.I.P. Continental, maybe [Eater]
Here are the NYC restaurants where rats like to eat [Vocativ]
Oh what a surprise, the Lyceum is being turned into condos [DNA Info]
Tenant groups want to kill off the 421-a affordable housing tax abatement [Capital]
Walk a mile in a dead man’s skin [Dangerous Minds]
Teen in trouble for alleged emoji-made police threat [Daily News]

01/23/15 11:27am
bad landlord

You’ll be safe, maybe

Remember the “tenant blacklist,” the list that companies made using publicly available information on tenants who went to Housing Court, that landlords then used to figure out who they wouldn’t rent to? We could see why you might forget, it was a few months ago, so go and read about it and then come back here and be enraged. Or maybe not too enraged, because just as you start to bellow “Won’t someone do something?” we will let you know that yes, someone is doing something. According to Gothamist, four City Council members have sponsored a bill to make the tenant blacklist just another useless collection of pages. Like SkyMall! (more…)

01/23/15 10:22am

All that practice will pay off in the reward you really want: BOOZE. via Facebook

Hey sports fans, tired of disappointing New York sports in your life? You wouldn’t be if you liked hockey, but fine, we get it, you just won’t get on that Rangers bandwagon. There’s another place you can get sporting satisfaction though, at least if you have some skillz, because Brewskee-Ball is back for another skeeson at the Full Circle Bar. And while there’s obviously a lot of pride on the line every time you roll, this time there’s something just as important at stake: booze booze booze. (more…)

01/22/15 1:47pm

At a certain point in a New York City curmudgeon’s life, all of them eventually say “Enough! This city isn’t what it used to be!” The Kroll Show‘s Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland spent their time in last night’s episode running down why they’re done with New York, from the lack of blackout rioting to Chipotle and Starbucks on every corner to the fact that “you can’t even smoke in a hospital anymore.” So they’ve come to the conclusion that so many young writers have come to and declared “Screw off New York!” Unlike all those young writers penning their leaving New York essays though, at least these two do the only honorable thing and commit suicide rather than actually move to some lesser, crappy city. (more…)

01/22/15 12:47pm
mta fare hike

FEED ME. via Flickr user Eric Fischer

We’ve known for a couple of months now that a fare hike was definitely coming this year, and we’ve also known for sure that it would mean a monthly card was going to be $116.50. Whew that’s a lot of money. Almost enough to buy a bike, hint hint. The one thing we didn’t know for sure whether the base fare for a ride on the train would run you $2.50 or if it would go up to $2.75. Now we know though, and surprise surprise, the MTA picked the more expensive option. (more…)

01/22/15 12:03pm

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver finally arrested [New York Times]
Meet Preet Bharara, the man who nailed him [BuzzFeed]
Even Anne Hathaway has been affected by all those Brooklyn venues that closed [Page Six]
Death to the indie dramedy [AV Club]
City Hall Park has some different squirrels [Runnin' Scared]
That LaGuardia AirTrain wouldn’t be faster than other ways to get to the airport [Streetsblog]
Oregon’s secret history as an attempted racist utopia [Gizmodo]
Here’s a look at a donut shop in a car wash [Untapped Cities]