09/15/14 1:16pm
brooklyn lounge

An ace place to go chuck a wobbly mate! via Facebook

If there’s one business plan people seem to think is foolproof, it’s slapping “Brooklyn” on a thing and then waiting for the money to roll in. So, in the grand tradition of the Brooklyn Athletic Club, Bar Brooklyn and Sbarro Brooklyn, welcome Perth, Austalia’s Brooklyn Lounge. We guess this is pretty good retaliation for making three (THREE!) Crocodile Dundee movies and never apologizing. (more…)

09/15/14 12:03pm

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: How dense is dense enough [Crain's]
Surge is coming back, because we’re all idiots. Thanks, 90′s kids [BuzzFeed]
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks took Brooklyn Heights back to a time before gentrification [Gothamist]
That modular construction that was gonna save money for Atlantic Yards? Yeah, no [AY Report]
Big idea: Turn parking lots into housing [New York Times]
Hannibal Buress, talking Hannibal Buress stuff [Observer]
It’s Big Straight Ice Cream, because it’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Or something [Eater]
Batman, Spider-Man team up to fight handsy heckler in Times Square [New York Post]

09/15/14 10:19am

Don’t walk around like you own the place…unless you’re Charles Bronson. via Flickr user aliabdallah

So you’ve just invested in your million-dollar Bed-Stuy dream townhouse. Wait, sorry, let’s try that again, in a more realistic way. So you and your 2 roommates just signed a lease for a $3200 2-bedroom in Bed-Stuy or Bushwick, and you’re excited about your cool new neighborhood and its uh…bright future. That is until you read the Post this morning and found out that despite what that friendly real estate agent told you, crime still exists in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick. “But they told me all the crime was gone!” you say to no one in particular in your suddenly unsafe apartment, as you prepare to become just another statistic. (more…)

09/15/14 9:01am
bicycle roots

Protect your soft skull, for less. via Bicycle Roots

Welp, it’s just about fall, so that means it’s time to put your bike in storage until spring, right? Wrong! In the fall, you can ride your bike without turning into a sweaty mess, which means you can still avoid paying for a MetroCard unless absolutely necesarry, and still get places earlier than your friends. You can do all of that even cheaper than usual too, because Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights) is having themselves a big sale, chopping prices on things like bikes, bags, jackets and of course, helmets. It is, after all, the fall. (more…)

09/12/14 4:57pm
umi nom

Go eat at Umi Nom this weekend, and bring your drink of choice. You can do that. via Facebook

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-At Brooklyn’s best BYOB restaurants, you make the booze pairings

-The Brooklyn Book Fest is coming

-Bed-Stuy’s future sure was white

-The library had jobs for you

-So do these other, less reading-focused places

-It was never too late to learn, at least with these cheap or free classes

-Death By Audio was at death’s door

-At least Junior’s stuck around

-Vogue didn’t think Bushwick was cool last year, but changed their tune

-We lovd Hamilton’s, we loved Brouwerji Lane, so check ‘em out

09/12/14 1:56pm
rocka rolla

What’s a little listeria between friends though, really? Photo by David Colon

It’s not every day that Williamsburg gets an awesome new bar, especially since these days Williamsburg is fast becoming the domain of complete fucking assholes. Still, we were heartened to see the appearance of Rocka Rolla (486 Metropolitan Avenue), a rock and roll bar with a party vibe and gigantic beers for not much money. Sadly, the squares at the Health Department didn’t seem to share our love of the new bar and slapped the food truck in the back with a violation. This also supports our theory that the bar is clearly on a cursed corner. (more…)

09/12/14 12:00pm

Instagram is the key to unlocking Crown Heights today [Tablet]
A look inside the Newtown Creek poop eggs [Gizmodo]
No drivers are being charged for killing pedestrians under a new Vision Zero law [Streetsblog]
Here’s a time-lapse video of One World Trade Center going up [City Lab]
Citi Bike is making bank from late fees [New York Post]
The next, booze-filled Williamsburg Starbucks hits a roadblock [Eater]
Fake dentists: The perfect crime, until they were caught [Sheepshead Bites]

09/12/14 9:30am
brooklyn rent

Brooklyn! Now 1.5% cheaper! via Flicker user Ryan

It seems like whenever we talk about the rent around these parts, there’s a lot of gnashing of teeth and shaking our fists at the heavens, because the rent, it’s always going up. Well let’s all put on our party hats and stop cursing an uncaring God for five minutes because Brooklyn’s median rent actually dropped last month. By $44. Hey wait where are you going, you could buy like two used XBox games with that kind of cash. (more…)

clinton hill flea

Soon this empty lot will fill the emptiness inside you, with stuff. via Fort Greene Focus

Flea markets, everyone wants one! Fresh on the heels of Crown Heights getting the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, here comes word from Fort Greene Focus that Clinton Hill is getting a bread-based flea market, the Clinton Hill Flea. Well, maybe not bread-based, since it’s not like you’ll be able to pay for things like bread, but the Clinton Hill Flea at least seems to have an emphasis on bread. (more…)

09/11/14 12:00pm

What no one can forget is the weather [The Vane]
The man who photographed the World Trade Center when he was bored [The New Yorker]
Brands remember [The Awl]
Squeegee man arrested for 180th time, looking for world record apparently [New York Post]
Report on NYPD chokeholds won’t be pretty, surprisingly enough [Runnin' Scared]
There’s rabies everywhere [ANIMAL]
Here’s some tips on saving space, courtesy of the layout in a teeny tiny house [Brick Underground]
Man realizes ‘Brooklyn’ isn’t the best descriptor for trendy neighborhoods [CJR]