11/21/14 5:04pm
brooklyn bridge

Not for tourists. via Flickr user gigi_nyc

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- We wondered if keeping tourists off the Brooklyn Bridge was the best policy

- We analyzed some SantaCon in Bushwick conspiracy theories

- …before it turned out it wasn’t even showing up here

- There were jobs, so many jobs for you

-Bushwick got a porn festival

- The city made plans to bring us fast free Wi-fi

- The free pizza alert button was pushed

- The MTA promised to take action against man-spread

- The C train made plans to screw us next year

11/21/14 4:07pm

BK Live 11/20/14: Dick & Dave from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo.

It’s Friday and uh-oh, you’re not sure what you want to do this weekend. Never fear, we were on BK Live with Dick Burroughs from the Brooklyn Reader, and we both told you about some cool stuff to do, like see the last Death By Audio show ever, see some comedians do some bits, hit some stuff, play with some flip books and a Gilmore Girls party. Plus you can also find out what our favorite Thanksgiving side was, just in case you’ve been building a file on us. (more…)

11/21/14 2:19pm
colony 1209

This can be yours, if you’ve got 80 million dollars

Hey, wanna feel kind of powerless just before the weekend starts? Of course you do! If you remember Bushwick’s Colony 1209 building, you might remember it as the apartment complex that literally presents itself as “homesteading” in a brand new neighborhood, which was one of many reasons people didn’t care for it. Well, it turns out your disapproval is meaningless, because the building which was bought for $58 million in April is now for sale with an asking price of $81.5 million. (more…)

11/21/14 1:25pm

Rookie cop shoots unarmed man in East New York [DNA Info]
Why are people pushed on to the subway tracks? [Vice]
Study time is over for the Brooklyn Bridge Park towers [Capital]
Taylor Swift: Champion of self-esteem [AV Club]
The Verrazano Bridge was never supposed to be free [New York Times]
The life of Prospect-Lefferts’ most well-known blogger [BKLYNR]
City Council report calls for rezoning in Buhwick, Sunset Park, Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg [Brownstoner]

11/21/14 11:30am
bicycle roots

Damn son, you could use a tune-up. via Flickr user hugovk

It’s winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop riding your bike. Let’s not forget, subway platforms and bus shelters are still cold as hell, so at least if you bike you’ll be actually moving through that cold air. Your bike might need a little love to be in tip-top shape to get through all the winter crap that’s gonna hit your streets, and your pals at Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights) will help you do just that, with a coupon for $20 off a tune up that’s good until the end of the year. (more…)

11/21/14 10:26am
gowanus

Your high-rise here. via Flickr user Moretso

Now that the Williamsburg waterfront is about all filled up, and the owner of Junior’s refuses to sell, Brooklyn’s poor beleaguered high-rise residential buildings don’t seem to have anywhere to go. Well, it looks like that’s about to change, because according to DNA Info the Bridging Gowanus plan is set to clear the way for high-rise residential buildings up to 18 stories high. The good news for the residents of Gowanus, is that said rezoning is supposed to come with things like NYCHA fixes, manufacturing protection, more park space and other things that are always promised and seem to lag behind precious glass high-rises. (more…)

11/20/14 4:21pm
powerhouse on 8th

Prepare to save big, ye who enter here.

Do you need to do some holiday shopping for nerds who love to read books. Ugh, the worst, right? Who can read in this Golden Age of Television we’re living in? Well, if you know some people who want books, you should do a little early holiday shopping next week at powerHouse on 8th (1111 8th Avenue, Park Slope), because they’re celebrating their one-year anniversary by offering 20% off all the books and merchandise in the store. (more…)

11/20/14 12:02pm

Kara Walker saw you taking those selfies [Vulture]
Neighborhood not too hot on sauna parties [DNA Info]
The arguments over the plastic bag surcharge have started in the City Council [Capital]
Gowanus remains pissed about the Lightstone development [Pardon Me For Asking]
Mayor Tall spends some time talking about how the Post has covered him [New York Post]
Dude-helmed startup would like to make your vagina smell better, ladies [Valleywag]
The NYPD doesn’t wanna talk about spying on Muslims, thank you very much [Runnin's Scared]
East Village cops are ready for SantaCon [Bedford + Bowery]

11/20/14 9:12am
santacon

There’s still a lot of conspiracy and mystery as far as we’re concerned. via Flickr user Dave Bledsoe

There was gnashing of teeth and plenty of protest, and in the end it turned out that Bushwick is maybe more of a Chrimbus town than a Christmas town, because SantaCon organizers officially announced that they weren’t converging on Bushwick for New York City’s most hated bar crawl. If it was ever really showing up there to begin with… (more…)

11/19/14 3:35pm
bushwick santacon

Look, we’re just asking questions here. Photoshop by Curtis Glenn

As you all know, Bushwick, and Brooklyn in general, has been freaking out since the news broke that SantaCon was puking up on the neighborhood’s shores. In fact, since the announcement, Bushwick bars have been falling all over themselves to let it be known that SantaCon isn’t welcome in their establishments. It’s understandable, given that even in the gentrified state it’s in now, Bushwick doesn’t seem like prime bro stomping ground. Given this predictable reaction, and other information that’s been collected since the announcement was made, we have to start asking if there was ever any plan for a Bushwick SantaCon to begin with. And if there wasn’t, who benefits from the chaos this has caused in Bushwick, in Brooklyn and beyond? (more…)