04/24/15 4:36pm
Swim away from the week. Photo by David Colon

Swim away from the week. Photo by David Colon

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-Field Mouse would like to get better texts when they’re on tour

-These are the best ways to behave if you’re spending all day in a coffee shop

-HBO wanted punks to show up to a casting call, and they got them

-Those nuts from the Smallest Penis in Brooklyn pageant said they’re coming back in June

-This Bay Ridge couple’s loud boning has led to the most sex-related 311 calls in the entire city

-We love Midwood Flats, we love Hamilton’s and we love St. Gambrinus

04/24/15 2:31pm
l train

You’ll get more of this, in December. via Flickr user Juha Uitto

We give the MTA a lot of shit around here, and while we’d like to say we’re sorry, we can’t in good conscience do that. One thing we can do is give them props for doing something good, so we’ll gladly share their announcement that a bit more L train service is coming in December. The MTA is ADDING service and not cutting it? Now we’ve seen everything. (more…)

04/24/15 12:09pm

An oral history of Big Terrific [Gothamist]
Gowanus swimmer Christopher Swain is alive, has showered many times since the swim [WSJ]
Park Slope has a new sex shop, but it looks like a gift shop [DNA Info]
View-loving activists are suing the developer of Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brownstoner]
The spot where Robert Moses got the first chink in his armor [NYT Mag]
Our express busses are getting bogged down in the muck. The traffic muck [Capital]
The story of how Tony Bees’ and the NYPD had a falling out [ANIMAL]

04/23/15 3:11pm
Tim Robbins' character in Noise was more of a hero than we realized.

Tim Robbins’ character in Noise was more of a hero than we realized.

Living in New York City, we put up with a lot of pollution. Water pollution (which is conquerable for some), air pollution, trash just flying around in the spring winds. There’s also the issue of noise pollution, which can come in many forms: neighbors doin’ it real loud, construction next door, living above a bar, big-ass trucks driving by at all hours of the night. You might think you can just shrug it off, grit your teeth and get through it, but now it turns out that like so many other things around here, all this noise pollution is killing us. (more…)

04/23/15 11:59am

Inside the life of a true crime re-enactment actor [Hopes and Fears]
Free concerts at Coney Island are back this summer, which is nice [Coney Island Blog]
This giant Wahlburgers will be there to see them, which is…eh [Eater]
Mayor Tall takes bold stance that running over pedestrians is bad [Streetsblog]
The Statue of Liberty will be gracing Budweiser cans this summer [Daily News]
State Assembly race gets some good old fashioned poster-trashing action [The Q at Parkside]
Colony 1209 got a whole protest devoted to its existence/qualification for a 421-a abatement [Bedford + Bowery]

04/23/15 9:56am
Is this you every day of the week? Be nice, buy something else

Is this you? There are some things you should know.

If you’re a freelancer who works remotely, you’re well-versed in the coffee shop campout. You arrive prepared early in the morning, laptop in hand, ready for a day of quiet work alongside dozens of other freelancers. But oh, what’s this? The barista is giving you the stink-eye. And so are the people sitting near you. But why? Well, probably because you’re violating basic rules of camper etiquette. While we can agree that wi-fi enabled cafés are a god-given right these days, there are also basic courtesies that should (and do) go along with that privilege. So in that spirit, here are our Do’s and Don’ts of spending your workday at a single coffee joint. (more…)

04/23/15 7:51am
Man bites canal. All photos by David Colon

Man bites canal. All photos by David Colon

A throng of media and curious onlookers watched as the man in the giant protective suit, step by step, walked towards destiny. The historic achievement had been delayed by unexpected bureaucratic hijinks, but now it was only moments away. There was a pause, a deep breath and over the rail he went, making a gentle splash. After decades of pungent aromas, urban legends and a combination of scientific wonder and horror, finally, Man swam in the Gowanus and lived to tell the tale. (more…)

04/22/15 12:01pm

Mayor Tall wants the MTA to maybe think about a Utica Ave subway line [Capital]
The subway needs more investment though [Second Avenue Sagas]
We suppose this upcoming controversial ad could be seen as investment. Maybe. [Jerusalem Post]
Some fashion advice from the ladies of Beacon’s Closet is just what you need [Yahoo! Style]
New York City thinks it’s too cool for meth [Newsweek]
New York City is no longer a place where you can check the credit of job applicants [The Nation]
The only oral history of Mad Men that you need [Clickhole]

04/22/15 11:08am
Someone in here is getting down in a very rude manner

Someone in here is getting down in a very rude manner

Where is New York City’s loudest sex happening? It’s a question that’s theorists have wrestled with for ages. You might have guessed it’s happening somewhere in the Brooklyn Bone Belt, but new research unveiled by DNA Info today shows that’s the incorrect answer. It turns out that answer does lie in Brooklyn though, with a lascivious couple in Bay Ridge making life so hard for their neighbors with their loud, constant fucking that it’s led to six complaint calls to 311 in just three months, which is tops in the city for that very specific complaint. Really puts a new spin on Bay Ridge’s new reputation as “up and coming.” (more…)

04/22/15 9:59am
Scorsese called for the punks, and the punks answered. Photos by Kitty Ramona

Scorsese called for the punks, and the punks answered. Photos by Kitty Ramona

Characters from near and far (Jersey) gathered Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Hell’s Kitchen fabricating a beautiful contrasting scene of edgy aesthetics to a Catholic backdrop. However, they were not coming to find religion. Instead, close to 400 punks, rockers, metalheads, Warhol geeks, hippies, cross colours and disco enthusiasts adorned the church steps in hopes of being featured in HBO’s upcoming rock and roll drama.

The drama, backed by big hitters including Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and George Mastras, will follow the life of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) who was Head of A&R for American Century Music in the late 70s. The period drama follows Finestra through exploits of the drug/sex-fueled music scene in NYC, as he attempts make a career in finding the next biggest sound in a time and place that fostered a sonic myriad of post-disco, angst-y punk, thriving rock and roll and emerging hip-hop. Between the big names and the era that’s still capturing imaginations, it’s obvious to see why people would be excited about the project and eager to be a part of the series, even if that means just being a background fixture.  (more…)