03/22/17 9:52am
The L can be a scary place, especially when you weigh 14 pounds and are covered in fur. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

The L can be a scary place, especially when you weigh 14 pounds and are covered in fur. Photo by Hannah Frishberg / Brokelyn

New York graffiti tour turns the illicit underground into accessible art [Guardian]
Double feature at Kent Theater [New York Times]
New York’s incredible lost rooftop theatres [Messy Nessy Chic]
Cyclist discovers key to clearing Brooklyn Bridge bike path [Gothamist]
Best Places to Cry at NYU [Washington Square News]
How Trump’s arts-funding cuts will affect Brooklyn [Brooklyn Paper]
Forget Park Slope, Red Hook and Gowanus need free internet more [Brooklyn Paper]
City schools won’t let immigration agents enter without warrants [New York Post]
Guardian ditches move to Kushner building after newsroom revolt [BuzzFeed News]
Bed-Stuy’s Slave Theater demolished [Brownstoner]

You can have your borough and write your leaving Brooklyn essay with the magic of the apartment swap. We have done absolutely zero vetting on this Craigslist ad, searching for Brooklynites preferably off the A or 4 rains, but a quick life detour to South Central could be interesting.

03/17/17 12:37pm

Happy moving troll!!!!

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5 rental apartment tips to remember and 5 to fugeddabout [Apartment Therapy]
East Williamsburg’s beloved Don Pedro is closing its doors [Bushwick Daily]
Tavi Gevinson advertises her own address [NYMag]
Crown Heights shelter to open next week despite petition for its closure [DNAinfo]
In Gowanus, one last vestige of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront [Curbed]
How Trump’s extreme budget cuts would choke NYC [Gothamist]
Unclaimed lottery ticket worth over $1M sold in East New York [New York Daily News]
The story behind Baltimore’s ‘Free Brooklyn’ mural [ABC2]
MTA fare and toll hike set to go into effect this weekend [AMNY]
Artichoke Bushwick’s new basement lounge has a comedy night [Bedford and Bowery]

03/15/17 2:34pm
That moment you realize you live in the center of a pentagram of Popeyes. Get on your tinfoil hats, my friends, the vibes are getting too wild for comfort

That moment you realize you live in the center of a pentagram of Popeyes

In Kensington, a legend was born on horseback [Brooklyn Paper]
Stella is over. She was a blip. People freaked out anyway [Gothamist]
Trump’s travel ban leads to drop in NYC tourism [Crain’s]
Solar experiment lets BK neighbors trade energy among themselves [New York Times]
The best ways to volunteer and get involved in NYC [Curbed]
1 million NYC homes can’t get Verizon FiOS, so the city just sued Verizon [Arts Technica]
Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safety deposit box in NYC [Untapped Cities]
Crown Heights’ Crow Bar drops name some locals said was racist [Gothamist]
‘The New Brooklyn’ looks at gentrification, inequality, growth [Brownstoner]
It’s legal for 14-year-olds to marry in New York. Should it be? [New York Times]

Fantasy prompt of the day: What if you could 3D print your dream apartment? Praise be technology.

03/10/17 11:19am
Photo by Douglas Palmer / Flickr

Photo by Douglas Palmer / Flickr

Sheepshead Bay the new Downtown BK? JK but they are getting a skyscraper [Curbed]
Man, 20, decapitated by Brooklyn F train [New York Daily News]
Cuomo wants to bring $1.4 billion in health funds to central Brooklyn [New York Times]
Inside W’burg’s Pfizer Building with Doc Herson’s Absinthe Distillery [Untapped Cities]
Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights among city’s most rat-infested neighborhoods [NBC]
Bed-Stuy is getting more shelters [Brownstoner]
Check out Jacques Torres’ new chocolate museum in Manhattan [Metro]
Manhattan and Brooklyn rents are decreasing, but only slightly [Curbed]
Lady Liberty is getting a $4.5M facelift [New York Post]
Patrick Stewart wants to show you around Park Slope [GQ]

Check out this subway graffiti documentary and rare interview with NYC legend Cliff 159.

03/09/17 1:31pm

In the summer of 1986, Christopher Wallace, better known as rapper The Notorious B.I.G, worked as a counselor at my temple, Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim. Only 14 at the time, he helped with the youngest children, in the Early Childhood Center, alongside his mother, Voletta Wallace, who for years was a revered preschool teacher in the program. “That’s how Christopher ended up here,” my former preschool teacher, Jaci Israel, told me, “when you teach, you bring in your kids, to give them something to do.” (more…)

03/08/17 1:45pm
Photo by ludoviconeccia / Instagram

Photo by ludoviconeccia / Instagram

The Gowanus Batcave is gonna be renovated by 2020? Good luck [New York Times]
NYU students rap about gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn [Brownstoner]
Your dirty panties can be in a House of Yes show this weekend [Bushwick Daily]
Gothamist has been acquired by DNAinfo [Gothamist]
Parking spot in Park Slope garage on sale for $300,000 [New York Daily News]
Federal aid reduced for New York City Housing Authority [Wall Street Journal]
Yoga for bros stretches into Strong Rope Brewery [Brooklyn Paper]
When Citi Bike and affordable housing are ‘too nice’ for a community [Crain’s]
Crown Heights armory plans shot down at public hearing [DNAinfo]
Yelp starts tracking gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender users [New York Times]

NSFW: Check out this short documentary about 2016’s Miss Coney Island, sex educator and “professional naked person,” Fancy Feast. Here’s the trailer if you’re on the fence about watching the whole hour’s worth below.

03/03/17 2:59pm

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The worst part of #donutgate? Putin came all the way to New York and Schumer took him to Krispy Kreme. For shame. Almost as bad as the time Sarah Palin came to New York and Trump took her to Famiglia.

Interactive maps show which NYC neighborhoods do the most binge drinking [Gothamist]
Sandwich sexism might be a real thing [Eater]
This candy chemist is making Wonka-inspired candy in Bushwick [Thrillist]
Is a homeless shelter coming to your neighborhood? Check our map [Crain’s]
A community partner has joined the fray to develop Bedford Union Armory [Brownstoner]
Bushwick couple coaxes raccoon down from pole [NBC]
A catalog of New York City’s branch libraries [Urban Omnibus]
The history of tattooing in NYC – and its 36-year ban [6sqft]
Remaining Gowanus Rabbits Rescued After Owner Goes to Jail [DNAinfo]

03/01/17 3:26pm
Photo by johngpriest

The best part about photos of the Gowanus is you can appreciate without smelling. Photo by johngpriest

Kids’ boutique owner arrested for shoplifting at Whole Foods [DNAinfo]
Is this Brooklyn’s Jack the Ripper? [The Daily Beast]
Greenpointers blow up over Kosciuszko Bridge demolition [Brooklyn Paper]
Bushwick deliveryman dishes up Dominican Food — and a pro-Trump message [DNAinfo]
At Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, shoes and attitude [New York Times]
Park Slope virtual-reality arcade moving to Carroll Gardens [Brooklyn Paper]
Poll: Vote for the best bagel in Bushwick! [Bushwick Daily]
The Navy Yard has a film school, and it only costs $18k a year [New York Times]
The psychedelic pollution floating in the Gowanus Canal [Hyperallergic]
Bushwick’s Silent Barn to hold Paper Jazz Small Press Fest [Patch]

02/24/17 9:37am
It's a good day to be a pupper in a park. Photo by wolfies_place

It’s a good day to be a pupper in a park. Photo by wolfies_place / Instagram

This Sheepshead Bay store specializes in the evil eye [New York Times]
Cobbling together: the Brooklynites who gather to make handcrafted shoes [The Guardian]
Massive whirlpool coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park [DNAinfo]
Millennials no longer looking to rent in W’burg, Bushwick or Greenpoint [Free Williamsburg]
L Train shutdown planning ignores needs of small businesses, owners say [DNAinfo]
Overheard at the Park Slope Food Co-op [New York Times]
Police raid of Gowanus motorcycle clubhouse nets guns, cornucopia of drugs [Gothamist]
City plugs contested Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal in new video [Curbed]

02/17/17 2:35pm

2016 ended its reign of terror by taking one last icon from us: BookCourt, the beloved Cobble Hill bookstore closed its doors after 35 years on New Year’s Eve. But packaged with that gloomy cloud was a tantalizing silver lining: author and former BookCourt employee Emma Straub announced she and her husband would pick up the mantle and open a new bookstore in the neighborhood. And now it’s really happening! Straub posted on Instagram yesterday that the new store, Books Are Magic (aw), will open at 225 Smith St. at the corner of Butler this spring. There’s no official opening date yet but construction is well underway according to Instagram pictures. We’ll keep you updated on an official date when we hear more. (more…)