03/03/15 9:45am
vice hq

Headed for the drink? via Flickr user Andrew Wiseman

Ever since it was revealed that Vice was the company taking over a chunk of real estate that houses DIY venues and other small businesses, there’s been a little bit of anger from the creative class towards Vice. Even given the temporary nature of DIY venues, it seems getting pushed out by a media company so closely affiliated with alternative culture was a bit much.

Not content with just ripping up old copies of Vice, a musical collective is planning on a concert/public demonstration outside Vice’s current Williamsburg headquarters today, with the stated aim of levitating the building into the East River. And just when we thought Williamsburg was getting boring. (more…)

03/02/15 4:31pm
Even this lot is probably overpriced

Even this lot is probably overpriced. via Flickr user georgia

There are few things we appreciate more than cool interactive features and complaining about rent. We’re pretty riled up right about now thanks to a map that confirms all your suspicions that the rent is in fact too damn high. It’s all thanks to a map that Curbed released, via StreetEasy, today that reminds us all Brooklyn is the least affordable borough in the city and that rent is outpacing income like it’s The Flash and our paychecks are regular humans. (more…)

03/02/15 12:00pm

Mayor Tall’s East New York rezoning is getting a slowdown [DNA Info]
Two Trees is relocating Front Street’s art galleries [Hyperallergic]
Remembering when hardcore ruled New York [The New Yorker]
Woman commits suicide by jumping off a Williamsburg ferry dock [New York Post]
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, here’s some of their filming locations [Scouting NY]
Qatar, David Geffen, other rich people wanna buy the Nets [CBS]
Brooklyn Bridge repairs are just a teensy $100 million over budget [Daily News]
Here’s some art mashing up the LES’ gentrification with its gritty past [Gothamist]

02/27/15 4:45pm
We imagine the sommelier will caution against hot sauce chugging

We imagine the sommelier will caution against hot sauce chugging

-Brooklyn already has a mayo store, so sure, a Greenpoint hot sauce store with a hot sauce sommelier

-Brooklyn, still affordable (if you’re a star of House)

-Abbi and Ilana took a booze cruise and hung out with bros

-The Gotham roller derby girls made their case for royalty

-It’s not too cold to start thinking about working at Coney Island

-Or at Brooklyn Bridge Park (but fine, there are some indoor jobs too)

-Oh, it’s also not too cold to talk about Rockaway getting new surfing beaches

-Tipped restaurant workers are getting a big ol’ raise all the way to $7.50 an hour

-They might have better luck with the tooth fairy though, who allegedly gives out $13/tooth in NYC

-Female and/or a minority? HBO wants to take you to sunny California for an intensive writing workshop

-We got news of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint Citi Bike expansion

-We love Beer Street, the Boobie Trap and the Irish Haven

02/27/15 12:06pm

Multimillion dollar lawsuit is on the menu at Roberta’s [New York Post]
Anyone wanna buy the Daily News? [Capital]
Oh right, there’s still arguments over the Pier 6 housing in Brooklyn Bride Park [BHB]
Someone killed themselves by jumping in front of the L train yesterday [Bedford + Bowery]
Decoding broker buzzwords [BrickUndergound]
Taco Bell has Cap’n Crunch doughnut holes, because why not? [Grub Street]
Mayor Tall and the Sergeant’s Union like each other again [AP]

02/27/15 11:14am
Can the Gotham Girls win the hearts of Brokelyn as well?

Can the Gotham Girls win the hearts, minds and votes of Brokelyn as well? Derby photos by Sean Hale

Editor’s note: When we heard that Jay-Z and Beyonce were packing it in for LA recently, we ran a post seeking a new king and queen of Brooklyn. This is clearly a topic that arouses our readers’ passions because, at last count, 1,666 people voted in this vitally important election, which is a very democratic way to choose a monarchy if you think about it. So after weeks of counting chads and paper ballots and weeding out dead people’s votes, we are down to two finalists, the Halkiases, the owners of Grand Prospect Hall, and the “couple” (loosely) comprised of King Henry, the Cyclones’ mascot, and the lady on the logo for Gotham Girls, who is not technically human (though the Gotham Girls appear to be). There will be a runoff next month, after all parties have a chance to make their case. The Halkiases had their moment to tell readers why they deserve to be the next king and queen, not the least of all because they’re promising a big fancy party for hundreds of Brokelyn readers. What will the Gotham Girls do if they win? Here, Eva McCloskey, the captain of the Brooklyn Bombshells wing of the league, antes up. Stay tuned to hear King Henry’s stump speech next week, then be prepared to cast the final vote, oh, sometime really soon.


In the campaign for King and Queen of Brooklyn, are you going to vote royal or are you going to vote for some of the most determined, passionate and real women living and working in Brooklyn? The Gotham Girls Roller Derby work extremely hard to bring the aggressive and exciting sport to New York, and they have won more international titles than any other sports team here. (Knicks? Dodgers? Puh lease!) The 15-person Brooklyn roller derby team, called the “Brooklyn Bombshells,” are skating to win your hearts (and your votes) as the queens of Brooklyn. You’ve probably seen them skate or work all over Brooklyn, whether you’ve been to a game or not. (more…)

02/27/15 10:40am
citi bike

Coming soon to a Williamsburg near you. Photo by Mary Dorn

Hey, remember Citi Bike? Probably not, since you’ve spent the entire winter cooped up inside, thinking about anything but riding a bike (you still can ride though). However, #summeriscoming, so it’s time to start thinking about getting outside again and topics related to the outside, like that Citi Bike expansion we talked about last year. This isn’t going to be some piddling little expansion either, not according to a map the Brooklyn Paper has showing a slew of new stations that are supposed to land in Williamsburg and Greenpoint by the end of the year. (more…)

02/26/15 12:00pm

Armani Exchange is out at City Point [Brownstoner]
Is the NYC zoning to blame for Clinton Hill’s food desert? [New York YIMBY]
Phase 2 of the Second Avenue subway is looking dicey [Second Avenue Sagas]
Let’s look at the exciting world of community boards [Bedford + Bowery]
New bill would put the squeeze on professional tenant harassers [Crain's]
The New York Public Library is building a time machine [CityLab]
Three Brooklynites get busted trying to join ISIS [Daily News]

02/25/15 12:10pm

Meet the LES Dwellers, the party patrol of the Lower East Side [New York Post]
You might win a wage theft case, but you still might not get the money [WNYC]
Scenes from the Mr. Lower East Side pageant in Gowanus [Runnin' Scared]
Remembering when Rudy fought the porn shops [Untapped Cities]
The rent is going up faster than inflation around here [New York Times]
You can get your Cadbury fix through the mail since you can’t at stores [DNA Info]
Inside Clinton Hill’s Sour Patch Kids house [Vulture]

02/25/15 11:56am
A pathway to criminality. Who knew.

A pathway to criminality. Who knew.

The government visited a Red Hook maraschino cherry company because of complaints about illegal dumping in the water near the plant. Normal story, at least for a little while, but it ended with the owner of the cherry plant killing himself when police stumbled on a false wall hiding what they later described as a Breaking Bad-style underground weed growing operation, according to the Daily News. (more…)