07/02/15 4:42pm
Only one face should be allowed to lord over Coney and demand your money with his eyes. via flickr user Loozrboy

And if the cops don’t drive the mascots out, this face will. via flickr user Loozrboy

There’s a new Biblical plague in town. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s making a torrential descent onto the Coney Island boardwalk. According to Brooklyn Paper, a number of Times Square mascots seem to have relocated to the People’s Playground, after abdicating their midtown Manhattan posts due to recent police crackdowns on costumed solicitation.

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07/02/15 12:03pm

This writer tried haggling for everything. It only kinda worked [Business Insider]
Whole Paycheck diverts overcharging accusations by blaming its employees [Salon]
Today, in science, let the “go fuck yourself” jokes begin [IFL science]
OK, so maybe don’t put that photo of your cute dog in your OKCupid profile [DNAinfo]
You knew the Wet Hot remake was going to be good, but this looks VERY good [Above Average]
Once there was farm-to-table, now there’s just farm pizza [Consumerist]
Cuomo makes nice to the cameras re: De Blasio [Daily Intelligencer]
Good, I wasn’t ever trying to pay $50 for a meal at Per Se, anyway [Grub Street]

07/02/15 10:56am
Oh, dome, oh! Oh, dome, oh! via flickr user Anthony Fine

Oh, dome, oh! Oh, dome, oh! via flickr user Anthony Fine

It turns out that even a giant piece of floating debris can’t survive in the Gowanus Canal. There’s really no hope for any of us, is there? According to DNAinfo, the floating Harvest Dome was pulled below the surface of the canal yesterday, apparently due to its becoming “ensnared” by something below the water.

I mean, that is the stuff of nightmares. DNAinfo talked to dome creators Alexander Levi and Amanda Schacter, who claim it was art flotsam pulling the thing down below the water’s surface. But we know better, don’t we? It was obviously creatures from the watery deep.

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07/01/15 12:01pm

This cop really hates cyclists [DNA Info]
Hey this coming of age comedy set in Staten Island looks pretty good [Splitsider]
Behold, your Pier 6 residential tower plans [Brooklyn Paper]
Mayor Tall drops the fire mix tape on Governor Cuomo we’ve all been waiting for [NY1]
Money is replacing art in Bushwick. What a shocker [Bushwick Daily]
What you learn going undercover as a nail salon worker [ANIMAL]
Another dang tourist climbed the Brooklyn Bridge [Daily News]
Uber and the TLC are in a legislative brawl [Bedford + Bowery]

06/30/15 2:12pm
tk. via Flickr user Shawn Hoke

Buy! Or is sell? via Flickr user Shawn Hoke

Oh Lord what is even going on here with this?

[S]tocks may now be a little too trendy, just like the New York City borough that’s famous for a certain well-known bridge, Coney Island and for being the original home of the Dodgers.

“Stocks and Brooklyn real estate used to be cheap and unpopular; not anymore,” the Jefferies analysts wrote.

It used to be you couldn’t pay people to visit stocks. Now it’s all Eurotrash in all-black sweatsuits asking where the discotheque is.

They conclude that value stocks could be as up and coming as Brooklyn neighborhoods like Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights.

Stocks used to be blue collar strongholds where you could raise a family, even if outsiders thought they were “sketchy.” Now stocks are full of achingly attractive baristas who will mirthlessly take your order before handing you a $6 iced coffee and expecting a $2 tip.  (more…)

06/30/15 12:12pm

The city’s first micro-apartment building is all stacked up [Curbed]
Phone booths becoming internet portals is really happening [Science Burger]
The rent freeze is here [New York Times]
New York City property expensive [Metrocosm]
7 Chipotle hacks to get the most out of your visit [Clickhole]
Two Showtime dancers talk about the hustle and why shouldn’t hate them [Gothamist]
5Pointz lives (kind of)! In Bushwick [Untapped Cities]

Brokeklyn-Brooklyn-Park Slope-Dogs-Doggie Spots

He’ll let you pet him once he relieves his bladder. Image via Flickr user Anthony Fine

Man, remember when we talked about how Park Slope was maybe losing its mojo earlier this year? Looks like we can take some of that back at least, because a Park Slope resident tired of yelling at his neighbors about their dogs has gone out of his way to put homemade dog bathrooms on his block.According to the New York Post, these personal bathrooms for dogs are essentially “kiddie pools or plastic saucer sleds that he fills with gravel and soil and then plants with sod.” Oh Park Slope, why did we ever doubt you?  (more…)

06/29/15 12:02pm

Life inside Rikers, as told by the people who have to be there [New York Mag]
Ditmas Park Dunkin Donuts serves dougnuts, sexist hiring practices [Ditmas Park Corner]
Father of the Year candidate fights teens daughter was fighting [ABC7]
Looks like a rent freeze is coming [New York Times]
American workers are feeling then burn. No sorry, they feel burnt out [Salon]
Poor doors are no more [Post]
NYC restaurants are all “A” students [amNewYork]

06/29/15 10:50am
The King connects with his loyal subjects. via Flickr user Luna Park NYC

The King connects with his loyal subjects. via Flickr user Luna Park NYC

When Jay and Bey called it quits on the borough this year, we sought to elect a new King and Queen of Brooklyn by popular vote. There was a runoff featuring impressive arguments from each worthy competitor, and the people have spoken: King Henry and the Girls of Gotham reign!

Now that they’re in charge, they’ll have to make good on all the bribes they used to win our affection. The Gotham Girls are planning a special derby performance we’ve yet to get you details for, but King Henry’s just given us an update on what to expect from his side of the royal court this summer. (more…)

06/29/15 10:11am
If you lived here, you'd be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you'd be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

If you lived here, you’d be home by now. And it would be 2016. And you’d be able to afford it. via Greenpoint Landing Associates

Greenpoint Landing, the multi-tower development coming to Greenpoint that’s so big they had to name it like a new neighborhood, is definitely coming to Greenpoint, whether you’re ready for it or not. The project wasn’t all that popular when it was announced, so now there’s a sweetener to the development, with some front-loaded affordable housing on the first buildings going up, according to DNA Info. So on the one hand, you’re getting those big towers, but on the other hand, there are going to be $400 and $500/month apartments ready for you by 2017.  (more…)