Gentrification is pretty much everywhere you look these days in Brooklyn, New York City and really any urban area, but you might feel it needs a better marker than a cupcake shop or a coffee shop or a characterless million dollar condo building or an influx of people trying not to be racist while they dance around the question of whether a neighborhood is safe.
If you feel that way, now you can put a big yellow marker on everywhere you think gentrification is happening, with this 1,000-foot roll of yellow caution tape that says “GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS.” Sure it’ll run you $60, but just think of how mad yuppies in their million dollar condos will be when they have to knock this down from the front door of their building every single morning until you run out of tape. (more…)
The good news is everyone who applied gets crammed in across the 14 apartments!
When we first found out about New York City’s teeny tiny micro-apartments, we were skeptical of the idea of living in a 400-square foot box. That skepticism has never really gone away, despite arguments that these are cheap-ish ways to live by yourself, free of roommates who have more sex than you or don’t do the dishes. Apparently though, lots of other people weren’t skeptical about the apartments, or were at least desperate enough to put that skepticism aside, because as an aside in an article about the apartments, the New York Times mentioned that 60,000 people applied for the 14 affordable units in the building. The affordable units that cost almost $1,000/month. (more…)
Quite a place to say hello to 2016. via Flickr user Kilgub
Every day, we’re getting closer to the best holiday of the year, and if you’re anything like us, you’re very excited. No, not Thanksgiving or Christmas, we mean New Year’s Eve. And of course after New Year’s Eve is the holiday’s cousin, New Year’s Day, also known as International Hangover Day, during which you lie on the couch and recover from the previous evening’s heavy indulgence of LSD and Glug. On the other hand, you might be able to actually move around and stuff after New Year’s Eve, so if you’re up for what could be a chilly adventure, amNewYork reports that you can ride Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel on New Year’s Day for the first time in the ride’s history. (more…)
You can thank energy inefficient 838 5th Avenue for some of the coming floods. via City Realty
Ah the horrors of global climate change. While some of our top minds are busy working on some way, any way to deal with the fact that the angry ocean is planning on swallowing us up, us lesser minds can focus on other things like who we should be blaming for the looming catastrophe. There’s plenty of blame to go around of course, but let’s focus on the richest New Yorkers in the city’s most expensive buildings, buildings that a new report says are using an inefficient, disproportionate share of the city’s energy resources. (more…)
For now it’s not, but wait until someone shows up with a big enough briefcase full of cash. All photos by Maria Travis
“How about uptown funk?”
A young woman stands holding a trumpet by her side, asking her bandmates what they’d like to play to kick off the Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN)’s protest of the 6th Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, which took place inside the Brooklyn Museum this morning. The band laughs. They tune their instruments, playing a few notes together and then trailing into mindless chatter as folks start gathering in front of the museum.
They, along with other placard-toting hopefuls, are in generally good spirits at the BAN’s bright-and-early 7:30am protest call. Signs provided by the group tout gripes ranging from affordable housing, to gentrification, to #BlackLivesMatter. Some people are just holding Bernie Sanders campaign posters. (more…)
Room for one more? Probably not, but they’re gonna try anyway. via Flickr user Michael Semensohn
We’ve been over it andover itagainand again, the sad state of our crumbling subways and how one day a delayed train you board just won’t move forward one bit. It’s a bad story, really. So, let’s all revisit it, because the world can never get enough reminders that we could use some spiffed-up subways. Today’s bad news: subway delays were up 40% on weekdays compared to last September, with almost 50,000 service disruptions a couple months ago, almost half of them due to the dread overcrowding. (more…)
Look good in an orange vest? That doesn’t matter as much as your shoveling ability, but it helps. via Facebook
It might feel like spring or summer of flip-flop weather out there, but you can rest assured that at some point, winter is coming. Probably. When that happens, the city doesn’t want to be caught with their snowpants down in the case of an ice or snow storm, so they’re hiring emergency snow removal workers before the sleet hits the fan. Want in? Why not, you’ve probably done more miserable work for less than the advertised rate of $13.50/hour. (more…)
One of the perks about living in Brooklyn is our easy access to Ample Hills’ ice cream, which is really very good ice cream. Sure there’s the rent and the winter and the being crushed between trying your best to work hard and make it and trying to seem cool and above it all. There’s that ice cream though. Now the rest of America might be easily getting their hands on Ample Hills, because Business Insider reports that the burgeoning franchise is opening up an ice cream factory somewhere in Brooklyn with the goal of selling sweets to the rest of America. (more…)