12/17/14 3:02pm
crowded subway

These people have been waiting for a train for six days. via Flickr user Russ Allison Loar

As you’ve sat patiently or paced impatiently looking down the tunnel waiting for a train, did you ever think to yourself, “Man, this is taking longer than I feel like it does”? Ordinarily we would say you were just summoning up some persecution in your own mind, but no, it turns out that the MTA really was screwing you over more than usual, because a new report says that a quarter of trains showed up late between October 2013 and October 2014. Too bad your old boss won’t rehire you even though some of those late arrivals weren’t technically your fault. (more…)

12/17/14 12:02pm

Kook smashes up laptop with metal pipe in Bensonhurst Starbucks [Bensonhurst Bean]
Is your neighbor spending $11,000/year on Seamless? We hope not [New York Post]
A rare look at full color pictures of the subway in 1966 [Gizmodo]
Some dummy is trying to rename a part of Corona “NoCo” [DNA Info]
The perfect crime: Guy dressed as Santa robs a bank during SantaCon [SFGate]
NYPD counterterror chief calmly lets us know a Sydney-like event is “inevitable” here. Great! [ANIMAL]
Brooklyn losing another precious White Castle to development [Brownstoner]

12/17/14 11:23am
fung wah bus

They’re back, baby! via Flickr user Filippo Diotalevi

Oftentimes it’s a fool’s errand to actually believe that the simple act of turning a calendar from one year to the next means that anything significantly better is going to start happening. That being said, we’re willing to maybe believe it will, because while 2014 had no cheap Fung Wah fares to whisk you out of New York in speeding crowded fashion, 2015 will see the return of the beloved cheap bus line according to Reason. It’ll probably still be the only good thing that happens in 2015 though. (more…)

12/17/14 9:34am
barclays center roof leak

Yeah, we’ve been there

If you live in New York City long enough, you will eventually have to deal with the prospect of a leaky roof when it rains. Apparently this universal problem extends to our sports teams too, as the Nets/Heat game was delayed last night because the roof of the (billion-dollar) Barclays Center started leaking during the light rain. Really gives you confidence that the apartments being built next to it will definitely leak. (more…)

12/16/14 2:59pm
blankfest

Quick, just grab these ones while you’re not looking. via Flickr user mararie

‘Tis the season to try not to be as shitty a person as you are the rest of the year, for fear that a fat guy in the North Pole with CIA spying technology is watching your every move. Plus having a cold black heart gets a little more uncomfortable as the mercury drops. If you’re wondering how to be “good” we’ve got an easy one for you, and it comes with a good reward. Simply bring a blanket to Mary’s Bar in Park Slope, which they’re collecting for the homeless, and they’ll reward you with a free beer of your choice. It’s really that easy! (more…)

12/16/14 12:35pm

Meet the man trying to get carriage horses banned [Capital]
If you don’t like Uber’s surge pricing, don’t use it [The Daily Beast]
The website for “Pacific Park” doesn’t mention any neighborhood affordability [Atlantic Yards Report]
Here a bunch of city sites that used to be prisons [Untapped Cities]
Brave city councilman stands up to robot menace [Daily News]
A meme-themed pinball machine, that’s where we’re at in the 2K14 [Endgadget]
The renderings for a 55-unit affordable housing building in Williamsburg are in [New York YIMBY]

12/15/14 4:15pm
tea lounge park slope

How meta! Photos by Vijith Assar

Despite the fact that a couple of regulars are trying to make sure that the Tea Lounge goes on¬†under a different name, the people who went to say goodbye to the Tea Lounge last night couldn’t be blamed for thinking it was the end. As such, tipster Vijith Assar said that when he went to pay his respect last night, he noticed plenty of goodbye messages scrawled on the wall of the coffee shop’s bathroom. Of all the time for bathroom graffiti, this seems the least offensive time to do it. (more…)

12/15/14 3:14pm
Don't stay sick as a dog

Don’t stay sick as a dog

No matter how many DIY medical procedures you have saved on Pinterest, you are not a doctor. Just as disappointing, your X-Acto knife and a bottle of gin won’t get you very far if you need to see one. You need insurance. If you’ve been meaning to get around to it but still haven’t, you’re in luck: Crain’s New York reports the New York Department of Heath has extended the deadline to pick a health plan to December 20. (more…)

12/15/14 3:00pm
IKEA, ahoy! (via Flickr user vauvau)

IKEA, ahoy! (via Flickr user vauvau)

You know those giant floating taxis you see on the Hudson and East River and think, “Oh you tourist schmucks! Take the land taxi, it’ll get you there faster!” Well, aside from being a bit jaded, you’re not technically wrong. But what if we told you that the New York Water Taxi is rolling out a new “point-to-point” ferry system that’ll whisk you from DUMBO to Red Hook? Yeah, that’s right…RED HOOK. One of Brooklyn’s most beloved yet incomprehensibly difficult neighborhoods to get to could be a short ferry ride away. Go on, we’re listening. (more…)