03/26/15 1:44pm
Bike lanes with barriers on highways. It ain't all peaches and cream. via flickr user Sam Saunders

Bike lanes with barriers on highways, it ain’t all peaches and cream. via flickr user Sam Saunders

Yesterday, DNA Info reported that city officials were finally getting started on building the long-awaited bike lane for the Pulaski Bridge, which connects Brooklyn to Queens. Construction is expected to start mid-April, but its projected completion date isn’t until the end of the year. Of course, that’s assuming they finish on time. And if next winter is anything like this past one, the weather will probably postpone actual ridership along the path until 2016. That doesn’t exactly jive with what Assemblyman Joe Lentol of the DOT once said about sharing commuters’ “sense of urgency” for the lane. So what gives? Why does it take so long to build one goddamn bike lane? We found a city contractor who tells us there’s more to it than just painting some new stripes down the road.  (more…)

03/26/15 12:12pm

New maps and figures prove millennials are a bunch of gypsies, traveling circus folk [City Lab]
You, too, can be a cigar-smoking tycoon landowner in North Williamsburg
 [Crain's]
Hey lady, would you like some fries with that court date? [Eater NY]
Ugh, as if we needed any more proof that we couldn’t afford New York [The Observer]
Thrill-seekers climbed the Triborough Bridge, and lived to Instagram it [NY Post]
No, no, no, McDonalds just launched a Big Mac clothing line [NY Daily News]
Stop-and-frisk, now there’s something we wouldn’t miss if it closed for good [ANIMAL]

03/25/15 12:19pm

There’s a new building with 153 possibly affordable apartments coming to Flatbush [YIMBY]
If you hate hipsters, you might like Cards Against Brooklyn [DNAinfo]
A NYC shoe repair store that the march of retail chains forgot to obliterate [Vanishing New York]
Free haircuts and beard trims in Carroll Gardens today [Craigslist]
A 47-year-old retiree on how to be rich like him [Billfold]
‘A true pigeon will never break your heart’ [Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn]
Why white people dance alone [TPM]
Jemima Kirke’s Brooklyn workouts aren’t supposed to make her skinny [NYTimes]

03/24/15 4:39pm
Your signature might just save the Williamsburg businesses you rely on. via Travelers Today

Stop the L train closure, save the Williamsburg businesses you rely on. via Travelers Today

The hurricane of pure despair L train shutdown is now arriving: weeknight closures between Bedford and Eighth Avenue as of midnight tonight, and hellfire six straight weekends without service starting April 11. While that’s inconvenient for you as a commuter, it’s potentially catastrophic for the small businesses of Williamsburg, many of whom were counting on the spring weather to bring in more traffic after the brutal winter. DNA Info reports that Williamsburg businesses have started an online petition, as a last-ditch attempt to postpone the shutdown until August. ”To transport the humans here, the L train is our main artery,” Crest Hardware owner Joseph Franquinha told DNAinfo. “You cut off this artery, you’re cutting off our livelihood.” If you like local businesses that aren’t Starbucks or Urban Outfitters, you should consider signing it. (more…)

03/24/15 2:38pm
Maybe you'll never even have to use one of these things again. via Flickr user Phil Hollenback

Maybe you’ll never even have to use one of these things again. via Flickr user Phil Hollenback

Did you sleep through the MTA fare hike? It was this past Saturday. Even if you haven’t already taken the $116.50 plunge, your number’s up this Sunday. We were all set to say the MTA was dead to us after this hike. But then they went and did something nice for a change that can actually help you save money! According to I Quant NY, the MTA has just added a button on the Metrocard selection screen for $27.25, which after exactly 11 rides would leave you with an empty card. It’s a small gesture, sure, but it can help you stop stranding your precious dollars and cents on unused cards. (more…)

03/24/15 12:00pm

Summer is coming! Here’s how to buy the right second-hand bike [DNA Info]
Your music career is a stairway to heaven, literally [Dangerous Minds]
For godssakes people, just stay in the subway car you got on [Daily Intelligencer]
The Prospect Park carousel is open again, hurrah [South Slope News]
Kimmy Schmidt is actually a parable about rape survivors? Whoa  [New Yorker]
Costa Rica is running on 100% renewable energy. What’s our excuse? [Quartz]
Maison Premiere reps BK in the 2015 James Beard award finalists [Eater NY]

03/24/15 8:44am
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A typical March day in Venice. (Photos by Dan Cerruti.)

Jay-Z. Lena Dunham. Dan Cerruti. What do all these incredibly important cultural figures have in common, besides zeitgeist-capturing appeal with legions of fans? They–we–are all native New Yorkers who have decided to move to a land of gritty authenticity where only the savvy and cunning survive. I’m talking, of course, about Los Angeles.

The name of this blog being a pun on Brooklyn, I suppose I should do what I can to make you stow away your pitchforks and torches and stymy your cries of “traitor” and “heresy” and “You’re wearing shorts in March? Go fuck yourself.” The internet is lousy with “Why I’m leaving New York” essays, but I figure I should do my best to explain why this phenomenon has claimed so many New York peeps. (more…)

03/23/15 12:19pm

Taylor Swift beats the creeps and buys her porn domain name [Salon]
Texas Roadhouse is the place to go if you’re trying to score underage booze [Consumerist]
Some LED streetlights are shining a bit too brightly for Windsor Terrace residents [NY Times]
There was a really horrible fire in Midwood [Gothamist]
Life advice from Cookie Monster [A.V. Club]
Yes, those train delays are more awful than before [ANIMAL]
How Girls grew up [Observer]

03/23/15 11:48am
Even the zebra's on board

Even the zebra’s on board

Back in January we told you about Brooklyn’s new preschool for adults, where people learn to cope with the overwhelming world of grown ups with play-doh and musical chairs for a mere $333. A lot of people were skeptical of a project that encourages people to return to the most self-indulgent points in their lives, especially since millennials don’t have the best reputation when it comes to being coddled. Well hold on to your newspaper hats, world, because one of the teachers at Preschool Mastermind has spoken out against the meanies who have been hating on it since the story went viral. (more…)

03/20/15 5:05pm
Happy spring! Here's more snow. via Flickr user Several seconds

Happy spring! Here’s more snow. via Flickr user Several seconds

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-We will miss filthy, beloved Trash Bar

-We made you the ultimate brokester playlist

-Use your MetroCard by March 29 or the MTA wins

-You can now rent production equipment real cheap

-We rode the music bus with Field Trip

-Kimmy Schmidt writer tells all

-In fact, Kimmy is the anti-Taylor Swift we’ve been waiting for

-Rent was a lot nicer in 1940s–or so you’d think

-Good luck ever owning a house in Brooklyn

-We loved Greene Grape Annex and Halyards and George and Jacks