01/30/15 4:00pm
l train shutdown

Well, this emptoness will be familiar soon. via Flickr user Sean ‘O Sullivan

-The L train made plans to make your life hell this spring

-Braising lessons helped you turn your cheap meat into a royal feast

-Brooklyn Bowl’s main booker Lucas Sacks dished on how you too can have a cool music industry job

-You might scoff at regular yoga, but heavy metal yoga saved our writer’s soul

-Here comes Ponycon

-At least it’ll have fewer STDs than the adorable Gowanus rabbits

-The Snowpocalypse was a bit underwhelming, but if provided some pretty pictures

-Brooklyn Brewery was hiring, MTV was hiring, a bunch of places were hiring

-From kitty litter boxes to garbage can lids, the best DIY sleds sitting around your apartment were ranked

-Mike Pace and the Child Actors provided some tunes

-We love waving the flag at Red, White and Brew, tacos at Ho’Brah and footy at Longbow Pub & Pantry

01/30/15 12:01pm

Hey why don’t internet journalists form unions? [Washington Post]
Trains were all screwed up today, in case you didn’t know [DNA Info]
Ebola doc Craig Spencer talks life as the Ebola doc [WNYC]
Cops with huge guns just gonna be wandering the city from now on [Capital]
Here’s how Albany will maybe change without Sheldon Silver there [New York Magazine]
Is Dean Skelos gonna be the next one to go? [NBC4]
Cars make everyone miserable and antisocial [Twin City Sidewalks]
Jimmy McMillan is officially getting the boot from his apartment [Daily News]

01/30/15 11:33am
star snow

What does it mean, though? Photos by Faye Penn

For years, Jews have watched in silence as the goyim have reported seeing Jesus in everything from toast to oranges to potatoes, and have gone back and forth between thinking the goyim were a little meshugeh or if they were on to something. It looks like we’ve gotten our answer in the form of the latest snow that blew into town last night, as our own Faye Penn found these Magen David-shaped snow flakes on the floor of her blessed mini-van. Finally, a message from Hashem to his people! What is he trying to say, though? (more…)

01/30/15 9:51am
gowanus rabbits

::Greg Sniper voice:: All these rabbits have syphilis. Photo by Margaret Bortner

Brooklyn was captivated by the story of the Gowanus rabbits, a warren of bunnies living in an abandoned lot near a tire shop that were described by their caretaker as “angry, hardened city rabbits and possibly carnivorous.” The story got a little less cute when the police and animal welfare workers seized a bunch of the rabbits to during Monday’s blizzard to make sure they didn’t die of exposure, and now things have gotten even less cute because it turns out a bunch of the rabbits were full of rabbit syphilis. Man, this story about about hundreds of rabbits living in an empty lot near a Superfund site got real dark real fast. (more…)

01/29/15 1:26pm
l train

Might get so bad you miss this. via Flickr user Ken

Ah spring, season of rebirth, season of hope and coming soon, season of godawful L train shutdowns that will prevent easy access from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Yes that’s right, after already breaking your spirit in the winter, we got a tip, later confirmed by an MTA spokesman, that L train will put you back on the rack in spring, with nine straight weeks of weeknight track work starting March 24 that will shut it down between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Plus, you get six straight weekends of no L train between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue starting April 11. At least the weekend track work might keep Manhattanites out? (more…)

01/29/15 12:03pm

White Park Slope parents aim to seize struggling middle school [DNA Info]
773 Lounge raises a bunch of money to rebuild [Ditmas Park Corner]
Someone bought a Crown Heights townhouse for $3.45 million, a new record [New York Post]
Why people liked Sheldon Silver [Capital]
The dream of an independent New York City [Medium]
Mike Huckabee thinks our women are trashy, but what the fuck does he know? [CNN]
We’re getting closer and closer to legal weed [MJINews]

01/29/15 10:11am
dumbo arts festival

Go find your art somewhere else, you damn kids. via the DUMBO Arts Festival

For years, the DUMBO Arts Festival was the place to go see cool public art take over a neighborhood for a weekend, as well as chat with Walt Whitman impersonators or get your old clothes fixed in the name of art. We have to put the emphasis on the “was” now, because after 18 years, the organizers of the festival are calling it quits, telling festival fans that the huge crowds it drew raised costs to the point where they’d have to recruit larger corporate sponsors that they didn’t want involved. Sorry, everyone practicing their best Whitman. (more…)

01/28/15 4:04pm
gowanus art

Something like this, but maybe not this exactly. via Flickr user Jason Eppnik

Arts Gowanus is putting out the call for artists to send in plans for new public works to be displayed all throughout the neighborhood, which is good news for the, what 3 artists in Brooklyn that aren’t already millionaires lounging on private yachts? If you’ve got a concept for a love letter to that most canal-est of neighborhoods, send it on over to Arts Gowanus and have the chance to see it come to life in your very own backyard. They’re looking for pieces that capture the history, diversity, and community of Gowanus, and bonus points if you can visually express exactly what that smell coming off the canal resembles. (more…)

01/28/15 1:06pm
The mayor sending sanitation workers out to certain doom. via Facebook

The mayor sending sanitation workers out to certain doom. via Facebook

So, now that the sun in shining and the roads are all paved, we can all take a second to sit down and admit maybe we, as a seaboard, might have over-reacted to this whole “blizzard” thing. The frenzied grocery shopping, consumption of insane amounts of alcohol, and the manic pairing-off were all for naught, as we ended up getting a mere 6 inches of snow, and a crazy hangover.

While a few good things came from the blizzard in New York, like amazing pictures and some awesome sledding action, the best thing to happen from this snowstorm is undoubtedly this recording of Bill de Blasio reading this Onion article about his prophecies of death and destruction approaching with the “furious hoarfrost”. The article perfectly sums up the road-shutting fear being displayed by everybody right up until the light frost dusted our city, and hearing de Blasio warn that our babes “Will howl for but a few hours before death becalms them forever,” is well, icing on the cake.

01/28/15 12:00pm

City sells land for $1 to a developer in exchange for affordable housing promise [Daily News]
God enters the Prospect-Lefferts rezoning fight [The Q At Parkside]
A former neighbor says “Don’t evict Jimmy McMillan” [amNewYork]
Gentrification’s hidden victim: The humble laundromat [WNYC]
The real estate wave comes for East New York [New York Magazine]
Williamsburg’s Apple Store will look something like this [New York YIMBY]
The rural housing market sucks too [CityLabs]