09/29/14 4:03pm
escape music festival

Red Hook said No-by.

Earlier this month we learned Red Hook was getting a music festival featuring Yeasayer and Moby October 11 and 12. Well just kidding guys, because according to the Brooklyn Paper the Escape Music Festival is honoring its name and has fled from the Red Hook Container Terminal to Governors Island.

09/29/14 12:00pm

Remembering Williamsburg’s White Castle through filtered pictures [Eater]
It’s not a Gen-Xer, it’s not a millennial, it’s a Xennial [Good Magazine]
Astoria mega-project faces council vote [DNA Info]
Here’s a Bushwick hate crime to brighten up your day [Daily News]
Three years in Rikers with no trial for being accused stealing a backpack [The New Yorker]
Hey what’s up with the armories left in New York City? [Untapped Cities]
CCRB says the NYPD letting too many chokeholds happen [Runnin' Scared]
Here’s Derek Jeter’s final at-bat ever [Deadspin]

We hope to god he wears this

We hope to god he wears this

When Neil Diamond announced he was playing a secret show, his first ever in Brooklyn, we figured the announcement was just some cryptic bullshit to gin up publicity for a Barclays Center show. After all, this is the Jewish Elvis we’re talking about, he wasn’t gonna suddenly pop in at Shea Stadium. Confounding our expectations though, Diamond announced on Twitter and Facebook that his secret show will be a free gig at Erasmus Hall High School (911 Flatbush Avenue). (more…)

09/28/14 3:00am
The sun sets on AC. (via WaPo)

The sun sets on AC. (via WaPo)

On Order: “Hooters just wasn’t racy enough…” [NYP]
On Sharing: “It’s part of the San Francisco experience…” [NYM]
On Toast: “We were able to pay our writers right away…” [DIGIDAY]
On Trump Cards: “…it’s a town that gets beneath the skin…” [WaPo]
On Downsizing: “Because, here’s the thing: housing costs a ton.” [Medium]
On Culpability: “Want to meet at my dorm? Less carrying for me.” [The Cut]
On Leaks: “’Something is very wrong,’ they said. ‘We are worried.‘” [Buzzfeed]
On Theft: “Where the two intersect, what could possibly go wrong?” [ArsTechnica]
On Dimes: “Eventually, Gray found a phone and his wife recovered…” [Smithsonian]
On Films: “What’s crazy is that none of us know [what’s going to happen].” [SplitSider]
On Spikes: “With the Convention’s end, four months of intense activity began.” [RailFan]

09/26/14 4:52pm
Bye Manhattan! Bye weekdays! We don't need either of you! via

Bye Manhattan! Bye weekdays! We don’t need either of you! Via

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-Your visiting guests didn’t have to leave Brooklyn for a good time

-The Illuminati had plans for Williamsburg

-Eugene Mirman had a mysterious new artisanal store

-The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and other places, wanted you to work for them

-These were Brooklyn’s best $40 and under restaurants, apparently

-Smorgasburg and the Flea got a new winter home

-It’s still Oktoberfest, there are still Oktobefest things to do

-DIY business cards can trick people into thinking you’ve got it together

-”But we’re the next Brooklyn” was a legal argument

-Redheads could get a fancy haircut for 50% off in Greenpoint

-We love feeling French at Lola BKLYN, we love drinking good stuff at d.b.a Brooklyn

09/26/14 3:01pm
Artist's rendering of the author

Artist’s rendering of the author

We’re staying mostly clear of the fight over the proposed tax on pied-á-teres, because we’re not economists and you mostly come here for jokes about Mike Bloomberg’s resting bitch face and not analysis of political events of the day. That being said, we knew it would be just a matter of time before a pied-á-terre owner defended themselves by calling us ungrateful parasitical maggots, and Toronto’s own Diane Francis did not waste anytime doing just that in an editorial in the Daily News:

We don’t complain, hoist placards or march in front of City Hall demanding more entitlements.

The money we spend, meantime, employs concierges, maintenance and cleaning personnel, masseuses, clothiers, hairdressers, tailors, cabbies, entertainers, vendors, museum curators, chefs, waiters, bartenders, comedians, singers, musicians, actors, artists, athletes and goodness knows who else.

Emphasis ours. The editorial is worth a read, especially because beyond excoriating us for not being thankful, Francis also complains about condo fees as if those go to the city of New York and not her building. Sure we could point out that Francis does contribute to potholes if she takes cabs and that she published this editorial in a paper that has a columnist who called for a tax just like this and that threatening to buy in London or San Francisco doesn’t really jibe with her “I love NYC” claim. But that’s none of our business.

09/26/14 12:20pm

OK fine, Derek Jeter’s Yankee Stadium goodbye was very nice [Deadspin]
State senator is a goddamn sociopath [DNA Info]
Downtown Brooklyn is getting a 65-story tower [NY YIMBY]
The Williamsburg J. Crew is open now [Brownstoner]
Garbagemen really don’t appreciate your dogs pissing on garbage bags [New York Times]
Why everyone wants to build big on 57th Street [Curbed]
Here’s a threatening letter from a landlord sent to a “20″ resident of an 80/20 building [BU]

09/26/14 12:01pm
roger that garden

You get to paint this, again. via Facebook

When we last heard from Roger That Community Garden, they were getting boarded up and the developer who owns the lot was asking for a million dollars for it. Still, the gardeners who turned a gross garbage lot into a nice garden aren’t giving up yet, and are inviting people to re-paint a mural outside the garden washed way by rain, to fight what a garden founder called “community terrorism,” in an interview with DNA Info. (more…)

09/25/14 12:00pm

People are upset they can’t look at porn in public on the iPhone 6 Plus [NYM]
Here’s a crazy-looking office building coming to Williamsburg. Stare at it [NYYIMBY]
Mayor Tall killed a groundhog [New York Post]
Why bodegas switched to coconut water and kombucha [New Yorker]
People certainly hated that ridiculous column crying about the subway [Runnin' Scared]
The potential re-zoning of Empire Boulevard enters its “parliamentary insanity” phase [DNA Info]
Williamsburg is getting more Maison Premiere [Grub Street]
The work life of an obituary writer [Paris Review]


This should go over well. via Sheepshead Bites

Man, when it rains developer chutzpah, it really fucking pours. Fresh off the news that some brilliant real estate minds are too busy destroying shit to be bothered to prove they own it, word comes down from Sheepshead Bites that a piece of land previously targeted for a 22-story development that opposed because of its enormity is now being fitted for an even larger building coming in at thirty stories. (more…)