07/31/14 4:47pm
bushwick mall

Yes, see, the black-and-white suggests themes of a simpler time, before we saw the world in color. via Wyckoff Heights

Despite our occasional appreciation of it, we here at Brokelyn are by no means art experts. Unless you’re counting Cowboy Bebop, some of us have seen every episode something like three times. Otherwise, stick us in front of an abstract painting or some experimental photograph and the best we’ll come up with is, “Yep, that’s a thing.” Still, even we were struck by the haunting new renderings of the long-dreaded Bushwick mall, delivered to the world in black-and-white instead of the usual splashes of color that developers try to show off with. What does it all mean? (more…)

07/31/14 12:00pm

Everything’s coming up Milhouse for the Mets [ESPN NY]
OK, now THIS is how you close a beloved venue [Texas Monthly]
Sheepshead Bay has some sketchy clothing bins too [Sheepshead Bites]
Here’s a peek at the new Max Fish [Bedford + Bowery]
Who owns the city’s skyline? The Port Authority says they do, oddly enough [The Wire]
What you learn from a DIY renovation effort [BrickUnderground]
Gracie Mansion is being outfitted by none other than Brooklyn’s own West Elm [Crain's]

07/31/14 10:54am
577 new lots avenue

Yeah? Then where are the horses and the saloons and the syphllis. via Curbed

As spotted by Curbed, new apartments at 577 New Lots Avenue in East New York are being advertised as “the next frontier,” which is exactly what Spike Lee just got done yelling at motherfuckers about. The worst part about this ad is that it obviously appeals to someone, maybe even someone you know and love. Beyond that, there’s not much to say, or do, about this, except stare at it until your eye starts twitching and then you eventually start laughing because hey, whatever, nothing matters.

07/31/14 10:11am
mcsweeney's

That could be you, up there on that water tower. via Facebook

Hey you, struggling grad student trying to get your MFA. Tired of plugging away at story assignments only to have some disinterested professor barely pay attention to the words you’ve written unless he wants to sleep with you? This is what happens in grad school, yes? Well, how about going around the professor and getting famous by being published in McSweeney’s, by winning their Student Short Story Contest. You could win $455, the envy of your peers, the right to say you’ve been published in the same places as Zadie Smith and Jonathan Ames, but most importantly, the envy of your peers. (more…)

07/30/14 4:05pm
Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Make sure your application game is on point, so you can snag an affordable apartment

Hey, remember how whenever there’s an affordable housing lottery people FREAK OUT? Over the next three years, that’s gonna keep happening in Downtown Brooklyn as over 1,000 affordable units are going to hit the market. It turns out that even with the lottery system having been in place for awhile, the application process confuses a huge number of applicants, who wind up automatically disqualified. So, in order to try to avoid that when Downtown’s affordable housing lottery starts, the Brooklyn Downtown Partnership is holding free classes to walk people through the application process. (more…)

07/30/14 1:01pm
2 train

No one cares for you, 2. via Wikipedia

Here’s a quick question: What’s the worst subway line in New York? The answer is usually, “Whichever one you have to ride with a self-styled Lloyd Dobler making eyes at you,” but today we have a different, more scientific answer courtesy of the Straphangers Campaign’s State of the Subways report card. That answer? The 2 train is 2014′s worst subway line in New York. Come on down, 2 train and get your crown made of dead rats, puke and various pieces of garbage! (more…)

07/30/14 12:00pm

Here comes a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens rezoning fight [Brownstoner]
Economy allegedly grows [New York Magazine]
Massachusetts grocery chain torn apart by attempt to keep treating employees as humans [Esquire]
Rikers guards indicted for smuggling drugs into jail. No drugs allowed in jail [Runnin' Scared]
The stuff people are most likely to lose on the subway [FiveThirtyEight]
Exploding 9/11 Ninja Turtles poster reconsidered [AV Club]
So what’s the deal with Mayor Tall’s sustainability plans? [Capital]

07/30/14 11:01am
tip bombing

Some tippers, getting ready to unleash a money bomb on a subway busker. via Facebook

New York City is so tremendously competitive, even the street performers are have to jostle for a decent (and harassment-free) spot to set up and strum or drum or dance. Artists and performers in every genre who flock to NYC try starting with the subway as the place for their big break, to make their craft a career. Some of them actually do pretty well for themselves, but a group of young creatives who work in the advertising industry in Manhattan recently decided they wanted to help them do better and show their appreciation, with what they call a “tip bomb.(more…)

07/29/14 12:00pm

Of course New York would get a Chinese panda in the “Red” Bill de Blasio era [New York Post]
Hey, TV on the Radio is coming out with a new album [BrooklynVegan]
Finally, private interests insufferably monetize public parking [The Awl]
Looks like it’s old C trains until 2017 at least [Daily News]
Private pre-school wants to alter landmarked theatre, for the children [Brownstoner]
Jimmy McMillan came to Ditmas Park [Ditmas Park Corner]
Who will fill, then be indicted in, these empty Brooklyn state legislative seats? [DNA Info]
Trees allegedly good for you [Atlantic Health]

07/29/14 10:21am
metrocard machine

This thing (which uses an ancient Windows platform?) will still only take 4% more of your money next year via Flickr user Salim Virji

One thing that happened when Mayor Bloomberg left town and Mayor de Blasio took over is that de Blasio didn’t act like unions were a thing not to be bothered with or y’know, negotiated with. So that meant subway and bus unions got new contracts, and people started worrying that the MTA wouldn’t be able to stick to their 4% fare hike for 2015. Well good news, we guess, because they’re doing just that. (more…)