11/19/14 10:16am

Neeeeeeeerds. Photo by Elena Olivo, via NYU Photo Bureau

‘Sup nerds. Seen all the bad press Uber has been getting the last couple days and figure you can disrupt them out of business? Or are you fixing to end up as rich and amoral as Travis Kalanick? Well, you’ve got a chance to get your app off the ground with a team of nerds, because a free hackathon is coming to Bushwick on December 6. Beats SantaCon, yeah? (more…)

11/18/14 12:01pm

The Times has become self-aware about their weird Brooklyn fetish [New York Times]
Sandy survivors keep getting denied by the insurance industry [WNYC]
What can cities who want to attract startups learn from New York? A few things [CityLabs]
The city is investing a bunch of money in revitalizing the Navy Yard [Wall Street Journal]
NYC is safer, but New Yorkers still have security fears [Brick Underground]
Think Brooklyn takes whiskey seriously now? Pff, check out the Whiskey Wars of the 1870s [Smithsonian]
“Vape” is the word of the year, and that’s a perfectly fine choice [Jezebel]
Uber would like to dig up dirt on journalists, announces plan in front of journalist [BuzzFeed]

11/18/14 11:35am
link nyc

Ooh, future-y

You might remember a couple years back, New York was trying to figure out what to do with our payphones, since everyone has spacephones now and nothing every goes wrong with those. Well, we have our answer as to what’s going to happen to our poor neglected payphones now: they’re going to become kiosks offering free high-speed Wi-fi. That sounds cool, as long as Time Warner and Cablevision never have anything to do with it. (more…)

11/18/14 9:04am

Coming soon to the subways: Posters telling you this isn’t cool. via Saving Room for Cats

We’re all angry at the MTA for our looming $116.50 monthly MetroCard that’s coming for us in March next year, but today, we come not to bury the MTA but to praise it. We all complained about man-spread on the subway, and they’ve listened, telling the press that next January they’re rolling out an “awareness campaign” dedicated to telling people not to take up two seats by either spreading out or putting their backpacks on seats. Well, with these PSAs out of the way, Philadelphia once again has nothing to lord over us. (more…)

lefferts community food co-op

They’re breaking out the balloons for you and everything. via Facebook

Park Slope’s low-price deliciousness monopoly is getting shaken this Sunday. A couple months ago we told you Prospect-Lefferts Gardens would be getting a food coop this year. Well the day has come and you no longer need to schlep all the way to Park Slope and use a stroller as a shopping cart just so you feel like you fit in, because the Lefferts Community Food Co-op is opening Sunday with an open shopping day for everyone. (more…)

11/17/14 2:40pm

Doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, these dudes are coming to town, Bushwick. via Flickr user Josh Knowles

Hey Bushwick, what could possibly be worse than being deemed the 7th coolest neighborhood in the world by the glamour ghouls of Vogue? You figured nothing, right? Whoops, wrong! Better get your Grinch faces on, because the annual red-clad vomit, piss and ass-grabbing tornado known as SantaCon is coming to your sleepy industrial hood, to spread good cheer, good vomit, good piss and good ass grabbing all in the name of charity. Truly, a Chrimbus miracle! (more…)

11/17/14 12:02pm

Jeremiah Moss’ favorite spots in New York that are in danger of vanishing [New York Post]
Awful incident as man pushed into subway by a stranger [Daily News]
Career choices don’t explain away the gender gap [Business Week]
Andrew Cuomo’s biggest donors gave a heap of money to Republicans in State Senate races [Capital]
Hot new trend in Ditmas Park: Robbing eateries while customers are there [New York Times]
A rundown of police unions running down Rachel Noerdlinger [Runnin' Scared]
Forest City is ready to buy out Skanska [Atlantic Yards Report]
Happy 50th birthday, Verrazano Bridge! [WNYC]

11/17/14 11:17am
brooklyn bridge

Locals only? via Flickr user David Papworth

The Brooklyn Bridge is a beautiful architectural jewel, a feat of engineering impressive both when it was built and 131 years later as it still stands. It’s also, for better or worse, a tourist attraction that brings out of towners, in love with the view and the aura of the bridge, clomping across it in huge numbers every day. It might be time to reexamine the relationship New York City allows tourists to have with the Brooklyn Bridge though, in light of yet another asshole deciding to make the bridge his own personal jungle gym. This is hardly the first crime committed by tourists against our iconic span lately, so the question must be asked, and we’ll be the ones to ask it: Is it time to ban tourists from setting foot on the Brooklyn Bridge? (more…)

11/17/14 9:46am
nyc porn film festival

Ready to get sexy?

Hey there sad sexy person, are you still bummed you missed out on your chance to razzle dazzle the world at the Smallest Penis in Brooklyn Pageant? Well, dry those tears but make sure everything else is all wet and squishy, because the first-ever NYC Porn Film Festival is coming to (of course) Bushwick from February 28 to March 1 and they want submissions from you. No, the video kind of submissions, not the…well, if you make it good enough than yes, they also want that other kind of submission from you too. (more…)

11/16/14 4:30am

You won't ever wear this on your waistcoat. Sorry. [via BBC]

You won’t ever wear this on your waistcoat. Sorry. [Sotheby's via BBC]

On Coverage: “…and a job with benefits is a unicorn.” [Cafe]
On Being: “How could it be that there was nothing to find?” [Nowhere]
On Sharkowitz: “You don’t know what you’re going to step in!” [Youtube]
On Dwellings: “Isn’t it strange to have a skyline that isn’t even yours?” [EL]
On Loss: “‘He is deceased,’ the medical examiner said curtly.” [Narratively]
On Isolation: “They did their thing, we did ours, was the general mindset.” [VV]
On Transitions: “Die, If thou wouldst be with that which thou dost seek!” [Aeon]
On Reading: “…America’s attitude to the CIA is fascinatingly ambivalent.” [Vice]
On Going Deep: “Merrill reminded the next skier … to stay to the right…” [Powder]
On Shit You Can’t Ever Afford: “Graves was an ‘incredibly keen’ sportsman…” [BBC]
On Homes Away From Home: “Very little, then, went to hiring and reinvestment.” [NBC]