04/23/15 9:56am
Is this you every day of the week? Be nice, buy something else

Is this you? There are some things you should know.

If you’re a freelancer who works remotely, you’re well-versed in the coffee shop campout. You arrive prepared early in the morning, laptop in hand, ready for a day of quiet work alongside dozens of other freelancers. But oh, what’s this? The barista is giving you the stink-eye. And so are the people sitting near you. But why? Well, probably because you’re violating basic rules of camper etiquette. While we can agree that wi-fi enabled cafés are a god-given right these days, there are also basic courtesies that should (and do) go along with that privilege. So in that spirit, here are our Do’s and Don’ts of spending your workday at a single coffee joint. (more…)

04/23/15 7:51am
Man bites canal. All photos by David Colon

Man bites canal. All photos by David Colon

A throng of media and curious onlookers watched as the man in the giant protective suit, step by step, walked towards destiny. The historic achievement had been delayed by unexpected bureaucratic hijinks, but now it was only moments away. There was a pause, a deep breath and over the rail he went, making a gentle splash. After decades of pungent aromas, urban legends and a combination of scientific wonder and horror, finally, Man swam in the Gowanus and lived to tell the tale. (more…)

04/22/15 12:01pm

Mayor Tall wants the MTA to maybe think about a Utica Ave subway line [Capital]
The subway needs more investment though [Second Avenue Sagas]
We suppose this upcoming controversial ad could be seen as investment. Maybe. [Jerusalem Post]
Some fashion advice from the ladies of Beacon’s Closet is just what you need [Yahoo! Style]
New York City thinks it’s too cool for meth [Newsweek]
New York City is no longer a place where you can check the credit of job applicants [The Nation]
The only oral history of Mad Men that you need [Clickhole]

04/22/15 11:08am
Someone in here is getting down in a very rude manner

Someone in here is getting down in a very rude manner

Where is New York City’s loudest sex happening? It’s a question that’s theorists have wrestled with for ages. You might have guessed it’s happening somewhere in the Brooklyn Bone Belt, but new research unveiled by DNA Info today shows that’s the incorrect answer. It turns out that answer does lie in Brooklyn though, with a lascivious couple in Bay Ridge making life so hard for their neighbors with their loud, constant fucking that it’s led to six complaint calls to 311 in just three months, which is tops in the city for that very specific complaint. Really puts a new spin on Bay Ridge’s new reputation as “up and coming.” (more…)

04/22/15 9:59am
Scorsese called for the punks, and the punks answered. Photos by Kitty Ramona

Scorsese called for the punks, and the punks answered. Photos by Kitty Ramona

Characters from near and far (Jersey) gathered Tuesday afternoon at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Hell’s Kitchen fabricating a beautiful contrasting scene of edgy aesthetics to a Catholic backdrop. However, they were not coming to find religion. Instead, close to 400 punks, rockers, metalheads, Warhol geeks, hippies, cross colours and disco enthusiasts adorned the church steps in hopes of being featured in HBO’s upcoming rock and roll drama.

The drama, backed by big hitters including Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and George Mastras, will follow the life of Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) who was Head of A&R for American Century Music in the late 70s. The period drama follows Finestra through exploits of the drug/sex-fueled music scene in NYC, as he attempts make a career in finding the next biggest sound in a time and place that fostered a sonic myriad of post-disco, angst-y punk, thriving rock and roll and emerging hip-hop. Between the big names and the era that’s still capturing imaginations, it’s obvious to see why people would be excited about the project and eager to be a part of the series, even if that means just being a background fixture.  (more…)

04/21/15 12:38pm
The bouncers are especially wary of who to let in

Bouncers are especially wary these days

This weekend, Videology announced they can’t continue the Game of Thrones screenings they’ve been hosting for two years after receiving a cease and desist letter from HBO. Something about piracy, Northern Walls, and corporate lawyers. Videology’s not the only place around here that’s been illicitly showing Game of Thrones though, and we reached out to some of those other bars to hear what their plan was. The consensus: Winter is here and Game of Thrones viewings have gone underground. Welcome to the era of the Game of Thrones speakeasy. (more…)

04/21/15 12:01pm

“Look ma, no hands!” is a bad look when you’re a New York City bus driver [New York Post]
Two unnamed movie theatre chains are trying to serve liquor in NYC [Eater]
Subway ridership going up, up, up, up, up [Streetsblog]
Mayor Tall wants to tie you up (with a seatbelt) [Daily News]
Hey what’s up with the plastic bag fee bill? [Gothamist]
Congrats to Manhattan on all that incredible wealth disparity [City Lab]
Shake Shack is picking a burger fight with In-N-Out [Grub Street]

04/21/15 10:12am
smallest penis in brooklyn pageant

As if we could ever give this up. Photo by Mary Dorn

There are certain summer traditions in Brooklyn that just won’t die. Movies in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Concerts at Prospect Park. A bunch of drunk people hooting at dudes showing off their tiny dicks in a hot, crowded bar. Well, maybe the Smallest Penis in Brooklyn pageant isn’t a traditional summer activity yet, but the celebration of teeny weenies is coming back for a third year, at bigger digs in the Kings County Saloon. Wonder if the extra space will make the penises look even smaller. (more…)

04/21/15 8:59am
swim with swain

Christopher Swain, before a terrible experiment turns him into something not quite man, not quite beast. via Instagram

Gowanus might be the night hot neighborhood in Brooklyn, but that hasn’t done anything to fix its Canal, previously seen being so poisonous an injured dolphin that washed up in it was left to die. A card that says “The Gowanus Canal is gross, don’t jump in it,” even comes in people’s Brooklyn Starter Packs when they move here. Everyone’s pretty much on board with the idea of not swimming in the Gowanus. Everyone except one man, clean waterway activist Christopher Swain, who’s planning to jump in and swim the length of the canal on Wednesday  in order to call attention to the fact that the canal is gross. Makes sense to us. (more…)

04/20/15 2:40pm
Hang around a while

Hang around a while. via Facebook

Back in November we told you about how The Muse, the last place in Williamsburg where unironic strong man mustaches thrived, was being kicked out to make room for the new strongman in town, Vice Media. The circus training and performance venue has since piled into an amusingly tiny car and moved on to Bushwick, where they’re ready to show off their circus school and theater. This Sunday you can help them celebrate their successful Kickstarter and renovation with a day of free classes, performances, and floppy shoes at their grand opening. It’s like clown college without the crushing student loans! (more…)