08/22/14 4:32pm
Why wouldn't some bar step up to be the best damn pet shop in town?

Why wouldn’t some bar step up to be the best damn pet shop in town?

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-Brooklyn bars failed us by not showing the Simpsons marathon

-We explored the effectiveness of working at the beach

-The first class of “Brooklyn Made” stuff was shown to the world

-Bushwick’s homes jumped in value, which would be nice if you owned one

-We learned some good ways to keep some bad food

-Drinking and learning was a winning combination, just like college

-$2 tacos at a barbershop? Sure, why not

-There were free daffodils to be had

-Someone was filling garbage bags with pee and sharing them with their neighbors

-We loved the One Stop Beer Shop and The Emerson, which is transcendental

08/22/14 2:27pm
brooklyn public library

Man, librarians are the best. You should definitely let them pick your books. via Facebook

So you’re finished with you’re summer reading, and you’re not sure where you want to go next. After all, there are so many books! Fortunately, the Brooklyn Public Library is here to save you from your own poor decisions with a new service called Bklyn BookMatch, in which they make you a personalized reading list. If there was ever a reason to pay back your massive late fees, this is it. (more…)

08/22/14 12:17pm
1133 manhattan ave

Here’s a look at a place you’ll never live

Hey remember when 53,000 people applied for affordable artist housing up in Harlem, and we all thought, “Well, it can’t possibly get any worse”? Yeah, we shouldn’t have thought that, because it has gotten worse, much closer to home, with the Daily News reporting that 58,832 people applied for affordable housing in a Greenpoint development that has 105 spots. Happy Friday! (more…)

08/22/14 10:48am
301 cumberland street

The first, obvious suspect. Photoshop via Mamasgoodboy.com

What’s the biggest problem you have with your neighbors? Do they play their music too loud? Always holding “dance in clogs” parties above you? Well, be happy that’s the worst thing you’ve got going on, because according to a tip given to Brownstoner, some joker is sending garbage bags full of piss down the garbage chute of a Fort Greene building. We have our own suspect, but right now police and building management are baffled. (more…)

kings theatre brooklyn

Ooh, shiny. Photo by Matt Lambros, via Facebook

The curtain will rise again on Brooklyn’s historic Kings Theatre in January 2015.

Don’t remember seeing Arcade Fire perform there? The theatre on Flatbush Ave has been closed for 40 years, so the debut will be the first time in our lifetimes to visit the French Renaissance revivalist theatre, rumored to be spectacularly beautiful and lovingly restored to its original grandeur, according to a press release. (more…)

08/21/14 12:00pm

Man makes 400 fake 911 calls on Williamsburg bars [New York Post]
Woman posts sign in Crown Heights calling out modesty mavens [Disrupting Dinner Parties]
Looks like the NYPD is covering up the real story a cop running over a pedestrian [Gothamist]
Brands unite to woo New Yorkers [The Awl]
ASPCA puts down homeless man’s dog without telling him [DNA Info]
There are/50 ways to lose your rent stabilized apartment [WNYC]
Great, subway yoga will wind up replacing showtime dancers [PIX 11]
Here’s a giant Palestinian flag on the Manhattan Bridge [CBS]

08/20/14 3:52pm
3rd ward

Do they owe you anything? Speak up

When the 3rd Ward went under last October, teachers, students, and members were all left holding the bag, with no refunds for members who spent up to $3,200 for lifetime memberships, no final pay checks for the teachers who had put in countless hours at the art space, and no consolation or explanation for the students who signed up for classes. So how much does 3rd Ward actually owe its patrons and participants? One writer is asking people to email her and let her know. (more…)

08/20/14 1:41pm
bushwick

These homes are 30% richer than they were last year. Not you, though. via Flickr user Susan Sermoneta

It seems like it was just yesterday that Bushwick was kinda sorta a bargain price-wise, was full of people living on houseboats and hopping freight trains and was being described as an awful hellhole by the likes of Vogue. Turns out that train-hopping hobos and Vogue condemnation be damned, Bushwick homes also shot up 31.2% in value between 2013 and 2014. You were never gonna be able to own a home anyway, but now you can cross Bushwick off your fantasy list for good. (more…)

08/20/14 12:02pm

A look at the Zephyr Teachout campaign that freaks out Andrew Cuomo [Runnin' Scared]
Times Square characters are fighting back [CBS2]
Here’s all the non-profit HQs in the city turning into luxury housing. Sigh [Curbed]
Here’s a Bushwick bar with tits all over the place [Bedford + Bowery]
Use your freaking vacation days [Gawker]
Here are the most common street names in New York City [Untapped Cities]
Greenpoint warehouse becoming Greenpoint townhouse [New York YIMBY]