11/21/14 11:00am
Up yours, VICE. (via Flickr user Anne Helmond)

Up yours, VICE. (via Flickr user Anne Helmond)

Vice Media, the big bad Pulitzer & Hearst of the 21st century, hasn’t seemed to cease fire in the slashing and burning of South Williamsburg’s local businesses in order to make way for the expansion of their behemoth media megaplex. This time the victim is The Muse, the best place in Williamsburg to see fire-breathing, colorful scarves and aerial acrobatics. The acrobatic training space and multi-disciplinary performance venue on South 1st Street has to vacate to make way for Vice’s space-age utopia, and early construction is forcing the circus out even earlier than they’d planned to leave. It’s not the end yet though: You can help them finance a new home in Bushwick on Kickstarter(more…)

11/21/14 10:26am
gowanus

Your high-rise here. via Flickr user Moretso

Now that the Williamsburg waterfront is about all filled up, and the owner of Junior’s refuses to sell, Brooklyn’s poor beleaguered high-rise residential buildings don’t seem to have anywhere to go. Well, it looks like that’s about to change, because according to DNA Info the Bridging Gowanus plan is set to clear the way for high-rise residential buildings up to 18 stories high. The good news for the residents of Gowanus, is that said rezoning is supposed to come with things like NYCHA fixes, manufacturing protection, more park space and other things that are always promised and seem to lag behind precious glass high-rises. (more…)

11/20/14 4:21pm
powerhouse on 8th

Prepare to save big, ye who enter here.

Do you need to do some holiday shopping for nerds who love to read books. Ugh, the worst, right? Who can read in this Golden Age of Television we’re living in? Well, if you know some people who want books, you should do a little early holiday shopping next week at powerHouse on 8th (1111 8th Avenue, Park Slope), because they’re celebrating their one-year anniversary by offering 20% off all the books and merchandise in the store. (more…)

11/20/14 3:10pm
The A/C shut down on the weekends will be the new topic to bitch about at brunch come this spring. (via Flickr user Adam Fagen)

The A/C shut down on the weekends gives you a new topic to bitch about at brunch come this spring. (via Flickr user Adam Fagen)

Add this to the list of hexes you’re putting on your MTA-inspired voodoo doll: Gothamist reports that the tunnel that ferries A and C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be closed for a whopping 40 non-consecutive weekends starting next spring. Hurricane Sandy is the gift that just keeps on giving. (more…)

11/20/14 2:30pm
you don't have to settle

Now you can know when it’s time to party like 1999, all the time. via Facebook

If you’re anything like us, you love a good dance party. We’ll take ‘em in any shape or size, as long as there are great tunes and a steady supply of booze. Wouldn’t you love to open up your web browser of choice, type in one address, and view all of the craziest, wildest dance parties Brooklyn has to offer? Well our friends over at the You Don’t Have to Settle, the “Captain Planet-style DJ Collective” behind some of our favorite Brooklyn dance parties like Head On, Feeling Gloomy, Footwerq, Crazy Since Da 90s, No Tears, Happy House, and more have answered your prayers and ours with a new website that lists all of Brooklyn’s dance parties. (more…)

11/20/14 12:02pm

Kara Walker saw you taking those selfies [Vulture]
Neighborhood not too hot on sauna parties [DNA Info]
The arguments over the plastic bag surcharge have started in the City Council [Capital]
Gowanus remains pissed about the Lightstone development [Pardon Me For Asking]
Mayor Tall spends some time talking about how the Post has covered him [New York Post]
Dude-helmed startup would like to make your vagina smell better, ladies [Valleywag]
The NYPD doesn’t wanna talk about spying on Muslims, thank you very much [Runnin's Scared]
East Village cops are ready for SantaCon [Bedford + Bowery]

11/20/14 9:12am
santacon

There’s still a lot of conspiracy and mystery as far as we’re concerned. via Flickr user Dave Bledsoe

There was gnashing of teeth and plenty of protest, and in the end it turned out that Bushwick is maybe more of a Chrimbus town than a Christmas town, because SantaCon organizers officially announced that they weren’t converging on Bushwick for New York City’s most hated bar crawl. If it was ever really showing up there to begin with… (more…)

11/19/14 3:35pm
bushwick santacon

Look, we’re just asking questions here. Photoshop by Curtis Glenn

As you all know, Bushwick, and Brooklyn in general, has been freaking out since the news broke that SantaCon was puking up on the neighborhood’s shores. In fact, since the announcement, Bushwick bars have been falling all over themselves to let it be known that SantaCon isn’t welcome in their establishments. It’s understandable, given that even in the gentrified state it’s in now, Bushwick doesn’t seem like prime bro stomping ground. Given this predictable reaction, and other information that’s been collected since the announcement was made, we have to start asking if there was ever any plan for a Bushwick SantaCon to begin with. And if there wasn’t, who benefits from the chaos this has caused in Bushwick, in Brooklyn and beyond? (more…)

11/19/14 1:18pm
nick gilronan

Will this be the person delivering your package? Sadly, probably not. Photo by Mary Dorn

Hey you, with the out-of-town friends. Expecting some lovely Christmas gifts but can’t ever be home to sign for the UPS packages? Why don’t you just get your doorman to get it? Oh right, this Brokelyn, you don’t have a doorman. Well, don’t worry about it, because remember how we told you about Parcel earlier this year, that service that holds your packages for you and delivers them when you’re home? They’re launching the service in Brooklyn tomorrow. (more…)

11/19/14 12:02pm

We can do congestion pricing the easy way, or the hard way [City & State]
Soon Brooklynites will tell people, “We’re from the land of chocolate” [Crain's]
How likely are you to be pushed in front of a train? [New York Magazine]
Here comes a fight over rent stabilization laws [WNYC]
World Trade Center BASE jumpers are gonna face felony charges [Daily News]
Pictures of Luna Park closed for the season [Untapped Cities]
Hedge fund owner plans huge mansion to replace Williamsburg factory [Brownstoner]