09/09/14 1:21pm
bushwick

“…and Vogue spoke and the sky turned black and the rents spiked with a fury like that of a volcano.” via Flickr user mercurialn

If it seems like just a year ago that Vogue was calling Bushwick “disfavored” and talking about how it was so impossible to get there because even the train full of poors doesn’t put you where you want, well you’re right, it has just been a year. Still, so much changes in a year and if you’re going to suck the essence of youth dry, you have to keep up with said youth, so Vogue now says “Time to hop on the L!” because Bushwick is the 7th coolest neighborhood in the whole world. (more…)

09/09/14 12:30pm

Car crash, then a street fight [Sheepshead Bites]
The Squibb Park Bridge isn’t doing too hot [Gothamist]
Mayor Tall won’t let Brooklyn go [Wall Street Journal]
These 11 sports GIFs will restore your faith in humanity [Deadspin]
Guns are the leading cause of teen deaths in New York City [ANIMAL]
Yes, let’s fill in the Harlem River and make more New York City there [Crain's]
Bill Bratton doesn’t think chokeholds should be officially illegal [Observer]

09/09/14 11:35am
bocce ball brooklyn

Brooklyn needs some people who love rolling. via Flickr user Dan Nguyen

So you’ve been out there at bars, killing it at bocce and reaping the sexy rewards. Now though, you’re bored schooling suckers at your local drinkery, you’re dreaming of bigger things. Well, we’ve got the biggest thing for you: the Parks Department is holding a free bocce ball tournament this Saturday in Marine Park. Win and not only do you get bragging rights as one of Brooklyn’s top dog bocce ball teams, but you get to go represent Brooklyn in the Parks Department tournament of champions later this month. So, what do you say, are you…ballsy enough to play? (more…)

09/09/14 9:54am
junior's brooklyn

Not going anywhere. via Flickr user Wally Gobetz

Earlier this year, word came down the pipe that Alan Rosen, the owner of Junior’s, was going to sell the iconic building and move somewhere else for a little while to allow a giant high rise to be constructed in its place. Everyone freaked out and became very sad, but hey, good news everyone: Rosen has reversed course and isn’t selling anymore. Cheescake for everyone (is how we wish he’d celebrate)! (more…)

09/08/14 4:02pm
bed-stuy

Fun fact: White people all have that weird Waking Life animation, at all times

It’s been a little while since we got to talk about “Bed-Stuy is the new Williamsburg,” so it’s a good thing that real estate agent Robert Earl decided to bring it up again. It’s also a good thing that in his brochure trying to attract fancy restaurants to properties running from 1347 to 1361 Fulton Street that he acted like black people don’t live here anymore. If gentrification had a playbook, this thing would be it. (more…)

09/08/14 1:19pm
death by audio

Well, so much for this. via Flickr user Nev Brown

After 285 Kent closed its doors earlier this year, we were able to say, “Well, at least we still have Glasslands and Death by Audio.” We can’t say that anymore though, because Death by Audio just posted a note to its website saying that they’ll be closing their doors at the end of November. According to prophecy, it’s so that they can become The Andrew WK Center for Ear Drums Damaged By Partying, but we imagine it won’t be something that cool. (more…)

09/08/14 12:00pm

The police don’t have the time to find the guy who ran your over [Post]
Miley Cyrus was in Bushwick, not that you were invited [Paper]
The Mets are being held hostage by a Wilpon real estate plot [2GTMB]
Zephyr Teachout’s qualifications? She’s not under federal investigation [Daily News]
The (retail workers) union forever [New York Times]
Forest City filed another modular design lawsuit, things are going great with that [Brownstoner]
The most diverse apartment building in America, right here in Williamsburg [New Republic]
Public housing is screwed, but hey, it could be worse [Runnin' Scared]

09/08/14 9:43am
sherides

Not all cabs. via Flickr user Eric Konon

We just got done grading cab apps available around here, but the thing about technology is that it always keeps moving. Sure you can pay for your cab by credit card now, but can any app protect you from the problem of creepy (at best) and criminal (at worst) drivers? Well actually, there’s an app for that launching next week according to the New York Times, at least for female passengers. Called SheRides (not to be confused with the Danzig song), the app will employ an exclusively female staff that will only pick up female passengers. (more…)

09/07/14 6:00am
Get 'em while they're hot. (via Medium)

Get ‘em while they’re hot. (via Medium)

On Changes: “EV NY: 30 yrs and now” [Daniel Root]
On Honey: “Hey, bro, are you a flower?” [The Oatmeal]
On Bees: “Well, you’ll have to be okay with being that guy.” [Nautilus]
On Burdens: “May it not be you. May it not be your father.” [TNI]
On Loss: “Suggested rebranding for 2065: ‘Death Valley Annex.’” [Medium]
On Crime: “And the rising tide is definitely not lifting all boats.” [Bloomberg]
On Punishment: “…McLaw was involuntarily committed for evaluation.” [Atlantic]
On Bread and Circuses: “Flaunting your wealth has been elevated to new lows…” [PS]
On Outerwear: “I have never purchased anything Kanye West has ever yelled about.” [Cut]
On Art?: “…she makes up to $30K per month … from her Cum for Bigfoot series.” [Uproxx]
On Dead Horses: “A Take Time of this magnitude spares only the silent and disengaged.” [Awl]
On Power: “‘UberEverywhere’ isn’t a joke. It’s a mantra, a call to arms, a holy ideology.” [Salon]

 

09/05/14 4:48pm
berg'n ramen burger

It’s the weekend, so maybe it’s time for ramen churros. Photo by Dave Rosado

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-Berg’n could be done for just und’r twenty dollars

-There were cheap, pet-friendly apartments to be had

-Free trees too

-Many things about NYC were learned on a Warriors-themed bike ride

-Prospect-Lefferts Gardens prepared for a food co-op

-Ronald McDonald was at the West Indian Day Parade, for some reason

-It was time for football, it was time for cheap wings

-Still, summer wasn’t over, so there was more to do before the equinox

-There were also these summer mysteries to figure out

-Joan Rivers met the Beastie Boys

-We loved the patchwork punky Project Parlor and the shabby chic Skylark