boing boing park slope

No longer at your cervix. via Facebook

Hey, remember Boing Boing, the Park Slope breastfeeding boutique that offered discounts to lesbian couples and whose owner wrote about the possibility of being priced out of Park Slope? That possibility has become a reality it turns out, because according to Here’s Park Slope, owner Karen Paperno is closing Boing Boing’s doors in order to focus on a charity trip to Haiti. (more…)

mike brown

Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend. via Instagram

The last few nights, America has been transfixed by scenes of police in tanks scowling at and tear gassing protestors in Ferguson, Missouri who want answers after unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. Spike Lee isn’t the first person to note the similarity between Brown’s case and that of Eric Garner, but now that he’s shown off a tribute to Michael Brown hanging in front of 40 Acres and A Mule next to the tribute to Eric Garner, he is the first person in America to have the distinction of hosting tributes to not just one, but the two most high-profile cases of unarmed black men killed by the police over the last month.

08/14/14 12:00pm

Someone’s writing “Obama sucks” on Brooklyn Heights mailboxes [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Mayor Tall does the right thing and blames Bloomberg [Capital]
Here’s your Ferguson roundup [The Hairpin]
Things worth missing when you leave Brooklyn [The Awl]
Scenes from a shanty town riot [Medium]
Man tears down own public art in Astor Place as a protest [DNA Info]
The city’s economy grew. Yay! [Crain's]
Pabst is bringing back Ballantine IPA [USA Today]

08/14/14 8:21am
subway bedbugs

Approximate size of subway bedbugs. via Flicker user bee721

Now, again, we’re not here to gloat when we talk about how New York hasn’t defeated the bedbug menace and never will. We can’t help taking a bit of an itchy victory lap though, now that we’ve got the news from Business Insider that a third damn train line (the 5 also had a bedbug sighting) is crawling with bloodsuckers. And we don’t mean lawyers, ho ho! Seriously though, the 7 train had the creepiest report yet of bedbugs on a train car, so it’s clear that they’ve conquered the subway. (more…)

08/13/14 2:08pm
operation safe cycle

“Uh ma’am, is that uh, a regulation helmet?” via Flickr user Alex Thompson

Cyclists beware! Your decision to bike instead of drive or take public transportation could be less economical if you’re not careful. Per Fort Greene Focus, today, August 13, is the official first day of Operation Safe Cycle, a two week long campaign spearheaded by the NYPD. During the campaign police will be issuing tickets to cyclists not abiding by traffic laws, even if sometimes rolling through that red light at 11pm on a dead street seems like a totally fine and safe thing to do. (more…)

08/13/14 12:05pm

Livery cab murders should put us all at ease [NBC4]
LICH will be condos, but it might not have any affordable housing [Wall Street Journal]
Think you’ve got real estate problems? Well let the tech sector tell you a thing or two []
Where “Brooklyn is the coolest place on the planet” comes from… [Atlantic Yards Report]
This is a lot of stuff you shouldn’t say during a performance review [Business Insider]
People in luxury buildings really are like aliens [The Awl]
Mayor Tall says the DNC will mean big bucks for the city. Uh-huh [Crain's]

08/13/14 11:58am
washington avenue trader joe's

Some of us are having nightmares at the idea of unloading a truck into this location. THANKS.

The rumor mill has ginned up something mighty frothy today, putting the idea in everyone’s heads that Prospect Heights is about to get a Trader Joe’s on Washington Avenue and Lincoln Place. Someone heard from a guy who heard from a guy who heard from another guy that TJ’s is bringing its Hawaiian shirts to 856 Washington Ave. (such airtight sourcing!) Well, allow us to burst that bubble, because it’s almost certainly not happening, for several reasons. (more…)

08/13/14 10:23am

Hey you guys like rats? Us, we don’t actually mind them so much, but then again, we’ve yet to come across one rifling through our garbage. If you don’t like rats though, don’t watch the above video put together by some fancy MIT scientists, because each of those moving green dots represents a rat complaint between 2012 and 2013. Which means each of them represents at least one rat. At least one, possibly more, possibly even a rat king. We’d say sleep tight knowing that, but Brooklyn led the city in rat complaints, with 31 percent of the video’s complaints. So if you live here and you’re afraid of rats, maybe learn to psychically hover over the ground instead of walking. (more…)

08/12/14 3:49pm
brooklyn bridge white flag

Mein Gott, it was ze Germans all along. via Mark Weprin’s Twitter

Hey, everyone remembers the Brooklyn Bridge white flags, right? We hope you do, it was only the biggest story of the summer for five minutes until we all moved on to people tying their garbage to the bridge. The question of who done it has been a great parlor game, with everyone from jokey twitter accounts to stoned activists taking responsibility, but the New York Times talked to a couple German artists who claimed responsibility. The artists also gave with some actual proof, a video taken from the top of the bridge that shows the white flag proudly flapping in the breeze. We shoulda known it was ze Germans. (more…)

08/12/14 1:31pm
brooklyn heights cinema

Show’s over. via Facebook

Everyone seems to be getting priced out around here, and apparently the city’s oldest independent cinema is no exception. Brooklyn Heights Cinema (70 Henry St.) will close at the end of the month, according to DNAinfo. Kenn Lowy, the theatre owner, said the property, which he does not own, had been sold and will likely close August 27. (more…)