We knew the police blotter, we served with the police blotter, and you map, are no police blotter
Earlier today we were gnashing our teeth, as we do, about the death of the police blotter and it’s myriad wonders. And like some parent trying to distract a kid from the death of their dog by buying them a new, worse dog, the NYPD has released an interactive crime map of their own. “See?” they say, “It’s just the same as the thing you used to have and loved!” Except it isn’t, because it doesn’t even give any details and WE HATE IT. (more…)
The medical field is one of those things that is basically alchemy to us, given all the experience we have with it and our utter lack of contact with it due to being uninsured/young and unbreakable. That’s why we’re glad Gina Bellafante at the Times let us know what’s happening in the exciting field of medicine in New York. Except what’s happening there is that doctors aren’t taking insurance and setting themselves up as doctor concierges (docierges?) to people who are willing to pay $25,000 per year for the privilege. And the service comes with all sorts of life-extending extras, so basically our billionaire oligarch class will never die. (more…)
He was right all along, and he didn’t even need to go to Harvard
Nobody likes paying rent, except for maybe those weird kids you went to school with who’d remind the teacher about homework. But at least we can rest easy knowing that the rent we’re paying isn’t slowly sending us to the poorhouse because it hasn’t massively shot upwards while our wages have gone down just as quickly. Wait, what’s that? A fancy Harvard study, America’s Rental Housing, found that that’s the exact thing that’s happening? It’s almost like capitalism is a heartless endeavor that only favors the rich or something. (more…)
One of the joys of looking at the news is the police blotter. Yes, it’s informative and alerts you to potential dangers in your neighborhood and city, but it’s also the place you go to for bizarre stories like the man who thought he was a pirate in Bensonhurst. But Brooklynites are going to have to find a new source of crime-based entertainment (perhaps Criminal Minds?), because apparently the NYPD is doing away with the practice of sharing police blotter information. (more…)
If the photo booth is this fun, just imagine how great the rest of the party is. Photo by Sarah Gainer
We knew the No Office Holiday Party (happening Thursday, have you RSVP’ed yet?) was a big deal for the likes of us humble bloggers and freelancers. But it turns out it’s also an awesome sociological event for the New York Times to talk about, so they invited us to talk about it in their “Room for Debate” about office Christmas parties. Here’s a couple paragraphs from our editorial, be sure to read the whole thing!
After all, don’t people who toil in co-working spaces and coffee shops and apartments also deserve to bask in the pleasures of karaoke, vodka luges and electric sexual tension with people who have similar lives? Shouldn’t freelancers be able to celebrate their ability to chase down work like wolves without the peace of mind of an auto-deposit every two weeks?
At the “No Office Holiday Party,” we’re celebrating not just the holidays but the young laptop nomads, coffee shop dwellers and gig workers who chisel away at their passion project in the cracks between babysitting or stocking chickpeas. Working alone doesn’t mean you actually are alone. And besides, not having to go into an office the next day means not having to combine a hangover with fluorescent lights.
WNYC wants your help chasing down some jokers in Albany
Many of us, sadly, have reached the point in our lives where we’re realizing that we’re never going to be heroic crime fighters. We have no utility belts, no gymnastics training, no knack to be at the right place at the right time. But now, WNYC, our favorite public radio station, is extending a batarang of hope to all of us wannabe heroes out there, asking us to help them track down who an anonymous corrupt pol called out by an Albany corruption investigation is. And you don’t even need a Batmobile to help them! (more…)
Well, Brooklyn does love exposed pipes. via Facebook
Despite the fact that some cities are too proud to welcome colonization by Brooklyn, some cities are more than happy to welcome aesthetic dominance by us. Take Houston’s Brooklyn Athletic Club, for instance. And now we can add Toronto, a city known for its Maple Leafs and crack smoking mayor, to that list, thanks to their brand new Brooklyn Tavern. We assume that this is just revenge for Ontario Bar not showing old clips of Leafs games on repeat, and we can accept that. (more…)
Neither rain nor snow nor normal temporal limitations will stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. via Facebook
What’s worse than ordering some totally sweet thing on the internet and then having to actually wait a few business days for it? Nothing, right? Literally nothing worse on Earth than that. That could be an argument against doing all our retail shopping online, but sometimes it’s snowing or raining or you’re sick and you still want to buy a book. And now the US Postal Service is here to help, expanding their pilot program for same-day delivery from retailers to New York. (more…)