07/27/14 6:30am
Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho

Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho street art in Bushwick (via Instagram user Halopigg)

Grab some coffee and a danish; we’ve got your Sunday reads right here.

On Landscaping: “New Orleans needs goats,” [Narratively]
On Hardship: “It’s getting harder to be homeless in America.” [PBS]
On Art: “We found ourselves frozen seeing this masterpiece come together.” [UC]
On Lies: “…these services may have been used by [the] NSA.” [Independent]
On Damn Lies: “We are not interested in reconfiguring the landscape of East New York.” [Gothamist]
On Statistics: “The question is whether a shark can be taught moderation.” [Guardian]
On Giving Up: “…perhaps a certain level of traffic crashes is inevitable.” [BKQ]
On Youth: “Who has time to sit around … watching the Netflix all day?” [New Yorker]
On Fairness “Amazon is undermining our ability to survive.” [Nation]
On Deserts: “We have one full-service supermarket for our 125,000 people.“ [Billfold]
On Leadership: “[Vader] was really the galaxy’s first compassionate conservative.” [WaPo]
On Hipsters: “I secretly fantasized about getting mugged or beat up in a bad neighborhood” [Awl]
On Precariousness: “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” [NYPost]

07/25/14 4:48pm
brooklyn bridge flag

The week we just gave up

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-The Brooklyn Bridge gave up, and maybe we should have too

-BAM invited you to a 24-hour movie marathon

-Marvel was offering all of the comics for just $1

-Bar games were ranked by how likely you were to get some action after playing them

-We got a look into the life of a pizza delivery man

-MetroTech became a summer learning center

-The McKibbin Loft basements weren’t fit for human life

-We had plenty of cheap apartments for you that were

-Bodega food posters were chronicled

-Gowanus was overwhelmed by doody water

-The Williamsburg J. Crew proved impossible to parody

-Williamsburg in general was, though

-We loved South and Brooklyn Ice House, they’ve got great backyards

07/25/14 4:08pm
greenpoint ferry

Greenpoint can now sail through the G train shutdown. via Facebook

It was touch-and-go there for a bit, and it was looking like the East River Ferry was going to be delayed until July 31, stranding G train-dependent Greenpointers for a few extra days. But, press releases from both Greenpoint’s elected officials and the NYC Economic Development Corporation just came in that announced that the ferry would return to it’s normal operating schedule starting on Saturday, July 26. While a look at the schedule shows that Greenpoint is still greyed out, both press releases are touting the return of the ferry for Saturday, so the website should catch up shortly.

The NYC EDC press release also noted that the free shuttle running from the Greenpoint ferry landing to the North 6th Street landing will still be running during morning and evening rush hours until July 30. Anyway, enjoy your commute where you pretend to be a pirate, Greenpointers.

07/25/14 2:53pm
road warrior

This is the future of getting gas in the outer boroughs

Out here in Real America, we live an existence that straddles the line between embracing car culture, and rejecting it especially hard if there’s money involved in it. The pendulum has swung very, very far towards the latter, to the point where as the Observer reports, Manhattan below 23rd Street is basically bereft of gas stations, because the owners are selling the land to make way for luxury condos. “Why should I care?” you might be asking. Ordinarily, that’s a perfectly reasonable thing to ask about Disney Presents: Manhattan!, but in this case, the drivers used to gassing up in lower Manhattan are going to start coming here. (more…)

07/25/14 12:00pm

The Man With the Personal MTA Countdown Clock. Terrible Bond movie [Runnin' Scared]
Andrew Cuomo has some really mysterious, cussy people protesting for him [Business Insider]
Fake Brooklyn landlord accused of real brutal murder [Daily News]
Forest City Ratner is pissing off some Brooklyn Heights residents [Brooklyn Heights Blog]
Meet the formerly homeless teen who’s now a man running for State Senate in East New York [DNA Info]
Williamsburg’s Starbucks is meaningless. Totally totally meaningless [Gothamist]
Here are 11 of NYC’s lesser-loved bridges [Untapped Cities]

07/25/14 11:20am
mccarren hotel and pool

Look at these fucking hipsters (at their luxury hotel). via Facebook

We don’t know what it is about people that they can’t let go of the idea that Williamsburg is chock full of hipsters, but every day brings a new piece of news that hammers home IT FUCKING ISN’T. Today’s sign that Williamsburg is for stockbrokers: a $1.75 million two-bedroom apartment overlooking the McCarren Hotel pool that’s being pitched as the perfect antidote to rich guys who just wanna wave their wallet around, with the Daily News chiming in that your new terrace gives you “plenty of opportunity for observing the doe-eyed hipster set in its summer skivvies.”

And what art school dropout with pink streaks in her hair wouldn’t consider this scenario a heavy gusher:

But some locals think it would be a hit with Brooklyn babes.

One playboy’s advice: “You just walk down to the pool, get a drink and ask them if they want to come upstairs and freshen up.”

If that’s not game, we don’t know what is.

We didn’t think the Williamsburg J. Crew would take a shambling, Jager-puking human form so quickly, but then who are we to argue with the dark arts?

Follow Dave for more class warfare at @DaveCoIon

07/24/14 4:17pm
confusing subway sign

#NotAllGTrains. Photo by David Colon

Remember that time you thought the G train was running between Brooklyn and Queens before midnight on Saturday but you couldn’t figure out if 12am meant Sunday or Saturday or which week you were even supposed to avoid the train and when and where the alternate shuttle service would run if it even decided to show up?  Yeah. Every. Single. Day. Well, someone has finally got around to studying the issue and turns out they agree with you, subway signs and announcements can be a little confusing! (more…)

07/24/14 2:14pm
silicon alley

New York City’s tech scene, basically. via Facebook

New York City’s tech scene is really booming, or so we’ve been led to believe, what with the coining of the phrase “Silicon Alley” and the whole Brooklyn Tech Triangle thing. Which is good we guess in the sense that it brings jobs, but it looks like it also brings some of the bad parts about the meritocracy that is tech, like the fact that it’s mostly a bunch of dudes in the boardroom yelling “DISRUPT” into their Google Glass or whatever. In fact, New Yorker’s tech scene is so good at excluding women in the boardroom that we lead the nation in it, with just 38% of NYC tech companies having a female executive on their board. (more…)

07/24/14 1:00pm
clothing donation bin

More of this, less donating to them. Photo by David Colon

Everyone hates those sketchy garbage donation bins that have been popping up more and more on our otherwise clean streets, but just because that particular way of donating clothes is a sham, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate clothes at all. The folks at WNYC crowdsourced a few ways to legitimately donate your clothes to people who aren’t just making a quick buck off of your big heart and good intentions. (more…)

07/24/14 12:00pm

Was that “real estate broker’s guide” fact, fiction or faction? [Brick Underground]
The plan to save Citi Bike is taking shape [Wall Street Journal]
Hey here’s some great New Yorker stories by women you should read [The Cut]
Hot bike thief action, caught on camera [FREEwilliamsburg]
Just a normal summer day at Prospect Park [Greasy Lake]
Babycastles had an 11-year-old intern [Bedford + Bowery]
The Late Show is staying in New York…for $16 million [Variety]
Why people went to Eric Garner’s funeral, in their own words [ANIMAL]
Independent commission not really independent, claims Cuomo administration [Capital]