02/27/15 10:40am
citi bike

Coming soon to a Williamsburg near you. Photo by Mary Dorn

Hey, remember Citi Bike? Probably not, since you’ve spent the entire winter cooped up inside, thinking about anything but riding a bike (you still can ride though). However, #summeriscoming, so it’s time to start thinking about getting outside again and topics related to the outside, like that Citi Bike expansion we talked about last year. This isn’t going to be some piddling little expansion either, not according to a map the Brooklyn Paper has showing a slew of new stations that are supposed to land in Williamsburg and Greenpoint by the end of the year. (more…)

02/26/15 12:00pm

Armani Exchange is out at City Point [Brownstoner]
Is the NYC zoning to blame for Clinton Hill’s food desert? [New York YIMBY]
Phase 2 of the Second Avenue subway is looking dicey [Second Avenue Sagas]
Let’s look at the exciting world of community boards [Bedford + Bowery]
New bill would put the squeeze on professional tenant harassers [Crain's]
The New York Public Library is building a time machine [CityLab]
Three Brooklynites get busted trying to join ISIS [Daily News]

02/25/15 12:10pm

Meet the LES Dwellers, the party patrol of the Lower East Side [New York Post]
You might win a wage theft case, but you still might not get the money [WNYC]
Scenes from the Mr. Lower East Side pageant in Gowanus [Runnin' Scared]
Remembering when Rudy fought the porn shops [Untapped Cities]
The rent is going up faster than inflation around here [New York Times]
You can get your Cadbury fix through the mail since you can’t at stores [DNA Info]
Inside Clinton Hill’s Sour Patch Kids house [Vulture]

02/25/15 11:56am
A pathway to criminality. Who knew.

A pathway to criminality. Who knew.

The government visited a Red Hook maraschino cherry company because of complaints about illegal dumping in the water near the plant. Normal story, at least for a little while, but it ended with the owner of the cherry plant killing himself when police stumbled on a false wall hiding what they later described as a Breaking Bad-style underground weed growing operation, according to the Daily News. (more…)

02/25/15 9:58am
bushwick open studios

That could be work you picked out that people are staring at and taking pictures of. Photo by Jospeh Talman

Art man, it’s all like, politics or something. That’s what our very uneducated understanding of the art world anyway. So maybe it isn’t, but it’s still a world you have to learn to navigate, but we found a shortcut for you. If you’ve got a good eye for art and have an idea for a show at Bushwick Open Studios but just don’t know how to proceed, Flavorpill wants to hear about it and will help get it into the art walk if their panel of esteemed art judges likes the proposal. Hooray for art shortcuts! (more…)

02/24/15 4:26pm
These numbers used to mean a yankees game was getting out. Now it's just an average weekday underground. via Flickr user Ianqui Doodle.

Subway crowds used to mean a big game was getting out. Now it’s just your average weekday. via flickr user Ianqui Doodle

Guess we didn’t need to invent reasons to dread our morning commute, after all—according to the New York Post, we’re doing just fine making it a living hell on our own. Their recent statistics report a (literally) crushing 113% increase in weekday train delays due to overcrowding last December, mostly due to assholes lack of rider etiquette and that person holding the doors open trying to be the last one to squeeze on the train.  (more…)

02/24/15 2:28pm
l train

Byeeeee. via Flickr user Ken

You and the L train, you were buddies for a while. You had good times, what the reliable-ish service and the fancy countdown clocks and the way you were ferried from one Williamsburg to the next one down the line. Now though, things have turned. It’s constantly broken, we’ve got a massive springtime shutdown coming and before that even shows up, DNA Info is reporting you get to enjoy the L train not running between Lorimer Street and Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue until the end of March. (more…)

02/24/15 12:00pm

Is NYC’s oldest bar in Queens and not Manhattan? Maybe! [Daily News]
Cop who hit and killed a civilian admits his emergency lights weren’t on [Gothamist]
Frost witch Taylor Swift holding out on NYC schoolchildren [Capital]
Let’s rundown the Vice v. DIY venues fight again [New York Times]
Well, a mentally ill person finally took that “zombie apocalypse” shit too far [DNA Info]
Mets GM Sandy Alderson was summoned to jury duty [Wall Street Journal]
Chicago has a domestic equivalent of Guantanamo Bay [The Guardian]

02/24/15 11:20am
tk via Racked

Bedford Avenue or strip mall in Topeka? via Racked

Look, we understand that change is intrinsic to New York, and we know we weren’t going to have all of our favorite places forever, because that’s just life. Still, even if we accept losing Spike Hill and the cheap/free music and performances it housed, it doesn’t mean we don’t have to quietly accept the awful, bland rendering that’s being proposed in its place. There’s no law against us sitting here and saying “Goddamn that building is so boring, it’s the architectural equivalent of a small Pinkberry in a cup, with no toppings.” (more…)

nostrand bingo hall

The place where some grown ups were allegedly doing bad. via Google Images

Adam Sandler, a Midwood bingo hall operator who thought he could play big daddy is finding out that he might not be bulletproof after all, with the Brooklyn D.A. accusing him and a gang of grown ups of reigning over a $4 million gambling ring that was run out of the Nostrand Bingo Hall according to DNA Info. (more…)