06/26/15 5:02pm
mermaid parade

Go catch a mermaid this weekend. Photo by David Colon

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• We were at the Mermaid Parade to judge and take pictures

• Serial is looking for a producer for their second season. Maybe it’s you?

• We wanted to be helpful, so here are all of Brooklyn’s outdoor movie series in one place

• Even if you don’t have a car, there are plenty of great camping spots you can reach from the city

• Books Beneath the Bridge is back for more non-stop outdoor reading action

• Want an apartment you can afford? We found some, in Crown Heights and Dyker Heights

• Green-Wood’s official historian breaks down what it’s like to work around all those dead people

• The drama, the accents, the audience participation of The Room is coming to Bushwick

• Just talk to Video Beast about their music, not their TV-viewing habits

• The A/C between Manhattan and Brooklyn is shutting down starting July 11. Thanks, Sandy

• What borough has the most disgusting grocery stores in the city? Brooklyn!

• We love Northern Bell, we love Over the Eight, we love Passenger Bar

06/25/15 3:40pm
Look you just scrape off the mold and then everyone's happy

Look you just scrape off the mold and then everyone’s happy

Well, you know what they say about being on top: You gotta take the good with the bad. It’s what they say, don’t look it up. So while on the one hand Brooklyn has led the surge in creative industry hires in New York City, on the other hand, we also have the most grocery stores in the city with at least one health code violation. Is weird fungus growing on our food the reason for our creativity? Could be! (more…)

06/25/15 1:06pm
pop-up pool

Everybody into the pool (for 45 minutes). Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

When it comes to public pools in Brooklyn, we’ve got plenty. The one amenity those pools lack is that they’re not located in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can swim and look out on great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty and the financial sector of Manhattan (and wonder how they’ll all screw us over next). On the other hand, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool has all of those amenities, and it opens tomorrow, June 26 for free 45-minute swim sessions throughout the day. Everyone into the pool (in an orderly fashion)! (more…)

06/25/15 12:07pm

The 50 worst breaches of subway etiquette, ranked [The Awl]
A non-profit running your building doesn’t mean it’s gonna be all gravy [DNA Info]
Michael Grimm enlists his mom in attempt to stay out of the clink [Brooklyn Paper]
After Akai Gurley was shot, the police acted…not great [The Guardian]
Hundreds of NYCHA apartments are currently vacant [NY1]
Obamacare lives [CNN]
Let’s spend some time looking Europe’s high rent instead of ours [CityLab]

06/25/15 9:40am

Grab your bestie and your most pastel pastels, and go see some outdoor movies

The temperature is only getting higher, you’re sweating more and your brain feels covered in a sticky film that makes critical thinking all but impossible. You might think you feel like that because you’re in love, but really, it’s summer. And nothing is better in the summer than getting together with some friends, putting down a blanket, fighting off other people encroaching on your blanket space and watching a movie outdoors. Where to do it though, and which movie to see? With this handy guide of all the Brooklyn outdoor movies this summer, you’ll always have the answers to those questions ready. At least if you keep this page open on your spacephone all the time or something. (more…)

06/25/15 8:52am

Creativity lives here in Brooklyn. Study now says so. Image via Flickr user See-Ming Lee

In news that won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s got a friend (or is that friend) who moved to Brooklyn to be an artist or a rock star, an actor or an author or a celebrated architectural star, a new study by The Center for an Urban Future found that Brooklyn has seen the biggest spike of creative jobs in the city.

While Manhattan still has the most number of people working in a creative industry, with 242,496 employees in 2013, but that is only a 10% increase from the 220,185 employees a decade earlier. Brooklyn, on the other hand, while fewer total people working in a creative field (30,140) in 2013, has seen a 60% increase, from 2003’s 18,851 employees in creative fields. As far as the city’s other boroughs, Queens has only seen a 10% increase; The Bronx, only three percent and Staten Island, the only borough with less workers, was listed with negative six percent of creative employees from 2003-2013. (more…)

06/24/15 3:02pm
Beach-Brooklyn-Brokelyn-Rockaway Beach

This could be you post-Labor Day. Image via Flickr user Brett Refner

For decades, Labor Day has symbolized the beginning of the end for summer in the city. Because, for decades, the city’s beaches and pools close after Labor Day and we all cry a little inside when we put our swimming gear back in the closet. Not this year! Because the city’s beaches will be open for one week after Labor Day. So start preparing for your “I’m sick and can’t make it to work today” speech to tell your boss and head to the beach, never know, you might even find your boss skipping work to. (more…)

06/24/15 12:34pm

If the prices were inflated, does that mean the water wasn't really "snow water"?. Photo by Madelyn Owens

If the prices were inflated, does that mean the water wasn’t really “snow water”?. Photo by Madelyn Owens

In what is perhaps the most un-shocking revelation of the year, Whole Foods, the organic supermarket you always thinks charges you too much, is actually overcharging you. The Department of Consumer Affairs conducted a sting operation last fall, going to every Whole Foods location in the city and weighing 80 different items. The operation, was to check that the priced matched “the accuracy of the weight marked on pre-packaged products.” Abby Lootens, an agency spokesperson, told the Daily News, that the labels for every item had inaccurate information, “with many overcharging consumers.” (more…)

06/24/15 12:13pm

How to buy sex [Adequate Man]
Sir Ian McKellen talkin’ NYC pride [Metro]
City Council and Mayor Tall want to put a cap on Uber licenses [Streetsblog]
FIOS is still missing from big swathes of Brooklyn [Technica.ly]
The world doesn’t have enough rich people for NYC’s ultra-luxury apartment buildings [Curbed]
Happy 100th birthday, BMT subway! [WNYC]
Affordable housing fight in Bushwick [Brownstoner]
Rent regulations get a straight 4-year extension [Daily News]
Hillary Clinton loves Manhattan more than Brooklyn, we guess [POLITICO]