[UPDATE: We bring you an important update to this very important story. Vice music editor Dan Ozzi has outed himself as the mysterious seller of the bag of air, detailed in his post about his goofy scheme here. According to Ozzi, after eBay pulled the bag off of its listings, he got in touch with with an eBay representative who wouldn’t give him any information on why the auction was pulled, and he warned Ozzi off of making a new account:
I needed the money, I pleaded with RJ. Some friends from my luxury condo and I were planning on pooling our cash and opening a DIY venue. Could I just start a new account and relist the item? “I don’t encourage you to open a new account because we will still be able to know that it’s you,” he warned me.
How much of this is real? Honestly who knows, this is the world we live in now, a nightmare panopticon of irony where nothing is real except the things that are but you’ll never find out which is which. This is why the internet comes from the garbage now. Anyway, if you still want to buy the bag of Williamsburg air for $20,000, you can email Ozzi.]
Hey guys, so here’s something. Somebody bagged up some air in Williamsburg and is selling it on eBay for $20,000. The bidding started a few days ago at $40, but ongoing bidding wars have brought the price up to five digits. (more…)
Need we say more than “Off The Grid But Still Stealing Cable Stout?” Via SB Nation.
Ah, craft beer, the poor man’s drink Olympics. With over 4,500 craft breweries scattered around the country—and that’s just the ones with wholesale accounts—it’s hard to imagine why USA Today’s blog For the Win said they were “attempting to determine which of the [craft] breweries in America is the greatest.” By user voting, no less. Just this morning, they posted a new bracket showing they’d narrowed it down to sixteen breweries. Hey, feel free to cast your vote, but we’ve had enough of the beeriarchy. In fact, we much prefer this absurd beer bracket by Jon Bois and Spencer Hall over at SB Nation, which pits beers like “Reddist Sexist Upvote Dog Porter” against “Something about a Fucking Ship.” (more…)
The years may have passed, but these girls will never stop being CrazySexyCool
You might remember them as the powerful R&B lady trio that brought you “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty.” Or you might just know T-Boz and Chilli from their endearingly irrelevant talent-seeking TV series R U the Girl. But whatever your degree of familiarity with the powerhouse Grammy-band TLC, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that they’re on the rise again—kind of. As it turns out, the band is having to use a crowd-funding campaign to garner funding for their next move.
Dumb and Dumber might be on your radar for a couple reasons at the moment. For one, there’s that sequel, which we will henceforth never mention again. Also, it’s a comedy classic so you probably think of it more than you’d admit in public. Here’s another reason to be thinking of the movie right now: tonight at the Trash Bar, you can see a band that’s devoted themselves to only playing covers off the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack. Bring your new age girl, she’ll like it. She’ll like it a lot. (more…)
No, see, it’s not an illegal sublet. We just have a lot of kids.
Your desire to live in a luxury apartment is probably a bit stymied by the fact that your desire to pay a luxury apartment price is non-existent. What if though, you could split the cost of it with a few roommates? Taking it a step further, what if you split the cost with 21 other roommates and you all slept in bunk beds? Sure the arrangement probably wouldn’t be strictly legal, but that’s just what a broker is offering in this YouTube video. Pros: Luxury living! You get kitchen utensils! Cons: No drinking. No drugs. Only two bathrooms. You have to sleep in a bunk bed. You might get kicked out for living in an illegally subdivided luxury apartment that’s making one person rich while helping throw off the housing market.
Meet your new roommates! Photo by Fikriyyah George
You know when you find roommates on Craigslist, you never know what you’re gonna get. In this case a beautiful loft in the northern reaches of Bed-Stuy with two artists and two cats eventually became a beautiful loft in the northern reaches of Bed-Stuy with two artists, two cats and two pigeons. Yes, PIGEONS. Pigeons brought inside my apartment, on purpose. (more…)
The exact moment John Schiumo realizes his vote counts the same as Joan’s
Here’s the thing about running for elected office of any kind, from dog catcher in a podunk town to mayor of New York: you will always deal with insane people, no matter what. The larger the population though, the more there are. Case in point? A caller on Wednesday night to NY1’s The Call, a call-in show to talk about the news going on in New York, said she met Bill de Blasio and asked him to implement stop-and-frisk only in Manhattan. Does she use the phrase “those people”? Hell yes she does. (more…)
Exercise bike? Fine. Not a regular bike. via Flickr user Jun Seita
As you may know, there was a car that burst into flames on the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday. Dramatic! And as seen in the link, plenty of people stopped to take pictures. Bedford + Bowery got an interview with one of the photographers, and while talking about seeing the car on fire, she mentioned that she had been “watching ‘Burn Notice’ on my iPhone’s Netflix” while riding her bike over the bridge. This passed without comment on B+B, so allow me to chime in here: Jesus, that is a dangerous and not smart thing to do. (more…)
The site of the yellow-hearted individual committing crimes. via Facebook
So, as we’ve gone over before, we love Williamsburg’s Banter. Love it. But there’s someone out there who loves the bar a whole lot more than we do. Or maybe they don’t love it, because they’ve been stealing from it. Stealing from the bathroom. Stealing splash guards from the urinal. Well alright then. (more…)
Do this to me again and I will fucking murder you. Photo by Derrick Sanskrit Kennelty-Cohen
I was hit by a car today. Lightly, but it was still scary because it could have been a lot worse. A livery car driver decided he just had to pull over when I was next to him, so without checking his mirror, he pulled over right into me. Maybe I wouldn’t mind, but I was hit by a car two years ago. And have had close calls since then.
The picture? That’s from when I wasn’t lucky enough to get hit by a slow-moving car, and got to learn the joys of not being able to bathe myself, not being able to walk and then spending months learning how to do those things again. So, in the interest of my own desire to keep living and not being paralyzed, here are some tips to drivers on how not to kill me with your cars, since my experience and this study about pedestrian collisions show you don’t know how to do that. (more…)