05/20/15 1:06pm
4th of july fireworks

AMERICA. via Flickr user Ann Althouse

We fought for them and carried on for a few years and got them back last year, but let’s be honest, just one year of fireworks wasn’t enough. So we’re happy to report that the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration will once again be taking place along the East River. The announcement came earlier today from Mayor Tall himself, as he calmed the nerves of those who didn’t want the celebration moved back to the Hudson. If New Jersey wants to celebrate the Fourth of July, they can get their own fireworks spectacular. (more…)

05/20/15 12:04pm

Oh hey let’s all fish in the East River, what could go wrong? [Our Town]
Knicks’ lost season even more lost as they lose the draft lottery [Capital]
A Brokelyn alum goes to etiquette school [Gothamist]
Mayor Tall wants to make some changes at NYCHA [New York Times]
An anti-government surveillance group recorded all your conversations [Wired]
Ground Zero hot dog vendor caught up in hilarious price gouging [NBC4]
Al Qaeda’s job application seems as boring as every other application [Gawker]

05/20/15 11:00am

caracas

Caracas Rockaway
106-01 Shorefront Parkway
(Between Beach 105 and 106)
Rockaway Beach

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What it is: Summertime Rockaway Beach outpost of the popular Brooklyn and East Village arepa bar.

Why we love it: Delicious corn arepas are a highlight of our Rockaway beach snack repertoire! Though the season at Caracas is brief, from mid-May through September, it’s jam-packed with events, from movie nights to concerts to dance parties. Rockaway-based bands like the eclectic-acoustic group Big Squid and the rock ‘n roll outfit Solshyne get a good amount of playing time. Latin funk DJ’s spin for the popular Brochacho Beach Party. Bring a beach buddy who can keep her energy high even after swimming all day.

What to order: Frozen sangria ($12)! Beer-wise, go for the Rockaway Brewing Company selection (rotating) on draft. The food menu is reduced but still includes some of our favorite arepas, like “La de Pabellon,” ($8) with shredded beef, black beans, salty white cheese and sweet plantains, and sides like taro fries ($4) and green plantains ($6).

Regular tip: Follow their tumblr Inside Caracas so you don’t miss out on any happenings this summer.

05/20/15 10:13am
"Hmmm I think after this yoga class I'm gonna go down to Whole Foods and get some free-range HUMAN." via Flickr user Elvis Payne

“Hmmm I think after this yoga class I’m gonna go down to Whole Foods and get some free-range HUMAN.” via Flickr user Elvis Payne

It’s been a nice run for humanity here in New York City, wouldn’t you say? We’ve terraformed the land, we’ve built monuments to our ambition that challenged the sky itself and we’ve been making it all work without burning everything down for hundreds of years. That’s all over now though, because like coyotes before them, bears are at our doorstep and it’s now just a matter of time before they want to experience the thrill that is moving to New York City. We take back everything we said about awful European tourists, in light of the fact that at least they aren’t 300 pounds of razor sharp claws and killing power. (more…)

05/19/15 4:14pm
silicon valley

Are you the next tech genius, like these guys? via Facebook

Right now, the world is full of people who think they’re the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, and for all we know, you there reading this are one of those people. So you’ve got a great idea, since when has that mattered as much as being able to actually do something with the idea? Fortunately, if your idea is as good as you say it is, you’ve got  chance to pitch some of best tech minds in the city at an upcoming tech conference and win $50,000 to make your next Facebook into theory into the next great app that swallows the world in practice. (more…)

05/19/15 2:47pm
bill bratton

Bill Bratton, demonstrating the correct way to place your hands around a millennial critic’s neck. via Policy Exchange Flickr

As we love going over, lousy millennials can ruin pretty much everything, from soda to Hot Pockets to the great American institution of credit card debt. Since it’s a day that ends in “y” we have another instance of millennials ruining something, this time with the Post gleefully sharing Bill Bratton’s complaints about the fact that young people don’t understand the importance of Broken Windows keeping up enforcement of low-level, quality of life crimes. Yeah, well, Bratton probably doesn’t understand 3nder but you don’t seen us putting him on blast for the whole country to see, do you? (more…)

05/19/15 1:18pm
It's nice to be rewarded for cycling. via Facebook

It’s nice to be rewarded for cycling. via Facebook

May is usually when things start to warm up around here, so of course it makes sense that May is also Bike Month, when people suddenly try to rekindle their relationships with the bikes they neglected all winter (not that you had to). Whether you’re just hopping back on the bike or you rode it through our awful winter, you deserve a reward and Transportation Alternatives is giving it to you by setting up some bike commuter stations tomorrow in Brooklyn, with free coffee and snacks. (more…)

05/19/15 12:03pm

The first renderings of the LICH towers are here and people are…upset [Brooklyn Paper]
Here are some things women find sexy about men, so study up guys [The Hairpin]
A tour of Bedford 101 with sick burns delivered throughout [Bedford + Bowery]
Real estate investors want to make Brooklyn Heights even more expensive [Crain's]
Ditmas Park is the new hotspot for people who used to love Park Slope [Observer]
The MTA plans to speed things up on the subway by closing the doors faster [WNYC]
Before she was cool, Debbie Harry was a hippie [Dangerous Minds]