09/22/14 12:00pm

If you can’t have an UWS condo, may as well live out of a van [New York Post]
Neil Diamond gets in on the “secret Brooklyn location concert” [CBS2]
That gondola isn’t the answer [Next City]
Men paying for dates leads to bigger problems than you’d think [The Atlantic]
Woman hit by cyclist killed [NBC4]
The 7 line extension will probably maybe be open by February 2015 [Second Avenue Sagas]
Don’t trust TV news to report on bike lanes [Streetsblog]
Barclays has either been good for local business or bad [Commercial Observer]

09/22/14 10:45am
Your outfit's already been planned out.

Your outfit’s already been planned out.

1. See if you can think of any topics that aren’t covered in 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write. (Monday)

2. Plunge right into Dive Comedy at Freddy’s Bar. (Monday)

3. Art Talks, and boy does it (and speakers from BRIC, Soapbox Gallery and Gridspace) want to have a word with you. (Monday) (more…)

09/22/14 9:59am
ample hills

Finally, a reason to look forward to the mail. via Facebook

Ample Hills is great, but sometimes if you feel like shoving some of their ice cream in your mouth, you wind up waiting on a line that lasts longer than “Stairway to Heaven.” Which you know because you’ve listened to it wile standing on line. If you hate waiting on lines that much but have the patience to wait a whole day or two for a lot of ice cream, good news: Ample Hills will FedEx you six pints of ice cream now, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’ll cost you though. Oh will it cost you. (more…)

09/22/14 7:00am
diy business cards

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear these cards were bone. With Silian Rail lettering. Photo by Fikriyyah

With modern technology and the advent of social media you’d think that business cards are dying a slow death, but just like Blackberry, someone’s always forecasting their demise only for them to keep on keeping on for another year. Even if you do connect with your new acquaintance using LinkedIn, Twitter, or heck even email business cards still have the aura of “Hey I’m an accomplished, competent and professional adult who you’ll want to contact again.”

Business cards from any provider will normally take two to three weeks to arrive, though. To speed that up to express delivery is a small ransom. Three day shipping ranges from $20-$35 at Vistaprint and Moo.com is merciless charging $27-$61, which is money better spent on a few hot toddies. Here’s a tip though: you can get ditch the steep price of rushed business cards by printing your own DIY business cards. (more…)

09/21/14 6:00am
Where the hip hang out. (via New Republic)

Parliamentary buildings: where the hip hang out. (via New Republic)

On Choice: “The pizza must fit in the oven.” [WaPo]
On Chivalry: “His rule? ‘You invite, you pay.’” [The Atlantic]
On Gigs: “Was my house cleaner … homeless?” [New Yorker]
On Geil: “Berlin isn’t the only city trying to sell itself as ‘poor but sexy.’” [NR]
On Sunrises: “As you may have heard, things are happening in Sunset Park.” [6sqft]
On Safety: “A bike rider is flesh, bones, tendons and skin against a two-ton S.U.V.” [NYT]
On Vines: “…citizen-captured footage has become a vital part of conflict coverage…” [Medium]
On Video Games: “I’ve spent a few days inside the body of an angry Hugh Jackman-lookalike.” [Time]
On Old-is-New-Again: “Throughout the restoration, we’ve only gotten a few glimpses inside…” [Curbed]

09/19/14 4:23pm
littleneck brooklyn

Make it an oysters kinda weekend. via Facebook

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-There were $1 oysters to be had (sexy time not guaranteed)

-Affordable apartments could be found in…Park Slope?????

-Apartments on the Williamsburg waterfront are for “monsters” though

-New Yorkers loved smoking more than life

-Australia got a Brooklyn bar, where a bespoke dingo will eat your baby

-You ever give sex advice? Ever give sex advice…ON WEED?

-Williamsburg got another jobless trust funder

-Crime: It still exists in Brooklyn

-The R train was back, but so was our existential crisis

-We love taking the high road to Lowlands Bar and we love Skinny Dennis, because it’s a little bit country

And don’t forget: WE’RE HAVING A PARTY!!

09/19/14 2:10pm
luna park halloween harvest

This could be pretty much any day at Coney Island though. via Luna Park

Well, it’s big bummer, but it’s time for us to admit that summer is pretty much over and done with. Even if we wanted to hold on, the calendar is turning the page on Sunday, so we might as well also. On the other hand, it also means we can start ramping up for Halloween. First up on the list of things to do: grab a discounted ticket to the Luna Park Halloween party. After all, the rides are scary, so the prices shouldn’t be. We’ll be here all week folks, try the veal. (more…)

bric biennial

Get some ding dang culture at BRIC. Photo by Ayelen Paganelli, via Facebook

Which neighborhood in Broolyn has the best art? It’s a question that has led to knife fights on the streets, with partisans of Williamsburg and Fort Greene battling it out with violence we haven’t seen since the Civil War draft riots. Not that they’re picking sides, but BRIC is starting their BRIC Biennial (take that, Whitney Museum!) tonight with a survey of artists that live in Downtown, and nearby neighborhoods like Fort Greene and Boerum Hill. (more…)

09/19/14 11:44am
saakashvili williamsburg

Look at this fucking hipster and possible human rights violator. Photo by Todd Heisler, via the New York Times

If it wasn’t bad enough that Williamsburg was being flooded with bros, it’s now the choice of comfortable exile for at least one defeated politician, former Georgian president Mikehil Saakashvili, per the Times. What does a former foreign president who lost a war to Vladimir Putin do in Williamsburg? Well you know, the same things that you do: go to Smorgasburg and talk up your former glory, ride a bike and wear ridiculous sneakers, visit your war-crazy pals like John McCain, hope to god you don’t end up being convicted of embezzlement and human rights abuses in your former country and just hang out in the “time-honored tradition of mysteriously sourced wealth” as the Times puts it.  (more…)

09/18/14 3:30pm
sidra house

Tobey Maguire PROBABLY won’t be there, but you never know!

While the end of summer is inevitably a downer, don’t resort to hibernation mode just yet. We still have one more (albeit short-lived) season of decent weather before seasonal depression officially begins, so make it count!

Kick off the fall festivities Spanish style at the Sidra House Rules pop-up bar in Boerum Hill. On Thursday, September 25 hit up Building on Bond (112 Bond Street) for unlimited cider starting at 6pm. This $25 deal includes all-you-can-drink cider until the barrels run out (there will 3 kegs containing 80L of alcohol, you’ll get your money’s worth, relax) and a mix of Spanish tapas. (more…)