10/31/14 10:45am

Despite the fact that, in recent weeks, a lot of strange shit has gone down on the subways (we even saw a guy shaving on the F train last week—shaving!) when we read the news that a crowded F train almost got impaled by a construction drill yesterday, we actually considered alternative commuting options for the first time in a long time. Because, you know, we’d kind of rather not wind up en brochette on our way to work. Call us crazy! (more…)

10/31/14 10:27am
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(Image via Heat Seek NYC)

Heat Seek NYC is the rare app that doesn’t aim just to make people’s lives’ easier, but aims to make them better. Even rarer, it’s gotten a boost from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The app, which was designed by a group of college students, uses temperature sensors to electronically monitor the indoor temperature of apartments in a given building, and catch out landlords who are (illegally) not heating their buildings to the (legally) required level in the winter, in order to save themselves money. (more…)

10/31/14 9:00am

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Please take note of the amazing story of my remarkable cousin Gillian, who at the age of 18, was a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing.  I was riding the train in NYC when my father called me in tears to tell me that Gillian had been injured and could lose her leg.  Thanks to the miraculous and speedy work of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital trauma unit, her life and limbs were saved. In gratitude for their miraculous work, she and her family have established a fund to enhance the work of the unit to develop life altering possibilities to victims of trauma. Please read the story below to see what you can do. And please vote! — Daniel Stedman, Co-Founder, Northside Media Group

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10/30/14 3:43pm
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(Image via Jordan Heads Brooklyn on Instagram @jhbk23)

A “Jordans store” is exactly what you hope it is: Jordans as in Air Jordans, as in the crazy collectible line of Nike sneakers by Michael Jordan that are so beloved that they’re able to sustain their very own, brand-specific secondhand store. Jordan Heads Brooklyn, an “all Air Jordan boutique,” is now open on Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed-Stuy. (more…)

10/30/14 1:09pm
Paul Ramirez Jonas, The Commons (2011)

Paul Ramirez Jonas, The Commons (2011)

Through January 4, the Brooklyn Museum will present a major survey of contemporary Brooklyn art, featuring more than one hundred works from 35 artists. Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond includes work in virtually every medium, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, linked only by place and by an engagement with the modern world. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be rolling out profiles of artists who appear in the exhibit. You can read the rest here.

The Honduran-American artist Paul Ramirez Jonas is a semiotician. It’s right there at the top of his artist statement: “From the beginning of my career in 1989, I had always considered myself merely a reader of texts,” Jonas states. “The pre-existing text could have been any cultural artifact that I could interpret as a score: a diary, a plan, an old photo, a footpath, sheet music, etc. The reading could take the form of a performance, a sculpture, a photo, or a video.”

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10/30/14 12:33pm

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Not that anyone needs more evidence that the real estate market in Brooklyn is insane—like, actually literally full of insane people—we heard today about a story that pretty much takes the cake in terms of featuring honest-to-goodness, real-life villains.  The New York Daily News reports that in an attempt “to cash in on the red-hot Brooklyn real estate market, two men were indicted for conspiring to torch a building and leave squatters who lived there as charred as a ‘well done steak.’” Seriously, though, if these guys had mustaches, they’d be twirling them.

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10/30/14 11:30am

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Sponsored By car2go.

car2go will get you to where you need to be: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

Created By BlankSlate

Some day your grandkids will ask you where you were when car2go first arrived in Brooklyn, and you’ll be able to tell them you exactly where you were: In one of the cars, taking it for a spin.

The wait is over: car2go is now in Brooklyn, waiting for you to drive them. If you’ve already signed up for a car2go membership, got your card in the mail, and downloaded the free app for iOS and Android devices, you’re ready to go. Just use the app to find a car near you, drive it where you want to go, and leave it in a legal parking space anywhere in your Brooklyn home area. You just pay by the minute —no reservations needed, no monthly or yearly fees, no paying for gas or insurance.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you might want to hurry…for a limited time registration is free, and you get 30 free minutes of driving. That’s 30 free minutes of drive time you can use to run an errand, commute, or visit that friend who lives off the G line, a ten-minute walk away from the station. (She’ll be so happy to see you!)

Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. Sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free drive time!

 

10/30/14 11:24am

happn app meet-cute

So. You’re walking down the street, looking at your phone, obviously—looking at New York is for tourists, not New Yorkers!—and out of your peripheral smartphone vision you see a hot pair of shoes. You give this hot shoe situation a lightning-quick up-down, and see they’re attached to a hot person! A person who is now walking away from you, into your long list of missed opportunities. What now?! You can’t just go up to them, or pretend to walk the same direction to get another look—what are you, a creepy freak? No. Just keep your eyes on that phone, friend. You’ve got Happn! (more…)