07/29/14 1:01pm
MTA Raising Fare By 4%, Not 7.5% In 2015

Image: Roosevelt Islander

Fun fact: When the New York City subway system opened in 1904, subway fare cost 5¢. And ever since, fares have risen steadily, most recently topping out at $2.50 for base fare in March 2013. Now, less than two years later, we have another one coming our way in 2015 and, lucky us, it’s going to be less than originally intended.

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07/29/14 12:57pm

Spotlight on the Wythe Hotel

For the second season, Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel is playing host to a number of Taste Talks’ most anticipated Brooklyn events, from dynamic panel discussions in their sizable screening room (dig the dedicated bar area) to New York oyster tastings and canned soup cook-offs in their subterranean private dining area, outfitted with vaulted ceilings, original masonry and a handmade tile floor. (more…)

07/29/14 12:43pm

Less than two weeks ago, Eric Garner—a 43-year-old father of six—was killed by an NYPD officer following a confrontation over Garner’s practice of selling loose cigarettes. Garner, who was unarmed, suffered from asthma and repeatedly cried out “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” which the police officer ignored, continuing to restrain Garner in a chokehold until Garner was suffocated. While this is hardly a lone instance of police brutality—and, in fact, several other cases of officers putting suspects in chokeholds and using other brutal tactics have recently been reported—Garner’s death was made all the more shocking by the circumstances surrounding it; not only was Garner unarmed, but his alleged crime was so small as to barely be considered a crime at all. Surely this must have been an isolated case of an overzealous police officer abusing his power? Surely this can’t be part of a larger policy that has been designed to oppress the city’s minority and economically disadvantaged population? Surely this type of action can’t be tacitly condoned by an administration which claims to be progressive and sensitive to racial injustice? Well, if that’s what you were thinking, think again. (more…)

07/29/14 11:31am

The majority of the C trains are nearly 50 years old.

If you live anywhere along the C train line or ride it relatively often then you know that those rusted tin cans they call train cars are the ricketiest in the system, most of them having been built decades ago. The MTA was working to replace them in the very near future, but unfortunately, that replacement has now been significantly delayed.

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07/29/14 11:00am

Did you know that the planets, stars, and everything you can see make up less than 5 percent of the universe? That’s right. Five percent (and a smaller fraction than that, if we’re just talking about what you can see through the city’s lights).

Of course, this little factoid begs the question…what is the other 95 percent?

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07/29/14 9:21am

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5 Questions With is a series spotlighting some of Brooklyn’s most exciting and influential creatives. (You can explore our archive of picks here.)

Katie Garcia is not afraid to be silly (see above), but when it comes to music — she is all business. Having served a long stint as the general manager for recently-behemoth independent record label Captured Tracks, she now does A&R for Secretly Label Group and is in the process of starting her own record label alongside her husband, Dustin Payseur (sometimes better known as the frontman/founder of Beach Fossils.) If that’s not enough to convince you that she knows what she’s talking about, her Best Of picks from around Brooklyn certainly will be. After the jump.

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07/28/14 4:52pm

Photo: Korean Resource Center

There’s something magical about food trucks transforming into full-blown restaurants. It’s vaguely Cinderella-esque, right? Well, if you believe in that kind of magic and happen to live in or near Carroll Gardens then you’re in luck, because Kimchi Taco is going brick-and-mortar in your neighborhood.

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