"The area, between Fifth and Eighth avenues from 34th to 42nd streets, has disputed borders not unlike Chinatown, with both neighborhoods surrounded by pricier, cooler neighborhoods (the Garment District being the current runt in size and glamour compared [...]
"Ten years ago, when you told New Yorkers you were going to eat Japanese noodles, nearly everyone pictured soba. When you say it now, half your friends will ask which ramen-ya is your favorite and the other half will be in line in front of you."
"For 32-year-old jewelry designer Donna Yu, who supplements her art with a dog-walking business, the drawbacks of gentrification — rising property values, disenfranchisement — hardly outweigh the perks.'I benefit from it,' said Yu, a Toronto transplant who claims that since beginning her dog-walking service in 2009, the number of competing services in and around Fort Greene has tripled. 'I can have a decent cup of coffee.'"
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Balk: Today I learned that the E "is particularly popular among sleepers in winter, because it runs 24 hours a day and is completely underground."
Choire: I hate the E most of all.
Dusty: Yeah the E is pretty good for a nap.
Emma: Name one time you were happy to see the E.
Choire: I took it to JFK… ONCE. It was pretty intense.
Adam: Fuck the E. The E doesnt run to JFK. It stops at WTC. The E always [...]
"It is not clear why the mayor was in a rush, but he is often behind schedule."
"New York's first-ever Denny's got its liquor license approved at the Community Board 1 meeting last night, although not quite the one it was hoping for. The Denny's team had proposed to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturdays, but residents were concerned about attracting 'the kind of person who wants to have a drink before noon.' So CB1 pushed the hours of alcohol service back to 11 a.m. on [...]
The ground beneath your feet is pitted and wrecked, the mighty towers in which you took so much pride rain death down on the heads of those passing below, and yet another massive storm wends its way toward your desolate environs. Look upon the ruin that you call your city and despair, New York. This is what happens when you let the Democrats back into Gracie Mansion.
"With spring just a few weeks away, Park Slope residents are wondering if discarded holiday trees littering their sidewalks will ever be picked up by city garbage collectors."
Okay, so the bad news is that we are looking at what could potentially be 8 inches or more of snow from Sunday night into early Monday evening. Even if that amount ends up being substantially less, temperatures will continue to remain lower than usual for the foreseeable future. The frigid weather will serve as a constant reminder that the world is cold, empty and meaningless. The sun will rise and then set and the darkening sky will settle in as you huddle beneath a blanket on your couch, the glare of the television screen the only light in your life, the [...]
Update: Light snow, on & off until 1pm then clearing skies move in. This is the 8th time that we've had snow this month
— NY1 Weather (@NY1weather) February 26, 2014
Look, I know at this point we are all tired of winter, and the fact that it is freezing and there's still snow right now and more snow in our future—even as March is so close that we are already coming up with excuses to cancel on the plans we halfheartedly agreed to earlier in the month—is at the very least disheartening if not downright depressing, it is important for us to remember that life is terrible, [...]
"Some Observers Say Rookie Mistakes Shouldn't Affect Mayor's Ability to Govern" —I guess the good news for supporters of History's Worst Mayor is that even his critics are forced to concede that maybe 55 days in is a little premature to declare the whole thing a giant disaster from which no recovery is possible.
"Gentrification is a loaded, emotionally fraught fact of urban life that's had a dramatic impact in neighborhoods across New York City," and you can watch it happen here in GIF form.
"The still-unfinished floors are high-ceilinged, unencumbered, and spacious enough to host an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, with wraparound views of brick and brownstone landmarks. IBM’s Watson team is moving in, hoping perhaps that the area’s creative aura will enlighten its engineers. The mirrored façade seems to sharpen reflections to a higher resolution than reality itself. Architects love to pretend that reflective structures 'dematerialize'—that is, disappear—but Maki’s building is a solid object, black and glossy and timeless as a Steinway grand, expressing itself in an architectural language that is incomprehensible around here." —That is perhaps a too-polite way of saying "51 Astor Place is so frighteningly [...]
"The electronic cigarette lounge on Bedford Avenue may soon be able to serve beer and wine after the local community board's State Liquor Authority committee unanimously approved its license application Monday night. Being able to serve beer and wine will let MoVapes offer 'vapers' — as e-cigarette smokers are sometimes known — a laidback place to use the nicotine devices, owner Dr. Sathish Modugu told the board. 'It’s not about alcohol, it’s about the hobby of vaping,' he said, reassuring locals that MoVapes would stop serving alcohol if it gets too rowdy."
"I came to New York in the late ’60s. On cold nights in the downtown area, on street corners, you could find trash-can fires. These fires were tended by street people." —I cannot guarantee that you will be as surprised as I was when you see where this one goes, but I have to believe that the odds are pretty much in my favor.
"I'm not interested in the construct of what you, as an individual, think many New Yorkers think. I say that with absolute respect. I talk to New Yorkers all the time, my colleagues talk to New Yorkers all the time. Let's not get into this concept of any of us will speak for all the people." —Mayor de Blasio isn't gonna play your gotcha games.
In what the city's Law Department is calling "a win for the community" around Union Square, the state's highest court has ruled that "the Parks Department can move ahead with a plan to allow a seasonal restaurant to open in the park's recently renovated northern pavilion." This is not just a victory for those who live in the neighborhood; it is a boon to any hungry traveler whose desperation for sustenance is so strong that they cannot venture out to one of the dozen other options that are literally within eyeshot of the food desert that is the north end of the square. This will be especially welcome [...]
"Due to the amount of snow on the ground, warming temperatures and rain, Greater New Yorkers face a new set of winter hazards on Thursday. These will come from above and below in the form of black ice, slushy street corner puddles and chunks of snow and ice falling from buildings." —Yes, you will probably be soaked by some form of solidified moisture as you wend your way through town today, but just remember the classic New York City adage "If it isn't jizz, go about your biz" and keep moving. (Unless it is, in fact, jizz, in which [...]