"A trio of 'style-conscious germaphobes' have designed a scarf made from special germ-filtering cloth, in a high-tech bid to keep nasty bugs at bay — particularly on the subway. The Scough — a mashup of the words 'scarf' and 'cough' — was the brainchild of Alexa Nigro, Ari Klaristenfeld and Andrew Kessler, who couldn't stand another winter riding the subway next to people who don't cover their mouths when they cough. The scarf that retails for $39 to $59 on the company's website and on Etsy, can be drawn around the face to act as a fashionable mask, its creators said."
Brooklyn criminal courtroom number 105, at 10:43 p.m., Judge Jackie Williams presiding. The room is high-ceilinged, the light fluorescent, the pews so worn most of the graffiti etched into the wood is illegible. Judge Williams is seated far back in the room, high up and centered and staring into a flat Dell computer monitor. Behind her, sagging, the United States and New York flags and above those, on the wall in gold Helvetica, “In God We Trust.” Below and in front of the judge, behind another monitor, sits the court reporter. In front of the reporter, two attorneys and the defendant stand facing the judge at two faded lecterns, also [...]
"The generation of 'pioneers' who moved into the declining area a little more than a decade ago complain now that the Slope is changing. Their friends who rent are being forced out by rising prices and co-op conversions. Laundromats and grocery stores have been displaced by boutiques. Parking spaces are suddenly hard to find and families with children are moving in less frequently. The buzz word for the latest arrivals is 'lawyers from Manhattan.' 'We face a cold, hard, inhuman world created by Citibank and its ilk,' announced the neighborhood bakery…" [[...]
Here's the nine best Instagram videos and the one best Vine of Beyoncé last night at Barclays. Um. Good Lord! GOOD LORD!
The Gowanus Whole Foods opened this morning, at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street in Brooklyn (midway between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, for you Manhattanites), with a bench-laden parkway along the Gowanus Canal, a hot hipster-manned knife-sharpening station, copious espresso machines, a giant over-sized novelty baguette (WHY IS THIS BREAD SO BIG?), giant hanging hogs, a rooftop beer garden, an enormous greenhouse, and just more of everything than you can possibly imagine. It was mobbed with shoppers within minutes of opening.
Much yogurt. So organic. Wow. Etc.
Just pretend there are stupid captions on each of these photos that are like "Wow the doors slide open when you [...]
In the flatlands between Mill Basin and Marine Park, just before the avenue arrives at the golf course and Jamaica Bay, you’ll find VERG South, an emergency hospital for pets. Inside is a dog, which isn’t very surprising, this being a place for treating dogs and cats. Only this dog is famous.
The dog came to VERG—that's Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group—in a roundabout way. First the dog arrived at a vaccine clinic, probably hosted at a PetCo; the story is fuzzy at the beginning. One thing is certain, and terrible: the dog had owners. They brought him to get shots, which they thought might cure him. He was [...]
"Three large Boa constrictors were found trying to slither out of a duffle bag that mysteriously ended up in a garbage can near a Brooklyn auto-body shop Monday, authorities said."
"It costs up to $67 a ticket for a ride to the top of the Empire State Building. But the view from the highest point in Brooklyn atop a sleek glass-and-aluminum apartment building is free—at least with purchase or rental of an apartment in Downtown Brooklyn's newest tower. The new building, the first big condominium development in Downtown Brooklyn to come on the market since the financial crisis in 2008, is part of a second wave of residential development that is also bringing high-end groceries and retail stores to the borough's once-faded [...]
I can't for the life of me understand how you are supposed to settle down and relax after a hard day of gentrification without the comfort of a cigarette or two, but I guess the residents of this Brooklyn building will soon find out.
“'I’m thinking about moving to Brooklyn, where I can live a little more stress-free,' said Cutler, who slugged fellow lawyer John Aiello, 38, of Brooklyn, at the Porter House in Columbus Circle on Nov. 7. 'I’d like to live in one of those new neighborhoods. Ride a bike. Walk around.'"
While we're all assessing the Bloomberg legacy, we should remember a wonky but big part of the city’s transformation in the last dozen years: the rise of the Business Improvement District. Of New York City’s 68 BIDs in operation today—the latest being the hard-fought SoHo BID—24 were founded since 2002. The BID model runs the gamut from corporate-financed midtown groups, like the 34th Street Partnership, to smaller outer-borough associations that pool money for holiday lights and maybe pay for some extra street cleaning and trash removal. They have taken up roots and cleaned up their areas—and now several are looking to extensively widen their borders, including one in [...]
On a recent five-star November afternoon, I decided to visit Trinity Church Cemetery in northern Harlem. Starting at the plateau on Amsterdam Avenue and 154th Street, I followed the winding paths down through a kaleidoscope of autumn leaves and crumbling crypts, which, glowing in the western sun, appeared almost transitory. As one tends to do in cemeteries, I contemplated the end of all things. Lately, I had heard murmurs about “the death” of the internet, and though inclined to dismiss such speculation as a form of insipid nostalgia that often clings to any recollection of the past—and really, what is the internet if not an infinite collection of memories?—I [...]
Most of this video will delight you and even the small part that does not (and if you watch it all the way through you'll know exactly what I'm talking about) is so short that it isn't even worth getting upset about. Ya got 8 minutes? Ya got time to watch this.
The heart break of a home office. pic.twitter.com/jDjKvgM15l
— Jessica Grose (@JessGrose) November 22, 2013
Jessica! I’ve been meaning to ask you about this one for a while. So what happened here?
This was the first time my daughter, who at that point was about 11 months old, realized that when I closed the door to my room I still existed. Or at least that was the first time [...]
"Juliana and her friends were desperate to get in because they would probably never have another chance: Sunday night’s event was 285 Kent’s last. Although the club has only been operating for two and a half years, it’s become New York’s most prominent [...]
Post-publication update, January 9th: According to Roxanne Palmer at the IBT, the founders of the library are certainly lying about this situation. ("The funding scenario the library describes in no way comports with the open and transparent way in which we make charitable and philanthropic donations," an ExxonMobil spokesperson told her.) In our fact-checking email to Mellow Pages Library earlier this week, we wrote: "So, I guess the first appropriate question is: ExxonMobil reached out to you and offered 10x of your donations for your November benefit?" They responded: "The situation is, generally, how you summarized it. Obviously it's a little more complicated than that. We [...]
Noted at yesterday's opening of the Gowanus Whole Foods: the dude with the GIANT BREAD. And now we have answers, from one of the lovely Whole Foods employees. (It's a lovely staff there, by the way!)
— Nicole Rae Drummond (@nicole_rae) December 18, 2013
@Awl haha! was specially made for our "Bread Breaking" ceremony (like a ribbon cutting) he wanted it so I told him to take it HAHA Hilarious
— Nicole Rae Drummond (@nicole_rae) December 18, 2013
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