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 [...]