She’s about face!
Mackenzie Santiago is taking the five o-clock shadow into her own hands. The former bartender has opened Brooklyn Grooming, the first male grooming line in the borough.
The line features beard balms ($26) that tame an errant beard, as well as leave a scent modeled after characteristics of different Brooklyn Read More
There’s something in the water … tower?
Not content with the thousands of bars, restaurants and liquor stores populating New York City, some thirsty folk are trespassing to get their fix.
The Atlantic reports on the Wanderlust project, a group that organizes excursions in interesting and illegal locales. Their latest expedition? Inside Read More
Brooklyn Vs. Queens
A few weeks ago, word got out that Brownstoner, the real estate blog that has not only chronicled, but embodied so many of the things that have transformed Brooklyn in the last decade (founder Jonathan Butler also started Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg), would be launching a new site: Brownstoner Queens.
“Certainly from the real estate market’s perspective, momentum has been building,” Mr. Butler told the Daily News when Brownstoner announced the new site. “As Brooklyn becomes more out of reach, more and more people will be looking at Queens.”
But how, exactly, would the site’s super Brooklyn-y ethos translate to Queens? (A colleague quipped that it should be called vinylsider.) When we learned that Roland Li, who has written for this paper’s pink pages and The Wall Street Journal, would be editing the site, we called him up to chat about his plans for Brownstoner Queens and the borough of Queens versus the borough of Kings.
Got the Look
Beyonce’s little sister has accidentally immortalized a former Brooklyn landmark.
The “Losing you” singer released a mini-video yesterday that shows her hanging out on the steps of the infamous pink house of Park Slope. The hot pink Pepto-Bismol building, a local landmark at 233 Garfield Place, was stripped of its hallmark color late last year when it was sold for $2.075 million to a couple who did not care for the shocking hue. The move was applauded by neighbors who were tired of the buzz around the home.
When BookCourt opened in 1981, just crossing the Brooklyn Bridge felt like a visit to the country, or at the very least to a suburb of Manhattan. But in the past 30 years, the Cobble Hill bookstore has become the epicenter of the booming literary Brooklyn scene. Now, the family-owned indie is planning to expand to the actual country, where fresh air and sunshine will mingle with that book smell that even people who mostly read on tablets claim to love.
Earlier this week, BookCourt announced their plans to buy Bibliobarn, the Catskill bookstore 160 miles north of the city that was recently put up for sale. The idea is to make the new second location in South Kortright, which they are going to call BookCourt North, into a bookshop, event space and writers’ retreat.
It’s Springtime in New York again—that short slice of heaven squeezed between the long cold winter and the long hot summer—and the real estate market appears to be sprouting green shoots in celebration. For real this time. The kind of growth that the professionals seem to think can really last. That’s certainly the take that Diane Ramirez, president and co-founder of Halstead Property, shared in a recent interview. And she has some solid evidence to back that up, unmistakable trends she has spotted that indicate a kind of vigor in the market that is sustainable. The market, she posits, has become unfrozen, people are feeling less stuck, and rather than sitting tight with what they’ve got, they’re upsizing, downsizing, and just generally moving on with their lives. “That,” she insightfully says, “is what real estate is all about.”
New York City dog owners should keep their pups on a tight leash.
Brooklyn resident Dina Sasson was shocked when a stranger refused to return her five year-old Shih Tzu unless she paid up.
According to the Daily News, Disco ran away from Ms. Sasson’s mother’s front yard in Midwood, Brooklyn. A neighbor found the dog, Read More
If there’s one thing that we know about the Catholic Church, it’s that homeboys in the Vatican are totally hip to the concerns of youth culture.
In their newest attempt to spread the good word amongst the PBR-drinking set, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has launched a series of ads designed to appeal to native Read More
Okay, so technically this movie is called True Story, but the synopsis, via Craigslist’s P/T paid gigs pages, reads like it was torn from the Capote non-fiction novel:
SYNOPSIS: STORY OF A JOURNALISTS’ RELATIONSHIP WITH A MOST WANTED MURDERER AND A CASE OF STOLEN IDENTITY.
Short. Brief. Succinct. To the point. And more adjectives! (We wonder if Mr. Franco himself wrote the entry?)
Though Brooklyn may seem like a happy hipster haven populated by vintage clothing stores and indie music venues, the borough remains New York’s bloodiest.
According to an annual NYPD report released yesterday on the state of murder in New York City, 36 percent of the 419 homicides in the city in 2012 took place in Read More