A product of the San Francisco-based mobile and tech accelerator AngelPad, Storefront, founded in 2012, connects property owners with businesses in the market for short-term retail space—a model that coincides nicely with a recent MTA initiative to bring “hip, small stores” into subway stations for temporary stays. It comes as no surprise, then, that Storefront and the MTA have—as of Monday—entered into an agreement.
Sit Ubu Sit
Because not everyone in South Williamsburg wants to do all their food shopping at Marlow & Daughters—after all, how much pastured pork and lamb and loaves of sprouted spelt can a person eat?—the neighborhood, divided roughly by Grand Street from its yet-hipper northern relative, now has a new grocery store. Urban Market of Williamsburg, which celebrated its grand opening today, occupies a 16,000 square-foot space at 11 Broadway, just across Kent Avenue from the East River.
Like Whole Foods, Urban Market will offer traditional grocery and household products, as well as specialty, locally-sourced and organic items, making it the neighborhood’s first full-service grocery store. (Northern Williamsburg is slated to get a particularly sleek-looking Whole Foods in the not-too-distant future, at the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street, in the heart of what The Observer recently heard described as “the Times Square of Brooklyn.”)
What are you sitting on today? If your first thought is “a chair,” you may not be cut out for The New York Times. Make it a “fanciful” chair and we’ll talk.
In a recent piece about New York’s whimsical new approach to designing park benches, The Times managed to round up a handful of quirky descriptors just as unusual as the benches themselves.
Back from Whence they came
Have women’s backs replaced galoshes as the go-to book cover image? Sure seems that way. There have been an awful lot of new books coming out lately that show a women’s back on the cover, Chloë Schama notes in this weekend’s New York Times Book Review.
“A plague of women’s backs is upon us in the book cover world,” Ms. Schama writes. And she has the evidence to back it up.
THREE'S A TREND!
To be young is to believe wholeheartedly in certain rosy, soothing illusions—that age, infirmity and death will never come to call, that divorce and the suburbs are fates that only befall other people. And yet, we will all know illness, we will all die and many, though not all of us, will move to the suburbs.
Young families have been moving to the suburbs for as long as there have been young families and suburbs. That many of the young families moving to New York suburbs should be Brooklynites, and that many of them should fancy themselves “creative types” and that they, like their parents and grandparents before them, should believe themselves capable of bringing their superior sensibilities to the land of compromises and comfort should come as no surprise. See: Revolutionary Road.
And yet, the New York Times has seen fit to print yet another style section feature on the suburban exodus of Brooklynites called, what else, “Creating Hipsturbia.” After all, “Williamsburg on the Hudson” ran way back in August 2011.
The Trouble with Aesthetics
Scientology head honcho David Miscavige’s niece has a book deal for a tell-all about the organization. Tony Ortega, former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, is trying to get a book deal about the subject (rather than just blogging about it at the alt-weekly). The Master is in theaters. There is ongoing interest in Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (and a Vanity Fair cover story).
Remember when people once liked practical things on their houses? Porches and overhangs and aluminum awnings and such?
Well Greenpoint, for one, has had it with aluminum awnings, reports The New York Times.
Those humble providers of shelter are so mid-century, and not Eames chairs/ skinny ties/ birth of the cool kind of mid-century, but smoking around children and eating TV dinners kind of mid-century.
Elizabeth Warren:why won’t she just leave conservatives alone? Why does she insist on keeping her campaign running, despite the fact that she’s revealed herself to be either part Native American or an opportunistic liar? (Follow-up question: Which of those two traits do Republicans find more disgusting?)
In an effort to squash the Massachusetts Senate candidate’s campaign, racist conservatives have taken to their new best friend, Twitter, to express their outrage over something other than the fact that Rue from Hunger Games was so not black in the books. Today’s trending hashtag? #ElizabethWarrenIndianNames. Hey, she started it!
Some of our “favorites” from the social networking hate-bubble, below.
Another iPhone-y Trend Piece
Last week, The Brooklyn Paper made (largely unattributed) waves with a trend story on the “babyccino,” which is what some Brooklyn baristas are willing to call “steamed milk” if it keeps the borough’s powerful twee parent contingent happy. After being picked up by Daily Intel, the “espresso shots for tots” popped Read More
On a charming August night, The Observer was sitting on our fire escape with two friends, having cigarettes, having beer. We had brought out an iPhone dock, a diminutive speaker machine that plays music right from a mobile device, at a decent, but not offensive-to-the-neighbors, volume.
Then, with a jerk of an arm, there came Read More