Back in the heady days of Napster, circa 1999, I somehow acquired an MP3 of Paul Westerberg covering Monkees classic "Daydream Believer," and because my rockist tendencies run mad deep and my authenticity sensor is perhaps slightly over-engaged, it was only then that I realized just how plainly enjoyable the Monkees were. There wasn't so much as a hint of irony in Westerberg's cover, just as there's not in the joyful performance of it above. (Also, I think that's Rhett Miller joining him on guitar and throwing his hair around?) Anyway, RIP Davy Jones.
Rachel and Michael Berick are a husband and wife team who run Maptote, a screenprinting tote-bag company located in the Can Factory. When they first heard the news about Whole Foods, they were excited—then they heard how development might affect their $1,200 part of a shared office space's rent. "There might not be a Can Factory eventually," Rachel told The L over the phone. "It might become more residential, rent might go up, we might get kicked out and they might build a luxury apartment building where we are—I'm not sure. It's definitely going to change the neighborhood, for sure. There's a lot of small businesses in the canning factory it would likely affect."
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“Fifty Shades,” an erotica trilogy dubbed“mommy porn” by some, is rapidly becoming a cult hit among Manhattan women, who are exchanging well-worn paperback copies and excited whispers about the book’s “red room of pain” (a sex playroom) while meeting at Fred’s at Barneys or parent-teacher conference nights at school.
“The person who recommended it to me said, ‘It will make you want to have sex with your husband.’ And it did!” says the mother, who asked not to be named.
I mean, it sounds like basically a book about a bosomy college student getting tied up by a rich dude, which if you have done any reading dirty stories at all is a pretty well-explored subject, but for some reason I find the idea of these fancy ladies getting all horny on their kindles with each other very cute. Good job, ladies. Keep liking sex.
And while we're on the subject, for further reading on romance novels, allow me to recommend this piece you might have missed in the Awl by the always-flawless Maria Bustillos.
Kali runs the Twitter feed @BumsofMyrtleAve, a chronicle of her "interactions with the bums on the corner," a recurring cast of characters like supporting players on a sitcom. In her late 20s, working in fashion, and from a small town in the Midwest, Kali has lived in Fort Greene for the last three years ("lovin' it") after a stint in Boston. We caught up with her by email to ask about how she started tweeting and how well she really knows these people on her street.
Is your Twitter for real?
Haha. This one cracked me up. Of course it's real.
When did you start interacting with the "bums"?
They actually started interacting with me! I was waiting at the bus stop where The Mayor of Fort Greene hangs out and he turned his boombox up and serenaded me with "Love Lockdown." I don't know why he seemed to pick me out of the crowd, but I'm glad.
The New York Times would have had to switch to the new interface at some point anyway, as Facebook announced last month that all users wouldn't have an option to hide from the brave, new Timeline reality anymore in the coming weeks. But instead of choosing to go with the default format, the Gray Lady decided to expand her timeline to include content since her 1851 conception. That means if you "like" the New York Times on Facebook, you can scan headlines from 1865, when Lincoln was assassinated, see a photograph of a linotype operator at the paper in 1960, and review all the paper's status major status updates before, in between and after.
First there was the audio, then the super extended audio, and now a video in the animated style Gorillaz is known for.The whole thing is extremely enjoyable, and as an added bonus, you will feel compelled to buy multiple pairs of sneakers before it's over. Everyone wins.
The Brooklyn Whole Foods had to prove to the city it adequately removed the site's toxic soil from the banks of the Superfund-designated Gowanus in order to develop the store, which will include a 20,000 square-foot rooftop greenhouse and a charging station for electric cars. Still, not all are pleased by the prospect of a high-end organic paradise in what has been an area of traditionally low rent. The Gowanus Institute, a think tank devoted to research, planning and development for the area, released a statement expressing its disappointment in NYC Board of Standards and Appeals’ decision.
Through consulting real estate agents and government maps, BushwickDaily.com found that the boundaries of Bushwick coincide neatly with those of Brooklyn's Community District 4—Flushing Ave., the border dividing Brooklyn and Queens, and the Evergreen Cemetery. The news site also recorded video of their man-on-the-street interviews, in which people's answers tend to vary, based more on gut instinct and neighborhood social ties. The video also includes some enlightening history on the neighborhood, with a brief appearance by an animated Peter Stuyvesant, director-general of the colony of New Netherland until 1664. Check out what passes for true Bushwick after the jump.
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How can something so right go so wrong? Last night’s episode, “And the One Night Stand was full of sex jokes, made mentioned of ice cream and baseball, and even featured a visit to a prison—yet it was no better than any other episode of 2 Broke Girls. Which is to say it was terrible. But in a delightful way!
The idea is that they are handing out condoms with QR codes on them, so after you use the condom (or before! or during!) you scan the code to check in, and it makes a map of all the places people are wrapping it up in your area. You can also check in on the computer manually, which please tell me there is nobody out there typing in the address where they just fucked so it can be on a map on the internet. It also asks your partner's gender and age. But "don't worry," the website assures us, they, "generate a location close by in the neighborhood so your special spot stays secret." Which, good, because I don't want any riff-raff showing up at my condom-strewn sex grotto. Invitation-only!
Anyway, if this gets Washingtonians psyched to use condom, perfect. Mission accomplished. But I am begging you, please do not bring this here. I seriously do not need to see the sex check-ins of my neighbors. The analog "sex check-ins" of condoms and lube packets strewn all around Prospect Park is really more than enough.
The L: Where in Brooklyn do you live and how long have you been here?
Mel Flannery: I live in Crown Heights, and I've been in the city for 9 and half years. I moved here to go to Manhattan School of Music — which is a good place to get into if you're trying to convince your parents that you can leave Wisconsin when you're 18!
The L: Did you always plan on studying jazz singing?
Flannery: I took classical singing all through middle school and high school, but I'm really, really happy that I went with jazz when I went to college. I learned so much about general musicianship — writing and arranging — and I got so much personal attention because there were only two people in my program in my grade.
If I were to tell you guys how much time I actually spend listening to Allo Darlin, I feel like you would probably be sort of creeped out and maybe not read my stuff anymore. So I'm not really going to get into that here. I'll simply tell you that they've just released a video for "Capricornia," the first single off their excellent new record, Europe, due out via Slumberland on April 17th. It, like everything else they've ever done, is exceedingly pleasant and full of heart, not to mention melodies that will make you dance and cry, possibly at the same time. Pre-order the single here.
Cyclists had criticized the barrels because they narrowed the bike lane, making it harder for them to maneuver and avoid potential collisions; and also because it obstructed their view. Possible solutions that have been suggested include bicycle speed-bumps, closing the park to automobile traffic (YES PLEASE), and correcting confusing instructions to cyclists.
Now that Kraftwerk-gate is nearly a week in the past, it’s time for us to remind you once again that you didn’t get tickets. Sorry…A quick look at Craigslist reveals that unless you’re willing to pay $2,500, it’s unlikely you’re going to see Trans-Europe Express performed live, at least at MoMA. But the idea of a band performing a residency at a New York City museum is intriguing, and something I’d like to see become a Thing. Below are 10 suggestions for other NYC museums to consider if they’re thinking about booking bands, too.
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