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Monday, February 24, 2014

An Important Message From Lou Bega Re: The Situation In Ukraine

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM

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There have been a lot of jarring updates pouring out of Ukraine as of late, but curiously, the international community hadn't received any word from Lou Bega. No more!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Lorimer "Hipster" Newsstand Is No More

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

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As quickly as it came, the so-called "hipster newsstand" in the hallway of the Lorimer-Metropolitan stop has shut down, having had a pretty successful seven month run in the location (and inspired a lot of eye-rolling hipster jokes along the way).

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Why Would Anyone Ever Play Monopoly?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

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Five years ago, I swore I would never play Monopoly again. But then, last weekend, a few friends wanted to and couldn't understand my objection. What's my problem? Well, as if real life weren't hard enough, the Parker Brothers novelty forces us to fight the same battles we have to fight all day—bills, bills, bills, paltry income, bills, bills, exorbitant rents, potential jail time—in the guise of recreation, like those nightmares in which you work a full shift at whatever shitty retail job you work when you're awake because corporations own our dreams, too. You may as well hand a prisoner of war the game of Risk. Monopoly, cleverly but odiously, distills the essence of capitalism into something so easy even a child can excel at it—or fail miserably.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Top 10 Most Popular Stories on the L Magazine in 2013

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

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What a year, right? Remember when…wait. I remember nothing. Are you the same way? Are you like me? If so, first of all, sorry. But second, don't worry! You don't need to remember everything. It's the Internet's job to do that for you. And one of the ways the Internet does that is by flooding you with year-end lists of all the good and bad and mediocre things that have happened in the last 12 months. But let's skip over the bad and the mediocre and go straight to the good. And good, of course, means popular. So here we go with a trip down memory lane with our most popular stories at the L Magazine in 2013.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Man Killed In Alleged Williamsburg Hit And Run Was A Beloved Permanent Records Employee

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

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A sad update from the already terrible story of a cyclist killed in an apparent hit-and-run under the BQE early Monday morning, as Greepointers reports that the victim was 32-year-old Christopher Meyer, an avid cyclist and longtime local record store fixture, first at Sound Fix and more recently at Permanent Records.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Sad, Damaging Legacy of E-Waste (and how YOU can prevent it!)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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Do you remember that day when your first iPod broke down? You were confidently walking around Brooklyn, when you realized that the middle button wasn’t as young and sturdy as it used to be. Perhaps it’s time for a repair, you think, seeing as this is the only button on your wonderful machine.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's Now Official. We All Want to Legalize Weed.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

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Yesterday, a new poll by Gallup revealed that 58% of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana. Popular opinion on the recreational drug has grown more favorable over the last decade, but this is still somewhat of a turning point, since for the first time the majority of the country wants to see pot legalized.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Brooklyn Gets Exported to France on "Brooklyn Taxi"

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

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The NY Times blog City Room posted today about a new show airing on French airwaves soon: "Brooklyn Taxi." Though their headline would've been better if it had read: "Exported to France, a Sitcom Set in Brooklyn."

"Brooklyn Taxi" stars Grey's Anatomy star Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido (who appeared in Inglorious Basterds) as an odd-cop duo in Brooklyn's fictional 125th precinct. Well, Ido's character isn't actually a cop, only Leigh's capable driver. Leigh, who's the "laughingstock" of her precinct because of her notoriously bad driving, hires Ido to zip around the borough. Is this what French TV producers find funny?

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

So What If There's a Duck on the Subway?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:22 AM

If you care about it, there's an obvious reason you don't report on a duck being on the subway: Joe Lhota might find out and kill it, and then tell you there are thousands of ducks in the subway system he has personally killed. But there's another reason that when a white-feathered friend waddles through the turnstiles toward the N platform at 23rd Street, you just ignore it: because it's a dumb publicity stunt by a dumb corporation. A company associated with ducks, which I will decline to name in a meager attempt to deny it more free publicity, yesterday apparently released a duck into a Gramercy subway station so people could gawk and snap photographs and have a gay old time. The experience was surely different for the duck.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Is Molly's Moment Over?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Following the high-profile deaths of two Electric Zoo attendees from overdoses of Molly (and others around the world), Senator Chuck Schumer has proposed new legislation that would allow the FDA and DEA to crack down on the ecstasy-hybrid. "MDMA dealers are getting around federal law by slightly tweaking the chemical composition of banned substances," the Times reports, creating slight variations of the chemicals that aren't illegal; the new law would allow the federal agencies to "ban substances that were similar in composition and effect to the 26 synthetic drugs already banned," the Wall Street Journal adds. Schumer has also called on the New York and New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force to shift its priorities to labs that produce Molly.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Why Anyone Who Suggests Millennials Suck It Up and Move Back In with Their Parents Is an Asshole

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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You've probably heard by now, but millennials are a generation of entitled whiners who don't understand that it's historically been hard for every generation to make a living and there's nothing special about millennials' struggles and just because past generations didn't have to deal with crippling, impossible to get rid of student loan debts, and didn't live in a time with intractable wage stagnation and hiring freezes and stratospheric housing costs, doesn't mean that there's a single damn thing for millennials to complain about. God, can't they just suck it up and move on with their lives? And if they can't move on with their lives independently, can't they just suck it up and move back in with their parents and then they can save money and then everything will be fine and the world is really not a bad place if you're not a fucking whiny loser millennial.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

We're Now Having Our Parents Tag Along on Job Interviews

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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There are plenty of reasons why 20- and 30-somethings flinch at being included among the "millennial" masses. We are mostly terrible people, narcissistic and generally confused about how life works. Here's another one: Last year, the human-resources organization Adecco surveyed more than 500 college graduates and found that 8 percent of them had a parent accompany them to a job interview. Three percent had the parent sit in on the interview.

A Wall Street Journal piece titled "Hiring Millennials? Meet the Parents" is full of other semi-embarrassing tidbits, revealing how, in hopes of grabbing talented young hires, companies are indulging millennials' weakness for their moms and dads. There are regularly scheduled open houses at offices so Mom can finally put a face to the boss who's been giving them a hard time about being late to work. There are managers who send notes home to parents, letting them know their precious, budding intern has achieved their sales goals. There are even home visits to negotiate salaries within the comfort of family rooms and allow prospective employees to be guided by the legend who once—tell us again, Dad!—whittled the price down for his used Camry by half.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In Defense of Privileged, Rich 22-Year-Olds Who Are Buying Their Own Apartments

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

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If anyone needs to be defended, it's probably rich, 22-year-old New Yorkers who can afford to buy their own apartments, right? Well, no. Probably not. And yet, here I am, about to defend a young woman who considers it "normal" that upon graduating from college, she has $50,000 in her bank account, no reported student loan debt, and is the brand new owner of a one-bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village. So why am I defending her? Well, because besides being a property owner, this woman is also the kind of woman who people feel comfortable cursing out in a very public way before, jokingly, calling for for her head as if she was a member of the French aristocracy and it was 1789. This...seems a little extreme?

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Sponsored: Williamsburg's Best Photographic Locations

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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Williamsburg is a photographer's dream. The people look like they stepped out of the pages of a street style guide. The views are fantastic. The neighborhood has retained signs of its industrial past life while infusing modern design elements. And with the wealth of restaurant and bar options for dedicated foodies, you can no longer say that Williamsburg it on its way up. It's already there. So if you're looking to use the neighborhood as the backdrop for your next fashion spread or design shoot, where do you start? CSI Rentals is providing you with a guide to some of the best locations for photographic shoots in Williamsburg, to be followed by Greenpoint and Bushwick guides.

This post is sponsored by CSI Rentals.

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Not only does East River State Park have spectacular views of Manhattan, but it also plays host to Smorgasburg every Saturday. This seven acre park was once an industrial shipping dock, and you can still see remnants of old railroad tracks embedded into concrete.

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Before the Wythe Hotel, there weren't many options for visitors to spend the night in the better borough. Originally a factory on the waterfront, the building was renovated in 2012 and converted to a 70 room hotel. Much of the furniture was made from wood salvaged during the renovation, and those rustic details blend beautifully with white linens.

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Once inside the Wythe's front door, take the elevator up to The Ides Bar for a happening scene and a terrace with panoramic views. When the sun sets, all the details stand out, from the marble-topped bar and tables to the little candles that make the room glow. Early evening is a perfect time to photograph here, and you can catch the sunset before the crowds take over.

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The abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery is a favorite spot for adventurous photographers. Once the largest sugar refinery in the world, the complex is set to become a mixed-use residential and commercial development in the near future. If you can find a way inside, you'll be among the last to see the old factory floors coated in sticky sugar byproducts, abandoned offices and locker rooms.

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A small but widely renowned shop, the Bedford Cheese Shop is the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot aimed at emphasizing Williamsburg's artisanal retailers. Located in the heart of Williamsburg on Bedford Ave, the storefront epitomizes the charming neighborhood feeling that makes some parts of Williamsburg feel like Paris.

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Sometimes the most photogenic locations are simply little nondescript places like this auto repair shop on the corner of Kent Ave and Grand Street. The bright blue doors stand out against the distressed brick facade and the white molding. Inside, if you look closely, you can see a vintage Rolls Royce being repaired in the shop. We can't guarantee that if you pass by, you'll see the same car in the garage, but you never know what kind of surprises await.

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This wouldn't be a proper Williamsburg guide if it didn't include at lease one beautiful restaurant, and Juliette on N 5th fits the bill perfectly. The interior has a very Parisian charm, with bistro tables, a zinc bar and lots of French details, right down to the bottles of wine and liquors lining the shelves. A covered garden room is filled with hanging plants and lit by a skylight. Upstairs, the roof deck is another great spot for photographing.

Stop by CSI Rentals for all your photo and video equipment rental needs. Check out their September special hours and rates. And stay tuned for CSI's guide to Greenpoint's best photographic locations!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New York Cop Actually Charged With Lying

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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Police officers in NYC are caught lying not infrequently, but rarely are they held accountable: district attorneys are hesitant to call out cops for perjury or truth-fudging form-filing because they don't want to jeopardize their office's relationships with the department, or just because it seems like more trouble than it's worth. But sometimes you can't just turn a blind eye—like, say, when a cop roughs up and arrests a Times photographer for taking pictures of a news event, and then flat out lies about why.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Doctors Consider Spontaneous Human Combustion in Diagnosing a 3-Month-Old Baby Boy

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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To start your afternoon off on a horribly bizarre and sad note, a story in Tuesday's New York Times profiled a young Indian family whose son Rahul has caught on fire—allegedly unprovoked and without a known cause—four times in his three short months. “We are in a dilemma and haven’t come to any conclusion [as to the cause],” Dr. Narayan Babu, the head of pediatrics at Kilpauk Medical Hospital, where Rahul has been admitted, told the Times.

In what seems like a sensationalized headline ripped from The National Enquirer, some hypothesize the doctors have a case of spontaneous human combustion on their hands. While it's commonly accepted among medical experts that such a condition doesn't exist, the theory has picked up some support in recent years. The Times points to an Irish coroner, who, in 2011, listed SHC as the cause of death of a 76-year-old man found charred with no apparent source of a fire anywhere near the body. With Rahul's tests leading to no other conclusions, at least not physiological ones, some doctors are starting to reconsider SHC's validity.

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The 3 Best Brooklyn Dates This Week

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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If you're single and hating it, leave it to your friends at The L to help. We've teamed up with the minds behind HowAboutWe to create Brooklyn Dating, a service that will (hopefully) help change online dating and find you the Brooklynite of your dreams. If you're trying to go on some dates, instead of spending all of your valuable time filling out compatibility tests, just go on some dates. We know this sounds scary, but we make it easy. Just visit Brooklyn Dating, pick the outing that sounds the most interesting to you (or come up with one of your own), make an account (if you haven't already), and go! Just go.

Every week, we'll post three of our favorite Brooklyn dates to aid you in your search for a soulmate. So get off your laptop, (or your iPad or iPhone or iPod or whatever) and go fall in love. Click here to get started, and you can find the three best Brooklyn dates of the week after the jump.

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Soon, You Can Buy Art Like You Buy Kale

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

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The Daily News reported earlier today that the Brooklyn Community Support Art + Design debuted New York City's first subscription service for artwork. Inspired by the Community Supported Agriculture model, members can pay into two tiers of payment for their distributions: $250 for three pieces per season, and $500 for six. Artists are paid $3,000 for every 50 pieces submitted.

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The 10 Most Cringe-Worthy Moments In MTV VMA History

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

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The thing about award shows is that they're all horrible. All of them. Every single award show is horrible. Which, I think, is why we watch them. We want to see rambling, incoherent speeches. We like awkward banter that allows us to feel superior in our own wit that's probably never been tested in front of an audience of millions. We get excited about the clothes that attendees are wearing, knowing that the shorts with the hole in the butt that we wear to walk our dog will never be analyzed by millions of at-home viewers. Award shows are horrible because we are horrible. But that's ok! We're human. We need to find some way to entertain ourselves before we die, right? Right. And this coming Sunday, we can do that by watching the MTV Video Music Awards, live in Brooklyn. But how ever should we entertain ourselves in the meantime? Well, why don't we take a look back at ten of the most cringe-worthy moments of VMA past. Prepare to feel so uncomfortable that rushing toward doom doesn't seem so bad after all.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bank of America Summer Intern Dies After Allegedly Working Three Days Straight

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

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Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old German exchange student studying at the University of Michigan was seven days away from completing a summer internship at Bank of America's London offices when he passed away last week, reportedly after working 72 consecutive hours. He was found unconscious in the shower of his student housing flat from an apparent seizure before being pronounced dead at the scene.

An anonymous poster on WallStreetOasis.com—where comment boards often discuss the high demands of banking internships—claimed Moritz "went home at 6am three days in a row.” Speaking with London newspaper the Evening Standard in 2011, a student referred to this as "the Magic Roundabout," that is, "when you get a taxi to drive you home at 7am and then it waits for you while you shower and change and then takes you back to the office," they explained. "[It's] every intern’s worst nightmare." According to The Independent, a former investment banker confirmed that it's not unusual for interns in the industry to work 14-hour days. Moritz' internship was apparently paid in this case, for whatever ethical morsel that may be worth. According to the The Independent, BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) banking interns typically earn £2,700, or a little more than $3600, per month.

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