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Here’s How International Women’s Day Is Looking So Far

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

It’s International Women’s Day. As expected, restaurants and other businesses around town are participating in the #ADayWithoutaWoman strike. Even the Statue of Liberty took last night off in solidarity. To find out how you can join in, see our roundup of today’s events. We’ll have more coverage later; in the meantime, here’s what’s happening on social media.

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How New Yorkers Handled Election Night(-mare) 2016 (Hint: Not Well)

The New Yorkers who donned their pantsuits and dressed up as Rosie the Riveter on Election Day didn’t see it coming. Sure, there was plenty of last-minute tension, but did anyone really think we’d wake up to a President Drumpf? Especially with Bushwick’s own Tramps Against Trump promising to send nudes to everyone who voted? In the end, all the “yucks” in the world (and I mean that in both senses of the word) didn’t make a difference, and here we are. Here’s a look back on Election Night in NYC.

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Election Day Snaps: Nasty Women, Pantsuited He-llaries, and Best of the Rest

Selfies may be illegal in the voting booth (oops, Eric Trump!) but nothing was gonna stop New Yorkers from taking photos just about everywhere else on this historic Election Day– lord knows they earned it after waiting in line for upwards to two hours. Here are the best shots we saw today (not including the babies with “I Voted” stickers– we wouldn’t want Trump crying voter fraud.)

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The People Have Spoken: ‘Small Hands’ and Trump Visits Union Square, Sans Balls

Oh Trump! The presidential hopeful continues to be a never-ending repository of hilarity, amazement, disgust, and abject terror. His bravado, swagger, and blatant disregard for those pesky things called facts have attracted millions of voters, but have repelled many others. We’ve seen more than enough of that doughy orange face and wispy hair to last most of us a lifetime, but a group called Indecline– what most outlets are reporting as an “anarchist collective” but don’t seem to embody those ideals at all– decided to take it one step further yesterday when the installed a naked Donald Trump statue at Union Square.

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Surprise: The L Train Shutdown Has Spurred a Few Thoughts on Twitter

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

If you haven’t already seen the bearded doomsayers wandering the streets with the “The End Is Nigh” written on sandwich boards in fine cursive, then despair, ye fool: the L Train is shutting down.

Starting in January of 2019, the consistently packed subway line will stop running between Brooklyn and Manhattan for at least 18 months. During that time, the MTA will be repairing damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in the Canarsie Tunnel, which trains use to get between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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The After-Bern: Twitter Reacts to Neighborhood Primary Results

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

(Photo: Kavitha Surana)

If you aren’t celebrating 4/20 right now, you’re probably still hashing out the winners and losers of New York’s Primary Day. Luckily for every election nerd, the New York Times threw together a nifty precinct-by-precinct data map. That means everyone can dissect the voting electorate practically on their own block (though, sadly, not very many people voted)–and speculate about the identity of that one miserable Trump voter living nearby.

Many were surprised to find that, despite the wave of Bernie media attention, he buckled under the quiet, pragmatic Hillary voters hiding in plain site. For the most part, HRC prevailed easily in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. The East Village was as divided as we expected it to be, with Hillary faring better in Alphabet City than she did further west. Meanwhile Bernie won Greenpoint by a landslide, and there’s now a new dividing line in Bushwick (North Bushwick went to Bernie, South to Hillary).

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David Bowie’s Son Made My Subway Ride Go Viral

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 11.51.33 AMOver the weekend someone I’ve never met took this photo of me during my train ride and posted it on Twitter. Duncan Jones, a filmmaker whose work I admire, shared it. It got retweeted 3,400 times.

It takes a lot to be called out for weirdness in New York – and then have it reaffirmed by David Bowie’s son. I can only assume his retweet is what made dozens of people weigh in with comments like “Maybe he comes from the future” and “he’s hacking you right now.” (Well, his retweet and the pained expression on my face.)

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Gaggles of Heartsick Fans Will Descend on the LES Searching for The 1975 Tomorrow

Ilwys_coverIf you’re in the Lower East Side tomorrow don’t be surprised if you come across roaming packs of rabid fans suffering from raging crushes. Twitter tells us that British emo rock-pop sensation The 1975 is staging a pop-up gallery somewhere in the nabe to inaugurate their new album, artfully titled I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of itThey’ll present the album’s artwork and music, as well as a few “surprises.”

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Has Shaggy From the Scooby Gang Moved to Williamsburg?

(Photo: DC Comics)

(Photo: DC Comics)

Today, DC Comics announced it would be giving beloved Hanna-Barbera characters a fresh makeover and modernizing classic characters such as the Flintstones, Johnny Quest, and, of course, the hardy Scooby gang. Apparently, this also means turning mellow icon and Scooby-BFF Shaggy into a full-blown hipster, complete with sleeve tattoos, a trendy messenger bag, and a handlebar moustache proud enough to make any artisanal vegan-latte pop-up owner cry with envy.

When the gang’s new look hit the Internet, the Twittersphere seemed certain that Shaggy had taken up residence in Brooklyn.
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That L Train Might Be Awhile…

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

(Photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr, via New York magazine)

We’re still trying to wrap our brains around news that the L train’s future is in jeopardy. According to officials, the North Brooklyn lifeline is still suffering from the legacy of Hurricane Sandy and in desperate need of a serious upgrade that would increase daily rider capacity (and relieve commuters of the indignity of  having to smell another human stranger’s armpits). Keep Reading »

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Galapagos is Already Making Frenemies in Detroit

Highland Park High School in Detroit, one of the buildings purchased by Galapagos Art Space (Photo via Galapagos Art Space/ Facebook)

Highland Park High School in Detroit, one of the buildings purchased by Galapagos Art Space (Photo via Galapagos Art Space/ Facebook)

If there’s one stereotype about New Yorkers that Detroiters can generally agree on, it’s that we’re all a bunch of rich assholes. Of course, this is far from the truth. Many of us depend on $1 dumplings and stolen toilet paper more than we’d care to admit, but can you really blame them for thinking we’re a city of Monopoly men when something like this happens?

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