Five members of the Williamsburg Safety Patrol Unit, a neighborhood watch group also known as Shomrim, have been charged in the gang assault of Fort Greene resident Taj Patterson, whom they thought was a vandal. More →
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has a message for predatory landlords: Watch out.
In a conversation with reporters today, Adams announced a new initiative to go after landlords who try to force out longtime tenants through harassment, unfairly raising rents, or failing to provide basic services. Adams said he had met with Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson on Tuesday to discuss how they could better prosecute those “who are abusing housing laws” and “doing it with impunity,” including in Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick. More →
Tomorrow our wildest dreams will be fulfilled when New York City’s first cat cafe comes to the Bowery (Gothamist “scooped” us on the preview shots). If you’re as psyched as we are, well then you might want to get even more psyched by attending House of Screwball’s “CATACLYSM!” tonight. More →
Boxes of CDs inside The End warehouse. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)
When Nina Persson of the Cardigans signed with Bushwick-based indie label The End Records, she joined a handful of other established indie artists who had already eschewed big labels for The End, including the Dandy Warhols, the Lemonheads, Juliette Lewis and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. Alt-rock trio Better Than Ezra, playing a show at Irving Plaza tonight, also signed with The End last month. More →
If it sounds like a marketing gimmick, it is. But it should be a fun one: the May 3 event at Kickstarter’s luxe new headquarters in a former Greenpoint pencil factory will allow you to gawk at the offices, demo a developer-friendly video game console called Ouya, play a live-action game called Joust, use a drawing tool named NeoLucida, and, of course, eat and drink (Brooklyn Soda Works, Butter & Scotch, Snap and Mamu Thai Noodle Truck will be on hand). More →
Wearing a green tie and flanked by New York City’s green mascot, Birdie, Mayor Bill De Blasio kicked off New York City’s 44th annual Earth Day in Union Square today by announcing plans to update and strengthen the city’s air pollution control code. “We’re going to work with our friends, the city council, to make the law stronger,” he said. “It is the best tool we have to insure that every possible form of pollution in the air is addressed and addressed stringently.” More →
Should Airbnb pay hotel taxes? The issue is still causing the kind of drama you wouldn’t want in your home — and lawmakers are now arguing that the service’s hosts, whose names they’re trying to get their hands on, are driving up rents for the rest of us. More →
In case ordering Ben & Jerry’s from the bodega at 1 a.m. wasn’t cutting it, Insomnia Cookies opened an outpost of its cookie delivery service on East 11th Street today. (Not 4/20?)
The chain, which boasts more than 40 locations nationwide, promises “warm, fresh cookies delivered until 3 a.m.” In addition to the $1.50-$3 cookies available in a dozen varieties, you can order brownies as well as ice cream by the pint, the quart, or in cookie sandwich form (warning: the deluxe cookiewich packs a whopping 1,304 to 1,648, according to the menu). Toppings like M&Ms and peanut butter chips are 85 cents extra, and you can pair the cookies with milk for three bucks. Order online here.
Insomnia Cookies, 299 E. 11th St., nr. Second Ave.; 877-63-COOKIE