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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). More →

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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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With This $100 Gilded Donut, Has Brooklyn Jumped All the Sharks?

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Consider the doughnut: a simple, workaday way to fight your case of the Mondays. Or so you thought. Behold: the gold-smothered donut out of Manila Social Club. Its dough is filled with purple-yam mousse and champagne jelly, complemented by the honey notes of Cristal in the 24k gold frosting. Head Chef Björn DelaCruz will even hand-deliver it to you, he told First We Feast. But it doesn’t look like anyone is tweeting him their order. Here’s how the internet is reacting, today, to the Williamsburg restaurant’s uncharacteristic descent into Dubai-worthy decadence.
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That Notorious Pillar at Market Hotel Has Its Own Twitter

DIY venue the Market Hotel is back, as of December 16 (Photo via Market Hotel / Facebook)

DIY venue the Market Hotel is back, as of December 16 – this is back pillar, currently not on Twitter (Photo via Market Hotel / Facebook)

The internet never ceases to amaze us. And after failing to remember who or what broke the internet last, we decided it doesn’t matter at all because it’s been shattered into a million pieces once again. And it was the birth of the Market Hotel Pillar Twitter account (@MarketPillar) — which happened sometime after the DIY venue reopened for what was, by all accounts, a spectacular Sleater-Kinney show — that signaled the internet’s passing.

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Musings on Changing Neighborhoods and Star Wars

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Hey– it’s our occasional effort to wrangle in a sampling of interesting nabe-centric tweets we’ve heard ’round town as of late!

First up, we’ve got, per usual, some comments on neighborhoods in transition. Man, they just grow up so damn fast these days, don’t they? And perhaps we should really embrace this “West-Bushwick” thing with gusto– definitely sounds like it could end up being the new Quooklyn.

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NYPD and Others Brace For SantaCon As Red Menace’s Route Is Revealed

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Following yesterday’s news that SantaCon will kick off in Williamsburg on Saturday, the Times has gotten hold of the actual itinerary. After the 10 a.m. meetup at McCarren Park, there’ll be parties at Verboten and the Hall, followed by stops at the Delancey and the DL in the Lower East Side and then Solas and Bar 13 in the East Village.

With the red menace just days away, the NYPD has issued the above warning shot, and community group L.E.S. Dwellers is encouraging would-be SantaCon participants to donate to charity instead, via multiple versions of the graphic below.

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