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 →
Just a few days after Chelsea Clinton announced at the Lower Eastside Girls Club that she’ll soon make Bill & Hill grandparents, Liberal Dream Week continues with a pair of progressive pols putting in appearances at Barnes & Noble Union Square.
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 →
Speaking of trash, a good samaritan took the liberty of circling all the litter outside the entrance to Chase Bank on Second Avenue, near St. Mark’s Place. Drawing in chalk probably took longer than picking up said garbage, but it’s all in the name of art…right? More →
North Brooklyn residents want Manhattanites to stop treating Williamsburg and Greenpoint like a dumping ground.
The two neighborhoods are the location of 19 out of the city’s 58 trash dumps, which is the highest concentration in the city, according to the New York Public Interest Group. The number of dumps in Manhattan? Zero. 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
Turns out, Steve Buscemi does a mean William S. Burroughs. Or so we discovered at Project Issue Room last night when the actor reenacted some of the author’s readings, lectures and interviews alongside avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp. More →