Better G train service may be coming

The people have been heard! The MTA announced they will be conducting a complete review of the G train line. I know that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to made changes, but when they reviewed the L in 2011 it resulted in a service increase. From NY Daily News:

“We certainly know where a lot of complaints are,” said state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights), who wrote to MTA President Thomas Prendergast along with state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan (D-Bushwick). “A full line review is a practical way to make real service improvements within budget limitations.”

The review is expected to be completed this June.

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Where do New Yorkers most experience ‘Missed Connections’ ?

The place where New Yorkers most often have Craigslist ‘Missed Connections’ is the subway of course! I’ll even venture a guess that they happen on the L train more than any other line. Thanks to a study Dorothy Gambrell put together for Psychology Today we have a fascinating overview of national Craigslist habits. While we know New Yorkers ‘miss’ each other on the subway, what about the rest of America? How about gas stations in Colorado, 24-Hour Fitness in California, driving your car in Georgia, and McDonald’s in Kansas. For a whopping 15 states the answer is Walmart (Sigh). What’s bad news for straight dudes is 59% of searches are men looking for women, while only 13% of searches are women looking for men. But hey, that basically sums up the Internet/life right?

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Watch WSJ’s behind the scenes of Williamsburg Fashion Weekend

The Wall Street Journal’s Bryan Quinn visited Williamsburg Fashion Weekend and spoke to the participants. As you will see WFW is a lot different than Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Founder Arthur Arbit says “there’s a whole food industry that’s local, we want a fashion industry that’s local.” Oh also it’s [Read more…]

What’s the current average rent in Williamsburg?

The average rent for a one bedroom in Williamsburg is $3,047. That’s higher than the Upper East Side, but cheaper than Brooklyn Heights or the East Village. via Refinery 29

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Man arrested for stealing 75 lbs of almonds

Who says Williamsburg isn’t the gritty crime-filled place it used to be? A man was arrested on Sunday for stealing three 25 pound boxes of almonds from the back of a delivery van on South 8th and Bedford. Unsuprisingly the NY Post headline includes the word ‘Nut Job’, more from the Post:

He tried to run off with the loot, sources said, but the 5-foot-8, 180 pound man ended up dropping the boxes on South 8th Street, sources said.

The driver called 911, but Ayala allegedly scampered off before the police could catch him.

But two hours later, Ayala smashed his 2010 silver Toyota Carrola into a parked, unoccupied van on Wythe Avenue and South 8th Street—about two blocks from the scene of the crime, sources said.

When asked about the crime he said:

“I really f—– up,” he allegedly told the police. He then bizarrely added, “I really f—– up my relationship. But I didn’t break into the car.”

Not sure how he damaged his relationship unless he had promised his lady to come up with the toppings for the greatest ice cream sundae of all time. Anyway, see more at the Post including a picture here.

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GQ names St. Anslem one of ‘The Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013’

GQ just released their list of most outstanding American restaurants of 2013, and Williamsburg’s own St. Anslem made the list. GQ Food critic Alan Richman writes:

More than a steak house or a bistro, St. Anselm is a Brooklyn restaurant, filled with independence, quiet sophistication, beautifully executed simplicity, and a touch of quirkiness. I asked our waiter if absolutely every menu item was grilled, and he replied, “Except the spinach.” The avocado-and-shrimp salad comes with grill marks.

Read the rest of the review here.

Watch a beautiful time-lapse video of a night in Williamsburg

Director Supralude created this excellent time-lapse video titled TNIW (That Night In Williamsburg). The audio is a remix of Nine Inch Nails’ 21 Ghosts by Near Deaf Experience. The video was shot with a Canon 5D. Watch [Read more…]

Williamsburg has a ‘new’ sports bar

photo via Thrillist

I noticed a few articles about a new sports bar opening in Williamsburg called Roebling Sporting Club located at 225 North 8th. I was immediately intrigued as I am an avid sports fan who lives in the neighborhood. As it turned out they were remaking one of my favorite ‘burg standbys K&M into a sports bar. I got a little nervous about what it would become after reading this quote from one of the owners to Observer:

“I’m the new Williamsburg,” he boasted. “I’m the type of guy moving here. Those $3,000-to-$4,000 apartments? Those aren’t for hipsters. Those are for guys like me who like to watch sports at 6:30.”

Spoken like an Entourage character, I pictured the place being ripped to shreds and replaced with beer pong tables and filled with the fratty crowds that now form a line out the door of The Whiskey Brooklyn on weekends.

However, I stopped by and was happy to see the laid-back vibe appeared to be still firmly intact. In actuality every write-up should just be the six words “they put some TVs in K&M'”, because the place looks almost exactly the same as it was. A couple nice HD TVs are now behind the bar, and the projector displays sports instead of the old movies they used to show. No word yet if the occasional weekend dance parties that included Mark the dancing Hasidic Jew are still happening, but I sure hope so. On a side note I was inspired by the club and have started referring to my living room as a sporting club since I added an HD TV. The laid-back vibe also appears to still be firmly intact.