Times says Bushwick Inlet Park could cost another half billion in “ransom” money

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Better late than never, the Times has finally tackled the Bushwick Inlet Park controversy. Adding up the numbers, they write that the city — which has already spent $225 million on the park — is a “textbook study in civic entropy and how public developments go awry.” And $225 million is just the beginning. The owner of the CitiStorage site (which lies at the center of the projected park and recently suffered a very suspicious fire) now wants a reported $500 million for his 11-acre lot. “The city will not, and should never, pay that kind of ransom,” says the Times:

Unsurprisingly, the first turn toward the absurd involved a lawsuit. Through eminent domain, the city offered $12 million for the rental truck lot. When the owner found a sympathetic judge, the price tag leapt into the stratosphere, to more than $90 million. The owner of CitiStorage, next door, Norman Brodsky, naturally assumed he had also hit the jackpot. Crain’s reported recently that he now wants $500 million for his 11-acre site. If the city won’t pony up, his site will cleave the prospective park in two…. [Read more...]

Gov Ball and Nitehawk present Weird Al’s UHF Film Feast

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As you may know, Nitehawk Cinema, the best (in my opinion) movie theater in NYC, loves to pair the movies they’re showing with delicious, thoughtful and eclectic dishes to match. Building on that, they also have FILM FEASTS, where they create an entire menu for one movie (food AND drink). It’s usually a classic, like previous picks Pulp Fiction, Christmas Vacation, or Big Lebowski. Or it’s one that is relevant to the now, like the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer screening which is sold out (the Netflix prequel series is out July 17). [Read more...]

Vinnie’s Pizza gives new meaning to the slogan “pizza, pizza”

“I’ll have a slice pizza with slices of pizza please.” #HotPizzaOnPizzaAction #meta #pizza #vinnies

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If you’re not already, follow Vinnie’s on Instagram for other amusing specialty pizzas. More of our favorites below:

COMBINATION PIZZA HUT AND TACO BELL SLICE!

 

Jason VorCHEESE and Vinnie’s Pizzeria wish you a Happy Friday the 13th! #fridaythethirteenth #jasonvorhees #vinnies

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Farewell, Mad Men. #madmen #madmenu #vinnies #joan #dondraper

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Oleanders: retro preppy restaurant coming to Williamsburg

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A new restaurant is opening in the former home of The Elm that’s sure to please all the Biffs and Muffys in Brooklyn. It’s called Oleanders and it’s set to open June 10. Bring on the Harvey Wallbangers!

Flo Fab also reports that the replacement for the Elm at the McCarren Hotel now has a name: Oleanders. [Read more...]

North Brooklyn Pride Festival coming in June

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From their Kickstarter:

Local North Brooklyn businesses have come out in a big way to support this idea. A volunteer event committee was assembled from representatives of the East River Ferry, Saint Vitus, Brooklyn Bowl, The Brooklyn Brewery, The Wythe Hotel, VICE Media, Rough Trade, Broadway Stages, Two Boots, The Water Table, Brooklyn Roasting Company, The Camlin Restaurant & Wine Bar and more, to book our entertainment, food vendors, organize volunteers, make sure we have representatives from local pride community organizations, get the word out, and do community outreach. [Read more...]

Who’s getting struck and where: a guide to walking safely in NYC

WalkSaferNYC put together a handy interactive map that details the dangerous intersections to avoid; essentially a heat map of places pedestrians are most likely to get hit by careless motorists.

Who’s getting struck? Turns our men over 40 top the list: [Read more...]

Live review: Follakzoid played Rough Trade

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Chilean psych heavyweights Föllakzoid played my favourite show of the year at Rough Trade on Saturday night, and I will be amazed if anyone beats it. There is no better scene than Santiago right now, and the band pulled off a masterclass of cosmic proportions.

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Five Leaves POV burger lunch

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Do you work a 9-5 job and wish you could enjoy a leisured, weekday big breakkie?  Don’t have time to wait two hours on Sunday morning for a table? Craving some avocado toast and a bloody mary? Lament no more, y’all!

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