We’re Here, We’re Queer, Shop Walmart

June 27, 2017

Here’s a surprising sponsorship fact. Despite having no actual stores in New York City, Walmart was a leading sponsor of last weekend’s NYC Gay Pride Parade. For those that want to support (or boycott) such corporate sponsors, T-Mobile leads the list. Facebook, Netflix and Lyft are the leading tech companies. And apparently the LBGT crowd drinks bad beer like everyone else because Bud Light is right up there.

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Urban Recycling

June 19, 2017

My oldest daughter just finished 8th grade at Brooklyn Friends School. She’s been there since pre-K and one thing I found interesting was that in Lower School (K-4) they have woodworking class. And it’s for real woodworking. They have very young kids using very sharp tools, including power versions, and no one gets hurt (at least to my knowledge). Both my daughters loved woodworking and neither are particularly into that sort of thing, so the teacher must be doing something right.

One year (3rd grade?) the project was to build a chair with whatever creative thing you wanted to add to it, so my daughter build a bench like chair with a cow head that swiveled. Imagine a very sturdy small bench with a carved cow head, painted white with black spots. And it was really sturdy. Pretty good for a 3rd grader.

We have a regular homeless person on our block. An older Asian woman who is clearly not all there, but crazy in a mostly harmless sort of way. She camps out in front of the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church on the corner (doesn’t everyone have one of those?). She does some clean up and other stuff for the church and the church clearly looks out for her as do the other local businesses and most folks. Crazy but our crazy. Welcome to Brooklyn.

My daughter is leaving for sleep-away camp for four weeks. I know people do this all the time at earlier ages and for longer, but this is a big deal for us. Four weeks without her will be really strange. While she’s out we want to paint her room. We want to push all the furniture to the middle of the room and throw a big drop cloth over it. But it’s not that big a room, so we needed her to get rid of a bunch of old stuff.

She did great and threw out a ton of stuff. The cow bench got pitched.

In Brooklyn garbage goes out front. We are in a large building with 58 units, so it’s a bunch of garbage. It goes out in the evening and is picked up early in the morning.

Our homeless lady now has the cow bench.

The swivel head is gone, but without that it’s basically a very sturdy small bench. Ideal for her during the day. It’s just hard not to chuckle as I walk past.

Urban recycling.


Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge

May 24, 2017

My favorite bridge is 134 today. Brownstoner has a post with their ten most popular Instagram pictures of the bridge. Click the link for all of them, but this was #1:

Perfect timing. #bk #Brooklyn #brooklynbridge #photography #photooftheday photo by @golden2dew

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Blossom Brooklyn

May 21, 2017

I blogged about this place already, but we were there again tonight and I took video. This is Tori’s order, Strawberry, Graham Cracker Vanilla (it has a better name, but those are the ingredients). If you don’t feel like reading the old post, the idea is that the pan is super cooled so it is freezing into ice cream while they smash the ingredients. Then they flatten it and roll it.

 


Department of Justice Pisses off NYPD

April 21, 2017

Largely due to lack of facts. From the DOJ:

New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance.

That statement is basically a load of crap. So the NYPD responds:

New York City is experiencing a steady decline in overall crime that includes major reductions in murder and shootings. In fact, 2016 saw the fewest shootings ever in New York City history since record keeping began. Year to date the City is down an additional 17% from last year’s record low.

Since 1993, murder has decreased 82%, shootings have decreased 81%, and overall crime has decreased 76%. These are the facts.

Additionally, over the past year the NYPD has hosted dozens of other police departments from across the world to share our best practices of precision policing, which focuses on the most serious criminals.

Separately the NYPD commisioner said:

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty calm and measured person…but when I read that statement by DOJ this afternoon, my blood began to boil,” he said. “To say we’re soft on crime is absolutely ludicrous.

Trump vs. the NYPD. Get your popcorn…


Brooklyn Real Estate – Still Insane

April 14, 2017

From Brownstoner comes Q1 2017 Brooklyn real estate stats. The median price per square foot number is just crazy. This only covers actual sales, but it is for all of Brooklyn, not just the crazy hot neighborhoods.

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Of course, this place just sold for $15 million

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Death of the Bodega

March 8, 2017

This is a video made by NYU students rapping about gentrification in Brooklyn. I first clicked on it because the Court Pastry Shop has the best cannoli’s on the planet (among other amazing Italian treats). You can walk by on the other side of the street and still smell the sugar coming out of that place. Before Thanksgiving and Christmas, the line is out the door and down the block.

Brooklyn is definitely changing…