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Wednesday
Jul232014

9st Laundrette Cleaners to close at end of the month

Another one bites the dust. 

After nearly 20 years in business, 9st Laundrette Cleaners (334 9th St, between 5th and 6th Ave) will have its last wash and dry on Monday, July 28. Its reason for closing is a common one: increased rent. In this case, an increase so high (more than double) that no laundromat (let alone small business) will ever be able to sustain itself in that area. 

If you've ever been, then you know just how sad this is. Mr. and Mrs. Lee are incredibly wonderful people. Polite, hard-working, positive, accommodating — they treat every one of their customers (myself included) with the utmost kindness and respect. The space itself isn't the most high-end or fancy, but dammit if Mr. and Mrs. Lee don't keep that place spotless. And whether you do your laundry there or drop off for wash/dry/fold service, Mr. and Mrs. Lee always make the über annoying process of "laundry" not seem like a chore. Of all the wash/dry spots in the area, 9st Laundrette Cleaners is by far the best. 

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Gowanus Rises: Brown Goo Oozes Forth from Drains in the Area

Images via dcrainmaker.com and gothamist.comOne day the Gowanus Canal will spew forth something truly awful that’ll most likely want to kill us. And it looks like we’re getting closer to that day. A “brown goo” is oozing up through the drains in buildings around the toxic canal. The “brown goo” is mostly likely sewage, of course.

The Bell House was one of the earliest known victims; during a book reading on July 2nd, the mysterious “brown goo” rose up through one of their toilets causing a backup. Other businesses attacked by the “brown goo” include Family Car Service and the Brooklyn Colony bar on Fourth Avenue. And, of course, the “brown goo” is after us in our home too. In some cases the sewage caused up to $50,000 of damage.

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Tuesday
Jul222014

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Tuesday
Jul222014

Impatient Brooklynites Demand Satisfcation: WHERE'S OUR BEER HALL???

pic via Ber'n Poor Beleaguered Facebook Page This should make you want to set fire to the nearest person who pisses you off today or, at the very least, it should def make Spike Lee want to never set foot in his home borough again. Right, I'll get to the point.

A new mega beer hall is slated to open in Crown Heights like any day now. Aptly called Berg'n (it's on Bergen Street), the hall's website describes the establishment thusly: "A beer hall from the creators of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg featuring the food of Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn's, Pizza Moto, and Ramen Burger."  Yes, yes, Brooklyn boners all round. Apparently it's going to be huge and according to The Awl, people in the hood have taken to social media to righteously bitch about it not opening on time. 

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Friday
Jul182014

Overheard At The Park Slope Food Coop

For those who haven't set foot in the hallowed space that is the Park Slope Food Coop, it may come as a surprise that any member, whether working or not, can just pick up one of the phones on the floor and make an announcement/request/whatever over the intercom. (Local?) Comedian Willy Appelman made this YouTube video of things he's overheard at the coop. Coop members -- what's the craziest thing you've heard on the intercom?