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Wednesday
Oct292014

FIPS CARES: And Did You Know Penn Station Wasn't Always A Dump?

Photo by Aaron Rose courtesy of the MCNY

Little disclaimer: A version of this post ran on Untapped Cities yesterday to commemorate the 51st anniversary of Penn Station's demolition. It also ran to help promote the Kickstarter campaign for my show called The Eternal Space. My hope is that you'll read on and consider backing. We can use all the help we can get even a dollar or five bucks will get us one step closer to our goal. I promise it's a great show involving architecture, photography, NYC history and of course, Penn Station. Oh and we have really cool backer rewards. Check it out! If nothing else look at some of the amazing pics of Penn's demolition we turned up... Ok, onto the post...

51 years ago yesterday, construction crews pulled up to the 33rd Street entrance to New York City’s Beaux-Arts marvel, Pennsylvania Station with orders to begin its three-year demolition. The station was only 53 years old and covered two full-city blocks, making it the largest indoor public space in the world. The bankrupt Pennsylvania Railroad was forced to sell their air rights prompting the company to move its rail operation down into an ill-conceived basement station barely a third the original station’s size. Any of you who have ever had to travel into or out of the current Penn Station know just what kind of hellhole it can be. 

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Going Once… Going Twice… Lyceum SOLD! To Somebody Who Apparently Has a Better Lawyer Than the Previous Owner

FIPS received an email from the Lyceum announcing that the building had finally been sold at auction, but that “…we hope to get it back as the legal dust settles.” What exactly is this “dust?” How will it settle? This dust has been swirling, Pig-Pen-like, around the Lyceum for like 10 years. Sometimes the dust takes the form of endless, incomprehensible emails from the Lyceum’s owner, Eric Richmond. For example, the most recent one was 900+ words, virtually none of which form sentences that make any sense to me. And it includes a melodramatic turn of phrase that might more likely be applied to the trial of an accused serial killer -- “[Judge] Craig's odd and blinkered decisions and her blatant denial of due process raise chilling concerns” – than to a judge ruling on a real estate case.

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Tuesday
Oct282014

What's Going On With The Key Food on 11th & 5th?

If you know me (which you don't) you know that I am fundamentally opposed to Jo, Brian & Joseph's Key Food on the corner of 11th and 5th.

The employees are categorically surly, I hate that little alcove with the creepy steps where they keep the beer and I find that the shelves are too high for me to do most of my shopping (I can't reach about 80% of the things I would actually want to purchase). I also don't know who Jo, Brian OR Joseph is, but I can tell you that if I were them, I would be embarrassed as heck to have a grocery store named after me. And a tiny shitty one that smells of something terrible yet indistinguishable at that.

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Friday
Oct242014

Top Five Reasons Why Park Slope Residents Will Not Get Ebola

via @KoolrPix/Twitter

Unless you've been trapped in a closet for the past 24 hours, you are probably well aware that the first case of Ebola has surfaced in New York City. Long story short, Dr. Craig Spencer, a 33 year old Harlem doctor who who recently treated Ebola victims in Africa while volunteering with Doctors Without Borders, was monitoring his own conidition and immediately called the authorities when he developed a fever on Thursday morning. What's got everybody up in arms are reports that he felt "sluggish" in the preceding days, but still went bowling in Williamsburg on Wednesday night.

Naturally, everyone is all EHRMAGEHRD, I MIGHT GET EBOLA BECAUSE ONE NEW YORKER HAS IT AND HE WENT BOWLING AND TOOK THE SUBWAY AND CALLED AN UBER AND WHY DID HE DO THAT WHEN HE FELT SLUGGISH!!!

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Friday
Oct242014

[SPONSORED] Be the First Person in Your Neighborhood to Drive a car2go

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Sponsored By car2go.

car2go will get you to where you need to be: just take it, drive it, park it. It's fun, saves money and helps the environment.

Created By BlankSlate

On Saturday, October 25, as you emerge from your apartments to go to brunch or shop at the farmer’s market, you may start to see a strange sight on the streets of Brooklyn. Those tiny new cars you’ll see parked everywhere don’t mean that your neighborhood has suddenly become gentrified by hobbits — they’re the first sign that car2go has come to Brooklyn.

These compact wonders are fun to drive, easy to park, and have extremely low CO2 emissions. They’re perfect for all sorts of city trips: errands, shopping, commuting, a quick, one-way trip across town. Live in Williamsburg and you want to meet up with friends at Union Hall in Park Slope? Need to go to Home Depot to pick up supplies for your Prospect Heights apartment? Itching to go for a run along the Shore Parkway in Bay Ridge? Just grab a car and go.

Want to try it for free? All you need is a car2go membership and you’ll be ready to find a car in your vicinity, drive where you want, and at the end of your trip, leave the car it parked in a legal space anywhere in your home area. For a limited time, signing up for a membership is free, and comes with 30 minutes of free driving. Since there is no monthly membership fee — you only pay for the minutes you drive — that’s basically a free chance to try driving one of these stylish car2go cars for yourself.

Check out car2go’s website for FAQs on signing up, driving, and parking. Sign up now while it’s still free (Promo code: BKLYN), and get 30 minutes of free driving!