Back in May, when Bloomberg signed a law into effect increasing fines against taxi drivers who refused to take passengers where they want to go, we hoped that the problem of getting a cab to Brooklyn would get better.
According to a new study done by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, things are still pretty much shit. Paying student $10 an hour to pose as cab riders, the TLC study revealed that roughly 27 percent of the time, cab drivers refused to go to the outer boroughs. That's about 1,330 yellow cabs hailed, and 361 riders denied.
Here at FiPS headquarters, we have rows of comfy couches, unlimited coffee and an open mic night once a week. Sometimes, people write all over the walls of our bathroom, which we sometimes consider charging people to use. If our office sounds less like an office and more like a coffee shop, then you're not as drunk as I thought you were. We don't have an office. But we do like to gather with co-workers, get plastered and make out and/or tell each other how we really feel.
Are you also without an office? Lucky enough to avoid Grand Central or the jampacked 4/5 train on a weekday at 8:30AM? If so, join FiPS and our friends at fellow BK blogs The Skint, Brokelyn and Brooklyn Based for a "No Office Holiday Party" at Littlefield on Thursday, December 15th.
The original "Harlem Renaissance" was a literary and broader cultural movement, led by figures like Langston Hughes, that wrestled with deep political and racial themes. The modern "Harlem Renaissance" is apparently more about becoming Park Slope II.
Hooray for Harlem?
This comes from a story in the Times about the increasingly-gentrified 'hood of Harlem's backlash against a new (yet old school-looking) liquor store. The new place, which has the accoutrement of '70's and '80's Harlem (bullet-proof Plexiglass! Garish signs! Cheap whine! Insufficient pretension!), set up shop at Lenox and 119th, and was cask-blocked by a neighborhood association for failing to be... more like Park Slope.
Last week, an anonymous FiPS reader sent us this photo of a dude in a Hazmat suit going into John Jay HS on 7th Avenue.
Anyone want to guess what the fuck is going on?
My money's on a white-headed capuchin monkey carrying a deadly disease that was illegally brought into Park Slope, to which only Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman can save us and the rest of the human race from.