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Thursday
Nov102011

Whassup: Fun in the Dark Edition

Going to 11 (via wallpapergravity.com)

Now that it's getting dark at 5:00, I'm pretty sure that means you can start drinking at 4:00. And the descent of early evenings doesn't have to mean you stay at home crying in the darkness EVERY night. Come on out for some post-daylight saving's fun. It's Whassup: Fun in the Dark Edition:

* Friday, Nov. 11: None More Eleven, Rock Shop: Well, this is pretty brilliant. The Rock Shop celebrates 11/11/11 with a tribute to Spinal Tap. If you don't know why that's appropriate, then you probably wouldn't be interested, so I won't explain. Come check out a heap of musicians covering "Big Bottom" and other choice bits from the catalogue of one of England's loudest bands. 8pm, $10. 

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Thursday
Nov102011

How to research the history of your Brooklyn abode

Curious to know when your apartment building was constructed, or who the hell lived there in the years before you, and what they were like? Or why your street is named Schermerhorn?

The NYPL has put together a list of resources to help you piece together the history of your New York City casa.

[Via Gothamist]

 

Thursday
Nov102011

Rumorsville: Is PS 321 plagued with lice? 

Not entirely sure how accurate this is since I don't have kiddies, nor do I directly know any kiddies who go to PS 321 -- BUT -- word on the street is the joint is jumpin' with lice.

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Thursday
Nov102011

NBBL Gloats About Bike Lane Scrap, while I 8-Ball Their Asses

As you may have read in my last PPW West Bike Lane post, The Department of Transportation took blame for the scrapping of the Plaza Street bike lane, explaining that "the agency will not install the new lane this year due to 'the scope' of a bigger Grand Army Plaza project, which includes a new stop light and an expansion of the farmer’s market area."

But now, Neighbors for Better Bullshit Bike Lanes is actually taking credit for the DOT's scrap of the project. The two-way lane was going to be part of a complete overhaul to Grand Army Plaza and an essential connector to the hotly-contested PPW bike lanes.  FIPS reader Doug made us aware of this Daily News article concerning the Plaza Street scrap. His accompanying message was also spot on:

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Vexed in Park Slope: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same Edition 

New York Public Library

Welcome to Vexed in Park Slope -- a new column about every day things that FIPS would have reported on had FIPS existed in the 19th and early 20th centuries. All stories come from the NYTimes online archives, so if you don't believe one, look it up. 

The object of today’s edition of Vexed in Park Slope (or VIPS) is straightforward – rid the reader of any notion that our current favorite things to complain about are somehow particular to the present era. Lest anyone think that dating horror stories, real estate envy and stroller-clogged streets will pass, ushering us into a golden age of total Brooklyn awesomeness, think again.

We’ll always have stuff to whine about. The same stuff we did in "ye olde times," as it turns out.

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