So tired of this crap:

Exiting the L train onto a deserted Wyckoff Avenue, I heard a young woman in a puffy coat tell her two friends that this is the most dangerous subway stop in Brooklyn. 

[…]

I hoped these kids were wrong about the dangerousness of the area, but as I strolled past the dark chain-link fences, graffitied steel garage-doors, and single-story, windowless brick buildings that line Troutman Street, I felt like I should call the location scout for Law & Order: SVU.

[…]

All in all, it’s well worth braving that short walk down Troutman Street

You mean the walk by the Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, the fancy coffee shop, the bar/yoga studio, the concert venue, and the pizzeria under construction? You mean the walk down the block Ben Stiller just shot his new movie on? You mean the walk I’ve been doing every day for two and a half years? How brave of you! Give me a break.

This is not Bushwick 1977. This is not even Bushwick 2010. This shit is so tiresome. On the bright side, if it keeps the riff-raff out of my neighborhood, I’m okay with that.

The rest of the writeup is spot-on, though - The Rookery is pretty great.

tnvw:

I need this in my life right now.  Someone make this dream a reality.

Not a dream. It’s coming out next month!

tnvw:

I need this in my life right now.  Someone make this dream a reality.

Not a dream. It’s coming out next month!

Painful, twisted language to avoid getting sued by the NFL

The winner receives a trip to the Big Game in New York or to Hawaii to see football’s all-stars compete on the same field.

Seriously, though, fuck the NFL.

25 Breweries I’ve visited so far in November

Deschutes Brewery
Upright Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing
The Commons Brewery
Lucky Labrador Brewing
Cascade Barrel House
Base Camp Brewing
Hair of the Dog Brewing
Breakside Brewing
Galactic Brewing
Trinity Brewing
Grist Brewing
Mountain Goat Brewing
Very Nice Brewing
Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery
Prost Brewing
Denver Beer Company
Colorado Plus Brewpub
Crooked Stave Brewing
Black Shirt Brewing
Epic Brewing Company (Denver)
Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew
River North Brewery
Jagged Mountain Brewery

I need some rest.

It’s a top-down kind of day in Denver. (at City Park)

It’s a top-down kind of day in Denver. (at City Park)

Got to sit in the studio while my friend anchored the news tonight.

Got to sit in the studio while my friend anchored the news tonight.

Life as a Business Traveler, Day 5

Got home really late last night. Unpacked, repacked, went to sleep, woke up, went to vote, came back home and lugged my stuff to the office.

Spent a whopping 6 hours and 10 minutes at home, and won’t be back again until Sunday afternoon.

Definitely sleeping on the plane this afternoon.

breakingnews:

FAA to expand rules on gadget use during flights
AP: The FAA announced Thursday that airlines can safely allow passengers to expand their use of portable electronics during all phases of flight. 
Cellphone calls will still be prohibited.
Photo: A passenger plays solitaire on their smartphone with their device on airplane mode. (via NBC News) 

Ugh. This is going to be a joy to deal with, since I’m flying on no less than six flights in the next eight days, and there’s absolutely no way the airlines are going to have their protocol in place for a while, but typical entitled airline passengers are going to be all like “HEY I READ IN THE NEWS THAT I CAN DO THIS NOW AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME.”

breakingnews:

FAA to expand rules on gadget use during flights

AP: The FAA announced Thursday that airlines can safely allow passengers to expand their use of portable electronics during all phases of flight. 

Cellphone calls will still be prohibited.

Photo: A passenger plays solitaire on their smartphone with their device on airplane mode. (via NBC News) 

Ugh. This is going to be a joy to deal with, since I’m flying on no less than six flights in the next eight days, and there’s absolutely no way the airlines are going to have their protocol in place for a while, but typical entitled airline passengers are going to be all like “HEY I READ IN THE NEWS THAT I CAN DO THIS NOW AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME.”

A morning

New York really, really wants me to leave.

This morning, I was trying to go through one of those high turnstiles at my subway stop, and someone several people before me apparently didn’t swipe properly. Since I was last in a line of people trying to rush to get onto a train that had just pulled into the station, the person in front of me unknowingly used my swipe, and I couldn’t get in.

Since there’s no token agent at that entrance, I had to walk three blocks to a staffed entrance. During that two-minute walk, I heard three trains enter and leave the station underneath me. When I finally plead my case and the station agent let me in, a train was just pulling out… and the next train - during rush hour - didn’t show up for another ten minutes.

Naturally, that train was packed to the brim and a guy standing behind me kept elbowing me the entire ride to Union Square.

When I transferred to head uptown, I was relieved when an express train pulled into the station. As I stepped in, though, something seemed horribly wrong. Something didn’t smell right. As the doors closed behind me, I realized what the smell was, and discovered the source of it as I turned to my right. A homeless woman was sitting on a bench seat, with nobody around her, and there was shit smeared all over the bench. It was undoubtedly the most disgusting thing I have witnessed in my ten years of riding the subway in New York.

I don’t understand how anyone was taking it in stride, but there were a lot of people in that car, and nearly all of us bailed after an agonizing ride from Union Square to Herald Square.

I was complaining before about how I’m out of town for all but one of the next ten days. Now I can’t wait to leave.

Still my all-time favorite defacing of MTA property.

Still my all-time favorite defacing of MTA property.

nycgov:

Good news for Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) A train subway riders in the Rockaways and Howard Beach and R subway riders in Brooklyn: Fares are suspended all day today for Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary. More info here.

Probably the dumbest thing ever done by a Governor who’s shown time and time again he doesn’t give a damn about transit and has absolutely no idea how it works.

More than half of all subway riders use monthly Metrocards. Most daily riders - who were most affected by the Sandy-related service outages on the A and the R - use a monthly or weekly Metrocard. So what good does suspending the fares for a day do for them? Absolutely nothing.

Cuomo is completely tone deaf on this. He actually had the nerve to brag about this as though it’s some gift to people who use the subway every day. It’s not.

You know what is a gift? Getting the state to fully fund the MTA so they don’t have to balance their books on the backs of their riders. But somehow, that’s not on Cuomo’s agenda.

(via bobbycaputo)

Three days!

Three days!

Just reminding myself all day today that I have a four-day week because I’m heading to Portland this weekend.

It’s just a silly Internet quiz, but it sure didn’t do much to dispel my suspicions that I belong on the West coast.

It’s just a silly Internet quiz, but it sure didn’t do much to dispel my suspicions that I belong on the West coast.

One of those mornings when you look out the window and feel glad to be in New York.

One of those mornings when you look out the window and feel glad to be in New York.