An interesting look at the last seltzer bottler in New York City

I've never really enjoyed seltzer but that's probably because I've never had good seltzer, only the barely fizzy water they sell in plastic bottles at the market. This short about Gomberg Seltzer Works shows how real seltzer is made with siphon machines and how the glass bottle is crucial to maintaining the carbonated… » 3/19/15 7:29pm 3/19/15 7:29pm

When Fire Hose Water Freezes on a Smoldering Building

Yesterday's giant fire in Williamsburg, Brooklyn left a paper records warehouse in tatters. While the building is still smoldering away, the New York Fire Department has been showering it with water from all sides. The cold winter air combined with a cascade of fire hose water makes for an icy freeze that is certainly… » 2/02/15 11:45am 2/02/15 11:45am

Williamsburg Brooklyn Is Getting a Luxury Microtel Because Hipsters

Williamsburg is filled with hip restaurants, hip boutiques, hip bars, and hipsters. But if you don't live there, there aren't really any hotel options in the increasingly popular and overpriced Brooklyn neighborhood. Tourists don't want stay in Manhattan and cross the East River for their artisanal cheese needs.… » 1/15/15 4:25pm 1/15/15 4:25pm

An Eerie Portrait of Brooklyn's Former Industrial Wasteland

Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood long known for its polluted canal and not-so-desirable industrial vibe. But like many once derelict areas, it is rapidly transforming into a landing place for restaurants and young professionals. The still untamed nature of the neighborhood has been artfully captured by Miska… » 11/11/14 1:22pm 11/11/14 1:22pm

Photos of Dead Ends Are a Glimpse at Brooklyn's Roads Less Traveled

Taking pictures is a great excuse to explore your surroundings, even if it's a place you've lived all your life. In the case of David Mandl, that place is Brooklyn, the nooks and crannies of which he has been documenting for his many years as a local. » 11/06/14 2:27pm 11/06/14 2:27pm

Amazon Fresh's Same-Day Delivery to Lazies Continues NYC Metro Creep

After a soft launch in a Brooklyn neighborhood, more New Yorkers can now order Amazon Fresh. For a limited time, Amazon Prime members in certain ZIP codes will be able to get free same-day delivery of over 500,000 goods, including groceries, electronics, and items from local vendors. But there's still a ways to go. » 11/05/14 11:02am 11/05/14 11:02am

Butt Plugs, High Rent, Horses: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

A giant sex toy is enraging Paris, high rents are challenging Brooklyn's churches, and one mayoral candidate has a rather interesting idea for tackling Oakland's transportation crisis. It's What's Ruining Our Cities! » 10/26/14 2:20pm 10/26/14 2:20pm

This is how the best bagels in the world were made back in 1979

Nobody seems to know why, but it's a fact that the best bagels in the world are made in New York. This vintage video—restored by the Brooklyn Public Library—pays homage to all those guys who wake up early everyday to perpetuate the art of fresh handmade bagels. » 10/02/14 10:31pm 10/02/14 10:31pm

One Last Look at Brooklyn's Disappearing Domino Sugar Refinery

The Domino Sugar Refinery isn't long for this world—at least in its current form. Soon, this 132-year-old industrial site will be transformed into a luxury residential development that's been long-dreaded by current residents. Photographer Paul Raphaelson got a look inside the decaying refinery in its current state,… » 6/10/14 6:05pm 6/10/14 6:05pm

Photos of Fences in Brooklyn Make Urban Eyesores Beautiful

There are certain tropes you see when walking the streets of any big city, most of which are so banal they never cross your mind. Charles Johnstone makes it his photographic endeavor to catalog some of these phenomena, as in his Brooklyn Fences series. » 5/05/14 3:24pm 5/05/14 3:24pm

The Barclays Center's New Green Roof Will Muffle the Rave Noises

When Brooklyn's rustiest building, the Barclays Center, hosted a Swedish House Mafia concert last year, the noise incurred the wrath of neighbors and a hefty $3,200 fine. Now, Barclays is installing a grassy roof on its "bald spot" in an attempt to dampen bass that regularly seeps into the neighborhood—though, like… » 4/07/14 4:40pm 4/07/14 4:40pm

Hipster Beard Transplants Are All the Rage These Days

Everybody's heard of hair plugs, but did you realize you could get a full beard transplant? A growing number of men in New York and elsewhere are catching on. It's apparently becoming a very popular thing to do, especially in hipster-packed neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick. » 2/25/14 3:00pm 2/25/14 3:00pm

5 Urban Fountains Where Swimming Is Encouraged

Instead of dreading the thought of sloshing through eight feet of frozen sludge on your way home tonight, let's think ahead to summer, when we'll actually want to feel ice cold water against our faces—in some of our cities' best fountains. » 2/24/14 9:00am 2/24/14 9:00am

Joel Huerta, wearing his brother's NYPD Auxiliary vest, heads back to his own apartment after clearing the local florist's walk; there, he will continue to clear a path in what has become one of New York City's more snow-filled winters. Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. » 2/03/14 4:41pm 2/03/14 4:41pm

The Concrete Blocks at This Bakery Are Made From Empty Sacks of Flour

From afar, the walls at this Gowanus restaurant look like they're made from grey fabric—but they're actually made from concrete bricks poured into empty bags of flour from the resident bakery. Concrete masonry unit? More like cookie masonry unit! Sorry. » 1/30/14 3:20pm 1/30/14 3:20pm

This so-called Manatus map, originally drawn in 1639, is the oldest map of New York City in the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery. The prominence offered to Brooklyn, that massive land mass in the bottom middle, ought to please the hipster types. Manhattan is that little nub above it. [Untapped Cities] » 1/19/14 2:30pm 1/19/14 2:30pm

Inside the NYC Super-Factory Building America's Tallest Prefab Tower

In a corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, on a factory floor that resembles an oversized assembly line, workers are building entire apartments in days. Most New Yorkers might not realize it, but the tallest prefab building in the country—and maybe the world—is currently taking shape not far from where they live. Gizmodo… » 10/23/13 12:40pm 10/23/13 12:40pm

The Developer of China's Tallest Building Invests In Brooklyn

As growth in China proper plods along, Chinese corporations are eager to expand into foreign investments—the latest of which is centrally located in downtown Brooklyn. Greenland Holdings Group, a Shanghai-based developer, will buy the majority share in the long-beleaguered Atlantic Yards Housing Development, a $4… » 10/11/13 6:43pm 10/11/13 6:43pm

Exploding Toilet Sends Brooklyn Man to the Hospital

Bad things often happen in mysterious, inexplicable ways. Michel Pierre of Brooklyn experienced this first hand this week when he pulled the handle of his toilet, and the whole thing exploded in his face. The blast knocked him out and sent him to the hospital where he got 30 stitches. » 10/10/13 3:15pm 10/10/13 3:15pm

Tour the Restoration of a Grand 138-Year-Old Brooklyn Bank

Odds are good that if you live in the area, you've walked by the the closed Williamsburgh Savings Bank and wondered what's inside. Located just over the Williamsburg Bridge, at 175 Broadway, in Brooklyn, New York, the Beaux-Arts sty building hails from a time when banks were grand, church-like spaces. And now, after… » 10/03/13 6:00pm 10/03/13 6:00pm