ARCHIVE FOR February, 2013


Posted by Deirdre // 02-20-2013


Editor’s Note: As you’ll soon learn, I’m on vacation, which is why this post is about a 5-day old article you’ve undoubtedly already read and why the formatting sucks, because I’m doing this all on my iPad. Apologies.

I’m on vacation this week and have hardly launched a screen, I’m proud to say, except to complain about the Downton finale (seriously?!). My sister in law arrived Monday, so did read the paper this weekend and said, “Did you see that article in the Styles section? It’s your blog!”

Of course I immediately sort of panicked that I had missed something major, but then I really enjoyed snickering at most of the piece, Creating Hipsturbia, while sitting on the beach, screen in hand. First of all, it’s not totally the blog but it is a part of it, about making a scene your own where you land, even if it is in suburbia. The rest of it hit a bit close to the cool vs uncool discussion from a few weeks ago, with talk of tattoos and mutton chops and made me feel embarrassed to have ever made that what-is-cool-type commentary. It is also at times so obnoxious that it might make you embarrassed just to live in Brooklyn, or to be one of the people who moved from Brooklyn to one of the River Towns that make up most of the content of the piece. Whether they’re talking about how Brooklyn is so over, like “the last three days of Burning Man” or how these towns have become so “Brooklyn” because of things like farm to table restaurants, vegan bakeries and name-dropped cocktails (I looked up Fernet Branca for anyone, like me, who didn’t know what it was). It was a bit much. Read More…


The Conundrum Lives5

Posted by Deirdre // 02-12-2013


So yesterday I was busy working my (husband’s) coop shift, starving as I was bagging up some Marcona Almonds in the basement – the kind with the skin on, in salt and olive oil – soooo good. Anyway, I took a SUPER quick break to check email and noticed a major uptick in subscriptions to the blog – usually there’s barely a trickle of them over a week, and there were lots in a few hours. My traffic was through the roof (relatively speaking, of course).

Where to?

Where to?

Turns out, as all of you new subscribers know (hi!), there was the all-too-familiar post on PSP (you have to be a member to view the link – sorry) about needing more space for less money, a place that’s commutable and walkable, and wondering if it exists in Brooklyn. Someone then kindly mentioned bklyn or beyond.

Over the course of the blog’s existence we’ve covered lots of alt Brooklyn hoods including Bed StuyRed HookBay RidgeLeffertsGreenwood Heights and Greenpoint. There’s also plenty of stuff on the burbs of course, and some inspiring posts on beyond (le sigh). The bklyn or beyond list serve – almost 5 years old! – has a ton of questions and answers from our over 700 members, so if you’re looking for really specific information, that’s a good place to go too.

So where are you thinking about – no farther than a subway ride? Commuter train? Close enough to telecommute and come in to the city (New York, that is) every once in a while? Or leaving it all behind for the mountains? Let us know!