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America’s New Favorite Game

Posted: October 27, 2011 by Keith Stone in awesome, Brooklyn, hipsters, trick or treat

If you’re like me and you hate hipsters but love Halloween, there’s a great new website out there for you. It’s Halloween or Williamsburg, which may be my favorite game since Guess Her Muff [NSFW]. It’s damn hard to tell a hipster apart from somebody that’s overdoing it with their costume, but let’s play a little practice game. Pretend I’m Chuck Woolery from Love Connection.

“Did you say Halloween costume? Oooooooooooh, I’m sorry this hipster works at Foot Locker. Yes, at Foot Lockers in Williamsburg the referee shirts are colored like a rainbow and employees are also required to wear a vest and spandex combo.”

“If you said Williamsburg…………’re right! This young man is returning from visiting his mother in the hospital.”

“And finally, for the grand prize of a year’s supply of skinny jeans from American Apparel, if you said Williamsburg, I’m sorry. Sorry that you’re going to have more skinny jeans than you’re going to know what to do with! Of course, you could always turn the jeans into an art project decrying the gentrification of America!

This gentleman is about to take a very lucky lady out on a first date. Bet he at least gets to second base! Who wouldn’t want to get a piece of  that brilliant mustache? That’s all for today! Join us next time on………………………..Halloween or Williamsburg!”

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a piece on Grantland about the scam Bruce Ratner pulled on New York to get his massive development built in Brooklyn under the guise of moving the Nets and helping the community. It’s been under-the-radar for a long time but I think this is the most informative article I’ve read about the subject. Even our own resident Nets fan, Rory, said, “Ratner being an asshole is nothing new.” Make sure to check it out.

As if the Barclays Center hasn’t had enough problems in the past with local resentment, plan delays, hurried redesigns, financial shortcomings, broken promises, and even rampant illegal parking, the construction site of the Nets’ new arena has sent rats scurrying about the neighborhood. Of course rats are running away from the Barclays Center. They don’t want to see the Nets play as much as the next guy.

Nets minority owner and developer, Bruce Ratner, has been offering rat-proof garbage cans to local residents but that’s been about as helpful as signing Anthony Morrow. Rats are still invading people’s homes and cars (gross) but at least cats are happy.

The Atlantic Yards plan has been plagued since Day 1. It’s all been part of a complex scheme for Ratner to build residential and office towers in the area and purchase the land for cheap, but it’s been nothing but bad for people who live in the area. Did anyone really want the Nets to move to Brooklyn? It’s not the second coming of the Dodgers. They should stay in Newark.

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