Is The L Train Running? Yes, Much Better Now Actually

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Every straphanger knows about the L train. The (in)famous line that connects the 14th Street corridor of Manhattan with its parallel neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Bushwick and many other Brooklyn neighborhoods has its stories. 

For some, it is the public transportation reason why Brooklyn has revamped itself as the borough to be in. For others, its service is a running joke (search: L train to Bedford Avenue, any given Saturday or Friday night, lack of personal space). 

Exhibit A: "Oh, the L train isn't running this weekend? Great."

But, as of today, those woes may soon be a thing of the past. The MTA, in recognition of the L train's immense popularity, is adding 98 weekly trips for your commuting pleasure: 16 more each weekday, 11 more on Sunday and 7 additional rides on Saturday.

Who said bureaucracy was so inefficient?
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New York City's New Boro Taxis Are Green -- Apple Green, That Is

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Sam Levin
The new "apple green" Boro Taxi, unveiled at City Hall this morning.
It's not lime green, not key lime pie green, not sea-foam green, nor is it chartreuse. Nope. The city's new taxi for upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, unveiled this morning, is apple green.

The mayor's office emphasized this specific shade of green at a press conference at City Hall this morning by having a basket of green apples on site and one prop apple at the podium that speakers could hold on to and toss in the air if they wanted, to emphasize that this new taxi is in fact "apple" green -- a topic of much debate among reporters in attendance.

In front of the steps of City Hall, the mayor's office took the cover off a model of the new taxi, which looks a lot like the yellow taxis, only it's (apple) green.

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Manhattan Has the Most Hipsters, According to Not Very Scientific Survey

According to an important statistical analysis of New York City's hipster makeup, you may be incorrect if you've held to the common perception that Brooklyn is New York's hipster-est borough. In fact, the survey suggests that there may be significantly more hipsters in...Manhattan. WTF, survey?

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The McCarren Park 'Hipster' Christmas Tree Gets Some Upgrades

Yesterday we noted, thanks to New York Shitty and the L Magazine, that there was a Christmas tree "growing" in Brooklyn. Made of PBRs implanted in a tree-shape in the McCarren Park fence at Bedford and North 12th, plus red and green painted sneakers, a star made of Metrocards, plastic bags, tinsel, and other found items, the tree was immediately dubbed the "Hipster Christmas Tree," partly because of the PBR, partly because of its location, and partly because the word hipster is bandied about like a pair of sweat socks at a Dirty Christmas party.

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Brooklyn's Cheapness Increasingly More Myth Than Fact

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NYC the Blog
Crappy overpriced apartments: no longer just for Manhattanites!
One of the biggest advantages of living in Brooklyn is the cheaper rents. While your Manhattan friends boast of their walks to work and how they never have to wait 30 minutes for a late-night subway, you, a Brooklynite, smugly sit back and ponder your cheap rent and spacious apartment. Not so fast, though, because a new report shows that Brooklyn rents on average are higher than you'd think.

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Williamsburg Totally Hearts Park Slope (Not Really)

Remember when the boroughs were sending each other love and/or hate notes? Hate is a certain kind of love, no? Anyway, now the neighborhoods have gotten involved. Specifically, Williamsburg, which has its own share of PR issues but is lashing out at Park Slope and telling it where it truly belongs, as evidenced by this photo snapped by New York Shitty's Miss Heather at North 3rd Street. It's unclear whether this missive is meant toward the entire neighborhood of Park Slope or Park Slopers invading Williamsburg, but it's sort of like the hipster calling the kettle a kettle. We imagine these unlikely bedfellows are united, at the very least, in their dislike of Manhattan. [NewYorkShitty]

Everybody Is Making Posters About Their Boroughs Now! Updated

Dear Everyone,

Continuing in the printed fun begun by a Brooklyn print shop hatin' on Manhattan and a Manhattanite hatin' back, we have more graphic fun! Everyone wants to represent their borough! Everybody wants in on the action! We are a wordy, poster-happy peoples. Laughing Squid offers up the one at right, from Dog and Pony Show, representing the borough left behind:

Aw, Staten Island! You're so cute sometimes.

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Manhattan Tells Brooklyn to Suck It

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Dear Boroughs,

Last week we wrote of a "lighthearted jab at that other borough across the river," for sale on Etsy from the Fourth Floor Print Shop. In it, Brooklyn told Manhattan that it was ugly and, basically, that it was over it. Manhattan has now written back, or at least, one Manhattanite has. James Campbell Taylor sent us his "considered response" (at right) which is not available on Etsy -- but you can buy it from his site.

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Here Is a Lovely Gift for Someone Who Lives in Brooklyn and Hates Manhattan

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What, you wanna start trouble? If so, this is available on Etsy, via the Fourth Floor Print Shop, for the cost of a whole lotta PBRs (translation: $24, plus shipping and handling). The vivid yet relaxing blue color and epistolary style belie the fact that this 16-by-20-inch "lighthearted jab at that other borough across the river" is really just a fancy F.U., "screen printed by hand in Brooklyn with archival non-toxic ink," INDEED. How Brooklyn. If you buy or have already bought one, please tell us what you do with it (Hey, it's been liked more than 360 times on Facebook already)! If you live in Manhattan and are planning a counter-attack in signage, please tell us, too. Sincerely, Us. [JDoll // @thisisjendoll]