No Sleep Til Brooklyn

Craigslist Poster Wants to Help You Live Out Your ‘Girls’ Fantasies

(Photo: Girls Wikia)

If you’ve recently moved to New York City solely to live out your Girls-themed fantasies (hi!), your apartment hunt is now over. There’s a distressing post on Craigslist looking for one lucky person to pay $1,500 a month for a room in Williamsburg. It already comes furnished with a Hannah (who probably becomes more aggravating as your lease progresses), and a gay roommate “with a penchant for backhanded compliments.” Shut up. Read More

Digital City

New York City Is So Startup It Now Has a Chief Analytics Officer

Bon voyage and happy trails. (Photo: Screencap)

Today Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address. Amid wisecracks about the Knowles-Carter family (you might know Barclays Center part owner Shawn Carter “by what he’s been called since the Super Bowl: Beyoncé’s husband”), Hizzoner had plenty to say about the city’s tech sector. Hey, he can’t let President Obama totally blow up his spot.

Below, a few of the big shout-outs: Read More

Copycats

Paulo Coelho, Author of The Alchemist, Briefly Ripped Off an NYC Startup

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Paulo Coehlo, the highly-acclaimed Brazilian novelist behind The Alchemist, has more than 10 million “likes” on his Facebook page and almost 7 million followers on Twitter. A few hours ago, all those social media fans saw Mr. Coehlo share a manifesto on Facebook and Twitter. He also made it the background of his Twitter profile.

Since Mr. Coehlo included his name in big, red font at the bottom of the post, his followers could be forgiven for assuming he had written it. However, the manifesto is actually the copyrighted work of Holstee, a New York City-based lifestyle goods company that describes itself as “pursuing our dream for a sustainable & united planet.”  Read More

No Sleep Til

Despite Its Rusting Hulk Exterior, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Is High-Tech

Behold the behemoth! (Photo: flickr.com/mtaphotos

It might look like an oil carrier abandoned on a forgotten shore, but the Verge reports that the recently opened Barclays Center is actually something of a technological showcase. The Internet: It’s not just for Manhattan anymore!

According to the Verge, you won’t just be able to get 3G and LTE reception, which is already an improvement over many massive structures. There’s also free Wifi available throughout the stadium. That’s good news for all you music buffs out there, because it means there’ll be a ton of footage from the concerts later this month–Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, the Who, Barbra Steisand–available on YouTube for approximately two hours before the copyright bots start playing whack-a-mole. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Tech Savvy Tomato Plants Edition

Yum. (Photo: flickr.com/straight-nochaser)

Rejoice! Voicemail is on its way out. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, voicemail. [USA Today]

Leave it to a bunch of Brooklynites to rig a way for their tomato crop to wirelessly transmit soil information. [Wired]

Brace for incoming gadget announcements. [L.A. Times]

Whither Twitter? [PandoDaily]

“Known I was a dragon since 1996. Happily married and happy in my identity: it’s made sense of a lot of things for me.” You’re welcome. [@TumblrTXT]

Make It So

Park Slope Patrick Stewart is Your New Favorite Tumblr

(Photo: Park Slope Patrick Stewart)

Dear readers, have you heard the good news? The devilishly handsome Patrick Stewart–Shakespearean scholar and he of Star Trek: The Next Generation glory–has nestled himself between the hip young parents and NYU students in a new apartment in Park Slope.

Naturally, the neighborhood worked itself into a tizzy awaiting the arrival (via transporter, we assume) of the Captain Picard. And now that he’s there, one Park Sloper has chosen to immortalize his new residency the only way Brooklynites know how: with a single-serving Tumblr, of course. Read More

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

SoundCloud Hands Out Fellowships to Three New Yorkers

Mr. Noël (Photo: SoundCloud)

SoundCloud, the agreed-upon poster child for Berlin’s burgeoning startup scene, has been making aggressive moves here in the New World over the last year. So it came as no surprise when the company reached out to let us know that three users from “The city of Brooklyn/NYC” (so it’s come to this!) had fared well in the second annual Community Fellowship competition.

The local winners are a motley crew: Amy Costello of Brooklyn won support for her new investigative podcast, TinySpark, which focuses on “the business of doing good.” Nadia Wilson, also of Brooklyn, submitted a project called “From Hear to There,” about travels across the city. The third winner, Jonathan Mitchell (not a Brooklynite, but a Manhattan-dweller) wants to reinvent the radio play with his show The Truth.

We reached out to David Noël, SoundCloud’s head of community and the man behind the program, for a bit more detail about what went into the selection process. Read More