Counter Intel


I’ve been enjoying New York mag’s newish online feature, Daily Intel. NYM shuns the term, but let’s call a spade a spade: it’s a blog, albeit, a well-crafted, content-rich blog, but a blog nonetheless. The focus is all things New York, which is edited by Jesse Oxfeld. He used to be one of the main writers for Gawker back when that media gossip blog was clever (why he was let go is beyond me, but Gawker’s loss has been New York mag’s gain…). My favorite regular item is of course Neighborhood Watch, which culls short, snappy snippets from the world of local minutiae. To wit, today’s nabe watch:


A new fitness center for Coney Island’s beach.
Photo: Kinetic Carnival

Carroll Gardens: Starting in February, you can find Smith and Vine at its new location, 268 Smith Street. [A Brooklyn Life]
Chelsea: How should the lovely General Theological Seminary develop its property at 175 Ninth Avenue? Comment at the community-board meeting tonight. [Living With Legends]
Clinton Hill: Want to open a wine shop? Cheese shop? Coffee shop? Bookshop? There’s some retail space available on Greene Avenue. [Clinton Hill Blog]
Coney Island: It’s nice to see new stuff on the beach (above), but why is it always fitness related? [Kinetic Carnival]
Union Square: It doesn’t matter that she can’t really sing. When Neysa belts out old Madonna songs on the L-train platform, people bob their heads and smile. [Gridskipper]
Williamsburg: Hipster music mecca McCarren Pool among roster of city pools to be considered next week at public hearing for landmark status. Beirut and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, step up and testify! [Gowanus Lounge]

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