FreeWilliamsburg is ‘the granddaddy of Brooklyn blogs’


Brick Underground did an overview of New York’s essential neighborhood sites. They called FreeWilliamsburg the granddaddy of Brooklyn blogs, but I prefer “the original” Brooklyn blog:

At this point, Free Williamsburg—essentially the granddaddy of Brooklyn blogs, having launched back in ’99—is arguably the most dependable part of its rapidly-transforming namesake neighborhood. They continue to occupy the sweet spot between utter disillusionment and unquestioning boosterism in what seems like the world’s most talked-about ‘hood, and bring us important breaking news about things like the existence of a song called “Bushwick Girls.”

Inhofe’s Greatest Climate Change Denial Hits

James Inhofe

James Inhofe making decisions about climate change legislation could be the most depressing thing about the GOP taking control of the Senate. I wrote a little piece for The Huffington Post on the matter:

As you’ve likely heard, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe — author of “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future” — is the Republicans’ first choice to head the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policy. If Inhofe becomes head of Environment and Public Works Committee, I’m not sure which will be the larger irony: the fact that he considers climate change a myth or that his middle name is “Mountain.” We’d likely be better off with the creators of Prius Repellent running this important climate committee.

Inhofe, after all, voted against federal disaster relief for Sandy and has compared the EPA to the Gestapo. And given the latest climate report by the United Nations, the timing could not be worse. In fact, Inhofe thinks the UN invented the idea of climate change to “shut down the machine called America.

While other Republicans are mocked for dodging the the truth about climate change — I’m not a scientist — Inhofe thinks the topic is a moot point. “Nobody has uttered the term ‘global warming’ since 2009,” he says. This assertion, while intensely dumb, is actually less embarrassing than others he’s made in the past. Here’s a collection of his wisdom on the topic:

Don’t worry about climate change, Jesus is in charge.

• God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

Read the rest on The Huffington Post. Or just skip it and go coal rollin:

Gentrification Tales


I wrote a short little thing on gentrification and, uh, The Village Idiot for Curbed:

When I moved to Williamsburg in 1996, there was little to do on Bedford Avenue other than eat really good massaman curry at a hole-in-the-wall called Plan-Eat Thai, or dodge the cracked-out prostitutes who haunted the streets south of Metropolitan Avenue. (They’d chase you if you walked too slowly.) My shared, two-bedroom apartment, steps from the subway, was $900 a month, but still felt overpriced on a minimum wage salary from The Strand. Bored, I often found myself venturing into the city at night and quickly became a local at the aptly named Meatpacking District dive, The Village Idiot. The place was filthy. The bottles behind the bar were buried in bras. The music was of the rowdy, George Jones variety. If you got bored watching the Tonya Harding sex tape that looped on the monitors, you could buy a goldfish for a buck to feed to the snapping turtles in the aquarium up front. But best of all, it was cheap. In fact, on slow nights the bartenders would feed me drinks, free of charge, so they wouldn’t have to drink alone. [Read more...]



Robert Lanham is the Founding Editor of FREEwilliamsburg:

FREEwilliamsburg was established in 1999 by Robert Lanham, the founder, editor, and web master of the site. FREEwilliamsburg was the first publication to cover the growing arts community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is the parent site of The Hipster Handbook. Since its inception as a Geocities site, the site has featured the writing and creative talent of dozens of individuals including Bret Nicely, Brian Ries, Lisa Baldini, Elizabeth Brady, Alexander Laurence, J. Stefan Cole, Dave Thomas, Cindy Price, and countless others and has featured interviews with artists and bands including Jonathan Lethem, The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, and Bret Easton Ellis. The website has been mentioned in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The New York Observer, among others, and was recently called an essential New York blog by New York magazine.