Spring weather means picnics, concerts in the park and all manner of socializing after a long winter indoors with your Netflix. Which means you’ll need something to talk about (other than the weather). Before you head to the party, check out our 10 favorite in-depth Brooklyn tales from the past thirty days.
1. The Mama of “Marry Your Baby Daddy Day” Gets Cold Feet
Longtime Brooklynites may remember Marry Your Baby Daddy Day, a 10-couple wedding extravaganza at Borough Hall held a few years back. You might be surprised to learn what the woman behind MYBDD is up to now.
2. Brooklyn’s Weird Wacky-Tobacky Harvest of 1951
In the summer of 1951, New York City was consumed by two things: the Subway Series and the city’s mysterious cache of 41,000 pounds of weed.
3. The Accidental Marathoner
Have you heard the one about the illegal immigrant who moved to Brooklyn, and on his first day here accidentally ran the New York Marathon?
4. Imagining a New Atlantic Avenue
Streetsblog wonders what Brooklyn’s most dangerous boulevard could be like if Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan actually encourages drivers to slow the eff down!
5. A Floating Link to Brooklyn’s Past
How The Lehigh Valley No. 79, a 100-year-old railroad barge, has been repurposed to house a nautical museum here in Brooklyn.
6. The Empire Lights Back Up
If you’ve seen the Empire State Building’s most recent nighttime light shows from across the East River, you may be wondering just who the heck is in charge over there.
7. Brooklyn’s Dollar Vans Will Not Yield
8. Canners vs. the City
New York has never before been home to more canners–people who collect bottles and cans and redeem them for a nickel apiece at redemption centers or supermarkets.
9. Please Punch Me
Along the DUMBO waterfront, one fear-ridden father corners his midlife crisis by enticing an ex-con boxing champ into the ring for the bout of a lifetime.
10. On the Brink in Brownsville
Brownsville is just eight miles east of Manhattan’s southern tip—but it can feel like a whole different city.