food
I Ate Wasps and Scorpions at New York’s First Bug Eating Festival

A single seared shrimp sat atop a scoop of mashed avocado with a healthy scoop of salty black specks overflowing onto the plate beside it. If I didn’t already know what I had gotten myself into, I would have been certain the topping was caviar—each spot popped just like a sturgeon egg might have. But rather than fishiness came an alien citrus flavour unlike any meat I’d ever tasted. After all, I was eating black ants. Read More >>

architecture
Brooklyn is Actually Going to Build This Awesome Megascraper

Can we pause for just a minute to commend the fine people of Brooklyn for approving such a good-looking building as the new tallest structure in their fair borough? Read More >>

architecture
This Super-Futuristic Skyscraper for Brooklyn Will Probably Never Get Built

An awesome-looking 73-storey tower planned for downtown Brooklyn could add hundreds of apartments to a city that desperately needs more housing. Too bad the proposal will likely be denied. Read More >>

drones
Watch a Drone Fly Through Christmas Fireworks in California

Fireworks make every holiday better. And drone footage makes every fireworks display better. So when you combine all three, the results are the best. Read More >>

wtf
Hipster Beard Transplants are all the Rage These Days

Everybody's heard of hair plugs, but did you realize you could get a full beard transplant? A growing number of men in New York and elsewhere are catching on. It's apparently becoming a very popular thing to do, especially in hipster-packed neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bushwick. Read More >>

architecture
The Concrete Blocks at This Bakery are Made From Empty Sacks of Flour

From afar, the walls at this Gowanus restaurant look like they're made from grey fabric—but they're actually made from concrete bricks poured into empty bags of flour from the resident bakery. Concrete masonry unit? More like cookie masonry unit! Sorry. Read More >>

architecture
Tour the Restoration of a Grand 138 Year Old Brooklyn Bank

Located just over the Williamsburg Bridge, at 175 Broadway, in Brooklyn, New York, is the closed Williamsburg Savings Bank. The domed building hails from a time when banks were grand, church like spaces. Now, after years of deterioration, the space is finally being restored, as a social hub intended for the burgeoning community that is Williamsburg. Read More >>

art
Trade Whatever You’ve Got for Whatever You Want with the Swap-O-Matic

The Swap-O-Matic is a New York based art project designed to "remind us that reusing and recycling can be just as fun as buying something new." It works on a credit system—donating an item earns you a credit, receiving an item costs you a credit, and swapping is credit-neutral. Swapping is done by removing an item, replacing it with yours, and then entering your email address for confirmation. Read More >>