We have an exciting announcement to make: We are moving to a new commenting system! We hope regular Brownstoner readers, who have experienced so many frustrations with the current system, will be as thrilled as we are to hear it. The rollover will start tonight at 6 pm. We don’t expect any downtime, but you may experience a few hiccups during the process. On Wednesday morning, registered users will receive an email about the update asking them to set up their passwords again. Please be patient with us during the transition. Fingers crossed third time is the charm.
Please welcome our summer intern, Megan Cerullo. She has written for Elle.com and The Martha’s Vineyard Times and has worked as a photography assistant and location scout. She lives in Brooklyn Heights.
We’re shutting down early today and will be back Tuesday. Enjoy the long weekend!
Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we are turning to the pressing task of finding a writer to anchor the editorial operations at Brownstoner Queens. Some experience writing about Queens preferred as is a general fluency and interest in real estate; Queens residency also strongly preferred. The job will consist of preparing Daily Links, reblogging relevant news stories as well as creating original content (which could include everything from attending community board meetings to doing a walk-through of a new highrise). The ideal candidate will have an enthusiasm and curiosity about the borough (its architecture, food, bike lanes, etc.), as well as a facility with a digital camera and WordPress. The position could end up being full time, or slightly less than full time to accommodate some other freelance work. Pay commensurate with experience, etc. Please send all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org with WRITER in the subject line.
Scooped on our own scoop! As the Daily News wrote last night, Brownstoner will be expanding northward to the neighboring borough of Queens later this month. We’ve been spending more and more time on the other side of the Pulaski Bridge over the past couple of years and feel like the time is right, not only from a business perspective but from a personal one as well. As some of the old-timers around here may recall, part of the fun of Brownstoner in the early days came from bringing readers along for the ride as we got to know our new home of Brooklyn; we hope to do the same in Queens. Don’t worry, we’re not decamping from Clinton Hill any time soon (in fact we’re just starting a renovation!), but we are looking forward to immersing ourselves in a borough whose culture and diversity is right up there with Brooklyn’s. Sunday afternoon field trips that combine architectural walking tours with a sampling of local ethnic cuisines? Yes, please! The news frankly got out a little bit ahead of us, so the new site won’t be ready to launch for two or three weeks. In addition to finalizing the editorial staff, we’ll be spending that time migrating the content from QueensNYC.com, a year-old local blog that we purchased last week from BlankSlate. The deal will give Brownstoner Queens some instant archives, and also pave the way for the site to have its own proprietary real estate marketplace like in Brooklyn courtesy of BlankSlate. So what should you expect? A pretty similar mix of real estate and local news as Brownstoner Brooklyn currently serves up. Since we’re well aware that we’re going to be interloping newbies, we’ll be even more reliant than ever on reader tips and feedback, so don’t hold back. Matters of all concern can be addressed to email@example.com. Brooklyn and Queens will operate as separate platforms for the near future, with the Forum being shared. At some point in the not too distant future, the whole shebang is due for a major overhaul so we’ll be watching closely to develop a sense for how closely (or not) posts about the two boroughs fit together.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support and readership. We’re excited for the next chapter.
Brownstoner is looking for a summer intern to help with social media (Pinterest), write events posts twice weekly, and write occasional stories on real estate and development in Brooklyn. There is potential to cover evening community board meetings and other news. The ideal candidate would have published writing samples, the ability to turn in relatively clean copy, and an interest in Brooklyn and real estate. Living in Brooklyn is a must. A bike, camera and WordPress experience is also helpful. If interested, please email a paragraph about yourself and links to clips to cate at brownstoner dot com.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will not publish Monday. See you Tuesday, and enjoy the long holiday weekend!
We will be on a shortened holiday schedule the week between Christmas and New Year’s, publishing Daily Links only each morning at 8:30. We will not publish on Christmas or New Year’s Day. See you back on Jan. 2. Above is the Barclays Center interpreted in gingerbread, snapped at Joyce Bakeshop in Prospect Heights. Happy holidays to all!
Brownstoner will not publish Thursday or Friday because of the holiday. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and long weekend. See you Monday!
Due to the hurricane, the Board of Elections has changed some polling sites for tomorrow’s election. In Kings County alone, 104 sites have changed. Check out this PDF of the most recent list of sites and go vote tomorrow! You can also double check your polling location by calling the Voter Phone Bank at 1-866-VOTE-NYC, emailing your complete home address to firstname.lastname@example.org with your borough listed in the subject line, or by visiting this link. Update: there will be more changes to the polling sites still to come. Keep track at the Board of Elections website. And according to Bloomberg, shuttle transportation on Election Day is being arranged for residents of Coney Island, Far Rockaway and Staten Island.