Zipcar says MTA’s mass EZ pass seizure was a “payment issue” on Friday they thought was fixed “but we learned today that it was not.”
Spokeswoman Lindsay Wester told me, “On Friday, Zipcar attempted to correct a payment issue with our E-ZPass account. We had reason to believe it had been fixed, but we learned today that it was not. We are offering any member whose E-ZPass transponder was confiscated by MTA staff a full refund on their reservation, and compensation for whatever fines they were required to pay because of the situation.
We are attempting to notify members with reservations tomorrow to use the cash lanes, while we wait for E-ZPass to reactivate their transponders located in our cars, which we expect Monday at the latest. We have taken steps to ensure this issue will not happen again. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our members by this payment platform issue.”
"Brooklyn Republic Vodka" ad. The Grey Goose of Brooklyn?
"Closed - Back in 10 minutes - Praying." Halal store in Brookyln.
There are gouge marks in the drywall at the Four Barrel coffee shop in San Francisco where patrons have tried to plug their chargers into the fake electrical outlets the store spraypainted on the walls as a joke. Store owner Jeremy Tooker wanted to create a place where people hang out and talk to each other instead of just working on their laptops, so the tables are very shallow, bringing customers nearly face to face, and he intentionally didn’t provide Wi-Fi or outlets. Four Barrel is one of the coffee shops I interviewed in my latest article for NBCNEWS.com, “Indie coffee shops evict Wi-Fi squatters.”
(Screensnag credit: KPIX)
Looks like a good day to walk two snakes.
Passed by Pintchik Hardware and saw they’re selling off their LED sign, whose oddball messages have been a part of Flatbush Ave Brooklyn history for years. Waiting for a call back to see how much it’s going for. At one point, a radio show did a thing where passersby could as “the Oracle” a question and get a zippy answer in response. A 2003 New Yorker article suggested the Oracle was actually Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Everything is Illuminated.” I’ve emailed his literary agent to see if he wants to buy it. The store isn’t getting out of the light-emitting diode missive biz, though, the sign also says its to make way for an upgraded version.
Black smoke billowing from Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, plastic fire smells, resuce crew sirens blaring. Moments later the smoke turned white, the sirens silenced, and the breeze wiped the skyline clean, with a bobbing fire boat beneath as the sole indication anything was amiss.
Inside dino bbq brooklyn, new gowanus location, set to open June 14 manager told me as he took me on a sneak peak tour. I was walking by outside and took a few pix and when he found out I might post them online he said l, well don’t use that, come on in and get a good picture!
Capacity: 238 patrons
Smokers: 4 old hicks
Biggest issue holding back opening: getting hooked up to gas lines
How they catering to local Nets stadium crowd: installing a few morw tvs than normal
Secret menu items: are secret
Ceiling beams: licked by fire, they decided to keep
Best quote: “that’s too nice, bang it up more” - manager Jay Williams to working installing decorative metal sheets on wall
Gowanus Brooklyn Dinosaur BBQ opening mid-may, worker told me today as I passed by. They’ve got the neon sign up and awning installed. They’re hiring for all positions all this week out of a trailer and folding table setup in a lot two steps down. I saw a white man with a beard interviewing a Spanish man.
They installed windows in the wall that had a neighborhood mural for two dead local boys, Raul and someone else. DNAinfo says they’ll be remade around the corner by a local artists. On the anniversary of their deaths, annually a small memorial of candles and flowers would appear at the base of the brick wall. Now cigarettes and scuff marks from the loafers and sneakers on the feet of Nets fans going to games at the Barclay’s center a station stop away will decorate the sidewalk nightly.
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