Google Reader Will Not Be Available After July 1, 2013: NOT Okay

Were you as perplexed and disappointed as I was to get this notification that Google Reader is closing down shop in July? Usage has declined, according to Google. Still I bet ALOT of people still use it. In fact, loyal users started a Keep Google Reader campaign, a petition that over 40,000 people have signed it.

The petition allows for commentary on why the product shouldn’t retire. Aside from “I love google reader,” others expressed worry of other google products being taken away. For example, what if after reducing unread messages from 15,000 to 35 (Thanks Tony!) they decide to end gmail?

Google, instead of cutting our beloved google reader, a useful tool for organizing the infinite cluster fuck that the internet is – why not get rid of Google Plus instead, which is a boring cluster fuck of a social network?

Unless this petition works, we must find an alternative. Here are Life Hacker’s 5 Best Google Reader Alternatives. I am going to try The Old Reader, which seems super simple and allows me to easily import my Google reader feed. Fingers crossed.

What reader will you use come July? Let us know in the comments section.

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The Hook-Up (6/30)

• FREEwilliamsburg: The Best Brunch in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick

• Greenpoint’s Boathouse on Troubled Waters | Brooklyn Based

Brooklyn Street Art: Crest Hardware Art Show 2012 Preview

• ‘Bushwick’ Artists With Queens Zip Code Left Out of Brooklyn Festival – New York


• Liveblogging the McCarren Pool Grand Opening!

• Contest extended! Tell us your funniest date story and win $200

• Once a Staple, Awnings Are Losing Their Appeal

• ((In God We Trust’s Summer Show List)) Oh My Rockness | New York City

• A Sneak Peek at This Year’s Taste of Greenmarket

• Bicycle Film Festival New York 2012

• Dancin’ in the Streets — How-to Get A Block Party Permit ~

• 10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online

• MillionTreesNYC – Tree Planting and Care 101: Flowers/Landscaping

• Rightbloggers Have Another Miserable Pride Week

• Sunset Cruise & After Party Fundraiser 2012


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The Hook-Up 6/23

Rebecca Jackson

• Rebecca Jackson of I Love Greenpoint writes for Forbes: Five Things I’ve Learned Since Leaving Wall St. for Startups

Greenpoint Gazette: McGolrick Park Schools Alliance Art Show

eSpresso Book Machine


eSPRESSO BOOK MACHINE® comes to Brooklyn Public Library

The Fixer Collective

NYCGO: Must See Greenpoint

Photo: Matthew Leifheit


• The L Magazine: The Brooklyn Food Power Ranking

Brooklyn Vegan: Sleigh Bells, The Kills and more are playing free shows in Hudson River Park; new Fleetwood Mac tribute LP on the way

Brokelyn: Miss Brooklyn loses weight, wins Miss New York

NY Times: Mitch Waxman, Tour Guide to Decay

NYMag: Seams Iffy

ArtInfo: Nail Art

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The Hook-Up: 5/19

I hope you’re not reading this and out in the great weather!

• Brooklyn Based: Outdoor Bars We Love
Nail Art & Food: Yes We’re Serious
Where to Find Pick-Your-Own Fruit and Vegetable Farms
Tenant Notification of Indoor Air Contamination Associated With Soil Vapor Intrusion
Brooklyn Based: Help Wanted & Found in Brooklyn’s Tech Scene
Command C: Case Study:
Biking Rules! Street Code
Brooklyn Bike Patrol spreads across the borough offering safe walks home from the subway
Brooklyn Vegan: Summer Thunder at Union Pool kicks off on May 26th
The L Magazine: Ovenly Opens Retail Shop in Greenpoint Pablo Airaldi
Gothamist: Beastie Boys Photographer Dusts Off Decades-Old Photos For NYC Art Show
Brooklyn Paper: Jimmy Kimmel says Brooklyn isn’t a punch line — chew on that, Portland!
NYMag: What do you subscribe to?
Huffington Post: DIY Organic Food Recipe for Your Dog
Village Voice: The Future Of Silent Barn: The Public Shows Up To The Venue’s Second Public Meeting
Brianna Campbell: Did Facebook Write the Book on Social Media?
Gizmodo: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet

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