- Commuters Freaking Out After F Trains Skip Carroll, Bergen
The Brooklyn Paper reports that bottlenecks this week during rush hour at the Carroll and Bergen stops along the F train provided a scary preview of what might be the new normal if the Transit Authority moves ahead with having some F trains skip those stops and some others regularly in order to run express […]
- Italian Treats at Court Pastry
Italian shop owned by Zerillis for 68 years.
- Some Want More Inmates at Boerum Hill Jail
Mayor Bill de Blasio is nixing a proposal to shutter Rikers Island after so many reports of the toxic environment there, but a Brooklyn activist says putting more inmates near home — such as in the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue, which holds about 600 inmates at a time who are awaiting trial […]
- History, Photos, Contemplation: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal
Curbed.com has published an interesting feature on the Gowanus Canal, “The Fascinating, Murky History of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal.” The photo essay by Nathan Kensinger follows author Joseph Alexiou, who’s book, Gowanus: Brooklyn Curious Canal, was recently released.
- Gowanus Canal Condos Nearly Complete
A 720-unit condo building is nearing completion on the banks of the fetid Gowanus Canal, at 365 Bond Street. The controversial Lightstone Group development will feature studios and one-bedroom apartments. Neighbors are up in arms about the big building and the floods it’ll bring: flood of cars that’ll compete for parking; flood of kids who’ll compete for […]
- City Announces Plan to Try to Integrate NYC Schools
NYC Chancellor Farina and Mayor Bill de Blasio announce a plan to try to integrate seven city elementary schools, including the Children’s school in Brooklyn.
- NYC Ed Dept Drops Plan to Balance Race in UWS School
Due to overcrowding in upper income neighborhoods at sought-after public schools, like P.S. 58 in Carroll Gardens, the Department of Education under Mayor de Blasio is attempting to ease the crowding, and tackle school segregation, by shifting school zones to better balance school populations, such as they are doing at P.S. 8, the popular elementary […]
- Gothamist: Video: Man Catches 3-Eyed Fish in Gowanus
Well we certainly have a new urban legend on our hands. Gothamist published a video that appears to show a man in a red flannel shirt who caught what appears to be a three-eyed catfish — apparently having used cheese bread for bait — from the Gowanus Canal. Many news outlets are running with the […]
- Read the Great Cobble Hill Travel Writer Wendy Simmons
She’s a columnist on Huffington Post, a regular at Bar Tabac on Smith, and she’ll keep you entertained for hours.
- Rikers Teens Join Gangs and Fuel BKLYN Shootings; Very Sad
DNA Info website has a sad report about how teenagers who get thrown into Rikers prison often join gangs for their safety, and now are fueling the increase in Brooklyn shootings this year: https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150927/bed-stuy/rikers-hardened-youth-gangs-blame-for-brooklyn-shootings-police-say
Gotham Gazette ran a nice piece outlining the ups and downs of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s “green” initiatives. Two years ago, he set out a plan to reduce New York City’s carbon footprint by 30 percent in 20 years, by fostering green buildings, more solar power, bike lanes, more hybrid and electric vehicles, more storm drainage efforts, that sort of thing. He says 97 percent of the initiatives have kicked off.
Who would have thought the most controversial of those initiatives was the bike lane efforts around Prospect Park. After all these decades, it seems almost odd that people, especially in NYC, are as attached and defensive of car culture as they ever were.