- 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
For so long now, every global city with panache wanted to be Paris (Paris of the East, Paris of the North, etc.) Now it’s Brooklyn, according to a feature by The Associated Press. Brooklyn whisky bars are popping up everywhere, with bartenders in suspenders and with mucho curled facial hair. Even Paris is aspiring to be Brooklyn (depressing!). I was there in summer of 2013, and was shocked that nearly all the brasseries and cafes offered fancy expensive hamburgers with french fries (oh the irony). Twenty years ago if you ordered “hamburger” in Paris the French waiters would surmise you with great disdain, and if you insisted, would serve you a platter of raw ground beef (beef tartare) with a snort (as well they should have. You can see that I travelled with Americans).
It’s too bad because every day, Brooklyn is less Brooklyn, and more a luxury brand called Brooklyn. All those quirky little owner-operated businesses that gave the borough it’s charm are closing every week due to doubling and tripling rents, every day you hear of someone moving, or thinking of moving, to a less expensive town or suburb outside the city.
The jewelry repair shop on Court is now boarded up.
So there you go.