Atlantic Yards: The city is considering a “radical” proposal to convert traffic-choked Seventh and Sixth avenues in Park Slope into one-way thoroughfares and removing a lane of traffic from each direction of highway-like Fourth Avenue. Comment.
Atlantic Yards: A U.S. judge says the federal courts should toss out a lawsuit by property owners and tenants facing eviction for Bruce Ratner’s 16-skycraper-and-arena mini-city — a blow to opponents that legal experts said could mark the beginning of the end of the four-year battle against the $4-billion project. Comment.
Editorial: Bruce Ratner has barely put a shovel in the ground at his Atlantic Yards mega-development and already the city’s Department of Transportation is putting Band-Aids on the machine gun wound that the project will cause in the heart of Brooklyn. But don’t blame DOT; blame the state planners who ignored traffic in the borough so Atlantic Yards would sail through the approval process. Comment.
Downtown: The “Underground Railroad” is surrounded. Three properties on Duffield Street — lumped together by their real-estate broker as the “Albee Square Assemblage” — are on sale for a cool asking price of $33 million. Comment.
Letters: Our weekly letters column gets hotter than ever, with attacks from two John Jay HS principals, an Atlantic Yards supporter and a fan of the Brooklyn Public Library’s supposed “censorship” of an anti–Atlantic Yards exhibition. Comment.
Three strikes and he’s really out. Disgraced former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman was convicted last week of grand larceny — the third conviction in 18 months for the former Assemblyman, who vowed to appeal, yet admitted that he was finally out of politics. Comment.
Fort Greene: A naked snow goddess made a short-lived appearance on a Fort Greene ledge this week, arousing admiration among area neighbors, before finally succumbing to Tuesday’s above-freezing temperatures. Comment.
Carroll Gardens: Boerum Hill cyclist Sergio Revah is trying to find people who saw him get hit by a Cadillac coupe traveling east on notoriously dangerous Atlantic Avenue (a.k.a. the “avenue of death and destruction”). Comment.
Fort Greene: Lightning may not strike twice, but crime can — in the same spot, no less: A gun-toting thief robbed a man on the corner of Schermerhorn and Bond streets on Feb. 26, police said. The 23-year-old victim said it was the second time he was mugged in the same spot. Comment.
Heights Lowdown: The fire is out at St. Charles Borromeo School in Brooklyn Heights, but the building is hotter than ever — thanks to a decision by the Brooklyn Diocese to close the school and sell or lease the property. Comment.
Cyclones: “My heart is here in Brooklyn” said Edgar Alfonzo, the once and future manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, in his return to Keyspan Park last week to meet-and-greet his biggest fans: season-ticketholders who were there when he led the Clones to their first and only New York–Penn League championship. Comment.