Perspective: The city is moving to create more public plazas, but is infuriating drivers and some businessowners in the process. We asked two interested parties to weigh in. Click below for their opinion pieces.
Weekend Watch: The G train is even less dependable this weekend. Read on for all the transit changes that affect your travel plans. (Saturday, June 10 at 12:01 am to Monday, June 12 at 5 am unless otherwise noted). Comment.
Mean Streets: The city is shutting the Williamsburg Bridge’s south pathway for six weeks this summer to improve its security — forcing pedestrians and cyclists to use only one path to get between Brooklyn and its western suburb. Comments (20).
Brooklyn Heights: A plan to build a townhouse in historic Brooklyn Heights made of actual brownstone quarried from its original source has been stopped in its tracks by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because it thinks the retro-chic design is a “McMansion” in disguise. Comments (5).
Mean Streets: Long-time community activist and bike lane advocate Bob Cassara has been booted from Community Board 10 after nearly 10 years, the only member of the panel who sought re-appointment but did not get it. Comments (11).
Bay Ridge: Dozens of gay marriage supporters rallied on Monday at the Bay Ridge office of state Sen. Marty Golden, slamming the Republican lawmaker for dismissively saying that Brooklynites “don’t give a rat’s ass” about the issue yet then introducing a bill last month indicating just the opposite. Comments (50).
Fort Greene: Not only do Atlantic Terminal an Atlantic Center make more appearances in the blotter, but so does Fort Greene Park and the iPhone thief. Plus all the other crime reports from Fort Greene and Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct. Comments (9).
Sunday Screech: My ears are killing me — and I’m certainly not ready to rumba — because of this horrible music they insist on playing on “Dancing with the Stars.” I mean, why are they forcing these great stars to dance to music that doesn’t have a beat! No wonder some of them look foolish. It’s ridiculous! Comments (1).
Gowanus: Whole Foods cleared the first hurdle in its effort to build a White House-sized megastore on the Gowanus Canal last week, winning the support of a community board panel, even as many locals demanded that the green grocer downsize its plan. Comments (8).
DUMBO: DUMBO threw the switch on free, neighborhood-wide wireless Internet service on Thursday, making the area between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges the first true Silicon Alley in the city. Comment.