Perspective: The city has embarked on another round of school closures — but are the facilities on the hit list truly “failing” or has the city wrongly defined the word itself. Click below for two takes on the issue.
Mean Streets: Blizzard of 2010? No, but Friday’s light snowfall means that cyclists on the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane are out of luck until the city gets around to plowing the two-way dedicated path. Comments (25).
Brooklyn Is Angry: The city is moving to close a poorly performing Fort Greene middle school and use the space for an elite charter school — and parents say they’ve been sold out by an education bureaucracy more focused on tests than students. Comments (11).
Weekend Watch: The big news, of course, is the F train. But here are all the service changes affecting you this weekend (Saturday, Jan. 22 at 12:01 am to Monday, Jan. 24 at 5 am, unless otherwise noted). Comments (1).
Bay Ridge: The repeal of President Obama’s landmark health care reform on Wednesday was punctuated with plenty of Brooklyn moxie — and a few indirect swipes at freshman Rep. Michael Grimm, the only Republican in the city’s congressional delegation. Comments (4).
Park Slope: A new selective public school will open inside the John Jay HS building in Park Slope despite an outcry from students and teachers who say the decision encourages racial segregation. Comments (15).
Bay Ridge: Soldier-turned-Congressman Michael Grimm has hired a former NYPD detective who will “act as a bodyguard” for himself and staffers in the wake of the Arizona shootings — but Brooklyn’s lone Republican member of Congress is apparently our only local lawmaker to take such a drastic step. Comments (6).
The city was quick to clear the streets following last Tuesday’s mini-snowstorm, but that hard work left us under an avalanche of something grittier, dirtier and much more aromatic — a trashpocalypse of garbage and recyclables. Comment.
Dining: It’s the ultimate Park Slope good news/bad news story: The long-vacant Miracle Grill space on Seventh Avenue is finally about to reopen — but as a national burger chain with a very cheesy name. Comments (13).
Mean Streets: The city is moving to stop droves of double-decker tour buses from idling and clogging the foot of Old Fulton Street during the summer — a traffic debacle that’s reached a breaking point since Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park opened early last year. Comments (18).
Theater: A runaway princess, a talking donkey, a singing rooster, and music-loving cat and dog are coming to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts — and, no, it’s not some knock-off production of “Shrek.” Comment.
Bay Ridge: Gun-slinging G-man-turned-Republican Rep. Michael Grimm wants beefed up security training for him and his House colleagues in the wake of last weekend’s Arizona shootings — and lesson one is that lawmakers should consider packing heat. Comments (23).
Williamsburg: Brooklyn Brewery has finally reached the tipping point. Comments (9).
The bike crackdown — it’s coming
Perspective: The city announced last week that it would begin a major crackdown on cyclists who violate motor vehicle laws. It’s a controversial move and, as such, prime fodder for this week’s op-ed page. Click below for opinion pieces on both sides of this contentious issue.
Dining: Fans of Ditmas Park’s Pomme de Terre may have rejoiced when a veteran of that kitchen took over the Newkirk Avenue spot earlier this fall. But don’t expect the same experience at the new Ox Cart Tavern. Comments (1).
BAM District: The state bailed out a long-delayed, 42-story residential tower just off Flatbush Avenue late last month, days before a tax exemption deadline would have left developers with an unfunded mega-project for at least another year. Comments (2).