Category Archives: Brooklyn

Petition for subway alternatives during F/G closures

The MTA has closed the Manhattan-bound 15th St and Fort Hamilton stops on the F and G line until May. Details are here.

In this freezing weather, residents of those neighborhoods should have better options than trekking to 7th Ave or riding the subway backwards in order transfer to an express-line train. Click here to sign councilman Brad Lander’s petition to extend the B68 bus past Bartel Pritchard Square until the stations are providing full service again.

As a former Windsor Terrace resident, thank you to everyone for signing!

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PROSPECT PARK WEST BIKE LINE A SUCCESS

From Park Slope Neighbors…

Survey Says… The Redesign of Prospect Park West is an Unequivocal Success

Park Slope Neighbors hails the end of a five-year-long, community-driven process and calls on Marty Markowitz and friends to stop the attacks and start caring about street safety.

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN, January 20, 2011 – A newly released study by the New York City Department of Transportation shows that the June 2010 redesign of Prospect Park West has achieved its goals and is making this former three-lane speedway into a safer, more inclusive street. DOT’s study shows:

* Dangerous and illegal speeding has been drastically reduced, from 74% of vehicles to 20%.
* Injury-causing crashes are down 63%.
* Weekday bicycling has nearly tripled and weekend cycling has doubled.
* The percentage of cyclists riding on the sidewalk fell from 46% to 3%.
* Automobile travel times have not been impacted at all.

“The data confirms what Council members Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Community Board 6’s detailed community survey already told us,” said Park Slope Neighbors campaign coordinator Aaron Naparstek. “This project is working and the community overwhelmingly supports it – even those living in the blocks between 8th Avenue and the Park.”

After an unprecedented level of community input, the Department of Transportation has also released a set of recommendations to improve the bike lane and traffic-calming project. These include the addition of:

* Raised, landscaped pedestrian islands.
* Rumble strips for cyclists approaching intersections.
* A better design for loading zones at the 9th Street entrance to Prospect Park.

“We applaud the Department of Transportation for listening to the community and working to make our streets safe and inclusive for all users,” said Park Slope Neighbors campaign coordinator Eric McClure. “This project is the result of a five-year-long grassroots-driven process that began at the Park Slope Civic Council’s 2006 transportation forum and continued on to Community Board 6’s formal request for a redesign in 2007, through multiple public meetings in 2009 and 2010. The community has waited long enough. We urge DOT to move quickly to implement a final design.”

January has been a particularly bloody month on Brooklyn’s streets. In the first week of the new year alone, a mother and her 9-month-old twins were run down by a livery cab driver on a Sunset Park sidewalk; a hit-and-run driver plowed into a baby stroller and ran over the stomach of a 3-year-old boy in Williamsburg; and an 83-year-old rabbi was hit by a car and killed in Midwood.

“Innocent people are being run over, maimed and killed on Brooklyn streets on a horrifyingly regular basis. And where is Marty Markowitz?” asks PSN’s Aaron Naparstek. “Marty is busy calling for the elimination of DOT projects that we know make streets safer for Brooklyn’s most vulnerable citizens. Shame on you, Marty. Brooklyn deserves better.”

About Park Slope Neighbors: Park Slope Neighbors is a grassroots neighborhood organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of quality of life in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Follow Park Slope Neighbors on Facebook and Twitter.

Can we please stop fighting about it? There are many other roads in this city that need our attention.

Courtesy Jeff Prant via Gothamist

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real estate

I want to make fun of these Murray Hill people but I can’t because I’m one of those Brooklyn people. I mean, I ate at Prime Meats before it was even fully open. The back room was still a garden.

Also, this past summer, I went on vacation to Oregon and we rented bikes and–oh fuck it, just watch Portlandia, it’s very funny, despite hitting too close to home. (But if close to home is local, is there such a thing as too close to home?)

So, like, I’m starting to feel kind of bad about myself. Seems like the mainstream media will pick on any neighborhood that is fun and young and cool. Shouldn’t there be nice places left where you can live in peace without someone making a mockery of you? I say we–

Oh. Hold on a sec. Did this guy just call Williamsburg “an area that was devoid of opportunities for beer”??? And is a Duane Reade going to fill that gaping hole?

I think I know which segment of the population we can all comfortably make fun of while snoozing cozily in an afghan of superiority. I feel much better now.

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Now I’m on Yelp

Read my reviews.

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pARGHking meter

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Seen on Court Street.

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tragedy on the home front

When I got home Monday night, there was a stranger lurking in the yard.

A strange bike, that is. Red (like mine) propped up against my boyfriend’s bike in the corner where we always leave our rides. You might think I’m crazy, but one of the first things that ran through my head was: Josh is cheating on me! Who is this sleek red newcomer!? (Yeah, I know, crazy.)

Then I came to my senses and realized it was too big to be a girl’s bike. Phew. Anyway, the bike wasn’t locked; I moved it out of the way so that I could get the chain that went around the fence and Josh’s bike around mine as well. When I was done I moved the stranger back against ours: three bikes in a row.

Sure I felt weird leaving an unlocked bike out in the yard overnight, but what was I to do? I obviously didn’t want to do something that would prevent someone from having their ride home that night.

Ok. So far so good.

In the morning, I looked out my bedroom window and saw a note taped to my bike. Uh oh. I went downstairs. This is what I saw:

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Oh, Brice. I am so sorry. I did not in kindness bring your bike inside.

I did call him, and kind of gushed out apologies and sympathy, even launching into the story of how I once had a bike stolen from this very yard. He took it pretty well, I think.

But mysteries remain. Who is this Brice? Was he visiting someone in our building? What kind of idiot doesn’t lock up his bike in New York City for chrissake? And, (and!!!!) does someone come into our yard every night and check if our bikes are locked or not, waiting for an opportunity to strike?

I mean, of course if you leave your bike on the street unlocked it will be taken, but in a yard? In just a few hours? Who took it and how did they know? This is not going to help my total theft paranoia.

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Did I mention I was on the radio?

Yeah, I know I did. On twitter. But does twitter really count?

Therefore, I mention again.

I was on the radio.

My boyfriend was actually supposed to do the piece, but when Sunday morning rolled around and he was…indisposed, I handily saved the day.

The piece, for Beyond the Pale on WBAI, is about the anti-Semitic and homophobic group from the Westboro Baptist Church, which toured Brooklyn schools and synagogues, staging demonstrations.

You can listen here.

If I may editorialize in a way that I didn’t while reporting for the piece? This woman, above, is a really, really horrible woman.

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