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Entries from January 2008

Some Improvements at Boerum Hill Nightmare Post Office?

January 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

It just could be that the way to get improvements at a Brooklyn Post Office that everyone’s unhappy with is to start a campaign of collection complaint that make their way into online, print and television media. So it is with Boerum Hill’s Times Plaza Station, aka the Nightmare Post Office. (A couple of weeks […]

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Tags: Boerum Hill · Postal Service

Beat the Downzone: Grand Street Olympics Edition

January 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

On Tuesday, we ran an item about weekend work that developers hoping to build a 14-story Karl Fischer building at Grand and Driggs have been doing. Presumably, they are working to get out in front of a downzoning that would allow a four-story building on the site. If a foundation is complete before the downzone, […]

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Tags: Construction Issues · Rezoning · Williamsburg

Bklink: Burg School Tensions

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

The city’s plan to put a school that would serve people moving into upscale Williamsburg housing has created a lot of tension with Latino Williamsburg residents in whose school it would have been housed. “The new institution at Public School 84, on Berry St., would have catered to the neighborhood’s growing group of white families, […]

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Tags: Shortlink · Williamsburg

Details on Tragic Clinton Hill Construction Worker Death

January 31st, 2008 · 5 Comments

There was a fatal accident yesterday at a 13-story building under construction at 525 Clinton Avenue. A worker plunged 13 stories to his death when scaffolding collapsed and another was seriously injured. A third worker was unhurt. Brownstoner had both an early report and a follow up yesterday. An early eyewitness report said a worker […]

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Tags: Clinton Hill · Construction Issues

Bkllink: Super Bowl Weekend & Beyond

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Here is a long list of options for entertaining yourself on Super Bowl Weekend and beyond, including, but not limited to, possibilities for the game itself. There are sports bars (suprise!), art parties, live music and more.–Brooklyn Based

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Tags: Events · Shortlink

Yesterday Was "Resolution Day" in Carroll Gardens

January 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, City Council Member Bill de Blasio formally introduced a resolution calling for an immediate downzoning study for Carroll Gardens and a halt on construction of anything taller than fifty feet both of which were subjects of a rally on Tuesday. The Carroll Gardens group, CORD said that “for all intents and purposes, he asked […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Rezoning

Bklink: Empty Smith Street Storefronts

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Like many retail strips in Brooklyn where businesses are facing skyrocketing rent, Smith Street currently has its share of empty storefronts. They come from old businesses being squeezed out and from restaurants that have gone belly up. Is Smith Street “fizzling”? Well, here are photos of ten vacancies.–Pardon Me for Asking

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Shortlink

Carroll Gardens Downzoning Rally: The Videos

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

A volunteer with the Union-Sacket Block Association uploaded videos of Tuesday’s rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall calling for fast action on the downzoning of Carroll Gardens. The two vids (Part I is on top and Part II is below it), which show a significant part of the rally, are below:

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Rezoning

Bklink: "Crapped Upon"

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

It’s fair to say that Greenpoint residents aren’t fans of the big sewage treatment plant in their midst that leaves the neighborhood smelling like a toilet at times. The stench will eventually dissipate when the huge project at the treatment is done, but for now, it remains fragrant. “As a community, we are literally crapped […]

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Tags: Greenpoint · Shortlink

Upcoming: Domino Plan Presentation

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

The plans for Williamsburg’s landmarked Domino Plant will be presented to Community Board 1′s Landmarks Committee tonight. The meeting is at the Board’s District Office, 435 Graham Avenue, which is at the corner of Frost Street. It takes place at 6:30PM. It will include presentations by Susan Pollock, Project Director/Community Preservation Corporation and Mr. Michael […]

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Tags: Historic Preservation · Williamsburg

Brooklinks: Thursday End of January Edition

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: New Rentals at 126 Fourth Avenue [Brownstoner] Landmarking vs. Rezoning: Lessons from Other Neighborhoods [Brooklyn Streets] Carroll Gardens as ‘The Next Williamsburg’ [Brooklyn 11211] Beware of Dog [New York Shitty] Cyclist’s Death Raises Money for Transportation Alternatives [NYDN] Lowen’s Pharmacy, Two Day Later [Bay Ridge […]

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Tags: Brooklinks

Coney Island on the Subway

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Coney Island is featured in one of the MTA’s new “art cards” on the subway. This photo, which was posted by Rapid T. Rabbit on the Coney Island Message Board, is from the 4-5-6 line. The posters are actually available for purchase through the New York City Transit Museum’s online store.

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Tags: coney island

Bklink: Last Chance

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Today is the last chance for interested buyers to do an on-site inspection of five connected parcels of land on Atlantic Avenue. Fittingly, the auction will take place on Valentine’s Day. The last-chance look is today at 11AM.–McBrooklyn

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Tags: Shortlink

An Old Car in Red Hook

January 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Parked on Columbia Street at Summit Street in Red Hook.

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Tags: Red Hook

Bklink: Dumbo Mystery

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

What, exactly, is going on the 3 1/2 acre parking lot at 85 Jay Street in Dumbo? It’s hard to say, but work crews were spotted there doing something and it’s of interest because it’s one of the most desirable parcels of undeveloped real estate in all of Brooklyn. The land is owned by Watchtower, […]

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Tags: Dumbo · Shortlink

Street Couch Series: Sofa with Cement Shoes

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

This sidewalk sofa comes to us from Lewis Avenue in Bed-Stuy. Not the combination of sofa and bags of concrete. The photo, of course, is courtesy of our Greenpoint Correspondent.

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Tags: Bed-Stuy

Bklink: Completely Committed

January 31st, 2008 · Comments Off

Says Forest City Ratner spokesperson Bruce Bender after the company has endured several days of media speculation about whether further delays in its Atlantic Yards project will cause problems in sagging credit markets: “We remain completely committed to making Atlantic Yards and its numerous benefits a reality for everyone. Regardless of the opponents’ delay tactics, […]

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Tags: Atlantic Yards · Shortlink

Happy Ending: Windsor Terrace Dog-Napping Victim Found!

January 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

The story of Samantha, the dog-napping victim from Windsor Terrace, has ended happily, although the story is still strange and disturbing. We got an email last night that said: There were signs up in stores all over Windsor Terrace. Today Samantha’s owner was going to the stores carrying Samantha, who has been retrieved! Her owner […]

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Tags: Animals · Windsor Terrace

Carroll Gardens Downzoning Rally: Morning After

January 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Yesterday morning, Carroll Gardens resident, community activists and local politicians gathered on the steps of Borough Hall to try to create some momentum for a downzoning of their neighborhood, which is under increasing development pressure. The 45-minute long rally was organized by City Council Member Bill de Blasio, who is introducing a City Council resolution […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Rezoning

GL Analysis: The City Needs a "Moratorium" Law to Put an End to "Beat the Downzone"

January 30th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Yesterday’s rally to call for a downzoning of Carroll Gardens was an uplifting thing. There has been little doubt that the neighborhood would be rezoned at some point. Yet, the key issue remains the point at which it will happen. Getting the zoning changes enacted will take time, and a game of what we call […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Rezoning

Carroll Gardens Group Starts Another Letter Writing Campaign

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

The CORD group, which helped to generate significant attention for a Carroll Gardens downzoning and has pushed for an interim moratorium on buildings taller than 50 feet, is now pushing an effort to write Mayor Bloomberg. (Their petition drive for the moratorium has attracted more than 3,000 signatures.) The letter was posted yesterday on the […]

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Rezoning

Bklink: Poking Holes

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Workers are up on the roof of the old International Longshoreman’s Association building at 340 Court Street poking holes in the roof. Hard to say what they’re doing other than prepping the building for demolition. “First one, then two little masked figures.Poke, poke, poke. Just a little longer, then this place comes down!”–PMFA

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Tags: Carroll Gardens · Shortlink

Check Out Some Industrial and Working Brooklyn

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We’ve posted some links recently to items on the Fading Ad Blog by Frank H. Jump, which has been around for nearly a year, but every time we look at it we’re captivated by some of the Brooklyn posts. (We wish we’d found it and put in our RSS feed a looong time ago.) The […]

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Tags: Brooklyn Blogs · East Flatbush

Carroll Gardens 340 Court vs. Prague Building: Part II

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, we posted a side-by-side comparison of the former International Longshoreman’s Building at 340 Court Street (which has an impending date with the wrecking ball) with a modernist building in Prague. This is Part II, featuring another two photos sent to us by our Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Correspondent. Call it the Tough Tony Anastasio Building […]

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Tags: Architecture · Carroll Gardens

Brooklinks: Wednesday Midweek Edition

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Brooklinks is a daily selection of Brooklyn-related information and images: Ratner Will Feel Pain if He Pulls Out [AYR] A Ploy By Ratner to Avoid Having His Profit Margin Fall? [Daily Intel] Watchtower Selling Bossert on Montague Street [Brownstoner] Riding the M Train [NYT] Ousted Controversial Arabic School Principal Says She’ll Keep Fighting [NYP] Home […]

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