Thursday, September 27, 2012

Free Admission At Museums Across The City This Saturday: Gothamist

Looking for something to do while you wait for the Atlantic Antic on Sunday?

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Make a Better New York Times Story | Brooklyn Spoke

It would be great if a paper with a reputation like the NYT could
write the article this well to begin with. Maybe they should consider
some new editors.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

City Council ‘participatory budgeting’ to expand; Meeting TONIGHT

An article below on the participatory budget process pioneered in NYC by Brad Lander and three other council members last year with great success.

The next round kicks off tonight with a meeting at the Carroll Gardens Library. From Council Member Lander's office:

If you had $1 million to spend on projects in your neighborhood, what would you do? Buy technology for a local school? Create public art? Expand the sidewalk at a dangerous intersection?

Give us your ideas at tonight's Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly at the Carroll Gardens Library. Here are the details:

TonightMonday, September 24th
6:30 PM
Carroll Gardens Library
396 Clinton St. (at Union St.)
RSVP here

After collecting ideas from area residents, volunteers will work to turn them into projects. In the spring, we will have a vote to decide which projects receive funding. Last year, the seven ideas with the most votes were funded, including outfitting a library room to host community meetings and performances; renovating paths and bringing more trash cans to Prospect Park; and a new community composting system that will take food scraps from our Greenmarkets.

Your idea could be one of this year's winners. I hope you can be there tonight.

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The Latest on 'Sackett Union' at 340 Court St.

From PMFA, with plenty of pics. TD Bank will be a new commercial
tenant on Court St.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Traffic Calming Installed on Broad Street

Not quite as broad, or dangerous to cross anymore. This road needed a
diet and got one. Photo of Bowling Green 4/5 station entrance across

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Smith-9th Street Station …

Should reopen before Christmas. I've got the milk and cookies ready, Santa.

In other subway happenings, I explored the new Atlantic Ave - Barclays
subway entrance. Impressively functional and convenient. Not so much
the N/R connection, but others like the 2/3 are cinch to access.

And the long awaited uptown 6 connection at Bleecker and
Broadway-Lafayette opens Tuesday.

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The Worst Economics Blogger In America

If not the world: Megan McArdle. And all the integrity of a rabid jellyfish.

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Brooklyn Democrats Have A New County Leader

Frank Seddio. Will be interesting to see what impact this has on party

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Ambitious Rose

Carroll Park, Court Street.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tornado Watch

Be safe out there people:


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Atlantic Ave - Barclays Center Subway Station Open

Ignore the hagiography and check out some pictures of the new parts of
the subway station and plaza.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Repair Work Continues at Lightning-Damaged Church

Work continues at Christ Church with no end in sight. At least the
north side sidewalk is open now. It's been a bad summer for building
collapses in the 11231.

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Irrational Demands For Parking

The MTA plans to add several new Metro-North stations in the Bronx.
Good news! But a local group raises a dire spectre:
"We have, everyday, a heavy influx of commuters that come down out of
lower Westchester to take the subway," said Ruggiero, of the Morris
Park Merchants Alliance. "They feel like this is only going to
compound that problem."

Why on earth would people drive from Westchester,where there are many
Metro-North stations, to park in the Bronx and take … the Metro-North!

Fortunately I think the MTA will move forward without dumping in a
bunch of unnecessary and expensive parking.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Free Yoga

Friends of ours have a studio and are doing a little something for the
community. Indulge!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Clean-up Plan for Gowanus: Oysters

Every little bit helps - just don't eat them.

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Farewell, Summer

Taken Coney Island, Summer 2010. Too good to keep to myself.

Can Someone Explain Why Facebook's CFO Should Be Fired For Getting An Awesome Deal? | Techdirt Lite

Unrelated to the neighborhood or politics, but fits into another
favorite subject: incompetent, corrupted journalism.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is the poster boy for access journalism, a
shameless shill for the powerful and fluffer of his sources. He is an
entertainer, not a journalist.

The CFO at Facebook isn't the incompetent or the fool here. That
would be the body of gullible idiots that thought Facebook, in a
business with low barriers to entry, was worth the obscene valuation
they demanded to share ownership. Mark Zuckerberg put $1 BILLION cash
in his pocket and retained voting control of his company.

Personally I think Zuckerberg is probably a rapacious asshole, based
on the various stories I've read in the press. But he's no fool. From
the insider's perspective, the Facebook IPO was the greatest success

Sorkin is just the worst.