Von Engel's gaffe was pretty bad, but honestly the city slashing manufacturing space after the community planning group specifically said it should be preserved is arguably even more alarming. ... See MoreSee Less
I imagine it's hard to find any developers in NYC who haven't given money to de Blasio, so that's less of a concern to me than that rendering, which makes extremely clear how this plan is "we'll fix your leaky roofs as soon as we finish building condos on your front lawn." ... See MoreSee Less
This sucks! In return for the FREE land that the city is giving, developers should be required to do the needed repairs and Renovations in public housing. But does anybody in charge have the smarts to pull this off?
You’re spreading wrong information. This has been covered already. He is not bringing in actual trolley service. He is bringing a bus that looks like a trolley. This has been covered...
2 months ago
Brooklyn WarsI know, I'd seen the previous coverage, but a lot of it said he'd "expanded" his plans to be more than a bus — if it's just an "expansion" that means "buses that look like trolleys," that's more a PR stunt than anything.
Anyway, I don't really see the point of this since the B36 already runs the same route. I suppose an express bus from the far West End to Stillwell would be useful for some people, but one that you can't use your Metrocard on seems kind of a waste.
If you want an image of whose vision of an ideal city New York is being remade into, this guy who considers the Atlantic Terminal Target to be "a rare sanctuary" because it looks just like the Target he went to in Plainfield, Illinois is a pretty good place to start. ... See MoreSee Less
Much of Floyd Bennett Field, it turns out, is built atop the wreckage of neighborhoods that Robert Moses tore down to build highways:
“‘We don’t know which neighborhood,’ she said, ‘but we do know the period, because when we find remnants of newspapers the dates are between early February and mid-March of 1953.’ The beach is a window into that era. She went on, ‘I tell people to imagine that they’re a props master for a film about a working-class Brooklyn family in 1953, and they have to fill their home with goods that would have been part of their everyday lives—shampoo bottles and cooking tools and car parts and flooring and makeup and children’s toys and furniture and electrical outlets. People say the beach is covered with garbage, but it’s actually covered with the material traces of homes that people had to abandon when Moses forced them out.’” ... See MoreSee Less
Good article overall by Norman Oder, but the most interesting bit may have been this from a commenter:
"He used the NYC Housing and Vacancy Survey data, in particular the question that asks residents who moved within the past 5 years, what was the reason for their move? He qualified certain responses as evidence for displacement, such as ‘eviction’ or ‘moved in search of less expensive rent.’ Seems like a good way to measure displacement until you realize this only captures residents who were displaced yet able to remain within the 5 boroughs. Anecdotally we know that many who are displaced are moving down south, to PA, and other out-of-city and out-of-state locations. Additionally those who doubled up with family or friends, and those who fell into homelessness were not quantified by this method."
So the entire "gentrification doesn't cause displacement" argument is based on data that ignores anyone who was displaced any worse than across town? Worst. Research. Ever. ... See MoreSee Less
The new city council speaker says he'd consider overruling local councilmembers to push through development projects. Translation: If the local elected official says no, developers can now try to go around them by lobbying Corey Johnson instead. ... See MoreSee Less
I still remember the protests back in the '90s after a bicyclist was hit by a car and killed in that section of the drive on the east side of Prospect Park where cars and bikes were always in close proximity. This was a long, long battle — a century and a half long, depending on how you count — so it's nice to see cars finally banished from the park for good (one hopes, anyway). ... See MoreSee Less
I've driven through the park, and it was a great convenience during rush hours. I hit no one & did not hate myself. I've seen many bicyclists endanger themselves on the streets, and pedestrians on the sidewalks. That said, a driver's responsibility is to avoid hitting even the biggest fools.
3 months ago · 4
Now that it’s done, let’s move on to the greatest danger. When can we get the cyclists out? 🚴♀️
3 months ago · 3
Brooklyn WarsI'd be fine with the cyclists if someone enforced the traffic laws on them. They don't feel like a hazard when they're going the speed limit and in the right direction.
Meanwhile, the city's reports on how to pay for this $2.5 billion monster and on where it would actually run are now more than six months overdue. But they bought a prototype and parked it at the Navy Yard, so, progress! ... See MoreSee Less