The fine art of toxic sludge, the herring explosion, and BK’s dubious distinction on homelessness

November 10-17, 2014



The fine art of toxic Gowanus sludge [NY Mag]

4 BK neighborhoods lead the city producing homeless people [City Limits]

Interactive map: NYC traffic fatalities, block by block [NYC]

Brooklyn herring explosion fueled by non-Jews hungry for Omega-3s [Daily News]

Interactive crime map, block by block [McBrooklyn]

Wheelchair bound. Homeless. Honor Student. [Daily News]


BK Real Estate Cooling?

Pool of foreign buyers drying up? [DNA Info]

Real estate market slowed in October: PLG and BK Heights down, Bed-Stuy and Dumbo up [Dumbo NYC]

BK’s priciest mansion (photo below) cuts price from $30 million to $17 milllion [BK Magazine]


Quotes of the Week

“I’m terrified.”
–Bisi Ideraabdullah of Park Slope about her husband’s heroic return to Liberia to help treat Ebola victims [DNA Info]

“I’m off this sh*t!”
–Joe Johnson, the normally quiet Nets star, complaining that his teammates’ play has been “selfish.” [The Brooklyn Game]


Brooklyn’s Resurgence, cont’d

Asheville, NC, has switched from being the Paris of the South to being the Brooklyn of South! [Daily News]

Arts and culture bring $310 million to BK Downtown and Cultural District [Brooklyn Eagle]

Brooklyn now has a porn festival [Bushwick Daily]



Unsexy But Important

US State Department protests Atlantic Yards efforts to woo Chinese dollars [Atlantic Yards Report]

Of 1,693 NYC schools, the two worst were in Brooklyn [Daily News]

NYC’s black middle class is shrinking [Daily News]

Map: Where are the new Pre-K slots going? [DNA Info]

Highest concentration of city workers lives in Canarsie, Brownsville, East New York [Gothamist]

Poo-nami [Brooklyn Independent Media]


Most Enticing Headlines

Williamsburg Pizza is testing out pizza delivery drones” [Brokelyn]

Bushwick calendar captures the chest hair and unbridled masculinity of neighborhood locals” [BK Magazine]

Crown Heights cheese caves” [Gothamist]

Adorable pooch stolen in car snatch” [NYPost] OR Kitten rescued from car engine” [Sheepshead Bites]


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Hasids Behaving Badly

Crown Heights Jewish youth center found with assault weapons, LSD, mushrooms [DNA Info]

15 Hasids busted for welfare fraud [NY Post]



A history of Bedford Avenue 
“In 1818, a steam ferry replaced the rowboats and the development of Williamsburg began to take off” [Curbed]


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