February 15-22, 2015
VISION ZERO: DeBlasio targets traffic fatalities in these 49 BK streets and 91 intersections (in red) [Daily News]
GIULIANI TO OBAMA THIS WEEK: You could learn a few things from my awesome approach to ethnic conflict in Brooklyn.
- A flaw in the analogy [The Rude Pundit]
- Flashback: when Rudy smeared a BK victim of police violence and fomented racial tension [Rob Polner]
MALIA OBAMA REPPING BK: The First Daughter secretly sporting t-shirt for a Brooklyn hip-hop collective, Pro Era, Pro [Gawker]
- Background on Pro Era founder’s Flatbush roots [Q at Parkside]
THE REAL REASON THERE ARE DARK ICE MOUNTAINS ON YOUR BLOCK: This map shows which BK streets have “secondary” priority for snow ploughing [NYC]
THE BEST BASKETBALL TEAM IN BROOKLYN IS…: St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights! On the verge of making March Madness [Brooklyn Daily]
IT SURVIVED THE CIVIL WAR, BUT NOT THE BK RENAISSANCE: This Bed-Stuy church, built around the 1840s, is being torn down to make apartments [DNA Info][Photo by Brownstoner]
TAX SOME BRIDGES, BUILD SOME SUBWAYS:
- Proposal to add tolls to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges [Brooklyn Eagle]
- Proposal for a new subway line — the X — through BK [Capital NY]
Quotes of the Week
“Brooklyn is the edgy, kind of complicated bad boy of the boroughs. Everyone wants to date a bad boy at least once.”
–Dating expert Melani Robinson, explaining a new survey showing Manhattanites want to date Brooklynites
“Now the landlord’s trying to fire all the workers, sell the chandelier, and melt down all the gold-encrusted workout equipment, so that the building owner can recoup some of his losses and sell the complex to someone else. Nets basketball!
–Devin Kharpertian with an elaborate and Brooklyn-friendly metaphor explaining the Brooklyn Nets’ demise [The Brooklyn Game]
–Bed-Stuy Community Board chair Juanita Lewis, rejecting a liquor license amidst growing resistance to hipster infiltration [Village Voice]
“The closing of the Dumbo Arts Festival is like a canary in a coal mine. We risk the corporatization of Dumbo.”
–Justin Hendrix of of the NYC Media Lab in downtown Brooklyn on why Dumbo is losing its reputation as the BK center of gravity for technology [Technical.ly Brooklyn]
Quotes of the Week (Special Larry David Edition)
Larry David returned recently to Sheepshead Bay, where he grew up. The New Yorker took him to the Kouros Bay Diner, where he marvalled at the size of the menu. [New Yorker]
“This is the biggest menu I’ve ever seen in my life!”
The waitress came by. “Do you have fresh grapefruit juice?” David inquired. She shook her head.
“O.K., I’ll have a Pellegrino.”
Her pencil didn’t move.
“A sparkling water?”
“Seltzer,” she said.
“Seltzer! There you go,” he said. “I’ve been away too long.”
Kind of hysterical video of fashion show staged on the L train by a Bushwick designer [Bushwick Daily]
“They fuse hyper modern tech fabrics with organic natural fibers and draping techniques”
Foodies, Glorious Foodies
The Foodie Awards [BK Mag]
Best Chinese restaurants in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Based]
Why homelessness is growing in BK [Brooklyn Independent Media]
Leslie Gore, 68. Born Lesley Sue Goldstein in Brooklyn, she had her first hit — Its My Party (And I’ll Cry of I Want To) at age 16.[NPR]
Vince O’Connor, 85. The Park Slope native coached the St. Francis Prep football team for an astounding 62 seasons. [Brooklyn Daily]