Brooklyn

Blog post
December 9, 2009, 9am PST

For a myriad of personal and professional reasons I moved to New York City this fall. Part of the reason I uprooted myself from the pastel, sun soaked streets of Miami Beach to the chaos of New York is because Gotham has made such incredible strides in becoming one of America's most bicycle-friendly cities. 

Mike Lydon
November 24, 2009, 1pm PST
A New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a private developer, who plans to build a basketball arena in Brooklyn, validating the state's use of eminent domain on his behalf. A local group says the fight is just beginning.
The New York Times
November 23, 2009, 1pm PST
Queens and Brooklyn homeowners may soon be prohibited from converting front yards into parking pads if a set of regulations is approved. The loss of street parking from new curb cuts was cited as a reason, along with aesthetics.
New York Times-N.Y./Region (blog)
August 21, 2009, 7am PDT
This video from <em>Reuters</em> looks at a new rooftop garden in Brooklyn. Covering 6,000 square feet, the flourishing garden provides fresh produce to local restaurants.
Reuters (on-line)
August 5, 2009, 5am PDT
Katherine Melia explains the relevant points on the Atlantic Yards controversy in Brooklyn for those not embroiled in the controversy over eminent domain, starchitecture, and more.
Next American City
July 15, 2009, 7am PDT
Sales in Brooklyn are down, and that's made a ghost town out of the recently booming but now busted Williamsburg neighborhood.
New York Magazine
July 10, 2009, 2pm PDT
Artists in Brooklyn are filling a void by converting construction dumpsters into swimming pools.
Ready Made
April 24, 2009, 8am PDT
The EPA's proposal to list the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund site is getting mixed reactions from nearby residents and officials: some see the designation as a development-halting stigma, others as quite the opposite.
The New York Times
March 14, 2009, 7am PDT
In an effort to reclaim a public plaza at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge that was demolished in the 1960s by Robert Moses, artist Brian Tolle is reconstructing the statues that once adorned the plaza.
Bloomberg
January 22, 2009, 8am PST
Plans for a new school and mixed use development in Brooklyn have neighbors excited about the project filling a need but also disappointed about the new project's height, which they say will ruin their view.
The New York Times
January 21, 2009, 11am PST
Highlights of the Coney Island revival plan include new housing, shops, and recreational facilities--which some say have no place in the historic amusement district.
New York Daily News
December 31, 2008, 6am PST
Brooklyn residents have built a makeshift detour sign in an attempt to redirect drivers away from their street. A new bike lane was implemented in the fall that has removed stop signs and, according to residents, made their street unsafe.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
December 3, 2008, 6am PST
The demolition of a registered historic church in Brooklyn has underscored a debate over historic religious facilities between preservationists and congregations who struggle to pay the added costs of owning historic property.
The New York Times
November 6, 2008, 12pm PST
On Monday, Gothamist revealed the winners of a contest to redesign the traffic-clogged intersection of 4th Avenue and 9th Street in Brooklyn.
Gothamist.com
October 30, 2008, 7am PDT
Preservationists say that there are better ways to use buildings along Brooklyn's industrial waterfront than to demolish them.
The New York Times
October 13, 2008, 12pm PDT
Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway is one of America’s most 'elegant' roads. Designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to replicate the grand European Boulevards; opened in 1876, it was designated a landmark by NYC 100 years later
The New York Times
June 24, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Steven Malanga writes about the resurrection of Bushwick, a Brooklyn neighborhood, from its decrepit past.</p>
City Journal
June 16, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Brooklyn architect Robert M. Scarano Jr. has crossed Brooklyn's zoning laws too many times, and the city is making the case to ban him from submitting any plans. In the worst case, he put two apartment buildings in a location greenlighted for one.</p>
The New York Times
May 23, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>In the early days, trolleys and trains carried 400,000 passengers a day over the Brooklyn Bridge. With continued growth in pedestrian traffic, a former transit commissioner says a rail renaissance might not be so far-fetched.</p>
NY1 News
March 24, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff discusses why the impending breakdown of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn is a harsh blow to urban planning in New York.</p>
The New York Times