Brooklyn

May 18, 2010, 12pm PDT
A historic Navy yard in Brooklyn has been crumbling for decades. Now a deal has been struck to redevelop part of the area. But even with preservation efforts, many of the area's historic homes may be too damaged to save.
The New York Times
Blog post
April 28, 2010, 10am PDT

Jim Kunstler once said that if the 20th Century was about getting around, the 21st Century is about staying in places worth staying in.

Mike Lydon
April 12, 2010, 6am PDT
The search for authenticity lead Generation Xers to move into gritty, urban environments that their overwhelming numbers managed to kill, says Adam Mayer in a review of Sharon Zukin's book Naked City.
New Geography
February 28, 2010, 5am PST
The Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant is coming up in the world but is managing to preserve its African-American culture throughout.
The New York Times
January 29, 2010, 2pm PST
A series of mock-advertisements herald the gentrification of Brooklyn.
Flavorpill
Blog post
January 18, 2010, 3pm PST

More than two years years ago I chronicled my daily bicycle commute in Miami. The 8-mile trip was as representative of Miami's built and socio-cultural landscape as it was harrowing. 

While that city has surely made progress in the pas two years, I'd be lying if I didn't disclose that I partially moved to New York City because of the progress being made in designing livable streets infrastructure. Quite simply, it feels good to be in a city that "gets it." 

Mike Lydon
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