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  • Nomcebo Manzini

    It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood!

    OK, it’ll be unseasonably warm later, … but when you think of what it’s been like in many places South of us even in the last month, we can be very, very grateful.

    And I – has “therapy” ever been this inexpensive? – would like to walk back at least some curmudgeonliness on my part by saying that Brooklyn Bridge Park has done a huge (AND FINE) job of repaving much of its major walkway.

    Yes, almost EVERYthing could be “a little bit better,” but we are super-duper-lucky to have that amenity (BBP) close to hand!

    Maybe, our luck will continue – don’t read the Edsall column in today’s Times if you enjoy feeling relatively good about things (if you do) – and the BQE plan that emerges from the “blue ribbon commission” will be a good one, one that gets done what needs to be done and doesn’t wreak havoc with our quality of life. (I won’t even tempt fate by wishing that there’s dramatically fewer car-generated particles & injurious gases … when the dust clears!)

  • CassieVonMontague

    i think i understood your free-association post, and I like the repaving too. I hope they coat it with something too keep it cool though. Black asphalt is no fun on a 90º October day.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Toll Brothers fined for illegal contributions to de Blasio

    “A Toll Brothers executive told investigators de Blasio called him in 2015 and asked him to contribute to the Campaign for One New York. This was just a few days after the Department of Buildings had removed a stop-work order on the developer’s hotel project in Brooklyn Bridge Park, records show. Shortly after the call from the mayor, Toll Brothers wrote Campaign for One New York a $25,000 check, records show.”

    https://thecity.nyc/2019/09/state-fines-developers-for-their-gifts-to-mayor-de-blasio.html

  • Eddyde

    I hope no one is surprised by that…

  • Mike Suko

    Hasn’t thought about that! I’m afraid what you see is what you’ll see for at least 5 years.

  • Andrew Porter

    Shooting Wednesday for a new TV show, “Katie Keene,” a spin-off from the Archie Comics Veronica universe, in the exact same spot Spielberg shot scenes for “Bridge of Spies” on Pineapple Street corner of Hicks. Here’s my photo of the shoot:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1827d02105d52dd8751847f3b73d52bc6857c4e4647fe184129b798f56d4f72c.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    Courtesy the Municipal Archives, here’s 22-26 Court Street in 1940:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95f8424dbc7f2ea7ddd43b7a947b7f23e253b2a2b5655d6558cbe1205f598fef.png

  • brooklynbull

    Thanks so much for these photos!

  • Jorale-man

    The NY Times editorial board endorses the plan to bury the BQE under parkland. It’s on a long wish-list of items for de Blasio to tackle – I guess we’ll see if it carries any weight.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/06/opinion/bill-de-blasio.html

  • Roberto Gautier

    New Jersey’s governor mandated that school districts must test for lead every three years. That is shocking – although previously the requirement was for lead testing every 6 years.
    What is the requirement for lead in school drinking water for NYC?

  • Eddyde

    LOL