May 142009
 

This ad for Joe Sitt’s Coney Island flea market was on the N-train on my way home last night. It pulls my SRSLY WTF levers on so many levels. After decades of decline and shrinkage and ill-fated land grabs – the most recent grab by Sitt himself – this is pretty much the size of today’s amusement district. There are [...]

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May 132009
 

(Out-of-service R-train passing by 21st Avenue) When I use the Photoshop of my imagination, I see Trolley leaving the neighborhood of Make-Believe… Yeah, OK, that’s a stretch. Mainly I’m just not used to seeing this much green in one place around the subway line. At my station, the houses are built right up to the subway line, and station houses [...]

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What about the Verrazano?

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May 112009
 

(Photo credit: wallyg via Flickr. Creative Commons license.) Today, the MTA board will offically vote on the post-Doomsday fares and tolls. While the $2.25 single-ride fare and $89 monthly MetroCard have been widely publicized, the tolls for the bridges and tunnels have pretty much flown under the radar. Last week, the Staten Island Advance reported that the Verrazano toll will [...]

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May 082009
 

The Cherry Hill gourmet market opens in the old Lundy’s Restaurant building amid fines and stop work orders. A primer on the controversy can be found here (which I sorely needed, since I was a little late tuning into this match). It could be worse – they could be getting an Arby’s, like the Gage & Tollner building in downtown [...]

May 082009
 

Last night I attended the 4th annual Brooklyn Blogfest in DUMBO. It’s something I have wanted to attend the past couple of years, but couldn’t shake myself free to do so. This year I had the opportunity, so I went for it. There were two halves: an organized session with an agenda and everything in the powerHouse Arena, and an [...]

May 072009
 

The M-Train: my morning commute The B23: My direct connection to the soon-to-reopen Vox Pop The B37: Good to know these new bus shelters weren’t being built for naught after all Also: I’m happy that the MTA got some new dedicated sources of funding without getting to toll the East River bridges. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I sympathize – [...]

May 042009
 

First off – I’d like to start calling this thing Pig Flu instead of Swine Flu. Swine Flu sounds more ominous than Pig Flu, and needlessly so. The word swine has a much stronger negative connotation than pig. Bernie Madoff is swine. That cabbie who tried to swindle you for an extra twenty that night you were super-plastered is swine. [...]

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May 042009
 

Not directly southern-Brooklyn related, but of interest to the Southies: Macy’s has announced plans to move this year’s Fourth of July fireworks from the East River to the Hudson River, thus extending the double-middle-finger to Brooklyn and Queens.