Brooklyn's straphangers, known to love the looping line as much as they hate it, are now rallying in support of the G: District Leader Lincoln Restler has organized a petition to keep the MTA from cutting off full Church Avenue-to-Queens service. Nearly 1,200 have signed the online petition, which began Sunday. The move comes as communities continue to feel the effect of MTA cuts -- which resulted in the loss of two subway lines, 36 bus routes, and 570 bus stops in the last several years.More »
You see, the Prospect Park Road Sharing Taskforce has been seriously considering changes after several recent accidents left two with severe brain injuries.
The coalition announced yesterday that it wants to double the space allocated to cyclists and pedestrians -- so there would be one lane for each group and one lane for vehicles. The move would get rid of one car lane.
Transportation advocates seem to think the changes, which could take place as early as this spring, are a step in the right direction, but would still prefer an outright ban on cars.More »
Last night, Park Slope and the surrounding areas responded to the recent string of sexual attacks with a good old-fashioned rally. Newly-formed local group Safe Slope organized the march, which in our estimate attracted about 300-400 people -- definitely more than the "Rape Cops" protest earlier this summer -- and took up two whole blocks of the Slope. Runnin' Scared arrived early to the starting place right next to the Prospect Avenue R train. A sizeable crowd had already assembled on the scene; we've never seen so many dogs, little kids, and politicians in one place.
Spotting a woman in an interesting t-shirt, we took a picture:More »
A group of homeless people have been camping out beside the Prospect Park lake for the last two months and hunting small game for food, reports the Post. The poachers stuck to the lake's southern end, where they littered the area with cans and trash and killed "wildlife" like squirrels, ducks, and cygnets using quite cruel methods. They roasted the meat over illegal fires or just ate it raw. Disgusting! Barbaric! And is it even hunting season?
"Jackpot" for the Prospect Park cleaning crew over the weekend meant condoms. Wrappers and rubbers comprised much of the trash collected by the the Prospect Park Litter Mob, a volunteer group concerned with "Brooklyn's largest remaining stretch of forest," and their community-minded actions earned them a little New York Times feature on the City Room blog this morning. It's racier than most city news tidbits, especially in the Times! The picker-uppers focused mainly on the Midwood section of the park, "known as a place gay men cruise for sex," and so the army of eight filled 22 bags with trash. Among the garbage, "upwards of 2,000 condom wrappers and 600 condoms." By our math, that means we're missing about 1,400 used jimmy hats; either Brooklyners get environmentally conscious postcoital and decide to use trash cans, or some people have mighty strange souvenir collections. [NYT]
Does "anyone seriously considered the two parks comparable," as one of the two New York Times writers assigned to the story writes in Sunday's paper? Doesn't matter: Here's an artful weekend story, doing exactly that, comparing Manhattan's classic Central Park to Brooklyn's BroBo alternative, Prospect Park. The debate is thoughtful, well-written, and even funny, all too rare in these "newspapers." But is either argument persuasive, either park superior? Let's run down the evidence, if there is any.
A wild goose who essentially has an arrow-hole tracheotomy amazingly continues flying and eating in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Hundreds of rangers, volunteers, and Parks Department employees are attempting to capture the bird to provide appropriate medical attention, but the bird is too damn fast. This poor bird's resilience is absolutely incredible.
Garey Lewis via New York Times
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