Wednesday Links

Ethics Panel Report in Lopez’s Harassment Case Is Withheld [NY Times]
An Aquarium in Brooklyn Will Partly Reopen in Spring [NY Times]
Parking Spot Causes Fight (No Drivers Are Involved) [NY Times]
Brooklyn Man Accused of Forcing Daughter to Marry [NY Times]
$100,000 in Solar Equipment Swiped From Brooklyn Bridge Park [NY Post]
Gropez Made Women Write Him Love Notes [NY Post]
Barclays Center Sees First Labor Union Unrest [NY Daily News]
Heights Library Patrons Will Be Hot About Summer Cuts [NY Daily News]
Fairway Details Losses From Superstorm [WSJ]
John Catsimatidis Holds Court in Brooklyn [Observer]
Man Robs Bushwick Subway Shop With Box Cutter [DNAinfo]
Commercial Rents on Myrtle High Despite Vacancies [DNAinfo]
Career Criminal Nabbed Stealing Fruitcake in Park Slope [DNAinfo]
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  • Re: Brooklyn Heights Library: Andrew Carnegie wrote: ““There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.”
    Things have changed a great deal since Carnegie donated the bulk of his fortune to the endowment of public libraries. Brooklyn public libraries, like many throughout the U.S. already suffering budget shortfalls, are also at the mercy of outdated systems breaking. This branch needs $3.5 million for a cooling system. That only seems like a lot of money when it is a fix that will primarily benefit the poor. The Fifth Avenue branch of the NY Public library system attracts funding because of its splashy donor events, but branches like this one at Cadman Plaza are every bit as important. By supporting public libraries we all benefit. It astounds me that houses in Brooklyn neighborhoods that are primarily poor are selling for millions of dollars to “gentrifiers” but the few fundamental community resources left are crumbling or closing. How much benefit will gentrification ultimately yield if public libraries are allowed to even partly shutdown when an air conditioning system breaks? Today’s government is incapable of fixing this problem. What happened to the altruism of the Gilded Age? The benefactors of the City Beautiful Movement a century ago spent buckets of money on their homes, but they also saw the need and benefit of endowing public institutions that allow the poor and middle class to find refuge in learning and a physical symbol that democracy should benefit everyone.

  • “And though rents may be high, there are currently over 10 of storefronts to choose from in the 13-block span between Classon Avenue and Fort Greene Park.”

    Uh, duh. You think there might be a connection between the high rents and the large number of vacancies?