The big story of the day is yesterday’s launch of Citi Bike, the first large-scale new transportation system in the City for more than 75 years, according to The New York Times. It is “already the largest bike-sharing system in the country,” said the Times, and will get even bigger when it expands farther into Brooklyn and other boroughs. DNAinfo spoke to Clinton Hill resident Travis Eby, who said he was excited to try it and planned to use it for “quick trips” or to get to the subway when the G is out. “They are great at filling in gaps in the transportation system,” he said. The U.K.’s Guardian had an interesting perspective, and noted the system is expensive compared to London’s: $9.95 plus tax vs. $3 for 24 hours. Plus there are all sorts of late fees, such as a $9 charge if you keep the bike out for more than 30 minutes (and $12 more for every additional 30 minutes after the first 60-90 minutes of overage…!). Apparently the bike share program has no plans to move into southern Brooklyn, and that’s just the way the residents there like it, according to Brooklyn Daily.
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Next weekend, the third annual Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to the Brooklyn Historical Society with panels and a wide variety of publishers, artists and writers selling their wares. Panels will discuss topics like queer and trans zine writers, zine collecting and publishing zines anonymously. And over 150 zine enthusiasts will be selling self-published magazines on everything […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Row house Address: 245 Front Street Cross Streets: Bridge and Gold Streets Neighborhood: Vinegar Hill Year Built: 1852-55 Architectural Style: Greek Revival Architect: Unknown. Landmarked: Yes, part of Vinegar Hill HD (1997) The story: Like stumbling upon Brigadoon, Vinegar Hill is hidden from most people’s view, tucked away […]
A convention center is planning to open at 79 Franklin Street in Greenpoint later this year, possibly in October, according to DNAinfo. Currently under construction, the Brooklyn Expo Center will have 28,000 square feet of space for exhibitions and meetings. There will also be a cafeteria and parking. A reader who lives nearby said it looks […]
Although obviously in need of work to turn it into living space, this has got to be one of the coolest properties for sale we’ve ever seen. There’s tons of curb appeal (or will be, pending a fresh paint job), beamed ceilings, arched windows and doors, diagonal floors and three skylights in this seemingly untouched […]