Neighborhoods Complaints

A non-service-animal pet was present in a Park Slope food shop on Tuesday, a Chinese takeout spot in Red Hook has received a C grade, and a homeless encampment was reported on Gates Avenue in Bushwick, according to a comprehensive new tool that lists subway changes, rat problems and water leaks.

Created by the City of New York and Vizalytics Technology, is a public mapping of 311 complaints. (more…)

Gas Leak Scare Dumbo

The fire department closed sections of Front Street and Jay Street earlier this afternoon, blocking traffic with fire trucks and caution tape. The reason? A suspicious crack in the sidewalk.

“It’s so they can make sure there isn’t a gas leak,” a construction worker on the scene told Brownstoner, mere seconds before two neon-vested National Grid workers arrived on the scene. (more…)

Atlantic Antic 2015 -- Brooklyn Street Fair Photos

Thousands of Brooklynites made their way across a mile-long stretch of Atlantic Avenue on Sunday for the 41st annual Atlantic Antic, New York’s largest street fair.

Local shops sold their wares, from vintage finds to bespoke jewelry and art prints, soundtracked by performances from marching bands, jazz acts and more.

There was plenty of typical street-festival fare — grilled corn, arepas, fried Oreos and gyros — as well as booths from local food purveyors like Luke’s Lobster, the Good Batch, Landhaus, Sahadi’s and Damascus Bread & Pastry.

See our photos from the fest below. (more…)

Brooklyn Strand Project: Fort Greene Residents Voiced Concerns In Community Workshop

They had to find more chairs. On Monday evening, a group of more than 70 people — architects, city representatives and Brooklyn residents — met at Fort Greene’s Willoughby Senior Center to talk about the future of the neighborhood’s public spaces.

Hosted by Community Board 2 and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the workshop was part of the Brooklyn Strand. The multi-year, multi-part effort is spearheaded by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and WXY Architecture, and seeks to improve public space around the Brooklyn Bridge and BQE from Borough Hall to Commodore Barry Park.


Eric Adams' CROSS Brooklyn Unveils Million Dollar Sidewalk Extension Plan

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and street-safety advocates joined at the site of a recent pedestrian fatality last week to unveil a $1 million plan to improve dangerous intersections.

The plan was unveiled at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z in Sheesphead Bay, where nine fatal or critical crashes have occurred this year (most recently, Carol Carboni was killed in a crash at the intersection in August).

Adams spoke of creating “bulb-outs” and “neck-downs” — otherwise known as sidewalk extensions — at five areas that have a large elderly population.


Pulaski Bridge Bikelane Construction Beginning

Good news for North Brooklyn bicyclists: Work on the much-delayed Pulaski Bridge bikeway will start Monday, September 14. It might even be completed by the end of this year, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol told Streetsblog.

The highly anticipated bike path was originally set to open in 2014, but a series of delays relating to the contractor, design challenges, and funding held up construction. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced newly discovered drainage design issues would delay the bikeway even further, until April 2016.

The drainage design complications were fixed more quickly than expected, according to Lentol.