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Crown Height’s Lincoln Terrace Park, bordered by Rochester, Eastern Parkway and New York Avenue, is getting a makeover. According to the minutes of the December CB 8 Meeting, $2 million is being allotted to renovations. This includes fixing the drainage problem in the playground area, adding a new toddler area, doing landscaping work around the comfort station, adding a spray shower in the middle of the park as well as more green space, upgrading benches and fountains, and making the park handicapped accessible. The work will be done over a year with some portions of the park getting shut down as it happens. GMAP

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A tipster alerted us to a new clothing boutique opening at 742 Driggs, at South 2nd Street, formerly the home of Southside Guitars (which is now at 303 Grand Street). According to a sign on the window, it will be named Rob’s Shoppe. The Facebook page explains it will be “offering rare articles of vintage and modern clothing from around the world as well as affordable boots and shoes for men and women.” The grand opening is “coming soon.” GMAP

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At the beginning of December there was a vote for what to do with the $7 million allotted for improvements to the Greenpoint Waterfront. Well, here are the results, courtesy of New York Shitty. The top choice was for the “Dutch Kills Basin Acquisition and/or 29th St. Improvements,” a $3M project that provides stormwater management and community facilities including a park. That is followed by wetlands rehabilitation, a boathouse, a new park at the Saint Savior’s Site, and McCarren Pool. The Department of Environmental Conservation will take these options into consideration before finally deciding a project to fund.
…And The Results Are In! [NYS]
Greenpoint Gets $7M For Waterfront [Brownstoner]

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New American Academy in BK is an Experiment in Class Size [NY Times]
City Officials Admit Mistakes After Blizzard [NY Times]
Flakes May Not Pile Up, But Anxiety Will [NY Times]
25-Year-Old Artist Shot Dead in Red Hook [NY Post]
New Snag in Zamperla’s Plan to Boot Coney 8 [NY Post]
Walmart Launches NYC Media and PR Push [Crain’s]
Another Suicide at the Brooklyner [Brooklyn Paper]
60 Henry Street to be Filled? [Brooklyn Paper]
Racial Battle At John Jay HS
[Brooklyn Paper]
Brooklyn Leads Borough in Job Growth [Brooklyn Eagle]

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We told you back in October that Olive’s Very Vintage at 434 Court Street was expanding down the block to 453 Court. Now it’s open and going by the name Olaf’s. The store specializes in vintage clothing for men and home decor. There was a very promising selection of old-time leather shoes and skinny ties in the storefront window.
Olive’s Very Vintage Expanding on Court [Brownstoner] GMAP