Brooklyn Life

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Chiun-Kai Shih: Hipstamatic Lens Photography Show
At this interactive gallery show, guests will get to experience what Chunky and his lens are all about. Guests can meet Chunky himself and view Chunky’s GQ Taiwan fashion spread with Taylor Fuchs (shot entirely on the iPhone). Plus, guests will be able to download the Chunky lens app for free and project their photos live in the 3rd Ward Gallery and online on the Hipstamatic and 3rd Ward websites. To RSVP, use the link above. Thursday, February 10. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 195 Morgan Avenue, 3rd Ward.

No Book Jackets Required

Four independent curators KiptonArt Founding Director Kipton Cronkite, Gawker Artists Curator Liz Dimmitt, Independent Curator and Phillips dePury Director Anne Huntington and nAcsent Art Co-founding Director Jennifer Wallace will discuss challenges currently faced by curators and artists in finding alternate spaces for exhibitions, programming and sales. The open panel will be moderated by Geri Thomas, President of arts & culture consulting firm Thomas & Associates, Inc. The panel will be followed with a cocktail hour and tour of the club’s landmark building afterward. RSVP to montaukreadings@aol.com. Wednesday, February 9. 8 p.m. Free/$5. 25 Eighth Avenue, The Montauk Club.

NYC Superfund: Toxic Solution or Toxic Label?
What will the recent Superfund designations of Newtown Creek in Queens and the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn mean for community residents and the rest of the city? How will they affect the plans of real estate developers interested in revitalizing these post-industrial zones? What is the fate of the natural environments themselves? Find out at this meeting on Tuesday! Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or programs@mcny.org. Tuesday, February 8. 6:30 p.m. $6/$8/$12. 1220 Fifth Avenue, Museum of the City of New York.

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Bank of America to Create Troubled Loans Unit [NY Times]
Traffic Deaths in the City Rose Slightly Last Year [NY Times]
Online Mortgage Shopping Made Easier [NY Times]
Brooklyn Sect has Bizarre History, Mysterious Members [Daily News]
Atlantic Yards’ Foot-in-Mouth Veep, MaryAnne Gilmartin [Post]
Brooklyn Landlords Heavily Represented In Heat Problem List [Eagle]
Brooklyn Building Super Stabbed To Death [NY1]
Details About The Long Tan Wine Bar, Coming Soon [HPS]
Munson Diner Coming to Park Slope? [HPS]
A Displaced Dive Bar, Reborn in Brooklyn [WSJ]
News for the Delayed Construction Report [AY Report]
Is Bread and Butter Toast? [BHB]
Photo by Kilgub from the Brownstoner Flickr Pool.

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This weekend The Brooklyn Flea once again opens up at Skylight One Hanson both Saturday and Sunday. If not for the vintage, antique, food, clothing and jewelry vendors, stop by Sunday to celebrate Chinese New Year with guest vendor Eddie Huang, who will be cooking up Chinese TV dinners. This kicks off a series of guest chefs who will be cooking at the Flea one Sunday a month through April. You’ll find a map and directions here and a list of vendors here. The Flea runs from 10am to 6pm and is always free.
Photo by Triborough

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190 Dean Street, at Bond, has seen a lot of action in the past few months. First the building underwent a big interior reno. Then plans were announced for a ground-floor Northern Italian restaurant, although the liquor license request was tabled by CB2 in November. Eater has now unearthed more details about the restaurant, Rucola, which should be open sometime in March. It will be managed by a former Prime Meats bartender, who hopes to expand the restaurant to include a bag lunch program for kids, a rooftop herb garden, a farm, and a CSA-style farm share. You can read more about the restaurant here and more about the farm share here. The food will feature seasonal salads, pastas, and vegetarian dishes.
Details on 190 Dean Eatery [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Last week a reader dropped a line to say that it seemed like the long-planned reconstruction of Eastern Parkway from Grand Army Plaza to Washington Avenue might be starting up, since a “man from the city was going from building to building yesterday informing about potential water shutoffs and parking changes.” As it happens, the project could begin within the next few months. A rep from the Department of Design and Construction had the following to say about the time line: “Test pits are being done now to determine locations of underground utilities. Once those are determined construction work could begin in the spring.” The city says the main goals in upgrading the infrastructure near the museum, botanic garden and library are to improve pedestrian, bicyclist, and vehicular safety; enhance open space and create new ones; and improve water mains, sewers and utilities. The renderings above show how it’s supposed to turn out, and the whole thing will probably take two years to complete.

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While Borough President Marty Markowitz’s entrance last night for his State of the Borough address is likely to be the most discussed aspect of the shebang, Brooklyn the Borough has reprinted his speech in full, and here are a few parts of it that stand out:
-“Fourth Avenue, which runs from Downtown Brooklyn to Bay Ridge, remains under-utilized…I have been promoting the transformation of the street into a livable, walkable, tree-lined avenue that I have dubbed ‘Brooklyn Boulevard.’ We’re just about to kick off the first in what will be many steps toward that goal by refurbishing the 4th Avenue-9th Street subway station and the surrounding streetscape.”

-“For many years, we’ve been talking about improving the Gowanus Expressway, and it’s time to act!” [More details, please!]

-“…I’m setting aside over one million dollars in capital funds and working with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and its president, Seth Pinsky, to develop a ‘business incubator’ in one of Brooklyn’s economically challenged areas.”

-“Beginning in the fall of 2012, the Barclays Center will not only be the home of the Brooklyn Nets…But it’s not just about the arena; the affordable housing built nearby will help make sure that Brooklyn remains proud home to everyone from everywhere.” [AY report has a bit to say on this.]

-“I’ve supported a $15 million streetscape project for Fulton Mall that includes repairing sidewalks, adding new public seating and repaving roads, because I believe we can once again make it New York City’s most prized shopping district, an eclectic and dynamic commercial strip that reflects the diversity of Brooklyn.”

-“Across from Borough Hall, we have a dream for the Municipal Building at 210 Joralemon Street. The building’s ground floor will soon be available for retail, and I know what store would truly be the ‘apple’ of my eye.” [Yes, let this happen so we can stop blogging “Apple-is-coming rumors”!]

Click through for quotes on Williamsburg and Coney development, bicycling, and Prospect Park.

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Opening Reception: Maggie Bard and Casey Spectacular
RePOP of Brooklyn is hosting an opening reception and art show featuring the paintings of Maggie Bard and Casey Spectacular. Curated among RePOP’s newly expanded showroom of mid-century, industrial and vintage furnishings and decor, the paintings of Bard and Spectacular compliment both each other, and their surroundings. Friday, February 4. 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free. 68 Washington Avenue, RePOP.

Grace Church Winterfair
Join Grace Church as they host their annual Winterfair. Enjoy an evening gala and silent auction. Items for sale at the fair include clothing (adults’ and kids’), toys, books, CDs and DVDs, tchotchkes, sporting goods, flowers and plants, baked goods, and more. Admission to the fair is free, and all are invited. Saturday, February 5. Winterfair: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Evening Gala and Silent Auction start at 6:30 p.m. Winterfair is free. Evening Gala is $25/$30. 254 Hicks Street, Grace Church.

The Brooklyn Flea
The winter Flea is located at Skylight One Hanson (the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank across from the Atlantic Center mall) on Saturdays and Sundays. The Flea features over a 100 vendors offering a great mix of vintage, antiques, jewelry, and food. Saturday & Sunday, February 5 & 6. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. One Hanson Place/Williamsburg Savings Bank.

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Wal-Mart Skips Council Hearing as Impact of Stores Is Assailed [NY Times]
A New City Handbook From the Planning Dept Demystifies Zoning [NY Times]
Protesting School Closings, in a Noisy Annual Ritual [NY Times]
Parents Seek More Action on PCBs in Schools [NY Times]
15 New Small Businesses Lease Space at Navy Yard [Eagle]
Habitat to Break Ground on New Homes in Brownsville [Eagle]
Brooklyn Rape Suspect Linked To Third Attack [NY1]
Will the 421-A Tax Abatement be Overhauled? [NY1]
Bensonhurst Architecture: The Name Game [Wandering NYC]
Bloomberg Slightly More Popular, Survey Shows [City Room]
Pavilion Staff Blames Ownership for Decaying Theater [PS Patch]
Williamsburg Sensation Mason Fisk Gets a Sibling [Curbed]
For Schools, Bed Bugs a Growing Problem [Metro]
Prime Real Estate Along Newtown Creek? [BTB]
Marty’s Erroneous Defense of His AY Advocacy [AY Report]
Counting the Homeless: A Cold Night’s Work [WSJ]