Brooklyn Life


Via McBrooklyn there’s news that residents have started a petition asking the city, American Stevedoring and the Port Authority to remove the salt pile that’s been on Kane and Columbia Streets since 2009. The pile of road salt next to the waterfront, the petition says, is often uncovered, and some of the salt becomes airborne. It also notes that the salt “can irritate the respiratory tract and causes hypertension,” and that it’s potentially toxic.
Remove the Salt Pile on Columbia St. [Petition] GMAP


We told you in January the commercial space at 509 Myrtle would be a Cajun restaurant, opened by the owners of Negril Village in Manhattan. Just recently some signage has gone up: The name of the spot will be SoCo and evidently it will be “SoJazzy” as well as “SoBrooklyn.” According to the biz’s Facebook page, there will be “Southern Fused Cuisine” on the menu. Expect a May 5th opening!
Cajun Spot Planned for Myrtle Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP


A reader said there’s been talk of a Five Guys coming into the under-construction storefront at 266 Court Street, near the corner of Butler, and this speculation is confirmed by the burger chain’s website, which says it’s “coming soon.” (There’s also one in the works at 2 Metrotech.) The reader who tipped us off to this isn’t wild about the opening: “I live very close and fast food places don’t seem to enhance a neighborhood. I am very upset. Does anyone else feel this way.” Do you? GMAP


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Jaguars, a new restaurant and club coming to Sunset Park, is opening next month. The 20,000-square-foot club, we’ve been told, “will focus on a jungle theme with palm trees, animals and birds of paradise. Set on a raised platform only feet away from the dance floor, Jaguars will also tout a restaurant that will serve Italian cuisine.” The space is still under construction, but the photos above show how it’s turning out so far. The bottom floor will be dedicated to the dance club (where the jungle motif will be most prevalent), while the second floor has dining space for the Italian restaurant, a normal bar and a “bikini bar.” Apparently there will also be a limousine service offering free rides to customers. With the promise of a limo, this may just be worth a trip out to 47th Street and 2nd Avenue… GMAP


It seems like so many years ago, in the boom now past, that architect Robert Scarano was feverishly covered by this blog and just about every other media outlet in town for his aesthetics, interpretation of zoning laws, and his ultimate fall from grace with the Department of Buildings. And yet here we are in 2011 with a lengthy profile of Scarano’s legacy in the New York Times Magazine. The piece touches on people who discovered a hidden bathroom in a Scarano-designed building they purchased (“In the loft’s far corner, next to a washer-dryer, was the beige-tiled second bathroom. A contractor had finished the door, but otherwise, it was exactly as the couple had found it behind the drywall.”); Scarano’s defense of the spaces he constructed (“The volume of space and the way people feel in spaces that are more grandiose is quite different, and it affects the psyche”); and how the architect’s sullied reputation and designs have left some buyers and developers in the lurch, an example of the former group being people who thought they were sold two-bedrooms but now find they count as one-bedrooms for appraisal purposes. As for the developers, the article describes Scarano’s popularity with them as a “speculator’s auteur,” but some now say they were misled by the architect. For example, Isaac Fischman, the developer of 333 Carroll, above, which was hit with a stop-work order in 2008 over its Scarano-designed steel addition: “Fischman recently announced that all the steel will come back down, and he will convert the building to apartments while maintaining its existing dimensions. Fischman told me he lost ‘a serious amount of money’ to Scarano-related delays. ‘I was one of his victims,’ he said.”
The Supersizer of Brooklyn [NY Times]


The Eagle has a story about how some Cobble Hill residents aren’t thrilled about a draft proposal to reverse the flow of traffic on Congress Street between Court and the BQE in service of making the Brooklyn Greenway more accessible—the bike lane and car traffic would thus run east-to-west on the street, rather than west-to-east, as they do now. The DOT says the proposal, which also involves putting an eastbound bike lane on Amity, is only a “conceptual design” at this point. One resident’s objections, however, include the following: “For one, Congress Street, on the west side of Court Street, and Bergen Street, on the east side of that major southbound artery, are ‘slightly askew,’ meaning that they don’t line up exactly. Bergen Street is slightly to the north of Congress Street. This, she said, would give rise to traffic problems. ‘You’re near two schools — Montessori and Mary McDowell. Cars would have to dart across Court and dart into one lane [on Congress going west]. The two schools are right there, the subway is right there, and the corner of Pacific and Court is totally treacherous.'”
Street Rerouting Proposal Irks Cobble Hill Residents [Eagle]


Read Only: A Night of Digital Readings
Cursor, Electric Literature and Joyland are three different kinds of digital projects. Join in for a free evening of readings from e-journals and publications. There will also be a raffle off for a Kobo eReader and book packages. All are welcome to attend! Monday, March 21. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. 149 7th Street, The Bell House.

Who Mash-Up Reggae
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) will launch the 2011 Community conversation Series with a forum titled Who Mash-Up Reggae: Reining in the Almshouse Artists. The forum will take a look the role of performers in denigrating the message and the ethos of the genre. Join in on a conversation about the role of professional conduct and personal practices of artists, their teams and how industry officials play in shaping the direction and perception of the art form. Tuesday, March 22. For further information email or call 718-421-6927. Free. 310 Bowery, 3Ten Lounge.

How to Fix Your Home and Save on Energy Bills

Sustainable Flatbush will be hosting the second in a series of informational events to promote the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This federally-funded program provides home improvements that reduce energy bills by an average of 32%, while at the same time improving health, safety and comfort, all at NO COST to income-eligible homeowners and tenants. Although the Weatherization Assistance Program has existed for over 30 years, it is not well-known or understood. Thursday, March 24. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. 1356 Nostrand Avenue, Lenox Road Baptist Church.

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200th Birthday for the Map That Made Manhattan [NY Times]
How Freddy’s is Faring Since Its Move From Prospect Hts [NY Times]
Over the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Saturday at 7:32 P.M. [City Room]
New Yorkers Support Bicycle Lanes, Poll Finds [City Room]
$2,000 Rent-Deregulation Limit Up in the Air [WSJ]
City Fighting Unicyclist Who Wants to Ride on Sidewalk [NY Daily News]
Feds to Combat Erosion at Plumb Beach [NY Post]
Kruger’s Campaigns See Big ‘Net’ Gains [NY Post]
4th Ave Site Officially on the Market for $14M [Curbed]
Councilmembers Grill EDC Over AY [AY Report]
City Will Allow League Play at McCarren Park [BK Paper]
NYC Foreclosures Down 25% in 2010 [TRD]
Foer Film Shooting Around Brooklyn [Gothamist]