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Gowanus residents have been debating whether the neighborhood’s rapid development will bring positive changes. Now two filmmakers want to document how Gowanus residents and workers want it to evolve in the coming decades. Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds plan to follow development in Gowanus for a year and collect people’s visions of the hood’s future in “Gowanus Current.” Here are their instructions on how to contribute:

“If you live, work or have other involvement in Gownaus, I want to hear what your vision of the future of the neighborhood is.

I have a phone line set up to record your thoughts at 347-765-0148. Nobody will ever answer that line and you can call at any hour. Please follow this format, ‘Hello. My name is _____________ and my vision of the future of Gowanus is ________________________.’ Answers may be posted on the project’s website or used in the film.

Please pass this around to your friends and neighbors. I want everyone to be heard.”

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Image source: Reuters via Travelers Today – what’s left of the boardwalk in some places in the Rockaways

WNYC wrote about some of the changes coming to the Rockaway beaches this summer, from the plans by the city’s Parks Department:

They include a boardwalk made of reclaimed wood and walkways with broom finish concrete; new Pavilions with wrap around billboards; and new bathrooms and lifeguard stations that will stand 12-feet above the beaches, in compliance with FEMA’s 500-year flood plan.

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Image source: Arne Hulstein on Flickr – an example of the outrage after Instagram’s new TOS had been revealed

Seems like yesterday’s intertubes were full of opinion pieces, analysis, and outrage over Instagram’s changes in their Terms of Service (TOS), which go into effect on January 16, 2013. After much discussion all day by the news outlets and in user comments, Instagram says they will further adjust their TOS – seemed the biggest problem people had with the new TOS is that Instagram could sell user photos for advertising purposes without letting them know about it, but that (apparently) won’t be the case anymore. Also the thing about ads not being identified as ads also sticks in some people’s craw.

So tell us, will you stay with Instagram or will you abandon them for greener pastures – Flickr, perhaps? They have a nicely revamped photo app. There’s always Hipstamatic, too. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.