TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: While most of Community Board 10′s Traffic and Transportation committee agrees that traffic on Fourth Avenue needs to slow down, they seem to disapprove of enclosed spaces.
Health: The “only New York State licensed and inspected” abortion clinic in Brooklyn closed last month due to pressure from Catholic protesters.
In the spirit of other successful restaurant promotions such as NYC Restaurant Week, and Dine In Brooklyn, over the next two weeks local newspapers Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator will be sponsoring Dine In Southwest Brooklyn.
Terrestrial forms of transportation have always proved a challenge in New York City. After all, a densely populated metropolis occupying several islands – in addition to the mainland United States, has often called for bridges, tunnels, and trams where other settlements built simple overland roads.
However, with our aging transportation infrastructure struggles to keep up with population growth, New York – and Brooklyn’s – legacy as home to one of the world’s largest natural harbors, could prove a help rather than a hindrance in the quest for a more efficient and diversified mass transit system.
A bipartisan group of local elected officials, including Democrats such as State Senator Diane Savino, State Assemblymen Alec Brook-Krasny and Steve Cymbowitz, City Councilman Vincent Gentile, as well as Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, are calling for the very popular East River Ferry service to be expanded to Southern Brooklyn, writes Paul Katinas in a *moving* article for the Brooklyn Eagle.
While the current artisinal, locavore food craze has businesses everywhere attempting to cash in on the name Brooklyn, Foodtown [9105-27 3rd Avenue] proves itself an old hand at putting aside shelf space for products made in the County of Kings, according to Simone Weichselbaum in a cruelty-free, locally-sourced article for the Daily News.
“It is not easy to get your products into large chains, but we have to give people the benefit of the doubt and help them,” Foodtown chain co-owner Noah Katz told the news. “We don’t say no to any local vendor. We put them on the shelf and let the customer decide.”
A diverse array of local food producers, from a black Muslim bakery on Fulton Street to an Italian pork sausage maker in Sunset Park, can sometimes give the local supermarket – which is part of a chain – more the feel of a conglomeration of neighborhood specialty stores.
And while local businesses are facing a challenging environment in this still-sluggish economy, Weichselbaum’s piece makes note that, thanks to Brooklyn’s good name, some are far from struggling.
“Being from Brooklyn is helping us from a national scale,” said Michael Cacace, 32, whose grandfather founded Micahel’s Restaurant in Marine Park. “Everyone wants to be a part of it. People take pride in products made where they are from.”
It looks like the Bay Ridge Village Voice has been reviewing so many restaurants in our neck of the woods lately that the weekly newspaper’s readership base in money makin’ Manhattan have gotten their ascots all in a bunch about it. As part of a series called Ask the Critics, one reader asks food writer [...]