Reducing my energy use, #1: Getting started

Now that we're in the thick of our "reduce your use" green homes challenge, I've got some real incentives. I'd like to save a little money, and help to reduce NYC's carbon footprint. And I don't expect to win, but my family and I sure don't want to come in last!

For the first month, we were looking for the "low−hanging fruit" – easy steps to get started. Read more »

A Foot-Friendly Fourth Remains Elusive

map of 4th Avenue development
Wall Street Journal

When Park Slope's Fourth Avenue was rezoned to spur more housing, developers and elected officials predicted a dramatic transformation for a traffic-choked thoroughfare dotted with auto-body shops, a gas station and a taxi depot.

Seven years and hundreds of apartments later, the auto-body shops have been joined by a smattering of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. But the goal of a bustling, pedestrian-friendly Park Avenue for Brooklyn remains elusive. Instead it remains relatively desolate, attracting little of the street activity that has made Park Slope one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city.

"If you're going to bring more people to Fourth Avenue, you want it to be a place that's more comfortable to walk," says City Councilman Brad Lander, whose district includes the east side of Fourth Avenue. "Some of these cement walls turn their backs on the neighborhood and make it a much scarier place to walk."

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A delicious night in Park Slope

Brad with Restauranteurs

I had a great time last night at the Park Slope restaurant tour, sampling fantastic food along 7th Avenue. I was only able to get to a few of the several dozens restaurants who offered delicious free tastes and discounts.

My evening began at Athena Mediterranean (6th Ave & 14th Street) with “shrimp saganaki.” When they saw that I did not (in their opinion) get enough sauce on my first shrimp, they insisted that I take a second. Read more »

Years Pass, But Question Remains: Is NYC Denying Welfare?


The benefits rolls are far smaller and the mayor is quite different, but the debate over welfare in New York still revolves around whether eligible applicants are being turned away.

Shared Ride Service Along Former B23 Route Launches

Yesterday was the first day of the new "Group Ride Vehicle Pilot Program" that the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission has launched to provide shared ride van service along the former B23 route bus route.
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Audio: New York City Cleans Up After the Storm


Tree removal crews were a familiar site in Queens, as well as parts of Central Brooklyn and the north shore of Staten Island -- areas hit hard by yesterday's fast moving storm. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe estimates more than 1,000 trees were destroyed, and many more were damaged. He says the toll includes some of the city's finest specimens.

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Storm damage update

Dear Neighbor:

As too many of us know first-hand, earlier this evening a fierce, fast-moving thunderstorm moved through our area, causing significant damage throughout Brooklyn and Queens. In addition to lighting and heavy winds, there were reports of a tornado touching down in Park Slope.

Below is some emergency management information if your home or vehicle suffered any damages during the storm.  Thanks to the NYPD, FDNY, Parks Department, and others for their quick response (locally, they helped at least one family who were trapped inside their house).

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Video: DOT Installing Countdown Pedestrian Signals In Brooklyn Along 4th Avenue and Ocean Parkway


The Department of Transportation is installing the first countdown pedestrian signals in Park Slope.

The clocks count down the number of seconds remaining before the flashing hand on a pedestrian crossing sign turns solid red and the traffic light changes.

"[These clocks] make it so much easier for seniors, for families, for kids, especially for pedestrians, but also for cyclists and drivers to know how much time they have, and to make smart decisions and stay safe," said City Councilman Brad Lander. "We really believe it's going to save lives."

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World's fair in one nabe

New York Daily News

Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year

Yesterday I visited Motty Israel, the last of the injured Shomrim members still in recovery after last week’s shooting. Fortunately he is on his way to a full recovery, and I wished him, and the other Shomrim members a happy Rosh Hashanah, and my hopes for a New Year that is filled with much more peace and happiness. For those of you who are celebrating the holiday this week, I wish you and your family a happy, peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year.

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