Brief Power Fail Causes Subway Delays Throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan

Sep 18, 17 Brief Power Fail Causes Subway Delays Throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan

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At about 1pm on Sunday a transformer near Jay street blew out, interrupting subway service between downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. Despite the temporary nature of the failure directly effecting service on the A, C, E, F and G lines, other lines far from the source of the trouble experienced delays as well. Not only did the outage disrupt subway signals causing delays to mass transport throughout the city, above ground three buildings in the Red Hook Houses , the largest public housing project in Brooklyn, were also affected. Emergency workers from Con Edison and electricians from the New York City Housing Authority arrived to the area to resolve any issues. One resident on life-support required help. Governor Andrew Cuomo asked the state to look into the extent of responsibility Con Edison bore for the transformer’s failure. “ConEd must be held accountable for the multitude of issues with their infrastructure that are too frequently impacting the lives of millions of New Yorkers,” the governor said. By about 3pm everything was once again up and running as usual, although system failures seem to be occurring with more regularity recently. This past summer was especially difficult in terms of delays, meltdowns and...

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Pop-up Picnics Picking Up in Popularity

Jun 07, 17 Pop-up Picnics Picking Up in Popularity

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Leave it to Brooklynites to imagine new and creative ways to meet up and make new friends. Called PopUpBrooklyn, it is the largest d-i-y dinner party in the country. Party goers signed up, paying $35 per person for the opportunity to share a meal outdoors with about 6,000 other participants. The most recent event’s locale was not even known to the crowds until only three hours before a 5pm launch time. The $35 cover fee gets you tables, chairs, music and the venue, provided by event planner Hand Made Events, while participants bring their own food and table decorations. There is a push to have everyone clothed in white. One participant, who has attended four such gatherings was excited: “It’s a great sense of fun,” said Tiana Walton, from Kensington. “All your friends come out and you meet new people on line and we all have a great time.” Another dinner guest, Michael Hellerman from Newark said, “It’s always a different location and they had a strategy because they thought it was going to be at one location and then they had to adapt.” The latest party took place in Red Hook on Pier 12 with great views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Before this the party has been in Prospect Park, while the next one is planned for Governor’s...

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Formula E Racing Coming to Brooklyn

Sep 26, 16 Formula E Racing Coming to Brooklyn

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New York City is on the map for many sports events: the third leg of the Triple Crown, The Belmont Stakes; the Knicks and the Yankees play here; even the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has its home in New York. Until now car racing has been absent from the New York sports scene. Come next July New Yorkers will play host to the Formula E auto race, in which the cars can reach up to 180 mph on a straightaway, or average about 150 mph in the reality of twists and turns of a Red Hook race course. Yes, Red Hook in Brooklyn has been chosen as the venue. Fred Dixon, the president of NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization explains why: “It’s a phenomenal setting in terms of view. Governors Island, the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge. Very iconic,” Dixon explained. Don’t think this is just another car race. No. These cars are special. They are 100 percent fueled by electricity. So the race is promoting the development of the green technology of electric cars. Due to the present limitations of an electric car’s battery, each of the 20 drivers in the race will have two cars at his disposal, so that when the first car’s battery fades, a second car can be commissioned into the race. The importance of showcasing the technology was emphasized by the Mayor: “New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce collide,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be the new home of the...

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Committee Exploring Public Transportation Along Brooklyn and Queens Waterfront

Aug 03, 15 Committee Exploring Public Transportation Along Brooklyn and Queens Waterfront

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An advisory committee of some of New York’s most influential developers, transportation experts and community leaders is looking into the feasibility and benefits of a north-west transportation system that will connect the waterfront communities of Brooklyn with areas in Queens. Residents of neighborhoods along the waterfront in places like Red Hook, Brooklyn, do not now have an easy way of traveling via public transportation to Queens communities such as Astoria. The G-train is simply not that useful in this respect. The committee has commissioned HR&A Advisors to study the effect a streetcar or a light-rail system would have on overall transportation, especially between places like Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Astoria in Queens. The speculated route could also include some of Brooklyn’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, like Downtown Brooklyn, Red Hook and Williamsburg. Destinations along the route could also include areas where office buildings and other commercial development is hot, like Long Island City and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “It’s a cool idea” said David Lombino, an executive at development company Two Trees, which is part of the organizing effort. “We’re a supporter. Could be transformative for Brooklyn and Queens someday. We’ll...

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BEAT Festival Brings Brooklyn Performers to Brooklyn Audiences

Aug 30, 12 BEAT Festival Brings Brooklyn Performers to Brooklyn Audiences

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Beginning on September 12, and for the following two weeks, Brooklynites will have the opportunity to enjoy first-rate art and entertainment at cut-rate prices, in their very own backyard. Thanks to the efforts of Stephen Shelley, a theater director from South Slope, the Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater Festival, better known at the “BEAT” Festival will present a huge variety of performances for the unbelievable price of $20, and in some cases even less. The home-grown performers have in many cases never performed for their hometown audience, one element of the festival that is quite appealing. For instance Lemon Andersen has performed throughout the world, but never in Brooklyn, his own hometown. In order to make the productions even more enticing and accessible, not only are tickets $20, but the venues for the shows are off-the-beaten-track  places where the reach is deep into Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. Some of those places include a barge in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Public Library, Flatbush Reformed Church and the Circus Sideshow building in Coney Island. “I want Brooklynites from all walks of life to be able to come see us,” said Shelley, who is 40 years-old. “I want them to appreciate the talent that lives among us.” Shelley is so concerned that all that want to come can, he is setting aside 20 percent of all the tickets for walk-in patrons, allowing them to pay whatever they feel they can afford, so that even those who $20 is a substantial chunk of their income can enjoy and participate in the festival. Among some of the performers participating in BEAT are tap dancer Marshall Davis Jr. from Crown Heights and Radha Blank  who created the one-woman play “HappyFlowerNail”  which is about a nail studio in Bedfort-Stuyvesant and an opera company that sings about stop and frisk police tactics as well as texting. Opening night will feature Lemon Andersen who is performing his searing but funny one-man memoir called “County of Kings” for the first time in Brooklyn. “This is my...

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