Earth Day is this weekend, which is a great opportunity to remember that the President and his allies either think that climate change is a Chinese hoax or are too concerned with generating profit for massive corporations to care that we’ll all be wearing full-body heat repellant suits and /or living in underwater communes soon if they don’t do something about it. This week brings the Climate March, small, local meetings, a few sign-making events, and plenty of ways to make the world a better place. (more…)
If there’s anything you take away from this map, it’s to stay above ground. via WNYC
Let’s face it: in the summer, you should do everything you can to avoid going down into the subway. For some reason, subway stations seem temperature-controlled to feel like the inside of a dog’s mouth. But some stations are far worse than others, and it might behoove you and your sweat glands to know which ones before you head to that business meeting. Lucky you, WNYC went out and recorded the temperatures of 103 city subway stations, including a handful in Brooklyn. Then they made this nifty map with their findings. (more…)
Mayor Tall explaining to Albany legislators it’s this or secession.
Since taking office, Mayor “Red” Bill de Blasio has been hard at work trying to convince Albany to allow New York to raise taxes on our richest citizens to find universal pre-K for all of New York City. Meanwhile in Albany, Governor Andrew “Don’t Call Me Mario” Cuomo has resisted every call to allow de Blasio to do this. So, why is this important, and where do we stand with this whole mess? You can find out tomorrow at a town hall meeting at Borough Hall that’s being held by advocates of de Blasio’s plan. (more…)
It seems that no matter how many times mean bloggers refer to them as “hideous” and “eyesores” or say they’re “popping up like so many genital warts,” developers keep at it with Miami-style condos on the Brooklyn waterfront. The newest battle for the waterfront is in Greenpoint, where the Greenpoint Landing project (seen above) is fixing to show up but not really fit into Greenpoint. Community Board 1 has already voted against the project, and tonight there’s another meeting about it at Borough Hall, where you’re invited to have your say. (more…)
This year’s Brooklyn Book Festival is poised to take over our fair lit-loving borough on Sept. 23, with more than 280 national and international authors presenting over a hundred events over fourteen stages around Brooklyn. And this year is particularly star-studded: Our picks of the best of the fest include a discussion about the future of marriage and monogamy with sex columnist Dan Savage and The Atlantic‘s infamous spinster Kate Bolick, contemplating the artisanal-everything trend in Brooklyn with David Rees, who wrote a book on artisanal pencil sharpening, and, of course, Brooklyn’s own Tony Danza in conversation with everyone’s favorite Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. A full schedule is available at the site but here are our top ten picks for the 2012 Festival (and don’t forget our book swap after party with drink specials too!) (more…)