11/20/14 3:10pm
The A/C shut down on the weekends will be the new topic to bitch about at brunch come this spring. (via Flickr user Adam Fagen)

The A/C shut down on the weekends gives you a new topic to bitch about at brunch come this spring. (via Flickr user Adam Fagen)

Add this to the list of hexes you’re putting on your MTA-inspired voodoo doll: Gothamist reports that the tunnel that ferries A and C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan will be closed for a whopping 40 non-consecutive weekends starting next spring. Hurricane Sandy is the gift that just keeps on giving. (more…)

08/22/14 1:07pm

Trailer: “Katrina/Sandy” from Land of Opportunity on Vimeo.

We’re mostly likely doomed to live in a world of terrible hurricanes from now until the Earth wipes us away forever. For the time being though, the two most well-known modern hurricanes to have ruined us are Sandy and Katrina, which despite being a few years apart, changed the landscapes of New York and New Orleans forever. Now, filmmakers from New Orleans-based Land of Opportunity (who made the interactive Fulton Mall clip from My Brooklyn) and New York-based SandyStory are putting out an interactive documentary, Katrina/Sandy examining the damage Katrina and Sandy did, side-by-side. You’ll get stories from kids in New Orleans and elderly folks in Coney Island, and plenty of destruction imagery from both cities, which still feels a little traumatic a couple years later. The full documentary comes out on Tuesday, August 26, the ninth anniversary of Katrina, so look for it of you want to watch something really depressing. (more…)

07/21/14 12:00pm

Sponsored By New York Aquarium.

The New York Aquarium is building a world-class shark exhibit set to open in 2016.

Created By BlankSlate

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York is a city of islands. It has 520 miles of coastline — more than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined. Brooklyn alone, projecting outward from the Southwestern corner of Long Island, is mostly surrounded by water: the East River, the Upper and Lower New York Bay, Jamaica Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Three things you might know about the waters surrounding Brooklyn:

1. The waters around Brooklyn are rich with marine life. In fact, they were once, like, buy-a-brownstone rich, with 12-inch oysters and six-foot lobsters.

2. Back when explorers like Giovanni da Verrazzano and Henry Hudson (of bridge and river fame, respectively) sailed into New York Harbor, sturgeon were so abundant that the fish were considered hazardous to boat passage.

3. Today, despite decades of unchecked use, the New York seascape still hosts everything from whales, to seals, to more than 338 species of fish.

Most New Yorkers don’t even think about this rich marine life living just off their shores. The New York Aquarium is trying to change that, helping residents and visitors understand these vital waters, and protecting them from growing threats, including expanded shipping, dredging, overfishing, and energy development.

Back on its feet (or flippers) after Hurricane Sandy, the aquarium is also working on transforming itself for the future, and you can be a part of it. Check out the plans, which include a thrilling new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! You don’t have to be buy-a-brownstone rich to lend a hand. Donate today.

04/01/14 3:48pm
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Well, so much for our attempts to make you love this train. via Flickr user Mike Knell

We’ll say this much for Hurricane Sandy: it’s like the houseguest who not only is a terrible guest, but one who leaves terrible messes that you only find months, maybe even years later hidden around your apartment. For instance, even though the repairs on the R train‘s Montague tunnel are going well, the MTA dropped the bomb today that later this year tunnels connecting the A, C and F trains to Manhattan would be shut down on weekends. This will not help our pro-C train propaganda push, will it? (more…)

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Hicri Atas, the son of the Istanbul Restaurant’s owner, with their newly renovated dining room. Photo by Anna Jacobson

In the days after Sandy, we visited two businesses in Sheepshead Bay. Now, we revisit them to see how the year has treated them. 

On October 29, 2012, Hicri Atas left his Turkish Republic Day celebration early. He wanted to cross the bridge back from Manhattan before the city shut it down. Getting into his car just before 7pm, it took him hours to make it home – going over the Queensboro amidst flying cones and taking several highways before arriving at his house in Sheepshead Bay. When the storm calmed at 2:30am, he immediately rushed to Istanbul Restaurant, which his father has been running on Emmons Avenue for over 17 years.

The water was up to his chest and everything in the restaurant had been thrown around – even the refrigerator in the back had been flipped by the flooding. Some elements, like the bar, had disappeared entirely. (more…)

10/30/13 10:24am
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Do a little more reflecting tonight. via Instagram user dkellner76

In the year since Sandy, most New Yorkers have been able to move on with their lives and leave Sandy behind. For them, the Frankenstorm is a topic that comes up every once in awhile but for the most part goes forgotten. But what about those who are dealing with the damage and ramifications of Sandy on a day to day basis? The Brooklyn Historical Society in conjunction with the Brooklyn Community Foundation is giving them a chance to share their daily ordeal by hosting the free event Sandy, One Year Later: Sharing and Preserving Brooklyn’s Stories. (more…)

10/29/13 8:37am
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Sandy came to Red Hook and made a hell of a mess. Photo by Craig Warga, via New York Daily News

A year after Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, many areas of New York and New Jersey are still struggling to rebuild. Many homeowners have been left to stop mid-renovation or to put off any efforts to rebuild due to insurance checks that have yet to arrive and FEMA assistance that was promised but never granted. Because of this, there are still plenty of programs in the New York area assisting families and neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy, all of which are seeking volunteers. Here are some programs nearby that will help you rake in some good karma and bring New York back to its feet. (more…)

10/25/13 12:19pm
"That's 'R' as in 'free.'" Does that work? via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

“That’s ‘R’ as in ‘free.’” Does that work? via Flickr user The All-Nite Images

New York is is getting ready to remember one year since Sandy came and fucked up all our shit. If you’re thinking of going to one of those candlelight vigils, we suggest a Coney Island or Sheepshead Bay one, because that way you can ride the R train there for free. Seriously, check out this tweet from the MTA.

Either this is actual charity or some MTA official had a brain aneurysm and these are the words that came out on their Twitter account. However this happened, hey, free train rides!

10/23/13 9:18am
Shine a light. via Flickr user Stanley Fong

Shine a light. via Flickr user Stanley Fong

Next week is the first anniversary of Sandy making landfall and wreaking havoc on New York City. As people look back, there’s going to be a lot of noise, which is nice since there’s still work to be done rebuilding. But a moment of quiet could be nice to, and to that end, some Brooklynites have organized a number of candlelight vigils to be held in waterfront neighborhoods on October 29. (more…)

10/18/13 12:59pm
Expensive storm, free book. Via Concord Free Press.

Expensive storm, free book. Via Concord Free Press.

Hard to think it’s been almost a year since Hurricane Sandy walloped the coastline — after all, some of its most victimized businesses have only squeaked back to life in the past month or so. Even if you spent the summer looking at the damage in the Rockaways while on your way to the beach, the real images of how awful that storm really was are important to remember. Over at the New York Times, our friend Julie Turkewitz writes about The Rockaways, a new photo book from photographer Gilles Peress showing the devastation in Breezy Point and the surrounding areas. And you can get it for free starting today at PowerHouse Arena in Dumbo. (more…)