Tuesday lunchtime linkage

Whatcha been up to, John Cusack? [SLAMXHYPE]
Coney Island community garden bulldozed for amphitheater [Amusing the Zillion]
Which neighborhoods had the biggest increase in murders this year? [Runnin’ Scared]
There were a couple more to tack on in Coney Island for the year-end total [Sheepshead Bites]
Enormous Downtown tower gets funding [Crain’s]
De Blasio is also doing a private, Brooklyn swearing-in [Daily News]
Jonathan Lethem is a fan of new school chancellor Carmen Fariña [Capital]
The year in New York craft beer [Beer Union]