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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Downtown — or Dublin?

Downtown: Talk about artistic license. Check out the rendering of Toren, the 38-story skyscraper under construction at the corner of Myrtle and Flatbush avenues. It’s not exactly the most bucolic of locations, though you’d never know it from this rendering, which depicts one of the noisiest places in Downtown Brooklyn as a sylvan glen right out of County Cork. Comments (1).

Green future for old Yard

Vinegar Hill: Even as the economy shrinks, the Brooklyn Navy Yard continues to grow. This week, the development corporation that manages the site for the city requested proposals for a new, green, and at least four-story-tall industrial building at a dilapidated corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, next to the NYPD’s reviled tow pound. Comment.

MTA to Downtown: We’re keeping 370 Jay

Downtown: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will relocate some workers to an abandoned Downtown building this week, despite calls from the neighborhood’s leading business group to use the Jay Street office tower as a small business incubator and a new shopping strip. Comments (1).

Fowl play! Did Gristedes fire begin in rotisserie?

Downtown: Black smoke filled the air in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday night after a large fire broke out in deli of a Gristedes supermarket on Henry Street — a fire that possibly started in a rotisserie chicken device. Comment.

Watchtower: Eye-in-sky is talk of DUMBO

DUMBO: There’s a new high-rise in DUMBO, but this one isn’t residential. Police parked a two-story mobile patrol tower on Front Street between Adams and Pearl streets last week, directly beneath the Manhattan Bridge, puzzling residents of the quiet neighborhood who don’t think of the area as needing 24-hour surveillance. Comments (3).

Judge for yourself — Abe speaks

Brooklyn Angle: Nobody likes a bad review. So when former City Councilman Abe Gerges — now the newly minted administrative judge at the Adams Street courthouse — read our recent editorial slamming judges for parking on a walkway in Columbus Park, he did what any former show-business performer would have done. He called me to complain. Comments (2).

Pepper and Potter: a place to stay?

Downtown: A defunct auto dealership that has greeted Brooklyn drivers as they returned over the Manhattan Bridge might start greeting tourists as a hotel. Comment.

Cash cab

Downtown: A cabbie picked up a woman — but she picked up his wallet — on March 26. Plus all the crime news from Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown and Boerum Hill’s 84th Precinct. Comment.

Dirty shame: Residents of housing project must walk a half-hour to clean their clothes since city shut down laundry room

Vinegar Hill: And you thought your laundry situation was the pits. Try walking a mile in these folks’ shoes — literally. Comments (8).

Gibran finds a new home

Vinegar Hill: Parents at a Vinegar Hill elementary school say the city has “bamboozled” them with its decision to cram the first Arabic-language academy into their building without extensive discussion. Comments (1).

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