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June, 2015

Car quash! Vehicles banned from half of Prospect Park

Mean Streets: Baby you can’t drive your car. Comments (29).

Pier pressure: Bad welding caused Greenpoint pier collapse, report says

Greenpoint: It blew its fuse. Comment.

May, 2015

Uber offering $2.75 W’burg-to-Manhattan rides while L train is closed

Williamsburg: It is the Uber-mensch! Comments (1).

April, 2015

Slope’s top cop: Bicycle tickets were for illegal headphone use

Mean Streets: The 151 tickets that officers from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct issued to cyclists for cellphone use in 2014 — an activity that is not illegal — were actually issued for the illegal action of wearing headphones while riding, according to the area’s top cop. Comments (22).

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In Park Slope, police crack down on phone use while riding a bicycle. The problem? It isn’t illegal

Mean Streets: It may be dumb to talk on your phone as you pedal, but it isn’t illegal. Apparently, police haven’t gotten the memo. Comments (36).

L yes! MTA increasing service on L, M, 2 lines

Transit: It is also making transfers between the G at Broadway and J or M trains at Lorimer free while the L train is closed overnight and on weekends. Comments (1).

Ninth Street bridge to close nightly through October

Gowanus: Do not pass Go-wanus. Comment.

Fare price: Stores affected by L train closure offer $2.75 discount

Williamsburg: Call it a token gesture. Comments (11).

New York Harbor School personnel want ferry from Brooklyn to Govenors Island

Red Hook: Face it. Kids can’t swim across the Buttermilk Channel. It is too dangerous. Comments (6).

March, 2015

Construction to begin on long-awaited Pulaski Bridge bike lane

Mean Streets: It will protect and serve — bicyclists traveling from Queens to Greenpoint. Comments (6).

Businesses rail against weekend L train closure

Williamsburg: They are raising L. Comments (25).

Buffer solution: City plans protected bike lane on Greenpoint Avenue Bridge

Mean Streets: They’re peddling a safer way to pedal. Comments (12).

EXCLUSIVE: G’point ferry pier never inspected before or after collapse, records show

Greenpoint: The city and the company that runs a ferry out of Greenpoint never inspected the soundness of the dock, even after it partially collapsed into the East River last winter, documents obtained by The Brooklyn Paper show. Comments (8).

February, 2015

Man survives being run over by train at Union Street

Park Slope: A man survived a brush with death on Thursday morning after falling onto the train tracks at the Union Street stop on the R line in Park Slope, according to a transit spokeswoman. Comments (1).

Expert: No more free rides out of Brooklyn

Transit: A plan to put tolls on all bridges and tunnels and drop existing ones could help ease Brooklyn traffic, a respected traffic guru said this week. Comments (28).

Bus driver hit with new, stiffer charge for running over Williamsburg pedestrian

Mean Streets: Drivers have more reason than ever to look both ways before making a turn. Comments (17).

Islands in the stream: City moves to add sidewalks to scary Dumbo streets

Mean Streets: Dumbo’s most pedestrian-hostile streets are finally getting sidewalks. Comments (1).

New ferries on the horizon for Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights

Transit: New ferry service is tying up in Brooklyn. Comments (23).

January, 2015

Cuomo defends subway closure as blizzard misses Brooklyn

Transit: On Tuesday morning Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his decision to suspend subway service overnight on Monday, in the wake of revelations that the trains ran empty all night, and charges that the move ran against common sense. Comments (3).

EXCLUSIVE: Subways will run empty overnight during snowstorm, source says

Transit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s move to shut off the city’s subway system overnight ahead of an anticipated blizzard came as a surprise to transit workers and runs against common sense, because the trains need to move as part of keeping the tracks clear and will be running all night anyway, according to a transit insider. Comments (30).

Dangerous Atlantic intersection to get overhaul

Mean Streets: City says the busy three-way intersection between Prospect Heights and Clinton Hill will be safer for pedestrians once the work is completed. Comments (11).