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We were so excited by today’s announcement that local pols want our help in coming up with ways to spend millions of dollars on wish-list projects that we put together our own list of proposals that deserve the green light:

Shine on, you crazy Diamond — Atlantic Avenue
The city has consistently made life miserable for Bob Diamond, the man who discovered an old rail tunnel under Atlantic Avenue. But we say, throw money at him! You know that with a little help from taxpayers, Diamond will discover Abraham Lincoln’s last hat deep underneath Sahadi’s!
Estimated cost: $750,000

Horse around — Kensington
The last remaining — and always overlooked — horse stable near Prospect Park is in serious need of a big cash infusion to treat these noble steeds the way they should be treated (after all, they won us World War I).
Estimated cost: $100,000

Pizza perfect — Midwood
Everyone knows that Di Fara Pizza is the best in the city, but the lines are always a nightmare. So to benefit the pizza-loving public, it is time for government to step up to the plate and buy Dom DiMarco a ticket dispenser or some other device to streamline the mystifying ordering process. Oh, and a renovation would be nice (nothing fancy, you understand).
Estimated cost: $50–$400,000

Baby stroller lane — Park Slope
Forget the Prospect Park West bike lane (if you can) — what family-centric Park Slope really needs is a dedicated baby-blue-and-pink-colored lane along Seventh Avenue to clear a path for stroller-pushing moms and dads.
Estimated cost: $1 million

Floating pool — Gowanus Canal
Swimming in the Gowanus Canal itself is a no-no. But a small floating pool — OK, maybe more of a hot tub — would allow nature lovers to enjoy the fetid industrial waterway while they wait for the decade-long Superfund clean-up to run its course.
Estimated cost: $500,000

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Maria Pagano from Carroll Gardens says:
Dear Dan-
Refreshing suggestions- make sure you go to the meeting for Participatory Budgeting in your neighborhood. You are on the money.
Yes! To Bob Diamond- he knows where the tracks should go! Go (Engineer) Bob.
Yes! To Kensignton Stables- they have maintained the city tradition of horseback riding access. The stable needs every cent it can get.
Kudos for the Gowanus Canal Floating Pool idea. From dumpster pools to floating pools- consistent and a boon in hot weather.
Great ideas. Keep them coming.

Best,
Maria Pagano
Sept. 15, 2011, 10:53 am

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