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Landmarking is a waste of time and money

Perspective: Landmarking became part of the city’s life after the 1963 destruction of Penn Station and consists of two varieties: individual buildings and neighborhoods. I have no problem with landmarking historically or architecturally significant buildings, nor do I oppose the making of small historical districts as was done around Gramercy Park or the original district in Carroll Gardens. I do oppose landmarking broad swashes of our neighborhoods, as evidenced by the proposed extensions of Park Slope’s and Carroll Gardens’s historic districts. Comments (1)

Landmarking preserves neighborhood feel

Perspective: In Brooklyn Heights, we regard landmarking as much more than the preservation of buildings. Yes, the Brooklyn Heights Historic District has some of the finest examples of 19th-century architecture in the city, but — corny as it may sound — it is the people living inside the beautiful brownstones who keep the community going. Comment

From our sister publication — disgust for Slope bikers!

Mean Streets: We don’t always agree with our friends and colleagues at Courier-Life, but everyone is talking about the Prospect Park West bike lane, so we thought we’d give the Courier editorial board a chance to weigh in, too. Comments (17)
Mean Streets: The new Prospect Park West bike lane is so controversial that it has caused a war between the neighborhood’s icons of self-righteousness — parents and cyclists. Comments (40)
Brian Mitchell of Ladder 122 checks his gear after he and a crew of 60 firefighters beat back an all-hands blaze on 10th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues on June 22. Comments (12)

Snatch at Southpaw

Crime: A thief grabs a purse from a Fifth Avenue clubgoer. Plus the rest of the crime news from Park Slope’s 78th Precinct. Comment
Books: David Gallaher’s three-bedroom apartment in Ditmas Park and Steve Ellis’s two-family row house in Kensington are separated by only a few blocks. But sometimes the comic book creators are worlds apart. Comment

Get ready to pay more for meter parking in Park Slope

Mean Streets: The cost of peak-hour meter parking in Park Slope will go up 33 percent — and the hours that are considered peak could increase under a city plan announced on Thursday night. Comments (5)
The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Brooklyn Museum has faced a barrage of criticism for going too commercial — but that’s the perfect time to trot out the most commercial artist in American history: Andy Warhol. Comments (1)

Report: Museum attendance in freefall

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: On the eve of the Andy Warhol show that will likely be the biggest exhibit in the borough this year, a report revealed that attendance has plummeted at the Brooklyn Museum despite controversial efforts to open its doors to wider audience. Comment

A ‘formula’ crime

Crime: Thieves bust into a deli and steal cash and baby formula! Plus all the other news from Prospect Heights’ 77th Precinct. Comment
That’s the overheated battle between Cafe Martin and Cafe Regular in Park Slope. Comments (2)

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