Thursday, June 1, 2017


Still one of my favorite (noble) business slogans

Police seek public’s help IDing perps in violent Brooklyn Heights jewelry store robbery (Brooklyn Eagle)  This one is heartbreaking - a longtime Court Street jeweler - one of the best - beaten and robbed last week.

(Update - 6/1:  A bartender at next-door O'Keefe's told me that Jacob is out of the hospital and up and about again, albeit in a cast.  She said he'd dropped by the bar recently, along with his lovely dog, Stella.  His store is still shuttered though, and I don't know what will happen re re-opening.)

True Climate Justice Puts Communities of Color First (The Nation)
In the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park, home to a sizable Latino and Chinese immigrant population, the community group UPROSE is working on three solar projects that will be community-owned and -governed, and will lower electricity costs for local subscribers (low-income households will be prioritized). But these solar projects are only one part of their larger vision for neighborhood development.
“The focus has always been on the climate,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE’s executive director, of the environmental movement. “But we have to think about co-pollutants, we have to think about racial justice, we have to think about displacement, we have to think about all the things that are putting our communities in harm’s way.”

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Now Online (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.
... By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.

In New York’s cutthroat residential market, experiences are the new must-have amenity (Curbed)
That idea of locality also inspired developer DDG for one of its amenity offerings at The Standish, its anticipated 29-unit condo conversion within Brooklyn Heights’s former Standish Arms hotel. Residents of the building will have access to a “boat valet,” through the One15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park, who can arrange for sailing lessons and other “private boat experiences” along the East River.

Next 100 Days: How Park Service Cuts Will Hurt NYC’s Most Neglected Beach (City Limits)

These Radical Black Women Changed the Art World - Jessica Lynne speaks with the curators behind the Brooklyn Museum’s landmark exhibition about the revolutionary artists who transformed American culture. (Aperture)

What a Few Little Notes Can Do: a new essay by Romy Ashby (Walkers in the City)
On Seventh Avenue a little family of sparrows is growing in one of the streetlamps. I’ve watched the two parents delivering takeout to the kids, who have their full growth now and are starting to peek out. I can see what looks like singing going on up there, but the subway drowns the sound out. Behind the wrought-iron gates of the seminary garden over on 20th Street is a whole other story.

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