Friday: Tunnel Of Love, Borough of War

TONY battle royale

  • Forget Lebanon. The really significant battles are being fought in “an all out war for the soul” of Brooklyn. Time Out New York generously breaks the violence down by battleground: Prospect Heights, Williamsburg, Gowanus, Red Hook, and four more. Better yet: a guide to the bloggy Brooklyn blogs. (TONY premium)
  • Canarsie, on the other hand, is a peaceful “suburban oasis” at the end of the L line. (Though a local official mourns: “there’s been a population explosion”). (NY Daily News)
  • The Port Authority board approves $2 billion for a “massive” train tunnel beneath the Hudson. ($2 billion down, $4 billion to go.) Authority chairman Anthony Coscia calls the project “our generation’s George Washington Bridge,” referring to the A/X Generation of badly tanned, oily haired rascals who still listen to Z100 and hit up The Shore for Spring Break. (AP via Crain’s)
  • The Department of Homeland Security looks out for New York, and so its tearing down the Intrepid’s Peir 86, wasting $31 million on building “a staging area for federal authorities [to use] in the event of another terrorist attack.” For surveillance? A military armory? A “hidden room”? Maybe. (Newsday)
  • The top-secret $16 million renovation of Washington Square Park has been halted–because the city “didn’t adequately inform the public” about it. The Parks Department argues that it’s been seeking out Greenwich Village’s input for two years, which explains those plans to move the park fountain 20 feet, and to add a “45-foot water spray.” (NY1)
  • Who knew Jordache Jeans could buy you a full floor on Park Avenue? It helps if that floor was once owned by Cem Uzane (a businessman who happened to default on some multibillion-dollar loans) and then sold on-the-cheap by Uncle Sam. (NY Post)
  • Max Abelson