That friend that freaks out when you walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and it begins to sway? She may not be all that wrong.
According to a new report by the Associated Press, New York and New Jersey are home to thousands of “structurally deficient” bridges that are in need of “crucial repairs.” In Read More
Brooklyn Go Hard
In the 70s, Brooklyn-born writer Gary David Goldberg once spent a year hitchhiking around the world with his future wife and his black Labrador Retriever, Ubu. That in and of itself is no small feat, and had it been Mr. Goldberg’s only claim to fame, he probably still could have gotten him a book deal for his memoir–Sit, Ubu, Sit: How I Went from Brooklyn to Hollywood With the Same Woman, the Same Dog and a Lot Less Hair–which was published in 2008.
But Mr. Goldberg managed to make a name for himself in much more than doggie hitchhiking. The Family Ties and Spin City creator, who passed away yesterday in his California home after a battle with brain cancer leaves behind a legacy that also includes that critically acclaimed (but oft forgotten) series <a href="”>Brooklyn Bridge, as well as the John Cusack and Diane Lane rom-com Must Love Dogs. He was 68-years-old.
Street Fighters Too
As if Memorial Day traffic weren’t already horrific, police evacuated the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday because of a suspicious SUV blocking the Manhattan-bound lane.
Authorities received a 911 call around 5:15PM about the abandoned Dodge Durango. By 6PM, police had shut down both lanes of traffic, causing traffic jams as drivers were forced to find alternate Read More
Remember the graffiti from a few years ago, the stripe down the sidewalk dividing it between New Yorkers and tourists? If ever there was a place for such a demarcation, it would be the Brooklyn Bridge, where wayward out-of-towners and death-courting cyclists do battle on a daily basis.
“We are issuing a call to expand the human capacity of the bridge,” Councilman Brad Lander of Park Slope declared at the Manhattan entrance to the 129-year-old span yesterday. An average of 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day, according to the Department of Transportation. A good many of them have close encounters of the two-wheeled kind.
Along with a few colleagues in the council, Mr. Lander wants the city to consider expanding the narrow boardwalk atop the beige bridge to accommodate more passengers.
Have you heard of the graffiti artist—or vandal, depending on your persuasion—who goes by the name of Lewy BTM? Well, you’re about to, because the guy merits a level of fame (or infamy!) for this.
Premiering with The Avengers this weekend is the latest trailer for the final installment of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. And while the movie shot on as many locations as it has villains (so…approximately three, if you count Pittsburgh and a dubious Marion Cotillard), we were just happy that the Bat Man would finally be coming home to roost in the original Gotham instead of Chicago. Especially since at the time of shooting, the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park were being bandied about as a possible location device. (Relevant!)
But with this extended preview, we finally see what destruction Batman’s enemies will bring down upon our fair city. They’re going to blow up our bridges and use mirror imaging to confuse us!
Leading up to Thursday night’s Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge, the atmosphere was ominous. Streets in the financial district were filled with helmeted police officers on horseback and empty police wagons. After an afternoon filled with hundreds of violent arrests, protesters in Zuccotti Park prepared for the worst as they readied to culminate the day with a massive march across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Back in December, that despicable sentinel of the East River, 375 Pearl Street, was put up for sale. Widely considered the ugliest building in the city, plans for its transformation into a glass office tower seemed in doubt. Now, with The Journal reporting that a buyer for “the Verizon Building” has been Read More
The mighty bridge turns 125 years old this weekend with several celebrations, including walking tours, lectures and a performance tonight by the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Gillian Reagan, at our sister blog The Culture Czar, has the complete celebration schedule.
Shine on, you crazy diamond! Read More
Break out the bubbly! The Brooklyn Bridge is way way way over the hill at 125 this year and New York is celebrating with several birthday bashes this weekend including concerts, movie nights, fireworks, dancing and … uh mini-golf.
The only requisite birthday event missing is karaoke but maybe the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Broadway master Read More