Hipsters who enjoy partaking in recreational activities are having a fantastic week.
Hot on the heels of news they might be getting more drinking spots, they’ll now have a nice green area where they can look philosophically into the distance and/or stroke their beards (possibly while drunk).
It’s not in his policy book, and you might not have guessed it based on his auto-bound outer borough voter base and stance on bike lanes, but Anthony Weiner wants to ease up on New York City’s requirements that developers build parking in new buildings.
In video captured by Streetsblog’s Ben Fried, he mentioned reducing minimum parking requirements twice at the Tour de Queens, where he tried to convince bike advocates that his comment to Michael Bloomberg that he’d have a ribbon-cutting to celebrate ”tearing out your fucking bike lanes” was just a joke. (Unsuccessfully, it seems—as it turns out, the all-powerful bike lobby demands more than just tax credits.)
While it certainly doesn’t have Chris Brown/Frank Ocean star appeal, this parking lot spot dispute definitely packs a punch.
Our story unfolds in the Upper East Side as a taxi attempts to leave its spot. Two men competing for the precious parking space decide that fighting is the best course of action. Read More
An Arena Grows in Brooklyn
The issue of parking and traffic is always a problem in New York. If you aren’t renting a space for an exhorbitant price, then chances are that you are driving around the block a few dozen times. (Unless you are in the Bronx, then you just park wherever on the street.) But no other borough likes to hoot and holler over traffic more than Brooklyn.
The construction of the Barclays Center is no exception, the Post reports:
Back in June, The Observer marveled at a parking lot the city was rehabilitating on the Lower East Side. Yes, we marveled at a parking lot. That is because the city’s Public Design Excellence program was hard at work showing utilitarian structures need not be unsightly ones. And, lo, the pretty parking lot has struck again, this time in the Bronx, at the New York Botanical Garden.
Renting a concrete rectangle in downtown or midtown Manhattan can cost almost as much leasing an apartment in many other areas of the country.
In Da Slope
Most New Yorkers know the Grand Prospect Hall from its amazing TV ads, like the one below. But, pretty soon, the gaudy Park Slope party mecca will be better known for its new 11-story hotel, which was announced last week, and the controversy it’s likely to stir up. Sure, the Hall has been in Read More