Afternoon Bulletin: Bike Lane Wars, a Barbershop Drug Ring and More

Stay in your lane, or the Staten Island senator will get you (Getty)
Stay in your lane, or the Staten Island senator will get you (Getty) (Photo: Getty)

Although the dispute is ongoing, Park Slope residents against the two-way bike path created along Prospect Park West six years ago seem to have quieted down recently. Activists, who claimed cyclists were slowing down cars and threatening the safety of pedestrians, filed a lawsuit nine months after the installation of the bike lane, and though the suit was thrown out by a judge a few months later, the controversy dragged on. At the latest hearing on the issue at the Brooklyn Supreme Court this past Thursday, the turnout of those opposed to the path was low, limited to a law firm working on the case pro bono. Former Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, forced to show up at the hearing, said the bike path has been successful with the community and lamented how “one [group of] grumpy [neighbors] can waste hundreds of thousands of dollars of city resources fighting it.” (Gothamist)

Charges issued by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson Thursday, claim a barbershop in Williamsburg had more to it than met the eye. Twenty-two people were arrested for using the L & L Barbershop on South 4th street as a storage location for heroin and cocaine, with the shop’s office functioning as a sort of headquarters for the group. According to the indictment, the group had several other safe houses in the area, and fifteen sales took place near neighborhoods schools. DA Thompson said, “I have no tolerance for these activities, and we will continue to aggressively prosecute these important cases.” (Vice)

Dogs—and a few cats—apparently have a long history of causing delays on the New York City subway. In 1929, passengers on a train in Bay Ridge were jerked off their seats after the conductor made a sudden halt to avoid hitting a stray dog. Meanwhile, in 1954, an Irish terrier delayed an uptown express train by 13 minutes as it made its way down the two mile stretch between Prince Street and 34th Street. And just last July, a black cat named George found himself near the third rail at Canal Street after breaking free from his owner, delaying eighty-three trains. (New York)

James L. Manning, pastor of the notorious Atlah Worldwide Church in Harlem, is continuing his battle against the church’s foreclosure despite having never paid its water and sewage bills. Known for his controversial beliefs condemning gay people, immigrants, and other groups, he has argued that as a religious institution, his church should not have to pay for certain services. Gay advocacy groups like the Ali Forney center, a homeless shelter for gay youth, have tried to seize the opportunity for a symbolic victory over Mr. Manning’s homophobic views by buying the church, but despite its many debts, any future sale is currently stalled. (New York Times)

The newly-formed National Women’s Hockey League now has New York representation. The New York Riveters—whose mascot is none other than Rosie the Riveter—are Brooklyn’s first professional women’s ice hockey team. The team, which plays its home games at the Aviator Sports Center, recently finished its inaugural season at fourth in the league. Players on the team have spoken about the limited hockey options they’ve faced as women in a male-dominated sports world and recognize their position as role models. They’ll be playing their first post-season game against Boston Pride on March 4. (Brokelyn)

Afternoon Bulletin: Bike Lane Wars, a Barbershop Drug Ring and More