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Thursday
Sep182014

Parole Office Coming To Gowanus. Predictable NIMBY Reactions Ensue.

DNAinfo/Nikhita Venugopa

Last week a public meeting was held about the new parole office being opened in Gowanus, not too far from the Whole Foods. The office’s relocation was announced in July, many complaining that the process was kept secret for too long and demanding answers. To which I say: you actually aren’t entitled to even that. See, parolees are no longer in jail because they’ve served their time; they don’t owe you any more explanation for conducting their business in your neighborhood than you’d expect from anyone else.

According to DNAinfo, people were left "shocked and worried about their safety." "The sheer numbers of traffic — 40 [parolees] an hour and 400 day — is terrifying, really," said Freida Lim of the Eight Street Block Association. I'm not going to pretend there's even a possiblity she is merely concerned by the amount of people as a matter of infrastructure. We're not naive and we know what she means by "terrifying." This fear is not based on fact but pure stereotyping. To address it in a forum meant to discuss tangible issues is to grant legitimacy to another narrow minded way of marginalize a group of people because you don’t like them. 

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Thursday
Sep182014

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Wednesday
Sep172014

No Sleep Till... You Pay 5 Mill to Live in Cobble Hill

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Mike D. of the Beastie Boys is building a $5 million townhouse on the corner of Beorum and Pacific right smack dab next to the Slope. And it ain't for him. He wants you to buy it. Gothamist reported that Mike Diamond (Mike D. duh), his wife Tamra Davis and their architect friends joined forces to create a home that just screams Brooklyn.

How you ask? Well besides the inflated price tag, it's reported to have a roof terrace and a "flexible space" which is described by the New York Times as perfect for "editing films, recording albums or just painting and doing yoga." The flexible space in my apartment is perfect for standing perfectly still in one tiny spot and holding your breath. But this isn't about me and my shit box apartment, it's about Mike D. and the house he is trying to sell you. Sorry. 

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Lisa Polansky To Close By End of the Year

I'm sure many of you are looking at that headline and thinking, "What the hell is a Lisa Polansky?" You know that cluttered looking women's/kids clothing/shoe store on Seventh Ave. between Carroll and President that seems to have no name because there's no signage? That's Lisa Polansky, a Park Slope instiution -- for 40 years, apparently -- and now it's closing.

I saw this sign on my way home last night, and gasped. It took me years to actually go inside, because it looked so cramped in there, but once I did it was the only place I went to get shoes for my daughter. Lisa and her staff were always really kind and helpful, and had a steady supply of Chuck Taylors, Bogs and Bear Paws (...and clogs, and flip flops, and faux Birkenstocks, and so on, and so on). 

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Tuesday
Sep162014

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