Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2nd BQE Enhancement Workshop

The NYC Economic Development Corp. has just announced the next design workshop for the BQE Enhancement Project. Come see the initial design concepts, offer feedback and help us craft a plan to 'fix the ditch'.

When: 6:30-8:30p Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Where: Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Avram Conference Center, Rooms A & B 339 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201

Please RSVP to BQE@nycedc.com

More information about the project available here on the NYCEDC website.

If you haven't already, have a look at the initial presentation or the summary of the 1st workshop.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Explore BlueSpace this Summer with PortSide New York

PortSide New York brings a full line up of programs to the Brooklyn waterfront. Centered around their historic ship the Mary Whalen in the Red Hook container port, the programs include tours of the ship, movies and music on the deck and more. Visit their website here for lots more information.

Also, please support their important efforts by attending their fundraiser on July 3rd.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Help Find Spots for Bike Racks

Instead of this:

And this:

We need more of these:

Agree? Then come out this Saturday and help CoWNA find good spots for bike racks in the Columbia Waterfront District! And bring your smartphones, because Daniel Latorre, who started FixCity, will train you to use his app identify potential bike rack locations and submit requests to the DOT. After the training, we'll spread out across the neighborhood and see what we can find.

When: Saturday, June 19
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Corner of Union and Columbia

We'll also be joined by some good folks from Transportation Alternative's Brooklyn Volunteer Committee.

See you Saturday!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Your Weekly Public Services News Roundup


Times: New York State Votes to Expand Charter Schools

City Room: A School Grieves for Its Beloved Cook

Times: Mayor to Cancel Teachers’ Raises, Averting Layoffs


Post: MTA secret service cuts slam bus riders with long waits and overcrowded lines

WNYC: MTA Pilots New Smart Cards

Times: 8,000 M.T.A. Employees Made $100,000 Last Year

2nd Ave. Sagas: A salary too high or simply too many employees?

Transportation Nation: Obama Administration Hasn't Endorsed the Transit Aid Bill

Streetsblog: AFL-CIO Flexing Its Muscle for Senate Transit Operating Aid Bill

Lane Closures on Hicks Street

Says the NYC DOT:
Hicks Street Rail Painting

On or about June 9, 2010, the New York City Department of Transportation Division of Bridges will commence protective coating operations on Hicks Street, from Congress to Summit Streets, both eastbound and westbound. The existing protective coating will be cleaned and/or removed. A new, epoxy-zinc protective coating system will be applied to all metal railings. This work will be performed in two-block intervals, beginning at Congress Street. Work activity, lasting approximately six days in each area, will be done on the eastbound and westbound sides of Hicks Street simultaneously.
The upshot?
Westbound Traffic on Hicks Street (toward Hamilton Ave):
Work hours are 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday
The parking lane will be closed. There will be no parking anytime in the area where work is performed. Cars in violation will be towed. Advanced warning signs will be posted.

Eastbound Traffic on Hicks Street (toward Atlantic Ave):
Work hours are 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday
The left travel lane will be closed during work hours. The parking lane will not be affected during the phase of work.
(h/t Craig Hammerman, CB6)