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Amongst Brooklyn’s famed bars, Sunny’s has achieved almost mythic status: a magical den of bluegrass and whisky, hidden down by the harbor in Red Hook, where long nights roll into pink-hued mornings looking over cobblestone streets, as the last of the musicians leave for the night, their instruments tucked under their arm and a skip in their step. But while many of the bar’s disciples recognize its charismatic namesake—the late Antonio “Sunny” Balzano, with his...
The only memory I have from the night of the storm is filming a video of my feet splashing onto McGuinness Avenue from my apartment on Kent Street in Greenpoint. In the video, I laugh with my ex-boyfriend at the novelty of streets transformed into streams and at the very idea of a hurricane in a northeastern city. If any city was immune to the cruel indifference of nature, surely it was New York....
In January, we learned damages from Hurricane Sandy to the Canarsie Tunnel—which handles all L traffic between Brooklyn and Manhattan—could result in a complete tunnel shutdown for repairs. That option, which would necessitate thousands of daily shuttle buses and alternate subway routes, was estimated to last around a year. A partial shutdown (where east- and west-bound tunnels would, alternately, handle all traffic) we were told, at the time, could last as long as three years. But last night at...
A potential complete shutdown of the Canarsie Tunnel to repair saltwater damage from Hurricane Sandy had already put the fear of god the MTA into inter-borough L train commuters when Gothamist reported the possibility that this would happen earlier this month. And now, DNAinfo has shared some hard numbers—and maps—to substantiate those fears. A research and cartography company, CartoDB, which uses open location data to create revelatory maps, made some particularly stark ones based on the closures of the Canarsie...

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