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Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast proves that when you're dealing with the MTA anything is possible. Last Friday, Prendergast revealed a new alternative to station rehabilitation efforts aimed at speeding up MTA plans of making stations "cleaner, brighter... easier to navigate, with better and more intuitive wayfinding, as well as a modernized look and feel" by closing 30 stations through rotations for weeks and even months...
Previously comprising derelict buildings mottled with boarded-up or smashed-in windows, Industry City has lately become Brooklyn’s most prominent hub for food artisans, serving as commissary for homegrown brands like Colson Patisserie, Blue Marble ice cream, and Liddabit Sweets. And considering they make up a mere fraction of the manufacturers, artists, and innovators hard at work in the six million-square foot complex (which also includes a rooftop training center for the Brooklyn Nets), it only...
Whether or not the arrival of a Starbucks in a neighborhood is an early harbinger of gentrification or a symbol that gentrification has already run its course is a matter of some debate. While plenty of people understandably correlate the megachain's presence in their neighborhood with higher rents and the closure of small, independent retail outlets, it remains undeniably true that many Brooklyn neighborhoods were well past the early stages of gentrification when they received their first Starbucks locations,...
At this point, Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea have a reputation for making moves: Opening new locations, switching up old ones, and adding more local vendors of food, beverages, and goods than you could reasonably hope to have access to in one space. So it may not be surprising that they’re about to do it again. Starting Saturday and Sunday October 17 and 18, through March of next year, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will make a...

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