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There’s something about Frank Muytjens’ building on the North Brooklyn waterfront—it looks just like it’s about to untie itself and slowly slip out into the East River. With the mass of an old steamer ship, and a perfect berth just in from the shore, the historic former food warehouse brings to mind the great shipping cities of the Old World—London, or Amsterdam—rather than the luxury shorefronts of the New. On a cool, rainy summer afternoon,...
01. (-) Greenpoint In July, the city finally struck a deal with big corporate polluters to bankroll the Superfund clean up of Newtown Creek. Still number one! 02. (+1) Fort Greene/Clinton Hill The nabe’s flagship bookstore, Greenlight, announced it’d move its administrative operations to a new office next door, freeing up space for a larger sales floor to accommodate bigger events. Take that, post-Borders trend pieces. 03. (+1) Ditmas Park The Church Avenue BID installed 63 historic-looking streetlights, mimicking...
Photos by Rachel Feierman Cyrus McGoldrick on Atlantic Avenue, in front of the Fertile Crescent Islamic Library (UPSTAIRS) and a Halal Grocery On the morning of 9/11, Hasiba Rashid was in class at the Al-Noor School in Greenwood Heights. She saw the Twin Towers collapse from her school’s second-story windows, ash and debris floating over the East River and landing in the yard and on the blacktop basketball court. The school closed early that day, Rashid recalls,...