By Matt T

About Matt T

Matt is a lawyer who writes fiction and freelances in his spare time. He lives in (gasp!) Park Slope, but bikes all over. He is the author of a novel, DEATH OF THE DYING CITY (about NYC's gentrification in the 90s), forthcoming from an indie publisher. More about him can be found at www.matthewataub.com. Twitter: @MatthewTaub1 Instagram: matthewtaub1

We Invented a New Subway Line: Over the New Kosciuszko Bridge (and Beyond)

Follow the K Train

Visting the Kosciszko Bridge, on Earth Day, no less, got us thinking: was there ever any consideration for a mass transit line on the major project about to replace the structure, and perhaps to extend it even farther along the BQE?

When we came up with nothing, we created our own dream subway line. And we’re calling it the K Train.

As you can see (above), Eastern Greenpoint and Maspeth would see immediate transportation benefits, and the ramifications could positively impact many more commuters.  Expansion of the line could finally provide direct rail service to La Guardia Airport. The K Line could also serve areas like the Brookyln Navy Yard, Wallabout, and Red Hook, while also connecting neighborhoods that currently require a trip into Manhattan, allowing commuters to coast down the Brooklyn waterfront, something that as of now, we can only do to a very limited extent, by ferry. Continue reading

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Kent Avenue South Bike Lane Expansion Begins

Traffic cones line portions of the curb and roadway as the work begins.

A stretch of Kent Avenue in south Williamsburg is being updated to include a two-way bicycle greenway, along with improvements to calm motorists and conform the roadway to traffic patterns above and below the area.

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Foodieodicals– A Festival Where Food and Publishing Collide

Cara Livermore of Chickpea Magazine, a vegan quarterly, talks about her passion.

Combine food with literature, and what do you get?  Foodieodicals!

A festival within the three-day Food Book Fair, this event-within-an-event on Saturday (4/26) celebrated creative food publishing, featuring more than twenty inspiring culinary publications from across the globe.

About the Fair

The Third Annual Food Book Fair, running from April 25-27, brings together food enthusiasts, chefs, artists, writers, designers and publishers to celebrate the intersection between food culture and food systems. It is the brainchild of Elizabeth Thacker Jones. This year’s three-day fair spans a pop-up bookstore with more than 200 books, 20-plus food magazines, 60 visionaries, panel discussions, a film screening, pop-up brew pub and pop-up farm, an entrepreneurial resource clinic, and a second annual Pitch Competition.

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The Apocalyptic Landscape Near the Kosciuszko Bridge Is Now Complete

All we needed was the removal of trees!

We know eastern Greenpoint is readying for construction of a new Kosciuszko Bridge, replacing the decrepitly old (and ugly) monster of a structure that currently connects Brooklyn and Queens (and that this will require a collective holding of everyone’s breath). We also know that our State’s forward-thinking Department of Transportation is removing surrounding trees to prevent an endangered bat species from nesting (so that they’ll settle elsewhere and won’t be harmed as construction begins).

Still, we can’t help but look at the new, treeless scene and wonder if the area, already bleak, has now reached its apotheosis of soulless, post-apocalyptic gloom. Continue reading

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“Jamaican Queens” Rock the House at 285 Kent

Despite their New-York-centric pun of a name, rock duo Jamaican Queens actually hail from Detroit. And on the very night their hometown filed for bankruptcy, the band’s equipment seemed destined for similar failure: time stretched on as they pleaded with the crowd for patience, a drum machine too high, vocals too low. But finally, when everything was in place, frontman Ryan Spencer electrified the crowd with his commanding vocals and an extensive musical arsenal behind him— what could best be described as an electronic-hip-hop-rock fusion— producing catchy, dance-ready glam-pop hits. Continue reading

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