Monday, February 28, 2011

Community Board Meeting Tonight Regarding Local Bar Liquor License for Prime at 6th and Flatbush

This may be of interest to those in the area of 6th and Flatbush.  There is a boarded up Royal Video store at the site that has been vacant for a long time, but I'm not sure such a large establishment will improve the area.  While this is Flatbush Ave, that area by 6th is a fairly subdued part and this would bring a ton of traffic from future Nets games.  I'm open minded, and will be interested to see how the discussion tonight goes.  The meeting is at the YMCA on 9th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues at 6:30pm and the community will have a chance to speak out.

Today's (alleged) Worst Man in Brooklyn

Bogus Cancer Doctor Charged with Molesting Sedated Cancer Patients Draws 11 Million Dollar Record-High Bail

Sunday, February 27, 2011

We're all cheeseheads!

Wisconsin Protests: Labor Protests Draw Thousands Across The Country

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday to express solidarity with Wisconsin public sector unions fighting a proposal to curb their power.
"We all support the people in Wisconsin and all over the country where labor is being threatened, and we know that the real agenda of the (Wisconsin) governor and many others is just to destroy unions," said New Yorker Judith Barbanel.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Brooklyn Community Board 6 info

Community Board 6 represents several neighborhoods that range from Park Slope going west to Red Hook.  Here is the website, and most importantly, the calendar of events and meetings:

I serve on the Public Safety, Environmental Protection, and Licensing Committee but am not on the full board. This committee works on a number of issues including the Gowanus Canal clean up, local crime issues, and permits for street seating at restaurants and cafes.

A bit of good news? Is NYC nice?

New York City only 58th angriest city in U.S., Detroit finishes a top Men's Health magazine rankings

This "study" is not very scientific, but do you agree that New York is not such an angry city? I think we judge "anger" by more than whether we are at high risk for a felonious assault, and in large part by the attitude and level of courtesy of those we deal with on a day to day basis.  None of the items considered really get at that factor, which is difficult to measure.  It would be nice to believe we live in a super-friendly city, but what's nice is largely a matter of perspective. 

Welcome! What is this all about?

Welcome to our blog!  This blog's description is very short, so I'd like to briefly expand on it so you know what this blog is about and why you should visit it regularly. The idea behind this blog is to turn it into a community think-action tank, and not just a place for discussion and venting.  As a community, we have many resources at our disposal.  Just think about who lives in our area.  From actors and actresses to doctors, lawyers, teachers, urban planners, engineers, and scientists, Brooklyn has an endless supply of talent from around the world that is right at our fingertips.  

What can we do together?  We can think large, small, or somewhere in the middle, but the goal is to turn our thoughts and concerns into actions that achieve results, improve lives, and enhance our community.  This is where we can pool our collective energy, talents, and resources to do something greater than simply "blog" our energy into the www (world-wide-wind).  Let's discuss local concerns ranging from improving government services, to helping individuals who are in crisis and are unable to find assistance through traditional services.  For example, perhaps you have a friend who recently lost a job and is looking for leads in a certain professional area.  Or, you have a neighbor who has to give away a pet and cannot find a new home for the pet.  My hope is that we can build enough readers and followers so we get to a point where we can look at the individual needs of others, as well as broader shared goals, and draw on each other to solve problems as a community.   

Thank you for visiting the blog and please feel free to provide feedback on our mission and any ideas you have are appreciated. 

Matt Silverman