It’s always been hard to snag a seat at the chef’s counter at Robataya NY, one of Timeout‘s best restaurants of 2011, but now you can forget about it: last Thursday, the Little Tokyo restaurant closed for renovations that could take between two to four weeks. More →
(Photo and rendering courtesy of Gardeners of Hooper Street Park)
Could your next kale salad come from what’s currently a trash-strewn, rat-infested lot in Williamsburg?
The Gardeners of Hooper Street Park believe so. The group of neighbors want to turn a .05-acre lot on the corner of Hooper Street and South Fifth Street into a small park, with some vegetable and flowerbeds. “We want it to be both a garden and gathering place in the community,” said Robert Atterbury, who started organizing residents last year.
The park will only be temporary; the city’s Housing and Preservation Department, which owns the lot, plans to use it for affordable housing, though it’s not clear when it will begin developing it. But Atterbury and others think it can still serve as the sort of open, public space that’s rare in this part of Bushwick.
Community Board 1 supported the park’s creation during its March meeting, and GreenThumb, the Parks Department’s community gardening program, is currently considering the group’s application.
In the meantime, Atterbury’s group is looking for more volunteers, planning the park’s design, and fundraising to purchases benches, tables, a tool shed and composting bins. They’re working with El Puente’s Green Light District and Nuestros Niños Child Development, a daycare near the site.
Two challenges the gardeners face is leveling the ground, which is not even with the street and could be a safety concern, and getting rid of a rat infestation.
“Everyone dumps their stuff in the lot,” says Tiffany Frances, another involved resident. “I’ve seen strollers in there. It’s ridiculous – the lot is fenced, so they would have to make an effort to throw their stuff away.”
This weekend, a London-based theater troupe will tap into Williamsburg’s history.
ONE OF US, formed in March 2013, puts on site-specific, immersive performances related to the history of its venues. In this case: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Williamsburg. The church was founded by a group of German Lutherans in 1853, making it one of the oldest churches in north Brooklyn. If you’ve ever walked near the Montrose stop, you know its brick and terra cotta spire. More →
Greenpoint is about to get a whole lot greener: more than a dozen community organizations will be awarded a total of $600,000 in funds to make up for ExxonMobil’s massive Newtown Creek oil spill. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the first round of funding from a $19.5 million settlement yesterday. More →
But there’s been an outbreak of a rare bacterial skin infection caused by handling live or raw fish sold in the city’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens Chinatown markets, the city’s health department announced today. More →
If construction noise, dust, and the occasional backhoe accident are getting out of control in your apartment building, you might want to head to a forum tonight to bone up on who to call and kvetch to.
The Cooper Square Committee, an East Village tenant rights and advocacy organization, was spurred to host the workshop because of increasing complaints from tenants regarding the impact of construction in their apartment buildings. More →