A Start Date for the L-Pocalypse, A Student-Designed Playground & More of Today’s Links

A spooky trip to the pumpkin dentist on Bergen Street, between Bond and Nevins (Photo by Nathan Hasselby)

Well, the L-pocalypse officially has a date: the Canarsie Tunnel will close on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for 15 months of repairs. The next day, service changes will hit nearby lines to absorb redirected passengers.

Despite the inconvenience, it looks like North Brooklyn may see a population boom, as many of the New York apartments constructed in the next five years will be in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick, according to a new study. The prediction? Up to 20,000 new residents…

Crowds gathered outside BAM as Apple took over in Fort Greene for their annual product launch, which was in the Howard Gilman Opera House—Brooklyn Paper was there live.

Down in Bay Ridge, State Senator Marty Golden announced $8 million in funding for a new baseball field and better views from Shore Road Parkway. Recently, protestors called for Golden to fire a staffer with ties to the alt-right—a story first reported by Bklyner.

Out in East New York, a student-designed playground opened, part of Governor Cuomo’s Vital Brooklyn initiative.

A controversial rezoning of Surf Avenue in Coney Island was voted down by the community board. It would allow developers to build higher in the neighborhood, but opponents say bigger buildings would exacerbate traffic and overcrowding problems in the neighborhood by the sea.

The Party for Parks fundraiser recently raised $160,000 for North Brooklyn parks.

A Brooklyn news group helped spur a New York lawsuit against oil giant Exxon in a battle over suppressed research on climate change.

A spooky “Skarbucks” went up in Clinton Hill, offering Halloween puns on classic coffee drinks—as well as referencing the scariest possible result of a chain coffee-shop haunting: impending gentrification and the ghost of communities past.

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Paul Stremple

Paul was a staff reporter at Bklyner, responsible for covering Northern and Eastern parts of Brooklyn between August 2017 and January 2019.

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