This Week in Other News: New Playgrounds, Faster Transit, Public Charge Education, and Drugs

This Week in Other News: New Playgrounds, Faster Transit, Public Charge Education, and Drugs

Here’s what else has been happening this week:

  • F Train officially went express – which would be fantastic if it was not just two trains during rush hours. Predictably, Southern Brooklyn celebrated, as Carroll Gardens/ Cobble Hill grumbled.
Express F Schedule/2019
  • Utica Avenue subway extension plan missing in action, The City reports: “a $5 million study looking at the possibility of extending subway service along Utica Avenue in Brooklyn — included in the MTA’s current five-year financial plan at the behest of Mayor Bill de Blasio — didn’t earn so much as a mention when transit officials outlined the proposed 2020-2024 Capital Program earlier this week.”

Here’s the study area – maybe we all need to make a bit more noise about how much this is needed:



Flatbush entrance, view from south (Rendering courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance)

These are the first new entrances to the park since the 1940s. Prospect Park Alliance received funding from NYC Parks for this project through its Parks Without Borders initiative, and it is part of a larger restoration of the Flatbush Avenue side of the park. “The design includes beautiful new plantings and trees, as well as a small public plaza with boulders donated from the construction site of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, which will serve as informal seating as well as a place for children to climb and play,” Prospect Park Alliance Vice President Deborah Kirschner emailed.

  • On Monday, the ground was broken for a new playground for PS152/PS315 in Midwood.
  • Tomorrow is the official opening of the new P.S. 156/ I.S. 392 student-designed playground.

Both playgrounds are being built by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Vital Brooklyn” initiative, it will be open to the community when the school is not in session. Enjoy!


  • Flavored Juuls became illegal in New York this week, in response to a vaping-related lung illness that has sickened hundreds across the country and killed seven. According to the NYS Health Department’s Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, nearly 40% of high school seniors used e-cigarettes, and the popularity of vaping has erased 18 years of anti-tobacco work in the state.
  • Rosa Goldensohn at The City looks at the numbers: Turns out the number of city’s aging black residents dying of cocaine-related overdoses is rising, almost tripling since 2016.



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