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Today’s Links: Vikings on the Streets of Bay Ridge, Train Troubles for Years to Come & More

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Pleasantly arranged pipes on a Brooklyn building (Paul Stremple/BKLYNER)

With the reveal of the MTA’s massive plan to update the subway system, residents better brace for a whole lot of overnight and weekend closures: here’s how your commute might be affected.

If that news makes you want to get out of the city, LIRR tickets are being discounted in a pilot program out of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal.

Along with the L train closure, it remains to be seen what major subway disruptions will do to Brooklyn’s housing market, but for now, the boom has hit a bit of a calm patch. Of course, the best time to buy always seems to have been 10 years ago…

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Even for those of us who were around a decade ago, there’s always remembering who came long before us: the Norweigan Day Parade took to the streets in Bay Ridge over the weekend, celebrating Scandinavian culture in Southern Brooklyn. That popular parade route has also hosted the St. Patrick’s Day parade for Irish heritage and the Memorial Day parade honoring those who have died fighting for the United States.

Now that summer is almost upon us, and as Brooklynites look to spend time in green spaces, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden announced they’d be making some improvements to “the Overlook.” Hopefully, it’ll draw some appreciation from visitors, but can anything really top all those cherry blossoms?

But on a serious note—as the number of K2 overdoses continues to climb, police are urging the community to be safe. The synthetic cannabinoid is often overlooked in the face of the opioid crisis, which is also ravaging communities across the United States. In Crown Heights, the community came together at a town hall to try to address the issue.

Be safe out there, Brooklyn!

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