Brooklyn’s First Fish CSA…uh… CSF

It’s called Mermaid’s Garden Sustainable Foods and a membership will run you about 100 bucks:

Expect to see a variety of local Long Island and New England fishes, including:

Black Bass, Bluefish, Haddock, Hake, Monkfish, Pollock, Porgy, Skate, Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Swordfish, Tilefish, Tuna (Yellowfin and Bigeye), Wreckfish and more. For our first season, the fish in the shares will most likely all be local. Nonetheless, Mermaid’s Garden is committed to supporting fishing communities across the United States, so there may be opportunities for us to offer items like wild Alaskan salmon or Florida stone crabs in their seasons. We guarantee that all of our fish is caught by small boat fishermen using sustainable fishing methods.

Pickups will be in Red Hook, Park Slope, and Clinton Hill but if it catches on maybe they’ll make it up to these parts.

via Animal

The L Train About To Start Sucking A Little Less

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It’s staggering it took so long since ridership has grown nearly 150 percent in the last decade! Now, let’s work on the G.

The chronically overcrowded L train, which connects Manhattan to Brooklyn’s fastest growing neighborhoods, is now running 98 more times a week. The NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority just finished installing a new radio-based signal system that allows trains on the line to travel closer together and, as a result, more frequently…

Ridership on the L train has grown 141 percent since 1998 because of a population boom in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the chosen enclaves of NYC’s hipster set and more recently, a hub of new condo construction. It’s not unusual for riders during the morning rush to let a packed train pass because there’s no room to board it.

The NY MTA announced a plan to increase service on the line eight months ago, which led to a squabble with its largest union over why the new schedule would take so long to implement.

Riders will now see 16 more trains on weekdays and 18 more trains over the course of a weekend.

The MTA says, during the morning rush, customers can shave 30 seconds off their wait with trains now arriving every 3 minutes. Non-rush hour weekday riders, as well as Saturday night revelers, can expect a train every six minutes, down from 7 ½ minutes. And Sunday evening straphangers can expect a train every 6 minutes, down from 8 ½ minutes.

Locals Lawyer Up Against Planned Homeless Shelter

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The fight against the homeless shelter proposed for 400 McGuinness Boulevard gained momentum this week when local residents lawyered up and formed a corporation to strengthen their efforts against the shelter. According to DNAinfo, the Greenpoint Neighborhood Coalition, Inc. officially formed last month with the help of lawyer Andrew Stern.

The group believes that the shelter “threatens to ruin our current lifestyle and the safety and quality of the neighborhood.”

As we posted in February, Greenpoint’s homeless population is in a uniquely challenging position because the city has no Polish language programs available to help them. The problem is so bad that the city offered local churches $100,000 to provide shelter on cold winter nights, but no churches were interested. At the time, five homeless people had died in fifteen months.

Boat Club To Bloomberg: Where Are The Green Spaces You Promised?

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The North Brooklyn Boat Club has been vocal about the city’s failure to follow through on its promise for more green spaces, as outlined in the 2005 re-zoning that changed Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods in a big way. This Thursday the group is taking its message to City Hall to rally before a hearing on the matter.

“It’s VERY important that we show the city that we are unified and LOUD in our demand for the parkspace we deserve,” event organizers posted on Google+.

Join the Boat Club on Thursday (6/14) at noon on the City Hall steps. The hearing is at 1pm at 250 Broadway, 16th Floor.

Proposed Cams May Punish McGuinness Blvd. Speeders


If you live in Greenpoint and commute to Manhattan or hang out in Williamsburg, you’re probably familiar with the dangers of crossing McGuinness Boulevard. Drivers race down it like it’s the Autobahn, while long traffic lights make pedestrians eager to cross whenever they get a chance.

Luckily for pedestrians, state assemblyman Joe Lentol is pushing for cameras that will catch speeding drivers. A recent survey reports that  two-thirds of drivers on McGuinness speed and between 2005 and 2009, vehicles hit thirteen cyclists and forty-four pedestrians. Lentol introduced a bill last week, The Brooklyn Paper reports.

Huge Fire On Conselyea Left A Woman Dead Last Night


Did you hear all those sirens around 9:30 p.m. last night? They were probably attending to a huge fire at 147 Conselyea St. near Graham Avenue. Twitter photos show emergency vehicles parked on Metropolitan Avenue and a large crowd watching.

A 59-year-old woman died in the fire, according to DNAinfo. It took 100 firefighters more than three hours to put out the blaze.

Tipsters told us last night that the fire was near the intersection of Graham and Metropolitan and Tony’s Pizzeria. It turns out that one of the residents of the building works at the pizzeria.

The New York Post says that the 59-year-old may have started the fire with a cigarette.

NY1 has video.

Zombies Crawled Through The ‘Burg On Sunday (But Florida Had A Real Zombie)


While you were laying on a roof somewhere and eating a hot dog on Sunday, zombies briefly occupied the neighborhood as part of the annual NYC Zombie Crawl. Participants donned head to toe zombie makeup and tattered clothing and traveled from Trash Bar to Grand Victory, McCarren Park, Spike Hill, and Public Assembly. The first stop had had makeup artists for the not-so-DIY-ers, while the other stops had live music, contests, drink specials, and giveaways.

As horrifying as some of the Brooklyn zombies may have looked, nothing comes close to the real life “zombie” incident that same day. As you’ve probably read by now, Florida police shot and killed a naked man who was eating the face of another man on the side of a causeway. Not only was he consuming human flesh, but it took multiple bullets to take him out. Authorities believe he was in a drug-induced paralysis, but if that doesn’t sound like the beginning of a George Romero film, we don’t know what does.

For those of you interested, zombies originate from the voodoo tradition in which priests used rituals and powders to turn enemies into the “walking dead.” The term “zombie” first appeared in print in 1792 as a Creole word meaning spirit, but unlike other Hollywood monsters like the werewolf or vampire, the zombie as we know it today has no literary tradition. The creatures first appeared in film in 1932’s White Zombie.

McCarren Park Pool Will Be U-Shaped, And Other New Details


The McCarren Park Pool is on track to open at the end of June and today’s New York Times has new details.

According to the Times, the $50 million renovation includes changing the pool’s rectangular rectangle into a U shape with a concrete beach in the middle. The beach will have spray showers and the color of the pool will be cerulean blue.

The pool was last open for swimmers in 1984.