Ask anyone who remembers the infamous citywide power outage and they will tell you stories ranging from disgust at the subsequent looting and arson, as well as the terror stemming from the pervasive Son of Sam murders.
Ask my dad, however, and he’ll gladly regale you with his own “famous” Sheepshead Bay ’77 Blackout story.
Castles Made of Sand: New York Harbor Before the Flood is an elegy for the other areas of New York harbor that are vulnerable to sea level rise. While projections of the future are almost always likely to be wrong, imagining the impact of climate change is one step in the process of motivating the necessary public policy changes and modifications to personal behavior in order to avert the most cataclysmic effects of higher levels of atmospheric CO2. With almost 600 miles of waterfront, New York’s geography created its destiny. A fantastic, natural deep-water harbor, New York was in much of the 20th century until 1970, the biggest port in the world. Now at number 20 worldwide and sinking, the city’s waterfront appears more like castles made of sand as we struggle to deal with the forces of globalization and climate change.
To that end, Michals has been going around the city’s coastline, especially Southern Brooklyn, snapping beautiful photographs capturing areas that may be washed away as climate change threatens our communities. The photographer – an associate professor of photography at New York City College of Technology – even found this intriguiging historical nugget explaining Plumb Beach’s transformation into Plumb Island, before reinventing itself again as Plumb Beach:
Plumb Beach must have become Plumb Island by 1891 as the United States government bought a portion of it in order to build a fort. The fort was never built but the island was a federal property and businesses located on Plumb Island could sell alcohol and tobacco without charging local taxes. Needless to say, it became a popular place for bars and other entertainments. After New York City bought the island from the federal government in 1924, it was primarily a summer retreat for Brooklynites. In 1937, Robert Moses began work on the Belt Parkway and the island was connected to the rest of Brooklyn with landfill in 1940.
State Senator Marty Golden’s annual summer concert series kicks off tonight, with New York Exceptions rocking out to hits from the 1950s to 1970s in Bay Ridge.
Golden produces the series of 15 summer concerts and events throughout July and August in local parks throughout his district, and in conjunction with the Community Emergency Response Team and the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force.
All concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m, except Family Day, which is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The August 7 concert begins at 4:00 p.m. In case of poor weather, cancellations will be posted on the concert hotline by 5:00 p.m., on the day of the concert, at (718) 236-7547 or Senator Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044. All events are subject to change.
The B64 bus. Source: Robert McConnell for The Bergen Network
THE COMMUTE: Here are my predictions about the MTA’s plan to systematically eliminate B64 service. Divide and conquer!
Chop off its head and its tail;
End service overnight;
Severely cut its service frequency;
Eliminate weekend service eroding its ridership base further, then finally…
Eliminate the route entirely by directing riders to more inconvenient alternative routes.
The MTA already accomplished Steps 1 and 2 in June of 2010. Step 3 will be implemented this September. I am surmising that Steps 4 and 5 are planned along with a similar plan to eliminate the B2. More on that later.
Workers from Sea Tow New York, a Southold, New York-based marine assistance organization, were dispatched to the waters of the Gerritsen Inlet yesterday afternoon to assist with a 70-foot crane that collapsed on top of a barge belonging to the Lomma Construction Corporation.
A Lomma crane at the site of the Freedom Tower. Source: Cummings & Hauling & Rigging
News 12 Brooklyn reported that Lomma’s workers “were apparently lifting a short section of pipe when the crane suddenly fell sideways,” and that “FDNY Marine Units and the Coast Guard were also called to respond.”
This is not the first time Lomma has made headlines. In 1999, a Lomma-owned 383-foot red steel crane collapsed, killing 43-year-old construction worker Kenneth Preiman in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Lomma also garnered itself unwanted publicity after a May 2008 accident, in which a 200-foot Lomma crane toppled at the site of the Azure on East 91st Street in Manhattan, resulting in the deaths of two construction workers.
According to The Real Deal, crane owner James Lomma is awaiting trial on manslaughter charges, stemming from the 2008 incident. A judge turned down his bid to have the case dismissed.
(UPDATE [1:50 p.m.]: A knowledgeable reader informs us that we’ve made a mistake in the ownership of Lomma Construction Corporation. Lomma is owned by Patrick Lomma, not James, and the company was not involved in the 1999 or 2008 incidents referenced above. Our apologies for any confusion.)
GerritsenBeach.net has photos of the accident, and notes that the accident caused diesel and hydro fuels to spill into the waters. Lomma is expected to handle the clean up.
If your idea of a great way to spend an evening is sitting on the beach while watching “Saturday Night Fever,” you’re in luck!
Starting tonight, and running until August 29, Rooftop Films — which “couple[s] films with venues, and connect[s] artists with audiences so that each event is unique and memorable” — will be holding a beachside film series in Coney Island, called “Coney Island Flicks On The Beach.”