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good things about my neighborhood: Pelham Bay Park, 2 butcher shops, 2 bakeries, 1 fishmonger, gym, P.O., and library all within walking distance.Bad things: litter, long train ride to Manhattan and Brooklyn.Good outweighs the bad!
I'm in Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn (just east of Bed Stuy). A new restaurant just opened on Lewis Ave (SOLA business district - South Lewis), but is still mostly empty. It's called Beso, between Macon and Halsey.
Brian Lehrer: Like the show very much!
My Neighborhood is Hudson Square: The Good: we have a great block association— Charlton Street Block Association.
The bad: NY State employees have authorization to utilize the south side of our block for parking, between 6th and Varick Street, during working hours 8am to 6pm. This means of that our street can never be cleaned by Sanitation, since cars are always parked there. From 6pm to 8am other vehicles are allowed to park, and State employees have begun to use this side of the street as a parking lot for their cars during the evening hours and over the weekend. These cars stay there for weeks, unmoved at times.
Hi, just missed call-in segment, but this is an important point: I live in Spuyten-Duyvil -- considered part of Riverdale but used to be Manhattan many years ago. Positives: bucolic, still lots of trees, relatively quiet (if you can ignore the roar of the Henry Hudson bridge), and has kind of an 'outpost' feel. One big negative: Our tiny USPS Post Office is under threat of closure thanks to the insane Republican-driven fantasy of privatization of our postal services. While some cuts may be necessary all around, these small, local post offices MUST remain open. We have many senior citizens here, not to mention working folks who can't easily get to a major post office during regular working hours (yours truly for example).
Thank you Brian, for stating the obvious: the gentrification occurring in Washington Heights (and in so many other places throughout the city).
Greenwich Village-What's not to love?! The Green market in nearby Union Square, unique shops & restaurants, cabaret bars, lively parks and history.
The worst-NYU trying to take over the whole area! Go somewhere else.
"How many boroughs can you say have a Tibetan restaurant?"
Have you heard of Queens?
Staten Island's north shore bad stuff: still no good supermarkets, eat-in restaurants, retail, lack of respect for the fabulous victorians and historical architecture. Good stuff: personal space, trees, the smell of the ocean, the endless sense of potential.
Live on the south side of williamsburg, Best: million trees has in the last few years given the neighborhood hundreds of new trees, we need it since we have heavy truck traffic and amongst the highest asthma rates in NYC. Worst: Williamsburg has one of the ugliest architectural heritages in the brooklyn, and sadly the many new "luxury" condos only add more eyesores to the busted tenements and 10 foot high chain link fences scatted around the neighborhood.
The worst thing happening in North Park Slope? Easy: The hideous behemoth known as Atlantic Yards. Everything else about my neighbor is wonderful, and has been for the fourteen years I've lived here.
remember the blanket media coverage of the alleged "bias" crime in midwood, brooklyn? swastikas, KKK spraypainted on the burnt cars? funny how that blanket media coverage is mysteriously absent given the news that the police have concluded this was an insurance scam by the car owners to make money. where's the mayor? news media? hello, anyone there????
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