Prospect Park

The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Development: Going Up, Closing Down

Friday, June 13, 2014

A check-in on some notable developments and the state of affordable housing for many New Yorkers. City Councilman Brad Lander (D-39), discusses the threatened closing of Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility for seniors, as well as other council items.

Then, WNYC development reporter Janet Babin discusses a proposed big new big building that may cast shadows across Prospect Park; the rally to save cheap housing at Stuy Town; and how the de Blasio affordable housing push is starting to shake out.

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Planned Prospect Park Tower Throws Shade on Park, Upsets Neighbors

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


A fight in the Prospect Lefferts neighborhood over a new 23-story apartment building hints at the tension between the push for more high-rises offering more affordable housing units, and a community’s desire for low density, smaller buildings.

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Obama's Visit Friday to Close Prospect Park for 6 Hours

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

President Obama's visit to a Brooklyn school Friday will close one of the borough's largest parks for six hours.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Prospect Park's Prospects

Monday, July 29, 2013

David Colley, author Prospect Park: Olmsted and Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013) and Elizabeth Keegin Colley, the book's photographer, talk about the "other" Olmsted and Vaux-designed park, its history, how it compares to Central Park and its future prospects.

Listeners: Have you seen Prospect Park change over the years?  Do you have a favorite memory?


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rent Regulation; Senior Immigrants; Prospect Park

Monday, July 29, 2013

Kathleen Hunter, congressional reporter for Bloomberg News, rounds up the news out of Washington, including options for the next leader of the Fed and Obama’s recent economic speeches. Plus: Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money and a New York Times contributor, breaks down the arguments for and against rent regulation; a check-in on all the local political races; senior immigrants; and the history and future of Prospect Park. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted

Monday, December 17, 2012

Justin Martin argues that Frederick Law Olmsted is probably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. Martin discusses Olmstead’s life and work in Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Watch | Hundreds of Trees Lost to Sandy in Prospect Park

Monday, November 05, 2012

Many New York City parks reopened to the public this weekend, but for some, a long road of cleanup and restoration still lies ahead. In Brooklyn's Prospect Park, damage from Hurricane Sandy is massive — the worst sustained by the park in at least 25 years.

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Officials Still Assessing Great GoogaMooga

Monday, May 28, 2012

Reviews are still coming in for GoogaMooga, the elaborate foodie-centric festival held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park last weekend. Complaints have focused on long lines and food shortages and now attention has turned to how the festival affected the park itself.

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Memorial Day Around New York

Monday, May 28, 2012

New York City's Memorial Day observances included both parades and solemn ceremonies. And with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid-80s, thousands of people spent their Memorial Day holiday at New York's parks and beaches.


Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: SF's Newest Subway Line Moves Forward; DC's Population Is Up, But Cars Are Down; LaHood Bearish On Transpo Bill

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top stories on TN:
NY MTA Board Member: Overnight Shutdowns Too Broad--And More are On the Way (Link)
Will High Gas Prices Hurt Obama’s Reelection Chances? (Link)
Residents Look at Ways to Bring Walkability Back to Old Houston Neighborhood (Link)

(photo courtesy of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)

It's all systems go for San Francisco's newest subway. (San Francisco Chronicle)

DC's population is up, but car registrations are flat lining. (Or as WTOP puts it, "New DC residents: I couldn't 'car' less.")

Airline co-pilots would have to meet the same experience threshold required of captains—the first boost in four decades—under regulations proposed Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration. (AP via Mercury News)

Ray LaHood is bearish on Congress' chances of passing a transportation bill before the March 31st deadline. “I’m going to use past as prologue. We’ve gone 3½ years beyond the last bill...I don’t see Congress passing a bill before this one runs out, before this extension runs out." (Politico)

Meanwhile, state and local transportation officials are anxiously watching Washington for news about the transpo bill. (Politico)

Auto sales are growing so fast American auto makers can barely keep up -- which could lead to shortages that drive up prices. (NPR)

Lawyers for NYC are heading to court today seeking an appeal of a judge's order that the Taxi and Limousine Commission must submit a long term-plan for wheelchair accessibility. (WNYC)

Following safety concerns, NYC will unveil proposed changes to the Prospect Park loop in Brooklyn that would reduce cars to one lane -- and create two separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians.  (New York Times)

Future roads will have new technology to ease congestion -- and more congestion because of the new technology. (Marketplace)

TransCanada says it will start building the Oklahoma-to-Texas portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. (NPR)

A bill calling for more transparency at the Port Authority was approved by a New Jersey state senate committee. (Star-Ledger)

New York Times' Room for Debate: how to make cities safer for cyclists and pedestrians? The answers: better street design -- and better enforcement. (Link)

One DC bus rider wrote a song about the errant #42 bus: "One bus, two bus, three bus, four/Can't seem to find those open doors/At this rate how am I gonna get anywhere." (Washington Post)

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Transportation Nation

Brooklyn Bike Lane Lawsuit Rolls into 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Brooklyn's Prospect Park West bike lane (photo by Kate Hinds)

Opponents of a bike lane in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood are formally appealing a judge's decision to dismiss the group's lawsuit.

Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes/Seniors for Safety had sought removal of the mile-long protected bike lane, claiming the city had pitched it as temporary. But their argument was dismissed by a judge, who ruled in August 2011 that the group had “presented no evidence that D.O.T. viewed the bikeway as a pilot or temporary project.”

NBBL said in September it would appeal. And on February 10th, it filed a brief with the appellate division of the Kings County Supreme Court. (You can read the formal appeal document here.)

"We still want to have a full hearing on all the issues raised by the DOT’s failure to conduct a proper safety study and collusion with pro-lane advocates,” said Georgia Winston, an attorney for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the firm representing NBBL.

Mark Muschenheim, the attorney who has argued the case for the New York City Law Department, said in an emailed statement: "We are confident that the trial court's decision in our favor will be upheld on appeal. The popular bike path continues to enhance the safety of all who use Prospect Park West."

The city has 30 days to respond by submitting its own brief, after which point the court may schedule an oral argument.


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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: NJ Gov Wants to Borrow Billions To Fix Transpo Infrastructure, Transit Decifit Looms in San Francisco

Monday, November 21, 2011

Top stories on TN:

A NYC school bus strike is looming. (Link)

A transpo funding bill -- without high-speed rail -- gets the president's signature. (Link)

How one TN reporter learned to stop worrying and love a California freeway. (Link)

Lincoln Tunnel helix in 1955

Governor Christie wants the state legislature to okay borrowing billions to upgrade the state's transportation infrastructure. (The Record)

And: a year-long, $88-million overhaul of the Lincoln Tunnel's helix will close lanes and divert traffic onto local roads. (The Star-Ledger)

Will the head of San Francisco's transit agency and the city's new mayor collide over how to reduce MUNI's deficit? (Bay Citizen)

Women are at a greater risk of being injured in car accidents than men, according to a new report. (NY1)

DC has more license plate readers than anywhere else in the country -- and how it's using that information is spurring privacy concerns.  (Washington Post)

If it's illegal to use a cell phone while driving, it's illegal to use it while stopped at a red light. (New York Times)

Brooklyn's Prospect Park tries to slow bicyclists after two serious bike-pedestrian collisions. (New York Times)

NPR kicks off a series on CAFE standards with a look at electric cars -- and why people aren't buying them.

Philadelphia joins Chicago on the list of cities moving to open fare payment for transit systems. (Inquirer)

The world's cheapest car -- India's Tata Nano -- gets a makeover after disappointing sales. (BBC)

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Subpoenas Withdrawn in Brooklyn Bike Lane Case

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

All subpoenas in the lawsuit against Brooklyn’s Prospect Park West bike lane have been withdrawn and the lawsuit is now awaiting judicial action. No new court dates have been set.



Gig Alert: Oumou Sangaré

Friday, July 29, 2011

Widely considered to be the leading ambassador of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré brings her impassioned rhythms and inspirational lyrics to Prospect Park on Friday night. Download the West African song "Wele Wele Wintou" from her 2009 release Seya here.

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WQXR Features

Cancellation of Philharmonic's Summer Parks Tour Draws Mixed Reactions

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The New York Philharmonic's announcement on Tuesday that it is cancelling its annual round of free concerts in city parks this summer has been met with mixed reviews from fans, writers and affiliated business owners. What do you think? Take our poll.

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A Chestnut Tree Grows Again in Brooklyn

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brooklyn became the latest testing ground Thursday to bring back the chestnut tree, once a crowning glory of the American timber supply, yielding masts on sailboats, railroad ties and barn doors aplenty, that has struggled to survive a fatal blight introduced to the East Coast about 100 years ago.


Transportation Nation

Parks Are For People, Not Cars, Says City Councilwoman

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Central Park (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) A New York City Council member is pushing to ban cars from the loop drives in Central Park and Prospect Park.

Gale Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side, said this isn't the first time the idea's been floated. In 2006, the City Council held a hearing on this issue, but the legislation was withdrawn after Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned cars in the parks for much of the day.

Which, Brewer said, made the parks even more popular.

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"Parks are supposed to be livable, and you're supposed to be able to do exercise, and you're supposed to be able to breathe," Brewer said. "I think that cars do not have a place in these two parks...That’s why I’m introducing this legislation – to just have the people, not the cars."

Read the full story at WNYC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bike Lane Brouhaha

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Jim Walden, attorney with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, provides pro bono represenation to Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes. He talks about the lawsuit which seeks to remove the Prospect Park West bike lane and the implications for bike lane battles citywide.

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Brooklyn Residents, Cyclists Debate Park Slope Bike Lane

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Park Slope residents and cycling advocates led two boisterous rallies on Thursday, over the future of a protected bike lane along Prospect Park West.

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Picking Up After Your Picnic

Friday, July 23, 2010

Prospect Park has over eight million visitors a year. On Monday mornings, there is often lots of trash left behind. Garry Osgood decided to do something about it.

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