Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Week's Worth of Links: CHCA Meeting Roundup, Safe in this Place, Bike Parking Survey, & More


(From the Manhattan-bound platform at the Franklin Avenue IND Station. Some folks still do things the old-fashioned way, but for the rest of us, there's the web, and its glorious progeny, links)

Last week's Crow Hill Community Association meeting include several announcements about upcoming events on the Avenue. Three major ones are cited below - let me know if I've missed any.

- Efforts to improve bike parking in Crown Heights are continuing with a community survey of the area to determine where bike racks are most needed this Saturday, March 3, from 2-5pm. Surveying will include taking measurements and speaking with local businesses about supporting bike parking in front of their shops. If you'd like to take part, email organizers Judy or Chris with your availability - even half an hour helps! Also, for those who are tethered to their keyboards, you can sign the online petition in support of more bike parking for the area. We just got a series of the new racks on Dean Street, and they look quite handsome, if I do say so myself. 


- Safe in this Place, the community-based theater and dialogue project that has been meeting regularly with the CHCA's support, will host a public dialogue and performance next Thursday, March 8, from 7:30-9:30pm at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Sterling and Classon. 

- Ground Up Designers unveiled the website for Art Not Arrests earlier this week, and at the meeting, they showed off some actual latticework made from the colorful cuffs. Thanks are due to all who helped fund this great project on Kickstarter.

In addition to the CHCA story, a whole bunch of interesting links came across my radar at the end of the week. In no particular order:

- For those involved, or interested in getting involved, in local commerce, the Pratt Area Community Council (just north of us in Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy) is offering a Small Business Workshop this Wednesday from 6-8pm. 

- HuffPo ran an interesting article about the advocacy work of Crown Heights native Chaim Levin to combat homophobia in Orthodox communities, while Capital New York had a long and fascinating interview with a survivor of a shooting over Labor Day last fall. 

Prospect Heights Patch reported that Classon Avenue will soon be a one-lane thoroughfare, as part of a city effort to curb accidents. As anyone who's biked or driven on Classon knows, it's only a two-lane road if you're willing to drive like a maniac and risk taking mirrors off parked cars, so the change is a welcome improvement. Let's hope similar measures (and a bike lane) are in store for almost-as-narrow Franklin.

- Finally, last week was a good one for the food-service community in Crown Heights. The Voice's Robert Sietsima gave Barboncino a rave review (and also praised Fatima, which he reviewed in 2004, and which is, unbeknownst to far too many Crown Heightsers, one of the tastiest West African places in the city), while two locals took home the top two spots in the city's regional barista competition

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