What a difference a year can make. As January 2005 winds to a close, Bruce Ratners Atlantic Yards proposal, launched a year ago as the crown jewel in the developers Brooklyn menagerie, seems to be chugging along on fumes.
In addition to overcrowded classrooms, an underfunded district, and a staffing crisis that looms on the horizon for New York Citys public schools, teachers may soon be worrying about their very own health.
The funky, warm mix of low-rise residential, manufacturing, commerce and arts spaces that has made Williamsburg a unique spot for many long-time residents is on the verge of changing into a landscape dominated by the kind of high-rise luxury condos that are developers wet dreams.
Just before New Years Eve, I dined with my friend Janet in a restaurant where the holiday decorations were monkeys. Monkeys dressed in Venetian robessilk brocades, rich velvets.
At veteran New York journalist (and Bed-Stuy native) Jack Newfields memorial at Riverside Chapel in late December, there was certainly some political posturing.