Even as a city program for cleaning up contaminated sites shows promise, two tainted areas in Brooklyn reflect different challenges that remediation can face – like pricetags and politics.
Whether we’re breathing their exhaust or stuck behind one on an exit ramp, most New Yorkers hate trucks. But their complex impact on urban ills—and their key role in the city’s economy—have thwarted efforts to limit the damage.
Local car exhaust is one reason why New York officials have had to declare several ozone alert days this year. But out-of-state smokestacks are also a major contributor to air problems in the city.
Iris Weinshall is not the only critic of the city’s bike lane on Prospect Park West. She’s just the only who used to build bike lanes and happens to be married to a U.S. senator.
A new city plan addressing competing claims on New York’s coastline draws praise. But there’s still plenty of debate over the details, especially over the risks that come with waterfront industry.
Chapter four of “Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand” visits East New York, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and other neighborhoods whose story over the past 20 years differs from the standard narrative of Brooklyn’s growth.