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Brooklynites Are Really Getting Salty About the Waterfalls

Brooklyn Heights: Judy Stanton, imperious grand dame of all things quality-of-life in the BH, demands that two of the Eliasson waterfalls be turned off within days because they’re killing the trees around here with their salty spray. And what’s worse, they’re spraying the cars! And what’s worse, Brooklyn residents don’t even have the fabulous view of the waterfalls that they were promised! [Brooklyn Paper]

East Harlem: Who will be the lucky developer for East 125th Street’s $1.7-million-square-foot retail-housing megacomplex that the City Planning Commish just okayed a rezoning for? Vornado? Thor? Isis? God? [NYS]

Harlem: Though the white population here has risen from 0.6 percent in 1980 to 6.6 percent in 2006, “Harlem will not lose its black majority or its high concentrations of poverty anytime soon.” Sometimes you can have good and bad news all in one sentence. [Gotham Gazette via Uptown Flavor]

Kew Gardens: Have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and visited this pretty, historic Queens hood, which has no landmarks protection? Well, if you had, you’d understand why locals want it to avoid going the overdeveloped way of nearby also-pretty hood Richmond Hill. [amNY via Queens Crap]

Red Hook: It looks like one of those massive BJ’s Wholesale Clubs will be opening in the site of the former Revere Sugar factory, which Ikea is currently leasing as a parking lot. BJ’s at wholesale prices? Bring the whole family! [Brooklyn Paper via Brownstoner]

Williamsburg: ‘Burgers say that Con Ed’s demolition of an old waterfront power plant is sending “Desert Storm”–like “clouds” of asbestos-tainted dust toward their parks and children. Meanwhile, Long Island City is loving on Con Ed because its new training center there has a hood-friendly “green roof.” [Curbed]

Brooklynites Are Really Getting Salty About the Waterfalls