The Carriage HSE Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:52:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Carriage HSE 32 32 The Auburn rock band celebrate the release of their seventh album with a concert Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000

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Auburn rock band A Cast of Thousands will celebrate the release of their seventh album, “Songs from the Second Floor,” with a concert on Friday, November 25 at the Cayuga Museum Carriage House Theater.

The band consists of Terry Cuddy on guitar and vocals, Beth Cuddy on bass and vocals, Terry Quill on guitar and Jim Andrews on drums. They regularly played at the museum during Black Friday.

Cuddy told The Citizen that most of the songs on the album were written during COVID-19, with some dealing with the current political climate.

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“It’s not happy holiday music, that’s for sure, but it’s (the culmination) of two years of work,” he said.

“Songs from the Second Floor” is also the first album the band recorded at a professional studio, Sunwood Recording in Trumansburg. Producer Eric Harvey (formerly of Spoon) recommended the band “stop recording at home and start taking our songs seriously,” Cuddy said. Although more expensive, the result was “our most professional album”.

“It was like going to a spa and (having) Sunwood and Eric take care of everything else,” he said. “All we had to do was play or sing.”

The album launch concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the theater behind the museum, 203 Genesee St., Auburn. Admission is $15 and includes a CD copy of the album and/or a download code.

For more information, call the museum at (315) 253-8051 or find the group on Facebook.

Terry Cuddy, of the Auburn group A Cast of Thousands, is used to mixing his albums himself.

I see LV | Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:00:00 +0000
LIFE AND STYLE – Millet M. Mananquil – The Philippine Star

November 23, 2022 | 00:00

When you visit a Louis Vuitton exhibition, you don’t just see fashion. You take a journey through 160 years of history. It’s about heritage – a nation’s culture, its mores, its quirks, its art.

But the exhibition is also a journey towards coolness and modernity, because the LV brand is also coveted today by a young technology-loving generation, while respecting the past.

I felt it when entering the “See LV” in Sydney through a door I was to find on the wall of the room of seemingly pixelated squares. Guests were greeted by a kangaroo “sculpted” by artist Billie Achilleos using LV bags and accessories. Did this make the guests jump to the next view: a screen where lines reveal a portrait of the young Louis Vuitton? This was designed by artist Refik Anadolo using artificial intelligence.

Then I realized that “See LV” wasn’t just an exhibition. It was going to be an immersive and interactive experience.

The past fused with the present. That was the vibe I got as the flow of exhibits was in reverse chronological order. First came the latest fashions for men and women from the late American designer Virgil Abloh and Franco-Belgian designer Nicolas Ghesquiere.

Abloh’s recycled creation in silver reminded us that LV respects the principles of sustainability. Ghesquière’s embroidered silk georgette dress is inspired by a prosperous period in French history when talented craftsman Louis Vuitton launched his brand in Paris in 1854. LV began by making trunks for Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie. At 33, LV opened his workshop on rue Neuve des Capucines.

Then I saw the LV 1906 chest with its iconic colors, its unpickable five-way lock, its solid beech wood and the now iconic Monogram canvas. Remember that the trunk began in the days of horse-drawn carriages and steamboats.

Next is a massive wall of LV bags, ranging from rare and now museum-worthy pieces to original collaborations with global artists.

There were several steam bags on the wall. One in cotton, having belonged to Gaston-Louis Vuitton around 1901, was designed as a spare bag to fold into a trunk with Gaston’s tricolor V. Over the decades, the liner has become an indispensable bag.

The famous Speedy bag created in the 1930s has had several incarnations. Henri Louis created a mini version for young LV customers. Collaborations have been made with the American designer Stephen Sprouse, the Japanese Takashi Murakami and another American creative, Richard Prince, who made the Monogram Jokes bag in 2008 in 17 different colors, giving a blurred effect.

Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia created the Alma Panthera bag in 1996. Fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto worked on a collaboration with LV to create cylindrical-shaped bags that turned into a traditional lantern, obviously drawing inspiration from Japanese culture.

A unique Nooe bag, circa 1932, was made by Gaston-Louis Vuitton at the request of a champagne producer who wanted to have a unique packaging for five bottles.

Former Welsh model Grace Coddington of American Vogue collaborated with Nicolas Ghesquiere in 2019 for a hat bag inspired by their legendary love for cats and dogs.

My favorite from this wall of bags is an LV collaboration with artist Zeng Fanzhi, who is “nourished by Chinese life and Western art and specifically European Expressionism”. In 2021, Zeng embroidered one of his famous portraits of Vincent Van Gogh using 42 different colors and over 700,000 stitches for this bag. It uses Zeng’s technique of brush strokes and layering paint. What an arty Capucines bag! (The name Capucines is a tribute to LV’s address for its first store.)

My other favorite is the bag designed by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz in 2021 from 154 brightly colored LV icons made from recycled leather, making it an eco-responsible creation.

From Ghesquière came out his Twist bags, and his Dauphine bag presenting the Monogram in a playful way. Its Papillon trunk bag saw a transition from hard to soft luggage.

The classic Papillon bag, a cylindrical city bag, was designed by Henri-Louis Vuitton during a walk on the Champs Elysées in 1996. It was named the Papillon (Butterfly) for its lightness.

Perhaps the vibe of the Supreme series is one that resonates well with the younger generation. It’s Kim Jones’ tribute to city life. “The strength of the Supreme versus the LV graphic versus the strength of the Pop Art sentiment – it works together perfectly,” Jones says.

LV’s creative director Marc Jacobs’ tribute to Stephen Sprouse with his famous graffiti in 2009 came in a skateboard and a trunk.

In “See LV”, several vignettes showed how LV has become an iconic force in the art of travel, in fashion, in lifestyle and how LV is heading into the future. How LV designs are creative, stylish and practical. Now LV has a raincoat that doubles as a tent. It not only makes luggage and bags, but also ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry and perfumes. It has opened its doors over the past 160 years to designers, architects and artists from around the world. LV embraces the world.

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Historic Homes You Can Own in the Waco Area Sun, 20 Nov 2022 16:30:00 +0000

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The Challengers: Women making a breakthrough in the boxing industry Sun, 20 Nov 2022 05:00:25 +0000

When Manya Klempner pitched her high-end, women-friendly boxing club business to investors, they were skeptical. They weren’t convinced that women wanted to “hit properly.”

These investors, mostly male, suggested to the former banker and founder of the club group The Boxing House to test the concept with an ephemeral place. But from the outset, “I knew I had to have proper clubs in accessible locations in central London with top-notch facilities,” she says. His clubs were designed for people who took their training seriously, who weren’t served by classes that Klempner describes as “aerobics with gloves” – also known as boxercise.

Wanting to get back in shape after having a baby, Klempner was introduced to the sport after hiring a personal trainer who was trained as a boxing trainer. It turned out to be life changing.

After raising £2million from friends and family, which she admits is sometimes difficult, Klempner has since opened three locations – in Camden, Fitzrovia and Bermondsey. Growing to 5,000 members in just three years, the clubs attract people who train at all levels, from beginners and novices who just want to stay in shape to professionals, including Mikaela Mayer, a former world super champion -WBO featherweight – she lost the title in the last month.

For Klempner, the concept has proven itself. “There’s a woman who has her own boxing club in Hastings who always comes here to train, and another who makes the hour-and-a-half drive from Hertfordshire,” she says. “It shows that people will travel for good boxing.” Such is the appeal that a number of club regulars have also invested in the business, funding its expansion.

Boxing has long been a man’s world, but women’s boxing is growing rapidly, providing business and career opportunities to build on. With a recently launched female coach development programme, England Boxing – the country’s boxing governing body – has reported a 62% increase in female members since 2017. Meanwhile, professional fights, such as the one between the lightweights Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden, are now becoming headlining events.

Having held senior positions in the male-dominated fixed income trading divisions of some of the world’s largest banks – JPMorgan, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup – Klempner, 47, is used to having to prove himself. Despite investor reluctance, her experience of sexism in her second career was indeed rare. For the Moscow-born Columbia Business School graduate, boxing was a leveling antidote to the trading floor, where the easy relationships between her male colleagues had eluded her.

“I was making international business deals at three in the morning and was the first in and the last out of the office, but the young guy who was late every day got along better with the boss than me,” she remembers. “There was a lot of cronyism between the men, whereas with boxing, age, class and gender are all left at the door: everyone is equal on the gym floor; there is no politics.

Busy professionals aged around 35 to 45 with “some disposable income”, who expect waterfall showers and organic toiletries alongside punching bags, are the mainstay of the operation. They pay a monthly fee of £350 or take lessons of £22 up to five times a week. Some of this money, along with additional sponsorship from paying members, allows amateur boxing clubs access to facilities at a subsidized rate.

For entrepreneur Susannah Schofield, the UK’s first female boxing promoter, it’s proof of the deep pockets in the recreational side of the sport that has yet to reach the sector of ‘massively underfunded’ women’s competitions , a disparity she hopes to remedy.

When an app she created for football fans to share post-match analysis expanded into the world of boxing, she discovered a number of female fighters in need of promotion and support. better representation. Sensing an opportunity, in 2021 Schofield launched Unified Promotions, a women-focused agency, to help land fight and sponsorship opportunities primarily for elite amateurs who often, even after Olympic success, still struggle. struggling to find the fights needed to turn professional.

Nadia Brooks receives training from head coach Steve Broughton at Klempner’s Bermondsey club. The women’s club attracts people of all skill levels, from beginners to novices to professionals © Daniel Jones

“Lack of exposure” is her simple assessment of why she is and remains a rarity in the industry. “Women’s boxing for fitness is huge, but there’s still a lack of media promotion of women’s boxing fights and a lot to do in terms of pay parity and getting more women’s fight cards on TV – so more people like me are becoming aware of the opportunities,” she adds.

While Manya Klempner has found running her boxing gym less oppressive than working on a trading floor, Schofield admits the professional boxing industry is tough and “not for everyone”. She says she was welcomed and accepted, and her previous experience as a commercial manager at Royal Mail, which was also very masculine, helped build trust in an environment where she was in the minority.

“There’s absolutely no reason why women can’t be successful promoters and break through on the male side as well; you just have to be very focused on what you can deliver.

In Schofield’s case, it’s a mix of business acumen which she says has helped her drive a £290million-a-year increase in new revenue at Royal Mail, along with a willingness to tackle the ‘pink and shrink it’ school of thought – which simply gives women smaller gloves to wear and neglects gendered protection and welfare issues relevant to female boxers. As the profile of women’s boxing rises, this is the area where she sees the most opportunity for women to get involved – researching how menstrual cycles can affect performance, for example – as well as on the side of training.

One of his trainers, Michelle Nelson – a former aeronautical engineer drawn to the sport’s mix of “skills, science, psychology and heart” training amateur and professional boxers – says she feels “blessed” to work in an environment where its contribution is valued. However, she admits to feeling pressured to do more than her male counterparts to earn respect and be recognized in her role, whether by taking extra classes, volunteering or taking on other responsibilities in the boxing gym. .

She adds that mental toughness, resilience and a strong work ethic are essential to success in the industry, where, she says, “there are still those who don’t believe women have a place, especially at higher levels of sport. Fortunately, it’s a small minority,” she says. “The general consensus is that things are looking up and the sport is definitely moving in the right direction when it comes to gender equity.”

For Schofield, her biggest battle now is securing sponsorship from big brands, which she says often engage in positive rhetoric around women’s sports but can fall short with funding. That’s why Unified Promotions has yet to show a return on the “big chunk” it has personally invested. But change is underway; last month the BBC presented its first-ever professional women’s boxing event – Women of Steel – which took place in Sheffield under the Unified Promotions banner, featuring Schofield patrons.

Speaking ahead of the event, Schofield said: “I hope this really starts to show what can be achieved if you are tenacious and push hard enough. I love what I do – helping a fighter find a sponsor and hit the gym doing what he loves, there’s nothing more heartwarming than seeing that.

Amber Davalos sealed the deal as Springville postmaster Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:58:15 +0000

On November 18, Davalos raised his right hand and took the oath as Springville Post Office’s new postmaster. She was sworn in at the Springville Post Office, under the administration of Post Office Operations Manager Richard Garcia.

Amber Davalos, Springville’s new postmaster

“I am proud to serve as Springville Postmaster and to help this tight-knit community continue to grow with the Postal Service,” Davalos said in a statement.

As Springville Postmaster, Davalos will oversee six employees and oversee retail services and daily mail delivery to more than 1,680 delivery points, 680 post office boxes and four contract routes, all for a community of more than 973 inhabitants.

Davalos was a postal worker for 21 years, starting in 2001 as a clerk at the Porterville Post Office. She also worked at post offices in Ivanhoe, Richgrove, McFarland and Lindsay before coming to Springville. She entered her first management role in 2017 as a supervisor after transferring to the Porterville office in 2005. She has also served as an officer in charge at various post offices.

Davalos will follow a tradition older than the United States. The first postmaster general was Benjamin Franklin, appointed by the Continental Congress on July 26, 1775, nearly a year before the United States achieved independence. When Franklin was appointed to this position, the United States Postal Service grew accordingly and remained in place for 247 years.

Shed light on addiction and help support Penticton’s Discovery House Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:30:00 +0000

It’s time for the community to help shed light on addiction and support the Discovery House in Penticton.

The annual fundraising campaign not only raises funds for the addiction recovery program, but also aims to break the stigma around addiction and treatment.

People can buy lights that are displayed on the Discovery Houses in Penticton, then on December 17 they can visit the Winnipeg Street location to hear the stories of those who have gone through the program or are receiving help to their addiction.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., people can come and get hot chocolate, taste the pastry, take a tour of the Maison de la Découverte and then at 5 p.m., see the house light up.

This year there will also be an entry into the Christmas Light Up Parade in Penticton, featuring a vehicle decorated with lights by current members of Discovery House.

Fundraising, through campaigns such as Shed the Light on Addiction and Soup is Good Food, is still essential to maintaining Discovery House’s services. Although things have changed since Discovery House opened and there is now provincial government interest and support for addiction treatment, one-third of the beds in the program are supported by the community.

“Fundraising and community awareness has been our main source of funding for the past 15 years. Previously, we were 100% community funded, and I would still say 45-50% of our budget,” said general manager Jerome Abraham. “We’re just trying to get the funding for the four beds that aren’t being funded.”

Just like in 2022, as Penticton heads into December, the need for help for drug addicts continues to grow. The 90-day program sees around 40-60 men go through it in a year, with a waiting list sometimes reaching around 60 people.

Another sign of how tough the year was was that in September, 24 people in Penticton lost their lives to fatal overdoses, putting the city on course to experience its worst year yet.

“It’s been a really tragic year, not just for overdoses but also for suicides and just, we have real underfunding and a lack of support for people who want to recover from addiction,” Abraham said. “A lot of services are linked to people who use substances and help them quit, but I think that’s not a good stopping point.”

While Discovery House’s 13 core beds focus on the first 90 days, when those undergoing treatment need the most help, the need doesn’t stop once someone completes the initial program.

In 2021, the home opened Parks Place, which offers semi-independent living to help transition those who have completed their initial 90-day program but aren’t quite ready to return on their own.

An additional shed with three more spaces is currently under construction on the property, aiming to open in 2023. Once complete, the program will have a total of 25 spaces across multiple stages for their abstinence-based residential program . .

“It feels like we’re going for something different, and that’s our hope; where there is equitable funding at all levels for people who are at the beginning of the harm reduction continuum, but also funding for people who want to live a substance-free life,” Abraham said.

The Parker Place building is just one aspect of the society’s strategy to provide ongoing care, with weekly meetings for Parker Place alumni and residents, monthly alumni meetings and dinners, and weekly availability for the program advisor.

The easiest way for people to donate is through the CanadaHelps page, but Discovery House will also accept wire transfers to: or checks mailed to Discovery House, 633 Winnipeg St., Penticton, BC V2A 5N1 You can also contact Jérôme Abraham at 250-462-1388 for more information.

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Reading Reindeer: Bring reading to local children with Eight Waves | West Orange Times & Observer Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:11:14 +0000


Eight Waves is making a splash in West Orange County with its commitment to underserved communities. The non-profit organization Winter Garden offers healthy support systems for children and families – and that includes reading intervention, reading buddies, one-on-one tutoring and getting more books into babies’ hands.

“Getting books into children’s hands is essential because reading can help a child develop language and communication skills as well as social skills,” said Kelly Carr, Director of Operations and Programs for Eight Waves. . “Truly, reading is a building block of learning, and studies have shown that having books in the home can increase a student’s language development and academic achievement.”

This year, Eight Waves is partnering with Observer Media Group’s Reading Reindeer Literacy Campaign, which has been providing new books to underserved children enrolled in local programs for 25 years.

“We love the Reading Reindeer program because it brings books to kids who may not have books in their homes,” Carr said. “Reading is one of the most important skills a child can learn, so it’s very important that children of all ages have access to books at home.”

Fifty-six children are enrolled in Eight Waves’ free after-school program, which emphasizes reading intervention and mentoring.

“We build relationships by building trust through our eight initiatives to empower them to create lasting change in their own lives and communities,” Carr said.

Eight Waves was founded by Sara Meyer after seeing a need for support and resources for young people living in poverty in Central Florida.

During her time with the children, Meyer said, she noticed that the students struggled to read, lacked confidence and looked for direction.

After months of research, dedication, and building trust within disadvantaged communities, Meyer developed eight initiatives to break generational poverty: reading intervention; mentoring; birthday parties; single mother program; Life experiences; family stability; baby books; and helps with hygiene.

She logged on to the West Orange Dream Center on East Plant Street in Winter Garden and is now providing support.

In 2021, the Eight Waves program focused on reading skills, helping children ages 2-18 stay developmentally on track and expand their world through confidence and the ability to read. in complete confidence.

Meyer said reading is the most popular and needed initiative. The partnership with Reading Reindeer will further boost Eight Waves’ literacy campaign.

“This program helps support the community and Eight Waves by providing books to children and families who may not be able to afford them, and it also encourages children to read,” Carr said. “Children who struggle to read may also have feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. By providing these books, it helps support healthy childhood development.


Eight Waves is hosting a vacation home tour on December 17, presented by Meritage Homes and The Keewin Real Property Company. This new vacation experience will take place in Oakland and Winter Garden, where attendees will experience a unique evening tour of four estate homes, all decked out in holiday finery. The event includes live music, a food tour that begins with appetizers and ends with decadent desserts.

All funds raised at this event will be donated to the Eight Waves mission to build relationships and trust for children and families through eight initiatives to enable lasting change in their lives.

Tickets include a progressive dinner, drinks, desserts and door-to-door transportation. Attendees can also upgrade their tickets with a VIP horse-drawn carriage ride to see the Christmas lights sponsored by Bill and Cindy Perry.

Tickets are limited and available at four different times: 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Restaurant sponsors include Crooked Can, Market to Table, Miller’s Ale House, The Southern on 8th, Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits, Cheers Liquor Store, Worthy Cakes and Nosh Popcorn. Other sponsors are Orlando Health, Seacoast Bank, Carr’s Flooring America, HomeRun Pest Control, Schmid Construction, Foshee Construction, Clancy & Theys Construction, We Are Winter Garden, City of Winter Garden, One Winter Garden, Farm Nine, The Bacha Family, J&J Building, Hope Church and Imagine that Promo.

For more information, visit or email [email protected].

Eight Waves volunteers help children improve their reading skills.

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Lynchburg Homes for Large Families Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:11:51 +0000

A unique opportunity to live in a restored Victorian mansion with a fully finished shed and oversized 4-car garage with office/bedroom/den and full bath above that could be used as a rental unit or guest bedroom rental. hosts. Over 9700 SF of heated space on the property. The mansion features a huge wrap-around porch, a grand foyer with an elegant curved staircase, separate salons for ladies and gents, wide cornices, double consoles; ornate windows and doors; window seats, butler’s pantry, 9 fireplaces, slate/copper roof. HW floors, clawfoot tubs and original hardware (cabinets, sinks, tiling). 2 master bedrooms including one on the ground floor! The Carriage House, circa 1910, is ideal for an extended family/rental unit or home office. It has entertainment/living space, its own kitchens, conference/dining rooms, 2BR/2BA, 2 half BA/LR. A huge patio with a fish pond and waterfall makes this a great place for entertaining. Commissioned in 1875 by RT Watts, 404 Cabell St occupies a popular corner location on Daniel’s Hill, nestled among an impressive array of historic homes. The mansion is the greatest example of Italian-style architecture in Lynchburg.

UVA professor shares memories of victims Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:45:46 +0000

UVA professor shares memories of victims

A University of Virginia professor shares his experience teaching Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis, two of the students killed in Sunday night’s shooting.

Jack Hamilton, author and professor of American studies and media studies at UVA, said he had Chandler in his class last spring and Davis in his class this semester.

“I’m so indescribably sad right now but I wanted to share some memories of them, because they were wonderful people,” he said in a Twitter thread.

He said Chandler was new to UVA when he enrolled in Hamilton’s big lecture class.

“He nonetheless made a point of coming over to my office hours on several occasions, often just to ask questions about how things were working around UVA,” he said. “Later, I helped him declare his American Studies major, which really got him excited.”

Hamilton described Chandler as “an incredibly nice person” who always had a “big smile” and was “really gregarious and funny”.

“[Chandler was] one of those people that’s just impossible not to love,” he said. “It’s so sad and infuriating that he’s gone.”

Davis was quieter than Chandler, Hamilton said, “but he was also such a nice guy.”

“After our first day of class this semester, he made a point of coming over to shake my hand and told me I should call him Vel,” Hamilton said.

He shared how much Vel’s classmates loved him “and vice versa.”

“In my experience, star athletes often tend to hang out with other athletes, but Vel seemed to go out of his way to befriend non-athletes,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton ended his Twitter feed saying he is “stunned and devastated and completely lost”.

“They were great people with a really unlimited future and they should always be here,” he added. “It breaks my heart.”

City to launch long-awaited traffic study for congested DUMBO – Streetsblog New York City Mon, 14 Nov 2022 05:01:54 +0000

It’s the elephant in the room of poorly managed neighborhoods.

The city plans to launch a DUMBO traffic study next year to determine how Brooklyn’s congested waterfront neighborhood could be safer for pedestrians and improve mobility, Streetsblog has learned.

The roughly seven-by-four-block area between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Navy Yard is essentially a cul-de-sac and its narrow streets are overwhelmed with congestion, causing safety concerns and some of the bus speeds the slowest in town. The city will review camera data, traffic recordings and conduct tours, according to councilman Lincoln Restler, whose district includes DUMBO and Vinegar Hill.

“This is a neighborhood that has exploded in population with negligible planning,” Restler told Streetsblog. “It’s a time for us to pause, reflect and plan how to make pedestrian and vehicular traffic much safer.”

While officials are still focusing on the details, residents have been beating the drum for a more organized streetscape for years. The survey is expected to launch early next year, Restler said, and will cover the area on the map below:

DUMBO transformed from an industrial area into a thriving artists’ community that eventually gave way to a tourist hotspot and buzzing tech hub with a booming residential population – but a lack of urban planning has left locals and visitors to fend for a scarce space.

The co-chair of the DUMBO Action Committee, a group of residents who lobbied for the study, said residents wanted a say in shaping the neighborhood.

“We just want more stop signs, more law enforcement and more thinking about what’s going on,” Mallory Kasdan said. “It’s just kind of every man for himself here. There are tons of families living here now. We just want to be safe walking around.

DUMBO’s population has grown by 66% in just 10 years, from 3,604 in 2010 to 5,975 in 2020, according to census figures.

Meanwhile, owning a car more than double over the past decade and a half. There were 449 households with a vehicle between 2006-2019 and 951 in 2016-2020, according to the American Community Survey. The number of households with two vehicles also increased during this period, from 117 to 189. This calculation alone indicates that there were 574. After cars in 2020 than there were in 2010.

Prepare for more, nearly 1,000 new parking spaces are expected to come online with just three new luxury residential developments.

The new 727-unit Front and York mega-complex has 660 parking spaces. A skyscraper just off the Manhattan Bridge at 69 Adams St. will feature 225 apartments and 90 parking spaces, while the nearby Olympia, a 76-unit sail-shaped tower at 30 Front St., will put 220 online parking spaces. — enough space for nearly three cars per apartment.

The narrow streets of DUMBO were never made to handle this kind of car volumes. The neighborhood originated during Brooklyn’s industrial heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when traffic was limited to horse-drawn carriages and freight railroads that ran through Belgian streets, some of which are still visible today.

DUMBO remained a relatively quiet place for decades after industries left and artists settled. A sign of change came when the neighborhood got its first traffic light in 2010, as Department of Transportation officials wanted to better regulate increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic. new residents and visitors flock to the area.

Crowds and traffic jams have only gotten worse over the past decade, with an influx of new residents and thousands of tourists descending under the Manhattan Bridge overpass to admire old factory buildings, rooftops of the city and stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Washington Street, where a rare view of the Empire State Building is framed in one of the Manhattan Bridge’s arches, is a particularly popular spot for photographers. The shock to tourists and motorists there is so severe that the local business improvement district has put up signs…warning tourists.

A local district DUMBO sign reminds visitors that Washington Street is an “IRL street,” asking them to make room for other passers-by. Photo: Kevin Duggan

A handful of areas have been closed to cars in recent years to better accommodate foot traffic, such as the Pearl Street triangle and the adjacent arch of the Manhattan Bridge – home to the weekly Brooklyn Flea – and the Open Street one block from Washington Street.

The traffic study will not consider a ban on cars in the neighborhood, but there have been calls for such a move. After a New York Times columnist reported on the resurgence of tourism in the area, a few people responded saying cars were the real culprit.

DUMBO’s transit infrastructure also struggled to keep up.

The area’s main tube station at York Street on the F line has only one way in and out via a long, steep gradient to the platforms, which locals have likened to a rock quarry. The next closest High Street station on the A and C lines is closer to Brooklyn Heights, across the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

Restler secured approximately $600,000 in funding for the traffic study from $7 million proceeds from a 2021 sale of the city’s air rights for Building 69 Adams.

This money was earmarked for improvements to York Street and part of it was already spent on a feasibility study on adding a second entrance to the station. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority claimed it would cost nearly half a billion dollars, as the station is deep underground and houses huge pillars supporting the Manhattan Bridge.

The DOT will partner in the traffic study with the city’s quasi-public Economic Development Corporation, which oversaw the real estate transaction at 69 Adams last year.

“We are excited about the opportunities to improve pedestrian safety and improve mobility in the neighborhood and will have more to share at a later date,” DOT spokeswoman Mona Bruno said.