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NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures > August 1- 2, 2009

Here's the fun-time traffic highlights for the weekend in NYC. Highlights: Kiante the Sneaker Mann Back to School Block Party, the Sunnyside Shines BID Weekend Walk, and the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center Street Festival.

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures - August 1-2

New Jersey-bound lanes of the Holland Tunnel will be completely closed to traffic from 1:00 am to 8:00 am Saturday and Sunday for repaving. The project is weather sensitive and closures may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

One of three lanes on the Brooklyn-bound roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday for construction activity.

The 145th Street Bridge over the Harlem River will be closed from 12:01 am to 7:00 am on Saturday and Sunday to permit testing of electrical and mechanical equipment that operates the movable swing span. Motorists and pedestrians may use adjacent bridges.

Two of three northbound lanes of the FDR Drive between East 96th Street and East 120th Street and the FDR Drive northbound entrance at East 96th Street will be closed from 1:00 am to 9:00 am Saturday and Sunday for roadway milling and resurfacing.

There will be partial closures on West Street northbound between Spring Street and West Houston Street from 12:01 am Saturday to 11:59 pm Sunday to facilitate crane operation. Motorists should consider an alternate route such as northbound Hudson Street. Southbound traffic is not affected.

Stone Street between Coenties Alley and William Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm through November 30 for a pedestrian mall.

Mulberry Street between Canal and Broome Streets and Hester Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets in Manhattan will be closed Friday through Sunday until September 1 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for a pedestrian mall.

46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue in Queens will be closed on Saturdays through August 29 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for Sunnyside Shines BID Weekend Walks.

Van Duzer Street between Beach and Wright Streets in Staten Island will be closed on Saturdays through August 22 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for NYCDOT Downtown Staten Island Council Pedestrian Streets.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
- Lispenard Street between Church Street and Broadway in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Kiante the Sneaker Mann Back to School Block Party.
- Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 169th Street in Queens will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Jamaica Music and Arts (JAMS) Festival.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:
- 5th Avenue from 48th Street to 52nd Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for Sunset Park BID Street Festival.
- Knickerbocker Avenue from Suydam Street to Starr Street in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for Sunday Scene on Knickerbocker.
- Columbus Avenue between 66th and 72nd Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center Street Festival.
- 6th Avenue between 42nd and 56th Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Avenue of the Americas Street Festival.
- Madison Avenue from 41st Street to 23rd Street, 40th and 41st Streets between Park and 5th Avenues, and 27th Street between Park and 5th Avenues in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Pakistan Day Parade and Festival.
- Bayard Street between Mott and Baxter Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Asian Americans for Equality Bayard Street Festival.
- Flatbush Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Flatbush Street Festival.
- Claremont Parkway between Crotona Parkway East and Crotona Avenue, and Crotona Avenue between Claremont Parkway and Crotona Park North in the Bronx will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the National Association of Ghanaians Parade.

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8:00 am and breakdown must be completed by 7:00 pm.

DuPage County Fair 2009 > Jimi Hendrix Painting on Music Fest Ride

There's some awesome folk art to be had at the carnival. Complete set here.

NYC Weekend Street & Bridge Closures > Friday, July 24 to Sunday, Junly 26, 2009

Some traffic-affecting, fun-inducting highlights for this weekend: Gran Parada Dominicana del Bronx, Vanderbilt YMCA Street Fair, repair work on the Third Street Bridge over Gowanus Canal, Sunset Park Bid Street Festival, and Sunday Scene on Knickerbocker. Enjoy!

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Carcass on Glueboard Shuts Down Don Cuco

Don't look at me-- I just write the headlines.

Southwest Side Restaurant Shut Down by City Health Dept. Spoiled Meat, Mouse Infestation

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors have shut down a restaurant in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the Southwest Side, after finding a broken refrigerator, food at unsafe temperatures, and an infestation of mice.

Taco Don Cuco, 1847 W. 47th Street, will remain closed until it has eliminated the infestation, corrected all violations cited and passed re-inspection.

CDPH inspectors found a reach-in cooler at 50 degrees, well below the 40 degrees or colder required by law. Inside the cooler were beef, pork, shrimp and eggs---all at temperatures above 50 degrees, and all of which was ordered discarded.

Inspectors also found mouse feces throughout the premises and a mouse carcass on a glue board trap.

The enforcement action was the 124th time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut an establishment for food safety violations.

Representatives of Taco Don Cuco are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing on August 20 and pay a fine expected to total $1,500.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to report it by calling 311 or logging onto www.cityofchicago.org.

Herrick Lake, Wheaton, July 11, 2009

A beautiful spot.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures -- July 18-19

Some of the big fin-filled, traffic-affecting events for the weekend in NYC are the Captive Nations Parade, the Motion Picture Club of America Festival, and the Juan Pablo Duarte Festival. Complete details below.

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New Restaurant? Sprout at 1447 West Fullerton in Chicago

It looks like there's a new restaurant planned for the West DePaul area, and it might be called "Sprout".

Sprout LLC, an Illinois corporation, applied for a liquor license for Consumption on premises -- incidental activity at 1447 W. Fullerton. This is a common license for a restaurant that serves food.

I went by there today and saw that the previous restaurant at that location-- Gino's Pizza-- was closed, even though it received a liquor license in April of this year that runs through 2011. (Thanks, EveryBlock!). Before Gino's, it was the Via Due Wine Bar.

The location is right next to Via Carducci at 1449 W. Fullerton, where they recently received a building permit relating to HVAC contractors.

As you can see from the picture above (more here), there is a small courtyard in front of the stone facade building.

There's also some work going on at the really interesting building just south of the location. that two-story building has some cool brick work and windows on the top floor and a world of glass block on the first floor frontage. Not sure if they are going to combine the two places or not.

More details soon.

New Restaurant? Sprout, 1417 W. Fullerton, in the old Via Due Wine Bar | Gino's Pizza space

A Lick of Land-- Same Spot, Same Pic, Different Days

A while ago I started taking the same set of pictures from the same spots on the same footbridge over the same river, just to see how things change through time.

Now I have 18 sets of photos going back almost three years. But it wasn't until the last year or so that I started taking a more formal approach-- placing my foot at the same spot at the same rail of the bridge, crooking my arm in the same way as I swiveled to shoot. And so on.

So here's a little set of one lick of land that I really like-- a marshy spot on the edge of the DuPage River. Sometimes the tall grass grows high and tops off with amber burrs, like the other day. On other days-- like just two months ago-- the grass is green and short

Some days the sky is faint blue over buds that almost come. Other days it's wispy clouds over harvest-style heaps of hay-like stuff. Octobers are best, with green and yellow concerts from composers who can't make up their minds.

I learn a lot from the constancy and rich vigor of nature.

La Patisserie P Probably Should Have Gone Ahead and Cleaned Up a Bit

Mrclean1 Apparently a bakery called "La Patisserie P" pissed off the health department.

North Side Bakery
Shut Down by City Health Dept.
Ignored Order to Thoroughly Clean Premises

A North Side bakery remains closed this morning after being shut down Monday afternoon when Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors found non-compliance with an order to thoroughly clean the facility.

La Patisserie P, 1050 W. Argyle, was ordered by CDPH on July 6 to thoroughly clean the bakery’s walls, floors, food equipment and containers, and shelves---all of which had varying degrees of accumulated dirt, grease and dust. Bakery management also was ordered to remove the clutter in the kitchen and storage areas.

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CityPayments is the Subject of a Chicago Sun-Times Editorial

CityPayments was covered pretty well in a Sun-Times editorial last week. In it, they encourage citizens to use the site to tip off reporters. Here's some snips:

In a clever use of technology to bring information to the masses, two civic-minded, tech-savvy guys -- Daniel X. O'Neil and Harper Reed -- have set up a Web site, citypayments.org, that offers a searchable database of thousands of city contracts for a variety of goods and services, from Chevy Impalas to toilet seats.
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Who knows? Maybe a business aced out of a city contract by a clout-heavy rival will anonymously drop a dime at the site. Maybe a city employee, frustrated by waste in her department, will point out a few interesting secret facts about a contract -- again anonymously.

This could turn into a fine fishing ground for reporters and prosecutors.

At the very least, it offers an education on how Chicago spends our tax dollars.

The more folks who plunge into the site, the more interesting things might get.

Get snooping.

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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