image of NYC ferry near Brooklyn Bridge

Everyone loves the new NYC ferry lines. But is the service growing too fast?

Here’s a roundup of what we’ve been reading this week:

Spike Lee turned a block in Bed-Stuy into a Michael Jackson dance party (Gothamist) – Last weekend, Brooklyn’s favorite local director and Knicks fan turned Stuyvesant Avenue into a dance party celebrating what would have been the King of Pop’s 59th birthday. We are so sad we missed it. Check out the photos.

Famous Italian chocolate maker to take up residence in Roosevelt Island’s new tech campus (Cornell Daily Sun) – The producer of Ferrero Rocher will occupy 4,200-square feet at Cornell University’s new tech campus on Roosevelt Island and plans to collaborate with neighboring tech innovators. Mmm sweet, chocolately technology.

A new ferry connecting Astoria and Lower Manhattan has opened, but boaters fear congestion on the waters (The New York Times) – On Tuesday morning, NYC Ferry, a city-operated service, launched a new route connecting Hallets Cove in Astoria to Manhattan. This is the fourth ferry line launched since May and some are worried that the city is moving too fast.

The city has finished constructing a surge wall in Red Hook to safeguard against flooding (Brooklyn Paper) – A four-foot wall has been installed on Beard Street in Red Hook to protect the neighborhood from mild flooding. It is a temporary solution while a more stable and permanent solution is being developed.

Dumbo may lose its iconic cobblestone streets (Curbed) – Those historic and highly Instagrammable cobblestone streets in Dumbo may be removed due to accessibility concerns. There goes the neighborhood.

Penn Station’s “Summer of Hell” has ended, on schedule (WNYC) – Commuting during the extensive repairs at Penn Station was not so hellish after all, and now the work has ended ahead of schedule. Capital improvements FTW!

Map shows when fall foliage will peak in our area (6sqft) – OMG. What happened to summer?

While you enjoy your (slightly rainy) Labor Day Weekend, send good vibes to Houston (The New York Times) – Here’s how you can help.

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