It's hard to believe that just one year has passed since Carroll Gardens Patch first began publishing. On November 30 last year, we were getting ready to launch the site from nothing, and were excited to embark on covering the greatest three micro neighborhoods in Brooklyn!
Carroll Gardens Patch has provided up-to-the-minute coverage of all the big issues that have faced the community. From the ongoing saga that is the Gowanus Canal, to landmarking, to Hurricane Irene, to school controversies to crime, to Atlantic Yards, to new business openings and closings, art gallery shows and much more, we were there.
In total, we've published 1,639 posts, some articles, some lists, some police blotters, in 365 days! And that doesn't even include announcements, events and blog posts!
But what has really made Carroll Gardens Patch great is the readers and the community we serve. Without all the readers coming back each day, giving their input and sending news tips, blogging and contributing to the conversation, the site would not be the thriving online community gathering place that it is. Thank you!
As we embark on year two, let's look back at some of the big and fun stories of year one.
Lucali's Mark Iacono Involved in Smith Street Knife Fight
Remember that sunny Friday afternoon last Spring? There was blood all over the sidewalk in front of the . Famed pizza man Mark Iacono got into a with neighborhood guy Benny Geritano. Both men ended up walking away from the case unscathed. ... See all articles here.
Providence Hogan and the PS 29 PTA Embezzlement Case
The story of former PS 29 PTA Treasurer Providence Hogan stealing from the PTA has been ongoing for the entire past year. in January, and just and into a repayment plan earlier this month. See all articles here.
PS 29 Playground Fire
, also at P.S. 29, about a group of teens from the private Brooklyn Heights high school St. Ann's who torched the brand new playground at the school in a . See all stories here.
Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6
We chronicled the dealings with Brooklyn Bridge Park at Atlantic Avenue at great length. And the park is still far from a done deal. Click here to see all related stories.
Video of our Canoe Trip on the Gowanus
The Gowanus, from the canal's clean-up, to all the art and business flourishing around it, is a real treat to cover and to learn about every day. And also to canoe on!! One of the best things I did for Carroll Gardens Patch was take a canoe ride on the Gowanus with my fellow Patch editor Kristen Brown.
Fields of Cannabis in Old Brooklyn
One of our most popular stories was this feature on when .
Boerum Hill Rezoning
Boerum Hill residents, feeling threatened by rampant development all around them, . This was an ongoing story, though interestingly with little controversy. Seemingly everyone supported it, which is rare in these parts!
Last but certainly not least, we come to Atlantic Yards. Although the mega project is just outside the boundaries of our neighborhood, the issues surrounding it, mostly related to traffic and transportation, are of great interest. See all stories here.
Now you tell us! What were the biggest stories on Carroll Gardens Patch?