Easter Weekend Traffic Advisories
Brooklyn Bridge- Overnight Detours for Manhattan-Bound Traffic Friday night/Saturday morning Midnight* to 7 am; Monday - Thursday nights: 11 pm* to 6 am * To allow traffic to clear before the reversal begins, the eastbound BQE exit onto the bridge closes 30 minutes earlier and other Brooklyn ramps onto the bridge shut down 5-15 minutes earlier.
Williamsburg Bridge - One of four lanes eastbound to Brooklyn will be closed Saturday from 6 am to 2 pm to facilitate NYCDOT bridge maintenance.
Bridge Street between Fulton Street and Willoughby Street closed from 6 am to 9 pm on Saturday and/or Sunday to facilitate crane operation.
Nevins Street between Livingston Street and Schermerhorn Street will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm on Saturday and/or Sunday
Brooklyn West Cluster Parade- Friday from 8 pm to 10:30 pm for the Brooklyn West Cluster Parade : 18th Avenue between 65th Street and 75th Street; 75th Street (Bay Ridge Parkway) between 18th Avenue and 20th Avenue
Happy Good Friday! It's a nice day and you can join an Easter procession over the Brooklyn bridge. Meet at St. James Cathedral Basilica at Jay and Tillary Streets in Downtown Brooklyn this morning and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan.
Did you notice? That staple event of the March/April season, Brooklyn's own restaurant week, called Dine In Brooklyn, didn't happen this year. Yet, anyway. I checked with the Brooklyn Borough President's Office, whose spokesperson said that Dine In was under review, along with some other programs and annual events undertaken by the previous administration in Borough Hall. Stay tuned; we expect to hear more soon. (What is Dine In Brooklyn anyway?)
To be honest, Dine In Brooklyn has always been a mixed bag. On the plus side, it ran for ten days and many popular restaurants participated, which meant fun for locals and good news for local businesses. A lot of people went for the Dine In Brooklyn "two-fers," where two could lunch for the price of one. Dine In Brooklyn was a reminder to go try new restaurants in new neighborhoods, and another reason, however modest, to feel good about Brooklyn itself. And, after all, if Manhattan has its own Restaurant Week (in which, surprisingly, almost no Brooklyn restaurants participate), well, why shouldn't BK, where so many great restaurants have made the borough a foodie destination?
On the minus side, even though a couple hundred local restaurants participated, many of the best known and most highly rated of Brooklyn's new foodie restaurants -- including restaurants lauded by Zagat and others -- didn't bother participating in Dine In, which meant for a sometimes lackluster selection. Further, depending on the restaurant, it wasn't always such a bargain: last year Dine In promotion participants offered a three-course dinner for $25 and a three-course lunch for about $20.
Thanks to the gal at the Staten Island Advance for asking me about the fate of Dine In 2014.
Meanwhile: Do you have thoughts about Dine In Brooklyn and whether it should be continued -- and how it could be improved?
Looking to have some family fun in Brooklyn this spring break? Whether you live in BK or are visiting from abroad for the holiday, check out these classic Brooklyn destinations for family fun:
10 Great Things to Do with Kids in Brooklyn During the Easter/Passover School Break