Downtown pol supports plan for safer Jay Street — and ‘Murder at the Food Coop’!

It’s time to tame Jay Street.

That was Councilman Steve Levin’s message to Brooklyn Paper Radio listeners on Thursday, when he told hosts Gersh Kuntzman and Vince DiMiceli that he strongly supports a plan to overhaul the street voted most dangerous to bicyclists by Brooklyn Paper readers.

The Williamsburg Democrat also chimed in on plans to close the L train tunnel for much-needed Hurricane Sandy repairs. Many of his constituents favor a plan to completely shut down both tubes — rather than provided limited service during the repair work — so the project can be done faster. But Levin, whose diplomatic approach earned him the nickname “Mahatma Levin” by Kuntzman, said he didn’t want to pick which poison is better for his residents.

Levin also weighed in on Gersh’s recent column in the Daily Newsin which he describes politicians as “a disgrace” if they use the term “public service” to describe their work. Levin, of course, is related to in Michigan Senator by the same name, so he defended the work of our elected officials. Kuntzman took away the nickname for that.

Also as part of the “Summer Fun” edition of Brooklyn Paper Radio, Gersh talked about his sandaled feet, his tribute to Nathan’s 100th anniversary this weekend, and, of course, his new musical, “Murder at the Food Coop,” which is set to be a hit at the NYC International Fringe Festival this August.

What a show it was. If you didn’t catch it live on, the show is archived iTunes, on Mixlr, and, of course, on Stitcher.

Brooklyn Paper radio is recorded and podcast live every Thursday at 4:45 pm from out studio in the Brooklyn Paper Building in America’s Downtown.

Noted beer drinker and “Murder at the Food Coop” author Gersh Kuntzman.
The Brooklyn Paper / Jane Kuntzman