The good news, I suppose, for locals who don't like jails, is that this particular plan to merely restore the facility (which was closed in 2003), was an alternative to actually doubling the size of the jail, which would have meant a lot more cells behind a lot more barred windows, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN SCARY. (You know what's even scarier? The brief allusion in the Times article to the "Bronx prison barge." Ugh, what a species we are...)
And while no plans have yet been made known to The L Magazine about opening up a nearby bar and calling it the Prison Yard*, we would like to be the first to suggest such a thing to any local entrepreneur who might be listening. And if you do this, we will come to your bar and review it. Promise.
*Alternate names: Hard Time, The Cooler, The Clink, Sing-Sing, Up the River, Clemency, Solitary, Discipline and Punish, Visiting Hours, Jail Break, The Great Escape, Papillon, Holding Cell, Lifers