Thursday, August 21, 2014

DOH Issues Rabies Alert in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

The New York City Health Department issued a Rabies Alert on Wednesday for Bensonhurst after a dead raccoon found on 16th Avenue tested positive.

The raccoon may have infected feral cats and kittens before it died, DOH said.

DOH offers advice for residents, including keeping your dog on a leash and your cat indoors, and avoiding wild animals, especially is they act sickly.

Also: Make sure your pet's rabies vaccine is up to date.

Full Health Dept. alert here.

FAQ about rabies answered here.

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Brooklyn: Marchers for Palestine Demand Sanctions Against Israel

Palestinian supporters in Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn. Photos: MK Metz
Pro-Palestinian activists called for sanctions against Israel on Wednesday as they rallied in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn and set off over the Brooklyn Bridge.

The marchers carried flags and banners made in the colors of the Palestinian flag. While they marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, someone unfurled a huge banner reading, "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" from the Manhattan Bridge. (A bit of a security breech?)

Many spoke about the almost 2,000 Palestinian deaths since the fighting began in Gaza. Others read poetry or urged the city to divest itself of investments in Israel.

A father and son played and sang, "We shall overcome."

Photos: MK Metz, McBrooklyn
Some Orthodox Jews, for religious reasons, are against the state of Israel. On Wednesday, they threw their support behind the Palestinians, too.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Schneider Charges Nurse with Overbilling . . . Brooklyn Still Waiting to Hear About SUNY

Eric Schneiderman caught a nurse stealing Medicaid money. Bravo! Glad to hear Medicaid fraud won't be tolerated.

We assume that SUNY and Gov. Cuomo are next on his hit list?

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Does the Brooklyn Bridge Have a Clown Problem?

Brooklyn Bridge cables. Photo by MK Metz
 The NYPD called out the whole arsenal -- air, sea and land defenses -- after receiving a report of someone climbing on the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

The perp was described as having red hair and wearing blue Bermuda shorts . . .

Sounds kinda familiar...
Wikimedia, Andy Amyx

UPDATE: Full story on NYC's response to what was obviously a menace.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

George Washington Returns to Brooklyn on Saturday, and More Brooklyn Briefs

A sneaker hangs from Brooklyn Bridge cable. Photo: MK Metz

 - This Saturday: re-enactment of the evacuation of the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington, from DUMBO. [BHB]

- Farina’s former school district in Brooklyn scores high on state tests. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Big names coming to this weekend’s Afropunk Fest lineup. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Brooklyn 3-year-old dies in a bungalo fire at a camp upstate. [News 12 tweet]

- Whip out those cameras: $125K awarded to Brooklyn man arrested while videotaping stop-and-frisk.[Gothamist]

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Someone Hit by Q Train in Brooklyn Tuesday Morning, Service Interrupted

From the scanner:

According to 9-1-1 dispatch, someone is "under the train" at the Prospect Park Q train station in Brooklyn.

The call came in sometime after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

MTA has turned off the power to Track #1 south of Dekalb Avenue and north to Church.

MTA issued the following guidance at 4:25 a.m.:

Due to a police investigation of a customer injury at Prospect Pk, the following service changes are in effect:

* Southbound Q Subway Line Icon trains are running on the N Subway Line Icon line from DeKalb Av to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

* Northbound Q Subway Line Icon trains terminate at Kings Hwy.

* Southbound Q Subway Line Icon trains terminate at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

* There is no Q Subway Line Icon train service between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr in both directions.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Mulling a Teachout Endorsement

After hearing Teachout’s stump speech, many members of the CBID wanted to get behind her, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

Since rules stipulated that they couldn’t vote on Thursday, those members called for an emergency meeting two weeks later, at which time they would have another vote.

Full story at the Eagle.

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Williamsburg Starbucks to Sell Booze Along with that Latte

Because you can never have too many places to get a buzz on in Brooklyn ...

The Starbucks coffee chain has applied for a license to sell beer and wine along with the coffee at the cafe under construction in Williamsburg (on N. Seventh Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street), the Brooklyn Paper reports.

Starbucks sells alcohol in just 30 of its more than 20,000 stores, BP reports.

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Bed-Stuy Robbery, Prospect- Lefferts Gardens Shooting Reported Early Monday

From the scanner:

Three male blacks being were being sought in connection with an armed robbery in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the early hourss of Monday morning. They are said to be running away from Throop Avenue at McDougal Street. One is said to be wearing a white shirt, and white cargeo shorts. Another possibly wearing a gray sshirt. They are in their mid 20s.

In another incident early Monday a shooting was reported at Nostrand and Empire Blvd. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. A Level 1 Mobilization had been declared but was terminated at 1:30 a.m. Outcome is not known.

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Two Girls Missing on the G Train, Early Tuesday A.M.

From the scanner:

Two girls, ages 14 and 12, were went missing while riding on the G train headed possibly southbound from Flushing at roughly 12:50 a.m. early Monday morning.

Their mom told 9-1-1 that their names are Jolie and Ocean. One is wearing pink, one is wearing black.

There is no further information about where they are headed, but it may be towards Bedford and Nostrand.

Their father became seperated from the girls at the Flushing station.  If you see them please tell a conductor, NYPD or a station clerk.


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