Friday, September 4, 2015

Grand Prospect Hall's Beer Garden Makes Your Dreams Come True; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A wall that collapsed at a construction site in Bed-Stuy on Thursday, killing 19-year-old Fernando Venegas and seriously injuring two others, was repeatedly reported to city officials as unstable and hazardous in the year since an old building was torn down at the site. [Failed Messiah]

- After the scandal, Brooklyn's Poly Prep begins search for new headmaster. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 'Suspicious' Ditmas Park blaze leaves 6 injured, leaves home in ruins. [Daily News]

- Roll out the barrel: The Grand Prospect Hall’s new beer garden will make your dreams come true. [WSJ]

- UMD Urgent Care to open in former Crumbs space on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. [Brownstoner]

- Argentina native arrested after he tried to climb Brooklyn Bridge. [Daily News]

- Fun Brooklyn Bar Menu Generator challenges you to distinguish a real menu from a parody. [Gothamist]

- Edward R. Murrow HS teacher wins prestigious Sloan award. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Update: Man Shot in Bushwick

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From the scanner: A report of shots fired in Bushwick, Brooklyn, came over the scanner at roughly 1:15 a.m. The shots were reported on Saratoga Ave. between Halsey and Broadway, near the New York City Housing Authority's Saratoga Square project.

Cops were headed to the scene.

At the same time, a call came in for shots fired just a few blocks away, at Bainbridge and Thomas S. Boyland streets.

Update: NYC Scanner reports: "1266 Madison St Active Crime scene established in regards to a male & perp shot, Aided in Stable condition."

This is roughly 4 blocks north of the Saratoga Ave. location reported above.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

DUMBO Kids Could Be Leaving Brooklyn Heights' P.S. 8, Going to School in Vinegar Hill

From CEC13.
Under a new zoning plan being considered for way-overcrowded P.S 8 in Brooklyn Heights, kids in DUMBO and Vinegar Hill would move to P.S. 307 (in Vinegar Hill). Old Fulton Street would be the rough dividing line.

Full story here.

It is expected that the DOE will ask the CEC to vote on the DOE proposal in the fall. More at CEC13.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Cobble Hill Association Dissenters Succeed in Forcing Out Leader Roy Sloane

Fortis' plans for the LICH site, center. Williams New York
 Those working to dump Cobble Hill Association's Acting President Roy Sloane got their wish on Wednesday when he submitted his resignation, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

Sloane had been the subject of a campaign by two dozen Cobble Hill Association dissenters who thought he operated CHA as a "closed club," and who disagreed with his strategy of "engaging in dialogue" with Long Island College Hospital's (LICH) probable developer Fortis.

“The issue is about both who will lead the battle to limit development on the LICH site and how it will be conducted,” the dissidents said in a letter last week demanding Sloane’s replacement. 

Sloane said the engagement process wasn't solely his idea, but was "developed by local elected officials and led by Councilmember Brad Lander."

 Nonetheless, in his resignation letter, Sloane said he was stepping aside “to facilitate an orderly change in leadership.”

“It’s a new day for the CHA,” one of the dissenters told the Eagle.

Will fresh blood reinvigorate the fight against LICH's development? Or muddle the process championed by Brad Lander?

Long-time Cobble Hill Association head Roy Sloane resigns amid LICH controversy [Brooklyn Eagle]

A Coup is Afoot at the Cobble Hill Association [McBrooklyn]

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Applications for Teeny, Micro-Size NYC Apartments Released

Want to live in a tiny, IKEA mini-showroom-sized apartment?

The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development released the application Tuesday for 14 affordable units designed by nARCHITECTS at the Carmel Place building (also called My Micro NY) at 335 East 27th St.  in Manhattan.

The units are being constructed in a factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, above.

According to NYC, Carmel Place/ My Micro will include new micro-unit apartments measuring between 260 and 360 square feet -- smaller than allowed by law today. They will have 9’- 6” floor-to-ceiling heights and Juliette balconies. They also feature "ample storage" and compact kitchens with full-height pull-out pantry, full-height refrigerator, range, and space for a microwave.

The property will include amenities such as a gym, resident lounge, or outdoor terrace. Other amenities include a "virtual doorman" (?), laundry facilities, storage room, and bike room.


The rents listed online at NYC are: 11 studios at $950/month and 3 studios at $1,492/month.

The 11 less expensive apartments are open to households earning an annual income within a range of roughly  $34,500 and $48,000 for an individual, or $34,500 and $55,000 for a household of two. The three higher-priced apartments are for households earning an annual income of roughly $53,000 up to $78,60 for an individual, or $53,000 up to $89,800 for a household of two.

Rather live in Brooklyn? Applications recently opened for City Point Tower in Downtown Brooklyn. There are apartments here for mostly either very low or oddly high income households, however.

NYC's housing lottery list here.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gang Heading to Play B-Ball at Brooklyn Bridge Park Stop to Terorize Small Deli, Halal Truck

84th Precinct crime map.
A gang of 20 rowdy young men stampeded into a small deli in Brooklyn Heights on Thursday, stuffing loot into their backpacks and pockets and eventually smashing the glass in the door.

Cops nabbed four of the suspects about an hour later, while they played basketball at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

It took a village: "Customers, witnesses, the Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) and and 84th Precinct all pulled together to apprehend the suspects," the Eagle said.

Neighbors in the Joralemon Street area report a long string of similar incidents, starting when the park opened.

Gang bound for park basketball in Brooklyn arrested after Joralemon Street rampage [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Pier 6 Comment Deadline is Today; Homeless Couple Clean Up Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Signing up supporters to save the Brooklyn Heights Library. Photo:MK Metz
- Homeless couple cleans up a Bay Ridge park, criticizes de Blasio for letting it go to hell. [NY Post]

- Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 public comment deadline is today. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet is moving from Tribeca to St. Ann's ex-digs in DUMBO. [WSJ]

- Woman drowns at Brighton Beach. [Daily News]

- Woman dies after plunging in front of a subway train on Fulton Street Saturday evening. [Daily News]

- Just what were those loud noises Saturday night in Fort Greene? [Patch]

- Brooklyn woman discovers her boyfriend was a cheat and a killer.[]

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DOE To Present P.S. 8 Rezoning Plan on Tuesday

P.S. 8 by MK Metz
The Dept. of Education will be attending CEC 13's public meeting on Tuesday, September 1 to share at least one scenario for rezoning overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights.

This would likely move some DUMBO and Vinegar Hill residents out of P.S. 8 and into another school(s).

According to the CEC, DOE says they will be presenting a preliminary map and additional details.

The expected presentation is not a formal zoning proposal (i.e., it does not begin a timeline that would require a CEC vote within 45 days); rather it is aimed at generating community and CEC input toward a formal zoning proposal that the DOE will submit at a later date.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the District Office at 355 Park Place at Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights.

More at the CEC website.

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'Billions' (Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis) Filming in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday

The Showtime drama "Billions" will be filing in Brooklyn Heights this week on Montague and Clinton streets.

Starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Malin Akerman, David Costabile and others, the series will premier on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, according to IMDb.

In the series, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) goes after hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis).

Filming starts Wednesday. (Move your car.) Photo: MK Metz

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Downtown Brooklyn Likely Mob Scene Friday with Rihanna Event; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Couple plays with a drone on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Photo: MK Metz
 - A photo tour of Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall. [Gothamist]

- Massive beer hall planned for Downtown Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- Battle of Brooklyn heroes may be one step closer to getting new memorial. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The leader of an illegal Georgia-to-New York gun ring, who sold 151 weapons to an undercover officer in Brooklyn, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. [NBC]

- Last chance to catch Black Lives Matter plays ‘Rachel’ and ‘Las Meninas’ in Fort Greene.

- The Parisian department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is playing host to Brooklyn’s hottest brands, beginning September 3. [Observer]

- The first 400 D'town Brooklyn Macy's customers today to purchase Rihanna's RiRi set for $116 will receive a VIP pass to meet Rihanna herself and have a photo taken with her. [Patch]

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