Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Ride From Hell; Cheap Things To Do This Weekend; Pier 3; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, dogs in wigs edition. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklyn's New Lab is an inventor's paradise. [WSJ]

- Officials: Pier 3 groundbreaking a milestone for Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Woman charged in Chinese blessing scam in Brooklyn. [Washington Times]

- Brooklyn's homeless students crisis could result in the shake-up of DOE staffers working to help them. [DNAinfo]

- Brooklyn's favorite Halloween display invites you on a pumpkin ride from Hell. [Gothamist]

- Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim decided to do something a little different for Sukkot. [Tablet]

- Oops: Guy who stole guy's cell phone at Brooklyn Bridge Park just uploaded his selfie to iCloud. [Patch]

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Two Last-Chance Oktoberfest Celebrations in Brooklyn Tonight and Tomorrow

Courtesy Brooklyn Brewery
 Oktoberfest usually takes place earlier in the month of October. Luckily for Brooklynites, however, two last-chance fests are taking place today (Friday) and Saturday. They are:

* The Brooklyn Historical Society is holding an Oktoberfest party on Friday, October 21st between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. The event promises “an evening of beer appreciation with a home brewing workshop, beer tastings, a Beauty and the Beer film screening, and more!” Brooklyn Heights.  More info at Historical Society.

* Blocktoberfest presented by NYC Brewers Guild: Come out and meet your favorite New York City breweries over a beer at the annual fall fundraiser in support of New York City Beer Week. This event is coming to Bushwick, taking over the backyard at craft beer spot, The Well, on Saturday, Oct. 22. More Blocktoberfest details here.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Brooklyn School Lockdown; Karate Family Rescues Woman; Kanye West Tour and More Brooklyn Briefs

- NYPD Detectives would like to speak with anyone with info on the 1993 homicide of a baby in Brooklyn. [NYPD News]

- Gunshots prompt brief lock-down at nearby Brooklyn school. [Daily News]

- Downtown Brooklyn construction update: Century 21's City Point debut. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- This Brooklyn coffee shop charges by the minute rather than by the cup. [Business Insider]

- Karate teaching father and stepson rescue woman being beaten in Bushwick. [CBS]

- Kanye West announces tour, New Year's Eve at Barclays Center in Brooklyn included. [Brooklyn Vegan]

- Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn will open October 28. [indiewire]

- See the hidden murals inside Brooklyn's Black Lady Theater. [Gothamist]

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Replacing Ken Thompson; Brooklyn Bridge Climb; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn community fears DA Ken Thompson’s replacement won’t continue his mission to overturn wrongful convictions. [Daily News]

- Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York on Saturday to remember the legacy of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. [Gothamist]

- Brooklyn bars give the finger to pharma schmuck Martin Shkreli. [BHB]

- Why roughly 40 people climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday. [Gothamist]

- The Japanese ramen chain Ichiran, famous for serving only one kind of soup (pork-bone-broth tonkotsu) is opening in Williamsburg. [Grub Street]

- The Northeast is having a mass earthquake drill on Oct. 20. [Shakeout]

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Neighborhood Classics Concert – Rising Stars from the Mannes School of Music on Monday, October 24th

Inspire your young musicians with this family friendly 1-hour concert. Hosted by Simone Dinnerstein, Mannes graduate students, pianists Anne Ziegler and Sarah Rasmussen, composer Mengqi Lai, violinist Yaeeun Shin, and cellists Benjamin Fried and Yena Seo will perform classical, contemporary, Celtic and Klezmer selections.

P.S. 321, 180 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Monday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m
Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the PS 321 PTA.

Not recommended for children under 6.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Schedule of Events Commemorating Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson

Several events commemorating departed Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson are scheduled for the coming days.They are:

- Special community send-off hosted by Dee Bailey of Sanders Studios and Friends
Tuesday, October 13th at 5:00 PM 
Sanders Studios NYC, 521-525 Waverly Ave in Brooklyn
- Wake
Friday, October 14th from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn

- Homegoing service
Saturday, October 15th, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn.

Courtesy of Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, who says of Thompson:

"To acknowledge the loss of this incredible man is immensely saddening, but let us be uplifted by the legacy he leaves behind. As the first African-American to be elected as Brooklyn's District Attorney, a husband, a son, a father of two, a brother, and a fighter, he was an incredible inspiration to many, including myself. Ken has left behind an extraordinary legacy and has truly raised the bar for District Attorneys across this nation."

Thompson and Cumbo, courtesy of CM Cumbo

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Brooklyn Day Care Shut Down After Wiffle Bat Incident

 NBC NY reports that a Brooklyn day care (Bethel Daycare) has been shut down after a worker was caught on video "hitting children with a wiffle ball bat."

Health officials and children's services officials began investigating after receiving a complaint from a staff member, NBC says.

Perhaps the video on the news site does not show the hitting in question. Its quality is poor, and you need to expand it to full size to see anything at all. Still, what this video looks like to us is more like tapping and less like hitting. Anyone see any abuse here?

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Officials Seek Answers After Construction Accident Kills One in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Photo by MK Metz
Police, fire and DOB officials gathered at at the site of a hotel going up in Boerum Hill at 61 Bond St. after a construction worker was killed in a work site accident Tuesday afternoon.

A 13-story "lifestyle" hotel is going up at the site, not far from Brooklyn Fare.

 More details here.

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BP Banners Come Down at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Photos by MK Metz
The names and photos of the Borough President and Deputy Borough President which have been hanging from  Brooklyn Borough Hall were finally taken down the other day.

In case you didn't remember, this is what they looked like in their glory. Perhaps they'll be back!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Thing with Feathers, On a NYC Wall

Photo by MK Metz
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all ..."

From "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickenson

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