Monday, December 22, 2014

Time for Toys for Tots, in Park Slope, Gowanus, Kensington

This year the Park Slope Civic Council and Park Slope Parents are joining forces for the biggest Toys for Tots drive ever.

They've lined up over 30 locations throughout Park Slope, Gowanus and Kensington.

Now through Tuesday, Jan. 6, donate a new or very gently used unwrapped gift for children ages 12 and under. All toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need.

Last year, they collected over 2,000 toys that went to kids in need from organizations such as Safe Horizons, CHiPS, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and others.

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Heartbreak at Brooklyn's 84th Precinct

Photo: MK Metz
Firefighters delivered food to Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct on Gold Street on Sunday, as neighbors left flowers at a memorial honoring police officers Wenjin Liu and Rafael Ramos.

The two officers were senselessly murdered in Bed-Stuy on Saturday.

Flowers, candlelight vigil for two murdered Brooklyn NYPD officers [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Friday, December 19, 2014

De Blasio Looking at Mass Protester Arrests; JFK PlayStation Guy; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- De Blasio fights for the right to mass arrest peaceful protesters. [Gothamist]

- Parade will bring Appalachian dancing to Flatbush Avenue. [Brooklyn Paper]

- More details about the Brooklyn man who tried to sneak a .22 semi-automatic through JFK security, hidden inside a PlayStation 2. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Closing school or staying open for the Lunar New Year will soon be in the hands of city officials. [NY1]

- Security at marijuana facilities would be extreme, under NYS's proposed medical marijuana regulations. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- In case you missed it, here's the video capturing the assault of the two police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge. [YouTube]

- Stevie Wonder just had his 9th child. [NY Daily News]

- 10 memorable moments from 'The Colbert Report.' [WSJ]

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Waiting For Brooklyn's Alamo Drafthouse....

Sony has canceled 'The Interview' because of terror threats, presumably from North Korea. So Alamo Drafthouse has decided to run ‘Team America’ in its place, reports Geeks of Doom.

Brooklyn will be missing out on this amusing movie, as we don't yet have an Alamo Drafthouse -- the movie theater where patrons have food and drinks delivered to their seats.

The closest one is in Yonkers, which Alamo calls (via its Twitter handle) AlamoNYC, which is just so wrong.

Brooklyn will soon be getting an Alamo Drafthouse, however, at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn at the Fulton Mall.

It's slated to open sometime in 2015. Just when in 2015 is still a question. Alamo has been maintaining radio silence on that for more than a year. (We'll let you know if they get back to us.)

If you've never eaten at one, here's how the food and drinks thing works: In front of the theater seats there's a long, narrow table that runs the length of the row. Patrons check off choices on a menu, then stand it up in the clip at the front of the table.

According to the Alamo website, "That paper then acts like a flag to get your waiter's attention. He'll then crouch down past everyone else and grab your order with the speed and agility of a trained ninja."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Political Tidbits: NY's 'Dumbest Pol,' CB Term Limits, Cuomo and More

- State Senator Simcha Felder is called "New York's dumbest pol" by the Albany Project after suggesting that the recent hike in high profile crimes in Brooklyn is due to local police officers being sent to handle Eric Garner protests in Manhattan. Felder wants Cuomo to send in the National Guard to handle the protestors . . .

- The New York City Council will  see a bill on term limits introduced -- this time for community boards, says Gotham Gazette. Members would be limited to two 6-year terms. Council Member Dromm told GG: "I applaud those people who spend 30 or 40 years on a community board, and I thank them for service. But I do think we need to move things around."

- New York City public schools can no longer call 911 and send disruptive students to emergency rooms, reports WNYC. It turns out roughly 3,000 NYC kids a year -- with no medical emergencies -- are sent to the ER by teachers who can't deal with them.

- What's New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doing for the holidays this year? He's busting a union that endorsed his primary challenger, Zephyr Teachout. Daily Kos says this union-busting move is pretty bold, even for Cuomo.

- New York taxpayers are on track to spend over $1 million to help state lawmakers keep details of their outside jobs secret, reports Capital NY.

- Russia is so screwed, says Slate. And maybe Obama's sanctions have something to do with it, says Politico.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Proposed Bill Might Prevent Hospital Disaters Like LICH from Happening Quite So Easily

Photo: MK Metz
A group of officials from Brooklyn and New York City are sponsoring a bill that would give residents a say when the state tries to close a hospital and sell its real estate to politically-connected developers, it was announced Tuesday.

The bill is called the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act, in honor of the now-closed Long Island College Hospital (LICH), currently being sold by SUNY to Fortis Property Group for residential development.

To prevent another disgusting debacle like LICH, the bill would require local input and a community needs assessment before a hospital is closed.

Key figures in the bill are state Sen. Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember-elect Jo Anne Simon and Comptroller Scott Stringer.
They deserve a round of applause for trying to do something honest in the face of truly staggering state corruption.

Full story at the Brooklyn Eagle:
Officials announce LICH bill to give community a voice in hospital closures

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You Can Order Stuff from Brooklyn Stores on eBay and Get 'Local Valet Delivery'

 Pressed for time? There's a new thing on eBay - for $5 you can order stuff from 80 Brooklyn stores and have it "hand-delivered by a local valet" at a time you choose.

Or you can save on shipping and just pick it up.

This includes stores from Prune Danish to Best Buy, according to eBay. You could order a simple pack of paper towels or an entire computer set up.

We haven't used this service yet -- this is not an endorsement! -- but as Christmas approaches it occurs to us it might be handy.

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Historic St. Francis Manuscripts Coming to Brooklyn Borough Hall Dec. 17

Historic 12th and 13th century manuscripts relating to St. Francis of Assisi are going on display starting Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

"Friar Francis: Traces, Words and Images,” is the biggest exhibition ever to be held at Borough Hall.

Joe Chirico of Marco Polo Ristorante played a big role in bringing the exhibition.

“I went to Assisi, I saw the exhibition there, I saw the church where St. Francis is buried. My eyes cannot believe what I saw,” Chirico told the Eagle.

Historic exhibition of St. Francis of Assisi manuscripts coming to Brooklyn Borough Hall [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Odd Judges, Grandmas... and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn judge clears man of firing into crowd — despite testimony from 4 cops. [Daily News]

- Nurses at NY Methodist Hospital say the Park Slope hospital is understaffed. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Dress and fashion retailer Social Apparel will open its first Brooklyn location next spring in the Fulton Mall. [Commercial Observer]

- The Brooklyn Housing Court is finally officially moving to Brooklyn’s Municipal Building at 210 Joralemon Street. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- David Brooks: Elizabeth Warren has chance of being nominated. [Politico]

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Nativity Scene, at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Nativity. Photo by MK Metz
The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn has installed its annual Nativity scene in Columbus Park at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza.

The lawyers dedicated the scene with a blessing by Guild Moderator, Rev. Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger and the singing of traditional Christmas carols.

You don't have to be Catholic to find a sweetness about this annual scene.

OK, commenter, then how about: We're not Catholic but we think the whole thing (the sheep, the angels) is sweet.

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