Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photographers and Models Come Out to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo: MK Metz
Brooklyn Bridge Park was full of photographers and models on Wednesday -- brought out by the cool, clear, sunny weather. They included women wearing wedding gowns and others dressed in skimpy, fashionable outfits, all before a backdrop of the East River, with Manhattan across the way.

It seems the sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline was not what the photographer pictured above was interested in, however.

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No More Cops at Brooklyn Bridge Park? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police captain not confident Brooklyn Bridge Park will get more cops. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Brooklyn Youth Chorus gala was very "Brooklyn-y." The event, in Dumbo, was set up as a mini-version of the borough, with tables were named after subway stops and rows named after subway lines. [WSJ]

- ‘Grave finder’ conned Brooklyn man out of $20K for fake spots: $1M lawsuit. [Daily News]

- DOH shuts down Avalon daycare center in Park Slope for child abuse. [News12 - subscription] And it's not the first time something awful has happened at Avalon. [Patch]

- Brooklyn Film Festival will be screening 108 films from 26 countries May 29–June 7. [Backstage]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park's 'Modified Social Benches' Are Fun to Climb On, Too

Photo: MK Metz
 16 curvy, orange  "Modified Social Benches" have popped up in Brooklyn Bridge Park. They may be fancy art, but people are having a great time climbing on top of them and crawling under them.

It happens the benches are part of Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s installation Please Touch the Art, which features sculptures designed specifically for public interaction. (So go ahead and climb.)

The exhibition includes two other types of work besides the benches: Appearing Rooms, a series of “rooms” formed out of jets of water; and a Mirror Labyrinth, featuring evenly-spaced pieces of mirror-polished stainless steel.

Learn more at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (They also provide a printable scavenger hunt to mark off the pieces you've seen.)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Brooklyn Museum Director; Menchaca Delivers Marine Terminal Perks for Sunset Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The Brooklyn Museum announced on Tuesday that its next director would be Anne Pasternak, who has spent the last two decades as president and artistic director of Creative Time. [NYT]

- Sunset Park can thank Councilmember Menchacha now for digging in his heels on the South Brooklyn Marine Transfer Terminal. [Capital NY]

- Judge extends TRO on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pierhouse project. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson is feeling pretty generous: he announced bonuses of up to $2,000 each to 1,000 staffers Tuesday. [Daily News]

- Makers: Pitch at Make It In Brooklyn in June, gain fortune and glory. [Techcrunch]

- Suspect in string of violent home invasions in Brooklyn sought by police. [PIX11]

- Brooklyn collector keeps $10 million worth of African art in his apartment.  [Gothamist]

- Will You 'Please Touch The Art' opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it looks like a crowd pleaser. [Gothamist]

- FKA twigs performed her steamy "Congregata" at Brooklyn Hangar (pics, video). [Brooklyn Vegan]

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Fortis' Plans for Cobble Hill's LICH Site

Hicks Street facing north. A 40-story towers lurks behind the trees to the left. Rendering courtesy of Williams New York via Brooklyn Eagle
 Developer Fortis Property Group presented its plans for the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) at a packed meeting of the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) on Monday.

40, 30 and 20 story towers are envisioned for sleepy Cobble Hill, as well as some lower-rise residential and a retail pedestrian mall on Pacific Street.

Judging from the hisses, however, many thought the towers and retail were out of character for the neighborhood.

Many were "still seething about the loss of their historic hospital after a wrenching two-year battle," the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

See the Eagle for renderings of the project and full details.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Gov. Cuomo Visits Brooklyn Churches and Synagogues to Push Tax Credit Plan

 Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday visited churches and synagogues in Brooklyn to stir up support for the "Parental Choice in Education Act.

The Act will provide $150 million in education tax credits annually to parents whose kids attend non-public schools.

While religious schools are in favor of the bill, some public school parents see it as another attempt of the governor to dilute public education, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Photo: The Governor shakes hands with student Eddie Harari at Yeshiva Shaare Torah. Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin, office of the Governor

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Amtrak Service to Be Restored Between Philly and NY Monday Morning

Amtrak, by MK Metz
Amtrak says that service will be fully restored between Philadelphia and New York beginning tomorrow morning, Monday, 5/18.

The service restoration is scheduled to be effective in both directions with the departures of Train 110 from Philadelphia at 5:53 AM and Train 111 from New York City at 5:30 AM.

Following the tragic passenger train derailment in Philadelphia, Amtrak says it has completed the installation of an Automatic Train Control (ATC) "code change point" on the west side of the curve where the accident took place, which will ensure trains enter the curve at 45mph.

ATC provides a notification to the engineer when the train approaches a slow-down signal. If the engineer does not respond, the system will automatically apply the train’s brakes.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a circular pattern of damage found on the locomotive's windshield.

Reuters reported late Sunday that the Amtrak engineer driving the ill-fated train made no report of an object hitting windshield before the crash.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

An Enchanted Isle, in Brooklyn

Photo: MK Metz
 We came upon this enchanted isle in the waters off Brooklyn yesterday.

Though it seems like one of those places that mysteriously disappears the next time you look for it, you might catch a sight of it yourself if you walk near Pier 4 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

 McBrooklyn is disappearing too, but just for a couple of days... We'll be back Monday! Have a nice weekend.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Job Fair Today at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Image: US Labor Dept.
Wednesday at 4:00 PM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host Brooklyn Job Fair 2015 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joraalemon St., Downtown Brooklyn, offering employment opportunities with dozens of major local businesses.

Businesses and organizations taking part in Brooklyn Job Fair 2015 include:
 All Car Rent A Car, Applebee’s, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Spectator, Consolidated Edison Company, Duane Reade, FC Modular, Forest City Ratner Companies, Gallop NYC, Goldman Sachs, Good Help, The Home Depot, Home Reporter and Sunset News, Inner Force Tots, Maimonides Medical Center, Midwood Ambulance Service, Modell’s Sporting Goods, NYC Bike Share, New York City Police Department, New York Life Insurance Company, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, New York State Department of Children and Family Services, New York State Department of Labor, Red Hook on the Road, Santander Bank, Sheraton Brooklyn, St. Nicks Alliance, Target, TDBank, TerraCRG, Urban Pads, and U.S. Army Battalion, NYC.

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Times: Wegman's Coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard

The New York Times reports that a Wegman's market is coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

"The 74,000-square-foot store at the Navy Yard will be the company’s smallest by about 25 percent, but will still be about 20,000 square feet larger than the Fairway in Red Hook or the Whole Foods in Gowanus..." the Times reports.

"Wegmans has consistently been ranked the top grocery store in the nation by Consumer Reports and the Food Network, and Forbes placed it among the top 10 employers in the country," they add.

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