Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cops Chase Hundreds of Motorcycles on Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn on Sunday

From the scanner:

It was wild on the streets in Brooklyn around 6 p.m. Sunday, when cops chased hundreds of motorcycles -- "driving dangerously, popping Willies" and "driving in the wrong direction," according to a police dispatcher.

The first alert went out at 6 p.m., where someone called the cops to report "200 ATVs headed towards Atlantic Avenue."

The responding officer replied, "Did you say 200?"

"That's what I got," dispatcher said.

At 6:11 p.m., NYPD dispatcher put out another alert. "Over 100 bikes, westbound on Atlantic Avenue, popping Willies."

At 6:17 p.m., cops were told riders were "going in the wrong direction" on Atlantic.

Nothing more.


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Ambulance Trying to Find Brooklyn Bridge Park Sunday Afternoon

From the scanner:

At 1:33 p.m. Sunday, dispatch described a person at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2 having difficulty breathing. "By the baskerball court," the dispatcher said.

A minute later, another dispatcher repeated the request for help, but said the location was on "Montague Street and the Heights Prominade, by the basketball court."

At 1:39 p.m., a responder radioed the dispatcher, asking, "What's the location?" Dispatcher answered, "Pier 2, Brooklyn Bridge Park."

At 1:45 p.m. responder at the scene on portable radioed the dispatcher asking, "Is the bus responding to Brooklyn Bridge Park? Send them to the entrance to the substation on Furman Street. There's an entrance there."

Nothing further over scanner.

UPDATE: In a related matter, a call came from the dispatcher at 2:05 p.m. Sunday that a patient was missing at Brooklyn Hospital Center, 121 DeKalb Ave. The dispatcher stated "Medevac."


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Some Mighty Suspicious Characters Flood Brooklyn Heights for Lunch

We think this was Bugsy, maybe. Photos: MK Metz
 At lunch time on Friday, the entire cast of Boardwalk Empire, in costume and, in many cases, in character, flooded down Henry Street, past Montague Street, to their mess hall on Remsen for lunch.

Mobsters, molls and characters that looked like they should be named "Bugsy" and 'Sticky Fingers Malone" hoofed it past City Chemist.

Photos by MK Metz, McBrooklyn
 Not to mention the dames!

We haven't seen star Steve Buscemi yet -- but he probably just went home (to Park Slope) for lunch.

Photos of action on the set on Monroe Place here.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Mobsters in Brooklyn: 'Boardwalk Empire' Filmed in Brooklyn Heights on Friday

Phony subway station on Pierrepont. Photos by MK Metz
HBO's “Boardwalk Empire,” starring Steve Buscemi and a cast of hundreds,filmed on Monroe Place in Brooklyn Heights on Friday. It's the final season!

The costumes and set were over the top.

Actor Ben Rosenfield.

A lot of mobsters roamed the Heights on Friday. According to signs, they're coming back Monday.

More photos at the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Brooklyn BP Adams to Throw 'International Day of Friendship.' Celebrates Brooklyn Being 'Center of the Universe'

Photo: Jim Winstead, Flickr
 Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams sent uss a press release saying that he will proclaim Wednesday, July 30th to be “International Day of Friendship” in Brooklyn, with festivities set for Sunday, August 3rd.

From the release:

The “International Day of Friendship” is a celebration recognizing the hundreds of cultures and ethnicities that make Brooklyn the center of diversity in the heart of the five boroughs.

Unity of Flags Parade”

As the signature event at Brooklyn Borough Hall during Borough President Adams’ first year in office, the day will consist of a series of cultural identity-oriented activities, beginning at 11:00 AM with a “Unity of Flags Parade” led by Borough President Adams from the intersection of Adams Street and Tillary Street to Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Following the march, the day will feature a series of cultural and artistic performances from a wide variety of groups represented in the borough, as well as a taste of global cuisine, from 1:00 PM through 5:00 PM.

“Since Brooklyn is the center of the universe, it is fitting that we dedicate a day to all of our borough’s rich cultures, heritages, ethnicities and lifestyles that bring the entire world and beyond into this one special place,” said BP Adams. “I thank everyone who is participating for carrying a part of their culture to Brooklyn Borough Hall and for helping us make One Brooklyn in the true spirit of friendship.”

“This event is a great opportunity to showcase all of the diverse ethnicities and cultures that make up Brooklyn,” said Melissa del Valle-Ortiz, a participating delegate of the National Caucus of Puerto Rican Women. “With the ‘International Day of Friendship,’ we can have every individual group come together to form a consensus on what it means to celebrate ethnicity and culture.”

The festivities are sponsored by Coca-Cola, the United Federation of Teachers, Investors Bank, Grace Foods and Advantage Care Physicians in partnership with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, PIX 11 News, the New York Daily News, Metro Fire Alarm Systems and Technology, Target, Well Care and Health First.


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Want to Work for Recchia Against Grimm this Weekend?

Recchia, from Wikipedia

Domenic Recchia Jr., is running against incumbant Michael Grimm in the 11th Congressional District of New York, which includes Bay Ridge and part of Staten Island.

Recchia, a former City Councilmember, will mark 100 days out from the election by kicking off a weekend of volunteering in Brooklyn and Staten Island. 

Want to join? Recchia says he will meet with volunteers as they prepare to knock on doors and make phone calls for his campaign:

* On Saturday, July 26th at 11AM, the event will kick off at 7321 15th Avenue, Brooklyn.

* The Staten Island push takes place on Sunday, Sunday, July 27th at 12PM at 109 New Dorp Plaza.

According to Ballotopedia, Grimm was charged with 20 crimes involving his restaurant, Healthalicious, including tax fraud and hiring illegal immigrants. He is also under investigation for possible campaign finance law violations. Grimm is claiming innocence.

The election for the U.S. House of Representatives takes place on November 4, 2014. 


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Gunfire Reported in Coney Island, Brooklyn,

From the scanner:

A report of shots fired at West 33rd Street and Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn came in at 11:44 p.m. Thursday night, shortly after another report of shots fired in Bed-Stuy.

Dispatch told NYPD the shots were unconfirmed. Nothing further.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shots Reported Thursday Night in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Sterling and Rochester, courtesy Google Maps 2014
 From the scanner:

A man  call 9-1-1 to report that four shots were heard at Sterling Place and Rochester in Bedford-Stuyvesant Thursday night.

Dispatch assigned the job at 11:19 p.m.

The caller left no call-back number. No furtheer details.

Soon afterwards, shots were reported in Coney Island.

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Cuomo Fires Salvo at Zephyr Teachout in Brooklyn Supreme Court

In papers filed on Tuesday in Supreme Court in Brooklyn, two Cuomo proxies argued that Zephyr Teachout, trying to get on the Democratic primary ballot for Governor of New York, “has not been a continuous resident of the state” from November of 2009.

Teachout says bring it on, Governor.

More at Capital New York.


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Wars Stop Worldwide As Nations Ponder Miracle of Brooklyn Bridge's White Flags

The White Flag. Photo: MK Metz, McBrooklyn
Israel and the Palestinians and combatants in the South Sudan offered to lay down their arms in temporary truces as the mystery of the Brooklyn Bridge's white flags struck a deep chord with humanity.

Pilgrims made their way along the Brooklyn Bridge's walkway at sunrise, pointing to to the stone towers, in what is now being referred to as "The Miracle of the White Flags."

A Hispanic woman surrounded by kneeling children, wearing white and praying on white rosary beads, called out repeatedly, "En la tierra como en el ciel!" as NYPD officers cordoned off an area to prevent crushing from the growing crowds. "Keep it moving!" they ordered the pilgrims.

A man sold T-shirts with a picture of the flags on the tower next to a picture of a lunar landing module and the word, "Believe!"

"I was here when they took it down," he said, waving his arms in the direction of the west tower.  "That's where it was."

He added, "It was white."

A man who said his name was Elmo sold bottles of water to members of a Canadian tour group at three dollars a pop.

"We wanted to see where it happened," said Olivia Norris, of Calgary, on tour with her mother Emma.

A man distributing pamphlets, who refused to give his name, said, "White flag has nine letters. And there's two towers. One-one. That's all I'm gonna say. What don't they want us to know?"

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