Monday, June 19, 2017

People's Champs Playing at C-mon Everybody

Indie Pop/Soul/Afrobeat collective People's Champs from Brooklyn are playing a Single & Music Video Release show at C’mon Everybody in Bed-Stuy with Kalbells (members of Rubblebucket) on Friday, 6/23, 8 p.m.

Feat. Starr Busby (Esperanza Spalding) & Melanie Charles (Gorillaz)


From the release:
People’s Champs is an all-star collective featuring some of the most creative and original musicians in Brooklyn. They blend indie pop, afrobeat and retro-soul into a “dance party waiting to happen, always changing and always excitable.” (Consequence of Sound). Their horn section moonlights as The Superpower Horns, studio section for none other than BeyoncĂ© and touring horn section for Boy George & Culture Club.

On June 23rd, the band releases brand-new single & video, ‘Hostages Remix’, a reimagined version of the lead single from their 2015 debut album ‘American Dreamers’. The new track is a duet featuring vocalists Melanie JB Charles and Starr Busby who both sing with the collective. Melanie & Starr are great friends and are a force in their own right — the duo recorded on Gorillaz’ 2017 full-length release and will perform with them this summer. Ms. Busby also tours with Esperanza Spalding.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

94 Degrees in NYC Today and Lousy Air Quality

Not only does the forecast call for 94 degree temperatures in the NYC metro area today (Tuesday), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory from 10:00AM until 10:00PM.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors, according to DEC.

The humidity will make temperatures feel hotter as well.

An approaching cold front will give the area a chance for showers and thunderstorms, mainly from the afternoon into Tuesday night.

For more information, visit the National Weather Service at or the Department of Environmental Conservation at

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More Than One Way to Stuff a Rat; the Beer ATM; Pols Express Alarm about Haiti and Puerto Rico; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Former Brooklyn prosecutor in NYPD gun permit scandal gets bail modified to allow travel for competitive dog shows. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn pols express alarm about Puerto Rican referendum, Haitian protected status. [Brooklyn Eagle]

A man shot by police in Brooklyn Sunday night has been arrested and charged with stabbing his roommate in front of officers. [NY1]

- Brooklyn Pride parade draws massive, boisterous turnout. Photos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Fabrication studio Smart Department is hosting a rat taxidermy class on Saturday where you can learn to make either one- or two-headed stuffed rats. [Patch]

- A bar in Williamsburg has created one of the greatest inventions known to mankind – a Beer ATM. [Konbini]

- Former NBA star Sebastian Telfair was arrested in Bed-Stuy Sunday morning in a pickup truck stocked with loaded guns, drugs and a bulletproof vest. [Patch]

- DUMBO’s Live at The Archway this Thursday: musician Rodes Rollins, artist Melanie Hope Greenberg. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Dirty dancing: Floating company twirls on the Gowanus Canal. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Riders Alliance on Monday’s Disastrous Morning Commute

Yesterday morning, the MTA web site listed the following problems:

Delays on the 2, 3, 5, 7, B, D, E, F, J, and M trains.
Signal problems at Wall Street (2/3), Eastchester-Dyre Av (5), Mets-Willets Point (7), and West 4 St—Washington Square (A/B/C/D/E/F/M). And a broken train at Jamaica Yard.
Some F trains were running on the A track. Some F trains were running on the G track. Some 2 trains were running on the 5 track. Some M trains terminated at Chambers.

The video of the trapped F train riders, above, speaks for itself.

John Raskin, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance, released the following statement:
“This week we couldn’t even make it through Monday morning without the subways breaking down. Governor Cuomo has said he’s responsible for fixing the subway, but he hasn’t said how, or when, or with what funding. Subway riders leave for work in the morning not knowing if or when they will arrive. Meanwhile, the Governor has yet to release a plan to fix our dysfunctional commutes. What is Governor Cuomo’s plan to fix the subways, and when will he let riders in on it?”

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Movies Under the Stars and Dance Party in Brooklyn: 'Happy Feet'

Coming up this Friday, June 9th: Movies Under the Stars presents 'Happy Feet' at 8:45pm.  A pre-movie dance party kicks off at 6:30pm
(Note: The RSVP form lists "Eddie the Eagle" as the movie that night.)

The event takes place at Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (Btw 4th Ave and 5th Ave) Brooklyn

Transportation: 4th Ave (F,G); 9th (R)

Admission is free. RSVP here.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Interactive Umbrellas, a New Ferry Route, J'ouvert Forum and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Fugitive from Ohio arrested in Brooklyn (thanks to one man's Google search). [abc7]

- Interactive umbrellas, astronauts, as World Science Festival returns to Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- NYC Ferry's South Brooklyn route launches today. [amNY]

- Brooklyn woman builds worldwide following with head wrap company. [News 12]

- VIDEO: Police seek public’s help ID’ing perps in violent Brooklyn Heights jewelry store robbery. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Father of Brooklyn woman accused of hiring hitman to kill husband arrested for threatening NYPD detective. [Daily News]

- The Fashion Institute of Technology is coming to you starting this summer at the newly renovated Brooklyn Army Terminal building. [bklyner]

- J'ouvert safety forum tonight. [McBrooklyn]

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 this Weekend

 This weekend, 400+ local artists will open up their studios to the public for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017. Media include paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics and more.
EVENT: Saturday June 3rd + Sunday June 4th, 2017 from 12pm-6pm.

The launch party takes place on Friday, June 2, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at Java Studios. Other associated events here.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

15-Year-Old Mom Missing; A Scam Worked; and more Brooklyn Briefs

- A 15-year-old mother and her 5-month-old daughter disappeared from a Dean Street location and haven't been seen since. [Pix11]

- Brooklyn man suspected of killing wife admitted to shooting her before fleeing, says victim’s sister. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn woman loses life savings in scam. [CBS]

- Pols announce arrest and sentencing following $22K pension heist. [Twitter]

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Monday, May 29, 2017

J'ouvert Safety Forum Thursday in Brooklyn

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and District Leader Geoffrey Davis will hold a town hall to discuss public safety in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights during J’ouvert.

The town hall will take place at P.S. 375.

J'ouvert is the celebration that kicks off the night before the West Indian Day Parade.

Roughly 2,000 police officers were stationed at jouvert/the parade last September, but violence still broke out. Two people were shot and killed.

In 2015, one of Governor Cuomo's aides, Carey Gabay, was killed at J'ouvert.

Officials are looking at the future of the event.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Navy Leap Frogs Parachuting in Queens Today (Watch Announcement in American Sign Language)

In conjunction with Fleet Week 2017, Thursday, May 25th at 1:00 PM, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will conduct a practice parachute jump at Citi Field in Queens.

A planned aircraft flyover will therefor take place, according to NYC Emergency Management.

You can watch this announcement in American Sign Language above.

For more info, please visit

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