Monday, January 9, 2017

McBrooklyn Is Taking a Couple of Days Off

Dunk Island photo by Melalouise, Creative Commons license
 McBrooklyn is taking a break until Thursday. Stay warm and safe until we get back!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Toxic PCB Lighting Fixtures Removed from NYC Schools; Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Good news for kids: Thousands of PCB-contaminated lighting fixtures finally yanked out of NYC schools. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn train was speeding before crash, say U.S. investigators. [Reuters]

Clear video shows two guys jumping a woman on 16th Ave. in Borough Park on Dec. 27. [Daily News]

- Muslim teen tracks down a guy who assaulted an Orthodox Jewish woman on a Q subway train. [CBS]

- Get ready for the first-ever Best of Brooklyn Food and Beer Festival. [Time Out]

- Meet Brooklyn's WBO Women's Junior Featherweight world champion Amanda Serrano and her sister WBO Women's Featherweight champion Cindy Serrano, the first sisters to concurrently hold world titles. VIDEO. [Fox5]

- Somebody at Yahoo Finance misspelled a tweet.  Big time. [Mercury News]

- Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet. [LA Times]

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

It's Snowing in Brooklyn!

Photo by MK Metz
  The promised snow "storm" has begun in Brooklyn. According to the National Weather Service, total nighttime accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.It should wrap up by 10 a.m. Friday. A winter weather advisory is in effect till then.

Shown above: Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn Heights/ Downtown Brooklyn

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Polar Bear Fashion; Cops Shoot Canarsie Man Wielding Knife; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- An NYPD cop fatally shot a knife-wielding man in Canarsie Tuesday night. [NY Post]

- Blaze tears through two Kensington apartments, injures three. [Daily News]

- Polar Bears are sure dressing funny lately for their New Year's plunge. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Cops are asking the public’s help finding a 23-year-old driver accused of mowing down a pedestrian in Brooklyn and ditching his two passengers in his mangled Lexus. [Daily News]

- In Williamsburg, a range of luxury, beautifully designed hotels are opening, jostling for the attentions of fashionable travelers. [Daily Beast]

- Here are a few of the really gross things living on a dollar bill. [NY Magazine]

- The St. Ives Apricot Scrub controversy is headed to court. [Slate]

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Another Body Found in Prospect Park Lake; Incurable Disease Hits Brooklyn Oak Trees; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A search for a missing person ended tragically Monday, when the body of a 19-year-old man was pulled from Prospect Park’s lake. [Daily News]

- Deadly, incurable & fast spreading oak wilt disease detected in Brooklyn trees. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn cheerleaders need help getting to the national championship in Orlando. [abc7]

- Cops are looking for a man who tried to rip off a woman’s pants in an elevator in Ditmas Park. [Daily News]

- The big-money developers who lavished cash on Mayor de Blasio’s nonprofit appear to be behind the planning of the multibillion-dollar Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) trolley line. [NY Post]

- Brighton Beach is brought to life through the lens of Franck Bohbot in this 'Little Odessa' series. [fubiz]

- Brooklyn to show up in force at post-inauguration protest. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- To kick off the Trump era, the House votes to get rid of the Office of Congressional Ethics. [TPM]

Nicki Minaj performs "Starships", from "The Pinkprint Tour in Brooklyn.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Get Your Kwanzaa On In Brooklyn This Friday

Brooklyn Cultural Arts Coalition presents a great afternoon and evening of Kwanzaa activities this Friday, Dec. 30, at Boys and Girls High School.

Activities include African dance, movement and drum workshops, performances and community ceremonies.

See the poster above for full details.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge Climber Arrested; Bouncy Squibb Bridge Court Battle Continues; John McEnroe Headed to Barclays; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Squibb Park Bridge. Photo by MK Metz
- Judge orders ‘bouncy’ Squibb Bridge design firm to allow Brooklyn Bridge Park access to key software. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A man was arrested after police caught him walking on the beams above the Brooklyn Bridge in broad daylight on Monday. [NY Post]

- Cyclists are fed up with officers from Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct parking their cars across the bike lane on DeKalb Avenue, but cops say there's nothing they can do about it. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Big tennis event in Brooklyn: Barclays Center to host John McEnroe-headlined PowerShares QQQ Cup in January. [CBS]

- Ortiz: Don’t dump homeless in Sunset Park hotels. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- From hot dogs to jean jackets, Brooklyn artist sculpts every day objects from stone. [Fox5]

- Get your clothes ironed for free in Brooklyn bars next month. [Gothamist]

- Spike Lee holidays in Maasai Mara, plants trees in memory of Biggie Smalls, Michael Jackson, Prince, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Raheem Nunn, Maurice White, Phife Dawg and George Michael. [SDE]

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Troy Avenue 'All Good;' Cop Snapchats Unfortunate Family; More Fortis Plans for LICH Filed and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Troy Avenue 'all good' after getting shot twice in Brooklyn on Christmas. [Rolling Stone]

- A sad Christmas: An NYPD officer was suspended without pay after posting a humiliating photo of a handcuffed Brownsville family to Snapchat. [DNAinfo]

- Fortis files plans for another tower on the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site in Cobble Hill. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- How an abandoned building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard became a hub for pioneering startups. [WSJ]

- Two gay guys visit friends in Brooklyn, have their picture taken. Now they're on the wall of the new Second Avenue subway line. [Star Tribune]

- Cops are looking for a 50-year-old man who assaulted a 29-year-old man inside a bar in Brighton Beach. [PIX11]

- Ortiz: Don’t dump homeless in Sunset Park hotels. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- No Rockettes will be forced to perform at Trump's inauguration. [Slate]

- The Twitter account of Sony Music falsely tweeted Monday that Britney Spears had died. [USA Today]

This GIF is kinda cute!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Brooklyn ATM Heist; Lena Dunham's Apologies; Mysterious Trump Flyover and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police release surveillance photos of the man they say fired a shot into a Canarsie high school. [NY1]

- Jehovah’s Witnesses sell 85 Jay St. to Jared Kushner-led partnership. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Two men made off with an entire ATM from a laundromat in East New York, after waving a gun at a child standing behind the counter. [CBS]

- Actress Chloë Sevigny's Park Slope co-op has gone into contract for $2.75 million. [Mansion Global]

- Brooklyn scores more than $15 million in economic development awards from the state. Beneficiaries range from Brooklyn Bridge Park to St. Nicks Alliance. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The SKINS “Still Sleep” EP release party on Dec. 22. [Eventbrite]

- Everything Lena Dunham publicly apologized for in 2016. [Newsweek]

- Yeah well... Mysterious Manhattan military flyover that police didn't know about was Trump extraction exercise. [DNAinfo]

- Meanwhile, Trump is having a hard time finding A List performers for the inauguration.  [The Wrap]

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DJ Jinx Paul Killed in Brooklyn; Bushwick Inlet Park Celebrated; Morbid Anatomy News and More Brooklyn Briefs

Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society
- DJ Jinx Paul of Mega 97.9 FM killed in Brooklyn hit-and-run. [PIX11]

- Proponents of Bushwick Inlet Park triumphant as final piece falls into place. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Morbid Anatomy Museum has ceased operations. [Gothamist]

- Brooklyn residents and advocates fear that the MTA’s next round of fare hikes will increase fare-beating in the borough. [amNY]

- Brooklyn is the number 1 city for female entrepreneurs, including the creator of Toymail.  [Fortune]

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival presents a screening of Brooklyn documentaries on Dec. 21. (Photo above) [The BHA]

- Check out this new Brooklyn hotel’s stunning Christmas lights. [Time Out]

Job of the week: Tall, athletic person wanted to wear huge bird costume. $20/hr. [Brooklyn Eagle, ad upper left]

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