Monday, August 29, 2016

'The Norm' New Food Concept at Brooklyn Museum; Zika Breeding Grounds, and More Brooklyn Briefs


- International food and quite the cocktail list: The Norm at Brooklyn Museum is a new restaurant concept led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Diners are surrounded by priceless art. [The Norm]

- There are still some Manhattanites who think Brooklyn is a foreign country. [Brooklyn Magazine]

- NYC steps up efforts to block Zika -- Several Brooklyn neighborhoods breeding grounds for mosquitoes. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival to include Bowie and Prince panel discussion. [Gothamist]

- NPR's Jasmine Garsd headed over to the Afropunk festival in Brooklyn. [NPR]

- Fire erupts atop LICH’s ‘jewel-like’ Polhemus building in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Buzz kill: Alcohol is linked to 7 forms of cancer, study finds. [Daily News]


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HuffPost Mini-Documentary Shines Light on Wrongful Conviction Cases in Brooklyn

There are currently more than 100 wrongful conviction cases under review in Brooklyn. In HuffPost Originals mini-documentary, "Stolen Time," Alyona Minkovski talked to three men whose lives were upended by wrongful convictions.

Sundhe Moses, Kevin Smith and Derrick Hamilton all spent years in prison after being convicted of heinous crimes. However, despite all the facts pointing to a wrongful conviction, formal exoneration for these victims is a long and arduous process.

Retired Detective Louis Scarcella is connected to 72 of the cases that are being reviewed by the Brooklyn DA, including those of Sundhe, Kevin and Derrick.

Witness coercion, false confessions and violence are just some of the allegations brought up when discussing the detective and according to Hamilton it's time for Scarcella to pay the price. "He deserves to go to jail. He deserves to see what he did to so many other people. What it feels like to be isolated from your family."

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Last Bash of Summer at Brooklyn's FAB on Fulton, Plus Fall Lineup

FAB on Fulton Street sent in their fall lineup (and announces the last bash of the summer on Aug. 31): a series of events outside in the public spaces of Fowler Square and Putnam Triangle Plaza.

Highlights include weekly jazzy jam sessions, a Halloween fun fest featuring a classic spooky movie presented in partnership with BAMcinématek, and more. (Schedule and Details)

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Brooklyn Politics Gets Weird; Spike Lee's Block Party; Stolen Puppy Returned and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Politics gets weird: Ramona Johnson, a Republican and Conservative Party candidate running for 41st Assembly District seat has baffled a Facebook group with her online campaign tactics and claims of discrimination. Johnson also "threatened to defame" Sheepshead Bites for reporting on the confrontation. [Sheepshead Bites]

- A longtime investigator is calling out Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson for firing her because she’s a close ally of his predecessor, according to a new $20 million lawsuit. [NY Post]

- Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson block party is coming to Bed-Stuy on Saturday. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The much-anticipated opening of Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse on Fulton Street has been delayed. [DNAinfo]

- What's to be done about Brooklyn's post offices? [Brokelyn]

- A man in East New York is lucky to be alive after a freak accident resulted in him being struck by a steel beam on Thursday. [abc7]

- Brooklynites: Take a survey about the role of historic districts in NYC. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Mothers who lost infants in daycare deliver petitions to Hillary Clinton's campaign HQ. [BHB]

- Puppy returned 3 days after being stolen from Brooklyn laundromat. [CBSlocal]


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy ‘National Duck Out for a Drink Day!'

Photo: MK Metz
Today is ‘National Duck Out for a Drink Day,' America's favorite holiday.

The rationale is clearly and legally explained in a proclamation by Alex Balk at the Awl. It starts:

WHEREAS work is long, boring and especially difficult to take during the summer months when you could be outside, particularly when you consider how awful winter has been lately and will be for the rest of our lives and you’re starting to realize summer is almost over, and

WHEREAS contemporary human existence is a mostly unrelenting series of trials and tribulations of varying degrees of unpleasantness, none of which means anything in the end, the only reasonable temporary solution that has yet been discovered for being alcohol, and ... (More of the proclamation here).

Want some examples? Brokelyn tells us about some of the best times they skipped out of work for a drink (such as the time they got dumped in the morning and the Chipotle line was too long at lunch).

You can probably come up with some great reasons to duck out today, too.

Happy drinking!


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Brooklyn Hospitals Get Terrible Rating from Federal Gov; Laundromat Dog Stealer; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Unhealthy Brooklyn: Brooklyn hospitals fare abysmally in disputed federal rankings. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Woman shot while playing with grandchildren at Brooklyn playground. [Daily News]

- The Coney Island Circus Sideshow school has opened to train people in the classic art of freaking people out. [Sheepshead Bites]

- Police are searching for a man who stole a dog from a laundromat in Bushwick. [CBSlocal]

- Pictures: Coney Island’s 26th annual sand sculpting competition took the classic beach activity to a new level on Saturday. [Bensonhurst Bean]

- Here's what a million dollars worth of frozen eels looks like. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Glass artist tags Brooklyn Heights with colorful pigeons. [BHB]  And this is the guy who makes the beautiful glass mosaics on lampposts in the East Village. [Open Culture]

- Venus and Jupiter are converging for a spectacular conjunction in the sunset sky on August 27th. [NASA]


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nude Shakespeare; 'Love Pimpin' Gets Slammed; BBQ'd Eel Thieves; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Female Shakespeare troupe bringing a free, all-nude Tempest to Prospect Park. [Brokelyn]

- Former Thomas Jefferson H.S. basketball star sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting his friend and basketball rival in Sheepshead Bay. [Sheepshead Bites]

- A Brooklyn man known as ‘Love Pimpin’ was sentenced to 30 years Monday for prostituting minors and producing child pornography. [Pix11]

- Man found dead in Bay Parkway home with cuts on neck and arms. [Bensonhurst Bean]

- 108 Wycoff Street isn’t your typical Brooklyn brownstone. It delights people from all over and has become a wall of hope and beauty. [CBS local]

- Three men caught in Brooklyn with $360G worth of -- what else? -- stolen barbecued eels. [Daily News]

- Gross: An X-ray technician was arrested Saturday on suspicion of groping two female patients at Kings County Hospital. [Pix11]

- The “healthy food chain” Honeygrow will be opening its first New York City restaurant on Joralemon St. in Brooklyn Heights. [BHB]

- Jalapa Jar breakfast taco shop opens in the arcade at the St. George Hotel and Clark Street subway 2/3 station Tuesday morning. [Gothamist]


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Friday, August 19, 2016

West Elm Opens in Empire Stores; End Near for Pop-Up Pool? Huma Abdin's Lunch Options; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Home furnishings company West Elm is the first tenant to debut at the 146-year-old-landmarked-coffee-warehouse-turned-retail-hub Empire Stores. [Brownstoner]

- As end draws near, officials & families push to keep Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pop-Up Pool open. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Gang Graffiti Watch: SUR 13 Tags -- the inscription of the Califorrnia-based Sureños -- was seen on the Gravesend Overpass. [Bensonhurst Bean]

- Where should Huma Abedin eat lunch in downtown Brooklyn? [Brokelyn]

- Development underway at Trump Village Shopping Center. It's gonna be YUGE. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- This Sunday the Brooklyn Comedy Festival kicks off with plenty of hilarious stand-up, improv, panel discussions, and an evening with Reggie Watts. [Greenpointers]

- The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday next week with a blowout at Brooklyn Bridge Park, to be hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy. Attendees will change the color of One World Trade Center’s spire. [DumboNYC]

- Here’s your borough-wide event listings for the 240th Anniversary of the Battle Of Brooklyn.[Sheepshead Bites]

- ICYMI: Anarchists put naked statues of Donald Trump in cities across the US.  (Warning: Graphic) [Vice]



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

BK Dog Day: 'One Doggone Day in Brooklyn' this Sunday

Prospect Park is literally going to the dogs on Sunday morning with 'One Doggone Day in Brooklyn.'

The event includes a doggie fashion show, giveaways, a doggie buffet and more.

See poster for info.

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Smart Gun Challenge; Model Agency Scam; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Pollution in Sheepshead Bay is getting disgusting. [Sheepshead Bites]

- Brokelyn salutes a probably fake Pog store. [Brokelyn]

- BP to local colleges: Make us a Smart Gun. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Surplus of Manhattan and Brooklyn rentals driving prices down, report says. [DNAinfo]


- Brooklyn woman scammed by modeling agency that asked her to pay for a 'Talent Imaging Package.' [NY1]

- A redwood forest will grow in Downtown Brooklyn (sort of). [Curbed]

- Beat the heat idea: This new (air conditioned) mini golf course is a cheesy fun tribute to Brooklyn. [Brokelyn]


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