Friday, July 1, 2016

Where to Go, What to Do in Brooklyn July 4th Weekend

We've compiled a list of lists: the best ideas for what to do and where to go this 4th of July weekend in Brooklyn. (Some greater NYC ideas included as well!)

- The 25 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, Fourth of July! edition. [Brokelyn]

- 4th of July 2016 weekend NYC event guide [Brooklyn Vegan]

- Weekend Events for Brooklyn & NYC: July 1st-4th [A Child Grows in Brooklyn]

- What to Do this Weekend? [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Some more ideas of where to watch the fireworks. [Mommy Poppins]

- Where to watch the fireworks if you want to pay for a spot. [amNY]

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge Jumper 'Survives'; BQE Repair Project; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Film shoot on Montague Turnway in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with $142,000 BMW i8. Photo by MK Metz

- Brooklyn Bridge jumper survives, but no word how well. [BHB and NY Post]

- After April's snafu, how did the NYC Board of Elections do during Tuesday’s primary? [Brooklyn Eagle]

- City officials kick off public engagement on BQE project: 'It won't be easy.' [Patch]

- Brooklyn “sex-folk” duo Tammy share debut single “Hated It (With You)." [COS]

- Driver charged with manslaughter after running down 3, killing 1 on Brooklyn sidewalk. [Pix11]

- Oakland really is the new Brooklyn. [Curbed]

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De Blasio to Attend Gun Violence Town Hall Tonight in Brooklyn

BP Eric Adams, Mayor Bill de Blasio and CM Williams are hosting a gun violence Town Hall tonight (Thursday, June 30), at 7pm. RSVP

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Teacher Bizness; That Ol' R Train; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A Brooklyn teacher who brought a male student to her home and then to a motel (and gave him $500 cash and a cellphone) was fired by the city even though she was acquitted of criminal charges. [Daily News]

- Sisters help rescue people trapped on the R train elevator in Brooklyn Heights.  [BHB]

- Brooklyn teen paralyzed by stray bullet gives empowering speech. [Pix11]

- "I'm thinking about Teachout, who two years ago was a defeated longshot and is now being heralded as key to Dems re-taking the house." [Twitter]

- The attorneys general of 22 states have filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn New York’s SAFE Act, claiming the law banning assault weapons is unconstitutional. []

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This Is What a Subway Train Masturbator Looks Like

The NYPD released the above photo of a man who exposed himself to a woman and masturbated on the N train.

The individual is described as a black man, between 25 and 30 years old; last seen wearing a red baseball cap, a white t-shirt, white shorts and black and white sneakers.

More details about the incident at Sheepshead Bites.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bastille Day in Brooklyn; A Huge Shark Off Sheepshead Bay; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Bastille Day on Smith Street. Photo: MK Metz
 - Bastille Day 2016: Brooklyn’s Smith Street preps for its annual French invasion. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Check out the huge shark caught this weekend off Sheepshead Bay. [Sheepshead Bites]

- A crew of NYPD nincompoops who pulled a locker-room prank on an ambitious rookie in Brooklyn may be facing departmental charges. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn artists’ installation to melt away during conventions. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 1970s Brooklyn, when horses roamed Gowanus and kids played stickball (photos). [Brownstoner]

- At least six children have been crushed to death by toppling Ikea chests, prompting the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and dressers. [ABC]

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Voting in Tuesday's Congressional Primary in Brooklyn / NYC

The 2016 Congressional Primary takes place on Tuesday, June 28 in NYC. Polls open at 6 a.m.and close at 9 p.m.

Voters registered in the Democratic and Reform parties have the opportunity to select their party's candidates for the general election in November.

Voter' Edge (  allows you to look up your polling place, look up ballots by area and see an online guide to candidates on the ballot in New York City.

Type in your home address to see a page with all of the contests that will appear on your ballot. You can also get information about the candidates including endorsements, funding sources,  and more.

For example, in District 7 (Brooklyn Heights, Downtown) three Democratic candidates are running: banker/attorney Yungman Lee, long-time official Nydia Velazquez, and attorney Jeffrey Kurzon. A page dedicated to these three candidates can be found here.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Brooklyn Is the Most Unaffordable Place in U.S., Goats at BBP, and More Brooklyn Briefs

These goats are eating weeds on the berm in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Link to story below.)  Photo: MKMetz
- Report: Brooklyn is the most unaffordable place to live in the U.S. [Market Watch]

- A herd of four Nubian goats has taken up residence on the steep berm near Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn BP Eric Adams met with tainted lobbyist Capalino 29 times to talk about Airbnb. [DNAinfo]

- The principal of the troubled Boys and Girls High School said on Thursday that he is leaving the post. [WSJ]

- A limo stopped on the Brooklyn Bridge to retrieve tiny dog under car. [GoodNewsNetwork]

- The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries. [The Verge]

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cop Guilty of Molesting Young Girl; Papaya King Comes; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A New York City police officer has been found guilty of molesting a girl repeatedly over the course of three years, starting when she was just 10 years old. [Pix11]

- The best restaurants in Brooklyn Heights, according to voters on the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

- Because of the Board of Elections' bogus voter purge, Velázquez calls for federal election monitors in next week’s primary. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Three people arrested with a cache of weapons inside their truck at the Holland Tunnel were allegedly on a journey to “rescue” a teenage girl in Brooklyn. [Metro US]

- 84-year-old Papaya King will open an outpost in Downtown Brooklyn this Friday.  [Gothamist]

- Legislation that would have allowed much taller buildings in NYC is squelched, for now. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The popular, needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected kids or adults against flu for years, experts said. [NBC]

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Senior Resource Fair Friday in Brooklyn Heights

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon invites seniors to her annual senior resource fair this Friday at St. Francis College.  Sen. Daniel Squadron and Sen. Velmanette Montgomery are co-sponsors.

New this year: Town Hall Q&A at noon.

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