Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boerum Hill Cat Fight; Duane Reade Sushi Bar; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- 13-year-old shot in Brooklyn may lose vision in one eye. [NY1]

- Brooklyn author Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer Prize in poetry. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Rumor: Duane Reade on the corner of Court and Joralemon is "apparently being renovated into Brooklyn’s flagship DR like the one on Wall Street in Manhattan and it will apparently have a sushi bar in it." [BHB]

- Jim Creighton, the man known as baseball's first star, got an upgrade to his Brooklyn monument Tuesday. [NY1]

- Cops hunt suspect wanted for robbing four Brooklyn banks within just a few hours. [Sheepshead Bites]

- A cat fight has broken out over the will of a Boerum Hill woman who left $50,000 to her five felines. [NY Post]

- Brooklyn Heights civic groups are pushing for the DOT to close Joralemon Street to vehicles at Furman Street, near the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 66-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man were discovered naked and dead in the bathtub of a Brooklyn apartment, an empty gallon jug of vodka nearby. [Daily Mail]

 - The polar vortex led to a serious gefilte fish shortage. [Grub Street]

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Snow Falls in Brooklyn, Freeze Warning Until Wednesday Morning

Photo MK Metz
More weird weather! In Brooklyn Heights, Cadman Plaza Park's astroturf (seen above) is covered with snow, two days after 70-degree temperatures.

The National Weather Service says temperatures will hover between the upper 20s to freezing until 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. If you have a balcony, don't forget to bring in your plants.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fireworks Over NYC, Brooklyn April 15 - Nope, Not a Tax Celebration

Those were fireworks, not thunder (or the wrathful celebration of the IRS) you heard Tuesday night, April 15 over New York City and Brooklyn.

The brief fireworks were set off over Ellis Island around 9:45 PM as an anniversary celebration by Amway China.

According to Ruby on Twitter, the celebration included a chorus singing opera, Chinese songs and gospel.

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Egg Hunt for Grownups; Bishop Ford Closing; Pier 6 Housing; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Egg hunt for grownups: If you find more eggs than anyone else, you’ll get a $50 bar tab. [Brooklyn Based]

- Cops crack down on dollar vans, activist group calls it racist. [Brooklyn Paper]

- After 52 years, Bishop Ford High School to close. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A Brooklyn problem: A bill would make it a felony for landlords to destroy their own buildings in the hopes of forcing out tenants living in rent-controlled units. [Capital NY]

- Friends of an enigmatic artist solved a Brooklyn whodunit that has stumped locals for four decades. [NY Daily News]

- Here's the schedule for the Dept. of Sanitation's Organics Curb Collection program expansion in Brooklyn. [DOS]

- Brooklyn apartment rents rose to a record in March and new leases more than doubled. Median monthly rent: $2,900, up 13 percent from a year earlier. [Daily Herald]

- Open letter to Bill de Blasio: Don’t rush into housing at BBP’s Pier 6. [Brooklyn Eaagle]

- The Nets hold aufitions for musicians. Only Brooklynites could try out. [NY1]

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Get Ready for 'Wilde Nights' in Brooklyn Heights

The student-run theatre production company, Nick & The Chicks presents the first act of "Wilde Nights," on Thursday, April 24 at 11:10am in the St. Francis College Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education.

At SFC, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights. Free.

The performance takes the audience on a dramatic journey through the last years of Oscar Wilde's life. Under the direction of Deborah Houston, professional actors Robert Anderson, Marie Christine Katz, and Logan Ford will dramatize a crucial confrontation between the playwright and the actress Sarah Bernhardt.

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De Blasio the Man: July 4th Fireworks Coming Back to Brooklyn!

It was hugs all around on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on Monday as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Macy's July 4th fireworks are finally returning to the East River and Brooklyn!

Officials promised a spectacular display to be shot off the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges in the East River.

Macy's said the fireworks wouldn't always be able to be seen from Brooklyn and Queens -- but for now, justice has been done.

More details here.

Photo by MK Metz,

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Monday, April 14, 2014

A $16 M Home in Brooklyn Heights; $25 Million for 25 years in Jail; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Getting ready for Easter in Bensonhurst. Photo: MK Metz,
- A single-family home is on sale for $16 million in Brooklyn Heights, apparently a record. Norman Mailer once had a "private writing aerie" on the fifth floor. [Curbed]

- A million a year: Man falsely imprisoned 25 years sues state for $25M. [NY Post]

- Here's the video of the rally and reading for Chinese literary freedom at the Brooklyn Public Library.  Celeb writers included Sergio De La Pava and Jennifer Egan. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A Brooklyn school janitor has been arrested, accused of raping a woman on campus in Clinton Hill/Fort Greene. [CBS]

- 26 displaced after flames rip through 3-story in Sunset Park. [pix11]

- Odd but true: Borough President Adams meets with mayor of Amsterdam to talk "international business." [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Do we have to cover the small penis contest? [edge]

- Queens is the second fastest growing county in the state. [NY1]

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Friday, April 11, 2014

LICH Staffers' Last Day; Kentile Sign; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Sad day for hundreds of LICH staffers being laid off Friday. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Kentile Floor Tile sign to be lit up again -- for one night only. [Daily News]

- City Council approves de Blasio's pick to lead Taxi & Limo Commission. [NY1]

- From the old  Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a 13-year-old Mickey Rooney signs Hollywood contract for $150/wk in 1934.  []

- It's great that Colbert got Letterman's job -- but we're losing one of TV's great characters. [Vulture]

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'Different Games' at NYU-Poly in Brooklyn, Friday and Saturday

One of many featured games.
Different Games—a conference on diversity and inclusivity in digital and video games—returns for its second year at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering at MetroTech in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday.

A volunteer collaboration between graduate students of NYU and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Different Games focuses on diversity and inclusivity in game design, academic scholarship, and criticism.

It will feature panels, hands-on workshops, and a full array of original games. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will bring five thought-leading designers and authors to exhibit their games and discuss issues.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Krishnas Moving from Brooklyn; More Crashes; Eaters Guide; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Find love: Match-Maker sculpture in DUMBO.Photo: MK Metz
 - The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishnas) want to sell their U.S. headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn for upwards of $60 million. [TRD]

- A bicyclist died Wednesday in Brooklyn after being hit by a motorist who then bashed two other vehicles before ditching his BMW and running away. [Daily News]

- School crossing guard hit by car on Atlantic Ave. same day DOT announces Atlantic slow zone. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Kiss told the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony organizers at Barclays Center last night to kiss off. [Valley News]

- GQ publishes an "eaters guide" to Brooklyn: Where to eat breakfast (ex: Char No. 4 in Carroll Gardens -- how about creamy grits, a biscuit with bacon gravy and a bourbon Bloody Mary?), lunch (try that turkey-leg sandwich at Henry Public in Cobble Hill), and dinner (Vinegar Hill House, Seersucker, Marlow & Sons . . . ) [GQ]

- The wheels are starting to turn on the construction of Greenpoint Landing – a mega-project that will fill 20 acres of the Greenpoint waterfront with about 5,000 apartments. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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