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 SureƱos -- 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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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Public Trust Busted at Atlantic Yards? Jail Warden Security Problem; Corn Feed in the Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Four Brooklyn elected officials have expressed "grave concerns" about agreements involving Barclays Center and the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Brooklyn project, suggesting a "serious breach of public trust." [Atlantic Yards Report]

- Video shows warden at Brooklyn jail consistently bypassing security. [PIX11]

- NYC offers a free version of ClassPass called ShapeUp NYC. [Brokelyn]

- Kensington hero saves sickly kestral — two months after rescuing imperiled goose. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Oh dear. Budweiser debuts ad campaign trying to establish itself as ‘the Brooklyn choice.' [Brokelyn]

- Concordia's Corn Feed takes place this Sunday in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Yep.  [Brooklyn Eagle]


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Brooklyn BP Adams to Award $1 Million to Designer of Best Smart Gun


Example: The Werbespot-Armatics IP1 smart gun, demoed.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will kick off a Smart Gun Design Competition today at Borough Hall.

According to a release, he'll be calling on teams from colleges and universities in New York City to create the technology that will prevent unauthorized users from firing a gun.

At the conclusion of the competition — held in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the Smart Tech Challenge Foundation — Adams will award a whopping $1 million prize to the institution that has designed the best smart gun.

Among those who will join him at the kickoff today will be NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin B. Tucker as well as students and professors from the New York City College of Technology and New York University Tandon School of Engineering, who will participate in the competition.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

New Book on Brooklyn Bridge Park; Mom & Kids Disappear in Downtown Brooklyn; La Croix and More Brooklyn Briefs


- These maps show just how different Brooklyn was when it was called Breuckelen. [Brownstoner]

- New book details history, development of Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Mom, two young daughters disappear in Downtown Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- NYPD Housing cops recovered an AK-47 assault rifle last Tuesday after they observed men driving in a vehicle not wearing seat belts in East New York. [Breaking 911]

- 40 vintage photos of Brooklyn's streetscape in the 1970s. [Curbed]

- Boston Ska legends Bim Skala Bim playing rare Brooklyn show on East Coast tour. [Brooklyn Vegan]

- Why you should throw your cases of La Croix out the window and stop drinking it. [Brooklyn Magazine]

- American beach volleyball players explain why they'll continue to wear bikinis. [Slate]


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Shake Shack Slashing Lockdown, Midwood Fire, Pinball and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Shake Shack lockdown after slashing on Fulton Street. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Five firefighters injured battling Midwood fire in extreme heat. [abc7]

- The best pinball bars in mid-Brooklyn. [Brokelyn]

- Robbers targeting deliverymen in Brooklyn. [Pix11]

- Treyger picks up key endorsements in district leader race. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Barbra Streisand performs in Brooklyn. [Fox5]


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It's Going to Be a Soul-Searing Inferno in Brooklyn All Weekend.

Photo by AudryJim529, Creative Commons license
 The National Weather Service has confirmed that Friday, Saturday and Sunday are going to be temperature hell in Brooklyn and the rest of NYC.

A heat advisory is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday.
An excessive heat watch is in effect from Saturday morning through  Sunday evenig.

NOAA says:
A HEAT ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR NEW YORK CITY WHEN THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY IS EXPECTED TO MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT IS AT LEAST 95 DEGREES FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS...OR 100 DEGREES FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY COULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.


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