Friday, July 29, 2016

Where to Find Harry Potter Parties in Brooklyn; De Blasio and LICH; Apple's First Brooklyn Store; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has reportedly lied about the horrific water quality of Newtown Creek in city reports—and former employees may sue. [Greenpointers]

- How to die in Brooklyn: This NYC woman gave her former teacher a powerful lesson on coping with mortality. [Daily News]

- Peek inside Apple's first Brooklyn store. [Fast Company]

- A string of brutal sex attacks took place in north Brooklyn over the past week. [NY Post]

- Online finance school opens branch in Downtown Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Mugglemania! Where to celebrate the new Harry Potter release in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]and [Brokelyn]

- Members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were spotted shooting a music video for “Go Robot” on 86th Street wearing (almost) nothing. [Bensonhurst Bean]

- This Bushwick Pokemon Go party features a celebrity trainer and free booze. [Brokelyn]

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

More on Brooklyn Pokemon Guy; Heights Library Closes; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn Heights Library closes, interim library opens on Remsen Street. (Photos) [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Man beaten with selfie stick in Downtown Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- In a feud between different sects of Jews, surveillance video captured footage that apparently depicts a vandal pulling down a controversial Brooklyn eruv. [Forward]

- Discussion about Mayor de Blasio's affordable housing achievements. [Atlantic Yards/ Pacific Park]

- Ikea food truck bringing free meatballs to Brooklyn all week. Check here to follow the truck. [Brokelyn]

- City pumps $64 million into cultural institutions; $12.7 million of this is coming to Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce seeks new hub, plans to open incubator and retail store. [Crain's]

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Morris From America' to Screen at Rooftop Films in Brooklyn on August 5

Photo courtesy of the filmmakers
 "Morris from America" will be shown in Brooklyn on Friday, August 5th, 9:00pm at Industry City (Rooftop Films), 274 36th Street in Brooklyn.

The film is the winner of the Sundance 2016 - Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award; the Sundance 2016 - Special Jury Award for Acting: Craig Robinson, and Official Selection of BAMcinemaFest 2016. 

(It's a ticketed event.)

Description from the source:

A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, "Morris from America" centers on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas, in an incredible breakout performance) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chad Hartigan ("This is Martin Bonner"), "Morris from America" won two prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and a Special Jury Award for Robinson, who has been receiving tremendous praise for his touching and nuanced performance in his first dramatic role. Poignant and funny in equal measure, "Morris from America" is a delightfully original take on growing up, following your dreams, and finding your voice.

Writer and Director: Chad Hartigan

Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller

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BQE Closure Will Reroute Traffic in Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn This Sunday

Map data courtesy Google
 The Brooklyn Heights Association warns that the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) will fully close the BQE between Atlantic Avenue and Tillary Street (from Exit 27 to Exit 29) on Sunday, July 31st.

Vehicles on the BQE will be rerouted with the help of traffic agents and electronic signs onto Atlantic Avenue, Court Street, Cadman Plaza West and Tillary Street. If possible, please avoid driving in these areas during those times, BHA asks.

The closure is meant to help reduce the noise and vibration caused by the BQE's deteriorated roadway.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Every Possible Weather Warning Issued for Brooklyn, NYC by National Weather Service

Downtown Brooklyn in the rain. Photo by MK Metz
 The National Weather Service has issued the following warnings for Brooklyn and NYC vicinity:
 We think this means you should just stay inside until it all blows over....

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2 Brooklyn Parks, 2 Dead Bodies; Apple Store Opening This Week; and More Brooklyn Briefs

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 -  One woman's body discovered by passerby in Brower Park in Crown Heights; another one discovered in McCarren Park in Williamsburg. [PIX11]

- Apple hyping this week's opening of first-ever Brooklyn retail store. [Apple Insider]

- Brooklyn Heights man is Pokeman Go champ. [BHB]

- Two injured after slamming into truck while riding stolen motorcycle in Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- Woman critically injured after Brooklyn stabbing. [NY Post]

- Highest and Best Use -- an exhibit at the Queens Museum -- wryly examines the ongoing effects of the 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn. [Atlantic Yards Report]

- Five of the best staycations for New Yorkers looking for a getaway not too far from home. [Brownstoner]

- The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for NYC for Monday, July 25 from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. [NotifyNY]

- Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton. Did Putin really have something to do with it? [Reuters]

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spumoni Gardens Lurker ID'd; Knockout Punch Victim Speaks Out; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police have identified the man seen outside the home of Louis Barbati prior to the L&B Spumoni Gardens co-owner’s slaying. [Daily News]

- Video shows brutal Brooklyn Heights knockout punch; victim gives advice to Heights residents. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The 8 best pools in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Magazine]

- Brooklyn junkyard fire blackens sky over East Flatbush / Canarsie. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- First-ever virtual reality concert coming to Prospect Park. [Time Out]

- The city has yielded to Red Hookers’ demands to place a planned neighborhood ferry stop inside the Atlantic Basin. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Time Out lists the 20 best restaurants in Brooklyn. #1? Semilla in Williamsburg. [Time Out]

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Pokémon Go North Brooklyn Pub Crawl This Saturday

Building on the nation's Pokémon Go hysteria, Brooklyn video game connoisseur Jeff Ramos has organized the Pokémon Go North Brooklyn Pub Crawl, tentatively starting at Spritzenhaus (33 Nassau Ave) at 1pm this Saturday.

This thing seems to have ballooned. He now has three starting points to meet the increasing demand of attendees. (Ramos says on his Facebook page that he'll likely set up five starting points before the event kicks off.)

"Closer to the event, I will post a very detailed spreadsheet that will show you each starting point, drink specials, how to choose which bar to start at, the address, and a recommended path for ya'll!" he writes.

The event is free but you have to RSVP.

- COMING SOON: Video update with general safety tips, what to expect & tips for new players.
- GIVEAWAY: He'll be giving away a couple hundred mini Pokémon figures to everyone who shows up.

Spritzenhaus is right next to Macarren Park (and a Pokemon Gym). Stops along the way include Transmitter Park (tons of water Pokemon there), multiple bars such as Bar Matchless, Enid's, No Name Bar, Sunshine Laundromat & Pinball, Black Rabbit and Peter Pan bakery.

Ramos says, "You'll definitely find Pikachus, Bulbasars, Squirtles, Psyducks and more!"

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

$27B MTA Transformation; Smorgasburg; Outdoor Movies and More Brooklyn Briefs

- $27B transformation of MTA to begin with 3 Brooklyn stations. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Trial begins for Brooklyn man charged with shaking baby to death; lawyer portrays him as a great dad. [Daily News]

- Is LA’s Smorgasburg better than Brooklyn's? [Munchies]

- All the free outdoor movies you can see in Brooklyn in 2016. [Brokelyn]

- Somewhere deep in the Manhattan anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge is an old fallout shelter. [Slate]

- An ice cream bonanza is coming to Brooklyn this weekend. [Observer]

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Last Chance to Catch Coney Island Mermaids Exhibit

The successful exibition "Coney Island Mermaids, 1996-2016," representing over 20 years of work by photographer Luke Ratray, will close this coming Friday, July 22nd at an event running from 7-10pm.

The event will take place at the Urban Folk Art Gallery (101 Smith St., Brooklyn, 11201).

Luke Ratray has captured a unique perspective on the annual Mermaid Parade by "focusing on the people instead of the pageantry," according to a release.

"People who invent identities for themselves, even if only for a day, have always fascinated me," Ratray said in the release. "When I photographed the Mermaid Parade for the first time, I knew that I found something special. I was attracted to the homemade spirit and revelry of people involving themselves in what may be the last self-made, and largely self-regulated, public performance in New York City. "

In the early photos, sightings of the first "property for lease" and "for sale" signs appear. There are glimpses of the Surf Hotel, The Bank Building, Denny's ice cream shop, Nick's diner, and the old-school "Shoot 'Em Up" on Surf Avenue. (They have all since been razed.)

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