Friday, April 18, 2014

Brooklyn Parking Lot Sells for $38 Million; Medicaid Waiver Funds; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Dowwntown Brooklyn parking lot sells for $38.46 million. [Brownstoner]

- Brooklyn hospitals hear from state about applying for Medicaid Waiver funds. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Sam's restaurant on Court Street temporarily closed by Dept. of Health. [PMFA]

- How to research the history of your house in Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]

- What did Charles Hynes know, and when did he know it? [Failed Messiah]

- William Bryk lives in Brooklyn and has never been much farther west than Buffalo. But that's not stopping him from running for U.S. Senate this year in Alaska. And Idaho. And Oregon. [Huff Post]

- Veteran-owned companies to get preference in New York state contracts. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Post Office, Downtown Brooklyn, without Scaffolding

Photo: MK Metz, McBrooklyn
This beautiful building is the Downtown Brooklyn Station Post Office and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

The scaffolding which has shrouded the building for years is finally down.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fund for Exonerated Brooklyn Man; Mom Steals Honda; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Court Street Funeral Home property sells for $4.55 million. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Fund raises thousands for NYC man cleared of murder after 25 years; stranger set up campaign. [Fox]

- Brooklyn woman's mom accidentally steals a green Honda. There's a perfectly good explanaation. [NY Magazine]

- Hundreds of fireworks, thousands of road flares and miles of LED lights to erupt over Prospect Park on April 26. It haas something to do with vaginas. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklynites fund schools, libraries, gardens in participatory budgeting vote.  [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Weird collection of collages coming to Cobble Hill gallery. [Brooklyn Paper]

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100 Years Ago Today: 'Brooklyn Crank' Tries to Kill NYC Mayor Mitchel

On this day 100 years ago, NYC Corporation Counsel Frank Lyon Polk was shot and seriously injured outside City Hall by a Brooklyn man who was aiming for NYC Mayor John Mitchel.

The Police Commissioner, the Mayor and Mr. Polk were just getting into the Mayor'ss automobile when the man fired at close range. The bullet missed Mayor Mitchel "by a very close margin," the Brooklyn Eagle reported. But the Corporation Counsel, who was right beside him, was seen to stagger. He was helped into City Hall, where it was seen at once that he was badly hurt. The bullet had passed into hiss jaw and knocked out almost all his teeth.

George Neum, the Mayor's chauffeur, sprang forward as the man was about to fire a second shot and grappled with him. The chauffeur and police hustled him into City Hall for questioning. He was reported to be around 65 and called himself David Rose. He repeatedly told the Mayor, "I have nothing to ssy."

According to Wikipedia, his actual name was Michael P. Mahoney.

Mayor Mitchel said he was told that two other men set up Rose to kill him.

The Mayor, who carried a gun, said, "It is true that I had my hand on my revolver and that I was ready to fire if necessary. I would have liked to have a chance at those two men."

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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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