Friday, April 21, 2017

Did Charter School Delete Video Showing Crime? Plus: Asshole Neighbor; The Pigeon In the Kitchen Dilemma; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Brooklyn charter school deleted video showing students sexually assaulting girl on bus: lawsuit. [Daily News]

- Asshole neighbor painted another Brooklyn brownstone owner's wall black, without her permission. [Daily Mail]

- Report: As homelessness increases, Brooklyn stands to lose thousands of units of affordable housing. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Williamsburg woman comes back from long trip to find a pregnant pigeon in her kitchen, using an orange pasta strainer as a nest. [CBS]

- Parents say Crown Heights school did not disclose abnormally high levels of lead in water supply. [Pix11]

- Sheepshead Bay, old and new: Condos where El Greco Diner stood. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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David Byrne To Appear at BRIC OPEN Festival in Brooklyn

David Byrne, photo courtesy of BRIC
 David Byrne (co-founder of Talking Heads) will be sharing his "Reasons to be Cheerful" at the BRIC OPEN Festival on Apr 27 at 7:30 PM.

The BRIC blurb says, "David Byrne brings us a refreshing reminder that, despite troubling times, there are still many good, inspiring things happening in our community and in the world."

Check out this page to read about his recent amazing activities and RSVP for this free event.

Reasons to be Cheerful will be followed by an OPENing Night Dance Party with DJ Geko Jones.

BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place). NOTE: Capacity on the BRIC House Stoop is limited, so arrive early.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Squibb Park Bridge Finally Reopens; Shortcut to Brooklyn Bridge Park

The popular "bouncy" Squibb Park Bridge finally reopened after almost three years.

No one knows exactly WHY it took so long to repair the $4.1 million bridge that connects Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park, but there it is.

Photo by MK Metz
 The timber bridge doesn't bounce nearly as much as it used to but it's much more stable, engineers from Arup, the engineering firm brought in by the park for repairs, told the Brooklyn Eagle.

 McBrooklyn took a stroll along the bridge today and found it was sound. Kids jumped up and down on it trying to get some action, but not much bounce was found.

Photo by MK Metz

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Panic in Coney Island; Schneiderman Leads Trump Opposition; Machete Attack on Fulton Street and More Brooklyn Briefs

- False reports of gunshots being fired at Coney Island's amusement park set off a stampede on Sunday, with screaming crowds racing in all directions. [Daily News]

- Fight Back Bay Ridge: With Donovan absent, Brooklyn constituents plan town hall. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Dem AGs, with Eric Schneiderman in the lead, join front lines of Trump opposition. [The Hill]

- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in connection to a machete assault on Fulton Street. [News 12]

- Two thieves break into Midwood synagogue, beat caretaker with broomstick. [Daily News]

- ICYMI: City memo suggests BQX may not be financially feasible after all. [Politico]

- ICYMI: Brooklyn Heights Association's Pier 6 lawsuit to stay in Manhattan. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Brooklyn man whose body was found buried in a snowbank last month. [Daily Mail]

- Rep. Dan Donovan has asked the MTA to study the impact of reestablishing a two-way toll on the Verrazano Bridge. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Home Sales Rocket; Living in a Brooklyn Church; Wild Brawl Ends in Death; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Home sales in Brooklyn jumped the most in seven years while the supply of listings hovered near a record low, pushing buyers toward bidding wars. [Bloomberg]

- Man stabbed to death in wild brawl outside Brownsville building. [Daily News]

- The $10.7 million condo and other Pierhouse tales. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- You can live in a 19th century Brooklyn church for $822 per month. [Time Out]

- This guy attacked and robbed a woman on the A train. Do you recognize him?  [NYPDNews]

- A 42-year-old ex-model accused of murdering a Brooklyn man he was staying with after meeting him at a club stabbed him 20 times in a drugged rage. [Daily News]

- ICYMI: Cops evacuate sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Tuesday due to large, disorderly crowds. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The passenger dragged off the United flight suffered a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth, his lawyer says. [The Hill]



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Trash Bugs in Cobble Hill

 These bags were piled up on Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in front of a private school on Thursday.

Upon closer inspection, we saw they were labeled, "Trash bugs do not open."

So many thoughts. About the shape of the bags, what was in them, what kind of bugs, how many ...

We did not open the bags. We took the photos and then walked quickly away.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, this Saturday

Bring the kids to Fort Greene Park this Saturday for Councilmember Laurie Cumbo's District 35 Easter Egg Hunt.

Join BAM for arts and crafts, enjoy storytime or sign up for a library card with the Brooklyn Public Library, hop along to music from a DJ, and enjoy magic and face painting. The Easter Bunny might make a special appearance...

There will be 2,000 prize-filled eggs available for the taking. BYOB - Bring Your Own Basket.


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Saturday: Spring Festival & Family Day at Amersfort Park, Flatlands, Brooklyn

On Saturday, April 15, enjoy the spring weather, music, arts and crafts, games and an Easter Egg hunt at Amersfort Park, E. 38 St. bet. Ave. I and Ave. J in Flatlands, Brooklyn.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Barclays; Serial Police Impersonator; Brook-Krasny's Fall; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Brooklyn Steel. [DNAinfo]

- Police impersonator steals thousands from Brooklyn businesses. [CBS]

- Barclays Center hosts 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn’s development boom will likely resume soon as lawmakers pass a 421-a tax break. [Brownstoner]

- An employee of an East Williamsburg building supply company died Monday after a flatbed truck struck him in a parking lot. [Daily News]

- A woman was grazed by a bullet in Brownsville after a fight broke out nearby on Monday night. [abc7]

- Mom and grandma fight off maniac who tried to grab baby in Brooklyn subway. [Daily News]

- Inside Alec Brook-Krasny’s stunning fall from grace. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn Bazaar is relaunching its night market for the season. [Time Out]

- Alec Baldwin at BAM this Sunday. [BAM]

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Park Slope, Brooklyn is as Big as Monaco

Map data copyright Google
 Once in a while we play with Wolframalpha.com, the computational knowledge engine, to figure out something pointless.

Today's useless exercise was computing the area of different Brooklyn neighborhoods.

We started with Brooklyn Heights. Wolfram Alpha quickly figured out the neighborhood's area is 180 acres, or .28 square miles.

What's nice is W/A then goes on to give us comparisons:

- The area of Brooklyn Heights is, for example, equal to 1.2 times the total floor area of the Pentagon.

- It's also 1.7 times the total area of Vatican City.

- It is also 13 times the area of the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Nice to know!

Plugging in different Brooklyn neighborhoods, we found that Cobble Hill's area is smaller than Brooklyn Heights, at 89 acres.

But the area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, at 4.2 square miles (a whopping 2,700 acres), is equal to one eighth the area of Manhattan.

Whereas Park Slope is 639 acres, equal to one square mile or .... the area of an adult male cougar's home range! Or the total area of Monaco!

To research weird factoids or perform calculations yourself, visit Wolfram Alpha and type in an English language query, such as "area williamsburg, brooklyn, nyc."

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