Thursday, April 24, 2014

BP Adams Bets Mayor Rob Ford; DNC to Brooklyn? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford accepts bet from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. [Business Insider]

- NYC rents up and income down – while Brownstone Brooklyn gets richer. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Mayor de Blasio trying to attract DNC to Brooklyn, for some awful reason. [Brokelyn]

Video captures man throwing Molotov Cocktail into Sunset Park deli, after an arguement with the clerk. [NY Magazine]

- Ex-Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Concert series will not rock Coney Island for the first time in 35 years. [Brookyln Paper]

- The Dock Street building in DUMBO is now seven stories high. Eleven more to go. [DumboNYC]

- Brooklyn Greenway expanding to Columbia Street waterfront. [Browwnstoner]

- Bushwick housing, historic versus hipster. Which do you like better? [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival starts May 7 with screenings in 6 Brooklyn loccations. [AoBFF]

- In a social experiment, unsuspecting people walked by relatives pretending to be homeless, and didn't even look at them. [YouTube]

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MIddle Earth Transit Authority Notice in Brooklyn: Coronation of Lord Aragon

Notices from the Middle Earth Transit Authority about the upcoming Coronation of Lord Aragorn as King of Gondor on Saturday, May 1 can be found at Atlantic Ave/Barclays Center station; the NE corner of Ashland Place, and on Hanson Place, in Brooklyn.

By Puckworks, the full notice can be found on their blog, and on Instragram.

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Vision Zero Workshops: Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn College

Photo: Vision Zero
DOT and NYPD will work with the public on Vision Zero pedestrian safety plans at two upcoming events in Brooklyn -- one on Thursday in Brooklyn heights and one on April 29 at Brooklyn College.

Brooklyn - Vision Zero Public Workshops
 Here are the details:

In Brooklyn Heights: Hosted by the Department of Transportation
Date: April 24, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall) 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn

  At Brooklyn College: Hosted by the Department of Transportation
Date: April 29, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Brooklyn College (Student Center, 2nd Floor)Campus Road & E 27th Street, Brooklyn

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Today Is the Deadline to Sign Up for One of Those New NYC Pre-K Seats
There are thousands of new pre-K seats opening up in NYC -- especially in Brooklyn -- in September, thanks to Mayor de Blasio's campaign in Albany.

One catch: If you want a seat in a public school, the DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS TODAY, . (Other seats in community organizations will open up later.)

Children turning four years old in 2014 are eligible for pre-K, and parents can sign up online at or at an enrollment office.

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Graveyard Story

Here's our contribution:

Crunchy leaves,
Turned, looked:
Nobody there.

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Senior Fraud Workshop in Brooklyn Wednesday with Comptroller Stringer, Assemblywoman Millman

 A lot of scams are targeted at seniors. Comptroller Scott Stringer is hosting a Senior Fraud Workshop with Assemblymember Joan Millman at RaĆ­ces Times Plaza Senior Center, 460 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, April 23).

Assemblymember Millman has long been an advocate for seniors, and Comptrolle Stringer loves nothing better than rooting out fraud. So it should be a good partnership.

Unless we midread this thing, and it's actually a workshop to teach seniors how to commit fraud.
But that's probably not it...

Photo: Comptroller Singer's Office

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Bring Your Kids to Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday

BP Eric Adams. Photo: MK Metz
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is inviting Brooklynites to bring their children to Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, April 24th between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM in honor of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Kids will be able to meet Adams, take photos and hear what he does for a living.

BP Adams said in a statement: “I look forward to speaking with our borough’s daughters and sons about the opportunities Brooklyn holds, the potential they all possess as well as the importance of thinking big and working hard. Hopefully, they will connect Borough Hall and their positive memories inside its walls with their dreams for a bright future.”

(The children of Borough Hall staff will see a performance from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and will go home with tree saplings donated by the New York Restoration Project.)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Vision Zero Town Hall Tonight, April 21, with Councilmember Brad Lander

 In New York, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes. Vision Zero is Mayor Bill de Blasio's multi-faceted plan to reduce or eliminate traffic deaths and injuries.

A Vision Zero Town Hall with Councilmember Brad Landertakes place tonight, April 21, from 6-8:30 pm at P.S. 321, 180 7th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Other Brooklyn Vision Zero Town Halls, hosted by the Department of Transportation, are listed below:

Date: April 24, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Plymouth Church (Hillis Hall) 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn

Date: April 29, 2014 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Brooklyn College (Student Center, 2nd Floor)Campus Road & E 27th Street, Brooklyn

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

She's Back: Tara Anne McDonald, Brooklyn Heights Kidnapper, Arrested Again

McDonald, by NYPD
If you lived in Brooklyn Heights in 2002, you might remember the big to-do over  Tara Anne McDonald, a disturbed woman who couldn't keep her hands off other people's babies.

She created a near panic as she followed nannies around and tried to snatch kids right out of their strollers.

Now, the Brooklyn Eagle reports that McDonald has been arrested again on Friday in Manhattan -- for trying to kidnap another baby.

A tortured soul, McDonald apparently believes the babies are being mistreated, or that they belong to her.  See more at the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Big Crowd for Brooklyn Heights Easter Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground

Photos by MK Metz,
The line for the Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground on Saturday again reached Remsen Street or possibly beyond, well before the gates opened at 10 a.m.

Heather White, president of the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee, told the Brooklyn Eagle that the organization “hid thousands of eggs,” and “re-egged” as the line wound into the playground.

The eggs actually ran out before the last kid made it through the gate but the children seemed to have a great time running around in the sun with hundreds of other kids anyway. Heights Kids handed out hundreds of balloons, which was a treat, and some savvy parents even brought their own eggs to surreptitiously scatter near their kids...

These boys look like they're comparing notes.

"Put it in the basket." 
"I don't wanna!"

Neighbors brought a pair of Holland “mini-lops” -- fuzzy bunnies -- for kids to pet. They were very popular.

Photos by MK Metz,
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