Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LICH Development in Brooklyn Pushes Forward with Plans Filed for Two New Towers

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Fortis Property Group filed plans for two new towers in Cobble Hill at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, these include a17-story tower at the site of a seven-story garage at 350 Hicks St. at the corner of Atlantic Avenue, and a 15-story residential building at 347 Henry St., the former LICH the pharmacy/nurse’s residence at the corner of Amity Street.

The Eagle also reports that a building on Pacific Street will be demolished, and provides a map of the planned demolitions.

Fortis files plans to build towers on two sites at former Long Island College Hospital [Brooklyn Eagle]

Fortis Plans 17-Story and 15-Story Buildings on Long Island College Hospital Campus [NY YIMBY]

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City Council Affirms NYC's Status as Sanctuary City, Trump Be Damned

Here are the sponsors of the City Council's resolution "affirming that despite president-elect Donald Trump's senseless threats, New York City will remain a Sanctuary City for immigrant residents." Brooklyn is well represented:

Melissa Mark-Viverito, Brad S. Lander, Carlos Menchaca, Ben Kallos, Laurie A. Cumbo, Antonio Reynoso, Stephen T. Levin, Jumaane D. Williams, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Helen K. Rosenthal, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Margaret S. Chin, Rory I. Lancman, Deborah L. Rose, I. Daneek Miller, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Mark Levine, Mark Treyger, Daniel R. Garodnick, Rosie Mendez, Costa G. Constantinides, Peter A. Koo.

Trump has threatened to cut federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.  Cutting off all federal funds would have a “devastating impact” on the city’s budget, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer warned.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Signs Warn of Subway Pervert Riding Train in Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Heights Clark Street subway station is plastered with these signs asking, "Have you seen this PERV riding the subway?"

The man pictured allegedly exposed himself to a 22-year-old woman on a 2 train as it entered Clark Street station. The man is described as black, age 25 to 35, with a goatee.

The notice was put out by the Guardian Angels PERV BUSTERS team at 718-649-2607 (

Perv Busters are an all-women team who have trained with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, according to the Daily Mail. 

The squad was formed in reaction to the news that "the MTA will not be deploying officers to handle a recent rise in sexual assaults reported on the subway."

According to the NY Times, reported sex crimes on the subways rose 19 percent last year, to 738 from 620 in 2014.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Correction Officer Shot; Little Jaden Jordan Dies; Brooklyn Filmmaker Missing in Oakland Club Fire and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an off-duty correction officer, who was killed while sitting in her car in Brooklyn. [abc7] and [Daily News]

- Three-year-old Jaden Jordan died after being taken off life support following an alleged beating. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn filmmaker among those missing in horrific Oakland club fire. [NY Post]

- 'Hero' Muslim cop, her son harassed by bigot in Brooklyn who shouted 'I will cut your throat.' [Daily News]

- Grim photos of gritty gang life in Brooklyn in the early 2000s. [Vice]

- Watch this tiny NYPD Smart Car zip around Brooklyn Bridge Park. [NYPD News]

- A man who was severely burned when an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket was released from the hospital Sunday. [CBS]

- House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision Sunday to deny the final permits required for the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. [The Hill]

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Parking Solution for Over-the-Top Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn?

It's holiday season again in Dyker Heights. The annual Christmas display, which gets more elaborate every year, is said to draw more than 100,000 visitors to Brooklyn from across the country.

This charming event draws so many tour buses, however, that police recently revoked parking privileges for locals along 86th Street between 11th and 13th Avenues from 5 p.m. to midnight. This drew quite an outcry from residents.

Now, according to Bensonhurst Bean, NYPD Brooklyn South Chief Steven Powers has decided to revise the controversial plan, and reserve only three bus lengths along 86th Street for buses.

A reasonable solution?

How to get to Dyker Heights and tips for your trip.
The creativity is amazing.

Ground zero for Christmas lights in Dyker Heights is between 81st and 83rd streets and 11 and 13 avenues. Commenters on Yelp say try to walk it if you can for the best experience.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Celebrity Brooklyn Rapist Nabbed in Paris; Jeffries Turns on Hillary; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A Moroccan pop star who fled rape charges in Brooklyn was arrested in Paris on similar charges. [DNAinfo]

- Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries turned blame for the Democrats’ rash of recent defeats on Hillary Clinton—the woman he supported for president—and her lack of a “clear and decisive economic message.” [Observer]

- From iPads to laptops to Lego Robotics and Little Bits kits, every library in Brooklyn will soon be receiving an shipment of technology equipment. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Ex-Brooklyn assistant principal gets six months in jail for having sex with 17-year-old student in his office. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn mother claims special needs daughter was left at bus stop multiple times. [Pix11]

- Here's how you and your kids can donate gifts to Brooklyn children in need. [Patch]

- Judge halts eviction of mentally disabled man as Brooklyn landlord seeks to boot tenants with disabilities. [Daily News]

- Oh, oh ...  Study shows disrupting sleep routine triggers cancer in mice. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Celtic Thunder Singer Emmet Cahill’s “Christmas in Ireland” Concert in Brooklyn

 Emmet Cahill, Irish tenor and principal vocalist with the Irish music show Celtic Thunder, will present a concert of seasonal favorites and share many of his childhood Christmas memories in “Christmas in Ireland” on Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The concert is open to the public.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the New York City area over the past few years and it is truly a magical place in the lead-up to Christmas,” Cahill said in a release. “I cannot wait to make some more magical memories in such as beautiful setting as we will have at Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Cahill’s holiday concert will feature a variety of music, including classical pieces, church hymns, well-loved Irish songs and Christmas favorites.

Seamus Brett will accompany Cahill on the piano and the organ.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace/Kensington , half a block from the Ft. Hamilton stop on the F or G line.

Ticket prices vary and may be purchased online and also at the church rectory. For more information, contact Steven Vaughan at (718) 871-1310, ext. 14.

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Brooklyn Prosecutor Wiretaps Boyfriend; Red Hoek Point, Revenge Porn and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A high-ranking prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office was arrested on charges that she used an illegal wiretap to spy on a police detective and one of her colleagues in a love triangle. [NY Times]

- Representatives from Thor Equities, the company behind the planned 7.7-acre retail and commercial development "Red Hoek Point," will give a presentation on the project on Dec. 1. [Patch]

- Knicks superstar, Red Hook native Carmelo Anthony endorses BQX. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn rapper Moise Morancy was honored by the NYPD’s 112th precinct for protecting a young woman from an alleged sexual assault on a Queen’s bus in October. [NYPD News]

- Meet the Brooklyn attorney fighting revenge porn. [The New Yorker]

- Family searching for missing teen with Asperger syndrome in Brooklyn. [ABC7]

- Former presidential candidate De La Fuente urges Republicans to fund their own recounts. Oy. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Tonight: Brooklyn Party for Planned Parenthood Features The Shacks, Denitia and Sene, Holy Hive and More

Raise money for Planned Parenthood and learn about Rally + Rise's lobbying efforts to pass laws in New York that will protect our rights, no matter what those idiots in Washington attempt.

Tonight's benefit at Matchless (in Williamsburg, 7 p.m. to midnight) includes cool soul partners denitia and sene, Brooklyn indie act The Shacks, and magically eclectic folk trio Holy Hive. All proceeds from the show go to Planned Parenthood.

Free front room access with DJs and 2-for-1 drinks all night.

Admission to concert in back room: $25 for standard ticket and $50 for VIP ticket (with gift bag). Tickets here.

Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Domino Sugar Factory Affordable Housing Lottery Starts Today, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is thriving in Brooklyn fter surgery. [ABC]

- NYC affordable housing lottery opens for Williamsburg’s former Domino Sugar factory site today. [amny]

- NYPD recognizes Brooklyn rapper for saving girl from alleged sexual assault on Queens bus. [Daily News]

- Madonna spends Thanksgiving at a LGBTQ youth homeless center in Brooklyn. [EW]

- Cops are searching for a missing Brooklyn mother, 39, and her baby son last seen a week ago. [Daily News]

- Video: 7 Billion People in 6 Minutes: Watch the world’s human population soar over 200,000 years. [Slate]

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