Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Test Drilling Begins at Brooklyn Heights Library

Photo: MK Metz
Soil boring at the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West is underway to to see just what's under the ground before the planned $52 million luxury tower goes up.

Workers from Craig Geotechnical Drilling were at the site on Tuesday with a drill rig.

Hudson Companies Inc. plans to build a 36-story residential tower with roughly 139 units and ground floor retail. They will replace the current library in a condo space on the ground floor and below ground, and construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reminder: Hearing on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 Towers Tonight (Thursday)

Rendering courtesy of ODA-RAL Development Services/Oliver's Realty Group
 A public hearing on the proposed 31- and 15-story residential towers at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be held this Thursday, July 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 180 Remsen Street.

Turnout is expected to be big for this important hearing.

More details here: Hearing on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 towers on Thursday

Opponents say the project planned for the park has not been proven necessary to support the park financially, and is actually a giveaway to a politically-connected developer. Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing the development as a way to get more affordable housing built.

Brooklyn Bridge Park says it needs the money the project brings in to support the park. BBP is expected to pull an independent financial study (paid for by BBP) out of its hat, minutes before the hearing, proving that the project is necessary.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Trouble at Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Schools in Brooklyn

Patch reports that a city probe has been launched into the educational programs at 38 ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys’ schools (yeshivas) in Brooklyn, and one in Queens.

Although the yeshivas are privately run and funded, many receive public funds for buses, books, food, etc., and are required to provide an education of similar quality to public schools.

The Brooklyn yeshivas — mostly located in Borough Park and Williamsburg, with a few in Crown Heights and one in Flatbush — aren’t even coming close, the complaint says.

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Brooklyn Firefighters Sizzle in 2016 FDNY Calendar of Heroes

Photo courtesy FDNY
 Check out "New York's Buffest" in FDNY's 2016 Calendar of Heroes.

February Firefighter Al Coombs is looking pretty good up there on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Was Brooklyn Guidance Counselor Given the Boot Because of Voodoo?

Via Voodoo Authentica
Guidance Counselor Stevenson Petit says the principal of  It Takes a Village Academy, in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, is trying to get rid of him because of his interest in the practice of voodoo.

According to Pix 11, Petit says Principal Marina Vinitskaya filed a complaint about him in 2012 (it was dismissed) and now is behind a letter explaining his position is no longer needed.

Voodoo, however, is not too far out of the norm at the school and nearby neighborhoods.

According to Voodoo Authentica, Brooklyn "is truly a hub of Haitian Vodou."

In Flatbush, there are about "50 voodoo priests" in a four-block radius," according to the Daily News.

And according to NY Magazine, "Severed goat heads keep turning up in nearby Prospect Park."

About 40 percent of the students at It Takes a Village are English language learners who recently came to the U.S. from countries including voodoo-friendly Haiti, Yemen and Africa, according to WNYC.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Crokinole in Brooklyn; Drake Feud; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- North Carolina driver who killed a 6-year-old Brooklyn girl in a car crash was texting while driving. [WNCN]

- Opening for Nicki Minaj at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Meek Mill had some harsh words for Drake. [Hot New Hip Hop]

- Missing Prospect Heights resident Heloise Rathbone has been found in a Boston hospital. She is the granddaughter of acting great Basil Rathbone. [Patch]

- Crokinole -- a 19th-century game named after a Quebec doughnut -- gains a following in Brooklyn. [The Star]

- A Park Slope company is one of the last audio cassette-manufacturing companies in the world. [amNY]

- A Hasidic girl from Brooklyn wrote a clever poem that spread like wildfire online and became a hit in London last week. [NY Post]

- A pedestrian badly hurt when she was struck by a car while crossing State Street has been awarded nearly $500,000 for her injuries. [SI Live]

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After Epic Legal Battle, Brooklyn Judge Finalizes Sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH)

Photo: MK Metz
A Brooklyn judge has signed an order finalizing the State University of New York’s (SUNY) sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to developer Fortis Property Group, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

The approval, after years of litigation and community opposition, clears the way for the development of the former hospital site in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

The tawdry deal hands over a much-needed hospital in Brooklyn's fastest growing area to a politically-connected real estate developer.

More here.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Park Slope: Pavilion Theater Project Hearing Tonight (Thurs., July 23)

Photo: Park Slope Civic Council
 The Park Slope Civic Council urges Park Slope residents to attend important public hearings on the Pavilion Theater project. The first hearing is before the Community Board 6 Landmarks Committee on Thursday, July 23rd at 6:00PM, which will be held at the 78th Precinct at 65 Sixth Avenue (between Dean and Bergen Streets).

The committee will make a recommendation to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), which will receive public testimony on this project at a second public hearing on August 4th at 9:30 am at the Manhattan Municipal Building, 1 Centre Street, 9th Floor. The community's testimony at these public hearings will be a factor in the final design of the project.

The Pavilion Theater will be converted into 24 condos, a subterranean 16-car garage, and 4 movie screens. Tenants and cars will enter on the 14th Street side of the theater. The project will incorporate a new 5-story building replacing the existing one-story restaurant facing Bartel Pritchard Square.

In including these properties in the extension of the Park Slope Historic District, the LPC called the west side of Bartel Pritchard Square a formal portal into the neighborhood. The project will be a significant addition to the square, which makes it important for the community's voice to be heard at these two hearings.

Hearing Dates, Times, Locations:

DATE: Thursday, July 23rd
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: 78th Precinct
65 Sixth Avenue
(between Dean and Bergen Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

DATE: Tuesday, August 4th
TIME: 9:30 AM
LOCATION: Manhattan Municipal Building
1 Centre Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Check the CB6 website (www.brooklyncb6.org/calendar) to confirm that there is not a change in location.

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VIDEO: How to Destroy Your Cell Phone With Sen. Lindsey Graham

In case you missed it: After the Donald gave out his phone number, Senator and GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham -- who defended Sen. John McCain after Trump slandered him -- demonstrated many creative ways to dispose of his cell phone.

Sen. McCain tweeteed:

This is why @LindseyGrahamSC hasn't been answering my calls!

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Have You Seen Cornelio Pascual, Missing from East New York, Brooklyn?

NYPD issued a Silver Alert on Wednesday at 4:15 PM for the disappearance of Cornelio Pascual, a 73-year-old Hispanic male with Alzheimer's from the area of Schenck Avenue and Stanley Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

He was last seen on Tuesday at approximately 3:45 PM wearing blue jeans, a striped polo shirt, black sneakers and a black Kangol hat. He is described as 5'6" tall and 150 lbs, with dark hair and dark eyes.

If you see him, please call 9-1-1.

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