Wednesday, November 26, 2014

McBrooklyn's Taking a Thanksgiving Break

Watch out for ice! Photo: MK Metz
 McBrooklyn is taking off a couple of days over the Thanksgiving holiday to see family and friends --  and eat turkey.

Hope your holiday is warm and cozy. See you when we get back!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kushner-Owned Brownstone in Brooklyn Heights Unsecured for Weeks

Photo by MK Metz
Brooklyn Heights activist Jeff Smith says that an unlocked $6.3 million brownstone on Monroe Place is "a bomb ready to go off," reports the Brooklyn Eagle.

The brownstone -- with a broken window and unlocked basement hatch -- is owned by real estate group Kushner Properties, which bought it from Brooklyn Law School in April, 2014.

Smith worries that squatters or kids may set off a conflagration in the building. FDNY and NYPD have been out to look at the brownstone, which has been gutted.

Smith's activism may be paying off. DOB is going to reinspect the site, and the Brooklyn Heights Association has reported the problem to the 84th Precinct.

Brooklyn Heights resident wants more security for $6.3 million brownstone [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Ferguson Protestors March Over Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Block Traffic

In Brooklyn:

Close to 200 chanting protestors blocked the Brooklyn Bridge around late Monday, reacting to the news that Darren Wilson was not indicted in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Other marchers holding black signs flooded into DUMBO from one of the bridges just before midnight.

Demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge, blocking Adams Street in Brooklyn at 1 a.m. The march was angry -- "no justice, no peace" -- but orderly. The group was led by a police vehicle.

Globalgrind reported that protestors had blocked the Manhattan and Tri-Boro bridges as well.

In Manhattan:

At 2 a.m., NYPD dispatch reported roughly 60 marchers inside Union Square Park at 14th Street in Manhattan, headed north on Park Avenue.

Another group of roughly 80 in northern Manhattan headed south along Madison at 106th Street, according to NYPD. At 2:20 a.m., the group was headed westbound on 96th Street. Police vehicles are shadowing the group.

Update: Group reached 58th Street on Madison at 3:12 a.m., moving down 6th Ave.  Police still shadowing as roughly 88 march west along the street. Cop: "They're in the street but they're orderly."

In Ferguson:

Fires ravage several blocks; police shoot gas at protestors. Businesses are burning and being looted. Police cars overturned; guns heard outside the Police Department.

Residents ask why the news was released at 9 p.m., and why police didn't protect their businesses. NY Times reports Michael Brown's stepdad yelled, “Burn this down!” after the announcement. “Not often you get to see anarchy, huh?” one man taking pictures outside Walgreens said.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

TheCleanBedroom Shop Coming to Montague St., Brooklyn Heights


 An organic mattress store called The CleanBedroom plans to open soon at 145 Montague St., upstairs.

The shop sells upscale organic mattresses, furniture, pillows, bath and spa items, and even pet beds.

According to their website, other showroom are located in Manhattan; Wellesley, MA, Santa Monica, CA, Greenwich, CT; Austin, TX; Kittery & Portland, ME.

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'Wanted Posters' for Rookie Cop; NBC Staffer Fingers Cosby; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- 'Wanted'  posters for NYPD cops who shot unarmed man are hanging in Brooklyn hosuing project. [Daily News]

- The parents of a 9-month-old girl who was accidentally shot in her Brooklyn home while her dad was cleaning his gun are being criminally charged. [NBC]

- The final Bridging Gowanus planning meeting takes place Monday, November 24 at 6:30, at PS 32 317 Hoyt St, Brooklyn. [PMFA]

- "He had everybody fooled. Nobody suspected.” Frank Scotti, long-time facilities manager at Brooklyn's NBC studio, speaking about Bill Cosby. [Daily News]

- Gov. Cuomo "accusing the National Weather Service of missing the storm ... is just one more bullet point on a list of stupid comments from a sub-par politician venturing into a topic he knows little about." [Gawker]

- The history of a cool little neighborhood called Brooklyn -- in Jacksonville, Florida. [news4jax]

- The U.S. is literally falling apart. [CBS]

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Suspicious Package in Downtown Brooklyn Sunday Night

From the scanner:

At 11 p.m. and again at 11:29 p.m. Sunday night, NYPD was asked to respond to an unconfirmed  suspicious package at Livingston Street and Boerum Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

Police in the area and in other parts of Brooklyn (such as the 77th Precinct) were backed up Sunday night.

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Smoke Reported in F Train Tunnel, Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

From the scanner:

FDNY is responding to a report of smoke in the IND subway F line in Brooklyn at 15th St and Prospect Park West.

The call came in at 11:34 p.m. Sunday night.

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Monday: High Wind, Rain, 70 Degrees! In Brooklyn, Queens & Nassau

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau for Monday morning, from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.



Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 a.m. The high today will be 70 degrees!

The Weather Service also warns of the possible of coastal flooding along low-lying shorelines.



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Have You Seen Gerald Kinnison? Disappeared in Brooklyn

Gerald Kinnison is missing. NYPD
The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Gerald Kinnison, a 60 year old Black man with dementia, who disappeared from the area of Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

Mr. Kinnison is described as being 6' tall and 180 pounds, thin built, with brown eyes, black hair, and a beard. He was last seen in the area of 23-16 Surf Avenue on 11/21 at 8:00 AM wearing a black jacket, black shirt, blue pants, and large black sneakers. He may be walking in the direction of Manhattan.

If you see Mr. Kinnison, please call 9-1-1.

(Notification issued on 11/23/14 at 5:07 PM.)

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A and C Train Troubles Ahead; Brooklyn Heights Cinema; 'Kung Fu Judge' Lawsuit; and More Brooklyn Briefs

-After community input meetings, the draft "Gowanus Bridging" initiative will be presented by Councilman Lander this Monday. The Pardon Me for Asking Blog says it's a sham.

- Buyers of Brooklyn Heights Cinema building going for condos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 28-year-old NJ woman was found dead in a parked sedan yesterday in front of a bakery in Bensonhurst. [BensonhurstBean]

- The Cranberry Street Tunnel, which is used by A and C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, will be closed for 40 weekends starting this spring. [Gothamist]

- Shut out of P.S. 8? P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill is hosting open houses (209 York Street) on Nov. 21 from 9-10am, December 8 from 6-7pm, and December 12 from 9-10am. They have pre-K. [DumboNYC]

- Wrongful death suit of Brooklyn ‘Kung Fu Judge' Phillips moving ahead. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Another round of voting took place Thurs. to determine how $19,500,000 from the Exxon-Mobil oil spill will be spent on Greenpoint. [Brownstoner]

- After flurry of excitement, Bed-Stuy man tests negative for Ebola. [News12]

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