Friday, May 29, 2015

3-Year-Old Falls Out 3rd-Story Window; God Proves His Existence; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A 3-year-old girl fell out the window of third-story apartment in Fort Hamilton Wednesday evening. [NBC]

- A last-ditch effort is underway to save a neighborhood institution, Jesse's Deli in Boerum Hill. [NY1]

- A man named God proved his existence in Brooklyn court after Equifax threatened to deny him credit over his divine name. [Daily News]

- Lindsay Lohan finished her Brooklyn community service after working 125 hours. [amNY]

- Brooklyn Heights' Promenade Gardens will be partially displaced for WiFi equipment. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The New York City Zombie Crawl will stagger through McCarren Park on Sunday evening. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Brooklyn mom makes jewelry out of baby teeth. [DNAinfo]

- Bill and Chelsea Clinton’s first appearances on the campaign trail will come at Hillary Clinton’s first formal rally on June 13. [Politico]

- Tracy Morgan settled his lawsuit against Walmart on Wednesday, following fatal car crash that left the actor seriously injured and an associate dead. [Slate]

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Brooklyn Officials Want More (and Upgraded) School Crossing Guards

Brooklyn City Council members joined other officials, street safety advocates, and school reps at City Hall to call on Mayor de Blasio to hire more school crossing guards and to improve the job quality, Kings County Politics reports.

Councilmember Brad Lander explained: "... It’s outrageous that we’ve been paying them low wages, keeping them stuck in part-time jobs, and laying them off in the summer. By making job-quality better, we can fill vacant slots. By expanding the number of slots, we can move toward NYC’s Vision Zero goals to eliminate preventable deaths from traffic crashes, ensure a safe Pre-K expansion, and do more to keep all our kids safe.”

According to the NYPD information page, crossing guards start at $10.33 an hour, and can earn up to $13.49/hour after three years. But they are forced to take summer off and don't work full time. Schedules vary but generally run from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. 

Guards may retire with a pension -- but DC37 says the pension is small. They site the case of
Local 372 retiree Sallie Robertson, who worked for 35 years as a school crossing guard. Robertson gets a $790 monthly pension. 

PHOTO: US AAA 50th Anniversary 3-cent stamp, by Charles R. Chickering, USPS Bureau of Engraving and Printing via Wikimedia Commons 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge Park, People for Green Space Reach Settlement on Pier 6 Issue

One of 14 proposals for Pier 6. Rendering by Asymptote Architecture
The Brooklyn Eagle reports that Brooklyn Bridge Park and the People for Green Space Foundation (Save Pier 6), which is fighting two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6 on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, have agreed to settle a lawsuit by going through a process that would allow modifications to the park’s General Park Plan (GPP).

Because of the settlement, there will be a public hearing that will take into account expert testimony and the public’s comments about the GPP.

See Brooklyn Eagle for more on this breaking development.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Artwork Surprises, in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photos by MK Metzz
Adults and children milled around this raised platform in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Huh! Wonder why?

A moment later ... whoosh! Screams of hilarity ensued as water gushed in changing patterns across the platform.

The fountain is part of the "Please Touch the Art" exhibition by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, on exhibition this summer in the park.

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Giant Inflatable Taiwanese Deities, Union Square

Meanwhile, in Manhattan ...  (Photo: MK Metz)
Thought you might want to see these giant inflatable deities from traditional Taiwanese temple fairs, placed in the middle of Union Square on Sunday.

They were part of the Passport to Taiwan Festival, which celebrates Taiwanese American Heritage Week.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Coney Island Expecting 10 Million Visitors; Brooklyn Film Festival; and More Brooklyn Briefs

A bird splashes on an enchanted Gowanus Canal. MK Metz
- More gunfire in Brooklyn: Two shootings in Brooklyn Monday night leave one dead, one injured. [PIX11]

- Coney Island beach expecting10 million visitors this year. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Vermont's wild-haired, independent beloved Senator Bernie Sanders is kicking off his presidential campaign Tuesday. How many know he was born in Brooklyn and attended James Madison High School and Brooklyn College? [Politico]

- WPIX-TV has opened a studio right inside Barclays Center, and has named it the memorable “Hyundai Studio at Barclays Center.” [Newscast Studio]

- Here's what Brooklyn looked like in the summer of 1974. [Business Insider]

- Five must-sees at the Brooklyn Film Festival. [amNY]

- Another lawsuit settled by NYC regarding the cop named in at least five other lawsuits-- one involving a teen he shot when he mistook a water gun for a Tec-9. [Daily News]

- Green-Wood Cemetery has unveiled a searchable database of thousands of Civil War soldiers, abolitionists, former slaves and others buried there. [Oneida Dispatch]

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Michael Mailer - 'Ivy League Crime Lord' Back in Production

Page 6 reports that Michael Mailer (Norman's son) recently hosted a dinner for his partners Michael Della Femina, Jon Friedman and James Toback at his Brooklyn Heights home after shooting an episode of the Web series “Ivy League Crime Lords.”

In February, the team posted on Facebook: "Going into production this month on new season with great team. Please stay tuned..."

Here's the plot: Three middle age friends from Harvard,Yale and Princeton create a fictitious mob leader, Vinny the Shin, in order to shake down the industry and get their TV show made.

From Episode 1 ("The Godmother") above: "It's reality TV in reverse."

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Brooklyn War Memorial Restoration Campaign Kicks Off

Brooklyn’s WWII veterans were honored at the Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park on Sunday.

The Memorial is dedicated to the more than 300,000 men and women of Brooklyn who served in WWII. Inside the stately structure -- which has been closed since 1990 -- are the names of roughly 11,500 Brooklyn service members who died during the war.

The Cadman Park Concervancy has established a GoFundMe campaign to raise  money to refurbish and reopen the Memorial. It's about time!

Visit to learn more.

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Wild Women of Planet Wongo Sighted (and Not in Brooklyn)

The Wild Women of Planet Wongo were sighted at Union Square in Manhattan on Sunday.

They apparently escaped from Brooklyn with the intent of publicising their 60s sci-fi immersive theatre musical dance party extravaganza, taking place at Brooklyn Fireproof in Bushwick from June 11 - July 4.

According to the FAQ, "immersive" means the show takes place in the entire space. There is no stage and there are no seats. (There are several intermissions.)

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fireworks Over NYC, Brooklyn, NJ, Sunday, May 24

Those fireworks you'll be hearing tonight (Sunday, May 24) at 10:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m. are being shot off by Ellis Island in celebration of Memorial Day.

They are being sponsored by "Karen - Swank Productions Pritzker" according to
Billionaire philanthropist Karen Pritzker is heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune, along with banks and conglomerates.

UPDATE - The fireworks started much later than planned, it seemed. (Closer to midnight than 10:30.)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photographers and Models Come Out to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo: MK Metz
Brooklyn Bridge Park was full of photographers and models on Wednesday -- brought out by the cool, clear, sunny weather. They included women wearing wedding gowns and others dressed in skimpy, fashionable outfits, all before a backdrop of the East River, with Manhattan across the way.

It seems the sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline was not what the photographer pictured above was interested in, however.

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No More Cops at Brooklyn Bridge Park? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police captain not confident Brooklyn Bridge Park will get more cops. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Brooklyn Youth Chorus gala was very "Brooklyn-y." The event, in Dumbo, was set up as a mini-version of the borough, with tables were named after subway stops and rows named after subway lines. [WSJ]

- ‘Grave finder’ conned Brooklyn man out of $20K for fake spots: $1M lawsuit. [Daily News]

- DOH shuts down Avalon daycare center in Park Slope for child abuse. [News12 - subscription] And it's not the first time something awful has happened at Avalon. [Patch]

- Brooklyn Film Festival will be screening 108 films from 26 countries May 29–June 7. [Backstage]

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Brooklyn Bridge Park's 'Modified Social Benches' Are Fun to Climb On, Too

Photo: MK Metz
 16 curvy, orange  "Modified Social Benches" have popped up in Brooklyn Bridge Park. They may be fancy art, but people are having a great time climbing on top of them and crawling under them.

It happens the benches are part of Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s installation Please Touch the Art, which features sculptures designed specifically for public interaction. (So go ahead and climb.)

The exhibition includes two other types of work besides the benches: Appearing Rooms, a series of “rooms” formed out of jets of water; and a Mirror Labyrinth, featuring evenly-spaced pieces of mirror-polished stainless steel.

Learn more at Brooklyn Bridge Park. (They also provide a printable scavenger hunt to mark off the pieces you've seen.)

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Brooklyn Museum Director; Menchaca Delivers Marine Terminal Perks for Sunset Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The Brooklyn Museum announced on Tuesday that its next director would be Anne Pasternak, who has spent the last two decades as president and artistic director of Creative Time. [NYT]

- Sunset Park can thank Councilmember Menchacha now for digging in his heels on the South Brooklyn Marine Transfer Terminal. [Capital NY]

- Judge extends TRO on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pierhouse project. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson is feeling pretty generous: he announced bonuses of up to $2,000 each to 1,000 staffers Tuesday. [Daily News]

- Makers: Pitch at Make It In Brooklyn in June, gain fortune and glory. [Techcrunch]

- Suspect in string of violent home invasions in Brooklyn sought by police. [PIX11]

- Brooklyn collector keeps $10 million worth of African art in his apartment.  [Gothamist]

- Will You 'Please Touch The Art' opened in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and it looks like a crowd pleaser. [Gothamist]

- FKA twigs performed her steamy "Congregata" at Brooklyn Hangar (pics, video). [Brooklyn Vegan]

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Fortis' Plans for Cobble Hill's LICH Site

Hicks Street facing north. A 40-story towers lurks behind the trees to the left. Rendering courtesy of Williams New York via Brooklyn Eagle
 Developer Fortis Property Group presented its plans for the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) at a packed meeting of the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) on Monday.

40, 30 and 20 story towers are envisioned for sleepy Cobble Hill, as well as some lower-rise residential and a retail pedestrian mall on Pacific Street.

Judging from the hisses, however, many thought the towers and retail were out of character for the neighborhood.

Many were "still seething about the loss of their historic hospital after a wrenching two-year battle," the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

See the Eagle for renderings of the project and full details.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Gov. Cuomo Visits Brooklyn Churches and Synagogues to Push Tax Credit Plan

 Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday visited churches and synagogues in Brooklyn to stir up support for the "Parental Choice in Education Act.

The Act will provide $150 million in education tax credits annually to parents whose kids attend non-public schools.

While religious schools are in favor of the bill, some public school parents see it as another attempt of the governor to dilute public education, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Photo: The Governor shakes hands with student Eddie Harari at Yeshiva Shaare Torah. Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin, office of the Governor

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Amtrak Service to Be Restored Between Philly and NY Monday Morning

Amtrak, by MK Metz
Amtrak says that service will be fully restored between Philadelphia and New York beginning tomorrow morning, Monday, 5/18.

The service restoration is scheduled to be effective in both directions with the departures of Train 110 from Philadelphia at 5:53 AM and Train 111 from New York City at 5:30 AM.

Following the tragic passenger train derailment in Philadelphia, Amtrak says it has completed the installation of an Automatic Train Control (ATC) "code change point" on the west side of the curve where the accident took place, which will ensure trains enter the curve at 45mph.

ATC provides a notification to the engineer when the train approaches a slow-down signal. If the engineer does not respond, the system will automatically apply the train’s brakes.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a circular pattern of damage found on the locomotive's windshield.

Reuters reported late Sunday that the Amtrak engineer driving the ill-fated train made no report of an object hitting windshield before the crash.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

An Enchanted Isle, in Brooklyn

Photo: MK Metz
 We came upon this enchanted isle in the waters off Brooklyn yesterday.

Though it seems like one of those places that mysteriously disappears the next time you look for it, you might catch a sight of it yourself if you walk near Pier 4 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

 McBrooklyn is disappearing too, but just for a couple of days... We'll be back Monday! Have a nice weekend.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Job Fair Today at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Image: US Labor Dept.
Wednesday at 4:00 PM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host Brooklyn Job Fair 2015 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joraalemon St., Downtown Brooklyn, offering employment opportunities with dozens of major local businesses.

Businesses and organizations taking part in Brooklyn Job Fair 2015 include:
 All Car Rent A Car, Applebee’s, Barclays Center, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Spectator, Consolidated Edison Company, Duane Reade, FC Modular, Forest City Ratner Companies, Gallop NYC, Goldman Sachs, Good Help, The Home Depot, Home Reporter and Sunset News, Inner Force Tots, Maimonides Medical Center, Midwood Ambulance Service, Modell’s Sporting Goods, NYC Bike Share, New York City Police Department, New York Life Insurance Company, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, New York State Department of Children and Family Services, New York State Department of Labor, Red Hook on the Road, Santander Bank, Sheraton Brooklyn, St. Nicks Alliance, Target, TDBank, TerraCRG, Urban Pads, and U.S. Army Battalion, NYC.

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Times: Wegman's Coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard

The New York Times reports that a Wegman's market is coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

"The 74,000-square-foot store at the Navy Yard will be the company’s smallest by about 25 percent, but will still be about 20,000 square feet larger than the Fairway in Red Hook or the Whole Foods in Gowanus..." the Times reports.

"Wegmans has consistently been ranked the top grocery store in the nation by Consumer Reports and the Food Network, and Forbes placed it among the top 10 employers in the country," they add.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fire at Beth Chana Girls School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Failed Messiah blog posted this video of the roof of the Beth Chana girls school in Williamsburg on fire this afternoon.

(The video misnamed the site as the Klausenberg Yeshiva.)

According to NY Scanner, the kids are all safe.

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LICH Development Meeting Monday in Cobble Hill

The Cobble Hill Association will focus on developing some kind of guidelines for the future development of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) at their spring general meeting.

The meeting takes place on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Cobble Hill Health Center, 380 Henry St.

The 20 building-site of the historic hospital will be converted into luxury condos.

More details about the LICH meeting here.

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De Blasio's Homeless Shelter 'SWAT Teams'; Edna's Soul Food Owner in the Can; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- De Blasio to deploy ‘SWAT Teams’ to repair NYC’s squalid, rat-infested homeless shelters. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The man who owned Edna’s Soul Food Restaurant in Brownsville has been sentenced to one year in jail for failing to pay 15 employees their back wages. [Brooklyn DA]

- 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Pier 1 dance parties start this Thursday. [BHB]

- Repairs to subway stations could be scaled back if the MTA's multi-billion-dollar funding shortfall isn't filled. [NY1]

- Touching photos: Russians in Brooklyn celebrate 70th anniversary of WWII victory. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Flanagan Effect: What the new Senate leader means for the De Blasio agenda. [Gotham Gazette]

- “Once the bears started approaching, the tourists worsened the situation by running and screaming."[Slate]

- Finally -- nutrient patties that will free you from thinking about food. [Vice]

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Monday, May 11, 2015

'Mr. Robot' Filming in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday

'Mr. Robot' has been filming in Brooklyn (Coney Island, Bushwick, Kensington)  recently, and on Wednesday the production will move to Brooklyn Heights. (Move your cars by 10 p.m. Tuesday.)

According to USA Network, 'Mr. Robot' is a psychological thriller that follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. A mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. ..
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Homeland Security Asks Brooklyn's Help Fighting Terrorism; Uber to the L Train Rescue; and More Brooklyn Briefs

This creep stole a Brooklyn mom's Mother's Day gift. Story: CBS (Photo:NYPD)

- Department of Homeland Security head Johnson asks Brooklyn groups for help fighting home-grown terrorism, reports the Brooklyn Eagle.

- A Brooklyn politician was punched in the face at a Greenpoint bar defending a barmaid, says Gothamist.

- Atlantic Yards Report mulls over the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership's "college town" agenda -- amenities for students and schools, or development rights?

- Uber slashes rides to $2.75 for final weekends of L train closure, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

- Brownstoner looks at TV locations in Brooklyn: The Americans, The Knick, Blacklist, and more.

- Some Brooklyn transplants are doing the unthinkable -– moving back to Manhattan in search of a better real estate deal, according to TRD.

- Jealous Staten Island man kills his ex-girlfriend's Brooklyn boyfriend, reports SIlive.

- Jade Helm: A Pentagon training exercise is sparking controversy with conspiracy theories claiming it's a secret plot to impose military rule in Texas, using closed Walmart stores, according to The Hill.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Brooklyn's 5x10 Talks; Carmelo Anthony on the TMNT Set; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Tastemakers gathered at the 5x10 Talks to discuss what's next for Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- NYC libraries not too happy with de Blasio budget. [Daily News] 

- Unconscious woman wearing only a T-shirt found with cracked skull on sidewalk in Brooklyn. [NBC]

- DUMBO’s P.S. Bookshop, hit with tax bill, turns to crowd-funding. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Lindsay Lohan racing to Brooklyn to finish community service to avoid jail time. [Daily News]

- Carmelo Anthony was spotted on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set in Brooklyn this week and is said to have a cameo in the film. [Sportal]

- Nike is opening a new retail store in Flatbush. [Hip Hop Wired

- A sneak peak at the newest section of Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 6. [Curbed]

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Saturday: Brooklyn Heights Association’s Landmark House and Garden Tour

Photo: MK Metz
 The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) will hold its 31st Annual Landmark House and Garden Tour this Saturday, May 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The tour will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law and historic district designation of Brooklyn Heights.

More at BHA.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Brooklyn Snowden Bust Set Free by NYPD; Goodbye GHE20G0TH1K; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Adirondack chairs made of recycled plastic are scattered around MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn.  Photo by MK Metz

- The massive bust of Edward Snowden that was put on display in Fort Greene Park last month has finally been returned by the NYPD, reports Gothamist.

- Very sad: A teenager was critically injured after being struck by a car outside James Madison High School in Sheepshead Bay, reports 7online.

- Brooklyn accounted for 70 percent of the new residential development applications filed last month, according to TRD.

- Creator's Project/ Vice: Saying goodbye to New York's party heaven for weird vibes, GHE20G0TH1K.

- Nation: The tiny micro-apartments being built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard have a mini dishwasher, mini fridge, two hobs and a microwave but no oven.

- Brooklyn's Rep. Nydia Valezquez and Rep. Jerrold Nadler are two pols listed by NY1 as spending big bucks on campaigns despite non-competitive elections.

- Something oddly touching about the Post story re: a very tall man falling in love with a very small woman....

- Do you own a Lenovo computer? Another “massive security risk” has been found, says The Hill.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kids' Flashmob Ask Mayor, 'Where's Bushwick Inlet Park?'

Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park posts:
The children of the GWYSL divide this one soccer field into 16 fields so the bursting child population of Greenpoint and Williamsburg get a chance to play despite their lack of park space. Here they are collectively asking #wheresourpark?

Background: In 2005, the City of New York promised the neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg a 28-acre park along North Brooklyn’s waterfront.

Almost a decade later, tens-of-thousands of new residents have moved in, but very little of Bushwick Inlet Park has materialized.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Brooklyn's Van Gogh Look-Alike; Forever 21 to Fulton Street; No Charges for Borough Hall Shooter; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The retired correction officer who shot and killed a man at Brooklyn's Borough Hall subway station will not face charges, reports 7online.

- Police officer dies in a motorcycle crash in Brooklyn -- struck by an NYPD School Safety Agent, reports Yeshiva World.

- The Atlantic Yards Report digs into which pols and parties are getting donations from mega-developer Bruce Ratner.

- Brooklyn man who bears uncanny resemblance to Van Gogh sparks internet commotion, says PIX11.

- Forever 21 is returning to Downtown Brooklyn, taking a spot on Fulton Street, says the Wall Street Journal.

- Curbed reveals everything you might ever want to know about what will soon be Brooklyn's tallest residential tower.

- Joseph Lentol, in an opinion piece in the Brooklyn Eagle, pushes de Blasio to give the people the park they were promised -- Bushwick Inlet Park.

- The Brooklyn native who invented DSL, bringing high-speed Internet service to millions of households, has died, the NY Times reports.

- Food festival Smorgasburg is coming to Coney Island this summer, says Bensonhurst Bean.

- Look out Wall Street: there's a new white-collar cop in Brooklyn. Bloomberg/Chicago Tribune

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Buddha's Birthday!

Photo: MK Metz
It's Buddha's Birthday today, according to Nepalese reckoning.

The date marks the birthday of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama.

People celebrate by going to a service, eating communal vegetarian meals including kheer (a sweet rice porridge), having joyous parades, and washing baby Buddha in a ritual.

 Nepalese in NYC celebrated a day early with a parade in Washington Square Park on Sunday.

In Nepal, according to Wikipedia, Buddha's birthday is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vaisakha month of the Buddhist and Hindu calendar. This year, that falls on May 4.

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Brooklyn and Staten Island Special Election Is On Tuesday

Do you live in Bay Ridge, Staten Island, Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens or East Flatbush?

On Tuesday, May 5th, voters in these areas will be electing a new representative to the U.S. Congress, in District 11 (Staten Island/Bay Ridge) and to the New York State Assembly, in District 43 (Crown Heights/Prospect Lefferts Gardens/East Flatbush).

In District 11, Democrat Vincent J. Gentileis running against Republican Dan Donovan and Green Party candidate James C. Lane. (One of these will replace now-disgraced Michael Grimm).

In AD 43, the candidates are Republican Menachem M. Raitport, WFP Diana C. Richardson, Independence Party Shirley M. Patterson, and Love Yourself Party Geoffrey A. Davis.

Visit the NYC Voters Guide to read more about the candidates, find your polling site, etc.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

PHOTOS: Jodie Foster Directs 'Money Monster' in DUMBO

Jay Street and the Brooklyn Roasting Co. were the set of 'Money Monster.' Photos by MK Metz
"Money Monster" took over Jay Street and the Brooklyn Roasting Company in DUMBO on Thursday.

Jodie Foster (shown above, left) directs Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Caitriona Balfe, Dominic West and Jack O'Connell in the film about a guy who holds a Wall Street money guru responsible for losing all of his family's money.

Photos by MK Metz
On Thursday, Foster directed inside the Brooklyn Roasting Company, and then later in the day used Jay Street as the set for a scene involving a baby stroller and various pedestrians. Above, a member of the costume dept. spruces up the outfit of a cast member prior to the outdoor scene.

TriStar Pictures intend to release the film in 2016, according to Wikipedia.

More photos at Brooklyn Eagle.

- Jodie Foster's 'Money Monster' Filming in DUMBO Thursday. Tow Trucks Start Wednesday Night [McBrooklyn]

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Poets Will Recite to You As You Ride in the Wonder Wheel on May 8

Courtesy Parachute Literary Arts
On May 8th from 7 to 10 p.m., Parachute Literary Arts invites you to the first ever poetry ride on the world-famous Wonder Wheel.

Join a "multifarious array" of New York City's new and renowned poets in Coney Island for a surprising ride as the sun sets and the sky darkens. During your ride on the amaazzing Wonder Wheel, poets will recite to you.

Adding to the fun: Cash bar with beer from Coney Island Brewing Company; a booktable and snacks from Dos Toros; broadsides.

Plus: Soozie Hwang & the Relastics sing songs about books (including Vonnegut).

Wonder Wheel Readings by:

Penny Arcade & Amber Atiya & Brenda Coultas & Ian Dreiblatt & Jen Fitzgerald & Matthea Harvey & Brenda Iijima & Amy King & Wanda Phipps & Edwin Torres & Patricia Spears Jones & Lucy Ives & Walt Whitman (a.k.a. Tim Cusack) & Paul Blackburn & more to be revealed

Space is limited RSVP & Tickets Available Here. (Entrance to the Wonder Wheel on West 12th Street)

The evening is a benefit for Parachute Literary Arts' poetry workshops and community poetry libraries in Coney Island. You can read some poetry from previous teen workshops at Teenage Fever Mag or on Parachute Literary Art's website.

Parachute Literary Arts says:
P.S. It is for a good cause!
P.P.S. It is a cheap date!
P.P.P.S. The Wonder Wheel's slogan is Go Up It's Great!

Organized by Parachute Literary Arts & Coney Island Poetry Society

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