Monday, June 19, 2017

People's Champs Playing at C-mon Everybody


Indie Pop/Soul/Afrobeat collective People's Champs from Brooklyn are playing a Single & Music Video Release show at C’mon Everybody in Bed-Stuy with Kalbells (members of Rubblebucket) on Friday, 6/23, 8 p.m.

Feat. Starr Busby (Esperanza Spalding) & Melanie Charles (Gorillaz)

TICKETS AND CALENDAR HERE

From the release:
People’s Champs is an all-star collective featuring some of the most creative and original musicians in Brooklyn. They blend indie pop, afrobeat and retro-soul into a “dance party waiting to happen, always changing and always excitable.” (Consequence of Sound). Their horn section moonlights as The Superpower Horns, studio section for none other than BeyoncĂ© and touring horn section for Boy George & Culture Club.

On June 23rd, the band releases brand-new single & video, ‘Hostages Remix’, a reimagined version of the lead single from their 2015 debut album ‘American Dreamers’. The new track is a duet featuring vocalists Melanie JB Charles and Starr Busby who both sing with the collective. Melanie & Starr are great friends and are a force in their own right — the duo recorded on Gorillaz’ 2017 full-length release and will perform with them this summer. Ms. Busby also tours with Esperanza Spalding.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

94 Degrees in NYC Today and Lousy Air Quality

Not only does the forecast call for 94 degree temperatures in the NYC metro area today (Tuesday), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory from 10:00AM until 10:00PM.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors, according to DEC.

The humidity will make temperatures feel hotter as well.

An approaching cold front will give the area a chance for showers and thunderstorms, mainly from the afternoon into Tuesday night.

For more information, visit the National Weather Service at http://www.1.usa.gov/16w10Sq or the Department of Environmental Conservation at http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/aqi/aqi_forecast.cfm.


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More Than One Way to Stuff a Rat; the Beer ATM; Pols Express Alarm about Haiti and Puerto Rico; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Former Brooklyn prosecutor in NYPD gun permit scandal gets bail modified to allow travel for competitive dog shows. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn pols express alarm about Puerto Rican referendum, Haitian protected status. [Brooklyn Eagle]

A man shot by police in Brooklyn Sunday night has been arrested and charged with stabbing his roommate in front of officers. [NY1]

- Brooklyn Pride parade draws massive, boisterous turnout. Photos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Fabrication studio Smart Department is hosting a rat taxidermy class on Saturday where you can learn to make either one- or two-headed stuffed rats. [Patch]

- A bar in Williamsburg has created one of the greatest inventions known to mankind – a Beer ATM. [Konbini]

- Former NBA star Sebastian Telfair was arrested in Bed-Stuy Sunday morning in a pickup truck stocked with loaded guns, drugs and a bulletproof vest. [Patch]

- DUMBO’s Live at The Archway this Thursday: musician Rodes Rollins, artist Melanie Hope Greenberg. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Dirty dancing: Floating company twirls on the Gowanus Canal. [Brooklyn Paper]


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Riders Alliance on Monday’s Disastrous Morning Commute


Yesterday morning, the MTA web site listed the following problems:

Delays on the 2, 3, 5, 7, B, D, E, F, J, and M trains.
Signal problems at Wall Street (2/3), Eastchester-Dyre Av (5), Mets-Willets Point (7), and West 4 St—Washington Square (A/B/C/D/E/F/M). And a broken train at Jamaica Yard.
Some F trains were running on the A track. Some F trains were running on the G track. Some 2 trains were running on the 5 track. Some M trains terminated at Chambers.

The video of the trapped F train riders, above, speaks for itself.
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John Raskin, Executive Director of the Riders Alliance, released the following statement:
“This week we couldn’t even make it through Monday morning without the subways breaking down. Governor Cuomo has said he’s responsible for fixing the subway, but he hasn’t said how, or when, or with what funding. Subway riders leave for work in the morning not knowing if or when they will arrive. Meanwhile, the Governor has yet to release a plan to fix our dysfunctional commutes. What is Governor Cuomo’s plan to fix the subways, and when will he let riders in on it?”

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Movies Under the Stars and Dance Party in Brooklyn: 'Happy Feet'


Coming up this Friday, June 9th: Movies Under the Stars presents 'Happy Feet' at 8:45pm.  A pre-movie dance party kicks off at 6:30pm
(Note: The RSVP form lists "Eddie the Eagle" as the movie that night.)

The event takes place at Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street (Btw 4th Ave and 5th Ave) Brooklyn

Transportation: 4th Ave (F,G); 9th (R)

Admission is free. RSVP here.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Interactive Umbrellas, a New Ferry Route, J'ouvert Forum and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Fugitive from Ohio arrested in Brooklyn (thanks to one man's Google search). [abc7]

- Interactive umbrellas, astronauts, as World Science Festival returns to Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- NYC Ferry's South Brooklyn route launches today. [amNY]

- Brooklyn woman builds worldwide following with head wrap company. [News 12]

- VIDEO: Police seek public’s help ID’ing perps in violent Brooklyn Heights jewelry store robbery. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Father of Brooklyn woman accused of hiring hitman to kill husband arrested for threatening NYPD detective. [Daily News]

- The Fashion Institute of Technology is coming to you starting this summer at the newly renovated Brooklyn Army Terminal building. [bklyner]

- J'ouvert safety forum tonight. [McBrooklyn]

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 this Weekend

 This weekend, 400+ local artists will open up their studios to the public for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017. Media include paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics and more.
  
EVENT: Saturday June 3rd + Sunday June 4th, 2017 from 12pm-6pm.

The launch party takes place on Friday, June 2, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at Java Studios. Other associated events here.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

15-Year-Old Mom Missing; A Scam Worked; and more Brooklyn Briefs


- A 15-year-old mother and her 5-month-old daughter disappeared from a Dean Street location and haven't been seen since. [Pix11]

- Brooklyn man suspected of killing wife admitted to shooting her before fleeing, says victim’s sister. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn woman loses life savings in scam. [CBS]

- Pols announce arrest and sentencing following $22K pension heist. [Twitter]


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Monday, May 29, 2017

J'ouvert Safety Forum Thursday in Brooklyn

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and District Leader Geoffrey Davis will hold a town hall to discuss public safety in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights during J’ouvert.

The town hall will take place at P.S. 375.

J'ouvert is the celebration that kicks off the night before the West Indian Day Parade.

Roughly 2,000 police officers were stationed at jouvert/the parade last September, but violence still broke out. Two people were shot and killed.

In 2015, one of Governor Cuomo's aides, Carey Gabay, was killed at J'ouvert.

Officials are looking at the future of the event.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Navy Leap Frogs Parachuting in Queens Today (Watch Announcement in American Sign Language)

In conjunction with Fleet Week 2017, Thursday, May 25th at 1:00 PM, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will conduct a practice parachute jump at Citi Field in Queens.

A planned aircraft flyover will therefor take place, according to NYC Emergency Management.

You can watch this announcement in American Sign Language above.

For more info, please visit www.fleetweeknewyork.com.

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Thursday: Coastal Flood Watch for Brooklyn, Queens (In Sign Language)

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for Brooklyn and Southern Queens:

A Coastal Flood Watch was declared for Thursday, 5/25, from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM Friday, 5/26.

The affected area includes the low lying coastal areas. Tidal departures of 1 - 2 feet above normal are expected.

During a Coastal Flood Advisory, minor flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties is possible

You can watch this statement in American Sign Language, above.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heavy Security in NYC Since Manchester; Fleet Week 2017; Political Concerns; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Following Manchester bombing, NYPD ramps up security. Expect heavy weapons teams, detection dogs and other measures. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Police have arrested a man who allegedly groped a woman on the N train, followed her off of the train and then attempted to rape her. [Gothamist]

- A 1-year-old girl was critically hurt after she was struck by a vehicle on a Greenpoint street. [Daily News] 

- Fleet Week New York kicks off Wednesday a.m. with the Parade of Ships. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- An overloaded power strip was to blame for the May 10 fire at the Brooklyn Criminal Court building that injured several firefighters and others on site. [NY Law Journal]

- Two people were arrested near the Brooklyn College campus Tuesday, after a robbery victim allegedly came back for retaliation. [CBS]

- Brooklyn BP Eric Adams wants to legalize 8 a.m. alcohol sales on Sundays as one of the ways to boost the booming industry. [NY Daily News]

- 24-year-old man was stabbed with a pair of scissors in a Brownsville homeless shelter. [Daily News]

- Ex-C.I.A. chief reveals mounting concern over Trump campaign and Russia. [NYT]

- Chocolate may help prevent irregular heartbeat. [LiveScience]



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Brooklyn's U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Applauds Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Trump Case

Wednesday night, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of House Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, released the following statement concerning the appointment of former FBI director Robert. S. Mueller to oversee the investigation into possible illegal collusion between the Trump team and Putin’s Russia:

“The appointment of the special prosecutor to oversee the criminal investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible illegal collusion with Russia is an important step in the right direction. America can now have a greater degree of confidence that the investigation will be fair, impartial and comprehensive. No man is above the law in this country. If Donald Trump broke it, he must be vigorously prosecuted without fear or favor.”

Mueller is considered by both Republicans and Democrats to be a serious, highly competent man.

(According to Politico,  some conservatives are hinting that Vice President Pence looks like a particularly good alternative to Trump  right now, especially as the Justice Department moves ahead with a special prosecutor for the FBI’s Russia probe.)


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Drag Queens at the Library, ePrix Coming to Brooklyn, Woman Who Hired a Hit Man and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Brooklyn Public Library brings drag queens, kids together for story hour. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn judge sanctions city lawyer for 600 objections in disastrous deposition of NYPD cop. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn Seltzer Boys delivers NY nostalgia in a bottle. [Crains]

- International ePrix Formula E Car Championship coming to Brooklyn expected to draw thousands. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Retired NYPD cops upset about overturned Brooklyn convictions – and millions in settlement money. [Pix11]

- 17-year-old stabbed in the neck outside East NY high school. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn woman accused of hiring hit man to kill husband to obtain insurance money faces life without parole. [Daily News]

- Residents suing the city over the planned opening of a controversial Crown Heights homeless shelter say they’re close to an agreement. [DNAinfo]

- NYCHA trains residents for well-paying jobs in construction at Brooklyn's City Tech. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Brooklyn Heights Library Coming Down Piece by Piece

A small, beloved library in Brooklyn Heights is being demolished.

A few years from now, a luxury skyscraper will take its place.

The library was caught in the intersection of money and politics. A shiny, smaller library will be built into the base of the new tower. Photos by MK Metz
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wed., NYC: U.S. Congress Members to Address Trump's Firing of FBI Director James Comey

Today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., New York City congressional delegation members will address Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and what their release calls "the growing constitutional crisis being inflicted on our democracy by Donald Trump."

Where: Foley Square, 111 Worth St, New York

Delegation includes Brooklyn's Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Nydia Velazquez (NY-7), Gregory Meeks (NY-05) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

This follows Tuesday's uproar over Trump's firing of Comey. Among other officials, Sen. Chuck Schumer has called for a special prosecutor to look into Trump camp's ties to Russia, which Comey was investigating.

THe tweet above is from Trump advisor Roger Stone, also under investigation.


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RFP for Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel; Yes There Is a Brooklyn Avocado Bar; Foreclosure Cases to Be Dismissed; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Cops on alert after robberies surge around Brooklyn men's homeless shelter. [Daily News]

- RFP issued to study Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting NJ and Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Kings County Supreme Court is about to quietly dismiss thousands of foreclosure cases on Tuesday -- and that could be bad for home owners. [DNAinfo]

- Supreme is said to be opening its second New York location in Brooklyn. [WWD]

- The 365 Bond apartment building in Gowanus has secured a $120 million first mortgage loan. [MHN]

- Brooklyn Republican Party holds first City Council debate. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn is home to "the world's first avocado bar." [ABC7]

- A Brooklyn artist pairs reams of hand-cut holographic material with projections, lights, and music to create immersive installations that tickle the senses. [TheFader]


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Montague Street BID Annual Meeting Coming Up

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-montague-street-business-improvement-districts-20th-annual-meeting-tickets-1322723301 
The Montague Street BID's annual meeting is taking place June 8.

Celebrate the businesses, people, and organizations that help make Montague Street and Brooklyn Heights thrive and enjoy a preview of Hotel Bossert's newly renovated famed ballroom.

Space is extremely limited for this free event. Limit one (1) ticket per person.

RSVP and tickets are required.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

FAD Market at Brooklyn Historical Society Mother's Day Weekend

By designer Marcia Patmos
FAD Market returns to the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend with a lineup of over 40 independent makers and artists.

They’re celebrating NYCxDESIGN and Mother’s Day with handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings.

Head to the museum’s patio for a lineup of locally crafted artisanal food and drink. Round the day off with a walk through the ongoing exhibitions in the museum.

By Bronsen
May 13 + 14
11am – 6pm
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free admission




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Thursday, May 4, 2017

THURSDAY MORNING: Public Hearing about Proposed $43M Homeless Residence in Crown Heights

267 Rogers Ave. Map data © Google Maps 2017
 Brooklyn Councilmenber Laurie Cumbo (D35) sent us information about a public hearing to be held THIS MORNING regarding a proposed $43 million residence for homeless families at 267 Rogers Ave. in Crown Heights.

While the notice of this hearing was published in the City Record, she thinks it should get more publicity.

Her message reads in part:

<Thursday, May 4th at 10:00AM.
This meeting is a procurement hearing for Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc., 07110P0002132, and their contract in the amount of $43,392,736.00.
Proper notification is paramount to ensure that area residents are informed and have the opportunity to provide input on any proposed changes that will impact their community ... Although my office was just directly notified by the agency of this information, I am going to need your help to share this notice widely within your networks.>>

The city's official notice is below.

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELESS SERVICES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Contract Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 150 Greenwich Street, 37th Floor, Bid Room, Borough of Manhattan, commencing at 10:00 a.m. on the following:

IN THE MATTER of one (1) proposed contract between the Department of Homeless Services of the City of New York and the contractor listed below, to operate a Stand Alone Transitional Residence for Homeless Families. The term of this contract will be from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022 with two (2) options to renew from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2027 and from April 1, 2027 to March 31, 2032.

Vendor: Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc. 138-02 Queens Blvd. Briarwood, NY 11435

The proposed contractor has been selected by means of the Competitive Sealed Proposal method, pursuant to Section 3-03 (b) (2) of the Procurement Policy Board (PPB) Rules.

A draft copy of the proposed contract is available for public inspection at the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, 150 Greenwich Street, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10007 on business days, from April 21, 2017 to May 4, 2017 excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

If you need to schedule an inspection appointment and/or need additional information, please contact Paul Romain at (929) 221-5555.



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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

City Council Candidate Forum: Kevin Peter Carroll

Kevin Peter Carroll will present his platform on Tuesday April 25th in a public forum hosted by South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance. The event is the third night in a four-night series highlighting democratic candidates running for the 43rd City Council District. The fourth and final event will feature Nancy Tong on May 9th at 7pm.

Event is free and open to the public.  A live stream will be available from the event page (discussion tab) at https://www.facebook.com/events/1568384056535851/?active_tab=discussion
Lobo Loco Mexican Cantina
8530 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209


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Vote for NY Aquarium's New Murals

Mural by Thomas Manco

Now you can vote for the three murals which New York Aquarium will display along the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Judges narrowed down 42 artist submissions to seven finalists.

"We received incredible submissions from artists all around the New York area who want to help transform our Education Hall boardwalk facade and inspire people to protect our waters. Now we need New Yorkers to help to choose the winner,” Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium, said.

The three winning designs will be installed and unveiled the week of World Ocean’s Day, June 8.

More on this here, including some very corny puns.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Lolitas at Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Body in Sunset Park; Magic in Cobble Hill; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Fans of the Japanese style known as Lolita fashion flocked to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show. [Yahoo]

- Brooklyn connections run deep for Kentucky Derby favorite. [NY Post]

- Body washes up on Brooklyn shore in Sunset Park — perhaps belonging to a woman who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge. [Daily News]

- Cobble Hill’s magical independent bookstore opens today. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Sooo Brooklyn: to lie naked in a giant bird nest. [Pix11]

- The state Health Department “flagged” 52 hospitals for patient-infection rates that greatly exceeded the state average — and 15 of them are in New York City. [NY Post]

- Have you ever wished you could make internet trolls eat their words? Now you can, thanks to the new Brooklyn bakery Troll Cakes. [Refinery29]

- Pier 6 settlement talks fall through; back to court for Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Association. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A very wonky look at a Brooklyn-Queens Con-Ed energy management program that seems to not be nearly as economical or efficient as the state, experts and Con-Ed say it is. [Greentechmedia]

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cinco de Derby, a Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at NU Hotel Brooklyn


NU Hotel Brooklyn will be hosting Cinco de Derby, a mashup event that is a combination of a Cinco de Mayo celebration and Kentucky Derby party.

Simultaneously celebrating the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby and the Mexican independence day holiday, Cinco de Derby will serve up both Margaritas and mint juleps in this fiesta to watch the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby. The patio will be open and feature games for guests to play.

Highlights of the Day Include:
- Viewing of the 143rd Kentucky Derby
- Drink specials: Tequila Juleps and Bourbon Margaritas
- Complimentary Cinco de Derby snacks
- Games on the patio

The party is free and open to the public.

Downtown Brooklyn

RSVP: Cinco de Derby Tickets


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Hamilton: The Trolley Tour. Coming to Brooklyn Soon

Photo courtesy of Green-Wood
Here's an interesting, real history alternative or supplement to Broadway's "Hamilton": beautiful Green-Wood Cemetery has cooked up a Hamilton-filled trolley tour.

Although the lead, Alexander Hamilton, rests elsewhere, many family members and those who crossed his path are interred within Green-Wood’s 478 acres.

Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman is the guide. Participants will visit Robert Troup, Hamilton’s college roommate with whom he had a lifelong close relationship; William Peter Van Ness, who was Aaron Burr’s “second” during that fateful duel in which Hamilton was slain; Hamilton’s son, John; Hamilton’s grandchildren, Elizabeth and Schuyler; and many others. You’ll also learn about Hamilton’s role in the Battle of Brooklyn – fought on land that is now part of Green-Wood.

The event takes place Saturday, May 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The trolley tour is $25; $20 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society.  Reservations are recommended.  If the trolley tour is not sold out, walk-ups will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. To make an online reservation or to find out more information, visit www.green-wood.com/toursevents or call 718-210-3080.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brooklyn's New Unicorn Horn Store; Can't Dance in Brooklyn; Jehovah's Witnesses News; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Morning wisdom. Photo by MK Metz
 - Brooklyn man posing as teen extorted child porn out of young girls, authorities allege. [Daily News]

- A new store for unicorn horns is coming to Brooklyn, of course. [Time Out]

- Map: Where is it legal to dance in Brooklyn? Almost nowhere. [Patch]

- The NY Post says ‘stealthing’ is the newest dangerous sex trend. [NY Post]

- Jehovah's Witnesses start closing their Brooklyn Heights tunnels. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Barbra Streisand at 75: A girl from Brooklyn makes it big. [DW]

- U.S. Jehovah’s Witnesses fear for safety of Russian followers after court bans religion. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- This weekend at House of Vans Brooklyn: Todd Francis’ "The Worst of the Worst” with special guest performance by Ho99o9 and The Blackouts. [House of Vans]

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Brooklyn Dental Scam; Another Pervy Brooklyn Tech Teacher; Bogus No Parking Signs In Cobble Hill; Domino Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Endless flowers. By MK Metz
- Brooklyn Tech teacher busted asking student for ‘workout’ pics. [NY Post]

- Brooklyn dentist indicted for hiring unlicensed men to perform procedures on Medicaid patients. [Daily News]

- Some of the first votes in French presidential election were cast in an old church building near the Gowanus Canal on Saturday morning. [Slate]

- Bogus No Parking signs at LICH site piss off Cobble Hill residents. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- New York Rep. Yvette Clarke told a town hall meeting in Brooklyn that taxpayers “cannot continue to pay” for President Donald Trump’s family’s business and travel arrangements. [Roll Call]

-The Brooklyn Broadway Islamic Center was destroyed in a fire on Saturday. Now a LaunchGood campaign is crowd-sourcing funds to rebuild. [LaunchGood]

- The Brooklyn district attorney’s office has told prosecutors to avoid, when possible, the deportation or detention of immigrants charged with certain misdemeanors or nonviolent crimes. [NY Times]

- Developer releases big plans for Domino Park in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn Bridge Park announced the full lineup for its 18th annual outdoor screening series, "Movies with a View." Schedule here. [TimeOut]

- NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating Trump’s possible ties to organized crime, which could involve RICO charges. [Bipartisan Report]




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Friday, April 21, 2017

Did Charter School Delete Video Showing Crime? Plus: Asshole Neighbor; The Pigeon In the Kitchen Dilemma; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Brooklyn charter school deleted video showing students sexually assaulting girl on bus: lawsuit. [Daily News]

- Asshole neighbor painted another Brooklyn brownstone owner's wall black, without her permission. [Daily Mail]

- Report: As homelessness increases, Brooklyn stands to lose thousands of units of affordable housing. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Williamsburg woman comes back from long trip to find a pregnant pigeon in her kitchen, using an orange pasta strainer as a nest. [CBS]

- Parents say Crown Heights school did not disclose abnormally high levels of lead in water supply. [Pix11]

- Sheepshead Bay, old and new: Condos where El Greco Diner stood. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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David Byrne To Appear at BRIC OPEN Festival in Brooklyn

David Byrne, photo courtesy of BRIC
 David Byrne (co-founder of Talking Heads) will be sharing his "Reasons to be Cheerful" at the BRIC OPEN Festival on Apr 27 at 7:30 PM.

The BRIC blurb says, "David Byrne brings us a refreshing reminder that, despite troubling times, there are still many good, inspiring things happening in our community and in the world."

Check out this page to read about his recent amazing activities and RSVP for this free event.

Reasons to be Cheerful will be followed by an OPENing Night Dance Party with DJ Geko Jones.

BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton Street (enter on Rockwell Place). NOTE: Capacity on the BRIC House Stoop is limited, so arrive early.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Squibb Park Bridge Finally Reopens; Shortcut to Brooklyn Bridge Park

The popular "bouncy" Squibb Park Bridge finally reopened after almost three years.

No one knows exactly WHY it took so long to repair the $4.1 million bridge that connects Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park, but there it is.

Photo by MK Metz
 The timber bridge doesn't bounce nearly as much as it used to but it's much more stable, engineers from Arup, the engineering firm brought in by the park for repairs, told the Brooklyn Eagle.

 McBrooklyn took a stroll along the bridge today and found it was sound. Kids jumped up and down on it trying to get some action, but not much bounce was found.

Photo by MK Metz

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Panic in Coney Island; Schneiderman Leads Trump Opposition; Machete Attack on Fulton Street and More Brooklyn Briefs

- False reports of gunshots being fired at Coney Island's amusement park set off a stampede on Sunday, with screaming crowds racing in all directions. [Daily News]

- Fight Back Bay Ridge: With Donovan absent, Brooklyn constituents plan town hall. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Dem AGs, with Eric Schneiderman in the lead, join front lines of Trump opposition. [The Hill]

- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in connection to a machete assault on Fulton Street. [News 12]

- Two thieves break into Midwood synagogue, beat caretaker with broomstick. [Daily News]

- ICYMI: City memo suggests BQX may not be financially feasible after all. [Politico]

- ICYMI: Brooklyn Heights Association's Pier 6 lawsuit to stay in Manhattan. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with the murder of a Brooklyn man whose body was found buried in a snowbank last month. [Daily Mail]

- Rep. Dan Donovan has asked the MTA to study the impact of reestablishing a two-way toll on the Verrazano Bridge. [Brooklyn Paper]

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