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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Friday, April 14, 2017

Home Sales Rocket; Living in a Brooklyn Church; Wild Brawl Ends in Death; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Home sales in Brooklyn jumped the most in seven years while the supply of listings hovered near a record low, pushing buyers toward bidding wars. [Bloomberg]

- Man stabbed to death in wild brawl outside Brownsville building. [Daily News]

- The $10.7 million condo and other Pierhouse tales. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- You can live in a 19th century Brooklyn church for $822 per month. [Time Out]

- This guy attacked and robbed a woman on the A train. Do you recognize him?  [NYPDNews]

- A 42-year-old ex-model accused of murdering a Brooklyn man he was staying with after meeting him at a club stabbed him 20 times in a drugged rage. [Daily News]

- ICYMI: Cops evacuate sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park on Tuesday due to large, disorderly crowds. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The passenger dragged off the United flight suffered a concussion, a broken nose and the loss of two teeth, his lawyer says. [The Hill]

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Trash Bugs in Cobble Hill

 These bags were piled up on Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, in front of a private school on Thursday.

Upon closer inspection, we saw they were labeled, "Trash bugs do not open."

So many thoughts. About the shape of the bags, what was in them, what kind of bugs, how many ...

We did not open the bags. We took the photos and then walked quickly away.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, this Saturday

Bring the kids to Fort Greene Park this Saturday for Councilmember Laurie Cumbo's District 35 Easter Egg Hunt.

Join BAM for arts and crafts, enjoy storytime or sign up for a library card with the Brooklyn Public Library, hop along to music from a DJ, and enjoy magic and face painting. The Easter Bunny might make a special appearance...

There will be 2,000 prize-filled eggs available for the taking. BYOB - Bring Your Own Basket.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Saturday: Spring Festival & Family Day at Amersfort Park, Flatlands, Brooklyn

On Saturday, April 15, enjoy the spring weather, music, arts and crafts, games and an Easter Egg hunt at Amersfort Park, E. 38 St. bet. Ave. I and Ave. J in Flatlands, Brooklyn.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Barclays; Serial Police Impersonator; Brook-Krasny's Fall; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Brooklyn Steel. [DNAinfo]

- Police impersonator steals thousands from Brooklyn businesses. [CBS]

- Barclays Center hosts 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn’s development boom will likely resume soon as lawmakers pass a 421-a tax break. [Brownstoner]

- An employee of an East Williamsburg building supply company died Monday after a flatbed truck struck him in a parking lot. [Daily News]

- A woman was grazed by a bullet in Brownsville after a fight broke out nearby on Monday night. [abc7]

- Mom and grandma fight off maniac who tried to grab baby in Brooklyn subway. [Daily News]

- Inside Alec Brook-Krasny’s stunning fall from grace. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn Bazaar is relaunching its night market for the season. [Time Out]

- Alec Baldwin at BAM this Sunday. [BAM]

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Park Slope, Brooklyn is as Big as Monaco

Map data copyright Google
 Once in a while we play with Wolframalpha.com, the computational knowledge engine, to figure out something pointless.

Today's useless exercise was computing the area of different Brooklyn neighborhoods.

We started with Brooklyn Heights. Wolfram Alpha quickly figured out the neighborhood's area is 180 acres, or .28 square miles.

What's nice is W/A then goes on to give us comparisons:

- The area of Brooklyn Heights is, for example, equal to 1.2 times the total floor area of the Pentagon.

- It's also 1.7 times the total area of Vatican City.

- It is also 13 times the area of the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Nice to know!

Plugging in different Brooklyn neighborhoods, we found that Cobble Hill's area is smaller than Brooklyn Heights, at 89 acres.

But the area of Bedford-Stuyvesant, at 4.2 square miles (a whopping 2,700 acres), is equal to one eighth the area of Manhattan.

Whereas Park Slope is 639 acres, equal to one square mile or .... the area of an adult male cougar's home range! Or the total area of Monaco!

To research weird factoids or perform calculations yourself, visit Wolfram Alpha and type in an English language query, such as "area williamsburg, brooklyn, nyc."

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Get Ready for More 'Planned Flyovers' Over NYC

A Cessna 208B SKS Caravan by Shawn from Airdrie, Canada
Notify NYC tells us that we can expect "planned flyovers" in the wee hours of the morning (between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.) from now until August. The city says  a low-flying Cessna 208 aircraft will be conducting "laser mapping of the NYC shorelines in all five boroughs. The aircraft will be flying at an altitude of approximately 1,475 feet and will be using a laser to measure erosion."

At the same time, Notify NYC also warns us of another set of planned flyovers that started April 8 and will continue until April 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., centered over Midtown Manhattan. In this case, the flyover will be conducted by a tan/brown/yellow PA 27 Piper Aztec aircraft with tail #N170TA.

Recent Activity

There have been numerous flyovers in recent months. There was a flyover on March 30: "Three helicopters at low altitudes conducting aerial photography," we're told.

And on March 25, eight Alpha Jets conducted a flyover in the vicinity of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.

Just the day before, on March 24, we were told to expect "three helicopters at low altitudes conducting aerial photography."

Another flyover was set for March 13, this one with 10 military helicopters which were conducting an "exercise over NYC at an altitude of 500-1,000 feet."

And another one on March 5: the same tan/brown/yellow PA 27 Piper Aztec aircraft with tail #N170TA, flying over.

Wow, what a lot of flyovers! (We're assuming that some of this activity has to do with Trump, since it picked up with his election as president.)

So there's no need to be alarmed. If you see a plane buzzing your building, it's likely just your government (and your taxes) at work.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Sorry for Delay, McBrooklyn Has the Flu....

Sorry we haven't been at our post for a few days, we're down with the flu here in McBrooklynland.

Hang on, we'll be back as soon as possible!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Record-Breaking DUMBO Sale; Spaghetti Donuts; Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse and More Brooklyn Briefs

It appears a small pond is growing at Brooklyn Bridge Park, to the surprise of the owners of these vehicles. Construction materials have also been swamped. Photo  by MK Metz 

- Tick tock: DUMBO's Clock Tower penthouse sells for a record-breaking $15 million. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Police are looking for a thief who broke into a Borough Park synagogue and made off with religious texts worth almost $250,000. [CBS]

- VIDEO: NYPD cop pulls out Taser while shooing Brooklyn students along, asks 'Do you wanna ride the lightning?' [Daily News]

- The geniuses at Brooklyn’s Pop Pasta have made a donut out of spaghetti. [The Daily Meal]

- Gowanus artist furious as muddy water floods her home and studio. [CBS]

- First look at Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Huge ice ball from Gowanus Expressway smashes through window, hitting young girl in the face. [NY Post]

- Businesses, buildings evacuated in Williamsburg after gas main break on Saturday. [News12]

And on April 1, we read:

- Following the success of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams curing his type 2 diabetes after adopting a vegan diet, the New York City Council has unanimously passed a bill that will result in the entire borough eschewing all animal products by the end of 2017. [VegNews]

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Preserving Brooklyn Heights Library's Stone Friezes; That Poor Cat Shot with an Arrow; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Photo by MK Metz
- Preserving the Brooklyn Heights Library’s stone friezes (shown above). [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn subway stations on R line facing six-month shutdowns. [amNY]

- Pictures of that poor cat shot with a crossbow in Brooklyn. (Cat survived.) [ABC7]

- Brooklyn woman says she endured a decade of abuse at the hands of a former NYPD Officer that ended with her boyfriend dead. [CBS]

- Family of slain Brooklyn security guard brought to tears at trial. [Daily News]

- Some pretty dramatic photos: Portraits of gunshot survivors featured in "SHOT" photography book. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- GOP rep changes healthcare vote from 'no' to 'hell no.' [The Hill]

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bad Date Arrested; the Turtle Lady of Williamsburg; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Bad date: A woman who murdered another woman in Russia was discovered living a glamorous life in Brooklyn, drugging and robbing men she met on dating websites. [CBS]

- A Brooklyn couple who fleeced New Yorkers out of funeral money for a 5-year-old boy who's actually alive were arrested again while using a child in another scam. [DNAinfo]

- PHOTOS: The Turtle Lady thrives in Williamsburg. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Missing Brooklyn man with autism found in Mexico. [Pix11]

VIDEO: A 60-something-year-old woman walked into a jewelry store in Williamsburg and took four diamond pins while a 60-year-old man stood by as a lookout. [NBC]

- Judge in El Chapo case limits release of info, orders appointment of ‘firewall’ attorney. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Young Brooklyn woman wonders if she was in suspected serial killer’s grasp. [Pix11]

- VIDEO: Assemblywoman Diana Richardson took to Facebook Live on Thursday morning to blast Mayor Bill de Blasio, city hall and others. [Patch]

S.A.D. Party 2017 will raise money for Planned Parenthoo.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

'Dine in Brooklyn' Starts This Monday, Features 90 Brooklyn Restaurants and Bars

From Monday, March 20th to Thursday, March 30th, diners can enjoy great deals at 90 Brooklyn restaurants.

Dine In Brooklyn offers three-course dinners for $28, two-course lunches for $15, and weekend brunches for $12.

Some noted restaurants are participating this year, including Friend of a Farmer in Brooklyn Heights, Chez Oskar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, La Palina in Bensonhurst, BKW by Brooklyn Winery in Crown Heights, Boqueria in Fort Green and many more.

Go to the restaurant page to find your newest favorite by location, style or number of views.

(More here.)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

BB Gun Shootings; Dine in Brooklyn Kicks Off Monday; Sunset Park Landmarking and More Brooklyn Briefs

Hahaha we just saw this one.

- Three people — including a 13-year-old boy — have been shot with a BB gun in Brooklyn this week, apparently by the same attacker. [Daily News]

- The future of urban farming is in shipping containers. In Brooklyn, of course. [Motherboard]

- Three Brooklyn Web series to watch. [Brownstoner]

- What's next in Sunset Park residents' landmarking quest? [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 37-year-old victim speaks out Wednesday, after he was brutally beaten by four men inside a Brooklyn restaurant after offering them a gesture of kindness. [CBS]

- 2017 Dine In Brooklyn kicks off Monday, and its shaping up to be delicious. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Sorry, Fabolous, you're not getting a Brooklyn street. [Steriogum]

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MTA Fare Hike Goes Into Effect This Sunday

Photo by MK Metz
 The MTA’s MetroCard fare hike kicks in this Sunday, March 19th.

The fare for a single ride will remain $2.75 ... but weekly and monthly MetroCards will see increases. 

- A 7-day pass will increase from $31 to $32.
- A 30-day pass goes from $116.50 to $121. 

More details at BKLYNER.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

De Blasio Declares State of Emergency in NYC, Due to Storm Stella and Blizzard2017

Photo by MK Metz
 Due to winter storm Stella and the blizzard, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued Emergency Executive Order 92, placing NYC in a State of Emergency as of midnight Monday night.

This order means people have to stay off the roads until midnight Tuesday (or longer) and use public transportation whenever possible.

Those who must drive due to an emergency must exercise extreme caution. Vehicles blocking snow plows will be towed.

Here is a partial list of the things that are closed in NYC Tuesday:

Public schools are closed; after school programs and PSAL activities are canceled

CUNY colleges and central offices are closed

Alternate side parking is suspended; meters are in effect

MTA subway express service is suspended

MTA above-ground subway service is suspended starting at 4 AM

MTA underground subway service is running; expect delays

MTA bus service is likely to be suspended; check MTA.info for the latest status

LIRR service is likely to be suspended; check MTA.info for the latest status

MetroNorth service is likely to be suspended; check MTA.info for the latest status

Garbage, recycling, and organics collections are suspended

Post offices are open; mail will be delivered

Courts, including the Office of Court Administration, are closed

Libraries are closed

ACS EarlyLearn Child Centers are closed

DFTA Senior Centers are closed

DPR Recreation Centers are closed

Some IDNYC Enrollment Centers are closed

NYC Business Solution Centers are closed

NYCHA Senior Centers are closed

TLC offices are closed to customer transactions

Workforce1 Centers are closed

NYC government offices are open unless otherwise noted

Some civil service exams are canceled or rescheduled

***DMV offices are open***

For more on what's closed and what's open, visit NYC.gov.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Brooklyn Events Cancelled Due to Blizzard: Bedford Union Armory Update, Chag Purim Sameach

NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo sent out an eblast announcing that some events have been cancelled because of the expected blizzard, part of incoming Winter Storm Stella.

These include:

○ Chag Purim Sameach

○ Bedford Union Armory Status Update Part 2 (Medgar Evers)

No doubt more events will be cancelled as the day goes on.

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NYC: Prepare For Winter Storm 'Stella' Bringing Blizzard, Up to 18 Inches of Snow

Snow on Cadman Plaza West. By MK Metz
 If you are short of food, beer, cash, toilet paper, meds or any of the necessities of life, Monday would be a great time to pick them up.

NYC Emergency Management is advising everyone in the NYC area to prepare for a nor'easter*, forecast to bring cold temperatures, 12-18 inches of snow, and winds of 20-30mph with gusts up to 50mph. Winds and the weight of the snow could cause tree damage and power outages.

The mysterious governing body that name storms have dubbed this one "Stella.

Bullet Points:

○ Heaviest snowfall is expected in the morning through the afternoon, with rates as much as 2 to 4 inches per hour possible.

○ Slippery roads and visibility of one quarter mile or less at times. Avoid driving.

○ Coastal Flood Watch from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday.

○ Alternate Side Parking regulations are suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meters remain in effect. Garbage/recycling collections will be suspended once snow operations begin.

○ If this thing drags on, check in on housebound neighbors. 

*According to Wikipedia,a nor'easter is a "macro-scale cyclone."Nor'easters differ from tropical cyclones in that nor'easters are cold-core low-pressure systems, as opposed to warm ones.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Meeting About Controversial Crown Heights Homeless Shelter Taking Place Tuesday

A controversial new shelter for 100+ homeless men is set to open on Bergen Street in Crown Heights soon.

A public meeting about the shelter, at 1173 Bergen Street, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm at Uncommon Charter School, located at 1485 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY 11216, between Brooklyn and Kingston Avenues.

Please note, there is an allotted two hour time limit by the school, so arrive on time.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Developer Preps Brooklyn Heights Library for Demolition

Workers set up barriers around Brooklyn Heights Library. Photo: MK Metz
 Demolition of the Brooklyn Heights Library will be starting next week. Workers from the demo company began installing fencing around the site at 280 Cadman Plaza West on Thursday.

The city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) recently gave its official approval for the demolition.

Locals fought the sale of the library to a private developer, Hudson Companies, for years, but in the end, the city and Brooklyn Public Library prevailed.

A 36-story luxury residential tower is going up on the site. A newer, somewhat smaller library will be built on the ground floor, a mezzanine and on a lower level.

Hudson told the Brooklyn Eagle it has not yet closed on the site, but expects to in the coming weeks.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

4 Missing Sisters Found; Cop with 'Anger Issues' Blows Away Neighbor; Heights Library About to be Demolished; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Photo courtesy Brooklyn North

More on this story about the missing kids at ABC.

- Former police officer with "anger issues" shoots, critically wounds neighbor outside Greenpoint apartment building. [Daily News]

- NYC approves demolition of Brooklyn Heights Library, paving way for luxury tower. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A Brooklyn Supreme Court justice says he was harassed in Borough Park on Sunday by a man who shouted “you f–king Jew.” [NY Post]

- Powerful ‘RESIST’ sign illuminates Gowanus building. [Brooklyn Pulp]

- There's a parking space  in Park Slope for sale for $300,000. [CBS]

- Brooklyn-Queens Connector panel to be held at Brooklyn Law School. [amNY]

- Owl’s Head Park killer still at large. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A Danish starrchitect's firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has signed a 50,000-square-foot lease at Two Trees' 45 Main Street in DUMBO. [Commercial Observer]

- Many Brooklyn and New York officials trash Trump’s reissued travel ban. [Brooklyn Eagle

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Monday, March 6, 2017

NY's Finest ... Subway Technicians

Photo by MK Metz
Seen in a subway station: NYC transit technicians do their job and they're proud of it!

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

'Muslim Slayer' Threatens Mosque; Shot in the Back in Bushwick; Catsimatidis Explores Run for Mayor; and More Brooklyn Briefs

The Fort Greene Park Conservancy and Eric Frazier Productions will present the first-ever Fort Greene Park Winter Jazz Festival, at The Five Spot on March 12.
- A woman was shot in the back while walking on a Bushwick street Wednesday afternoon. [NBC News 4]

- Fire rips through Brooklyn family’s nearly-finished new home, further displacing them less than five years after Hurricane Sandy. [Daily News]

- Five (more) important takeaways from Brooklyn Heights Assn's annual meeting. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Police hunt for ‘Muslim Slayer’ who threatened Brooklyn mosque. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn BP Eric Adams launched the website for the 2017 edition of Dine In Brooklyn. 60 restaurants have signed up so far.  [Dine In Brooklyn]

- The curious case of the woman walking along the train track in Brooklyn. [NY Post]

- Bitingly funny 'Skin of Our Teeth' at Theatre for a New Audience's Polonsky Shakespeare Center. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Meet the people who spend countless hours making the macabre masks of J'ouvert and the sexy spandex of the West Indian Parade. [Vice]

- John Catsimatidis is exploring another run for the position of mayor. [Gothamist]

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These Hornbills at the Prospect Park Zoo Date Just like Humans, then Mate for Life

Photo: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
These beautiful wreathed hornbills can now be seen year-round at the Prospect Park Zoo.

The zoo tells us that hornbills mate for life, and that the pair see above are bonded together.

The new exhibit was created to provide a home "conducive to breeding with hopes that they produce offspring in the future," the zoo says.

Prospect Park Zoo staff says it's looking pretty good -- they have already witnessed "courtship behavior" between the two, "with the male making food offerings to the female."

Just like humans on a date!

A few drinks might speed the process. Just saying.

The pair at the Prospect Park Zoo are in their twenties. Wreathed hornbills live to about 40 years in the wild and have been known to live into their 50s in zoos.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Brooklyn Heights Association Awards Activists; Bed-Stuy Girl Best Doodler in NY; Katz's Deli and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn Heights Association looks at BQX, honors community activists at annual meeting. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Bomb threat at Midwood HS empties school for a while. [NBC]

- Sixth-grader Gwendolyn McNamara of Bedford-Stuyvesant won the New York State Doodle 4 Google Competition. [Daily News]

- Is this Brooklyn’s Jack the Ripper? [Daily Beast]

- "Weirdo disco king" Arthur Russell's archive of photographs, lyrics and unreleased music will go on display at Brooklyn Academy of Music. [OKPlayer]

- Katz’s Delicatessen to open Brooklyn outpost in April. [amNY]

- Wicked woman robs date at gunpoint. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Supporters and opponents alike amazed that Trump's first speech to Congress was delivered in normal tones with no odd facial twitches. [Politico]

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Techies 'Hack the Ban'; Brooklyn Artist Makes Real Bucks; Foreclosures; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Something oddly satisfying about this video.

- Techies ‘Hack the Ban’ for undocumented immigrants in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A power problem near the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station caused delays across several lines early Tuesday. [NBC] Check MTA for train status today.

- Why at least one Brooklyn artist doesn't need a day job. [Forbes]

- A report by PropertyShark showed that the Eastern half of Brooklyn was the source of the borough’s high foreclosure rates. [KingsCountyPolitics]

- Brooklyn film company owner donated to Mayor de Blasio fund-raiser over fear her business would suffer. [Daily News]

- A New York man who was convicted of assaulting the head of the Brooklyn Jewish Y at a basketball game in 2014 has fled the country for Turkey. [JTA]

- Travolta makes triumphant return to Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Today's the last day of the winter for free admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden! [BBG]

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Brooklyn Weather: Tuesday Nice; Wednesday Thunder, Thunder, Thunder

Photo: Rain in Cadman Plaza Park, by MK Metz
If you have to run around outside in Brooklyn, today is the day. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 57 degrees today, with a 20 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m.

Wednesday, however, is another matter. First, the good news. The high will be around 68 degrees.
Now the bad news:

"Possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm,
then possibly a thunderstorm between 2 & 4pm,
then a thunderstorms after 4pm."

Got that? Possibly thunderstorms before 2pm, between 2 and 4pm, and after 4pm. So, stay inside on Wednesday if you can and make sure you have an umbrella.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

'Obama, Thank You For Your Decency,' in Brooklyn Heights Window

Photo by MK Metz
Seen in the window of the Jubilee Gallery frame shop on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights.

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Feds Probe de Blasio, Again; BHA: Pier 6 Unnecessary; Did Prison Feed Inmates Rat Poison? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Feds probe possible de Blasio role in re-opening troubled Brooklyn school run by fund-raiser. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn prison is sued for $16 million for 'feeding inmates Thanksgiving cake laced with rat poison.' [Daily Mail]

- A 12-year-old boy from Weeksville, Brooklyn has gone missing. [Patch]

- Infant who survived in 1920s Coney Island sideshow incubator dies at 96. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Lifelong motorcyclist dies after slamming on brakes and skidding on road in East Williamsburg. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn Heights Association: New data from city shows Pier 6 development unnecessary. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- This new bar is all about Mezcal.  [Grub Street]

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brooklyn's 'Coolest Hotels';15-yr-old Shot in Eye; New BQX Video and More Brooklyn Briefs

- East Flatbush gunman shoots 15-year-old in eye, 18-year-old in leg. [Daily News]

- City plugs contested Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal in new video. [Curbed]

- CNN's take on Brooklyn's coolest hotels and hottest hangouts. [CNN]

- No more early morning demolition at the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Two young women have vanished from the same community near Sunset Park, and the NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating them. [Breaking 911]

- Carjacking gang hitting business owners in Brooklyn, makes off with $86G. [Daily News]

- Cops on Saturday morning busted 24 people and seized five handguns during a raid on an afterhours Gowanus motorcycle club. [NY Post]

- Kushner-owned former Jehovah's campus added to DUMBO BID. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Bachelor is coming to Brooklyn. [Observer]

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cops Shoot & Kill 1; Rat Urine Health Tips; Brooklyn Bridge Structurally Deficient; and More Brooklyn Briefs

What happens to chocolate-covered strawberries 2 days after Valentine's Day. At Garden of Eden salad bar in Brooklyn Heights. Photo by MK Metz
- Police shooting in East New York. Perp shot first.  [NYPD News]

- After rat urine death, NYC issues guidelines on avoiding disease. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- It's gonna be 60 degrees this weekend so let's celebrate: The 20 best things to do in Brooklyn this weekend. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklyn Bridge and many other listed as structurally deficient. [NY1]

- Anish Kapoor to install an endless black whirlpool in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [DesignBoom]  

- Worker's Justice Project joined the 24-hour work stoppage on Thursday, set to send a message to the White House. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- What to do if ICE agents show up at your door. [Twitter]

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Brooklyn Law School Rallies Against Muslim Immigration Ban

Photo by MK Metz
Brooklyn Law School held a "Brooklyn Stands Together" march and rally Thursday night at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Students at the law school have been involved in protests at JFK, in Battery Park, in front of the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn and other locations over President Trump's Muslim immigration ban. 

Several professors are working as volunteer lawyers for people detained and several students have become legal observers for the National Lawyers Guild, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sex in a Bushwick Bathroom; Love Comes to Babeland; Valezquez Calls for Russian Investigation; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Elderly cabbie leaves 65-year-old man clinging to life after he strikes him in Marine Park crosswalk. [Daily News]

- 27 percent of those surveyed by Bushwick Daily reported having sex in a Bushwick bar or restaurant. [Bushwick Daily]

- Love comes to Babeland sex boutiques just in time for Valentine’s Day. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- New York City is investigating three recent cases — one of them fatal — of a rare disease transmitted through rat urine. [NY Times]

- Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velazquez ‏has renewed her call for a Special Counsel to investigate Russian hacking of election given Flynn's resignation. [Letter]

- Brooklyn man campaigns to house Muslim refugees in Trump Tower. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Former Brooklyn HS hoops star arrested in Jersey City on fraud, identity theft charges. [NJ.com]

- Members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. [NY Times]

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Video: Drunk Man Rescued from Bathroom by FDNY; Trump's Toxic Brooklyn Properties; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Gov. Cuomo’s executive budget includes hidden $65M cut in MTA funds. [Daily News]

- The Trump organization and Jared Kusher own toxic sites in DUMBO and Gowanus that would benefit the most from EPA assistance -- but Trump wants to abolish the EPA. [Curbed]

- 2 men accused of impersonating police officers are robbing people in several Brooklyn neighborhoods.[Pix11]

- Brooklyn's U.S. Rep. Nadler uses obscure House rule to pressure Trump. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The WSJ says Brooklyn is the new hot spot for NYC office space. [WSJ]

- A dog took a bullet for his best friend — and survived — after a trio of robbers jumped his master in Crown Heights. [Daily News]

- The spy revolt against Trump begins. [Observer]

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Kushner Tenant Videos Mouse on Baby's Crib; Shootings; Adorable Snow Photos and More Brooklyn Briefs

Henry Ward Beecher, Plymouth Church.
Photo: MK Metz
- Brooklyn man arrested for execution-style murder of correction guard ex-girlfriend. [Daily News]

- A new three-floor pop-up cultural oasis, dubbed The Sonic Jungle, will be coming to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 66-year-old man who worked for the NYPD as a steam fitter was found fatally shot in his Bath Beach home Wed. night. [Gothamist]

- Video captures mouse walking on baby’s crib in crummy Brooklyn apartment building owned by Kushner, Trump's son-in-law. [Daily News]

- There's a cheese cave below the streets of Crown Heights. [Patch]

- More adorable snow day photos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services during a 2 a.m. vote Friday. [The Hill]

- He lied: Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian envoy before Trump took office, despite denials, officials say. [Washington Post]

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Foot of Snow to Hit Brooklyn Today; NYC Schools Close for Snow Day

Photo by MK Metz
 Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina declared that all NYC public schools would be closed on Thursday due to the predicted severe snowstorm, Niko, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. 

It's going to be devilishly tricky to get around at times. According to The Weather Company, snow should become heavy around 8 a.m. in NYC/ Brooklyn. Sustained winds during the heavy snow will likely produce white-out conditions.

Due to the NYC Transit Cold Weather Plan Preparation, certain service changes are in effect, so check with MTA before heading out. 

The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall during the day as northerly winds pick up, drawing colder air southward as the low "bombs."

We take this to mean take the kids (and yourself) out sledding earlier, as it will feel colder as the day goes on.

Hot chocolate for the kids and hot toddies for the grownups in the afternoon!

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So They Caught this Sex Offender in Washington, D.C....

Many comments about him.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

12-Year-Old-Struck by Car in Brooklyn Heights; Target Protest Brings Cops; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Outside Tripoli Restaurant, Atlantic Ave. Photo: MK Metz
 - An Iranian CUNY student stuck in her native country after Trump ordered a travel ban is back in Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- A car slammed into a 12-year-old boy as he crossed Cadman Plaza West and Middagh St. in Brooklyn Heights at about 8:10 a.m. Monday. [Daily News]

- A group called People's Monday says they "shut down" Target in Atlantic Center Mall Monday night, somehow connecting Target to the 8-year-old girl killed in Trump's first military venture. [Twitter]

- Mwanwhile, hundreds of people packed into a Brooklyn synagogue, at Congregation Beth Elohim, to discuss fighting Trump agenda. [Twitter]

- In response to Trump, NY state Assembly passes 'sanctuary state' bill. [Politico]

- An appeals court will hear oral arguments Tuesday evening on whether to restore President Trump’s executive action on immigration and refugees. [The Hill]

Our information is being stolen: The FDA has not published any Federal Register notices in two weeks. They are supposed to be published daily. [Twitter]

- Missing cat alert: Waldo, black, 10 lbs, at 2 Grace Court at Hicks St, Brooklyn. Chip: 985113000126811 Call: 8884663242

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