Monday, August 28, 2017

Afropunk 2017, Soap Box Derby and Parking Your Dog in Brooklyn


- Woman who was battling cancer dies alone in blaze at Brooklyn apartment building. [Daily News]

- Check out the creativity at the10th annual South Slope Soap Box Derby. [cbslocal]

- BP Eric Adams will be giving his recommendation this week on the controversial plan to develop the Bedford-Union Armory. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Afropunk 2017 Saturday pics (Solange, Soul II Soul, Little Simz, more). [Brooklyn Vegan]

- Battle of Brooklyn re-enactment held at Green-Wood Cemetery. [News12]

- A 1-year-old girl was badly burned by hot tea in East NY. [Daily News]

- Cops say gang of men made anti-gay comments and beat up a social worker in Bed-Stuy. [abc7]

- Now you can park your dog in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]



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Friday, August 25, 2017

Climbing Brooklyn Bridge: Then and Now

On Friday the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit conducted rope rescue training on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Interesting contrast to the scene on the bridge in 1914, when painters apparently thought nothing of climbing the cables and just hanging out on them.



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

National Night Out Against Crime Activities in Brooklyn Tuesday

CB2 sent info about National Night Out Against Crime in their area of Brooklyn, which includes Fort Greene, Bushwick, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Here are the precincts:

88th Precinct:

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Police Service Area 3

PSA3 NNO 2017

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78th Precinct

78PCT NNO

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84th Precinct

Join the 84th Precinct Community Council, the 84th Precinct, elected officials, merchants
and your neighbors on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5 Picnic area.

Come on out let's get together to celebrate our united community!

Entertainment:
Blenman Steel Sounds - Pianist Kay Sublime
Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team

Plus:
Police bicycle and scooter registration
Bicycle helmets distributed by DOT
Refreshments, Cookout - Ice Cream, Games and Face Painting

Transportation will be provided to the elderly and disabled by the 84th Precinct
Phone 718-875-6850 to reserve a few days in advance.

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Spielberg film transforms Brooklyn Heights into DC

Steven Spielberg. By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA3.0
- Is that really DC? Spielberg film transforms Brooklyn neighborhood into ’14th Street’ (Photos)

Correspondent Andrew Porter sent the above link (for which he thanks neighbor Steven Rosenstein)  about the filming going on in Brooklyn Heights over the past few days.

Published by wtop, the article starts: "You can spot a cavalcade of boxy Cadillacs lining the curb, and the street sign says 14th Street NW. But this isn’t actually D.C.’s famous strip in the 1970s.
It’s a New York City neighborhood temporarily sent through the time machine for an upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed movie...."

"The film 'Nor’easter' is set to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katherine Graham during the time the paper challenged the U.S. government for the right to publish the politically explosive Pentagon Papers in 1971."

Or it might be titled "The Post," as Deadline Hollywood has it. 

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Porter writes:

"This explains the enormous stacks of a 1971 issue of The Washington Post I saw at a staging area on Clark Street.

I guess the guy wanted to use even more BH locations than he got to use in filming "Bridge of Spies."

Then there were the BH locations which stood in for Georgetown in "Burn After Reading." BH has been used way too much in filming movies and TV shows. I'm glad I don't have a car."


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Helicopter Searches Brooklyn Heights with Searchlight

Photo: MK Metz
 This helicopter swept Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Cadman Plaza West with its searchlight very late Wednesday night.

No word yet on what it was looking for. If you hear, let us know.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The ConBody Prison Bus

Photo: MK Metz
 This bus belongs to the ConBody Prison-Style Bootcamp. Headquartered in a grafitti-strewn neighborhood on the Lower East Side, ex-cons teach members exercises -- one course for example, focuses on exercises suitable for a 9x6' cell.

Founder Coss Marte teaches the above course.

His blurb:
"Coss Marte personally oversaw a million dollar cocaine and marijuana empire in New York City before getting busted. Once locked up, however, he not only rethought his life—he conceived an entirely new and original way of getting fit."


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Brooklyn Officials Say Cops Will Catch Up with 2 Hit and Run Drivers

The stretch of Franklin Ave. where 27-year old Neftaly Ramirez was run down in a hit-and-run. Photo by MK Metz
 Brooklyn Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez, Stephen Levin and Mark Treyger called for two hit-and-run drivers to turn themselves in while they still can.

Last weekend, 18-year old Alejandro Tello was killed by a driver in a white BMW SUV as he rode across the street on his skateboard in Gravesend.  27-year old Neftaly Ramirez was riding his bike when he was struck by what is believed to be a green private garbage truck.

Police are close to tracing the vehicles, officials said. At a press conference on Tuesday, as reported in the Brooklyn Eagle, Levin noted that there are "numerous businesses" along the Franklin Avenue stretch in Greenpoint. "There's no doubt in my mind that we will be able to see video evidence that will show what [garbage] company it was and some ID on that truck. "  

UPDATE: Police tracked the car down not too far from the scene of the fatal Gravesend crash, but they're still investigating who the driver was at the time of the fatal crash, DNA reports. Meanwhile,  the garbage truck in Greenpoint crash belongs to Action Carting and has New Jersey plates, police said.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival comes to Albee Square, Crown Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park


The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is throwing a party this week that includes a film festival, the Juice Hip Hop Exposition, a free block party, talks and, on July 15, the grand finale concert.

The Hip-Hop Institute takes place on July 12, 10am-7pm, at Medgar Evers College. The theme of the day/conference is “Speak The Truth." Discuss issues of empowerment, social justice, health & wellness, as well as entrepreneurship. The programming consists of lectures, panels, and various workshops.

On Thursday, July 13th*, stop by Albee Square for the Spread Love Block Party from 4-9pm. Dance as DJ Spinna and DJ Uncle Ralph McDaniels spin on the 1s and 2s; hang in the beer garden, and stick around for some giveaways from the festival.

The big highlight comes on July 15, with the grand finale concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Full schedule here.

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Have You Seen Missing Brooklyn Man Victor Kruglyak?

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Photo courtesy NYPD
A Silver Alert has been issued for Victor Kruglyak, an 82-year-old white man from Brightwater Court and Brighton 5th Street in Brooklyn. The missing has Alzheimer’s and dementia and may be in need of medical attention.

Kruglyak is 5'4" tall, 150lbs, with white hair. He is wearing a yellow t-shirt, brown shorts and a blue baseball hat.

Last Seen: Near Corbin Place and Oriental Boulevard in Brooklyn at approximately 10:00 AM on 7/10.

If you see him, call 911.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Dunkirk in 70mm Coming to Brooklyn

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Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn
Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn will be installing a new 70mm projector in their largest theater, with Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK as the inaugural film to be presented in 70mm on July 20th. The Alamo Brooklyn is one of just six New York City theaters presenting DUNKIRK in 70mm, and the only Brooklyn theater to show in the format.

From Alamo:
DUNKIRK tells the true story of “The Miracle of Dunkirk” and the unparalleled heroism and selflessness that saved the lives of 330,000 Allied soldiers. Following the earliest disastrous British invasion of Europe, hundreds of thousands of Allied forces and members of high command found themselves trapped, surrounded by German forces and with the sea to their backs.

Enter the “Little Ships of Dunkirk,” a flotilla of 800 privately owned ferries, fireboats and fishing boats, which helped pluck the soldiers from the beaches and evacuate them safely across the Channel to Dunkirk.

DUNKIRK opens theatrically on July 20th. Tickets for DUNKIRK in 70mm are on sale now and can be purchased via the Alamo Drafthouse website .


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Climbing Drills at Ladder Co. 118 in Brooklyn Heights

Photo by MK Metz
 Ladder Co. 118 practiced their ladder climbs at the Brooklyn Heights firehouse over the weekend.

The drill followed the very real July 4 fire in DUMBO when firefighters from Ladder Co. 118 scaled a six-story loft building at 57 Jay St. to extinguish a fire reported on a lower floor.

You can see photos showing just how dizzyingly far the ladders extended at that fire here.


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Coney Island Flicks On the Beach

Here's fun summer entertainment, and free: Coney Island Flicks on the Beach (presented by Alliance for Coney Island, and Amazon Studios).

On Mondays at 8:00 P.M. during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater.

Come on down and see a mix of modern, classic and indie movies.

For directions, maps, and full schedule head to coneyflicks.com


July 17: Landline

July 24: Finding Dory

July 31: La La Land

August 7: Get Out

August 14: The Lego Batman Movie

August 21: Crown Heights

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What the July 4 Fireworks Looked Like from Brooklyn Heights

Photo by MK Metz
See the little red oval? If you look hard, you can see a little bit of New Jersey's fireworks, as seen from Brooklyn Heights.

The Jersey City Freedom and Fireworks Festival was supposed to take off from Liberty State Park, which would have made it visible from the Promenade and BBP. But those plans were changed when NJ's government shut down, along with its parks and beaches.

The NJ display was moved to Exchange Place, sadly out of sight from Brooklyn Heights.

Those lucky Heights folks with balconies facing north (on an upper floor) had views of the Macy's display, but since it was moved north to Midtown Manhattan, it couldn't be seen from the Promenade or Brooklyn Bridge Park, prime viewing in years past. It was visible from Greenpoint and Williamsburg, however.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fireworks Tonight at Ellis Island: Best Viewing from Brooklyn, NYC (6/27/2017)

Photo: MK Metz
There will be a fireworks display near south Ellis Island tonight, 6/27, at approximately 10:15 p.m.

The best viewing points in Brooklyn are the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge Walkway. In Manhattan, the best place to see them is Battery Park. (In New Jersey, go to Liberty State Park.)

The display's sponsor is Briggs Inc. Briggs oversees projects including product launches, sales meetings and other corporate functions.

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New Public Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn at 300 Ashland to Be Unveiled Wednesday

Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
A new public plaza at Two Trees' 300 Ashland will be unveiled on Wednesday, June 28th.

The celebration includes music by JahPan and special guests, food by Habana Outpost, and more on this 15,000 square foot landscaped plaza at the corner of Fulton and Lafayette.

The terraced plaza was designed by Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos and Grain Collective, and will be programmed by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

More on this event here.

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Free Outdoor Movies at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn

Courtesy of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Join the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership every Wednesday in July for free outdoor screenings of four furry Blockbuster films.

You bring the blanket, DBP will hand out the free popcorn. Movies start at sundown at MetroTech Commons in Downtown Brooklyn.

July 5: Madagascar
July 12: Finding Dory
July 19: A Bug's Life
July 26: Zootopia


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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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