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

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78th Precinct



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!

Blenman Steel Sounds - Pianist Kay Sublime
Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team

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. 


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?
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

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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