Monday, August 31, 2015

Pier 6 Comment Deadline is Today; Homeless Couple Clean Up Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Signing up supporters to save the Brooklyn Heights Library. Photo:MK Metz
- Homeless couple cleans up a Bay Ridge park, criticizes de Blasio for letting it go to hell. [NY Post]

- Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 public comment deadline is today. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet is moving from Tribeca to St. Ann's ex-digs in DUMBO. [WSJ]

- Woman drowns at Brighton Beach. [Daily News]

- Woman dies after plunging in front of a subway train on Fulton Street Saturday evening. [Daily News]

- Just what were those loud noises Saturday night in Fort Greene? [Patch]

- Brooklyn woman discovers her boyfriend was a cheat and a killer.[]

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DOE To Present P.S. 8 Rezoning Plan on Tuesday

P.S. 8 by MK Metz
The Dept. of Education will be attending CEC 13's public meeting on Tuesday, September 1 to share at least one scenario for rezoning overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights.

This would likely move some DUMBO and Vinegar Hill residents out of P.S. 8 and into another school(s).

According to the CEC, DOE says they will be presenting a preliminary map and additional details.

The expected presentation is not a formal zoning proposal (i.e., it does not begin a timeline that would require a CEC vote within 45 days); rather it is aimed at generating community and CEC input toward a formal zoning proposal that the DOE will submit at a later date.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the District Office at 355 Park Place at Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights.

More at the CEC website.

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'Billions' (Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis) Filming in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday

The Showtime drama "Billions" will be filing in Brooklyn Heights this week on Montague and Clinton streets.

Starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Malin Akerman, David Costabile and others, the series will premier on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, according to IMDb.

In the series, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) goes after hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis).

Filming starts Wednesday. (Move your car.) Photo: MK Metz

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Downtown Brooklyn Likely Mob Scene Friday with Rihanna Event; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Couple plays with a drone on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Photo: MK Metz
 - A photo tour of Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall. [Gothamist]

- Massive beer hall planned for Downtown Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- Battle of Brooklyn heroes may be one step closer to getting new memorial. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The leader of an illegal Georgia-to-New York gun ring, who sold 151 weapons to an undercover officer in Brooklyn, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. [NBC]

- Last chance to catch Black Lives Matter plays ‘Rachel’ and ‘Las Meninas’ in Fort Greene.

- The Parisian department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is playing host to Brooklyn’s hottest brands, beginning September 3. [Observer]

- The first 400 D'town Brooklyn Macy's customers today to purchase Rihanna's RiRi set for $116 will receive a VIP pass to meet Rihanna herself and have a photo taken with her. [Patch]

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Coup is Afoot at the Cobble Hill Asociation

Photo: MK Metz
The Brooklyn Eagle reports that 24 Cobble Hill Association members have called a special meeting to boot long-time leader Roy Sloane from the position of acting president, and to elect new officers to fill other board vacancies.

This comes in the middle of CHA-organized community talks with Fortis Property Group, the developer that won the rigged bid to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn and turn it into out-of-scale condos.

Is the coup part of the death throes of what was once a dynamic community organization -- or a positive infusion of fresh blood in the fight to fight the mega-development of Cobble Hill?

Cobble Hill Association torn over leader as LICH development looms [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Brooklyn Heights Demonstrators Support Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal

Photo: MK Metz
On Wednesday, members of the group Brooklyn For Peace demonstrated in front of the offices of Rep. Nydia Velazquez in Brooklyn Heights, in support of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

According to BFP's website, "The purpose is to support diplomacy and peace with Iran and counter the poisonous and heavily-financed campaign of opponents to the Iran nuclear agreement."

The event was part of a national day of action.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Massive New Ronnie Fieg Store; New Soup Dumpling Restaurant; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Seen in Upstate NY. Photo by MK Metz
  - Ronnie Fieg has opened a massive new store designed with Snarkitecture in Prospect Heights. (Besides sneakers and clothing, the new store also boasts New York’s very first cereal bar.) [Forbes]

- Brooklyn teen is out of jail on $1 million bail after he stabbed his allegedly abusive father to death to protect himself and his siblings. [People]

- A soup dumpling restaurant in opening in Downtown Brooklyn! [Gothamist]

- Thrill-seeker busted in Brooklyn for climbing 200-foot antenna. [NY Post]

- DOE to rezone overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Opponents of "makeshift slaughterhouses" on Brooklyn sidewalks duked it out in court Tuesday with Jewish leaders over religious ritual that involves the killing of 50,000 chickens. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn crowd disses wrestling Divas at WWE's  three-day run at Barclay's Center. [Auburnpub]

A woman in Dyker Heights says that wasps have taken over her street and the city isn't doing anything about it. [CBS]

- Sounds about right: New York City ranked one of the worst places to retire in 2015. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fire in Brooklyn Heights; Grace Jones Bares Almost All; and More Brooklyn Briefs

75th Precinct is a homicide hotspot.
 - More shootings rock Brooklyn over the weekend. [Daily News] and [Pix11]

- A Crown Heights man died of his injuries 14 hours after muggers brutally punched and kicked him — and he declined medical attention. [NY Post]

- A whole lotta smoke in Brooklyn Heights as electrical fire breaks out. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Watch Jon Stewart hit John Cena with a chair at WWE SummerSlam at Barclays Center. [Washington Post]

- Local legends and rising stars are among the comedians performing at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, running this week. [amNY]

- Grace Jones had a lot in common with the Times Square painted ladies at Brooklyn's Afropunk festival Saturday night. [Mashable]

- Hump: Touring amateur porn festival to steam up Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

McBrooklyn In the Woods, Contemplating Nature and All that Stuff

Bushkill Falls waterfall, by MK Metz
We at McBrooklyn Enterprises have been hiking around in the woods of Pennsylvania, climbing up cliffs, staring at beautiful waterfalls and in general enjoying nature.

Revelation: The woods of Pennsylvania have billions and billions of daddy long-legs (which look like spiders but are not), and also about half a billion actual spiders. On the other hand, there are almost no mosquitoes . . . unlike Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, spawning ground of herds of horrifyingly mutated Gowanus Mosquitoes.

Rooster at Hallo Berlin. Photos: MK Metz
Traveling north to Conklin, NY, we discovered the Hallo Berlin beer hall, sister to the Hallo Berlin restaurant in Manhattan.

We enjoyed excellent wurst and salads like potato salad, cucumber salad etc.

The old-timey establishment keeps chickens, turkeys and baby pigs in the back. Despite the copious number of sausages sold there, the waitress swears "We don't eat them!"

We'll be back to Brooklyn tomorrow!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brooklyn Heights Library ULURP Hearing at Borough Hall Tonight (Tuesday)

Rendering: Marvel Architects
Tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 18) at 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will host a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) public hearing on proposed plans for the Brooklyn Heights Library.

In the plan, Hudson Companies Inc. would build a 30-plus-story residential tower, replace the current library with a smaller one, and construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.

BP Adams will hear testimony from community stakeholders, including the Brooklyn Public Library and local residents, regarding their views on the pending application.

Get there at 5:30 p.m. if you want to sign up to comment.

On July 17, at a packed and frequently interrupted meeting Wednesday night, Brooklyn's Community Board 2 approved, with provisions, the much-disputed plan.

The added provisions would create a reserve fund of at least $2 million for future capital repairs; require the same "usable" floor space as the existing branch (there is some confusion over what is exactly usable, however); and create a Community Benefits Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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Jon Stewart to Host WWE's 'Summerslam' at Barclays Center; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Pop-Up Pool, beach, at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo: MK Metz
 - Jon Stewart, the former host of ‘The Daily Show’ has been announced by the WWE as the guest host for this year’s Summerslam, live from a sold-out Barclays Center. [Sportskeeda]

- A Tennessee tourist who took a selfie of himself on a beam of the Brooklyn Bridge was arrested for the stunt Monday in his home state. [NY Post]

- Man knocks out 52-year-old woman's teeth, threatens to shoot before raping her in Bed-Stuy. [Daily News]

- The captain of the Brooklyn Bombshells roller derby team tells all to the Wall Street Journal.

- Brooklyn’s widely loved Mulvaney family — a family of artists, musicians and performers — lost a mother and daughter in a horrific four-car crash on Saturday afternoon. [Patch]

- Brooklyn cats reveal their deepest secrets in ‘Felines of New York.’ [Observer]

- There's an ancient whistling language called Whistling Turkish, currently still used by about 10,000 people, which can be heard as far as five kilometers away. [9News]

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City to Spray Wednesday for Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus in Brooklyn

Image: NYC DOH
Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been detected in ten zip codes in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

The city's Health Department said that a Brooklyn man was hospitalized with viral meningitis.

Spraying is taking place in 15 Brooklyn neighborhoods on Wednesday, August 19, between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. Neighborhoods include parts of Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Gravesend, Fort Hamilton, New Utreht, parts of Georgetown, Mill Basin, Flatlands, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Marine Park, Midwood and Mill Island.

The Health Department recommends that people stay indoors during spraying, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, and remove children’s toys, equipment and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying.

City’s first human case of West Nile virus hits Brooklyn [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Body Found Floating Off Brooklyn Bridge Park; New LoftOpera; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Atlantic Tinsmith, Sunset Park, 3rd Ave. by MK Metz
 - The body of a 22-year-old man was found floating in the water next to Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday. [CBS]

- Brokers and developers eying empty and underused space on the floors above shops in Downtown Brooklyn. [WSJ]

- Looking at Brooklyn’s new loud, crowded and awesome LoftOpera in Bushwick. [Brooklyn Magazine]

- A young boy died in a riptide at Jacob Riis Park on Saturday;  two people were saved from drowning in waters off of Brooklyn and Staten Island on Sunday. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn author Anastasia Higginbotham gets plaudits for her children's book “Divorce Is The Worst,” which shows divorce from a child's point of view. [Observer-Reporter]

- A Brooklyn nursing aide was charged with endangering a dementia patient after she was caught on camera physically abusing the man during a bath. [Daily News]

- Authorities seized a "Minion fart blaster" from a toddler trying to board a plane in Dublin. Officials say the toy that makes noises and emits a banana-like scent was deemed a security threat. [ABC7]

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Shots Fired in Bedford-Stuyvesant Sunday Night

Photo: Data copyright Google Maps
Callers reported two shots fired at roughly 11:20 p.m. in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
According to the NYPD scanner, that shots rang out near the intersection of Hancock and Tompkins Pl.

No injuries were reported.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge Park Staycation Guide

Photo by MK Metz
 The Brooklyn Eagle has put together a four-day Brooklyn Bridge Park Staycation guide for those who want to skip the hassle and relax on their days off right here in Brooklyn.

For those with kids and those without, there’s enough going on at the park to keep you busy – or help you mellow out.

For those not on a staycation, there's still plenty to do at the park, including kayaking, popping into the Pop-Up Pool, exploring the Baylander, or taking in some Shakespeare at Sunset.

The Great Brooklyn Staycation at Brooklyn Bridge Park [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Cops Trace Brooklyn Heights Peeping Drone

 NYPD officers traced the operator of the drone peering into windows of Brooklyn Heights hi-rises on Thursday.

According to a report in the Brooklyn Eagle, the drone was commandeered by someone related to a real estate architectural firm who was supposed to be surveying for 189 Montague St., which is scheduled to be demolished. (Not freaking out office workers and patients in doctors offices at 16 Court St.)

 Cops confiscated the unit, according to the Eagle.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Grimm Hit with $150K Fine; Maternity Ward Break In at Lutheran; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Brooklyn Bridge Park's Piers 5 & 6, and commercial Pier 7 on right. Photo: MK Metz
- On top of his eight-month prison sentence, ex-Rep. Michael Grimm is being ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in restitution. [NY1]

- Good Samaritan intervenes as masturbating man tries to rape a  woman on Brooklyn #3 subway train near Bergen Street on Wed. [NY Daily News]

- Cops are looking for two women and a man who broke into a maternity ward at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park, went into a patient's room and asked to take a picture with their baby. [NY1]

- Smorgasburg is leaving its current Sunday location at Brooklyn Bridge Park and moving to Prospect Park. [DNA Info]

- An Albanian resident of Brooklyn was sentenced to 16 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. [FBI]

- Green-Wood volunteers restore monument for 117-year-old mother of 22 kids. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Commissioner Bratton said he expects Pope Francis' trip to NYC next month to present "significant challenges" to security. [ABC7]

- Probably not, but . . . Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016. [Buzz Feed]

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

This Drone Buzzed Brooklyn Heights Hi-Rises on Thursday

Photo by MK Metz
The above is a photo of the drone seen flying next to buildings on Montague Street on Thursday.

The drone operator made the mistake of hovering outside the window of the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper offices, where photographers shot pictures not only of the drone, but the operator himself, perched atop 189 Montague Street. See here for story and photos of the drone in the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Men Disappear into Brooklyn Sewer; Macy's Transformation; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Marina, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo: MK Metz
 - The owner of Rockefeller Center has big plans for the Macy's site in Downtown Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 10-year-old charged with mugging a Brooklyn grandmother earlier this week added arson to his list of offenses... The 4-year-old lookout was not arrested. [NY Daily News]

- FDNY didn't find 2 scavengers who climbed into the Brooklyn sewer system last night.  [PIX11]  UPDATE: Oh yes they did, and what a mess. [NY Daily News]

- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is in Istanbul, Turkey, this week to sign a “sister city protocol” with Istanbul’s hip Üsküdar borough. [Patch]

- The Coney Island Sand Sculpting contest’s 25th anniversary is this Saturday. [Brownstoner]

- New renderings of the 40-story tower to be built in Coney Island show it will be a bit higher than expected and will include retail and a community space. [YIMBY]

- The Brooklyn Whale Oil company building in Sunset Park is selling for $82.5 million. [Crain's NY]

- Bad news for Amplify, the NewsCorp subsidiary owned by Rupert Murdoch and run by ex-NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. [NYC Public School Parents]  Specifically, "The nail is in the coffin for Amplify." [Edsurge]

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Adorable Mini Zebu Calf Born at Prospect Park Zoo

Zebu and calf  by Julie Larsen Maher
An adorable miniature zebu calf was born at the Prospect Park Zoo on July 21.

The zoo tells us that zebu is one of the oldest breeds of cattle, believed to have originated in southern India around 6,000 years ago. Although small, adult mini zebus can weigh up to 500 pounds and measure three to four feet in length.

The Prospect Park Zoo also has miniature horses!

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Brooklyn Heights: Will Squibb Bridge Ever Bounce Again?

Photo by MK Metz
The $5 million Squibb Park Bridge, which used to be a fun way to bounce from Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park, is still closed one year after it broke.

Park spokespersons have repeatedly changed their minds about when it will be fixed, and elected officials have just shot off a letter asking BBP for some quick answers, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

The much ballyhooed pedestrian bridge was closed on Aug. 11, 2014.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Target's New Gender-Neutral Layout; De Blasio's Uber Trouble; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Lawyers for a bank that transferred cash to the families of Hamas militants are trying to slam the brakes on a display of a VW and crash test dummies that could find its way into a Brooklyn courtroom. [NY Daily News]
- A Brokelyn 80s splashback party is coming to Prospect Park.[Brokelyn]

- 22-year-old Brooklyn man dies while tubing on the Delaware. [Gothamist]

- A Brooklyn-based seafood company has paid a $10,000 fine for trafficking in shark fins. [SF Chronicle]

- Think pink is for girls? Target will no longer sort items for sale by gender in their Toys, Home and Entertainment sections. [Target]

- Bill de Blasio's anti-Uber stance lead to drop in voter approval, according to a poll. [NY Daily News]

- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to present conflicting information about the scope of the Legionnaires' outbreak during simultaneous news briefings on Monday. [NYT]

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Monday, August 10, 2015

'Frozen' Showing Tonight in Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn - Free (Monday)

Photo: MK Metz
Bring your beach towel and some popcorn: The film "Frozen" is being shown tonight for free at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn / Brooklyn Heights, starting after sunset. Seating starts at 7 p.m.

The film is presented by Gristedes,  the Cadman Park Conservancy and other sponsors.

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Barron Won't Seek Sampson's Seat; NYers Bummed Over de Blasio; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron says he will not seek the state Senate seat left vacant in July after the conviction of former State Senator John Sampson—at least, not this year. [Observer]

- Save The View Now is encouraged that judge is taking the time to go over the oral and written arguments over the height of the Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- New Yorkers are losing confidence in Mayor de Blasio; they feel that the quality of life in the city has deteriorated on his watch. [NY Daily News]

- String of rapes and robberies linked to online sex ads. [NYT]

- Nine people were shot, one fatally, across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens over a six-hour span beginning Saturday night. [Daily News]

- Do you know this guy? He was caught on video stealing thousands from a Flatbush apartment. [PIX11]

- Young Brooklyn woman diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, being treated at NY Methodist. Want to help with her bills? [Go Fund Me]

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Man Killed by Car On Atlantic Ave. at Clinton Street, Brooklyn

A 66-year-old man was struck and killed on Atlantic Ave. and Clinton Street in Cobble Hill Sunday night.

According to tweeter Laurie A. Duncan, the man pronounced DOA at Brooklyn Hospital. Atlantic Ave. was closed from Henry to Court.

UPDATE: Brownstoner has more details on the man who was killed.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fireworks NYC Thursday, August 6

There will be two late-night fireworks displays in New York City tonight.

One takes off from the Hudson River in the area of Pier 88, near West 52nd Street and 12th Avenue, at approximately 9:50 PM,

The other will be in the area of Chelsea Pier 60, near West 21st Street and 11th Avenue, at approximately 10:45 PM.

No further information is available at this time.

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Brooklyn Pols Push 10-cents Plastic Bag Fee at Sahadi's

Photo courtesy of Office of Council Member Brad Lander
On Wednesday New York City Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin gave away free reusable bags at Sahadi’s, the Middle Eastern grocery store in continuous operation on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue since 1948.

The bag distribution was part of a joint effort to encourage reusable bag use and educate shoppers about a proposed bill, sponsored by Council Members Lander and Chin, to place a 10-cent charge on single use plastic and paper bags.

“Local business owners across New York like Charlie Sahadi support a ten cent charge on plastic bags because they know it’s a good policy, and one that will not negatively impact their business,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “Each year, New Yorkers use 5.2 billion carryout bags—over 600 bags per New Yorker —and the city spends over $10 million on the disposal of plastic bag waste."

Charlie Sahadi said, “After careful consideration I realized that this is the right thing to do for my grandchildren and all future generations."

Our opinion: What will New Yorkers use for garbage bags? Plastic grocery bags are the perfect size to throw down garbage chutes. We think this is a give-away to the businesses, as shoppers will have to buy bags anyway.

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Save LICH Attorney Jim Walden Hired by Cobble Hill Association

Oops, we seem to have used the wrong photo here.
Jim Walden, the white-shoe attorney who worked tirelessly (pro bono) but failed to save Long Island College Hospital (LICH), has been hired by the Cobble Hill Association (CHA) to advise the community on its legal options as a developer prepares to knock LICH down.

Walden represented six Brooklyn community groups, including the CHA, in the heartbreaking two-year legal battle to prevent the state from closing LICH.

CHA is hosting a public meeting on the redevelopment of the LICH site on Thursday August 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brooklyn Montessori School at 185 Court Street, at Bergen Street, in Cobble Hill. The meeting will include a brief presentation of the options put forth by Fortis, followed by opportunities for community feedback and discussion.

More on this at the Brooklyn Eagle and Capital NY.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time for Action: 'Occupy the Inlet' in Bushwick this Sunday

This Sunday, August 9th between 12:30 and 2pm, Occupy the Inlet plans to clog Bushwick Inlet’s waters with as many boats and kayaks as possible.

"We invite all the NYC area board clubs to join us in kayaks, canoes, outriggers, SUPs and rowing gigs and raft together to fill the remarkably calm and tranquil embayment on the Brooklyn side of the East River.

On land, we will be encircling with caution tape, art bombing and flying protest kites over the 28 acres of land promised by the City as a park in 2005 and now threatened by imminent sale to developers. Let’s inundate our park with boats, people and art!"

"The goal is to put the screws on City Hall to fulfill its promised 28 acre waterfront park before it’s turned into more luxury residential developments," reports Greenpointers.

“The park is being held hostage from us,” Steve Chesler, a local activist, told Greenpointers. “We’re getting angrier. Our base has been growing. We’re not going to relent until the administration starts talking about it and engaging our reps in the community.”

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Test Drilling Begins at Brooklyn Heights Library

Photo: MK Metz
Soil boring at the site of the Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West is underway to to see just what's under the ground before the planned $52 million luxury tower goes up.

Workers from Craig Geotechnical Drilling were at the site on Tuesday with a drill rig.

Hudson Companies Inc. plans to build a 36-story residential tower with roughly 139 units and ground floor retail. They will replace the current library in a condo space on the ground floor and below ground, and construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.

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