Thursday, December 29, 2016

Get Your Kwanzaa On In Brooklyn This Friday

Brooklyn Cultural Arts Coalition presents a great afternoon and evening of Kwanzaa activities this Friday, Dec. 30, at Boys and Girls High School.

Activities include African dance, movement and drum workshops, performances and community ceremonies.

See the poster above for full details.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge Climber Arrested; Bouncy Squibb Bridge Court Battle Continues; John McEnroe Headed to Barclays; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Squibb Park Bridge. Photo by MK Metz
- Judge orders ‘bouncy’ Squibb Bridge design firm to allow Brooklyn Bridge Park access to key software. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A man was arrested after police caught him walking on the beams above the Brooklyn Bridge in broad daylight on Monday. [NY Post]

- Cyclists are fed up with officers from Clinton Hill’s 88th Precinct parking their cars across the bike lane on DeKalb Avenue, but cops say there's nothing they can do about it. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Big tennis event in Brooklyn: Barclays Center to host John McEnroe-headlined PowerShares QQQ Cup in January. [CBS]

- Ortiz: Don’t dump homeless in Sunset Park hotels. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- From hot dogs to jean jackets, Brooklyn artist sculpts every day objects from stone. [Fox5]

- Get your clothes ironed for free in Brooklyn bars next month. [Gothamist]

- Spike Lee holidays in Maasai Mara, plants trees in memory of Biggie Smalls, Michael Jackson, Prince, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Raheem Nunn, Maurice White, Phife Dawg and George Michael. [SDE]

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Troy Avenue 'All Good;' Cop Snapchats Unfortunate Family; More Fortis Plans for LICH Filed and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Troy Avenue 'all good' after getting shot twice in Brooklyn on Christmas. [Rolling Stone]

- A sad Christmas: An NYPD officer was suspended without pay after posting a humiliating photo of a handcuffed Brownsville family to Snapchat. [DNAinfo]

- Fortis files plans for another tower on the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site in Cobble Hill. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- How an abandoned building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard became a hub for pioneering startups. [WSJ]

- Two gay guys visit friends in Brooklyn, have their picture taken. Now they're on the wall of the new Second Avenue subway line. [Star Tribune]

- Cops are looking for a 50-year-old man who assaulted a 29-year-old man inside a bar in Brighton Beach. [PIX11]

- Ortiz: Don’t dump homeless in Sunset Park hotels. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- No Rockettes will be forced to perform at Trump's inauguration. [Slate]

- The Twitter account of Sony Music falsely tweeted Monday that Britney Spears had died. [USA Today]

This GIF is kinda cute!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Brooklyn ATM Heist; Lena Dunham's Apologies; Mysterious Trump Flyover and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police release surveillance photos of the man they say fired a shot into a Canarsie high school. [NY1]

- Jehovah’s Witnesses sell 85 Jay St. to Jared Kushner-led partnership. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Two men made off with an entire ATM from a laundromat in East New York, after waving a gun at a child standing behind the counter. [CBS]

- Actress Chloë Sevigny's Park Slope co-op has gone into contract for $2.75 million. [Mansion Global]

- Brooklyn scores more than $15 million in economic development awards from the state. Beneficiaries range from Brooklyn Bridge Park to St. Nicks Alliance. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The SKINS “Still Sleep” EP release party on Dec. 22. [Eventbrite]

- Everything Lena Dunham publicly apologized for in 2016. [Newsweek]

- Yeah well... Mysterious Manhattan military flyover that police didn't know about was Trump extraction exercise. [DNAinfo]

- Meanwhile, Trump is having a hard time finding A List performers for the inauguration.  [The Wrap]

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DJ Jinx Paul Killed in Brooklyn; Bushwick Inlet Park Celebrated; Morbid Anatomy News and More Brooklyn Briefs

Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society
- DJ Jinx Paul of Mega 97.9 FM killed in Brooklyn hit-and-run. [PIX11]

- Proponents of Bushwick Inlet Park triumphant as final piece falls into place. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Morbid Anatomy Museum has ceased operations. [Gothamist]

- Brooklyn residents and advocates fear that the MTA’s next round of fare hikes will increase fare-beating in the borough. [amNY]

- Brooklyn is the number 1 city for female entrepreneurs, including the creator of Toymail.  [Fortune]

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival presents a screening of Brooklyn documentaries on Dec. 21. (Photo above) [The BHA]

- Check out this new Brooklyn hotel’s stunning Christmas lights. [Time Out]

Job of the week: Tall, athletic person wanted to wear huge bird costume. $20/hr. [Brooklyn Eagle, ad upper left]

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Monday, December 19, 2016

East Flatbush Shooting; 250 lbs. of Magic Mushrooms; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Meanwhile, at the Sunshine Laundromat in Greenpoint, Brooklyn...

- A 19-year-old man was fatally shot in the back just down the block from his East Flatbush home Sunday afternoon. [Daily News]

- Some Dyker Heights residents say the Christmas lights and crowds are getting to be a bit much.  [SF Chronicle]

- Video has surfaced of two good Samaritans saving a woman who was being attacked in Midwood Sunday evening. [PIX11]

- Authorities seized more than 250 pounds of psychedelic mushrooms during a raid on two homes in Sheepshead Bay. [NY1]

- BMW’s ReachNow service suspended in Brooklyn shortly after launching. [Geekwire]

- Donald Trump appeared poised to sew up his victory Monday despite opposition groups’ efforts to sway the Electoral College. [WSJ]

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Friday, December 16, 2016

High School Lockdown; De Blasio Grand Juries; BQX; Electoral College Craziness and More Brooklyn Briefs

 - A school bus overturned in East New York Thursday afternoon, injuring seven people. [Daily News]

- Conversation with Brooklyn’s Jeff Strabone on how his Electoral College website went crazy viral. Print and VIDEO. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A Williamsburg high school was briefly put on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a student threatened another student with a gun and took his cell phone. [PIX11]

- Man nabbed at JFK Airport in $100M JPMorgan Chase customer data hack. [Daily News]

- A 25-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after shooting his ex’s boyfriend in Bed-Stuy. [DNAinfo]

- You can barter stuff for a cup of coffee at El Museo de Los Sures in Williamsburg. [FOX5]

- A 1-year-old boy died Wednesday from injuries he suffered when flames broke out at a high-rise apartment building in Brownsville. [PIX11]

- Brooklyn Queens Connector: To build a trolley, or not? Pros and cons. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Two grand juries hearing testimony linked to criminal probes of Mayor de Blasio’s fund-raising tactics. [Daily News]

- Apple's AirPods finally head for shelves. [CNBC]

- Amuse yourself with New York Verification Questions on Twitter. Example:

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BP Adams to Call Again for a Burn Unit in Brooklyn, Following Death of Toddler in Brownsville

BP Eric Adams By MK Metz
This morning at the Howard Houses in Brownsville, site of yesterday's horrible fire that killed one-year-old Ivan Baez and injured six others, Borough President Eric Adams and other officials will be calling again for building Brooklyn’s first burn unit.

Many of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation that would have been treatable at a burn unit.

In an advance put out yesterday, Adams' office said he would note that Brooklyn had 8,518 structural fires last year — 31 percent of the citywide total. He'll talk about the urgent need for a burn unit when time is a critical factor.

Adams first called for a burn unit in Brooklyn in March of 2015, following the devastating deaths of seven siblings in a Midwood house fire; in that case, the mother and her lone surviving daughter were treated at two different hospitals in two different boroughs.

Joining Adams will be State Senators Jesse Hamilton and Kevin Parker as well as Assembly Member Latrice Walker.

It seems incredible that there is no burn unit in a borough of more than 2.6 million residents and growing.

We applaud Adams' initiative in the burn unit issue, and urge him to push for even more hospital beds and full-service emergency rooms in Brooklyn.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Brooklyn Man's Electoral College Letters Website Goes Batshit Viral; NY Methodist Has New Parent Hospital; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Gone batshit viral: As time gets short, Brooklyn man's website helping people contact Electoral College before Trump vote is causing big waves. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Driver hits cop car, causes five-car wreck while fleeing police in Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- Investigators arrest alleged Brooklyn gang members who printed thousands of illegal credit cards using real and fake names. [NY1]

- Teen girl, 17, burned after boy sets her hair on fire at Midwood high school. [Daily News]

- NY-Presbyterian says it has become the “active parent” of Park Slope's New York Methodist Hospital. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brownsville residents say they often can't get their mail from the post office there, and sometimes packages are busted open and items stolen. [CBS] 

- Fears have spiked that Donald Trump’s incoming administration will destroy reams of data from government websites. Some federal employees have begun making copies and downloading what they can. [Politico]

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Electoral College Letter Writing Site Goes Viral; Sex Crimes on Subways Jump; Uber Stalking and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn shop owner's son hit with stun gun by cops after threats to kill himself, tense standoff. [Daily News]

- Sex crimes on the city’s subways jumped 28 percent so far this year compared to the same period in 2015. [NY Post]

- More details emerge about southern Brooklyn's Backwards Wheelchair Lady (read the comments). [Bensonhurst Bean]

- Brooklyn man convicted of raping 82-year-old woman in her Brighton Beach home. [Pix11]

Now anyone can track affordable housing in NY using this new data mashup. [Brownstoner]

- Internal Uber employees helped ex-boyfriends stalk their ex-girlfriends and searched for the trip information of celebrities such as Beyoncé. [Reveal News]

- Will the Brooklyn-Queens streetcar benefit developers more than locals? [Curbed]

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Monday, December 12, 2016

At Jay Street / Borough Hall: Starlings, Sparrows, Lion Fish, Parrots, Tiger Beetles, and Koi Fish.

Photo by MK Metz
"Departures and Arrivals" at the Jay Street/ MetroTech subway station. According to NYC Subway, the colorful murals are glass mosaics based on paintings by the artist Ben Snead.

The animal species depicted include: starlings, sparrows, lion fish, parrots, tiger beetles, and koi fish.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Stuffed Animals on Truck Bumpers Thing, Brooklyn Style

Photo by MK Metz
Truck drivers have a tradition of strapping stuffed animals on their grills and bumpers.

Some trucker upped the ante, however, with the mannequin above, seen on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights.

Below is another take on the concept -- Banksy's "Sirens of the Lambs" truck stuffed with crying stuffed animals.

Catch the reaction as the truck drives by Staubitz butcher shop in Cobble Hill. (This video has more than 4 million views on YouTube.)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LICH Development in Brooklyn Pushes Forward with Plans Filed for Two New Towers

Rendering courtesy of Rendering by FXFOWLE Architects
Fortis Property Group filed plans for two new towers in Cobble Hill at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, these include a17-story tower at the site of a seven-story garage at 350 Hicks St. at the corner of Atlantic Avenue, and a 15-story residential building at 347 Henry St., the former LICH the pharmacy/nurse’s residence at the corner of Amity Street.

The Eagle also reports that a building on Pacific Street will be demolished, and provides a map of the planned demolitions.

Fortis files plans to build towers on two sites at former Long Island College Hospital [Brooklyn Eagle]

Fortis Plans 17-Story and 15-Story Buildings on Long Island College Hospital Campus [NY YIMBY]

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City Council Affirms NYC's Status as Sanctuary City, Trump Be Damned

Here are the sponsors of the City Council's resolution "affirming that despite president-elect Donald Trump's senseless threats, New York City will remain a Sanctuary City for immigrant residents." Brooklyn is well represented:

Melissa Mark-Viverito, Brad S. Lander, Carlos Menchaca, Ben Kallos, Laurie A. Cumbo, Antonio Reynoso, Stephen T. Levin, Jumaane D. Williams, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Helen K. Rosenthal, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Margaret S. Chin, Rory I. Lancman, Deborah L. Rose, I. Daneek Miller, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Mark Levine, Mark Treyger, Daniel R. Garodnick, Rosie Mendez, Costa G. Constantinides, Peter A. Koo.

Trump has threatened to cut federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.  Cutting off all federal funds would have a “devastating impact” on the city’s budget, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer warned.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Signs Warn of Subway Pervert Riding Train in Brooklyn Heights

The Brooklyn Heights Clark Street subway station is plastered with these signs asking, "Have you seen this PERV riding the subway?"

The man pictured allegedly exposed himself to a 22-year-old woman on a 2 train as it entered Clark Street station. The man is described as black, age 25 to 35, with a goatee.

The notice was put out by the Guardian Angels PERV BUSTERS team at 718-649-2607 (

Perv Busters are an all-women team who have trained with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, according to the Daily Mail. 

The squad was formed in reaction to the news that "the MTA will not be deploying officers to handle a recent rise in sexual assaults reported on the subway."

According to the NY Times, reported sex crimes on the subways rose 19 percent last year, to 738 from 620 in 2014.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Correction Officer Shot; Little Jaden Jordan Dies; Brooklyn Filmmaker Missing in Oakland Club Fire and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an off-duty correction officer, who was killed while sitting in her car in Brooklyn. [abc7] and [Daily News]

- Three-year-old Jaden Jordan died after being taken off life support following an alleged beating. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn filmmaker among those missing in horrific Oakland club fire. [NY Post]

- 'Hero' Muslim cop, her son harassed by bigot in Brooklyn who shouted 'I will cut your throat.' [Daily News]

- Grim photos of gritty gang life in Brooklyn in the early 2000s. [Vice]

- Watch this tiny NYPD Smart Car zip around Brooklyn Bridge Park. [NYPD News]

- A man who was severely burned when an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket was released from the hospital Sunday. [CBS]

- House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision Sunday to deny the final permits required for the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota. [The Hill]

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Parking Solution for Over-the-Top Christmas Lights in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn?

It's holiday season again in Dyker Heights. The annual Christmas display, which gets more elaborate every year, is said to draw more than 100,000 visitors to Brooklyn from across the country.

This charming event draws so many tour buses, however, that police recently revoked parking privileges for locals along 86th Street between 11th and 13th Avenues from 5 p.m. to midnight. This drew quite an outcry from residents.

Now, according to Bensonhurst Bean, NYPD Brooklyn South Chief Steven Powers has decided to revise the controversial plan, and reserve only three bus lengths along 86th Street for buses.

A reasonable solution?

How to get to Dyker Heights and tips for your trip.
The creativity is amazing.

Ground zero for Christmas lights in Dyker Heights is between 81st and 83rd streets and 11 and 13 avenues. Commenters on Yelp say try to walk it if you can for the best experience.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Celebrity Brooklyn Rapist Nabbed in Paris; Jeffries Turns on Hillary; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A Moroccan pop star who fled rape charges in Brooklyn was arrested in Paris on similar charges. [DNAinfo]

- Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries turned blame for the Democrats’ rash of recent defeats on Hillary Clinton—the woman he supported for president—and her lack of a “clear and decisive economic message.” [Observer]

- From iPads to laptops to Lego Robotics and Little Bits kits, every library in Brooklyn will soon be receiving an shipment of technology equipment. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Ex-Brooklyn assistant principal gets six months in jail for having sex with 17-year-old student in his office. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn mother claims special needs daughter was left at bus stop multiple times. [Pix11]

- Here's how you and your kids can donate gifts to Brooklyn children in need. [Patch]

- Judge halts eviction of mentally disabled man as Brooklyn landlord seeks to boot tenants with disabilities. [Daily News]

- Oh, oh ...  Study shows disrupting sleep routine triggers cancer in mice. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Celtic Thunder Singer Emmet Cahill’s “Christmas in Ireland” Concert in Brooklyn

 Emmet Cahill, Irish tenor and principal vocalist with the Irish music show Celtic Thunder, will present a concert of seasonal favorites and share many of his childhood Christmas memories in “Christmas in Ireland” on Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. The concert is open to the public.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the New York City area over the past few years and it is truly a magical place in the lead-up to Christmas,” Cahill said in a release. “I cannot wait to make some more magical memories in such as beautiful setting as we will have at Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

Cahill’s holiday concert will feature a variety of music, including classical pieces, church hymns, well-loved Irish songs and Christmas favorites.

Seamus Brett will accompany Cahill on the piano and the organ.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Windsor Terrace/Kensington , half a block from the Ft. Hamilton stop on the F or G line.

Ticket prices vary and may be purchased online and also at the church rectory. For more information, contact Steven Vaughan at (718) 871-1310, ext. 14.

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Brooklyn Prosecutor Wiretaps Boyfriend; Red Hoek Point, Revenge Porn and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A high-ranking prosecutor in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office was arrested on charges that she used an illegal wiretap to spy on a police detective and one of her colleagues in a love triangle. [NY Times]

- Representatives from Thor Equities, the company behind the planned 7.7-acre retail and commercial development "Red Hoek Point," will give a presentation on the project on Dec. 1. [Patch]

- Knicks superstar, Red Hook native Carmelo Anthony endorses BQX. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn rapper Moise Morancy was honored by the NYPD’s 112th precinct for protecting a young woman from an alleged sexual assault on a Queen’s bus in October. [NYPD News]

- Meet the Brooklyn attorney fighting revenge porn. [The New Yorker]

- Family searching for missing teen with Asperger syndrome in Brooklyn. [ABC7]

- Former presidential candidate De La Fuente urges Republicans to fund their own recounts. Oy. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Tonight: Brooklyn Party for Planned Parenthood Features The Shacks, Denitia and Sene, Holy Hive and More

Raise money for Planned Parenthood and learn about Rally + Rise's lobbying efforts to pass laws in New York that will protect our rights, no matter what those idiots in Washington attempt.

Tonight's benefit at Matchless (in Williamsburg, 7 p.m. to midnight) includes cool soul partners denitia and sene, Brooklyn indie act The Shacks, and magically eclectic folk trio Holy Hive. All proceeds from the show go to Planned Parenthood.

Free front room access with DJs and 2-for-1 drinks all night.

Admission to concert in back room: $25 for standard ticket and $50 for VIP ticket (with gift bag). Tickets here.

Bar Matchless
557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Domino Sugar Factory Affordable Housing Lottery Starts Today, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A Congolese boy who was severely disfigured in a chimpanzee attack is thriving in Brooklyn fter surgery. [ABC]

- NYC affordable housing lottery opens for Williamsburg’s former Domino Sugar factory site today. [amny]

- NYPD recognizes Brooklyn rapper for saving girl from alleged sexual assault on Queens bus. [Daily News]

- Madonna spends Thanksgiving at a LGBTQ youth homeless center in Brooklyn. [EW]

- Cops are searching for a missing Brooklyn mother, 39, and her baby son last seen a week ago. [Daily News]

- Video: 7 Billion People in 6 Minutes: Watch the world’s human population soar over 200,000 years. [Slate]

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Monday: Brooklyn Dyslexia Awareness Night

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, BP Eric Adams and Sen. Martin Golden are hosting Monday night's Brooklyn Dyslexia Awareness Night, where you can learn all about this condition and how to improve students' educational outcomes.

A panel of experts and teens will be there.

It's at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights starting at 6 p.m.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Afterwork Zumba in Brooklyn Monday with Laurie Cumbo

Just in time to burn off the Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, Brooklyn Councilmember Laurie Cumbo is sponsoring a Zumba class today at the Cumberland Diagnostic Center at 100 N. Portland Ave. in Fort Greene.

Don't forget to RSVP at 718-260-9191.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Hundreds Gather in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights to Denounce Swastikas, Trump Graffiti

A huge crowd gathered Sunday morning in Adam Yauch Park on Brooklyn Heights to denounce another Trump-related incident of intolerance.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron was joined by Beastie Boys member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, officials and religious leaders to make a statement against the swastikas and "Go Trump" graffiti that recently appeared in the park.

“Hatred has no place in our backyard, no place in our city, and no place in our country,” Squadron said.

"Spray painting swastika's in a children's playground is a messed-up thing to do," said Ad-Rock. See Kimberly Logan's video of Ad-Rock's speech to the crowd above.

Photo courtesy of Sen. Squadron's Office

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Moskowitz as Trump Ed Secretary? Cops Look for Subway Attacker, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Controversial Success charter school leader Eva Moskowitz in the running for Trump education secretary. [Politico]

- Police are looking for this guy, who punched a 34 year-old female victim in the face multiple times on a stairwell inside the Avenue M “Q” train subway. [NYPD News]

- Man loses chance at posting $1M bail in Brooklyn after his tattoos connect him to Russian mafia. [Daily News]

- Everything you need to know about the L Train shutdown. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Yep, there's a Jewish Comic Con, and it's in Brooklyn. [Jewish Week]

- Man, 68, beaten and stabbed at Brooklyn bus stop. [Daily News]

- Gov. Cuomo launches hotline to report escalating hate crimes. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Kids 'Stand for Love' in DUMBO

Photos by MK Metz
No a harsh word was said about President-elect Donald Trump last night at the “Stand for Love” event near Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO.

Instead, a large crowd of parents and kids gathered together to reject hate.

There was music of the "This Land Is Our Land" variety, kid crafts from Creatively Wild, and brief statements from local politicians.

Organized by moms from Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, the "non-political event" was meant to "show love and support for everyone in a time when many people are in need of both."

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

After Trump, Brooklyn Moms 'Stand for Love' Tonight in DUMBO

Organized by moms from the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, tonight's  “Stand for Love” will be held on the lawn near Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO. There will be music and kids crafts from Creatively Wild, and faith leaders and local politicians are likely to attend.

"This is a non-political event." organizers say. It is a joint effort to show love and support for everyone in a time when many people are in need of both.

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Tonight: NYS Sen. Jesse Hamilton's Civil & Human Rights Speakout in Brooklyn

The serious work to safeguard human rights in the Age of Trump begins.

Speakers at tonight's speak out include Murad Awawdeh, New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC;, Charlie Uruchima, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE); Dennis Flores, El Grito; Bertha Lewis, The Black Institute; Allegra Fishel, Gender Equality Law Center; Tracy Hobson, Center for Anti Violence Education; Derek Slaughter, NYC Commission on Human Rights; Rabbi Andy Bachman & Vanessa Tucker, Freedom House.

Norman Siegel, Civil Rights Lawyer, will moderate and also speak. Senator Jesse Hamilton will provide opening remarks.

More here.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Trump Fallout, Greenpoint Christmas Lights, Sharks, and More Brooklyn Briefs

Male Trump supporter reportedly punched a woman in the face at Bar Tabac in Cobble Hill after he overheard her supporting Clinton. [NY Mag]

- Brooklyn guys kick anti-Semetic Trump supporter off subway in Downtown Brooklyn. [Patch]

- Brooklyn's green cab drivers share their insight about the presidential election. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Councilman Lander is holding a town hall in Park Slope focused on "how we can prepare for the Trump presidency, and get organized to defend the progress we’ve made and the values we hold."[Patch]

 - Major retailers set their sight’s on Brooklyn’s Court Street. [NY Post]

- Greenpoint real estate broker donates money to keep the neighborhood's Christmas lights bright. Kind of heart warming, actually. [CBS]

- Shark research vessel docks in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [NY1]

- Cuomo signs bill seeking to move NY to a variation of the popular vote. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

America Reels in Aftermath of Trump Election Win

Courtesy of Trump Campaign
Stock futures decline and allies question America's committments

After a bizarre campaign where he insulted more than half of the planet's inhabitants, changed his mind frequently on his post-election plans and outlined his goal to get even with women who claimed he had sexually assaulted them, TV host and non-tax-paying millionaire Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.

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Trump Supporters Spied in NYC

There were some Trump supporters in NYC last night. This video by Chris Brito shows them gathered outside Trump's residence.

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Hillary Clinton Won Big In Brooklyn, Lost Big In Staten Island

Courtesy Clinton Campaign
Regardless of Hillary Clinton's performance nationally, she won solidly in Brooklyn.

According to NPR, Clinton won 79.7 percent of the Brooklyn vote, versus 17.9 percent for Trump. (Johnson got .9 percent of the vote while Stein won 1.5 percent. )

The ratio was roughly the same in Queens, with Clinton receiving 75.5 percent of the vote and Trump receiving 22.1 percent.

Clinton got even more of the vote in Manhattan (87.2 vs 10 percent) and the Bronx (88.7 vs 9.6 percent).

But the story was different in Staten Island, where Trump got 57.2 percent and Clinton received 40.4 percent of the vote.

In other races, Charles Schumer won re-election to the Senate, according to the Brooklyn Eagle.

The Eagle also tweeted that Nydia Velazquez has been re-elected to Congress.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Last Minute NYC Voting Guide

- Find your polling site in NYC at the Board of Elections Election Day website.

- You're not just voting for president: Go to Ballotpedia and type in your address to see a complete list of candidates (for Senate, etc.) in your district.

- Know your voting rights!

- Where to complain if you run into voting problems. [Brooklyn Eagle] 

- And if you're in Brooklyn, you can also tweet Borough President Eric Adams about voting problems at .

- How to write in Bernie Sanders on your ballot.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Night Parties, LICH, DUMBO Knifing, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Woman, 80, dies after accidentally setting herself on fire in Brooklyn apartment. [Daily News]

- Here are all the cheap Brooklyn election night parties where you can drink until you drop. [Brokelyn]

- And one more election night party -- for cats. [BHB]

- Fortis drops plan for affordable housing at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Cops nab man who allegedly knifed ex-girlfriend near Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO. [Daily News]

- Police search for man who stole scepter, other items from Brooklyn church. [CBS]

- Brooklyn Bridge Park advisory group calls on park to rescind vote approving Pier 6 towers. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Shock over arrest of a state assemblywoman from Brooklyn who is charged with hitting her 13-year-old son with a broom handle. [NY Times]

- Ted Nugent inexplicably gropes himself while opening a Trump rally. [The Hill

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Forest City Delays Pacific Park Brooklyn Over Real Estate Market Woes

Forest City Realty Trust suffered a net loss of $430.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, mainly because of the Pacific Park mega-project.

The loss includes "an impairment of non-depreciable real estate of $307.6 million, primarily related to Pacific Park Brooklyn," FCR reports. (This is the Atlantic Yards project near Atlantic Terminal Mall.)

The company decided to revise the overall project schedule to "delay future vertical development."

Forest City blamed negative market conditions and timing. These include "the impact of increased apartment supply, uncertainty surrounding 421A tax abatement and continued escalation in construction and trade costs," the company said.

Three properties at Pacific Park Brooklyn that are part of the company's partnership with Greenland USA are still under construction:
  • 535 Carlton, a 298-unit, all-affordable apartment community, is expected to begin phased opening in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • 550 Vanderbilt, a 278-unit condominium property, is expected to begin phased opening in the first quarter of 2017.
  • 38 Sixth Avenue, a 303-unit, all-affordable apartment community with 6,000 feet of street-level retail, is expected to begin phased opening in the second quarter of 2017

Additional insight at Atlantic Yards /Pacific Park Report.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

New Apple Store Coming to Brooklyn; BQX Route; Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It'; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Proposed BQX route. NYC
 - Here's the city's report on the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector streetcar. [BQX]

- Apple locked in a deal for its next Brooklyn store location --  in Fort Greene. [TRD]

- Where to find free bar food in NYC. [Gothamist]

- This neighborhood has the cheapest rentals in Brooklyn. [NY Post]

- One by one, students have been getting sick at a Brooklyn school, and teachers are wearing face masks. [CBS]

- A student was hit by a car outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant school Wednesday afternoon. [DNAinfo]

- Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" filming locations and street closures in Brooklyn. [Patch]

- 22 Brooklyn schools have been awarded by the Walentas [Two Trees] Family Foundation. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Park Slopers have banned a developer from replacing the Fifth Avenue Key Food with upscale grocery chains like Whole Foods, Citarella, Balducci’s, Grace’s Marketplace, or Eataly. [Brooklyn Paper]

Final word from Louis C.K.: "If you vote for Hillary you're a grownup; if you vote for Trump you're a sucker; if you don't vote for anybody you're an asshole."

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Huma Abedin in Bk Heights; BQX Route Update; Bk Heights Library Work Starts Today; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Huma Abedin is off the trail for the fourth day in a row. She's working out of Clinton HQ in Brooklyn instead. [Twitter]

- And more: a video tour of Hillary Clinton's campaign HQ in Brooklyn. [NY Magazine]

- City unveils possible routes for streetcar in Brooklyn and Queens. [NY Times]

- Man in wheelchair clipped by train after falling onto tracks at Brooklyn subway station. [Daily News]

- Famous Brooklyn Heights firehouse doors headed to 9/11 Memorial Museum. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- NYU is building a real holodeck. []

- Developer files plan to demolish Brooklyn Heights Library; Asbestos removal begins Wednesday. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Photo shows $20K portrait Trump bought with foundation money. [The Hill]

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Three Alarm Fire in East New York, Brooklyn

FDNY posted the video above on its Twitter account showing a three alarm fire at 420 Lincoln Ave. in Brooklyn. No injuries were reported.

NBC is reporting that one person was killed.

NYC posted the video below of the same fire.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Harley Quinn Top Trending Halloween Costume in NYC, but in Missoula, It's "Pig"

Street art. Photo: MK Metz
Google's Freightgeist trends analysis app confirms what astute Halloween costume prognosticators had predicted: Batman super-villainess Harley Quinn is going to be EVERYWHERE during tonight's Halloween mayhem.

This is true not only in New York City but nationwide, where Harley Quinn rules as the number one costume search on Google. This includes cities as diverse as Miami, Richmond, El Paso and Salt Lake City.

In New York City, the second top-trending costume is the all-inclusive "Superhero." In third place is the "Joker," then "Wonder Woman" and "Witch."

While most of the country is dressing up like superheros or villains,  witches, clowns or cartoon characters like Minnie Mouse (oddly popular), some parts of these United States have some pretty quirky top costumes.

The weirdest state seems to be Montana. For example, the number one costume around Missoula, Montana is "Pig."

What the hell is going on up there?

In Great Falls, Montana, the top costume is "Flamingo."

Have those people ever even seen a flamingo?

Here's one that really has us stumped. The number one costume in Helena, Montana is "Gumball Machine."

We can imagine one or even two clever folks dressing up as gumball machines over in Helena. But the top costume in the whole town? Is there an army of gumball machines getting ready to march tonight in Helena? Should we be doing something about this?

Here are a few more that just seem a bit unusual as number one costume in the whole town:

Kirksville, Missouri: "Old Lady."
Sherman, Texas: "Shark."
Jonesboro, Arkansas: "Gangster."
Utica, NY: "Dalmation."
Tallahassee, Florida: "Disco."

Check out your local Freightgeist here.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

House of Wax Opens at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Eagle crew some fun live streaming the bizarre display of waxwork sculptures --  including death masks, medical anomalies and other oddities -- at the brand new House of Wax bar, located inside the soon-to-open Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Get Ready for 'Air Sex,' Brooklyn! Plus, F Train Troubles and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A video tribute to Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, courtesy of his office. [YouTube]

- Air Sex -- where audience members have imaginary sex onstage -- is doing its Brooklyn show this Saturday in Williamsburg. [Brokelyn]

- A teenage girl who has been missing from her Bay Ridge home since Friday, October 1. Have you seen her? [Bensonhurst Bean]

- Brooklyn’s credit not too bad, according to NY Fed report. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 600 women united for a group photo in Brooklyn. [Hyperallergic]

- Community opposition to proposed local F train cuts grows. [PMFA]

- Have you seen the Owl's Head Park murderer? [Bensonhurst Bean]

- What a time to be alive: Girl Scout Cookie Cereal is coming to your breakfast table. [BK Magazine]

- The right's argument about the election being rigged. [The Hill]

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Monday, October 24, 2016

King George Returns; Orthodox School Pays Off Molested Kids; Halloween Events and More Brooklyn Briefs

A lone protester, whose sign reads "Stop running from the truth," stands outside Hillary Clinton HQ in Brooklyn Heights. MK Metz
 - A gunman shot a man sitting in his car in Bed-Stuy early Saturday. [Daily News]  And in Greenpoint, a cabbie was shot at stoplight by a couple of thugs. [Daily News]

- Parades! Haunted houses! Festivals! Halloween in Brooklyn 2016. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Long-toppled statue of hated King George III to ride again, from a Brooklyn studio. [NYT]

- Off-duty city correction officer arrested for boozed-up mayhem at a Sunset Park hookah bar. [Daily News]

- Prominent Orthodox Jewish school in Brooklyn to pay $2.1M to two students who charged teacher Rabbi Joel Kolko of sexually assaulting them. [NY Post]

- The white powder found in an envelope at Hillary HQ in Brooklyn Heights turned out to be harmless. [NBC]

- Inside of 11 of Brooklyn's top recording studios. [Brooklyn Magazine]

- Your iPhone's "secret" undo button. [Slate]

Dozens of law firms have joined this offer.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Ride From Hell; Cheap Things To Do This Weekend; Pier 3; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The 20 best cheap things to do in Brooklyn this weekend, dogs in wigs edition. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklyn's New Lab is an inventor's paradise. [WSJ]

- Officials: Pier 3 groundbreaking a milestone for Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Woman charged in Chinese blessing scam in Brooklyn. [Washington Times]

- Brooklyn's homeless students crisis could result in the shake-up of DOE staffers working to help them. [DNAinfo]

- Brooklyn's favorite Halloween display invites you on a pumpkin ride from Hell. [Gothamist]

- Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim decided to do something a little different for Sukkot. [Tablet]

- Oops: Guy who stole guy's cell phone at Brooklyn Bridge Park just uploaded his selfie to iCloud. [Patch]

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