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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