Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Techies 'Hack the Ban'; Brooklyn Artist Makes Real Bucks; Foreclosures; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Something oddly satisfying about this video.

- Techies ‘Hack the Ban’ for undocumented immigrants in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A power problem near the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station caused delays across several lines early Tuesday. [NBC] Check MTA for train status today.

- Why at least one Brooklyn artist doesn't need a day job. [Forbes]

- A report by PropertyShark showed that the Eastern half of Brooklyn was the source of the borough’s high foreclosure rates. [KingsCountyPolitics]

- Brooklyn film company owner donated to Mayor de Blasio fund-raiser over fear her business would suffer. [Daily News]

- A New York man who was convicted of assaulting the head of the Brooklyn Jewish Y at a basketball game in 2014 has fled the country for Turkey. [JTA]

- Travolta makes triumphant return to Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Today's the last day of the winter for free admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden! [BBG]

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Brooklyn Weather: Tuesday Nice; Wednesday Thunder, Thunder, Thunder

Photo: Rain in Cadman Plaza Park, by MK Metz
If you have to run around outside in Brooklyn, today is the day. The National Weather Service predicts a high of 57 degrees today, with a 20 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m.

Wednesday, however, is another matter. First, the good news. The high will be around 68 degrees.
Now the bad news:

"Possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm,
then possibly a thunderstorm between 2 & 4pm,
then a thunderstorms after 4pm."

Got that? Possibly thunderstorms before 2pm, between 2 and 4pm, and after 4pm. So, stay inside on Wednesday if you can and make sure you have an umbrella.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

'Obama, Thank You For Your Decency,' in Brooklyn Heights Window

Photo by MK Metz
Seen in the window of the Jubilee Gallery frame shop on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights.

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Feds Probe de Blasio, Again; BHA: Pier 6 Unnecessary; Did Prison Feed Inmates Rat Poison? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Feds probe possible de Blasio role in re-opening troubled Brooklyn school run by fund-raiser. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn prison is sued for $16 million for 'feeding inmates Thanksgiving cake laced with rat poison.' [Daily Mail]

- A 12-year-old boy from Weeksville, Brooklyn has gone missing. [Patch]

- Infant who survived in 1920s Coney Island sideshow incubator dies at 96. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Lifelong motorcyclist dies after slamming on brakes and skidding on road in East Williamsburg. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn Heights Association: New data from city shows Pier 6 development unnecessary. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- This new bar is all about Mezcal.  [Grub Street]

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Brooklyn's 'Coolest Hotels';15-yr-old Shot in Eye; New BQX Video and More Brooklyn Briefs

- East Flatbush gunman shoots 15-year-old in eye, 18-year-old in leg. [Daily News]

- City plugs contested Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal in new video. [Curbed]

- CNN's take on Brooklyn's coolest hotels and hottest hangouts. [CNN]

- No more early morning demolition at the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH) site. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Two young women have vanished from the same community near Sunset Park, and the NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating them. [Breaking 911]

- Carjacking gang hitting business owners in Brooklyn, makes off with $86G. [Daily News]

- Cops on Saturday morning busted 24 people and seized five handguns during a raid on an afterhours Gowanus motorcycle club. [NY Post]

- Kushner-owned former Jehovah's campus added to DUMBO BID. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Bachelor is coming to Brooklyn. [Observer]

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cops Shoot & Kill 1; Rat Urine Health Tips; Brooklyn Bridge Structurally Deficient; and More Brooklyn Briefs

What happens to chocolate-covered strawberries 2 days after Valentine's Day. At Garden of Eden salad bar in Brooklyn Heights. Photo by MK Metz
- Police shooting in East New York. Perp shot first.  [NYPD News]

- After rat urine death, NYC issues guidelines on avoiding disease. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- It's gonna be 60 degrees this weekend so let's celebrate: The 20 best things to do in Brooklyn this weekend. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklyn Bridge and many other listed as structurally deficient. [NY1]

- Anish Kapoor to install an endless black whirlpool in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [DesignBoom]  

- Worker's Justice Project joined the 24-hour work stoppage on Thursday, set to send a message to the White House. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- What to do if ICE agents show up at your door. [Twitter]

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Brooklyn Law School Rallies Against Muslim Immigration Ban

Photo by MK Metz
Brooklyn Law School held a "Brooklyn Stands Together" march and rally Thursday night at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Students at the law school have been involved in protests at JFK, in Battery Park, in front of the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn and other locations over President Trump's Muslim immigration ban. 

Several professors are working as volunteer lawyers for people detained and several students have become legal observers for the National Lawyers Guild, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sex in a Bushwick Bathroom; Love Comes to Babeland; Valezquez Calls for Russian Investigation; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Elderly cabbie leaves 65-year-old man clinging to life after he strikes him in Marine Park crosswalk. [Daily News]

- 27 percent of those surveyed by Bushwick Daily reported having sex in a Bushwick bar or restaurant. [Bushwick Daily]

- Love comes to Babeland sex boutiques just in time for Valentine’s Day. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- New York City is investigating three recent cases — one of them fatal — of a rare disease transmitted through rat urine. [NY Times]

- Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velazquez ‏has renewed her call for a Special Counsel to investigate Russian hacking of election given Flynn's resignation. [Letter]

- Brooklyn man campaigns to house Muslim refugees in Trump Tower. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Former Brooklyn HS hoops star arrested in Jersey City on fraud, identity theft charges. [NJ.com]

- Members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. [NY Times]

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Video: Drunk Man Rescued from Bathroom by FDNY; Trump's Toxic Brooklyn Properties; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Gov. Cuomo’s executive budget includes hidden $65M cut in MTA funds. [Daily News]

- The Trump organization and Jared Kusher own toxic sites in DUMBO and Gowanus that would benefit the most from EPA assistance -- but Trump wants to abolish the EPA. [Curbed]

- 2 men accused of impersonating police officers are robbing people in several Brooklyn neighborhoods.[Pix11]

- Brooklyn's U.S. Rep. Nadler uses obscure House rule to pressure Trump. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The WSJ says Brooklyn is the new hot spot for NYC office space. [WSJ]

- A dog took a bullet for his best friend — and survived — after a trio of robbers jumped his master in Crown Heights. [Daily News]

- The spy revolt against Trump begins. [Observer]

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Kushner Tenant Videos Mouse on Baby's Crib; Shootings; Adorable Snow Photos and More Brooklyn Briefs

Henry Ward Beecher, Plymouth Church.
Photo: MK Metz
- Brooklyn man arrested for execution-style murder of correction guard ex-girlfriend. [Daily News]

- A new three-floor pop-up cultural oasis, dubbed The Sonic Jungle, will be coming to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 66-year-old man who worked for the NYPD as a steam fitter was found fatally shot in his Bath Beach home Wed. night. [Gothamist]

- Video captures mouse walking on baby’s crib in crummy Brooklyn apartment building owned by Kushner, Trump's son-in-law. [Daily News]

- There's a cheese cave below the streets of Crown Heights. [Patch]

- More adorable snow day photos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services during a 2 a.m. vote Friday. [The Hill]

- He lied: Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian envoy before Trump took office, despite denials, officials say. [Washington Post]

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Foot of Snow to Hit Brooklyn Today; NYC Schools Close for Snow Day

Photo by MK Metz
 Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina declared that all NYC public schools would be closed on Thursday due to the predicted severe snowstorm, Niko, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. 

It's going to be devilishly tricky to get around at times. According to The Weather Company, snow should become heavy around 8 a.m. in NYC/ Brooklyn. Sustained winds during the heavy snow will likely produce white-out conditions.

Due to the NYC Transit Cold Weather Plan Preparation, certain service changes are in effect, so check with MTA before heading out. 

The National Weather Service says temperatures will fall during the day as northerly winds pick up, drawing colder air southward as the low "bombs."

We take this to mean take the kids (and yourself) out sledding earlier, as it will feel colder as the day goes on.

Hot chocolate for the kids and hot toddies for the grownups in the afternoon!

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So They Caught this Sex Offender in Washington, D.C....

Many comments about him.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

12-Year-Old-Struck by Car in Brooklyn Heights; Target Protest Brings Cops; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Outside Tripoli Restaurant, Atlantic Ave. Photo: MK Metz
 - An Iranian CUNY student stuck in her native country after Trump ordered a travel ban is back in Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- A car slammed into a 12-year-old boy as he crossed Cadman Plaza West and Middagh St. in Brooklyn Heights at about 8:10 a.m. Monday. [Daily News]

- A group called People's Monday says they "shut down" Target in Atlantic Center Mall Monday night, somehow connecting Target to the 8-year-old girl killed in Trump's first military venture. [Twitter]

- Mwanwhile, hundreds of people packed into a Brooklyn synagogue, at Congregation Beth Elohim, to discuss fighting Trump agenda. [Twitter]

- In response to Trump, NY state Assembly passes 'sanctuary state' bill. [Politico]

- An appeals court will hear oral arguments Tuesday evening on whether to restore President Trump’s executive action on immigration and refugees. [The Hill]

Our information is being stolen: The FDA has not published any Federal Register notices in two weeks. They are supposed to be published daily. [Twitter]

- Missing cat alert: Waldo, black, 10 lbs, at 2 Grace Court at Hicks St, Brooklyn. Chip: 985113000126811 Call: 8884663242

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Shooting Near Flatlands Ave.; More LICH Aggravation; Sunset Park Rally Today; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Top: Former LICH building, Atlantic and Hicks St. By Brooklyn Eagle
Bottom: The building is more than half demolished. By MK Metz
- Early a.m. demolition at former Long Island College Hospital (LICH, photos above) riles Brooklyn neighbors. [Brooklyn Eagle

- Gunman shoots two men, killing one, near Flatlands Ave. [Daily News]

- ICYMI: East New York, Brooklyn man charged in slain jogger case. [Newsday]

- Menchaca, Gentile are hosting a unity rally in Sunset Park today. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Pyromaniac skips away after setting fires in Brownsville supermarket. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn doctor Kamal Fadlalla is back in the city after Trump's travel ban left him stuck in Sudan. [NY1]

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Yemeni Bodega Trump Protest Brings Thousands to Brooklyn Borough Hall

Photo by MK Metz for McBrooklyn
Thousands of Yemeni merchants -- owners of the corner bodegas and grocery stores we shop in every day -- closed shop yesterday at noon to trek to Brooklyn Borough Hall to protest Trump's travel ban.

The ban targets Muslims from seven countries:  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Supporters of all ethnicities joined their fellow New Yorkers in a remarkable show of unity.

Additional great photos and video here.  

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

1000 NYC Bodegas Go On Strike Today; That Nazi-Punching Film Fest; a Poopy Kind of Love; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Hold the coffee: NYC’s Yemeni bodegas go on strike today to protest Trump’s travel ban. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Bizarre video: Man smoking crack sets himself on fire in Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- There’s a Nazi-punching film festival going down in Brooklyn. [AV Club]

- Celebrate your Valentine's love with a visit to a wastewater treatment plant in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Over a dozen tech company leaders in Brooklyn have signed a letter criticizing Donald Trump's Muslim ban. [Patch]

- Former Brooklyn math tutor gets just three years’ probation in sexual assault of his 6-year-old pupil. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn protest to call for boycott of Israeli dance company. [Mondoweiss]

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