Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Greenpoint Open Studios 2017 this Weekend

 This weekend, 400+ local artists will open up their studios to the public for Greenpoint Open Studios 2017. Media include paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, ceramics and more.
EVENT: Saturday June 3rd + Sunday June 4th, 2017 from 12pm-6pm.

The launch party takes place on Friday, June 2, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm at Java Studios. Other associated events here.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

15-Year-Old Mom Missing; A Scam Worked; and more Brooklyn Briefs

- A 15-year-old mother and her 5-month-old daughter disappeared from a Dean Street location and haven't been seen since. [Pix11]

- Brooklyn man suspected of killing wife admitted to shooting her before fleeing, says victim’s sister. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn woman loses life savings in scam. [CBS]

- Pols announce arrest and sentencing following $22K pension heist. [Twitter]

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Monday, May 29, 2017

J'ouvert Safety Forum Thursday in Brooklyn

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley, City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and District Leader Geoffrey Davis will hold a town hall to discuss public safety in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights during J’ouvert.

The town hall will take place at P.S. 375.

J'ouvert is the celebration that kicks off the night before the West Indian Day Parade.

Roughly 2,000 police officers were stationed at jouvert/the parade last September, but violence still broke out. Two people were shot and killed.

In 2015, one of Governor Cuomo's aides, Carey Gabay, was killed at J'ouvert.

Officials are looking at the future of the event.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Navy Leap Frogs Parachuting in Queens Today (Watch Announcement in American Sign Language)

In conjunction with Fleet Week 2017, Thursday, May 25th at 1:00 PM, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will conduct a practice parachute jump at Citi Field in Queens.

A planned aircraft flyover will therefor take place, according to NYC Emergency Management.

You can watch this announcement in American Sign Language above.

For more info, please visit

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Thursday: Coastal Flood Watch for Brooklyn, Queens (In Sign Language)

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for Brooklyn and Southern Queens:

A Coastal Flood Watch was declared for Thursday, 5/25, from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM Friday, 5/26.

The affected area includes the low lying coastal areas. Tidal departures of 1 - 2 feet above normal are expected.

During a Coastal Flood Advisory, minor flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties is possible

You can watch this statement in American Sign Language, above.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Heavy Security in NYC Since Manchester; Fleet Week 2017; Political Concerns; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Following Manchester bombing, NYPD ramps up security. Expect heavy weapons teams, detection dogs and other measures. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Police have arrested a man who allegedly groped a woman on the N train, followed her off of the train and then attempted to rape her. [Gothamist]

- A 1-year-old girl was critically hurt after she was struck by a vehicle on a Greenpoint street. [Daily News] 

- Fleet Week New York kicks off Wednesday a.m. with the Parade of Ships. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- An overloaded power strip was to blame for the May 10 fire at the Brooklyn Criminal Court building that injured several firefighters and others on site. [NY Law Journal]

- Two people were arrested near the Brooklyn College campus Tuesday, after a robbery victim allegedly came back for retaliation. [CBS]

- Brooklyn BP Eric Adams wants to legalize 8 a.m. alcohol sales on Sundays as one of the ways to boost the booming industry. [NY Daily News]

- 24-year-old man was stabbed with a pair of scissors in a Brownsville homeless shelter. [Daily News]

- Ex-C.I.A. chief reveals mounting concern over Trump campaign and Russia. [NYT]

- Chocolate may help prevent irregular heartbeat. [LiveScience]

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Brooklyn's U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Applauds Appointment of Special Prosecutor in Trump Case

Wednesday night, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of House Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, released the following statement concerning the appointment of former FBI director Robert. S. Mueller to oversee the investigation into possible illegal collusion between the Trump team and Putin’s Russia:

“The appointment of the special prosecutor to oversee the criminal investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible illegal collusion with Russia is an important step in the right direction. America can now have a greater degree of confidence that the investigation will be fair, impartial and comprehensive. No man is above the law in this country. If Donald Trump broke it, he must be vigorously prosecuted without fear or favor.”

Mueller is considered by both Republicans and Democrats to be a serious, highly competent man.

(According to Politico,  some conservatives are hinting that Vice President Pence looks like a particularly good alternative to Trump  right now, especially as the Justice Department moves ahead with a special prosecutor for the FBI’s Russia probe.)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Drag Queens at the Library, ePrix Coming to Brooklyn, Woman Who Hired a Hit Man and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn Public Library brings drag queens, kids together for story hour. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn judge sanctions city lawyer for 600 objections in disastrous deposition of NYPD cop. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn Seltzer Boys delivers NY nostalgia in a bottle. [Crains]

- International ePrix Formula E Car Championship coming to Brooklyn expected to draw thousands. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Retired NYPD cops upset about overturned Brooklyn convictions – and millions in settlement money. [Pix11]

- 17-year-old stabbed in the neck outside East NY high school. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn woman accused of hiring hit man to kill husband to obtain insurance money faces life without parole. [Daily News]

- Residents suing the city over the planned opening of a controversial Crown Heights homeless shelter say they’re close to an agreement. [DNAinfo]

- NYCHA trains residents for well-paying jobs in construction at Brooklyn's City Tech. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Brooklyn Heights Library Coming Down Piece by Piece

A small, beloved library in Brooklyn Heights is being demolished.

A few years from now, a luxury skyscraper will take its place.

The library was caught in the intersection of money and politics. A shiny, smaller library will be built into the base of the new tower. Photos by MK Metz
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wed., NYC: U.S. Congress Members to Address Trump's Firing of FBI Director James Comey

Today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m., New York City congressional delegation members will address Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and what their release calls "the growing constitutional crisis being inflicted on our democracy by Donald Trump."

Where: Foley Square, 111 Worth St, New York

Delegation includes Brooklyn's Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Nydia Velazquez (NY-7), Gregory Meeks (NY-05) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

This follows Tuesday's uproar over Trump's firing of Comey. Among other officials, Sen. Chuck Schumer has called for a special prosecutor to look into Trump camp's ties to Russia, which Comey was investigating.

THe tweet above is from Trump advisor Roger Stone, also under investigation.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RFP for Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel; Yes There Is a Brooklyn Avocado Bar; Foreclosure Cases to Be Dismissed; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Cops on alert after robberies surge around Brooklyn men's homeless shelter. [Daily News]

- RFP issued to study Cross-Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel connecting NJ and Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Kings County Supreme Court is about to quietly dismiss thousands of foreclosure cases on Tuesday -- and that could be bad for home owners. [DNAinfo]

- Supreme is said to be opening its second New York location in Brooklyn. [WWD]

- The 365 Bond apartment building in Gowanus has secured a $120 million first mortgage loan. [MHN]

- Brooklyn Republican Party holds first City Council debate. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Brooklyn is home to "the world's first avocado bar." [ABC7]

- A Brooklyn artist pairs reams of hand-cut holographic material with projections, lights, and music to create immersive installations that tickle the senses. [TheFader]

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Montague Street BID Annual Meeting Coming Up 
The Montague Street BID's annual meeting is taking place June 8.

Celebrate the businesses, people, and organizations that help make Montague Street and Brooklyn Heights thrive and enjoy a preview of Hotel Bossert's newly renovated famed ballroom.

Space is extremely limited for this free event. Limit one (1) ticket per person.

RSVP and tickets are required.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

FAD Market at Brooklyn Historical Society Mother's Day Weekend

By designer Marcia Patmos
FAD Market returns to the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend with a lineup of over 40 independent makers and artists.

They’re celebrating NYCxDESIGN and Mother’s Day with handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings.

Head to the museum’s patio for a lineup of locally crafted artisanal food and drink. Round the day off with a walk through the ongoing exhibitions in the museum.

By Bronsen
May 13 + 14
11am – 6pm
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Free admission

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

THURSDAY MORNING: Public Hearing about Proposed $43M Homeless Residence in Crown Heights

267 Rogers Ave. Map data © Google Maps 2017
 Brooklyn Councilmenber Laurie Cumbo (D35) sent us information about a public hearing to be held THIS MORNING regarding a proposed $43 million residence for homeless families at 267 Rogers Ave. in Crown Heights.

While the notice of this hearing was published in the City Record, she thinks it should get more publicity.

Her message reads in part:

<Thursday, May 4th at 10:00AM.
This meeting is a procurement hearing for Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc., 07110P0002132, and their contract in the amount of $43,392,736.00.
Proper notification is paramount to ensure that area residents are informed and have the opportunity to provide input on any proposed changes that will impact their community ... Although my office was just directly notified by the agency of this information, I am going to need your help to share this notice widely within your networks.>>

The city's official notice is below.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Contract Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 150 Greenwich Street, 37th Floor, Bid Room, Borough of Manhattan, commencing at 10:00 a.m. on the following:

IN THE MATTER of one (1) proposed contract between the Department of Homeless Services of the City of New York and the contractor listed below, to operate a Stand Alone Transitional Residence for Homeless Families. The term of this contract will be from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022 with two (2) options to renew from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2027 and from April 1, 2027 to March 31, 2032.

Vendor: Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc. 138-02 Queens Blvd. Briarwood, NY 11435

The proposed contractor has been selected by means of the Competitive Sealed Proposal method, pursuant to Section 3-03 (b) (2) of the Procurement Policy Board (PPB) Rules.

A draft copy of the proposed contract is available for public inspection at the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, 150 Greenwich Street, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10007 on business days, from April 21, 2017 to May 4, 2017 excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

If you need to schedule an inspection appointment and/or need additional information, please contact Paul Romain at (929) 221-5555.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

City Council Candidate Forum: Kevin Peter Carroll

Kevin Peter Carroll will present his platform on Tuesday April 25th in a public forum hosted by South Brooklyn Progressive Resistance. The event is the third night in a four-night series highlighting democratic candidates running for the 43rd City Council District. The fourth and final event will feature Nancy Tong on May 9th at 7pm.

Event is free and open to the public.  A live stream will be available from the event page (discussion tab) at
Lobo Loco Mexican Cantina
8530 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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Vote for NY Aquarium's New Murals

Mural by Thomas Manco

Now you can vote for the three murals which New York Aquarium will display along the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Judges narrowed down 42 artist submissions to seven finalists.

"We received incredible submissions from artists all around the New York area who want to help transform our Education Hall boardwalk facade and inspire people to protect our waters. Now we need New Yorkers to help to choose the winner,” Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium, said.

The three winning designs will be installed and unveiled the week of World Ocean’s Day, June 8.

More on this here, including some very corny puns.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Lolitas at Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Body in Sunset Park; Magic in Cobble Hill; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Fans of the Japanese style known as Lolita fashion flocked to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show. [Yahoo]

- Brooklyn connections run deep for Kentucky Derby favorite. [NY Post]

- Body washes up on Brooklyn shore in Sunset Park — perhaps belonging to a woman who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge. [Daily News]

- Cobble Hill’s magical independent bookstore opens today. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Sooo Brooklyn: to lie naked in a giant bird nest. [Pix11]

- The state Health Department “flagged” 52 hospitals for patient-infection rates that greatly exceeded the state average — and 15 of them are in New York City. [NY Post]

- Have you ever wished you could make internet trolls eat their words? Now you can, thanks to the new Brooklyn bakery Troll Cakes. [Refinery29]

- Pier 6 settlement talks fall through; back to court for Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Association. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A very wonky look at a Brooklyn-Queens Con-Ed energy management program that seems to not be nearly as economical or efficient as the state, experts and Con-Ed say it is. [Greentechmedia]

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