Thursday, April 28, 2016

Atlantic Ave. Sidewalks to Become Pop-Up Apartments and Workshops in NYCxDESIGN

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 The Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District will host “Design Walk” -- an interactive design experience involving more than 30 businesses -- on Saturday, May 7, from 3 to 8 p.m.

The sidewalks and side streets of Atlantic Avenue will transform into a series of pop-up apartment rooms, workshops and showcases as part of the 4th Annual NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s official celebration of design.

A full list of activities and workshops at “Design Walk” is available here.

Activities include:  Learn home whiskey distilling at the Brazen Head Bar and taste artisanal bourbons and rye from Red Hook distillery Widow Jane; see artists paint delivery trucks at Grumpy Bert; sculpting and painting demonstrations by Clover’s Fine Art Gallery; hear permaculture expert Dwaine Lee at The Commons: bee keeper and green roof expert... and much more.

The action takes place on Atlantic Avenue between Bond and Smith Streets in Boerum Hill. It's free.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stanley Cup Mayhem; Restaurant in Brooklyn Bridge Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Marina operator adds restaurant to Brooklyn Bridge Park at 360 Furman Street. [Commercial Observer via BHB]

- Goodbye views and reasonable rents: 'Supertall' tower Is Bloomberg's parting finger to Brooklyn.[Village Voice]

- Harley Quinn beats up the ‘Hipster Mafia’ at Smorgasburg in her new comic. [Brokelyn]

- Ex-con from Baltimore representing himself at trial is convicted for Brooklyn shootings. [Daily News]

- There's an illegal art installation in an abandoned subway station in Brooklyn. [Gothamist]

- Can a Brooklyn chocolate maker with a social mission stand out from the crowd? [Forbes]

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Monday, April 25, 2016

VIDEO: Springstein Plays 'Purple Rain' at Barclays, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn drug kingpin gets 3 life terms in Colorado's Supermax prison. [Daily News]

- VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen opened his 'River Tour' date at Barclays on Saturday night by playing "Purple Rain" in honor of Prince. [Gothamist]

- Sure, Bill: Mayor de Blasio says that allegations of illegal fundraising are "politically motivated." [ABC]  (And two community activists called on him to step down Sunday. [NY Post])

- Some highlights of the Brooklyn Folk Festival. [BHB]

- Talib Kweli and others toast late rapper PH at Park Slope street renaming. [Billboard]

- NYS Health Department awards $500G grant to examine health care improvements in central and northeastern Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- Ted Cruz and John Kasich have teamed up to stop Trump. Trumps calls it "desperation." [Politico]
(Says Elon Green on Twitter: "would be great if Cruz double-crossed Kasich. There's gotta be at least an outside chance of this happening.")

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Nine People Injured in Six-Alarm Brooklyn Fire Sunday Night


ABC News is reporting that nine people, including seven firefighters were injured in a six-alarm fire in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, Sunday night.

The fire broke out in a three-story residential home on 270 Arlington Avenue, according to ABC. It then spread to five houses and a nearby church.

More here.


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Friday, April 22, 2016

Last Week to Register for Make Music New York

 Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs.

Musicians -- this is the last week to register to be part of this fantabulous event!

Anyone and everyone can participate. Amateurs, part-time professionals, and established artists are all welcome.

If you have an outdoor location where you’d like to host a concert (such as the sidewalk outside of your building), this is also the last week to register. Event organizers will match up venues with musicians.

Musicians can also join a “Mass Appeal” event. MMNY organizes hundreds of musicians to band together to perform massive pieces written for a single type of instrument. Each performance works differently, depending on the genre, the instrument, and the location.

In another offshoot, MMNY will present Sousapalooza, a massive, brassy tribute to the March King in Bryant Park. They’ll be running through all the best-loved marches and fanfares by Philip Sousa and his contemporaries.

More information here.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hearing on Citywide Ferry Service to be Held in Brooklyn

Courtesy of NYCEDC
On May 24, a DEIS Public Hearing will be held in at 6:00pm at St. Francis College (Remsen St. and Clinton St.) in Brooklyn Heights to discuss Citywide Ferry Service.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is working with the Office of Mayor de Blasio to launch the service. It will consist of five new ferry routes in addition to the existing East River Ferry service, charging a fare of $2.75.

Meetings will be held in the othr boroughs as well.

More here.

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Looking for Illegal Credit Card Op in East Flatbush, Cops Find Arsenal

Courtesy NYPD
Officers from the 67 Precinct were investigating a tip of an illegal credit card operation being run out of an apartment on Avenue X in East Flatbush and were granted a search warrant.

When conducting the search on Tuesday, ESU and 67 Precinct cops hit the jackpot, according to the NYPD.

They found: a loaded AK47, Glock 19 9MM, Glock 23 .40 Caliber, Glock 34 9MM, Smith and Wessen 9MM , Springfield .45 caliber, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, three forgery devices (skimmer, embosser, re-programmer), forged credit cards, and $23,480.

Three were arrested.

Full story here.


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Meetings to Discuss L Train Repairs to Be Held in May, Starting in Brooklyn

Image courtesy MTA
 The MTA and elected officials have announced the first of two public meetings to discuss future work on the Canarsie Tunnel, which carries the L subway train under the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Marcy Avenue Armory at 355 Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn. A Manhattan-based public meeting to be held later in May will be announced soon, according to the MTA.

Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said the public meetings will mark the official start of a "robust community engagement effort in which we will detail the need for the project, solicit feedback from the public on the potential construction options and begin a collaborative process to develop an alternative service plan to mitigate impacts on L Subway train riders.”

Any 24/7 closure of the Canarsie Tunnel’s two tubes is unlikely to begin before January of 2019, the MTA said.

The public meetings will include a discussion of the potential construction approaches currently under consideration. They will also include an open house at which community members can discuss their concerns with MTA staff; a presentation from MTA and NYC Transit leadership and technical staff; and a question and answer period.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Primary Day: Bernie Sanders Takes on Brooklyn Issues

Courtesy Sanders campaign
The Brooklyn Eagle has published a Q & A with Bernie Sanders (Hillary Clinton will also be responding, we're told), where Bernie addresses a number of issues important to Brooklyn residents.

Among these: the fate of Fort Hamilton, keeping hospitals open in Brooklyn and across the country, helping startups and small businesses, gun control, transit crime, funding the MTA and more.

Makes good Primary Day reading!

Looking for your polling place? Visit Who's On the Ballot.

Democratic candidates Q & A about issues of importance to Brooklynites [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Fireworks Over NYC Tonight (April 18, 2016); Watch from Brooklyn

There will be a fireworks display in the area of Battery Park in Manhattan tonight, April 18, at approximately 9:15 PM, according to Notify NY.

Viewable from lower Manhattan, the fireworks should also be easily seen from the waterfront along Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, with decent viewing in western Carroll Gardens and parts of Red Hook. Northern Staten Island should also get a view.


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