Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Whoopie Pies at One Girl Cookie; Brooklyn's Food Scene Over? And More Brooklyn Briefs

Above: List of the dozen exonerations to date by the Brooklyn DA.

- Yelp ratings say Brooklyn’s food scene is over... [Brokelyn]

- Lloyd Blankfein, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Anna Wintour among co-chairs for Brooklyn national convention committee. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- NYPD reassigning 350 cops to permanently rove NYC with machine guns.  [Capital NY]

- Severe overcrowding at Bensonhurst schools has prompted DOE to lease a new building on 15th Avenue for the coming school year. [Bensonhurst Bean]

- It's curtains for Fort Greene's Paul Robeson Theatre, which recently hit the rental market for $18,000 a month. [DNAinfo]

- One Girl Cookie is celebrating 3 years in DUMBO on Monday, February 2 -- and they're giving away free whoopie pies from 12-3pm! [DumboNYC]

- Feds crack down on mobile providers that falsely advertise “unlimited” data but reduce speed. [NYTimes]


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brooklyn's Lentol Withdraws Bid for Assembly Speaker Spot

Brooklynites just lost their chance to have one of their own in the powerful position of NYS Assembly speaker.

Brooklyn Assemblymember Joseph Lentol suddenly withdrew from the race on Thursday, the Brooklyn Eagle reports. Lentol cited the need for a united front in Albany in the wake of the scandal surrounding Speaker Sheldon Silver.

This gives Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie’s bid a boost, the Daily News says.

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NYC: Up to 2 Inches of Snow, Freezing Winds Friday; Maybe 6 Inches Monday

Photo by MK Metz
New York City's Office of Emergency Management has issued a Weather Advisory for tonight and Friday (January 30).

Light snow is expected to begin tonight and continue until early Friday morning. An accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow is expected, with little to no ice formation, but roads could be slippery for Friday's commute.

Decreasing temperatures and increased winds are expected Friday afternoon, resulting in a nighttime low of 12 to 13 degrees, with wind chills of -5 to -10 possible. The strongest winds are expected Friday night into Saturday morning, with sustained winds of 20-30 mph, and gusts of up to 40 mph. Winds diminish Saturday afternoon, but temperatures will remain dangerously frigid.

And from the National Weather Service: LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. ALTHOUGH THE EXACT TRACK AND TIMING OF THE SYSTEM ARE STILL UNCERTAIN...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR 6 INCHES OR MORE OF SNOW ACROSS THE ENTIRE TRI-STATE AREA.

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The NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning Thursday at 7 PM and will have more than 500 salt spreaders out across the five boroughs to treat arterial highways, bus routes, school streets, hilly roads, etc. In addition, DSNY will have plows on other equipment in case of any plowing needs (more than 2 inches of accumulation).

The Department of Transportation will deploy anti-icing units to each of the East River bridges and is pre-treating pedestrian overpasses and step streets.

Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended through Saturday, January 31. Parking meters remain in effect throughout the city.

New Yorkers are advised to check on their neighbors, friends, and relatives - especially the elderly and those with disabilities.



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Cutbacks at the Brooklyn House of Detention; Stop Work Order at Pierhouse, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The Department of Correction is paring back the number of inmates housed in the Brooklyn House of Detention in Atlantic Avenue to cut costs. [Daily News]

- Everything you need to know about DOB's stop work order on Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- My Little Pony convention coming to Downtown Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- The Brooklyn Nets are a mess. [Fan Sided]

- WTF? Domino’s launches bondage-themed 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ad. [Daily News]


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You Can Adopt One of the 74 Rabbits Seized by Cops in Gowanus

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Owner Refused to Bring Them in During Blizzard of 2015

Cops were called to a Gowanus property literally hopping with rabbits after someone noticed them jumping around in the snow drifts.

According to the Daily News,  the cops seized the rabbits — all 74 of them — and brought them to the city’s Animal Care and Control office where they were being treated Tuesday.

A commenter claimed the rabbits "were kept by the 'owner' in a dirty alley filed with garbage with little shelter."

Another commenter supplies a link to the shelter (petharbor.com) where the rabbits were brought. Turns out there are hundreds of shelter bunnies. So if anyone needs a rabbit, check this out.

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Close to 400 Customers Still Without Power in Brooklyn

Courtesy of Con Ed
 Scattered power outages across Brooklyn have lingered into Thursday.

 362 locations in the borough were without power early Thursday morning, according to Con Edison's Storm Center.

Many are related to the non-Blizzzard of 2015, which left close to a foot of snow -- and much corrosive ssalt -- on many Brooklyn streets.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOTOS: A Snow Walk Through DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights During the Non-Blizzard of 2015

The DUMBO Archway. Photos by MK Metz
What a beautiful snowstorm the non-Blizzard of 2015 -- also known as winter storm Juno --  turned out to be! It was the perfect combination of snow, a half-day off from work and a school Snow Day. We took a walk through DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights to see the sights.

Pearl Street Triangle, DUMBO
Not too many pedestrians in DUMBO except for those strolling in the snow -- and no one eating at the benches in the Pearl Street Triangle.

Cranberry Street
Folks in Brooklyn Heights seemed to have one mission...

Getting to Squibb Hill to go sledding!

The hill was filled with families having fun on this most perfect of Snow Days.

Little kids, medium kids....

And big kids!

More Brooklyn non-Blizzard of 2015 snow pictures:

PHOTOS: Snow day! Super sledding at Squibb Hill in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Eagle]

Snow day in Brooklyn Heights [Brooklyn Heights Blog]

PHOTOS: Bay Ridge digs out from winter storm [Brooklyn Eagle]

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Bridge and other Brooklyn locations late Monday. [Brooklyn Eagle]


Photos ©2015 MK Metz

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Solitary Walk Over Brooklyn Bridge as Blizzard Begins

Photo: MK Metz
The full fury of winter storm Juno hasn't fully hit Brooklyn yet, but the wind is already driving little icy pins into the eyes of walkers braving the weather.

Here's a photo taken earlier today on the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge as the storm gathered force.

Not a single cyclist!


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Uber Says It Will Only Hike Prices 280 Percent in NYC During Blizzard of 2015

At a press conference on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned unnamed for-hire car services that price-gouging during emergencies was illegal.

"If you have any evidence of people taking advantage of this emergency to unfairly and illegally raise the prices of their rides, call 311 and report it," de Blasio said. "The Taxi and Limousine Commission will investigate.”

Uber told AP that "surge pricing will be capped at 2.8 times the normal fare" during the storm. That's not even triple, which is what Louie the Lip charges during emergencies.

Uber is waay better than Louie the Lip!

All roads and subways are closing at 11 p.m. Monday so get on home.

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De Blasio: Food Delivery Drivers “Not Essential Emergency Personnel” During Blizzard

All roads in NYC close to non-emergency personnel at 11 p.m. Monday. Shown: Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge at the start of the Blizzard of 2015. Photo by MK Metz

Because of the Great Blizzard of 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are shutting the city and downstate NY down tonight at 11 p.m.

“Make preparations to get home ... before the worst of the storm hits,” de Blasio said. “We need cars off the road so that our equipment can do its work and keep streets passable for emergency vehicles.”

Here's where the seriousness of the situation becomes apparent: The Brooklyn Eagle reports that in response to persistent questioning by reporters, de Blasio said that food delivery drivers were “not essential emergency personnel.”

Holy sweet mother!

Details:

De Blasio issued a Winter Weather Emergency Declaration restricting travel by all except emergency personnel beginning at 11 p.m. New York City subways and buses will operate only local service beginning at 8 p.m.

Mass transit, trains and buses will be suspended and a travel ban will go into effect at 11 p.m on all local and state roads in the following 13 counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.

Long Island Rail Road, Metro North, Staten Island Railroad service will be suspended beginning at approximately 11 p.m. until further notice. PATH service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning at 9 p.m. and be suspended at 11 p.m. until further notice.



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