Sunday, April 20, 2014

She's Back: Tara Anne McDonald, Brooklyn Heights Kidnapper, Arrested Again

McDonald, by NYPD
If you lived in Brooklyn Heights in 2002, you might remember the big to-do over  Tara Anne McDonald, a disturbed woman who couldn't keep her hands off other people's babies.

She created a near panic as she followed nannies around and tried to snatch kids right out of their strollers.

Now, the Brooklyn Eagle reports that McDonald has been arrested again on Friday in Manhattan -- for trying to kidnap another baby.

A tortured soul, McDonald apparently believes the babies are being mistreated, or that they belong to her.  See more at the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Big Crowd for Brooklyn Heights Easter Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground

Photos by MK Metz,
The line for the Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Hunt at Pierrepont Playground on Saturday again reached Remsen Street or possibly beyond, well before the gates opened at 10 a.m.

Heather White, president of the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee, told the Brooklyn Eagle that the organization “hid thousands of eggs,” and “re-egged” as the line wound into the playground.

The eggs actually ran out before the last kid made it through the gate but the children seemed to have a great time running around in the sun with hundreds of other kids anyway. Heights Kids handed out hundreds of balloons, which was a treat, and some savvy parents even brought their own eggs to surreptitiously scatter near their kids...

These boys look like they're comparing notes.

"Put it in the basket." 
"I don't wanna!"

Neighbors brought a pair of Holland “mini-lops” -- fuzzy bunnies -- for kids to pet. They were very popular.

Photos by MK Metz,
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Believers Carry Cross Over Brooklyn Bridge in Good Friday Procession

Photos by MK Metz,
A silent crowd of Christian believers carried out an ancient tradition as they crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday morning for the19th annual Good Friday Way of the Cross procession. Processions like this took place all over the world on Friday.

Sponsored by the Movement of Communion and Liberation, the procession began at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn and, after stops to pray at several Stations of the Cross, wound up at at St. Peter’s Church in Lower Manhattan.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Hunts in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 19, 2014

Photo: MK Metz
Photo: MK Metz
Saturday is the time to gather the kids and the baskets and head to parks around Brooklyn for Easter egg hunts and spring celebrations.

The Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp at Pierrepont Playground Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets (on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade). Candy, treats, balloons and good friends have made this a holiday tradition for many families.

A bake sale will be held to benefit the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee.

In East Flatbush, the office of City Councilman Jumaane Williams will be joining East Flatbush Village, Inc. for an Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wyckoff Farm House, located at 5816 Clarendon Road (at East 58th St.). There will be games, prizes, face painting, rides, music, refreshments and more.

Other Easter events this weekend:

Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20: Brooklyn Children’s Museum Eggs-Travaganza Easter Egg-citing Eggs for 5-and-under. Kids create papier-mache eggs. Two sessions, at 11:30 and 2:30. 145 Brooklyn Ave at St Marks Avenue, Crown Heights (718) 735-4400 x127

Saturday, April 19: Greenpoint Easter Egg Hunt by Town Square. 12-2 p.m. McGolrick Park , Greenpoint. $10, with proceeds to be shared between Town Square and MS 126 Leo’s.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fireworks Over NYC, Brooklyn on Friday, April 18

Fireworks are being set off Friday night April 18, in N.Y. Harbor East of Liberty Island. The display will begin at approximately 9:15 PM.

The fireworks were sponsored by Lincoln Sports and Entertainment, a private company registered in Hicksville, Long Island.

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Brooklyn Parking Lot Sells for $38 Million; Medicaid Waiver Funds; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Dowwntown Brooklyn parking lot sells for $38.46 million. [Brownstoner]

- Brooklyn hospitals hear from state about applying for Medicaid Waiver funds. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Sam's restaurant on Court Street temporarily closed by Dept. of Health. [PMFA]

- How to research the history of your house in Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]

- What did Charles Hynes know, and when did he know it? [Failed Messiah]

- William Bryk lives in Brooklyn and has never been much farther west than Buffalo. But that's not stopping him from running for U.S. Senate this year in Alaska. And Idaho. And Oregon. [Huff Post]

- Veteran-owned companies to get preference in New York state contracts. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Post Office, Downtown Brooklyn, without Scaffolding

Photo: MK Metz, McBrooklyn
This beautiful building is the Downtown Brooklyn Station Post Office and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

The scaffolding which has shrouded the building for years is finally down.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fund for Exonerated Brooklyn Man; Mom Steals Honda; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Court Street Funeral Home property sells for $4.55 million. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Fund raises thousands for NYC man cleared of murder after 25 years; stranger set up campaign. [Fox]

- Brooklyn woman's mom accidentally steals a green Honda. There's a perfectly good explanaation. [NY Magazine]

- Hundreds of fireworks, thousands of road flares and miles of LED lights to erupt over Prospect Park on April 26. It haas something to do with vaginas. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklynites fund schools, libraries, gardens in participatory budgeting vote.  [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Weird collection of collages coming to Cobble Hill gallery. [Brooklyn Paper]

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100 Years Ago Today: 'Brooklyn Crank' Tries to Kill NYC Mayor Mitchel

On this day 100 years ago, NYC Corporation Counsel Frank Lyon Polk was shot and seriously injured outside City Hall by a Brooklyn man who was aiming for NYC Mayor John Mitchel.

The Police Commissioner, the Mayor and Mr. Polk were just getting into the Mayor'ss automobile when the man fired at close range. The bullet missed Mayor Mitchel "by a very close margin," the Brooklyn Eagle reported. But the Corporation Counsel, who was right beside him, was seen to stagger. He was helped into City Hall, where it was seen at once that he was badly hurt. The bullet had passed into hiss jaw and knocked out almost all his teeth.

George Neum, the Mayor's chauffeur, sprang forward as the man was about to fire a second shot and grappled with him. The chauffeur and police hustled him into City Hall for questioning. He was reported to be around 65 and called himself David Rose. He repeatedly told the Mayor, "I have nothing to ssy."

According to Wikipedia, his actual name was Michael P. Mahoney.

Mayor Mitchel said he was told that two other men set up Rose to kill him.

The Mayor, who carried a gun, said, "It is true that I had my hand on my revolver and that I was ready to fire if necessary. I would have liked to have a chance at those two men."

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boerum Hill Cat Fight; Duane Reade Sushi Bar; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- 13-year-old shot in Brooklyn may lose vision in one eye. [NY1]

- Brooklyn author Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer Prize in poetry. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Rumor: Duane Reade on the corner of Court and Joralemon is "apparently being renovated into Brooklyn’s flagship DR like the one on Wall Street in Manhattan and it will apparently have a sushi bar in it." [BHB]

- Jim Creighton, the man known as baseball's first star, got an upgrade to his Brooklyn monument Tuesday. [NY1]

- Cops hunt suspect wanted for robbing four Brooklyn banks within just a few hours. [Sheepshead Bites]

- A cat fight has broken out over the will of a Boerum Hill woman who left $50,000 to her five felines. [NY Post]

- Brooklyn Heights civic groups are pushing for the DOT to close Joralemon Street to vehicles at Furman Street, near the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 66-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man were discovered naked and dead in the bathtub of a Brooklyn apartment, an empty gallon jug of vodka nearby. [Daily Mail]

 - The polar vortex led to a serious gefilte fish shortage. [Grub Street]

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