Friday, March 27, 2015

Hospital Money Still Up for Grabs in Budget; Attempted Rape in Williamsburg; New Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park; etc.

- Williamsburg woman was punched and nearly raped in her apartment building early Thursday -- but was saved by her 16-year-old son. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn pols fight to restore millions in budget for teetering hospitals, inckuding Interfaith. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Danish artist Jeppe Hein will playfully animate Brooklyn Bridge Park in a new exhibition, “Please Touch the Art.” [NYT]

- Over the next decade, Greenpoint is slated to add some 8,000 new apartment. [NY Post] 

- What to do in Brooklyn this spring: from a zine fest to the Basquiat exhibition to the 17th of May parade. 

- 2015 All-Brooklyn Team: Girls High School Basketball All-Stars. [Brooklyn Eagle

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cold But Sunny for Coney Island's Opening Day on Sunday

Luna Park
Coney Island's Opening Day is Sunday, March 29 -- and it looks like it won't be snowing, for once.

At Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, the Annual Blessing of Rides takes place at 10:30 a.m. Free rides on Deno’s Wonder Wheel to the first 95 people for their 95th Year. (Plus: They're giving away free rides for 300 kids from the local Salt N Sea Mission.)

The season opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by park owners, Dennis and Steve Vourderis.The NYC Fire Department Color Guard will present the colors and sing the National Anthem.

At the Cyclone at Luna Park: Festivities kick off at 12:00PM and if you get in line early you might be part of #TheFirst100 and get a free ride on The Cyclone Roller Coaster.

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'Cards Against Brooklyn,' Montague Citibank Building Sold, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- There's a Kickstarter for a fresh new card deck: Cards Against Brooklyn, designed to deflate Brooklyn's image of being a cool place. [Gothamist]

- Ideas aired at first Brooklyn Heights Library workshop (plus video). [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 'Brooklyn Game Lab’ creates new versions of existing board games. [Pix11]

- Remembering the wild times at Brooklyn’s DIY venues. [Slate]

- Goosebumps! R.L. Stine, king of kids horror books, to read at BookCourt. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Jonathan Rose Companies closed on the Brooklyn Heights Citibank building at 181-183 Montague Street for $36.5 million. [TRD]

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Brooklyn Chamber Is Making It Easy to Find a Spot to Tie the Knot or Throw a Party in Brooklyn

We just found out this is Open Venue BK week in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Boulders
Open Venue BK gives event-minded folks the opportunity to explore prospective venues for their parties, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceneras, Sweet 16s, conferences and anything else they want to celebrate.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Everyone knows that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the perfect spot for a wedding. But looking at the extensive list of venues makes you realize there are more places to throw a party in our borough than you might have thought -- like Brooklyn Boulders (capacity 1,000 with two party rooms), or the cutting-edge Deity in Boerum Hill (capacity 150).

The Green Building
One of our visual favorites is the former brass foundry now known as The Green Building in Gowanus. It is described as a "unique raw space featuring original brick walls, soaring exposed beam ceilings with gorgeous chandeliers, and newly renovated restroom and food-staging facilities." (capacity up to 250)

Tours began March 22 and runs through March 29.

RSVP for the venues you'd like to see.

This event is masterminded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

VIDEO: Cops Looking for This Sexual Predator in Bed-Stuy

The New York City Police Department put out the word on Wednesday that they are asking for the public's assistance identifying a suspect wanted for sexual abuse in Bedford-Stuyvesant's 81 Precinct.

On January 27, at 7:28 p.m., the suspect shown in this video followed the victim, a 36 year-old female, into her building, located in the vicinity of Van Buren and Lewis Avenue. As the victim ascended the stairs, the suspect followed closely, pulled the victim's pants down and sexually abused her. The victim resisted and the suspect fled the location.

The suspect is described as a black male, thin build, approximately 5'6" and 19-20 years-old.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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LICH Sale Heads Back to Court in Brooklyn

LICH. By MK Metz
SUNY's ethically-troubled sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn is back in court this week.

The Concerned Physicians of LICH, one of the many groups who fought the sale of the Cobble Hill hospital for more than two years, is trying to have SUNY’s decision to award the campus to Fortis Property Group annulled, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

The doctors group says in its filing that SUNY’s methodology didn’t match that described in the original stipulation hammered out in court -- after much litigation --and the Request For Proposals (RFP) that followed, among other errors.

Regiggering the bidders scores would put Trindade Value Partners on top. Trindade proposed a full-service hospital at the site, opposed to the current walk-in emergency clinic operated by NYU Langone. NYU says it plans to increase the size of the clinic in 2017, if the deal is finalized.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BP Adams Calls for Burn Center in Brooklyn

Photo: Kathryn Kirk/ BP's Office
 Yesterday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for the creation of a burn center in Brooklyn, which currently has no burn facility. Adams asked all of the borough’s hospitals, both public and private, to put forward any proposals. He said that any plan that he feels is strong would be supported with funding from his capital budget.

He also announced a borough-wide fire safety education campaign, following a fatal fire Saturday in Midwood that claimed the lives of seven siblings, aged five to 16, from the Sassoon family.

"This is not just about borough equity; this is about providing the necessary medical infrastructure that can save lives," he said. "I look forward to addressing this gap in care and working to bring the first burn center to the borough.”

The Sassoon family’s mother and one of her daughters are currently in critical condition at burn centers in the Bronx and Staten Island, after sustaining severe burns and smoke inhalation.

Adams’ fire safety education effort will include translation of materials in Spanish, Yiddish, and other languages, as well as the distribution of free smoke detectors.

He is hosting an event tonight from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM at PS 193 Gil Hodges, located at 2515 Avenue L, in partnership with Council Member Chaim Deutsch, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James, in conjunction with Representative Yvette Clarke, Assembly Members Rodneyse Bichotte, Dov Hikind, and Helene Weinstein, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, and Community Board 14.

Adams was joined yesterday by elected officials, including PA Letitia James,  and Jewish leaders inside FDNY headquarters at MetroTech Center.

“This tragedy has shaken us all,” said Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon. “One thing is clear: we need to be better educated about fire safety and when the unspeakable occurs, Brooklyn needs to be ready to treat its burn victims here."

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Sign Up: 17th Annual Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5k, at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo: Brooklyn Bridge Park
 The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, St. Francis College, and Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) have announce the 17th Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K. The race, with more than 350 participants in 2014, will return to the Brooklyn waterfront for the fourth year on Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 am.

This 3.1-mile race remembers Eileen Dugan, a New York State Assemblymember who represented the local 52nd AD (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge) from 1980 to 1996.

Her early advocacy to create a public park on the Brooklyn waterfront were instrumental in making Brooklyn Bridge Park a reality. In 1996, at the age of 51, Assemblywoman Dugan passed away from breast cancer.

"It makes me proud to see my sister’s vision for the Brooklyn waterfront realized with such a beautiful park and to see so many people come out to honor her memory each year,” St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan said in a statement.

Nancy Webster, Executive Director of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, said, “Enthusiasm from the community plus a beautiful course, make this a fantastic event for runners and supporters alike."

For 13 years, the Eileen Dugan Run was a tradition on the streets of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. This year’s course in Brooklyn Bridge Park will begin and end at the Pier 6 entrance at Atlantic Avenue, and will cover all of the park’s active piers along the waterfront.

The run is limited to the first 500 entrants. All proceeds from the run will support Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s cultural, recreational, and educational events.

Event Details

What: 17th Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Where: Pier 6 entrance at Atlantic Avenue

Purchase tickets:

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Juan Rivera, Owner of Variety Mart in Brooklyn Heights, Dies

Photo by MK Metz
Juan G. Rivera, long-time owner of Variety Mart, at 136 Montague St. in Brooklyn Heights, died last week.

Mr. Rivera went back decades on Montague Streeet. He was a co-owner of the store in the 70s, and long ago became sole owner.

Mr. Rivera was a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. Our sincere sympathy to his family.

A wake was held on Sunday at the Cobble Hill Funeral Home.

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Brooklyn Today: Heights Library Workshop Monday; Man Needs Skin Removal Surgery; and More

- "There's only one way to survive this. There is only total and complete, utter surrender." Gabriel Sassoon of Brooklyn, about the tragic deaths of his children from a hot plate fire. [Yahoo News]

- Monday: Public’s chance to offer input on new Brooklyn Heights Library. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Touching video: Brooklyn man who lost 270 pounds needs $20,000 to surgically remove sheets of excess skin. He has raised more than $45,000 $54,000 at Go Fund Me. [News 11]

Here's a photo of three people the cops are looking for in connection with the shooting death of an 18-year-old in Flatbush over the weekend. [NBC]

- Not far from the above shooting, someone shot a one-year-old baby, visiting Flatbush with her family from Bangladesh. [Gothamist]

- Schumer relives his days at James Madison HS. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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