Monday, November 24, 2014

TheCleanBedroom Shop Coming to Montague St., Brooklyn Heights


 An organic mattress store called The CleanBedroom plans to open soon at 145 Montague St., upstairs.

The shop sells upscale organic mattresses, furniture, pillows, bath and spa items, and even pet beds.

According to their website, other showroom are located in Manhattan; Wellesley, MA, Santa Monica, CA, Greenwich, CT; Austin, TX; Kittery & Portland, ME.

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'Wanted Posters' for Rookie Cop; NBC Staffer Fingers Cosby; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- 'Wanted'  posters for NYPD cops who shot unarmed man are hanging in Brooklyn hosuing project. [Daily News]

- The parents of a 9-month-old girl who was accidentally shot in her Brooklyn home while her dad was cleaning his gun are being criminally charged. [NBC]

- The final Bridging Gowanus planning meeting takes place Monday, November 24 at 6:30, at PS 32 317 Hoyt St, Brooklyn. [PMFA]

- "He had everybody fooled. Nobody suspected.” Frank Scotti, long-time facilities manager at Brooklyn's NBC studio, speaking about Bill Cosby. [Daily News]

- Gov. Cuomo "accusing the National Weather Service of missing the storm ... is just one more bullet point on a list of stupid comments from a sub-par politician venturing into a topic he knows little about." [Gawker]

- The history of a cool little neighborhood called Brooklyn -- in Jacksonville, Florida. [news4jax]

- The U.S. is literally falling apart. [CBS]

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Suspicious Package in Downtown Brooklyn Sunday Night

From the scanner:

At 11 p.m. and again at 11:29 p.m. Sunday night, NYPD was asked to respond to an unconfirmed  suspicious package at Livingston Street and Boerum Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

Police in the area and in other parts of Brooklyn (such as the 77th Precinct) were backed up Sunday night.

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Smoke Reported in F Train Tunnel, Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

From the scanner:

FDNY is responding to a report of smoke in the IND subway F line in Brooklyn at 15th St and Prospect Park West.

The call came in at 11:34 p.m. Sunday night.

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Monday: High Wind, Rain, 70 Degrees! In Brooklyn, Queens & Nassau

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau for Monday morning, from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.



Rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 a.m. The high today will be 70 degrees!

The Weather Service also warns of the possible of coastal flooding along low-lying shorelines.



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Have You Seen Gerald Kinnison? Disappeared in Brooklyn

Gerald Kinnison is missing. NYPD
The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Gerald Kinnison, a 60 year old Black man with dementia, who disappeared from the area of Surf Avenue in Brooklyn.

Mr. Kinnison is described as being 6' tall and 180 pounds, thin built, with brown eyes, black hair, and a beard. He was last seen in the area of 23-16 Surf Avenue on 11/21 at 8:00 AM wearing a black jacket, black shirt, blue pants, and large black sneakers. He may be walking in the direction of Manhattan.

If you see Mr. Kinnison, please call 9-1-1.

(Notification issued on 11/23/14 at 5:07 PM.)

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Friday, November 21, 2014

A and C Train Troubles Ahead; Brooklyn Heights Cinema; 'Kung Fu Judge' Lawsuit; and More Brooklyn Briefs

-After community input meetings, the draft "Gowanus Bridging" initiative will be presented by Councilman Lander this Monday. The Pardon Me for Asking Blog says it's a sham.

- Buyers of Brooklyn Heights Cinema building going for condos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 28-year-old NJ woman was found dead in a parked sedan yesterday in front of a bakery in Bensonhurst. [BensonhurstBean]

- The Cranberry Street Tunnel, which is used by A and C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, will be closed for 40 weekends starting this spring. [Gothamist]

- Shut out of P.S. 8? P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill is hosting open houses (209 York Street) on Nov. 21 from 9-10am, December 8 from 6-7pm, and December 12 from 9-10am. They have pre-K. [DumboNYC]

- Wrongful death suit of Brooklyn ‘Kung Fu Judge' Phillips moving ahead. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Another round of voting took place Thurs. to determine how $19,500,000 from the Exxon-Mobil oil spill will be spent on Greenpoint. [Brownstoner]

- After flurry of excitement, Bed-Stuy man tests negative for Ebola. [News12]

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brooklyn: Were Bullets Just Shot into the Clinton Hill Coops?

From the scanner:

At least four callers reported four to five shots fired outside 209 Clinton Ave, between Willoughby and Waverly Ave. in the Clinton Hill section of Brookyn Thursday night at 11:04 p.m.

One police responder speculated it was fireworks. At 11:08 p.m., however, a caller from a 4th-floor apartment reported a bullet on the floor.

209 Clinton is the address of the Clinton Holl Coops, located between Fort Greene Park and Pratt Institute.

According to the Coops' website, the Clinton Hill Cooperative Apartments "are a 12 building, 1,200 unit pet-friendly community in a lush park-like setting, featuring beautifully renovated co-ops, 24 hour security, live-in staff and laundry rooms."

The neighborhood is described as "Clinton Hill's historic district, a vibrant, diverse, and urban Brooklyn neighborhood now a mecca for artists, musicians, young families & foodies alike."

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P.S. 8 Meeting Tonight; Brooklyn Strand Meeting Tonight; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Meeting about overcrowding at P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, tonight, Nov. 20, Plymouth Church. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Why the plastic shopping bag tax is a bad idea. [Bag the Tax

- The Rev Al defended himself on ICH against a report of alleged financial negligence. [NY1]

- Review the plan for ‘Brooklyn Strand,’ which seeks to unify green space from Boro Hall to DUMBO. CB2 meeting on Nov. 20. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Transportation Alt says Jay Street is dangerous and scary. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Community Boards 6 and 7 are sponsoring a presentation by the NYC DOT about the Gowanus Connector (Greenway) on Thurs., Dec 11, 6:30pm at the SIMS Recycling Facility, 472 2nd Ave. & 29th St., Brooklyn.

- University basketball team rescued after being stranded on a bus in a snowstorm for 24 hours upstate. [ABC]

- A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. [AP]

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Oh No You Don't: Brooklyn Bans SantaCon 2014 from Bushwick Park Kick Off

SantaCon 2011 at Grand Central. Photo* by MK Metz
The days of SantaCon being a kooky counterculture send up of the Santa concept are waaaay over.

Organizers for the annual costumed pub crawl/ drunk fest, who wanted to kick off this year's festivities in Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, Brooklyn, were told to forget about it, according to DNA info.

The group wanted to use the park as a gathering and set-up point for the Dec. 13 event, which attracts about 30,000 Santa-clad, slobbering, puking idiots.

The park is too small and the idiots are so many, Parks officials explained to DNA.

City Councilmember Rafael Espinal, Jr., released a statement asking bars to keep the Santas out.

Saying the nasty Santas left neighborhoods in shambles, he wrote, "I think I speak for many of my constituents and bar patrons when I say that we're not ready for a 'Santification' of Bushwick."

Gothamist links to the Boycott SantaCon website that is pretty hilarious. It calls SantaCon, "The most douchebag event of the year."

- SantaCon 2013
- SantaCon 2012.
- About SantaCon 2010

(*Photo copyright 2014 MK Metz)

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