Sunday, July 5, 2015

Heavy Police, Big Crowds in Brooklyn for NYC's 2015 Fourth of July Fireworks

Hundreds of police and terrorism officers took over the streets of Brooklyn Heights Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Macy's July 4th fireworks display.

Cordons and metal fencing were set up on the Promenade, and several streets between Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO were blocked to both cars and pedestrians.

Aviation units patrolled the skies, and the NYPD Harbor Unit guarded the waterway.

All afternoon, the crowd grew on the Promenade -- especially after the drizzle stopped. Police checked bags and backpacks before letting anyone in.

Someone hand-lettered this patriotic sign and propped it up on the Promenade flagpole.

An incredible crowd strolled down Old Fulton Street towards Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO, hoping to land a spot by the water to see the fireworks.

We watched the display from atop a tower in Brooklyn Heights. Brilliant show!

We could hear applause and whoops from balconies and hi-rises across the Heights as the fireworks wound up.

All in all a great day. But the line to get back on the 2 and 3 and A trains ---- Unbelievable!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

#1 Hotel in Brooklyn Coming to Dumbo Heights? Heights Cinema Plan OK'd; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Dumbo Heights
 - Ian Schrager is working on a new Public hotel at J. Kushner's Dumbo Heights office and retail project. “We ... intend for it to be the No. 1 hotel in Brooklyn,” said Schrager. [NY Post]

- New York City’s Landmark Preservation Commission gave JMH Development and Madison Estates the thumbs-up for their plans at the former site of the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. [CP Executive]

- More cops may be headed to Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct, and Brooklyn Bridge Park is part of the reason why. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A group burned an American flag during a protest in Fort Greene Park Wednesday night, but scattered when opponents stepped in. [CBS local]

- Possible fetus (!) found in Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup left in Brooklyn public housing development’s stairwell. [Daily News]

- The NYPD will enhance counterterrorism efforts on Fourth of July this year in response to an increase in worldwide threats. [SI Live]

- $5.3 million will be spent to put high-speed broadband into the Southwest Brooklyn, Long Island City, North Brooklyn and Greenpoint-Williamsburg Industrial Business Zones. [Observer]

- Manhole fires along Bergen Street snagged multiple subway lines from downtown Brooklyn to Park Slope Wednesday afternoon. [CBS local]

- Suspects who stole over 50 phones, tablets from Park Slope AT&T store were caught on camera. [Daily News]

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Big Rent Vote Tonight; Real Estate Doubts Creep In; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- New York City’s Rent Guidelines Board is scheduled to vote on Monday evening on whether to increase rents for more than one million rent-stabilized apartments. [NY Times]

- Did you miss the Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit? See video here. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Four people were stabbed when a crazed man pulled a knife in a Bay Ridge bar early Sunday. [Daily News]

- The mother of seven children who died in a March fire in their Brooklyn home was released from the hospital. [Forward]

- NYC bill would require some bathrooms to be gender-neutral. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Looks like there might be some funny business on those rescored Regents exams at Automotive High School in Greenpoint. [NY Post]

- [Blast from the past: 2006] Some doubts creeping in on Brooklyn real estate, says broker -- who says people are asking, “Am I really going to pay $600,000 to live next to an abandoned building?” [TRD]

- This week, Guernsey’s will auction the spectacular World War I poster collection of Colonel Edward H. McCrahon, a Brooklyn-born soldier passionate about the Allied cause. [Guernsey's]

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Rainbows Galore at NYC Gay Pride Parade

Photos by MK Mets
More than a million marchers and supporters waving rainbow flags and wearing rainbow colors flooded the streets of New York City Sunday for this years Gay Pride Parade.

 The mood was joyful as marchers celebrated the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. The parade started at noon and was still running more than three hours later.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

NYC Fireworks Tonight Celebrate Gay Pride

Fireworks going up on the west side of Manhattan tonight (Sunday, June 28) visible from NYC and New Jersey (and not so well in Brooklyn) at 9:45 PM are part of the NYC gay Pride celebration, sponsored by Heritage of Pride.

They're being shot off in the Hudson River Safety Zone south of Pier 40.

Heritage of Pride calls the fireworks "the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display over the Hudson River."

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Friday, June 26, 2015

New York State Might Consider a New Environmental Study for Pier 6

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Directors of the Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) "left the door open" to a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Pier 6 development planned in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

Community groups and officials have been pushing for an SEIS in light of the "exploding development, overcrowded schools and changed conditions in Brooklyn" since the original EIS was issued 10 years ago.

More at the Eagle:

ESD leaves door open to new environmental review of Pier 6 development [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Brooklyn's 'Madison Ave.' and More Brooklyn Briefs

- There goes the neighborhood: The Daily News proclaims: "Court Street is quickly becoming Brooklyn’s own Madison Ave."

- Brooklyn leads the city in disgusting grocery stores. [Brokelyn]

- City’s new budget allots $57M for ‘pork’ spending. And guess which Councilmen chipped in to fund a controversial nonprofit founded by disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez? [NY Post]

- Police-chokehold victim Eric Garner’s nephew was shot Thursday afternoon during a robbery attempt in Coney Island. [NY Post]

- Bruce Ratner and David Walentas were the old-timers in the inaugural “Make it in Brooklyn Innovation Summit" yesterday. [CapitalNY]

- Nets acquire 4 new players on draft night. [Brooklyn Nets]

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fireworks You'll See From Brooklyn/ NYC/ NJ Thursday Night Sponsored by Artificial Intelligence Company

Those fireworks you might see and hear tonight (Thursday evening, June 25, 9:20 p.m.) from the west side of Brooklyn, plus New York City and NJ, are being launched off Liberty Island.

According to NYC, the fireworks are sponsored by IPSof, creators of Amelia, called  "the first cognitive agent who understands like a human."

According to IPSof, "Amelia, our cognitive knowledge worker, interfaces on human terms. She is a virtual agent who understands what people ask – even what they feel – when they call for service."

The company "leverages artificial intelligence to change the world."

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LICH Act Passes Assembly; Sen. Sampson in Court; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn state Sen. John Sampson ‘thought he was above the law’: prosecutor. [Daily News]

- A Brooklyn family is grateful for their neighbors, Good Samaritans seen on cell phone video risking their lives to rescue them from a massive fire. [7Online]

- NY Assembly passes ‘LICH Act,' designed to prevent another hospital closing debacle like LICH in Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Al Sharpton to protest Brooklyn street named for Confederate army leader. [Business Insider]

- Ratner unveils design of 8-acre park at Brooklyn’s Pacific Park mega-development. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn pols blast plans to close VA Medical Center unit in Bay Ridge. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- New Brooklyn Nets practice facility to open in February. [PIX11]

- The Brooklyn Peace and Justice Fair, initiated by Brooklyn For Peace and organized by Brooklyn based progressive and community organizations, will take place from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday. [Brooklyn Reader]

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Meeting About Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 Development Thursday Morning at ESDC

Courtesy Asymptote Architecture
The next ESDC Board meeting concerning Pier 6 development at Brooklyn Bridge Park takes place Thursday, June 25 at 9 a.m.

If you didn't RSVP, it's too late to attend in person, the meeting will be livestreamed here.

The meeting is part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation's (BBPDC) plan to change the park’s General Park Plan (GPP) to allow affordable housing to be built in the park. Two towers are planned for the southern end of the park near Pier 6.

More information about the Pier 6 meeting and a wrap up of Monday's kickoff meeting at the Brooklyn Eagle.

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