Monday, April 27, 2015

Brooklyn Backpackers Missing in Nepal Earthquake; Receiver for Deitsch's Park Slope Senior Home; and More Briefs

- Brooklyn backpackers among missing after avalanche triggered by Nepal earthquake strikes Mount Everest base camp. [NY Daily News]

- Judge appoints receiver for beleaguered Park Slope assisted living facility, Prospect Park Residence, removing control from much-reviled owner Haysha Deitsch. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- DA busts cocaine ring in Downtown Brooklyn. [NY1]

- Demonstrators march across Brooklyn Bridge to demand fair treatment of officer who shot Akai Gurley. [PIX11]

- The MetroTech BID plans to expand to include Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Center Call. [Atlantic Yards Report]

- CB2 exec. commmitee to consider the Brooklyn Heights “Slow Zone," a proposal to close Joralemon Street to through traffic at Furman, and an extension of the bike lane on Schermerhorn Street. [BHB ]

- Judge partially halts construction of Pierhouse project in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brooklyn Navy Yard Community Day: Free Tours, Scavenger Hunt & More

Courtesy Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard invites visitors of all ages to a special day of community connection in celebration of Preservation Week.

In a release, the Navy Yard asks: "Do you live near the Yard? Did someone in your family work here? Are you curious about what goes on here today?"

You can experience the history, mystery and industry of the Yard this Sunday. They’ll work with you to record stories about your connections to the Yard and invite you to share materials to add to the Yard’s archives.

The Yard will also host family tours and a sustainability scavenger hunt. (You may need free tickets for some events, so check  here.)

Sunday, April 26, 1 to 4 p.m. Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue.

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Brooklyn Comes in First Place for Loud Sex Complaints. Especially that Bay Ridge Couple. You Know Who You Are.

From DNAinfo; Map Data ©2015 Google
The loudest sex in New York last year has been traced to a Bay Ridge couple at 7201 Ridge Blvd., based on the number of complaints registered by 311.

According to 1010WINS, since the report came out, the couple is running from reporters seeking interviews.

Another couple, at 735 Gates Ave., also had a hard time containing themselves last year.

DNAinfo supplies a handy interactive Loud Sex Complaint Map, showing complaints to 311 about what is obviously bigger problem than we realized.

As you might expect, Brooklyn comes in first place for the most loud sex complaints last year, with 42 complaints — compared to 37 in Queens, 31 in the Bronx, 23 in Manhattan and not a single complaint in Staten Island.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Giant Sinkhole Doesn't Completely Swallow a Firetruck in Brooklyn, but Close Enough

Photo by Brian Stansberry courtesy Wikipedia
 What does Brooklyn have in common with Florida and Russia?

Massive sinkholes that mysteriously open up and swallow large objects like fire trucks -- which, by the way, happened in East Flatbush today when a firetruck got "sucked into" a sinkhole, injuring two firefighters (thankfully, only minor injuries).

Despite getting hurt directly in front of Brookdale Hospital, the injured firefighters were taken to Kings County Hospital.

- Firetruck sucked into Brooklyn sinkhole, 2 injured [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Massive sinkhole caves under fire truck [News 12 - subscription]

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Brooklyn BP Adams Dresses Artsy, Stays Classy

Dude! Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wears his art on his heart for a recent exhibition of Brooklyn artists interpreting the Stations of the Cross.

Photo: Stefan Ringel/Brooklyn BP's Office

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5x10 Talks Coming Up in Brooklyn on May 6th

The 2nd annual 5x10 Talks are taking place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 6th at BRIC. Might want to buy your tickets now, as last year's event sold out.

This year's speakers include the Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster, the co-founders of Tough Mudder and Brooklyn Industries, an award-winning novelist, and an architect who helped design Barclays Center.

These five Brooklyn innovators will speak for 10 minutes each on the subject of “What’s Next?”

  • Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal of SHoP Architects, which designed Barclays Center, among other Brooklyn projects;
  • Will Dean, CEO and Co-Founder of Tough Mudder, a Downtown Brooklyn-based company which offers team-oriented obstacle courses;
  • Lexy Funk, CEO and Co-Founder of Brooklyn Industries, the lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer with 16 stores in three states, including one on Fulton Mall;
  • Bernice L. McFadden, author of nine critically-acclaimed novels and a Brooklyn native;
  • Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewery and one of the foremost beer authorities in the world.

Interspersed among the talks will be performances by local cultural organizations, including Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra; a video presentation by BRIC; and writer and performance artist Najee Omar, presented by MoCADA.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and others.

Buy tickets here.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Miracles Do Happen: Dangerous Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza to Be Repaved

Photo: Borough Hall Plaza, by MK Metz
After years of complaints and at least one lawsuit, a $11 million reconstruction of Borough Hall Plaza has actually begun.

BP Eric Adams made rebuilding the crumbling plaza, part of Columbus Park, a priority -- and he somehow achieved what community advocates and former BP Marty Markowitz could not. See Brooklyn Eagle for details.

(Note: Incorrect link has been fixed! Thanks to our reader who pointed it out.)

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Swimming in the Toxic Gowanus Canal, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn Film Festival coming next month to Brooklyn Heights, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. [BFF]

- Cops increase their presence at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2 since last week's gunfire. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Woman, 21, hangs herself from Brooklyn fire escape in suicide. [NY Daily News]

- OMG: Activist to swim the toxic Gowanus Canal on Earth Day. [Newsweek]

- And another thing that shouldn't be in the Gowanus, but is. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Greenland USA, the subsidiary that owns 70% of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, doesn't even have a website, though it pretends to. [Atlantic Yards Report]

- A developer could get its hands on Bushwick Inlet Park, if CitiStorage has its way. [Greenpointeers]

- PHOTOS: Check out the Brooklyn Artists Ball at the Brooklyn Museum -- At one table there were replicas of the battleship USS Brooklyn that came with cannons that guests could shoot off, sending confetti into the air. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- HBO cracks down on Williamsburg bar showing pirated copy of Game of Thrones. [Village Voice]

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Cars Fill New Parking Lot at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo: MK Metz
Build it and they will come.

Shown: The recently-completed parking lot running along the uplands between Pier 2 and Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (The large brown structure is a noise-attenuating berm.)

The park map doesn't show the parking lot, but it's in the section shown above.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

First Shots Fired in Brooklyn Bridge Park Miraculously Don't Kill Anybody

BBP, by MK Metz
The first gunshots fired in Brooklyn Bridge Park (since it became a park) went wild yesterday, by some miraculous twist of fate killing no one.

Warm weather brought youthful crowds to the incredibly popular park, which seems to have no permanently-stationed cops patrolling its rolling green acreage.

Following a panic, police arrested two men. 


Gunfire in Brooklyn Bridge Park: Two arrested following Pier 2 Melee [Brooklyn Eagle]

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 Evacuated Following Reports Of Gunfire [Gothamist]

Gunman who fired shot in usually tranquil Brooklyn Bridge Park arrested: officials [Daily News]

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