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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Thursday, April 16, 2015

BP Adams to Set Up a Public Breastfeeding Station at Brooklyn Borough Hall
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is set to support the city’s expansion of public breastfeeding zones, at a Brooklyn Borough Hall press conference this morning.

To show his committment, Adams will be setting up a public breastfeeding site inside Borough Hall.

This support is paralled to "The Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone" in Bedford Stuyvesant, funded with a $1.2 million grant by the WK Kellogg Foundation. The city is working with local businesses and organizations to establish areas where women can breastfeed.
Adams is calling his program Family Friendly Brooklyn. According to the United States Census, there are roughly 200,000 Brooklynites under the age of five, a figure higher than the New York State average.

Advocacy organizations supporting Borough President Adams’ Family Friendly Brooklyn initiative include 1199/SEIU Healthcare Workers East; A Better Balance; Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc.; Citizen Action of New York; Community Service Society of New York; Delta Children; New York Working Families; New York Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign; New York Paid Leave Coalition; Seleni Institute; Worksites for Wellness; and YWCA of Brooklyn.

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Basset Hound Targeted; Fort Greene Pop-Up Playdate; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Basset hound targeted for death in neighbors’ dispute. [Brooklyn Paper]

- During his "testy" debate with Gentile, Donovan appeared not to know the federal minimum wage. [Bensonhurst Bean]

- U.S. Attorney investigating NY Senate leader Dean Skelos. [NBC]

- Live at BAM: Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ retains youthful vigor after 134 years. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Community pop-up playdate in Fort Greene Park this Sunday. [Fort Greene Focus]

- A homeless man was found dead on the L train early Wednesday. [NY Daily News]

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This is Participatory Budgeting Vote Week in NYC

This is the week to vote for Participatory Budgeting projects in your district.

Participatory Budgeting is a process which allows residents to directly decide how to spend part of the public budget -- money that comes from their taxes.

This year, twenty-four NYC councilmembers are letting residents allocate part of their capital discretionary funds, giving the community the chance to decide how to spend over more than $25 million.

The seven Brooklyn Councilmembers participating this year include David Greenfield (District 44); Brad Lander (District 39); Steve Levin (District 33), Carlos Menchaca (District 38), Antonio Reynoso (District 34), Mark Treyger (District 47) and Jumaane Williams (District 45).

Look up your Councilmember and projects to vote on here.

- Why Are Working Toilets for Brooklyn School Children a Participatory Budgeting 'Maybe'?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Demonstrators Shut Down Brooklyn Bridge, in March to Protest Police Violence

Photos by MK Metz
Hundreds of demonstrators marched over the Brooklyn Bridge during Tuesday's rush hour to protest the recent wave of police shootings of unarmed civilianss.

Dozens climbed onto the the Manhattan-bound roadway, leading cops to shut it down and make arrests.

According to reports,  two police officers were assaulted by protesters.

"Violence or threats of violence against the police are unacceptable and will absolutely not be tolerated," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement late Tuesday, adding that the incidents are being investigated and perps will be prosecuted.

Photos by MK Metz
The woman shown above is one of dozens led off the Brooklyn Bridge roadway in handcuffs. NYPD opened the bridge again around 6 p.m., but demonstrations continued as the marchers headed along Flatbush towards Barclays Center.

A major sponsor was the Stop Mass Incarceration network.

UPDATE: The group says dozens of key organizers in NYC have been arrested, and are being held at:
NYPD 78 Precinct: 65 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn.  718-636-4611
NYPD 7th Precinct: 19 1/2 Pitt Street, Manhattan. (212) 477-7311

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jim Henson's Giant, Adorable Dinosaurs Coming to Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts April 26

Courtesy of Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train LIVE!
Got kids? (If not, borrow some.) Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents what looks to be an adorable show -- Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train LIVE! - Buddy's Big Adventure on Sunday, April 26 at 12pm and 3pm.

The PBS KIDS series comes to life for what organizers call an interactive "pre-hysterical" musical. The performance is recommended for ages three and up.

"... Little Buddy is a proud Tyrannosaurus Rex living happily in the Pteranodon family nest. But, what exactly makes Buddy a part of this family and just what will happen when he gets bigger and can't fit in the nest anymore? Buddy wants to know, so the Pteranodons decide to hop aboard the one and only Dinosaur Train and set off on an adventure..."

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

The show is part of the Target Storybook Series.

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Gentile to Debate Donovan Tonight for Grimm's Seat; Vinnie Endorses Hillary

Brooklyn Councilmember/ Congressional hopeful Vincent Gentile will be facing Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan in a televised debate tonight (April 14) at the College of Staten Island at 7 p.m. The two contenders are going after Michael Grimm's 11th District seat.

On Monday, Gentile endorsed Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Gentile (who calls himself "Vinnie" in his releases) says Hillary "has always been a champion for hardworking Americans like those in Brooklyn and Staten Island."

He adds that he and Hillary "share many of the same values -- raising the minimum wage, providing access to well-paying jobs, affordable housing, and good quality education and healthcare for all."

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Equal Pay Rally at City Hall Today (April 14)

NYC officials including Councilmembers Laurie Cumbo, Elizabeth Crawley, Darlenee Mealy and Corey Johnson, and Assemblymember Michele Titus will rally for Equal Pay laws Tuesday morning on the steps of New York City Hall.

They'll be joined by a number of groups, including the YWCA of Brooklyn.

If you want to join, bring a red sign.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Brooklyn Ballet Dances in Brooklyn Heights on April 13

St. Francis College is hosting the Brooklyn Ballet for Dances at Half Past Twelve with the performance "Roots and New Ground" on Monday, April 13 at 12:30pm in the College’s Founders Hall in Brooklyn Heights.

Under Artistic Director Lynn Parkerson, Brooklyn Ballet will perform six pieces including the premier of "This Dance Goes Like This" with choreography by David Fernandez and featuring dancers; William Cannon, Miku Kawamura, Savannah Lee, and Christine Sawyer.

Other works include "The Green Dress" choreographed by Lynn Parkerson and the work in progress, "Earth and Crown," with choreography by Matthew Powell.

Musicians will accompany the dancers on piano, mandolin, violin and bass.

It's free, and a reception will follow.

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All Day House Party Saturday at Brooklyn's BRIC

All-Ages, All-Day Party at BRIC on Saturday
BRIC continues its series of House Parties this upcoming Saturday -- with special daytime activities, including family dance classes, film screenings, art making, and other participatory activities; followed by a nighttime musical main event, with a live band, DJ, and dance party.

8pm-12am: DANCE PARTY $10 Adv | $14 Door

The evening dance party features I Love Vinyl ... their approach is described as "disco, house, soul, boogie, jazz/funk, hip hop, techno, no wave, new jack swing, Latin, electro and Afrobeat" woven into a cohesive, funky and irresistibly danceable sonic manifesto."

Full schedule

Buy tickets here for the nighttime fun.

BRIC House
647 Fulton Street

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