Monday, August 31, 2015

Pier 6 Comment Deadline is Today; Homeless Couple Clean Up Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Signing up supporters to save the Brooklyn Heights Library. Photo:MK Metz
- Homeless couple cleans up a Bay Ridge park, criticizes de Blasio for letting it go to hell. [NY Post]

- Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 public comment deadline is today. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet is moving from Tribeca to St. Ann's ex-digs in DUMBO. [WSJ]

- Woman drowns at Brighton Beach. [Daily News]

- Woman dies after plunging in front of a subway train on Fulton Street Saturday evening. [Daily News]

- Just what were those loud noises Saturday night in Fort Greene? [Patch]

- Brooklyn woman discovers her boyfriend was a cheat and a killer.[News.com.au]


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DOE To Present P.S. 8 Rezoning Plan on Tuesday

P.S. 8 by MK Metz
The Dept. of Education will be attending CEC 13's public meeting on Tuesday, September 1 to share at least one scenario for rezoning overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights.

This would likely move some DUMBO and Vinegar Hill residents out of P.S. 8 and into another school(s).

According to the CEC, DOE says they will be presenting a preliminary map and additional details.

The expected presentation is not a formal zoning proposal (i.e., it does not begin a timeline that would require a CEC vote within 45 days); rather it is aimed at generating community and CEC input toward a formal zoning proposal that the DOE will submit at a later date.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the District Office at 355 Park Place at Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights.

More at the CEC website.



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'Billions' (Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis) Filming in Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday

The Showtime drama "Billions" will be filing in Brooklyn Heights this week on Montague and Clinton streets.

Starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Malin Akerman, David Costabile and others, the series will premier on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, according to IMDb.

In the series, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) goes after hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Lewis).

Filming starts Wednesday. (Move your car.) Photo: MK Metz

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Downtown Brooklyn Likely Mob Scene Friday with Rihanna Event; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Couple plays with a drone on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Photo: MK Metz
 - A photo tour of Brooklyn's dazzling Grand Prospect Hall. [Gothamist]

- Massive beer hall planned for Downtown Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- Battle of Brooklyn heroes may be one step closer to getting new memorial. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The leader of an illegal Georgia-to-New York gun ring, who sold 151 weapons to an undercover officer in Brooklyn, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. [NBC]

- Last chance to catch Black Lives Matter plays ‘Rachel’ and ‘Las Meninas’ in Fort Greene.

- The Parisian department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche is playing host to Brooklyn’s hottest brands, beginning September 3. [Observer]

- The first 400 D'town Brooklyn Macy's customers today to purchase Rihanna's RiRi set for $116 will receive a VIP pass to meet Rihanna herself and have a photo taken with her. [Patch]


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Coup is Afoot at the Cobble Hill Asociation

Photo: MK Metz
The Brooklyn Eagle reports that 24 Cobble Hill Association members have called a special meeting to boot long-time leader Roy Sloane from the position of acting president, and to elect new officers to fill other board vacancies.

This comes in the middle of CHA-organized community talks with Fortis Property Group, the developer that won the rigged bid to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn and turn it into out-of-scale condos.

Is the coup part of the death throes of what was once a dynamic community organization -- or a positive infusion of fresh blood in the fight to fight the mega-development of Cobble Hill?

Cobble Hill Association torn over leader as LICH development looms [Brooklyn Eagle]


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Brooklyn Heights Demonstrators Support Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal

Photo: MK Metz
On Wednesday, members of the group Brooklyn For Peace demonstrated in front of the offices of Rep. Nydia Velazquez in Brooklyn Heights, in support of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

According to BFP's website, "The purpose is to support diplomacy and peace with Iran and counter the poisonous and heavily-financed campaign of opponents to the Iran nuclear agreement."

The event was part of a national day of action.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Massive New Ronnie Fieg Store; New Soup Dumpling Restaurant; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Seen in Upstate NY. Photo by MK Metz
  - Ronnie Fieg has opened a massive new store designed with Snarkitecture in Prospect Heights. (Besides sneakers and clothing, the new store also boasts New York’s very first cereal bar.) [Forbes]

- Brooklyn teen is out of jail on $1 million bail after he stabbed his allegedly abusive father to death to protect himself and his siblings. [People]

- A soup dumpling restaurant in opening in Downtown Brooklyn! [Gothamist]

- Thrill-seeker busted in Brooklyn for climbing 200-foot antenna. [NY Post]

- DOE to rezone overcrowded P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Opponents of "makeshift slaughterhouses" on Brooklyn sidewalks duked it out in court Tuesday with Jewish leaders over religious ritual that involves the killing of 50,000 chickens. [Daily News]

- Brooklyn crowd disses wrestling Divas at WWE's  three-day run at Barclay's Center. [Auburnpub]

A woman in Dyker Heights says that wasps have taken over her street and the city isn't doing anything about it. [CBS]

- Sounds about right: New York City ranked one of the worst places to retire in 2015. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fire in Brooklyn Heights; Grace Jones Bares Almost All; and More Brooklyn Briefs

75th Precinct is a homicide hotspot.
 - More shootings rock Brooklyn over the weekend. [Daily News] and [Pix11]

- A Crown Heights man died of his injuries 14 hours after muggers brutally punched and kicked him — and he declined medical attention. [NY Post]

- A whole lotta smoke in Brooklyn Heights as electrical fire breaks out. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Watch Jon Stewart hit John Cena with a chair at WWE SummerSlam at Barclays Center. [Washington Post]

- Local legends and rising stars are among the comedians performing at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, running this week. [amNY]

- Grace Jones had a lot in common with the Times Square painted ladies at Brooklyn's Afropunk festival Saturday night. [Mashable]

- Hump: Touring amateur porn festival to steam up Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Paper]


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

McBrooklyn In the Woods, Contemplating Nature and All that Stuff

Bushkill Falls waterfall, by MK Metz
We at McBrooklyn Enterprises have been hiking around in the woods of Pennsylvania, climbing up cliffs, staring at beautiful waterfalls and in general enjoying nature.

Revelation: The woods of Pennsylvania have billions and billions of daddy long-legs (which look like spiders but are not), and also about half a billion actual spiders. On the other hand, there are almost no mosquitoes . . . unlike Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, spawning ground of herds of horrifyingly mutated Gowanus Mosquitoes.


Rooster at Hallo Berlin. Photos: MK Metz
Traveling north to Conklin, NY, we discovered the Hallo Berlin beer hall, sister to the Hallo Berlin restaurant in Manhattan.

We enjoyed excellent wurst and salads like potato salad, cucumber salad etc.

The old-timey establishment keeps chickens, turkeys and baby pigs in the back. Despite the copious number of sausages sold there, the waitress swears "We don't eat them!"

We'll be back to Brooklyn tomorrow!


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brooklyn Heights Library ULURP Hearing at Borough Hall Tonight (Tuesday)

Rendering: Marvel Architects
Tonight (Tuesday, Aug. 18) at 6 p.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will host a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) public hearing on proposed plans for the Brooklyn Heights Library.

In the plan, Hudson Companies Inc. would build a 30-plus-story residential tower, replace the current library with a smaller one, and construct 114 affordable-housing units in Clinton Hill.

BP Adams will hear testimony from community stakeholders, including the Brooklyn Public Library and local residents, regarding their views on the pending application.

Get there at 5:30 p.m. if you want to sign up to comment.

On July 17, at a packed and frequently interrupted meeting Wednesday night, Brooklyn's Community Board 2 approved, with provisions, the much-disputed plan.

The added provisions would create a reserve fund of at least $2 million for future capital repairs; require the same "usable" floor space as the existing branch (there is some confusion over what is exactly usable, however); and create a Community Benefits Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


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