Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2015 NYC Michelin Guide Highlights Brooklyn and Queens Restaurants

11 out of 20 new one- and two-starred restaurants in the Michelin Guide come from Brooklyn and Queens in the next edition, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The prestigious Michelin Guides have been published by the French tire company Michelin for more than one hundred years. 

Brooklyn Fare
Earning three stars is Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, at 200 Schermerhorn St. in Downtown Brooklyn.

Check out the Journal for the list of one-, two- and three- star restaurants.

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Former MI-6 Head, Top Panel at St. Francis in Brooklyn: 'Civil Rights Versus National Security'

Richard Barrett
A block-buster panel will tackle the question of personal rights vs. national security at a discussion in Brooklyn.

Richard Barrett (Former Head of Counter-Terrorism with British Intelligence MI-6), Scott Horton (Harper’s), Jeffrey Dannenberg, Bruce Green, Richard Zabel (Deputy U.S. Attorney), Hon. Paul Gardephe (Southern District), Yassin El-Ayouty, and Thomas J. Volpe are the members of the distinguished group discussing this question.

The Honorable Paul Gardephe, United States District Judge of the Southern District of New York will moderate the discussion.

The discussion takes place Tuesday, October 7, 6:00 – 8:30pm at St. Francis College – Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education (Room 7402), 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

FREE and open to the public, reception to follow

Blurb from St. Francis:

Richard Barrett, former Head of Counter-Terrorism with British Intelligence MI-6, will talk about the “The Nature of Tension,”
Scott Horton, Harper’s magazine, will speak about “Enhanced Interrogation,”
Jeff Dannenberg, a published legal scholar, will speak about “Whistle Blowing,”
Bruce Green, Professor at Fordham University, will talk about “Prosecutorial Ethics,” and
Lawyer Richard Zabel will examine the issue of “Courts vs. Tribunals”

Chairman Emeritus of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees Thomas J. Volpe will open the event and Dr. El-Ayouty will bring all the concepts and ideas together at the end.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of International Cultural Studies and is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Frank Macchiarola ’62, former Chancellor and President of St. Francis College.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Greenpoint Open Studios Kicks Off This Weekend, Oct. 3

Catch the launch party Friday night at Dirck the Norseman, then check out the open studios all over Greenpoint.

Friday, Oct. 3rd, 8-11pm: Launch Party at Dirck the Norseman (7 N 15th Street). Open bar for participating artists from 8-9pm + snacks. DJOMGWEBCATS plays all night.

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 12-6pm: Open Studios. Artists welcome visitors to their studios.

Sunday, Oct. 5th, 12-6pm: Open Studios.

Sunday, Oct. 5th, 6-8pm: Wrap party at t.b.d. (224 Franklin Street). Outdoor BBQ + 1 free drink for GOS participating artists!

Greenpoint Open Studios schedule here.

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NYU Stamps Its Feet, Gets Rid of Nurses Union at LICH

Photo by MK Metz
NYU doesn't have to keep its promise to hire back nurses at the LICH ER after all!

After some backroom nudging by the state, a judge ruled that that pesky little promise in Fortis' winning proposal is just wind and air . . .

Not does Fortis have to provide affordable housing. Or anything else that was in their proposal!

All the other bidders had to comply with what they promised in their proposals. That's how they were ranked, after all.

For Fortis, their proposal is . . . just wind and air . . .

Brooklyn judge rules against nurses in NYU - LICH case [Brooklyn Eagle]

Judge dismisses nurses suit, clears path for NYU at LICH  [CapitalNY]

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Still More Photos of the DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

If you haven't gotten your fill of all of the zany, boingy, odd and artistic persons, places and things that inhabited DUMBO this weekend, check out these photos of the DUMBO Arts Festival 2014.

Art Is Me Art Is You procession winds down Main Street. All photos by MK Metz

A giant dog made out of cardboard boxes.

"Circle Circus" in the Lounge

DADA with En Masse

See the little pink footprints painted on the tracks? They're by Karen Mamenti

"Hair Cuts" by Broke Lyn
"Hair Cuts" by Broke Lyn 2

"House of Strength" performance piece

Cards and coins were on the street.

Here's what they said.

"Sun Speak II" The tube changes color as you or your partner speaks. All photos by MK Metz
More photos at the Brooklyn Eagle and Gothamist.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Brooklyn BP Adams Miffed that de Blasio, Cuomo Seem to Be Overlooking Terror Threat to Brooklyn

Photo: MK Metz
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams feels Brooklyn was dissed  by Cuomo and de Blasio in Thursday's subway terror optics.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle:

 “I do want to express my disappointment in Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for missing the mark today on assuring this entire city, not just those in Manhattan, that their security is a top priority,” Adams said.

Adams said the two officials' "symbolic subway rides followed the typical pattern of ignoring the impact that terror concerns have on Brooklyn and the other boroughs, which are also potentially at risk."

Brooklyn subways have been the target of a terror plan in the past.

More at the Eagle.

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Neil Diamond Playing Secret Show in Brooklyn on Monday

Photo: Alan Topping, Wikimedia
You may not be aware that Brooklyn-born singer-songer Neil Diamond is one of the world's best selling artists of all time. (We didn't know this either until we read it in Wikipedia.)

Despite going to high school in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Vegan reports this could be Neil Diamonsd's first Brooklyn show ever.

The location will be announced Monday (9/29) at 8am by Neil. Doors to the show open at 5pm. Neil plays at 6. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Visit Brooklyn Vegan for more details.

Make sure you read the comments, too. They are a strange combination of helpful, pathetic and randomly hostile.

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Have You Missed Any Snail Mail Recently? Flatbush Postman May Have It In His Living Room

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A Brooklyn postman has been arrested after about 2,500 pounds of mail postmarked as far back as 2005 was found undelivered in his home and car.

WABC reports that Jospeh Brucato allegedly failed to deliver at least 40,000 pieces of mail along his route from the Ryder Station Post Office in Flatbush.

We would like to know if Brucato is the postal worker connected to the unexplained disappearance of a man's ashes last year.

The man's sister traced them to the Flatbush post office. "I'm not whining about a pair of shoes that's lost in the system. It's my brother. It's my brother," she told 7online.

7online went to the Flatbush office and asked the manager to track down the driver, "and quickly the problem was resolved."

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seen In Brooklyn Heights: Can You Guess What This Is?

Photo by MK Metz
This was on a flatbed truck in south Brooklyn Heights. Can you guess what it is?

We'll update this post in a bit.

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Community Boos NYU LICH Fail; Dock Street DUMBO Ginormous; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn community groups, nurses, officials slam NYU failure to keep LICH ER promise. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Developer replaces big, unpopular Sheepshead Bay condo plan with plan for bigger condo. [Sheepshead Bites] via [Brokelyn]

- New rendering shows how overwhelming the new Dock Street building in DUMBO is. [DumboNYC]

- Michael Grimm: Foreign policy expert. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Kensington science teacher arrested, accused of sexually abusing five of his students at P.S. 249. [Daily News]

- Two panels on race in Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]

- Crown Heights North 7th Annual House Tour on Oct. 4. [CHN]

- This is what chestnuts look like on a tree. [MatthewWills]

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