Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Get Ready for Haunted, Horrific Brooklyn Heights

Nestled within the sedate charms of one of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods is a wealth of gory, ghastly, haunted and horrific tales...

Yes, we're talking about Brooklyn Heights.

On Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Boroughs of the Dead owner and founder Andrea Janes will guide you to the frightening sites of dreadful stories that inspire terror in those who pass them after dark.

The tour takes off from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tickets are $10.

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Negligent Landlord? Crown Heights Tenants Forum Tonight (Wed.)

Does your super following you around with a GoPro? Does your landlord neglect repairs?
Assemblymember Diana Richardson is holding a forum tonight in Crown Heights on tenants rights.

The forum takes place at the Crown Heights Library at 6:30 p.m.

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Put In Your 2 Cents About Fort Greene Park's Pathways Tonight

Fort Greene Park received $3 million to improve its pathways, and wans to hear from you about how they should do it.

The meeting is at the Fort Greene Visitor Center tonight at 6 p.m.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

No More Polytechnic Name in Brooklyn; 'Creative Control'; and More Brooklyn Briefs

From The Verge: Amazon has cut a deal to acquire the independently produced Creative Control (above), a dark satire about the tech industry that premiered at SXSW in March. Creative Control tells the story of an advertising executive tasked with selling "Augmenta" wearable glasses. The film is set in an achingly hip corner of Brooklyn, and featuring a cast made up of actual tech executives and future-savvy celebrities . . .

More Brooklyn News:

- No more Polytechnic name in Brooklyn? Brooklyn’s NYU Poly receives $100 million, changes name to ‘NYU Tandon School of Engineering.' [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Scenes from Grace Church's blessing of the animals. [BHB]

- Residents say Brooklyn super's body cam is an invasion of privacy. [CBS]

- 2nd body found in Borough Park rubble. [Brooklyn Eagle] and [NBC]

- You know that truck with 3,000 lbs. of marijuana cops discovered on Monday? Three of the guys arrested are from Brooklyn. [Daily News]

- "New Brooklyn" is a comic universe which "encapsulates the borough’s spirit" with comics starring Brooklyn as their centerpieces and created by Brooklyn writers and artists. [Newsarama]

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It's Organ Donor Day at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Tuesday is the first annual Organ Donor Day in New York, and you can sign up to be an organ donor at Brooklyn Borough Hall, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The statewide push is sponsored by LiveOnNY, a non-profit organ procurement organization.

Why are they doing this? Because our state SUCKS in terms of organ donation: New York is 50th out of 50 states in the percentage of residents enrolled as organ donors.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Suing Over a Parking Space, School Rezoning Squabble, and More Brooklyn Briefs

Just another naked guy on a cross in Union Square, Manhattan. Photo: MK Metz
 - One dead, one still missing in Borough Park blast. [abc7ny]

- Brooklyn neighbors battle over parking spaces in court. [NY Post]

- Squadron: ‘DOE has pitted neighbor against neighbor’ in Brooklyn Heights/ Vinegar Hill rezoning battle. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Man dies after jumping in front of oncoming L train at Bushwick subway station. [Daily News]

- Godspeed You! Black Emperor storms Brooklyn, shattering eardrums and psyches. [Billboard]

- IHOP comes back home to Downtown Brooklyn. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Photographer merges photos from the past with today's Brownstone neighborhood pix. [Brooklyn Based]

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fireworks Seen in NYC, Brooklyn Oct. 4: Happy Diwali!

Photo: MK Metz
Fireworks are being set off in New York City on Sun., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. to celebrate Deepavali, a.k.a. Diwali, one of the largest Indian events in the city.

The fest includes a day of food, clothing, crafts and dance performances (the Naach Inferno competition).  The "festival of lights," which commemorates the end of Hindu king and deity Rama’s 14 years of exile, culminates in the fireworks display.

They rockets are being shot off Pier 16 (Beekman St. and South St.) on the East River and can be seen from Manhattan, Brooklyn, S.I. and New Jersey.

More at Time Out.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Coming Up in DUMBO: Virtual Reality Film Festival

Oculus Rift headset by Sebastian Stabinger
Virtual reality films will be on view in DUMBO on Oct. 6 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival.

Audiences will wear Gear VR equipment supplied by Samsung, as well as Oculus VR headsets.

"Who hasn’t wanted to step into their favorite movie?” René Pinnell, co-founder of the film festival, asked the Brooklyn Eagle.

Virtual reality film festival coming to DUMBO [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Hurricane Joaquin May Miss NYC, But Deluge Likely

It's looking more likely that Hurricane Joaquin will not hit New York City directly, as various models show its trajectory moving more to the east, according to the National Weather Service and Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground.

But the weather on Friday and afterwards will be plenty wet. In Brooklyn, showers will be on and off, with rain and wind picking up Friday night. A coastal flood watch is in effect through Saturday afternoon. The low in Brooklyn on Friday is predicted to be 50 degrees.

Masters says, "Dangerous Hurricane Joaquin has intensified to a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds and a 936 mb pressure, making it the strongest Atlantic hurricane in five years." However . . .  "Confidence is growing that Joaquin will move out to sea this weekend, although a U.S. landfall still cannot be ruled out."

The city's emergency preparedness plans have improved, Mayor de Blasio said Thursday night. Evacuation shelters are ready, as are extra ambulances, firefighters, water rescue teams, additional ladder companies and emergency boats in case of flooding.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Big Brooklyn Concert with Beyoncé, Prince and Nicki Minaj; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Slow-zone rolling out in Brooklyn Heights will include 21 speed humps. Photo: MK Metz
-  Two hundred or so people turned up at Valentino Pier on Sunday for the Red Hook Regatta, a 3D-printed boat race. [Untapped Cities]

- Tidal is putting on a huge Brooklyn concert with Beyoncé, Prince, Nicki Minaj and others at Barclays. [Newsweek]

- Crochet mural sparks anarchist protest at Bushwick's Brooklyn Flea. [Hyperallergic]

- A few women still want to be beauty queens in Brooklyn. [NY Magazine]

- A city-owned car used by a member of Mayor De Blasio’s staff was broken into in Brooklyn and an iPad and a Blackberry were taken. [Daily News]

- Margaret Atwood, author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Oryx and Crake," will come to St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights to share her new novel, “The Heart Goes Last” on Friday, Oct. 9. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- If you live in District 39 and want to have a say in what projects are funded in the area, stop by Brad Lander's Participatory Budgeting meeting next Tuesday, October 6. [Kensington BK]

- The city’s sudden push to use eminent domain to grab land in Coney Island would connect three beloved landmarked attractions with a grand walkway. [NY Post]

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