Thursday, May 28, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge Park, People for Green Space Reach Settlement on Pier 6 Issue

One of 14 proposals for Pier 6. Rendering by Asymptote Architecture
The Brooklyn Eagle reports that Brooklyn Bridge Park and the People for Green Space Foundation (Save Pier 6), which is fighting two high-rise towers planned for Pier 6 on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, have agreed to settle a lawsuit by going through a process that would allow modifications to the park’s General Park Plan (GPP).

Because of the settlement, there will be a public hearing that will take into account expert testimony and the public’s comments about the GPP.

See Brooklyn Eagle for more on this breaking development.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Artwork Surprises, in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photos by MK Metzz
Adults and children milled around this raised platform in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Huh! Wonder why?

A moment later ... whoosh! Screams of hilarity ensued as water gushed in changing patterns across the platform.

The fountain is part of the "Please Touch the Art" exhibition by Danish artist Jeppe Hein, on exhibition this summer in the park.

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Giant Inflatable Taiwanese Deities, Union Square

Meanwhile, in Manhattan ...  (Photo: MK Metz)
Thought you might want to see these giant inflatable deities from traditional Taiwanese temple fairs, placed in the middle of Union Square on Sunday.

They were part of the Passport to Taiwan Festival, which celebrates Taiwanese American Heritage Week.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Coney Island Expecting 10 Million Visitors; Brooklyn Film Festival; and More Brooklyn Briefs

A bird splashes on an enchanted Gowanus Canal. MK Metz
- More gunfire in Brooklyn: Two shootings in Brooklyn Monday night leave one dead, one injured. [PIX11]

- Coney Island beach expecting10 million visitors this year. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Vermont's wild-haired, independent beloved Senator Bernie Sanders is kicking off his presidential campaign Tuesday. How many know he was born in Brooklyn and attended James Madison High School and Brooklyn College? [Politico]

- WPIX-TV has opened a studio right inside Barclays Center, and has named it the memorable “Hyundai Studio at Barclays Center.” [Newscast Studio]

- Here's what Brooklyn looked like in the summer of 1974. [Business Insider]

- Five must-sees at the Brooklyn Film Festival. [amNY]

- Another lawsuit settled by NYC regarding the cop named in at least five other lawsuits-- one involving a teen he shot when he mistook a water gun for a Tec-9. [Daily News]

- Green-Wood Cemetery has unveiled a searchable database of thousands of Civil War soldiers, abolitionists, former slaves and others buried there. [Oneida Dispatch]

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Michael Mailer - 'Ivy League Crime Lord' Back in Production

Page 6 reports that Michael Mailer (Norman's son) recently hosted a dinner for his partners Michael Della Femina, Jon Friedman and James Toback at his Brooklyn Heights home after shooting an episode of the Web series “Ivy League Crime Lords.”

In February, the team posted on Facebook: "Going into production this month on new season with great team. Please stay tuned..."

Here's the plot: Three middle age friends from Harvard,Yale and Princeton create a fictitious mob leader, Vinny the Shin, in order to shake down the industry and get their TV show made.

From Episode 1 ("The Godmother") above: "It's reality TV in reverse."

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Brooklyn War Memorial Restoration Campaign Kicks Off

Brooklyn’s WWII veterans were honored at the Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Plaza Park on Sunday.

The Memorial is dedicated to the more than 300,000 men and women of Brooklyn who served in WWII. Inside the stately structure -- which has been closed since 1990 -- are the names of roughly 11,500 Brooklyn service members who died during the war.

The Cadman Park Concervancy has established a GoFundMe campaign to raise  money to refurbish and reopen the Memorial. It's about time!

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Wild Women of Planet Wongo Sighted (and Not in Brooklyn)

The Wild Women of Planet Wongo were sighted at Union Square in Manhattan on Sunday.

They apparently escaped from Brooklyn with the intent of publicising their 60s sci-fi immersive theatre musical dance party extravaganza, taking place at Brooklyn Fireproof in Bushwick from June 11 - July 4.

According to the FAQ, "immersive" means the show takes place in the entire space. There is no stage and there are no seats. (There are several intermissions.)

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fireworks Over NYC, Brooklyn, NJ, Sunday, May 24

Those fireworks you'll be hearing tonight (Sunday, May 24) at 10:30 p.m. 11:30 p.m. are being shot off by Ellis Island in celebration of Memorial Day.

They are being sponsored by "Karen - Swank Productions Pritzker" according to
Billionaire philanthropist Karen Pritzker is heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune, along with banks and conglomerates.

UPDATE - The fireworks started much later than planned, it seemed. (Closer to midnight than 10:30.)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photographers and Models Come Out to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo: MK Metz
Brooklyn Bridge Park was full of photographers and models on Wednesday -- brought out by the cool, clear, sunny weather. They included women wearing wedding gowns and others dressed in skimpy, fashionable outfits, all before a backdrop of the East River, with Manhattan across the way.

It seems the sweeping view of the Manhattan skyline was not what the photographer pictured above was interested in, however.

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No More Cops at Brooklyn Bridge Park? And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police captain not confident Brooklyn Bridge Park will get more cops. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The Brooklyn Youth Chorus gala was very "Brooklyn-y." The event, in Dumbo, was set up as a mini-version of the borough, with tables were named after subway stops and rows named after subway lines. [WSJ]

- ‘Grave finder’ conned Brooklyn man out of $20K for fake spots: $1M lawsuit. [Daily News]

- DOH shuts down Avalon daycare center in Park Slope for child abuse. [News12 - subscription] And it's not the first time something awful has happened at Avalon. [Patch]

- Brooklyn Film Festival will be screening 108 films from 26 countries May 29–June 7. [Backstage]

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