Friday, November 21, 2014

A and C Train Troubles Ahead; Brooklyn Heights Cinema; 'Kung Fu Judge' Lawsuit; and More Brooklyn Briefs

-After community input meetings, the draft "Gowanus Bridging" initiative will be presented by Councilman Lander this Monday. The Pardon Me for Asking Blog says it's a sham.

- Buyers of Brooklyn Heights Cinema building going for condos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A 28-year-old NJ woman was found dead in a parked sedan yesterday in front of a bakery in Bensonhurst. [BensonhurstBean]

- The Cranberry Street Tunnel, which is used by A and C trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan, will be closed for 40 weekends starting this spring. [Gothamist]

- Shut out of P.S. 8? P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill is hosting open houses (209 York Street) on Nov. 21 from 9-10am, December 8 from 6-7pm, and December 12 from 9-10am. They have pre-K. [DumboNYC]

- Wrongful death suit of Brooklyn ‘Kung Fu Judge' Phillips moving ahead. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Another round of voting took place Thurs. to determine how $19,500,000 from the Exxon-Mobil oil spill will be spent on Greenpoint. [Brownstoner]

- After flurry of excitement, Bed-Stuy man tests negative for Ebola. [News12]

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brooklyn: Were Bullets Just Shot into the Clinton Hill Coops?

From the scanner:

At least four callers reported four to five shots fired outside 209 Clinton Ave, between Willoughby and Waverly Ave. in the Clinton Hill section of Brookyn Thursday night at 11:04 p.m.

One police responder speculated it was fireworks. At 11:08 p.m., however, a caller from a 4th-floor apartment reported a bullet on the floor.

209 Clinton is the address of the Clinton Holl Coops, located between Fort Greene Park and Pratt Institute.

According to the Coops' website, the Clinton Hill Cooperative Apartments "are a 12 building, 1,200 unit pet-friendly community in a lush park-like setting, featuring beautifully renovated co-ops, 24 hour security, live-in staff and laundry rooms."

The neighborhood is described as "Clinton Hill's historic district, a vibrant, diverse, and urban Brooklyn neighborhood now a mecca for artists, musicians, young families & foodies alike."

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P.S. 8 Meeting Tonight; Brooklyn Strand Meeting Tonight; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Meeting about overcrowding at P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, tonight, Nov. 20, Plymouth Church. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Why the plastic shopping bag tax is a bad idea. [Bag the Tax

- The Rev Al defended himself on ICH against a report of alleged financial negligence. [NY1]

- Review the plan for ‘Brooklyn Strand,’ which seeks to unify green space from Boro Hall to DUMBO. CB2 meeting on Nov. 20. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Transportation Alt says Jay Street is dangerous and scary. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Community Boards 6 and 7 are sponsoring a presentation by the NYC DOT about the Gowanus Connector (Greenway) on Thurs., Dec 11, 6:30pm at the SIMS Recycling Facility, 472 2nd Ave. & 29th St., Brooklyn.

- University basketball team rescued after being stranded on a bus in a snowstorm for 24 hours upstate. [ABC]

- A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City. [AP]

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Oh No You Don't: Brooklyn Bans SantaCon 2014 from Bushwick Park Kick Off

SantaCon 2011 at Grand Central. Photo* by MK Metz
The days of SantaCon being a kooky counterculture send up of the Santa concept are waaaay over.

Organizers for the annual costumed pub crawl/ drunk fest, who wanted to kick off this year's festivities in Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, Brooklyn, were told to forget about it, according to DNA info.

The group wanted to use the park as a gathering and set-up point for the Dec. 13 event, which attracts about 30,000 Santa-clad, slobbering, puking idiots.

The park is too small and the idiots are so many, Parks officials explained to DNA.

City Councilmember Rafael Espinal, Jr., released a statement asking bars to keep the Santas out.

Saying the nasty Santas left neighborhoods in shambles, he wrote, "I think I speak for many of my constituents and bar patrons when I say that we're not ready for a 'Santification' of Bushwick."

Gothamist links to the Boycott SantaCon website that is pretty hilarious. It calls SantaCon, "The most douchebag event of the year."

- SantaCon 2013
- SantaCon 2012.
- About SantaCon 2010

(*Photo copyright 2014 MK Metz)

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brooklyn Woman's Remains Tested for Ebola; Sandy Insurance Claims Denied; and More Briefs

- The remains of a woman who died of an apparent heart attack at a hair salon in Brooklyn will be tested for Ebola. She was on a watch list. [7 online]

- Help find missing 12-year-old Ditmas Park girl. [Ditmas Park Corner]

- Homeowners have systemically been denied Sandy claims by insurance companies, say Senators. [WNYC]

- Some drivers had been trapped on the I-90 thruway upstate for more than 19 hours as of late Tuesday. [WIVB]

- Four deaths upstate, so far, blamed on the snow storm. [Fox]

- Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi try to break the Internet with their Christmas card.[7 online]

- Family of late reggae superstar Bob Marley teams up with private equity firm to launch Marley Natural, which will offer ‘heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains.’ [The Guardian]

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Words of Wisdom, in DUMBO

Photo: MK Metz
 Simon and Garfunkel said in The Sounds of Silence, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls."

In that same exact spirit, here are some words of wisdom we saw spray painted on the sidewalk in DUMBO.

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NYC Pols to Bridge Climbers: 'You Wanna Climb? Then You'll Do Time.'

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblymember Joe Lentol held a press conference on a freezing cold Brooklyn Heights Promenade Tuesday morning to announce they're seeking to pass a bill that would slam bridge or infrastructure-climbing tourists in jail for up to a year if they're caught.

An almost-rhyming BP Adams said, “If you come to New York and walk on the walkway, you will have a great vacation. But if you trespass on the structure, you’re going to have a longer incarceration."

The trio brought up some good points: It's costing the city a hell of a lot of money to guard the bridges now; it's tying up anti-terror resources, and climbers could fall and break their heads.

So watch out, you European daredevil tourists!

More at Brooklyn Eagle.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

View of the Brooklyn Bridge, From Squibb Park

Photo: MK Metz
 The always-breathtaking Brooklyn Bridge / East River panorama, as seen from Squibb Park in Brooklyn Heights.

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Officials Plan Legislation to Penalize Future Brooklyn Bridge Climbers

Cops check out bridge after an previous tourist invasion. Photo: MK Metz
Following the third illegal Brooklyn Bridge ascent in four months, NYC officials plan to introduce state legislation to raise the penalties of trespassing on the city's high-profile structures.

On Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assembly Member Joseph Lentol will gather on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to announce the legislation.

The latest security breach took place Sunday -- this time by a 23-year-old somewhat dim French tourist.

In the most famous bridge exploit, German artists swiped two American flags from the towers on July 22, replacing them with white ones.

A month later, a Russian tourist climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures.

The there was the peculiar sighting of a bridge climber described as having red hair and wearing blue shorts . . . That one was never caught.

In a press release, Adams says the officials "will discuss the importance of advancing New Yorkers’ safety and security, as well as furthering other efforts which could help deter trespassing behavior."

Related Articles:

- Does the Brooklyn Bridge Have a Clown Problem?
- Something Else White and Illegal on the Brooklyn Bridge (But Not a Flag)
- Brooklyn Bridge White American Flags: If No One Gets It, Is It Still Art?
- Brooklyn Bridge Security: Maybe White Flag Folks Did Us All a Favor

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Documentary 'Banksy Does New York' on HBO Monday Night (w/ Brooklyn Street Art Perspective)

Image courtesy of

 Two Banksy projects -- the documentary "Banksy Does New York" and the book Banksy In New York-- debut one year after the British street artist spent his month-long residency in New York City.

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of are featured in the documentary, which premiered in this past Friday night at the DOC NYC festival.

If you get HBO, you can watch the film's TV debut tonight -- Monday, November 17th -- at 9pm.

“We are completely honored that director Chris Moukarbel and producer Jack Turner interviewed us first for this important piece of modern street art storytelling because we were really able to tell it from the perspective of New Yorkers who cover the scene daily from the street,” Harrington, BSA editor in chief, said in a statement.

The film includes street art fans, Banksy hunters and the media as well as experts on the present day graffiti and street art scene like photographer Luna Park, blogger RJ Rushmore (Vandalog), culture critic and curator Carlo McCormick and artist/blogger Robert Stevens.

“Also, I get arrested!,” said BSA co-founder and editor of photography Jaime Rojo. “Even though it was a case of mistaken identity and I was released shortly thereafter, this piece of BSA lore is probably one I’ll have to talk about for a while -- now that it’s in the film.”

The book,  “Banksy In New York” is by Ray Mock, founder of publisher Carnage NYC, who has been documenting street art and graffiti in New York and around the world for almost 10 years.

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