Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cutbacks at the Brooklyn House of Detention; Stop Work Order at Pierhouse, and More Brooklyn Briefs

- The Department of Correction is paring back the number of inmates housed in the Brooklyn House of Detention in Atlantic Avenue to cut costs. [Daily News]

- Everything you need to know about DOB's stop work order on Pierhouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- My Little Pony convention coming to Downtown Brooklyn. [DNAinfo]

- The Brooklyn Nets are a mess. [Fan Sided]

- WTF? Domino’s launches bondage-themed 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ad. [Daily News]

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You Can Adopt One of the 74 Rabbits Seized by Cops in Gowanus

Owner Refused to Bring Them in During Blizzard of 2015

Cops were called to a Gowanus property literally hopping with rabbits after someone noticed them jumping around in the snow drifts.

According to the Daily News,  the cops seized the rabbits — all 74 of them — and brought them to the city’s Animal Care and Control office where they were being treated Tuesday.

A commenter claimed the rabbits "were kept by the 'owner' in a dirty alley filed with garbage with little shelter."

Another commenter supplies a link to the shelter ( where the rabbits were brought. Turns out there are hundreds of shelter bunnies. So if anyone needs a rabbit, check this out.

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Close to 400 Customers Still Without Power in Brooklyn

Courtesy of Con Ed
 Scattered power outages across Brooklyn have lingered into Thursday.

 362 locations in the borough were without power early Thursday morning, according to Con Edison's Storm Center.

Many are related to the non-Blizzzard of 2015, which left close to a foot of snow -- and much corrosive ssalt -- on many Brooklyn streets.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOTOS: A Snow Walk Through DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights During the Non-Blizzard of 2015

The DUMBO Archway. Photos by MK Metz
What a beautiful snowstorm the non-Blizzard of 2015 -- also known as winter storm Juno --  turned out to be! It was the perfect combination of snow, a half-day off from work and a school Snow Day. We took a walk through DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights to see the sights.

Pearl Street Triangle, DUMBO
Not too many pedestrians in DUMBO except for those strolling in the snow -- and no one eating at the benches in the Pearl Street Triangle.

Cranberry Street
Folks in Brooklyn Heights seemed to have one mission...

Getting to Squibb Hill to go sledding!

The hill was filled with families having fun on this most perfect of Snow Days.

Little kids, medium kids....

And big kids!

More Brooklyn non-Blizzard of 2015 snow pictures:

PHOTOS: Snow day! Super sledding at Squibb Hill in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Eagle]

Snow day in Brooklyn Heights [Brooklyn Heights Blog]

PHOTOS: Bay Ridge digs out from winter storm [Brooklyn Eagle]

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Bridge and other Brooklyn locations late Monday. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Photos ©2015 MK Metz

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Solitary Walk Over Brooklyn Bridge as Blizzard Begins

Photo: MK Metz
The full fury of winter storm Juno hasn't fully hit Brooklyn yet, but the wind is already driving little icy pins into the eyes of walkers braving the weather.

Here's a photo taken earlier today on the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge as the storm gathered force.

Not a single cyclist!

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Uber Says It Will Only Hike Prices 280 Percent in NYC During Blizzard of 2015

At a press conference on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned unnamed for-hire car services that price-gouging during emergencies was illegal.

"If you have any evidence of people taking advantage of this emergency to unfairly and illegally raise the prices of their rides, call 311 and report it," de Blasio said. "The Taxi and Limousine Commission will investigate.”

Uber told AP that "surge pricing will be capped at 2.8 times the normal fare" during the storm. That's not even triple, which is what Louie the Lip charges during emergencies.

Uber is waay better than Louie the Lip!

All roads and subways are closing at 11 p.m. Monday so get on home.

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De Blasio: Food Delivery Drivers “Not Essential Emergency Personnel” During Blizzard

All roads in NYC close to non-emergency personnel at 11 p.m. Monday. Shown: Traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge at the start of the Blizzard of 2015. Photo by MK Metz

Because of the Great Blizzard of 2015, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are shutting the city and downstate NY down tonight at 11 p.m.

“Make preparations to get home ... before the worst of the storm hits,” de Blasio said. “We need cars off the road so that our equipment can do its work and keep streets passable for emergency vehicles.”

Here's where the seriousness of the situation becomes apparent: The Brooklyn Eagle reports that in response to persistent questioning by reporters, de Blasio said that food delivery drivers were “not essential emergency personnel.”

Holy sweet mother!


De Blasio issued a Winter Weather Emergency Declaration restricting travel by all except emergency personnel beginning at 11 p.m. New York City subways and buses will operate only local service beginning at 8 p.m.

Mass transit, trains and buses will be suspended and a travel ban will go into effect at 11 p.m on all local and state roads in the following 13 counties: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, and Westchester.

Long Island Rail Road, Metro North, Staten Island Railroad service will be suspended beginning at approximately 11 p.m. until further notice. PATH service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning at 9 p.m. and be suspended at 11 p.m. until further notice.

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Last Minute Shopping List for the Blizzard of 2015

Shoppers in Gristedes. Photo: MK Metz
 If you haven't already, you should pop out Monday morning and buy a few supplies to prepare for the Great Blizzard of 2015.

The city might just grind to a halt by Tuesday, with two feet of snow, some power lines down and outdoor subway trains, the LIRR and MetroNorth out of commisssion.

De Blasio: "We are facing most likely one of the largest snow storms in the history of this city.”

It seems that Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have already been raided by entrepid New Yorkers, but not to worry. The city has enough bodegas and grocery stores to supply what you'll need to get through the next two or three days holed up in your apartment.

Here's the basic list for last minute Blizzard of 2015 shopping:

- Cash: Get enough for a few days' necessities, in twenties or smaller.

- Basics electronics: Flashlight, transistor radio, batteries.

- Food for humans and pets. It doesn't have to be fancy: soup, pasta, sandwiches, eggs or frozen meals-ready-to-eat. Fruit: apples, bananas, a bag of clementines or oranges. Carbs you can eat without cooking, like cereal (you'll need milk), bread, granola bars. Buy treats, too: cookies, chips, beer, whatever you like.

- Get some water on the off chance you lose electricity and don't feel like drinking water out of your bathtub.

- Don't forget baby formula, prescriptions, tissues, sanitary needs and toilet paper!

- If you are a home owner, you'll need salt and a shovel. 

Charge your cell phone and other electronic gear. (If circuits are busy send text messages, which will go through if any cell towers are working, even if voice doesn't. If the power is out altogether, standard landline phones, which run on the power running through the phone wires, usually work.)

NOTE: Gas stoves with a pilot light work even if the electricity goes out, but the newer gas stoves have an electric igniter and they won't work. You may be able to manually light them with a match, however.

Note: Keep dogs on leash -- they get confused in the snow and may lose their way. Wipe off their paws carefully when they get back inside.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Search On for 12-Year-Old Patrick Alford, and More Brooklyn Briefs

Patrick Alford, as he might look today. Courtesy NYPD
 NYPD is seeking the public's assistance in locating Patrick Alford who was last seen 5 years ago on January 22, 2010 at 11pm, leaving the lobby of the "Spring Creek Development" (his residence), located at 130 Vandalia Ave, within the confines of the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn. This photo shows how he might look today. More at NYPD News.

- Shelly Silver's arrest: 5 immediate impacts on Albany. [Gotham Gazette] 

- Brooklyn BP Adams "deeply disappointed" in MTA fare hikes. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- NYC police officials reveal that shootings are up 19% this year as 5 are slain in one day. [NY Daily News]

- Landmarked Brooklyn bathhouse Brooklyn Lyceum slated for condos. [Crain's]

- The one with the dome: Massey Knakal is hunting for a buyer for Downtown Brooklyn's iconic Dime Savings Bank building. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pro-Palestinian Protest at NYC Council Draws Outrage

Councilman David G. Greenfield issued a condemnation of a noisy protest in the Council Chamber today by Pro-Palestine activists (shown above).

Greenfield said the activists timed their protest to occur "at exactly the same time that the Council was passing a resolution commemorating the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp where 1.1 million people were slaughtered."

Greenfield supplied this video of his response:

Pro-Palestinian supporters had submitted a petition to the NYC Council demanding that the Council cancel an upcoming all-expense-paid trip to Israel, funded by political advocacy groups. Over a dozen members of the City Council have accepted the trip, which begin February 15th, according to the International Middle East Media Center.

According to JP Updates, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement, “At a time when the Council was voting on a resolution commemorating the 70thanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, this outburst was offensive, outrageous and counter to the values of the City Council.”

The City Council members who have been identified as accepting the "hasbara" (PR) trips to Israel are Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Treyger, Brad Lander, Antonio Reynoso, David Greenfield, Rafael Espinal, Darlene Mealy, Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, Corey Johnson, Ritchie Torres, Andrew Cohen, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich, and James Van Bramer.

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