Showing posts with label Prospect Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prospect Park. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Someone Hit by Q Train in Brooklyn Tuesday Morning, Service Interrupted

From the scanner:

According to 9-1-1 dispatch, someone is "under the train" at the Prospect Park Q train station in Brooklyn.

The call came in sometime after 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

MTA has turned off the power to Track #1 south of Dekalb Avenue and north to Church.

MTA issued the following guidance at 4:25 a.m.:

Due to a police investigation of a customer injury at Prospect Pk, the following service changes are in effect:

* Southbound Q Subway Line Icon trains are running on the N Subway Line Icon line from DeKalb Av to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

* Northbound Q Subway Line Icon trains terminate at Kings Hwy.

* Southbound Q Subway Line Icon trains terminate at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

* There is no Q Subway Line Icon train service between Kings Hwy and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr in both directions.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fund for Exonerated Brooklyn Man; Mom Steals Honda; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Court Street Funeral Home property sells for $4.55 million. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Fund raises thousands for NYC man cleared of murder after 25 years; stranger set up campaign. [Fox]

- Brooklyn woman's mom accidentally steals a green Honda. There's a perfectly good explanaation. [NY Magazine]

- Hundreds of fireworks, thousands of road flares and miles of LED lights to erupt over Prospect Park on April 26. It haas something to do with vaginas. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklynites fund schools, libraries, gardens in participatory budgeting vote.  [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Weird collection of collages coming to Cobble Hill gallery. [Brooklyn Paper]

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Faulty Con Ed Pipes; Where to Date in Gowanus; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Faulty underground gas pipes are leaking: In 2012 alone, Con Edison and National Grid reported 9,906 leaks in their combined systems indet the city and Westchester. [NY Times]

- Here come the brown bins: More Brooklyn neighborhoods will be recycling kitchen scraps soon. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Where to bring your date in Gowanus. [Brooklyn Exposed]

- What's moving into the old Third Ward building in Williamsburg? "An internet company/community/learning, fun, and free ideas space etc. etc." [Free Williamsburg]

- Gowanus shuffleboard club to launch mahjong league. [Brooklyn Daily]

- Brooklyn ice celebration, featuring kids,  set for Monday in Prospect Park. [CBS]

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Ratner Ready to Stack Mods; Mob Attack; TEDxGowanus and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Forest City Ratner will begin stacking its constructed modular units to form a 32-story Atlantic Yards building next week. [TRD]

- The city has finally agreed to make half of NYC's taxis wheelchair accessible. [NY Times]

- Developers are installing composters in every apartment at Pierhouse, the first new building in Brooklyn Bridge Park. [NY Daily News]

- Gowanus real estate market is cooking as DUMBO prices some out. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Prospect Park skating complex opens Dec. 20. [Brooklyn Paper]

- Bike messenger Krys Blakemore, facing her fourth operation after getting hit by a car, needs a little help from the community. [Carroll Gardens Patch]

- After fighting false arrest, Sheepshead man battles neighbors and Brooklyn DOB to keep his own property. [Sheepshead Bites]

- Police are looking for 7 - 20 men and women who attacked two people at a Dekalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn. [NY1]

- The first TEDxGowanus will take place on January 26th, 2014. [PMFA]

- Bill Bratton says he's OK with working out of unused trailor. [Politicker]

- Senator Chuck Schumer lives like a college frat boy. [Gawker]

- Smoking pot probably causes man boobs. [CNN]

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Report: Dead Body Found in Prospect Park

NY Scanner reports just after midnight Sunday night/ Monday morning that a dead body was found in Prospect Park.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NSFW Art Opening; Sunny's Reopening; Suicide in Prospect Park; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A Bushwick art gallery will unveil a show featuring the penises of 300 unknowing men. Is that fair? [NY Magazine]

- Man hangs himself from tree in Prospect Park. [Brooklyn Paper]

- A Brooklyn real estate lawyer will be disbarred for forging letters to sell illegal condos. [Soynadie]

- Red Hook bar Sunny's, knocked out by Hurricane Sandy, finally reopens next week. [Gothamist]

- Pretty soon you'll probably pay 10 cents a bag at the grocery store. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- 5 abandoned New York structures you're still actually allowed to visit. [Brooklyn Magazine]

- BAM will unveil a new BAM Bike Park and BAMart Outdoor installation on Sept. 4. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Verizon Wireless agreed to bring voice and data service to the New York City subway system. [Crain's]

- To get a bicyclist to stop for a ticket, a cop allegedly grabbed her handlebar, sending her flying into traffic. [Gothamist]

- Consultants softened Christine Quinn so much for the last debate, one stunned operative described her as “a Stepford wife version of Chris Quinn.” [Politicker]

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Richest-Looking Nabe in NYC to Non-NYers Is In Brooklyn... And More Brooklyn Briefs

- Non-New Yorkers think Prospect Heights is the richest-looking neighborhood in all of NYC. [TRD]

- Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the famed oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is living in Brooklyn Heights while training to live in an ocean-floor habitat. [WSJ]

- Brooklyn Navy Yard appoints new president. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Tyrannosaurus Rex seen in Prospect Park. [CG Patch]

- Where to put speed cameras? Levin wants public to decide. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Yiddish-language flyers in Borough Park call for the murder of Rabbi Avram Slonim, over a real-estate project in Israel. [Failed Messiah]

- Former Grimm fundraiser admits to visa fraud. [TRD]

- Prince tweets Dave Chappelle-themed artwork for new single.[Gothamist]

- Susan Sarandon on the mayor’s race: ‘You can’t just vote your vagina.’ [Politicker]

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Dangerous Dog in Prospect Park, and the Owner May Be Even Worse

A poster on the Brooklynian blog writes about the owner of a pitbull mix in Prospect Park who encourages his dog to attack other dogs.

The scariest part of the story? He then joins his dog in the fight, kicking the other other dog and stabbing it with an ice pick. He sometimes hits the other dog's owner with a cane or umbrella as well, Whynot_31 reports.

Here's the poster a fellow dog owner put up:

More information here.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Because of GoogaMooga, Sections of Prospect Park Will Be Closed Most of the Summer

After the Great GoogsMooga food fest, "Nethermead meadow is in severe distress and is in far worse condition than it was left in from the fiasco last year," parks advocate Anne-Katrin Titze told Brooklyn Magazine.

Sections of the Nethermead will be off limits for most of the summer while the meadow is reseeded.

Really, GoogaMooga? Why was this mega-production held in a park and not in a parking lot?

The Parks Department used to allow the same thing to happen at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn Heights/ Downtown Brooklyn. Ironically, after they replaced the "Dustbowl" with artificial turf, they finally forbid news trucks from driving on the field.

- Great GoogaMooga Promises More Googa, Less Mooga
- Great GoogaMooga Festival Coming to Brooklyn

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

GoogaMooga Wrecked Prospect Park's Grass; BP Break In; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- It will take three to six months to repair the damage to Prospect Park's grass done by GoogaMooga. [Gothamist]

- Caught on tape: Trio invades Brooklyn Borough President's office in the middle of the night. [CG Patch]

- Heights author haunted by memory of 1930s Wall Street con artist. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Maybe THIS bill will get NYPD to do something about reckless drivers. [Gothamist]

- Up in smoke: Staten Island hydroponic pot grower sentenced to prison. [SI Live]

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Amazing Tent in Tobacco Warehouse for Brooklyn Half Marathon Party

Photo: MK Metz
The most amazing transparent tent has been installed inside the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO, the venue for the “Brooklyn Half Pre-Party” and registration for this Saturday's Brooklyn Half Marathon.

The structure fills the main section of the warehouse and lets in the sunshine, unlike the white tent more often used in the iconic roofless warehouse.

There's all kinds of racing-related merchandise, a Polaroid station, exercise equipment etc. inside the tent.

MK Metz
Food, beer and music are located in the next section of the warehouse. The party lasts till 9 p.m. tonight -- and the race starts Saturday at 7.

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Great GoogaMooga Promises More Googa, Less Mooga

The organizers of the great mash of hungry hipster humanity known the Great GoogaMooga say they have learned from last year's snafus in Prospect Park and promise more food, water, cashiers, crowd-control and cell towers, and less endless lines, according to their website.

While some who attended last year's music and food fest swear they will never go back, the $79 VIP tickets (and the freebies) for this weekend's festival are sold out.

Restaurants told the NY Daily News they are coming prepared: Do or Dine, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, is getting ready to sell 4,000 foie gras doughnuts for $10 each. (Wonder how many geese it takes to make one doughnut?)

The kickoff concert tonight features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips and the Darkness.

Photo: Great GoogaMooga

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Monday, April 22, 2013

What to Do On Earth Day 2013 in Brooklyn: Monday, April 22

Photo: MK Metz
Today (April 22) is the 43rd annual Earth Day. Want to do something to help out the planet?  Here are some Brooklyn-specific ideas:

* Go to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) tonight and watch two Earth Day documentaries:
- Jeremy Irons will join audiences in person to discuss the film "Trashed," which looks at our planet's growing garbage problem.
- "The Atomic States of America" examines the consequences of our country’s increased reliance on nuclear power.

* Submit a request for some free NYC compost or mulch for a NYC street tree.

* Come to the Brooklyn Brewery tonight, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the dangers of fracking. The New York Water Rangers and the Manhattan Young Democrats will be on hand to discuss the issues facing water supply across New York and our nation. There is a suggested donation of $5.

* RSVP for tomorrow night's Green Team cleanup at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

* Or, you can join the Volunteer Corps to help garden and clean up at Prospect Park.

* Go to tonight's Community Board 6 Environmental Protection meeting at 6:30 p.m.  Topic discussed will include:
- Presentation and discussion with representatives for National Grid on the pilot study for the Citizens/Public Place manufactured gas plant site at Smith/5th Streets.
- Presentation and discussion with a representative for the Department of Environmental Protection on air quality in New York City.
- More.

* On Wednesday (April 24) Solarize Brooklyn kicks off its 2013 solar campaign in Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush with a community education session at the Windsor Terrace Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at 160 E. 5thStreet, from 6:30-8pm.  (Register)

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Williamsburg's Fashion Weekend; Brutal Stabbing; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Williamsburg's Fashion Weekend: "Semi-nude models writhing around onstage under red lights," T-shirts worn as pants, and mini-dresses made from scarves. Gothamist

- Woman brutally stabbed to death, reportedly nearly decapitated in Canarsie, Brooklyn. CBS

- Submissions now open for Greenpoint Film festival. Greenpointers

- NYC homeless shelters kicking out homeless families on freezing nights if they cannot prove they have nowhere else to go. NY Daily News

- Signs spelled wrong in Prospect Park. WYDNKBYANM

- Public Advocate says Christine Quinn’s affordable housing plan mainly benefits developers. TRD

- Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open today and admission is free. Examiner

- No, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)does not want to round up people, put them into camps and send them back to Mexico. That was a typo. The Blaze

- Science: You should fart on planes. Gawker

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Flyover of Brooklyn, via Google Earth

In case anyone has forgotten how awesome Google Earth is, here are a few views we snapped today while zooming over Brooklyn.

The images come from NOAA (the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) satellites and are pieced together by Google software on the fly. (Some smudgy artifacts show up in the screen grabs that don't matter much when you're zooming over the city.)

The amount of data represented here is breathtaking. This was the stuff of science fiction dreams just a few years ago, and now anyone with a normal computer has complete and free access to it.

Click on the photos to see larger images.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Prospect Park & Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Downtown Brooklyn

Breezy Point, Rockaways
Photos courtesy Google Earth and NOAA

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

BOO-HOO! All Sunday Halloween 2012 Events In Prospect Park, Brooklyn Are Cancelled

Captain Underpants is not happy about this. Photo: MK Metz
The ghosts are howling in Prospect Park:  All Halloween Weekend 2012 events for Sunday, October 28 in Prospect Park, Historic Lefferts House, Audubon Center and Nethermead are cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.

The NYC Parks Department has announced that all NYC parks will close on Sunday, October 28 at 5 p.m. All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. on Sunday as well. Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm.

The Parks Department is urging people to stay out of parks and proceed with caution on tree-lined sidewalks in the event of falling trees or branches. To report downed trees or branches, please call 311. In case of emergency, call 911.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28: All city parks, playgrounds, beaches, recreation centers, nature centers and Greenmarkets are closed.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Homeless Shelter in Carroll Gardens; Baby Doctors Move to Brooklyn; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- A company run by a former Bloomberg commissioner wants to put a homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens. Brooklyn Eagle  (In a Scarano-designed building. PMFA)

- Zipcar leaves Brooklyn Heights customer stranded with expired car registration. NY Daily News

- Tech firm, ditching Soho, heads to DUMBO. TRD

- Fertility doctors are flocking to Brooklyn's baby-making neighborhoods. Modern Health Care

- Secret recording of NYPD stop-and-frisk: "I'm gonna break your f***in' arm." Gawker

- Both Prospect and McCarren parks cancel ice skating this year! BkMag

- Here's a list of all the bus changes coming to Brooklyn. Brooklyn Eagle

- TSA agents humiliate woman dying of cancer. Gawker

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Uh Oh: Deadly West Nile Mosquitoes Have Spread to Brooklyn

By Joaquim Alves Gaspar
Now might be a good time to take that vacation, especially if you live in Brooklyn -- or Queens or Staten Island.

Potentially deadly West Nile virus has spread to mosquitoes in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dyker Heights, Greenwood Heights, Starrett City and Windsor Terrace, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

Several of the zip codes border the lake at Prospect Park, called by park activist Anne-Katrin Titze "stagnant lakeside pools of filthy water."

The Department of Health warns people over 50, youngsters and those with compromised immune systems to cover up and use spray, and to dump those stagnant pools of filthy water where mosquitoes can breed. More at the Eagle.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Brooklyn $1 Million Beggar's Death; People Killed All Over; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Police say $1 million beggar’s death a suicide, despite conflicting evidence and lack of an autopsy. Failed Messiah

- As Brooklyn gentrifies, some neighborhoods are being left behind. NY Times and NY Magazine

- Dead man on bench on Atlantic? The Local

- 3-year-old boy shot in the leg in Bed-Stuy, and teen killed in Prospect Park. NY Daily News

- Brooklyn ‘scam’ rabbi tries to pull a fast one. NY Post

- Couple arrested for dancing on subway platform suing city. Gothamist

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