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  • Why People Lost Their Minds When A Brooklyn Store Played ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

    11/23/2016 9:28:12 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 105 replies
    Three days after the election, my wife and I were shopping at the Fairway Market in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For those unfamiliar with it, Fairway is a less corporate, more co-op version of Whole Foods, offering pretty produce and exotic cheeses that don’t come cheap. The mood in the store was glum. As in most of Brooklyn, people stared ahead, moving slowly, still in shock from the political earthquake of Tuesday night. After getting our Brazilian Arabica ground for drip (I know, I should really use a French Press), Libby and I walked towards the organic maple syrup. That’s when...
  • ‘SNL': Brooklynites Run From the Real World By Hiding in ‘The Bubble’ (Video)

    11/20/2016 10:29:10 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    This week’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Kristen Wiig, saw a very pointed sketch that poked fun at the presumed “bubble” over millennial neighborhoods. The skit zeroed in on Brooklyn, and painted a picture of a new living establishment completely shuts out the rest of the world. While it’s healthy to have a safe space away from others every once in a while, this particular skit highlighted the dangers of retreating into a bubble of like-minded people at all times. It’s something that should hit pretty close to home regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. Though of...
  • The Brooklyn Connection

    07/19/2005 6:49:17 AM PDT · by DTA · 13 replies · 571+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 19, 2005 / 12 Tamuz, 5765 | By Julia Gorin
    The Brooklyn Connection By Julia Gorin Albanian-American roofer Florin Krasniqi has been living in Brooklyn and smuggling American guns into Kosovo to arm the Kosovo Liberation Army--this time for war against its erstwhile saviors, NATO and the UN....Realizing Albanians could lose the good will of Americans once they see the documentary, Krasniqi went on "60 Minutes" last Sunday, to paint himself as a concerned citizen promoting anti-gun legislation...
  • Nicki Minaj: ‘Pray to God You Don’t Get Stuck with a [bleep] Melania’

    10/17/2016 8:00:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | October 16, 2016 | Daniel Nussbaum
    <p>Rapper Nicki Minaj went off on a profanity-laced tangent targeting Melania Trump during a concert in New York Saturday night, telling attendees to “pray to God we don’t stuck with a motherf*cking Melania” Trump as First Lady.</p> <p>The 33-year–old Pinkprint rapper was performing at the Tidal X 1015 concert in Brooklyn Saturday when she took a break for a profanity-filled political rant.</p>
  • Two Jews attacked on Yom Kippur in Brooklyn

    10/16/2016 10:01:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 10.15.16, 11:00 | J.S. Herzog
    Two brothers, aged 19 and 23, wearing prayer shawls and kipot were walking home on Yom Kippur afternoon from the Flatbush Park Jewish Center in Brooklyn when there were attacked by three men yelling anti-Semitic slurs, it was reported by American media. The brothers, Dani and Eli Zainback, were set upon by three men in their twenties who called the fasting siblings taking a break between Orthodox prayer services, “F---ing Jews,” according to the New York Daily News. The older of the brothers, Eli, replied, “It’s our holiday” and then touched one of the assailants, who punched him in the...
  • Beach police detain two in shooting of New York tourist

    10/12/2016 6:44:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | October 12, 2016 | Charles Rabin
    The morning after they found the Jeep Cherokee believed to be the getaway vehicle in Sunday’s murder of a New York tourist, Miami Beach police descended on a Brickell-area condominium and took several people into custody. At least two men were being held and questioned at Miami Beach police headquarters Tuesday afternoon in the early Sunday morning shooting death of Lavon Walker, a reformed Brooklyn gang member turned anti-violence activist who was vacationing in Miami Beach.
  • Democrats Embrace Siraj Wahhaj: Supporter of Cop-Killer, Al Qaeda and Hamas

    08/29/2012 5:25:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 8-29-12 | Laura L. Rubenfeld
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Democrats Embrace Siraj Wahhaj: Supporter of Cop-Killer, Al Qaeda and HamasPosted By Laura L. Rubenfeld On August 29, 2012 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments In just a few days, the Democratic National Convention “kick off events” week will include its first ever “Jumah (Arabic for gathering) at the DNC” – three Islamic-centered events beginning with a Friday afternoon prayer and sermon, an evening Islamic banquet and an all-day Islamic festival.Many of the individuals scheduled to speak during the DNC week have extremely spurious backgrounds, including, astonishingly, support for Al Qaeda...
  • Outspoken Imams To Speak At St. Cloud State (MN)

    03/31/2008 3:58:12 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 367+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/31/08 | Paul Walsh
    Two Muslim clerics with outspoken backgrounds are among the speakers at St. Cloud State University's Islam Awareness Week, which starts today. One of them is Siraj Wahhaj, who will speak on "What is Jihad?" at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre. Wahhaj, an American-born imam of a mosque in Brooklyn, N.Y., is on the executive committee of the Muslim Alliance in North America, a network of organizations addressing needs in American Muslim communities. In 1991, speaking to an Islamic association of Texas, Wahhaj called Operation Desert Storm "one of the most diabolical plots ever in the annals...
  • Electing A New People

    08/24/2016 7:50:40 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | August 24 2016 | Gerard Perry
    I took the image you see below in my old stomping grounds of Bay Ridge, which has earned the moniker Beirut in recent years, for obvious reasons. Aside from the Alpine Theater-which was in danger of being added to the adjacent mosque at one point-and Galaxy Comics, you would be hard-pressed to find a building along Bay Ridge or 5th Avenue whose awning was not covered in Arabic script. Judging by the number of hookah bars, halal restaurants and food carts, not to mention demure apparel shops for the fashion forward 7th century Muslima, a tourist would be forgiven for...
  • $15 minimum wage shutters old-school Brooklyn diner

    07/23/2016 9:46:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 22, 2016 | 10:47pm | Jennifer Bain and Natalie O’Neill
    Say goodbye to the late-night fries and gravy. One of the last classic Brooklyn diners is biting the dust — and soon they’ll all die off due to the state’s minimum-wage increase and other factors, restaurateurs and economic experts predicted Friday. The owner of the four-decade-old, 24-hour greasy spoon, Del Rio Diner in Gravesend, said his place is closing down because he can’t afford to pay cooks $15 an hour, along with rising rents and expensive Health Department inspection fees. …
  • "My Own People Hate Me!" - Black Brooklyn Cop Slams "False Narrative Of Black Lives Matter"

    07/20/2016 9:33:49 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2016 | Jay Stalien
    I have come to realize something that is still hard for me to understand to this day. The following may be a shock to some coming from an African American, but the mere fact that it may be shocking to some is prima facie evidence of the sad state of affairs that we are in as Humans. I used to be so torn inside growing up. Here I am, a young African-American born and raised in Brooklyn, NY wanting to be a cop. I watched and lived through the crime that took place in the hood. My own black people...
  • Vandal attacks Gowanus Trump-fan’s home (Brooklyn, New York)

    07/11/2016 10:03:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Brooklyn Paper ^ | July 11, 2016 | Lauren Gill
    This is not how you rock the vote. Someone hurled a rock through a Gowanus family’s door after it put signs up supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump, leaving the household patriarch steaming about the struggles of supporting the conservative cause in a largely liberal neighborhood. “I was angry that’s for sure,” said Joshua Ramos who lives on 11th Street between Third and Fourth avenues with his two young kids. “It’s not fair, you can’t put anything up for Trump.” Ramos said the vandal pitched the projectile through the glass of his front door while he and his family were asleep...
  • Family declares war on off-duty cop in road rage shooting

    07/06/2016 12:19:07 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 5, 2016 | Lorena Mongelli, Tina Moore and Joe Tacopino
    The family of a Brooklyn man shot dead by an off-duty cop during a road-rage incident demanded Tuesday that the officer be charged in the killing — or they’ll “hunt him down” themselves. Zoe Dempsey, the 23-year-old niece of slain dad Delrawn Small, said, “We will seek our justice’’ — and get violent if necessary.
  • Three charged in murder of Cuomo aide in Brooklyn

    06/29/2016 11:35:07 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/16
    Three men were charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year in Brooklyn. The three men were identified as Micah Alleyne, 24, Tyshawn Crawford, 21, and Keith Luncheon, 24. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office alleged that the three engaged in “mutual combat” during the early morning hours of Sept. 7, 2015. Carey Gabay was shot in the head in September during a West Indian music festival called J'Ouvert. The 43-year-old lawyer and expectant father was a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corp. Alleyne and “numerous...
  • The least affordable place to live in America is…

    06/23/2016 12:29:00 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 48 replies
    The most unaffordable place to live in the US is not San Francisco or Manhattan. It’s Brooklyn. A person earning the average salary in Brooklyn cannot afford the average home there — even if he could spend his entire salary (and then some) on housing, according to a survey released Thursday by real estate firm RealtyTrac, which looked at home sales price data in 417 of the most populous counties in the US as well as average wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The second- and third-most unaffordable places in America are Marin County, Calif., and Santa Cruz,...
  • WATCH: Brooklynites Say Orlando Was ‘100 Percent the Republicans’ Fault

    06/17/2016 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 17, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS while he opened fire on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last weekend, proving his attack was borne out of radical Islam. Yet, if you ask some bystanders in Brooklyn, they’ll tell you the gunman’s rampage had nothing to do with religion. That’s what filmmaker Ami Horowitz found when he asked New Yorkers who was to blame for Sunday’s stark death toll. “I don’t think it had much to do with Islam, to be honest,” said one Brooklynite. “I don’t think it was a terrorist,” said another. Republicans and guns played a much larger role in...
  • Professor who donates sperm in city bathrooms has sired 22 kids

    06/12/2016 4:46:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 12, 2016
    On a busy night last week at the Target on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, Ari Nagel, 40, emerged from the men’s bathroom looking a little flushed and quite pleased with himself. “It’s better when it’s fresh,” he told them. “It” is Nagel’s semen, and it’s in demand. The 6-foot-2 CUNY Kingsborough math professor has served as a sperm donor for dozens of locals, siring 22 kids over the past 12 years with 18 women of various backgrounds.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates Won’t Move Into Brooklyn Brownstone, After Media Attention

    05/11/2016 1:04:24 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 11, 2016 | LIAM STACK
    The journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates said on Monday that he and his family would not move into a $2.1 million Brooklyn brownstone they recently bought because media coverage of the purchase had made them worried for their safety. Mr. Coates and his wife used a limited-liability corporation to shield their identities during the transaction — a legal maneuver frequently used by celebrities seeking privacy — but word of the sale leaked to The New York Post, which published an article about the purchase with pictures of the house last week. Real estate and other news organizations soon followed suit....
  • Hundreds march across New York bridge for stricter gun laws

    05/07/2016 3:51:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2016 6:10 PM EDT | Julie Walker
    Hundreds of people carrying photos of loved ones killed by gun violence marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to rally for stricter gun laws and chanted demands for action. The fourth annual march, held on the eve of Mother’s Day, was organized by the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We are going to stand up and fight until our last breath because if we lose our children we have nothing left to lose,” said the group’s founder, Shannon Watts. …
  • Democrats admit they want to make the government ‘irritating’

    05/07/2016 2:37:37 PM PDT · by OddLane · 23 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 7, 2016 | Kyle Smith
    It’s rare when a politician is as honest about his strategy as the New York City councilman largely responsible for the plastic-bag fee about to hit New York City. For his candor, Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) ought to be considered a new American hero. Here is progressive politics in 2016: “It works by irritating us into changing our behavior,” Lander said of the bag tax. It works by irritating us. There can be some debate about the accuracy of one of those verbs, but not the other. Government, when it’s being honest, acknowledges it isn’t your buddy, your helper, your protector,...
  • Body with 'cement shoes' found washed up on Brooklyn shoreline

    05/07/2016 10:22:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | 12:26 PM ET, Sat May 7, 2016 | By Laura Ly
    It's the stuff of mafia lore -- a doomed target thrown into the depths of the ocean, with his feet encased in cement. And yet, on an unseasonably cool morning in Brooklyn, a body with so-called "cement shoes" washed ashore this week, igniting the mystery of who committed the crime, and why. Authorities have identified the body as that of a 28-year-old suspected gang member named Peter Martinez. Martinez was found wrapped in "black plastic bags, his arms were tied behind him, and his feet were submerged in poured concrete," said New York Police Chief of Department Robert Boyce. Martinez'...
  • Cement shoes, fabled anchor to watery grave, surfaces in Brooklyn

    05/06/2016 8:19:35 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 48 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | May 4, 2016 | Michael Wilson
    It is as iconic an image from the criminal underworld as the Tommy gun, or the getaway car, a grim last act for the unfortunate soul whose life is about to end in a new pair of footwear. Cement shoes.
  • Breaking: 50 to 300 thousand Brooklyn Dems mysteriously purged from voter roles!

    04/19/2016 4:21:54 PM PDT · by Hugin · 52 replies
    FNC | 4/19/2016 | live on Fox
    No article, just reported live. Thousands of Democrat voters showed up in Brooklyn today and found their names are no longer on the voter roles. Fox reporting between 50,000 and 300,000 voters "missing".
  • ‘Corruption In Full Force’: Voter Claims There Were No GOP Ballots In Harlem

    04/19/2016 1:47:42 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 30 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 19, 2016 | CBS Staff
    It’s primary day in New York and as many voters scramble to cast their ballots before, during, and after work, some are also running into unfortunate circumstances. It’s not often that New Yorkers’ votes are pivotal in a presidential primary and many at polling places across the state are determined to make their’s count.... At one polling site at Carlton Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, the site coordinator didn’t even bother to show up and it took about an hour-and-a-half to find a replacement so the poll could open. Television and radio contributor John Burnett took to Twitter to...
  • 54,000 Brooklyn voters ‘vanish’ ahead of primary day

    04/19/2016 8:06:21 AM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/19/16 | Yoav Gonen and Carl Campanile
    In a pre-primary bombshell, the city’s Board of Elections was pummeled with questions Monday about how 54,000 Democratic voters vanished from the rolls in Brooklyn. The voter rolls on April 1 showed the borough had 853,687 registered Democrats who are considered “active” because they voted at least once in the last four years. But in November, there were 917,508, or 63,558 more.
  • An Open Letter to Muslim Feminist Linda Sarsour

    08/17/2015 7:41:48 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 15 replies
    FrontPage ^ | August 17, 2015 | Danusha Goska
    An Open Letter to Muslim Feminist Linda Sarsour Let's talk about ISIS rape victims. August 17, 2015 Danusha V. Goska    Open Letter to Linda Sarsour Director of the Arab American Association of New York Honoree, New York City Council's Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Award Senior Strategist for the Campaign to Take on Hate 2009 Fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, housed at the University of Southern California's Center for Religion and Civic Culture, in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University Obama White House honoree as a "Champion...
  • New York Jets Draft Pick Tweets Against Israel

    05/20/2013 10:38:09 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Militant islam Monitor ^ | 5/20/13 | Joe Kaufman
    Oday Aboushi leads a double life. On the one hand, he is an American football player with professional-level athletic skills. On the other, he is a fundamentalist Muslim with radical associations and a heritage that pushes him towards a destructive world of violence and hate. When the New York Jets football team chose Oday Aboushi with the eighth pick of the fifth round of the April 2013 NFL Draft (141st pick overall), the organization knew that it was getting an elite player who could wreak havoc on the field – one of the top offensive linemen in the entire draft....
  • New York gives pro-terror Palestinian activist $500,000

    04/03/2016 2:38:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/2016, 12:07 PM | Ari Yashar
    Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist who recently raised an uproar for her open support of rock-throwing terrorism against Israel, has been awarded over $500,000 by the City of New York. The activist, who is a longtime ally of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and has helped him get votes, has led the Arab-American Association of New York based in Brooklyn since 2005. […] Sarsour is the daughter of Palestinian Arab immigrants. Last October she exposed her blatant anti-Israel bias during a Twitter debate with Queens Councilman Rory Lancman, who is Jewish. …
  • City gives $500K to activist at center of Palestine-Israel Twitter war

    04/02/2016 6:15:49 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 2, 2016 | Rich Calder
    City First Lady Chirlane McCray is handing over more than $500,000 to an Arab-American activist who came under fire for denouncing critics on Twitter as “Zionist trolls.” The Arab-American Association of New York, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit run by Linda Sarsour, was selected as one of 14 groups by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York to receive $10 million over five years to integrate mental-health services into their community programs. McCray oversees the fund.
  • Man who slashed woman because she’s white charged with hate crime

    03/24/2016 9:10:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 23, 2016 | 10:55am | Daniel Prendergast
    … Gregory Alfred, 25, was extradited back to New York after police picked him up at his mother’s Sayreville, NJ home over the weekend. […] While speaking with cops, Alfred explained that he set out to slash white people because he blamed them and “the system” for preventing him from freely smoking weed, police sources said. He allegedly targeted 53-year-old Poland native Janina Popko, cutting her across the neck as she was walking near the corner of Beverly and Rugby roads in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn on March 10, police sources said. …
  • NYC Street Sweeper Leads Cops on Wild Chase Through Brooklyn

    02/20/2016 8:42:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Windsor Terrace-Kensington Patch ^ | February 18, 2016 | Simone Wilson
    BOROUGH PARK, BROOKLYN — Roman Protas, 38, a Brooklyn resident and on-duty employee for the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), led Brooklyn police on a wild car chase in his street sweeper Thursday morning after he was caught “throwing objects at a religious statue in front of a church,” according to the NYPD. Police arrived to St. Frances De Chantal Roman Catholic Church in Borough Park around 8:30 a.m., after a 911 caller reported seeing a man throwing objects at the church’s outdoor statue of Jesus holding a cross, a police spokesman told Patch. At the first sign of the...
  • Two NYPD cops shot in Brooklyn

    02/20/2016 9:39:02 AM PST · by Baynative · 67 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/20/16 | By Larry Celona, Shawn Cohen and Kathianne Boniello
    Two Brooklyn cops were shot early Saturday in a wild standoff with a man who led them on a car chase before ramming a marked patrol vehicle head-on, sources said. Police Officer William Reddin was struck in the hip and Police Officer Andrew Yurkiw was hit in his vest at point-blank range, sources told The Post. Reddin underwent surgery at Kings County Hospital and was in stable condition. His partner was released after treatment for a blunt-force injury, sources said. The suspect, 34-year-old Jamal Funes of New Jersey, was shot “numerous” times and is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital,...
  • Cops investigating second anti white attack in Brooklyn this week, "This is for Malcolm X, cracka"

    02/11/2016 4:23:48 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 02/11/2016 | BY THOMAS TRACY, CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS
    Police are investigating a second anti-white bias incident in Brooklyn where the attacker called his victim "cracka," the Daily News has learned. A 51-year-old white man told cops he was on Nostrand Ave. near Glenwood Road in East Flatbush when a black man ran up and knocked him to the ground about 5:40 p.m. Monday. "This is for Malcolm X, cracka," the brute said before storming off
  • De Blasio delivering on policy, stumbling on politics

    01/20/2016 9:57:22 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 1 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/20/16 | Who Cares
    NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio loped into a Brooklyn homeless shelter one day late last month, eager to demonstrate his command over a mushrooming homeless crisis that had already forced out two of his top advisers. Folding his 6-foot-5 frame in half, the Democratic mayor crouched down to hand out gifts to children, praised his team for “extraordinary work” and then faced a pack of reporters, one of whom asked why it took “so long” to make homelessness “a top priority.” “It’s been a priority from the beginning,” de Blasio insisted before adding, “No administration has cracked the...
  • 3 Suspects in Brooklyn Rape Are in Custody (NYT)

    01/10/2016 6:46:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 75 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 10, 2015 | By BENJAMIN MUELLER and NATE SCHWEBER
    Three teenagers suspected of taking part in a brazen gang rape at a Brooklyn playground were taken into police custody on Sunday, a law enforcement official said. The attack on Thursday night, in which the police said five young men with a gun separated a father from his 18-year-old daughter and then took turns raping the woman, set off waves of anger and uncertainty in the Brownsville neighborhood where it happened. Elected officials also questioned whether the police notified the public quickly enough after the attack, a suggestion the Police Department strongly contested on Sunday night. Two teenagers, a 14-year-old...
  • Serial Spitter Targets Passersby In Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

    01/06/2016 7:49:15 AM PST · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 1/5/2016 | Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A serial spitter was being blamed Tuesday night for more than a dozen incidents in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn - including at least one involving a pre-schooler.As CBS2's Tracee Carrasco reported, one Brooklyn woman who did not want to be identified said she and her husband were the victims of one bizarre, unprovoked and disgusting attack. "People are generally respectful, so this is the first time that I really felt targeted," the woman said. The man and woman were walking through their Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood at the time."As we were crossing the street on Flatbush...
  • Judge receives threats after being sworn in on Koran

    12/18/2015 2:01:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 17, 2015 | Tina Moore and Bob Fredericks
    The NYPD hate-crimes unit is investigating threats made to a Brooklyn Civil Court judge who was sworn in on a Koran, The Post has learned. Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo got two calls at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse on Schermerhorn Street, law enforcement sources said on Wednesday ... David Bookstaver, a spokesman for the state's courts, said judges need only swear an oath of office that they will uphold the law, and that there are no requirements to use a religious text. "You can be sworn in on a comic book. You don't need to sign in on anything; you...
  • Carolyn Walker-Diallo, Muslim judge, sworn in on Koran in Brooklyn

    12/16/2015 8:11:46 AM PST · by yoe · 64 replies
    Daily News ^ | December 16, 2015 | Leonard Greene
    A routine municipal ceremony has become seeped in controversy after a Brooklyn Civil Court judge was sworn in using a Koran. Carolyn Walker-Diallo, who was elected last month in Brooklyn’s 7th Municipal District, took her oath of office Thursday using the holy book of Islam as a testament to her Muslim faith. The swearing-in session went off without a hitch, but after attendees posted video of the ceremony to social media, the backlash became so severe that some of Walker-Diallo’s supporters became concerned for her safety.
  • Sanity wins: School tosses principal’s ban on Santa, Pledge of Allegiance

    12/15/2015 3:21:42 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/15/15 | Susan Edelman and Natalie Musumeci
    Sanity — and Santa — have been restored at a Brooklyn public elementary school where St. Nick was banned, the Pledge of Allegiance was dropped and Thanksgiving was replaced with a "harvest festival." The good news arrived at PS 169 in Sunset Park on Monday morning, a day after The Post exposed the bizarre PC extremism of Principal Eujin Jaela Kim. District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop stormed in the front door at 9:50 a.m., and minutes later, two fifth-grade boys were brought to the main office to lead a recital over the public address system of the Pledge of Allegiance,...
  • School principal bans Santa, Thanksgiving and Pledge of Allegiance

    12/13/2015 9:44:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 13, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    Santa Claus is banned. The Pledge of Allegiance is no longer recited. "Harvest festival" has replaced Thanksgiving, and "winter celebrations" substitute for Christmas parties. New principal Eujin Jaela Kim has given PS 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a politically correct scrub-down, to the dismay of teachers and parents. "We definitely can't say Christmas, nothing with Christmas on it, nothing with Santa,"PTA president Mimi Ferrer said administrators told her. "No angels. We can't even have a star because it can represent a religious system, like the Star of David." Kim, 33, did not return a call or e-mail seeking comment.
  • Helicopter crew righteously hunts down the idiot blasting them with a laser

    11/13/2015 11:07:21 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 18 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 11/12/15 | Eric Limer
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  • Nine wounded, two fatally, as hours of violence breaks out between Brooklyn and Queens: cops

    11/01/2015 6:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:14 PM | Keldy Ortiz
    Nine people were wounded—two fatally—in seven violent incidents between two boroughs which spanned from Saturday night through Sunday morning, police said. The mayhem started in Queens when two men were shot—one fatally—at a house party on 240th St. near 144th Ave. in Rosedale around 8:53 p.m., cops said. The victims—Peyton Manwaring, 19, and a unidentified 18-year-old man—were disputing with someone and the suspect shot them, according to the police. Manwaring was shot once in the stomach, while the other was shot in the gut, arm and leg, cops said. Both were taken to Jamaica Hospital, but Manwaring could not be...
  • Brooklyn — the Capital of Liberal Hypocrisy Read more

    09/24/2015 7:25:54 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/24/15 | Reihan Salam
    I live in a small slice of Brooklyn wedged between Brooklyn Heights, one of New York’s most prosperous neighborhoods, Dumbo, a relatively new neighborhood that is essentially a forest of condominiums catering to financiers, techies, and “creative professionals,” and Farragut Houses, a sprawling public-housing complex that borders the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Though you won’t find gated communities in this part of Brooklyn, you will find buildings with doormen, which is of course a quite similar phenomenon. The retail establishments catering to affluent professionals don’t formally exclude poor residents, but their high prices do the work of explaining who is welcome...
  • Deadly gunfire erupts across the city in night of violence

    09/20/2015 2:24:20 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    Two people are dead – and two others critically wounded – after a spate of shootings across the city Saturday night, authorities said. The bloodshed began in Brooklyn at about 5:40 p.m. when a 36-year-old man was fatally shot in front of a dry cleaning business on Church Avenue near Ocean Avenue in Flatbush-Ditmas Park. Just over two hours later in the Bronx, gunfire erupted outside of 724 East Tremont Avenue, leaving a 25-year-old man dead and a 34-year-old woman in critical condition.
  • Brooklynites have been hit by 11% jump in rents in one year

    09/18/2015 7:27:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | september 17, 2015 | katherine clarke
    Just when it looked like Brooklyn rents couldn’t possibly go any higher, they jumped again. The median rent for a Brooklyn apartment rose by a whopping 10.8% year-over-year in August, to $3,112 a month, according to a new report by residential brokerage Douglas Elliman. The gain marks the first time since records began that median rents topped $3,000 a month. “It’s the third record high in three months,” said real estate appraiser Jonathan Miller, who prepared the report, “and we’re going to continue over the coming year to see prices hit record levels.” Rents rose dramatically for every unit type...
  • Cuomo lawyer shot in deadly mayhem before West Indian Day Parade

    09/07/2015 7:41:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 7, 2015 | Larry Celona, Kevin Sheehan and Natasha Velez
    Three men were shot — including a lawyer appointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration — and one was fatally stabbed during the pre-West Indian Day Parade festivities in Brooklyn early Monday, police said. First Deputy Counsel Carey Gabay, 43, who was appointed to the governor’s administration in January, was shot in the head on Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Place at about 3:40 a.m., police sources said.
  • Man shot in head before Brooklyn parade is reportedly Gov. Cuomo aide

    09/07/2015 8:49:51 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    A man reportedly identified as an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and critically injured after gunfire erupted in the pre-dawn hours on Monday before the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn, police said. The 43-year-old man was the "unintended target" of the shooting, which took place at 3:41 a.m. at 1680 Bedford Avenue, said a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department.
  • Gay Activists Fume Over de Blasio’s Role in rentboy.com raid

    08/28/2015 7:44:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Richard Johnson
    Gay activists fume over de Blasio’s role in rentboy.com raidGay activists are furious over the rentboy.com raid and arrests for prostitution — and they are wondering why Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton worked with the federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Both the mayor and Bratton march in the very same gay pride parade in which rentboy.com has a float. “Koch, Giuliani and Bloomberg didn’t go after rentboy.com. Why is de Blasio?” wondered one gay man who has used the service.
  • Brooklyn boy, 10, charged with arson, mugging

    08/17/2015 8:07:25 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 14, 2015 | Chelsia Rose Marcius, Laura Bult, Larry McShane
    His bad reputation is bigger than he is. A 10-year-old Brooklynite accused of mugging a 67-year-old grandma and torching a local business is “a one-kid crime wave . . . a very troubled young individual,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said of the alleged prepubescent pyromaniac said Thursday. The pint-sized perp, who’s yet to hit 5 feet tall, arrived Thursday for a Family Court hearing with his mother — who attacked a photographer, swinging her purse at him, as they left for home. “My son is awesome. He’s a good kid,” the mother snapped before heading off. “You paint him like...
  • De Blasio Booed At Dominican Day Parade, Cuomo Is Cheered

    08/10/2015 9:40:37 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/9/15 | ERIN DURKIN
    Mayor de Blasio was booed at Sunday’s Dominican Day Parade by people angry he slammed the country’s government for wanting to expel ethnic Haitians. “He talks too much,” said heckler Francisco Bens, 53, of Brooklyn, who greeted de Blasio with scattered boos along the Sixth Ave. parade route. “He doesn’t like the Dominican Republic. ... He says Dominicans don’t like black people. That’s not true.” De Blasio hosted a press conference in June to condemn the looming deportations of thousands of people of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic. “It is clearly an illegal act. It is an immoral act....