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  • Woman chases down, bearhugs alleged phone thief

    08/16/2014 1:00:58 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    A dramatic photo captured the moment on Friday when a Brooklyn mugging victim became a crime fighter — as she busted the punk who allegedly snatched her cellphone and held him in a bear hug for the cops. Clara Vondrich, 36, was taking a business phone call while standing in front of a Williamsburg coffee shop on South Third Street at 1:20 p.m. when the teen approached her with two pals.
  • White Flags Replace American Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

    07/22/2014 8:27:53 AM PDT · by cocomac · 40 replies
    DNA Info ^ | 7/22/14
    MANHATTAN American flags were removed from atop the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers Tuesday morning and replaced by white flags, sources said. Police, including the NYPD's counter terrorism and intelligence divisions, were checking surveillance footage from the bridge after images of the white flags hit social media about 7 a.m., sources said. "Why are there white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge?" City Council member Mark Weprin tweeted at 9:34 a.m. It was not immediately clear how the white flags, which are usually a military symbol for surrender, got there. Witnesses reported seeing NYPD counter terrorism officers heading up...
  • White flags flying from Brooklyn Bridge, cops probe breach ( NYC )

    07/22/2014 7:51:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Natasha Velez and Larry Celona
    In a stunning security breach, the giant American flags at the top of both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by white flags overnight, cops said. The two new flags appear to be American flags that were painted over white the traditional symbol for surrender and were flying Tuesday morning from both towers. ... The NYPDs Emergency Service Unit will is replacing the white flags with American flags as they set up a crime scene
  • Stepdad gets 18 years for rape exposed in college essay

    07/09/2014 7:04:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | Amber Sutherland and Bruce Golding
    A Brooklyn man was sentenced Monday to 18 years ​behind bars for raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter — who kept the sickening sex attack a secret until revealing it in a college-application essay nearly a decade later. Albert Tarrats, 62, remained mum throughout his sentencing in Brooklyn Supreme Court, but prosecutor Anna Krutaya read a statement from his victim, who ​wrote that she’s still haunted by his monstrous crimes. “Getting closure and justice on this horrific situation is the best thing I could have gotten from this experience,” the now-18-year-old woman wrote.
  • Boom: Brooklyn preparing to ordain 13, largest class of priests in the United States

    06/24/2014 10:41:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 24, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the In My Backyard Desk, some sensational news, via The Brooklyn Eagle: The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, will ordain 13 men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 28. This group of men, who have served for the past year as transitional deacons, composes the largest class of new priests in the United States. The diocese is thus helping to reverse a long decline in vocations that has led to a shortage of priests within the Roman Catholic Church.The ordination liturgy will take place at the Brooklyn Diocese’s newly renovated...
  • When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose

    06/19/2014 9:35:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Josh Saul
    Brooklyns courthouses are being rocked by the Williamsburg Effect. The influx of well-off and educated white people to trendy neighborhoods such as Williamsburg is rapidly gentrifying the boroughs jury pool and transforming verdicts, lawyers and judges told The Post. Its good news for prosecutors in criminal cases and bad news for plaintiffs in civil lawsuits, they said.
  • Spike Lee Is Trying to Get Do the Right Thing Its Own Street Name in Brooklyn

    06/06/2014 5:32:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Although he no longer lives in the borough, anti-gentrification spokesperson Spike Lee insists, "Brooklyn is still going to be inside of me." And he inside of it: Lee's Do the Right Thing may be immortalized in true NYC-style with a street sign. Brooklyn Community Board 3 has voted to approve renaming the Bed-Stuy block of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, where the movie was filmed, Do the Right Thing Way, in time for its 25th anniversary. The City Council has the final say, and it could be tough. "It's a bit complicated, because the City Council's...
  • NYPD captures child stabber Daniel St. Hubert

    06/04/2014 6:40:58 PM PDT · by Callahan · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/4/2014 | Jamie Schram, Larry Celona and Daniel Prendergast
    The NYPD has captured the maniac they believe stabbed two children in a Brooklyn elevator, killing one, by using DNA evidence from the murder weapon, police sources said Wednesday. Daniel St. Hubert, 27, was taken into custody Wednesday evening, three days after he allegedly killed Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and severely injured Mikayla Capers, 7, with a kitchen knife at the Boulevard Houses on Schenck Avenue. St. Hubert is a convicted felon who was released from prison nine days before he ambushed the youngsters in their East New York building on Sunday. Not long before his capture, Mayor de Blasio...
  • The Obamas Guide to NYC: Why the First Family Should Probably Move to Brooklyn

    06/03/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 3, 2014 | Joe Coscarelli
    When Barack Obama leaves office on January 20, 2017, hell need a new place to live. And like the race to succeed him as president, as absurd as it sounds this far out, theres already a front-runner: According to Politico, Obama just cant stop talking about moving back to New York City, where he lived as a young dreamer in the early 80s. I just desperately want to take a walk through Central Park again, and just remember what that feels like, the president reminisced at a fund-rasier in 2012. But his life after the White House wont be all...
  • Advocates Seek to Make Courthouses Off Limits for Immigration Officials

    05/27/2014 3:13:02 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 26, 2014 | KIRK SEMPLE
    Rosario Socope, a Guatemalan immigrant in the country illegally, had an unwelcome surprise waiting for her when she attended a pretrial hearing on a felony charge at a courthouse in Brooklyn this month. As she stepped out of the courtroom into a public hallway, she was approached by immigration agents seeking to deport her. As her husband, her social worker and one of her lawyers looked on aghast, the agents hauled her away. The encounter was only the most recent in a long series of such cases across the country that immigrant advocates and politicians say have spread fear of...
  • Multicultural Mayhem in Brooklyn: Is this the kind of "diversity" we want?

    05/23/2014 8:26:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/23/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    In the interest of furthering cross-culturalism, Presidential Medal of Freedom award winner/multicultural advocate/poet Maya Angelou once said that [it was] time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. With that pluralistic thought in mind, why not begin that lesson with the story of an elderly Muslim immigrant from Pakistan living in Brooklyn, New York named Noor Hussein? According to prosecutors, 75-year-old Noor met his late wife, 66-year-old Nazar, in Pakistan, where they married before emigrating to Brooklyn. Clearly the honeymoon was over, because Noor, which means "light" in Farsi,...
  • Etsy gets $5M to stay in boro it said itd never leave (Brooklyn NYC)

    05/13/2014 5:12:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Crains ^ | May 13, 2014 2:02 P.M | Thornton McEnery
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday morning that Etsy is getting $5 million from New York state to stay in Brooklyn, a pretty nice sum for a company whose CEO publicly acknowledged just weeks ago that it could only exist in Brooklyn. A company like Etsy could only exist in Brooklyn, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson said during an April 23 appearance at a Brooklyn Tech Triangle symposium. Almost all of our employees live in Brooklyn and our Manhattan employees are treated with scorn. Etsy, which was founded in Brooklyn in 2005, plans to add more than 340 jobs by 2019 (a...
  • Police Shoot Man Who Allegedly Pointed Gun at Them in Brooklyn

    05/03/2014 2:12:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NY1 ^ | 5/3
    A man that police say was shot by officers after pointing a gun at them Friday night is now under arrest. Teddy Spann, 24, of Staten Island is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing a police officer. The incident happened Friday night in Brooklyn. Police say a loaded .380 caliber firearm, seen above, was recovered at the scene. Investigators say three plainclothes officers in an unmarked car noticed a 24-year-old man tugging at his waistband at around 9:40 p.m. Friday near Malcolm X Boulevard and Monroe Street. Two of the officers approached the man and say he...
  • Guy Molinari, Geraldo Rivera come to defense of GOP Rep. Michael Grimm

    04/30/2014 6:55:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | Tom Wrobleski
    Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) got some full-throated support from ally Guy Molinari and radio talk show host Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday. Appearing on Rivera's radio show on WABC, Molinari called Grimm "a great American" said he was certain that the criminal case against Grimm was a political witch hunt aimed at defeating the only GOP member of the city's House delegation. "There's no question about that whatsoever," Molinari said.
  • Staten Island congressman denies 17-minute sex romp in Brooklyn wine bar

    04/30/2014 3:52:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | October 16, 2013 | Joey Scarborough, Dan Friedman, & Corinne Lestch
    Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm denied reports Tuesday that he had a kinky 17-minute sex romp with a woman in the unisex bathroom of a Brooklyn wine bar. The Republican congressman, who is single, said he didnt score at The Owls Head in Bay Ridge on the Friday preceding the government shutdown two weeks ago. I will not dignify this absurd distortion of the facts with a response, the pol said, calling the accusations a Democrat-led smear campaign. A source said Grimm went to the bathroom only to check on the woman, who was upset. It wasnt 17 minutes, the...
  • Snitchgate -- Sharpton Is Still Lying

    04/17/2014 5:26:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Larry Elder
    <p>If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished.</p> <p>The beneficiary of a lifetime of passes from our race-conscious mainscream media, Sharpton ran into an outlet not afraid of him -- The Smoking Gun. They obtained material that exposed Sharpton as an FBI "informant." Sharpton, of course, denies that this constitutes "snitching." No, he says he "volunteered" to "cooperate" with the FBI -- and for the most honorable of motives.</p>
  • Late Brooklyn Artists Mystery Solved

    04/16/2014 2:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Doyle Murphy
    Marty Resnick installed his sculpture on the grounds of Kingsborough Community College before moving in 1975 to live off the land in Southeast Ohio. The origins of the scrap metal artwork puzzled faculty members for decades.Friends of an enigmatic artist have solved a Manhattan Beach whodunit that has stumped locals for four decades. A rusting sculpture on the campus of Kingsborough Community College has puzzled faculty members who long ago had lost the identity of its creator if they had it to begin with. When they were doing the inventory they had no record of the sculpture, Kingsborough Art...
  • How This Brooklyn Womans Hapless Mom Managed to Accidentally Steal a Green Honda

    04/16/2014 1:53:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/16 | Joe Coscarelli
    "Is this your car or do you know whose it is? Looking for the owner who potentially wears a lot of necklaces and enjoys San Pellegrino sodas. I didn't steal your car but I think my mom may have. It's a long story. I'll explain, but your car is safe and sound." When Nekisia Davis, a Red Hook granola maker, took a weekend trip to Miami with her friends earlier this month, she used her extra airline miles to fly her mother up from Houston to dog-sit. In addition to taking care of Ruby, Davis's Pomeranian mix, her mom was...
  • Seventh-Grade Girls Hospitalized After Drinking Booze in Class, DOE Says

    04/09/2014 2:25:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nicholas Rizzi
    Eight middle school students were hospitalized after they were caught drinking booze out of a water bottle and an AriZona ice tea bottle inside a classroom, a parent and the Department of Education said. The seventh-grade girls were passing around the alcohol-filled bottles inside at William A. Morris Intermediate School, 445 Castleton Ave., on Wednesday afternoon, the DOE said. The water bottle smelled of alcohol, but the DOE did not say what kind. "We're going to really discuss this," said Makishan Brown, of West Brighton, mother of one of the girls. "I have zero tolerance about this." Brown said the...
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • Open Access Maps at New York Public Library (20,000+ cartographic works free download)

    04/06/2014 4:17:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    NYPL ^ | March 28, 2014
    The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The maps can be viewed through the New York Public Librarys Digital Collections page, and downloaded (!), through the Map Warper. First, create an account, then click a map title and...
  • Hating Whitey - Jay-Z Dons Gaudy 5 Percent Nation Medallion; Sect Says Whites Are 'Wicked and Weak'

    04/06/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 6 April 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Jay-Z causes controversy by wearing gaudy medallion of 'Five Percent Nation' group who believe whites are 'wicked and weak' The Brooklyn-born rapper wore a medallion representing the Five Percent Nation at a Nets game last week One of the main tenets of the Nation of Islam offshoot is that white people are 'weak and wicked' and that black men hold the power of God When asked if the medallion holds any importance to him, Jay-Z said: 'A little bit' Jay-Z was spotted wearing the nation's symbol last year while giving radio interviews for his new album,...
  • Ultra-Orthodox Wedding Grandpa Beaten After Brooklyn Reception Was It 'Knockout'?

    03/26/2014 11:16:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | March 26, 2014 | Staff
    A haredi Orthodox man from London visiting New York for his grandsons wedding was attacked. The 65-year-old man had his face smashed into the sidewalk early Tuesday morning in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park as he left the wedding reception, the New York Daily News reported. His lip was split and a tooth was chipped; nothing was stolen, according to CBS New York. He was treated at a local hospital. New York police and a Brooklyn councilman differ over whether it was a knockout game assault in which the assailant tries to knock out an individual with one punch....
  • First Look: Inside Brooklyns New Co-Cathedral

    03/16/2014 1:16:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 3/15/14 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Renovation and restoration work has been continuing apace for many months, almost exactly one year after the big news broke. Below, a first shot, with all the scaffolding removed. Dedication is slated for later this spring. The co-cathedrals website, meantime, offers a video tour of the pre-restoration church, giving a hint of the rich architecture and art being brought lovingly back to life. A new fresco, below, over the rear wall depicts notable holy men and women from New York, including Elizabeth Seton, Bishop Ford and Dorothy Day.
  • North Philadelphia meeting addresses gentrification (White people destroying neighborhoods)

    03/03/2014 4:21:10 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 68 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 03/03/2014 | VALERIE RUSS
    PEOPLE FROM all over Philadelphia came together Saturday to tell their stories about gentrification at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia. Organizers had issued fliers calling for an "emergency town hall" to confront a "crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods." In gentrification, some neighborhoods are targeted for revitalization - but the new development leads to huge rent or property-tax increases that often force longtime residents out.
  • The gentrification of Spike Lee: He marketed Brooklyn, cashed out and now complains

    02/28/2014 8:39:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/26/14 | Errol Louis
    Spike Lees obscenity-filled tirade about the gentrification of inner-city neighborhoods caught on tape and posted online in all its mother-effing glory perfectly captured the bitterness, confusion and circular logic that sends most conversations about New Yorks ever-changing neighborhoods down a blind alley. Lees torrent of cussing and complaints mostly focused on how well-heeled white newcomers have allegedly ruined Fort Greene, where he grew up. Much of what he said was hilarious (Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning? Its like the mother-effing Westminster Dog Show!). But some of it was downright offensive (You cant just come...
  • Vandals target Spike Lees former home after directors gentrification rant

    03/02/2014 5:03:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 02, 2014
    Vandals targeted the former Brooklyn home of director Spike Lee days after a video of the director ranting against gentrification went viral. The vandals sprayed Do The Right Thing, on the front of the brownstone home in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. The message is the title of one of Lees best-known movies, which tackles the subject of racial tension in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Lees former home had part of the title written on the side of its stoop.
  • New York City to reroute trash from landfills to Brooklyn neighborhood to offset gentrification

    03/01/2014 9:13:37 AM PST · by orwell2112 · 22 replies
    Thoughtgrime ^ | March 1, 2014 | Sisyphus
    NEW YORK (TG) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, acting swiftly in response to an emotional, expletive-littered denunciation of gentrification by perennially furious movie director Spike Lee, has issued an emergency directive ordering all refuse collected in the city to be dumped on up-and-coming Brooklyn enclave Fort Greene. The mayoral action is intended to address a number of concerns raised by Lee, a Fort Greene native, during a thunderous speech he delivered at Brooklyns Pratt Institute on Tuesday. Lee, furious that white yuppies emboldened by a lack of violent crime now enter the neighborhood with impunity, delivered a...
  • Spike Lees Racism Isnt Cute: Mf Hipster Is the New Honkey'

    03/01/2014 3:05:35 AM PST · by oblomov · 35 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 26 Feb 2014 | John McWhorter
    Its interesting that the director of the richest oeuvre of black films in the history of the medium doesnt understand what the Civil Rights revolution was for. In his expletive-laced comments about the gentrification of Fort Greene during an interview at the Pratt Institute, Spike Lee seemed to think that what we Overcame for was to be grouchy bigots. Basically, black people are getting paid more money than theyve ever seen in their lives for their houses, and a once sketchy neighborhood is now quiet and pleasant. And this is a bad thing why? Lee seems to think its somehow...
  • Spike Lee Demands Caucasians Get Outta Black Neighborhoods

    02/27/2014 11:31:01 AM PST · by massmike · 64 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 02/27/2014 | Dave Blount
    White liberals have been very good to Spike Lee, pouring money and praise upon him in return for the excruciatingly politically correct movies he directs. Here he returns the favor exactly as we have come to expect: Spike Lee went on a long-winded rant against gentrification in New York City on Tuesday night when he was asked to argue against the development of poorer neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Harlem. Lee pointed the finger at white New Yorkers who have moved into historically black neighborhoods and changed the environment, arguing that those changes have caused the areas to evolve into...
  • Spike Lee rants about gentrification - New York's black culture being erased by white residents

    02/26/2014 12:11:24 PM PST · by dennisw · 121 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 26 February 2014 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    The Brooklyn-raised director launched into an argument about the drawbacks of gentrification Compared Fort Greene Park to the 'motherf*****' Wesminster Dog Show' because it is so clean Lee was raised in Brooklyn but has lived in the Upper East Side since 2000 Spike Lee went on a long-winded rant against gentrification in New York City on Tuesday night when he was asked to argue against the development of poorer neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Harlem. The director, who has focused on racial issues and gentrification in his films, blasted an audience member at the Pratt Institute who started defending the changes...
  • Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. tossed in jail after conviction on bribe charges (NYC)

    03/08/2014 5:43:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, March 7, 2014 12:33 PM | John Marzulli
    Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was convicted of extortion and soliciting bribes by a federal jury Thursday and immediately tossed in jail. The corrupt Brooklyn Democrat closed his eyes and held his head with both hands as the jury foreman pronounced him guilty of all 21 counts in the indictment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Capers then told the judge that Boyland, 43, broke the law even while on trial. FBI agents surveilled him driving in Brooklyn and Manhattan recently despite the suspensions of his license, registration and auto insurance.
  • Spike Lee explains expletive-filled gentrification rant

    02/27/2014 3:55:52 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 2//27/2014
    His parents still live there. He still keeps an office there. But it's not the same neighborhood he grew up in, and his feelings about newcomers now inhabiting once-blighted parts of America's most-populous city like Fort Greene slapped many people in the face after the famed director went into an expletive-laced rant during an African-American History Month lecture on Tuesday. Spike Lee on gentrification "I grew up here in New York. It's changed," Lee said at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, an art, design, and architecture school. "And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx,...
  • Spike Lee Gets Brutally Honest When Discussing Gentrification in Brooklyn

    02/26/2014 3:35:27 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Complex City Guide ^ | 2/26/14 | Julian Kimble
    <p>The "Defend Brooklyn" hoodie that Spike Lee wore last night should've been a clear indicator regarding his thoughts on gentrification in the borough that raised him.</p> <p>Last night, Lee appeared at Pratt Institute for a Black History Month lecture, but the discussion quickly became a piercingly truthful rant from the opinionated auteur. Citing a New York Times article about the supposed good of gentrification, Lee unleashed a seven-minute tirade about how the changes in Brooklyn infuriate him, specifically the "Christopher Columbus Syndrome."</p>
  • De Blasio called cops to spare pal from jail (busted friend had outstanding warrants)

    02/11/2014 3:27:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/11/14 | Jeane MacIntosh
    Mayor de Blasio made a call to a top NYPD spokeswoman about the arrest of a pal who was key to helping him in the black vote last year and the guy was spared a night in jail. Bishop Orlando Findlayter, pastor of New Hope Christian church in Queens, was pulled over at 11:21 p.m. Monday in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for making a left turn without signaling, according to the Wall Street Journal. When cops ran his license, they found two warrants issued on Jan. 16 for failing to appear in court for prior protest arrests. He was arrested...
  • Book thieves stole 70,144 books from the Brooklyn Public Library in 2012

    02/01/2014 3:13:46 PM PST · by PROCON · 24 replies
    nydailynews ^ | Jan. 30, 2014 | Reuven Blau / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. Book thieves checked out but never returned 70,144 books from Brooklyn Public Librarys 60 cash-strapped branches in 2012, records show. GED prep guides, nursing and other professional exam cliff notes were high on the list of frequently filched books but so too were graphic novels, library officials said. Those are always going missing, a librarian at the Brooklyn Heights branch told the Daily News Thursday.
  • A Wreckovated Church Gets Un-wrecked

    01/22/2014 1:31:11 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | January 22, 2014 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, has begun the process of undoing the comically awful wreckovation to which it was subjected in 1980. Built and consecrated in 1878, the church’s original sanctuary looked like this. (Photographs from the parish's facebook page.) The first shows the original altar during a wedding, the second gives a better idea of the paintings on the back wall behind it. It was changed to look like this. No one will be surprised to hear that the comments on the facebook page linked above are...
  • Liberalism in Brooklyn

    01/20/2014 3:44:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/20/2014 | David Lawrence
    I am watching them take my country from me -- the Obamas, the de Blasios, the Holders, the generic Democrats with their imaginary sincerity and their simplistic complaints about income inequality. As if excellence and the ability to earn are wicked traits. In the meantime, Obama and his ilk are living pretty well. They are not sleeping in boxes on cold urban streets. Like thieves in the night, they try to steal the votes from the poor so that they can live even richer lifestyles. They pretend to identify with the middle class, as if their lifestyles and prestige even...
  • Greenfield: A Bangladesh Grows in Brooklyn

    01/20/2014 12:12:55 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 33 replies
    Greenfield, Sultan Knish government, history, politics, religion ^ | Monday, January 20, 2014 | Greenfield, Sultan Knish government, history, politics, religion
    Monday, January 20, 2014 A Bangladesh Grows in Brooklyn Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Walk along Church Avenue past Beverly Road and turn east onto McDonald Avenue and you will see where the old standards of working class Brooklyn, aging homes with faded American flags and loose siding flapping in the wind, surly bars tucked into the shadows of street corners and the last video stores hanging on to a dying industry give way to mosques and grocery stores selling goat meat. Mosques grow like mushrooms in basements and above stores offering halal patties, pizza and...
  • NY City Council Member Barron And Community Leaders Oppose Dennys in East New York

    01/13/2014 6:26:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Black Star News ^ | January 13, 2014 | Special to the Black Star
    Brooklyn - Council Member Inez Barron is opposed to her Council district being the site for Dennys Restaurant reported new location on Pennsylvania Ave between Linden Boulevard and Stanley Avenue. It is insulting for Dennys to seek to come into a community that is Black and Latino. Just as we fought successfully to keep Wal-Mart with a similar history of discrimination and low wage workers with minimal benefits from coming to our community, we will wage the battles necessary to keep Dennys out, Councilmember Barron says. "Dennys racist and discriminatory past cannot be ignored. In 1994, Dennys paid out an...
  • De Blasio has refi ties to Dem boss key to Viverito bid

    01/07/2014 6:38:25 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 1/7/2014 | Beth DeFalco and Yoav Gonen
    Mayor de Blasios ties to the Brooklyn Democratic boss he teamed up with to anoint the next City Council speaker run all the way to Hizzoners doorstep, The Post has learned. Since 2012, de Blasio has refinanced both homes he owns in Park Slope through the firm where Brooklyn Democratic leader Frank Seddio formerly served as vice president Wall Street Mortgage Bankers. Public records show that the most recent deal came just three days after de Blasios primary victory on Sept. 10, when he refinanced his 11th Street home with the firm for $625,000. In June 2012, he had...
  • Brooklyn Man Charged with 5 Attacks on Jewish Women

    01/05/2014 1:46:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/14 | Gil Ronen
    A Brooklyn man named Barry Baldwin, 35, has been arrested and charged with five incidents in which Jewish women were viciously punched for no apparent reason. The incidents are seen as being connected to a sadistic game called the knockout game, which involves targeting unsuspecting victims on the street and knocking them out with a sucker punch. Police picked up Baldwin last week, and originally connected him to six incidents and charged him with six hate crimes because he targeted Jewish victims, sources told the Daily News. For some reason, the charges were later downgraded to assaults without a hate...
  • Judge: No Nativity Scene Displays in NYC Schools

    02/18/2004 4:26:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 28 replies · 797+ views
    NY Newsday ^ | 02.18.04
    <p>A federal judgeon Wednesday backed the city's Department of Education, ruling that the display of the nativity scene, unlike Christmas trees and menorahs, was not secular and has no place in classrooms.</p> <p>Judge Charles Sifton in Brooklyn dismissed the lawsuit brought forth by Andrea Skoros, 34, of College Point, saying the city's holiday displays policy banning non-secular symbols from schools did not violate her right to free exercise of religion.</p>
  • Crime is down, but NY neighborhood doesnt feel it (Brownsville, Brooklyn)

    12/30/2013 12:01:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 2:23 PM EST | Tom Hays and Colleen Long
    Year-end boasts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that New York is the safest big city in America can ring hollow in Brownsville, a Brooklyn neighborhood where the cycle of violence, silence and retribution feels entrenched and where crime seems immune to strategies that have brought record lows across the city. A burst of gunfire on neighborhood streets this past summer typified the frustrating cycle. A baby boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet and killed as he sat in his stroller. His father, who police believe was the intended target, refused to help police identify the gunman. []...
  • Brooklyn DA-elect asks Hynes staff to replace private toilet seat

    12/27/2013 8:17:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 27, 2013 | 1:14am | Josh Saul
    Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson is happy to be taking Charles Hynes seat next weekbut he says the veteran lawman can keep his throne. Thompson transition aide Arnie Kriss has told a Hynes staffer that Thompson wants the toilet seat in the district attorneys private bathroom replaced, said a source close to the outgoing DA. Kriss said Thompson wants a new toilet seat installed in the DAs private bathroom because he doesnt want to sit on the same toilet seat that Hynes sat on, the source said. Youd think hed be worried about running the office, not about a toilet...
  • Hundreds of teens trash mall in wild flash mob

    12/27/2013 12:12:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 85 replies
    new york post ^ | Kevin Sheehan, Natasha Velez and Natalie O'Neill
    Hundreds of teenagers stormed and trashed a Brooklyn mall in a wild flash mob that forced the shopping center to close its doors during day-after Christmas sales, sources said on Friday. More than 400 crazed teens grabbed and smashed jars of candy, stole cheap items such as baby balloons and beat up security guards at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Mill Basin between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., merchants said. A violent game of Knockout also broke out on the upper level of the mall and one teen may have been carrying a gun, sources said.
  • Brooklyn's Charles Barron Bombastic To The End In Council Farewell Speech

    12/23/2013 7:01:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | Erin Durkin
    Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron was a firebrand to the end, delivering a farewell speech that echoed many of the greatest hits of his controversial tenure barron.jpg I just wanted to come before you to say that I will always be black, radical, revolutionary. I will always be a socialist, anti-capitalist/imperialist said Barron, who represents East New York, at the Councils last meeting Thursday, where many members took the chance to make farewell remarks. I went to Cuba. I went to Venezuela. I went to Zimbabwe. I brought you the president and you didnt appreciate it! he said, a reference to...
  • Another apparent "Shabbos Knockout Game Attack" on a Jewish Woman in Brooklyn

    12/22/2013 6:41:07 PM PST · by tellw · 53 replies
    JP Updates ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | anonymous
    Brooklyn, NY - A woman walking along a Brooklyn street Saturday became the latest apparent victim of the sick knockout game. The 33-year-old was walking down the block with her 7-year-old daughter when she was ambushed in front of 1212 Elm Street in Midwood by a Black male in his thirties. The victim was taken to Maimonides Medical Center by EMS where she was treated for minor injuries and later released. the NYPDs 70th precinct hate crime task force is investigating, no arrests have been made in the assault. police gave the description of the perpetrator as a Male, Black,...
  • Where Are The Pictures? (Supposed Jewish "gang" beating gay black man in New York City)

    12/14/2013 8:52:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | December 13, 2013 | Yori Yanover
    When Haredim engage in violence, it's always, without exception, unequivocally, for a reason.What happened on Sunday, Dec. 1 that provoked the alleged Haredi outpouring of violence that resulted in serious bodily injury to one Taj Patterson, 22, on a street corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at 4:00 in the morning? I recall a 1980s quote from an African American lady who said when she hears footsteps coming up behind her in an alley at night, turning back to see a group of Orthodox Jews is a big reliefcompared with the alternative in her neighborhood. Im sure youve heard a version of...
  • Borough President Marty Markowitz Declares Brooklyn "The Lesbian Capital Of NYC And The Northeast"

    12/11/2013 7:33:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | 12/11/2013
    Oy vey you gorgeous people: enthusiasm junkie Marty Markowitz only has about 19 days left as Brooklyn's Greatest Borough President Ever!! And he's been on something of a zydy tour lately! Which means he's had plenty of opportunities to wax poetic about his 12 years in office, which have been THE GREATEST 12 YEARS IN THE HISTORY OF BROOKLYN OR THE WORLD!! Here, watch him rap about it. He stopped by The Brian Lehrer Show yesterday to talk about how Brooklyn has changed, and offered lots of praise, to all the beautiful lesbians and all the hard-working gays: We remain...