Rabu, 19 November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Selasa, 18 November 2014

Words of Wisdom, in DUMBO

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

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

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

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

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

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

So watch out, you European daredevil tourists!

More at Brooklyn Eagle.

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View of the Brooklyn Bridge, From Squibb Park

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

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Officials Plan Legislation to Penalize Future Brooklyn Bridge Climbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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- Brooklyn Bridge Security: Maybe White Flag Folks Did Us All a Favor

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Senin, 17 November 2014

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

Image courtesy of BrooklynStreetArt.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minggu, 16 November 2014

'Brooklyn Strand,' Atlantic Yards, Parole Center and More Brooklyn Briefs

Con Ed's new power outage map shows exact locations.
 Shown above: Con Edison has upgraded its power outage map to show exact locations of outages, how many customers are affected at each location, and approximate time of repair. Late Sunday night into Monday morning, more than a thousand Queens residents lost power -- many are shown on this map.

- Upcoming CB2 meeting to discuss ‘Brooklyn Strand’ idea to unify parks, plazas from Borough Hall to Brooklyn Bridge Park. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Forest City Ratner seems ready to buy out former partner Skanska from its share of the shuttered module-building factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. [Atlantic Yards Report]

- Gowanus United, a group fighting the state’s proposed mega parole center on 2nd Avenue, is holding a rally on Wednesday afternoon. [South Brooklyn Post]

- BP Adams is encouraging students ages sixteen and over to attend a meeting in Bed-Stuy to learn about how they can join a community board in the coming year. [Gotham Gazette]

- The City Council will consider on Wednesday requiring costumed characters soliciting money to be licensed. [City Council]

- Out of public eye, Andrew Cuomo plans his vengeance. [Perdido Street School]

- More than half of calls to U.S. poison control centers about energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are for children younger than 6. [NY Daily News]

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