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

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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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.'

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."

Related Articles:

- Does the Brooklyn Bridge Have a Clown Problem?
- Something Else White and Illegal on the Brooklyn Bridge (But Not a Flag)
- Brooklyn Bridge White American Flags: If No One Gets It, Is It Still Art?
- Brooklyn Bridge Security: Maybe White Flag Folks Did Us All a Favor

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

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

Image courtesy of

 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 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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'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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Keep Your Eyes Open for Missing Brooklyn Woman, Danju Gao, 77

Danju Gao, missing. Photo courtesy of Notify NYC
Have you seen this woman? Notify NYC isssued the following alert on 11/16/14 at 10:35 PM:

NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for the disappearance of Danju Gao, a 77-year-old Asian female with Alzheimer's, from the area of 28th Avenue and Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn.

Ms. Gao was last seen on 11/15 around 11:45 AM entering the Grand Street "D" Line Subway Station in Manhattan.

She does not speak English, and only speaks Cantonese. If you see Ms. Gao, please call 9-1-1.

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This Is Why Laurie Cumbo Won Stars of NY Dance Event

This Is Why Laurie Cumbo Won Stars of NY Dance Event


Dancing Star Laurie Cumbo + Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn from Cheryl Todmann on Vimeo.

In case you haven't heard, Brooklyn Councilmember Laurie Cumbo is the 5th Anniversary Dance Champion for The Stars of New York Dance -- and when you see this video you'll know why.

She and her dance partner Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn sizzled to the sounds of JLo.

Because of her participation, Creative Outlet won $5,000 to provide five or more children from low-income communities in New York City with a free or subsidized year of high-quality dance education and training.

The event, held at LIU in Brooklyn, honored the Rev. Al Sharpton this year.

Annually, Brooklyn leaders, partnered with professional dancers, dance to raise dance scholarship funds for underserved children in Brooklyn.  

Errol Louis (NY1) hosted the affair. Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson was a special presenter.

McBrooklyn linked to videos of previous participants, including the Honorable Betty Staton, PA Letitia James and Scott Stringer here.

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Multiple Victims on Cadman Plaza West, After Two Accidents Near or On Brooklyn Bridge

Photos by MK Metz, McBrooklyn
Several fire engines and FDNY emergency vehicles responded to the scene of a two-car accident on Cadman Plaza West and the Brooklyn Bridge exit ramp at 9 p.m. Friday night.

It took more than an hour (almost an hour and a half) before the injured party (s) was taken by ambulance to Manhattan.


Details for those who care about the timing:

First accident occurred around 9 p.m.

Around 9:15 p.m., one of the responders was heard asking over the scanner where EMS was. They were told the ambulance was on its way.

At 9:20 p.m., an ambulance was observed coming from Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge towards the scene of the accident. The ambulance was momentarily caught in traffic, but made it to the exit shortly afterwards. The ambulance belonged to New York Presbyterian.

Other accidents and incidents across the borough were being handled by the system at the same time. At 9:28 p.m., dispatcher told services, "Unless you have a priority, please stand by."

At 9:29 p.m., dispatch reported another vehicular accident with injuries on the Brooklyn Bridge.

At 9:35 p.m., dispatch reported it was a four-car accident with injuries on the Brooklyn Bridge, and asked if any responders were available.

At 9:48 p.m., the NY Presbyterian ambulance was still parked on Cadman Plaza West, as were other emergency vehicles.

At 9:53 p.m., police asked dispatch, "What's the ETA (estimated arrival time) on the Brooklyn Bridge accident?" No response heard.

At 10:06, dispatch reported that the cars involved in the four-car accident with injuries on the Brooklyn Bridge would be driven off the bridge onto Cadman Plaza West.  The NY Presbyterian ambulance was still parked on Cadman.

At 10:15 p.m., police told dispatch, "We're at a standstill up here."

At 10:19 p.m., police told dispatch there was an accident involving an overturned car, location not heard. Police said the driver crawled out on her own, possibly needing stitches in her hand.

At 10:24 p.m., the NY Presbyterian ambulance was still parked on Cadman. Dispatch inquired about the Cadman accident and the four-car accident.

By 10:30 p.m., the NY Presbyterian ambulance had exited Cadman, more than an hour after the accident was originally reported. At that time, the four cars involved in the Brooklyn Bridge accident pulled into the same location onto Cadman.

At 10:39 p.m., dispatch reported an accident with injuries at Sterling and Rodgers.

 At 10:52 p.m., a responder working the Brooklyn Bridge accident told dispatch, "I'm going to need a flatbed."

At 11:33 p.m., dispatch inquired about the second victim in the Cadman Plaza West accident.

At 11:40 p.m., dispatch asked if a flatbed was still needed. Responder said yes.

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What Is It with the Rubins? Plus, New Heights School, Maybe... and More Brooklyn Briefs

What Is It with the Rubins? Plus, New Heights School, Maybe... and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Plans for a possible Ace Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn hit a snag, as CB2 voted against the development. [Curbed]

- San Francisco’s ALT School coming to Brooklyn Heights. [BHB]

- 14 Satmar Hasidim defendants have been with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud in connection with mortgages secured by properties in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Monroe. Many have the last name Rubin: YEHUDA RUBIN, IRVING RUBIN, DESIREE RUBIN, ABRAHAM RUBIN, JACOB RUBIN, SAMUEL RUBIN, JOEL RUBIN, RIVKY RUBIN, RACHEL RUBIN, RIFKA RUBIN, and a few non-Rubins. [Failed Messiah]

- Brooklyn’s most expensive house is now half-priced. [Brokelyn]

- Brooklyn DA targets lethal gang after 11-year-old paralyzed in shooting. 25 in custody so far. [Daily News]

- Two cabs crashed into each other in Bath Beach, causing quite a commotion. [Bensenhurst Bean]

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Sad Story of Carroll Gardens Families Torn Apart by Real Estate Goldrush

Photo: MK Metz
 The New York Observer has come out with an article about long-time Italian Carroll Gardens families torn apart as the new generation of home owners cash in on grandma's brownstone.

The "tidal waves of cash and transplanted Manhattanites that have rolled over the leafy streets of this onetime blue-collar Italian neighborhood have altered the landscape," Chris Erikson writes.

In some cases, the family turns on the sibling who stayed behind to take care of elderly family members. In others, they try to get rid of the elderly "leftovers" while they are still alive.

And so it goes.

As Brownstone Money Rushes into Carroll Gardens, Families Fall Apart [New York Observer]

(via South Brooklyn Post)

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Weather Service: It Will Probably Dip Below Freezing In Brooklyn Tonight

The National Weaather Service says there's a pretty good chance it will dip to just below freezing Friday night in Brooklyn.

During the day, NOAA predicts it will be sunny, with a high near 45. Beware the wind chill: values between 25 and 35 early on, and it will be breezy.

Friday night's low will be around 31. Wind chill will make it feel between 25 and 30.

Bring in the plaants!

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Dobro Culture Brings In the Bucks; Yuletide Ball Folks Get Robin Hood Award; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Dobro Culture Brings In the Bucks; Yuletide Ball Folks Get Robin Hood Award; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Downtown Brooklyn cultural institutions drew more than 4.5 million visitors and generated more than $300 million in economic activity last year, according to a report to be released Thursday by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. [WSJ]

- The people who produce the glittery, old-school Yuletide Ball in Brooklyn Heights just got the 2014 Hero award from the Robin Hood Foundation. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- De Blasio was late to Flight 587 service. Blamed the fog. [NY True]

- The mysterious owners of have long trolled Brooklyn Nets fans, but nobody knew who actually owned the domain ... until now. [NY Magazine]

- Now there's an app for people who don't want to wait in line for coffee . . . [Gothamist]

- A 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after he was struck by a car in Coney Island on Wednesday. [NY1]

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Giggly, Terrifying Clowns On Montague Street, Handing Out Apple Slices

Photo by MK Metz
These way-too-happy, colorful, TERRIFYING CLOWNS were giving out apple slices on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights this past weekend.

We refused to eat the apples, naturally . . . But were happy to take this photo!

Then we ran away as fast as we could.

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Dense Fog Warning for Brooklyn and Surrounding Areas

Photo: MK Metz
 The National Weather Service has issued a "dense fog advisory" for Brooklyn, most of Queens, and all of the other boroughs, from midnight tonight to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Take care driving: Slow down and use your low beams.




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Marilyn Monroe's Love Letters from Dimaggio, Miller Up for Sale

Marilyn Monroe's Love Letters from Dimaggio, Miller Up for Sale


Hidden away for more than 50 years, Marilyn Monroe's love letters from baseball legend Joe Dimaggio and her third husband, Brooklyn playwright Arthur Miller, are going up for sale by Julien's Auction house.

Arthur Miller's love letters are described as "so detailed and so descriptive -- he was truely in love with Marilyn."

Miller wrote "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible," among other plays. In June 1956 he left his first wife, Mary, and married Monroe.

Miller lived in Brooklyn Heights at 62 Montague St., 155 Willow St. and 102 Pierrepont St. 

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Shooting in East New York, Brooklyn Early Wednesday Morning

Shooting in East New York, Brooklyn Early Wednesday Morning

From the scanner:

Confirmed: One person shot at 375 Fountain Ave. between Blake to Dumont avenues in Brooklyn's 75th Precinct.

A Level 1 Mobilazation was called at 12:20 p.m. early Wednesday morning.

Police are searching for four black males who fled in a silver Honda on Fulton Street, headed towards Dumont.

UPDATE: Possibility of a second person shot; not confirmed. 

UPDATE 1:41 a.m.: Confirmed one male shot. Level 1 Mobilization has been terminated.

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Scare Yourself: Fun with the NYPD Interactive Crime Map

NYC crime map.
 Want to scare yourself silly?

Just check out the NYPD's interactive crime map for your area. 

As of today, the map is listing crimes since September, 2014.

Above is the map for the Brooklyn Heights / Downtown / Fort Greene/ Cobble Hill area. On the actual map, you can click on the blue dots and get a listing of the number and types of crimes. (We notice there's a lot of grand larceny going on.)

The maps list seven major types of felonies:  Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter, Rape, Robbery, Felonious Assault, Burglary, Grand Larceny and Grand Larceny Motor Vehicle.

Hint: Avoid parks that give you the willies, even if they look clean on the map. NYPD says: " Crimes occurring in parks, beaches or open areas often cannot be mapped; some may be mapped if there is enough information on the report to determine a close cross street."

At the least, the map helps provide a handy guide to where to avoid walking at night.

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Homer Fink's Last Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour (of 2014)

Homer Fink's Last Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour (of 2014)


Brooklyn Bugle Media Kingpin Homer Fink (Brooklyn Heights Blog, Cobble Hill Blog, The Brooklyn Bugle) sends word that he is hosting the "amped up 2014 version" of his “Hidden Brooklyn Heights” walking tour.

Fink says: Think you've seen all the sights in Brooklyn Heights? Guess again! Learn about some of the odd, weird, controversial and amusing history of America’s First Suburb.
"This is 90 minutes of fun!"

Important point: Some of the subject matter is "R" rated, so attendees should be 17 or older/ parental discretion advised.

The tour takes off from the Clinton Street entrance to St. Ann's. More info:

WHEN: Saturday, November 22 at 11AM
WHERE: St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church (Clinton Street side)

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Pot Arrests; Pier 6 Flap; Stolen Chihuahua; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Pot Arrests; Pier 6 Flap; Stolen Chihuahua; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- At Brooklyn Bridge Park board meeting, groups demand Pier 6 financial analysis. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Despite its vital function, NYC pays little attention to its own Veterans Advisory Board. [Gotham Gazette]

- A Brooklyn woman is distraught after a car thief took off with her Audi which had her Chihuahua puppy still inside. [CBS]

- The guy who turned Trader Joe's from a little quirky California group of stores to a multi-billion dollar chain has died. [NY Times]

-The "new electronic Brooklyn underground." [Pitchfork]

- The City Council will hold a hearing re amending sex designation on birth records, and related issues. [Gotham Gazette]

- Did you know a cargo ship hit the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday? [NY Post]

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Pretty, Shiny Things Light Up DUMBO ... or Not

Photos by MK Metz
DUMBO was awash in light Thursday night for the kickoff of the inaugural New York Festival of Light (NYFOL).

The Manhattan Bridge Archway was an explosion of dancing light figures, glowing artworks and glittery, shiny things. A DJ was surrounded by lit panels,  and food trucks parked next to the party.

The event continues from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, under and around the Archway and Pearl Street Triangle.

UPDATE: It was soooo crowded in DUMBO on Saturday organizers actually had to shut the festival down almost three hours early. Friends reported they couldn't get to the subway and couldn't even walk near the Archway.

Luckily the crowd was well-behaved and no one had to get to a hospital. The F train at York was closed because of overcrowding, and streams of people (rivaling the July 4th crowd) headed into the Heights and Downtown Brooklyn to catch the subway.

Don't want to draw any larger conclusions here about land use and planning, but . . .

UPDATE 2: In-depth description of the crowd situation that took place on Saturday

Updated Monday

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Mysterious Blue Subway Signs; Brooklyn's Ugliest Subway Station; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Mysterious Blue Subway Signs; Brooklyn's Ugliest Subway Station; and More Brooklyn Briefs


- Gov. Cuomo's puzzling blue subway signs deemed a "mystery,""ambiguous" and "disorganized." [Observer]

- A driver speeding north on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope Wed. ran a red light and struck a woman, leaving her seriously injured before speeding away. [Streetsblog]

- Fix Brooklyn's ugliest subway station: Volunteer w/ FOFA to make props, brainstorm ideas and plan strategy to help make a pop-up installation at the 4th Ave/9th St Transit Hub on Nov 21st. [IOBY]

- Charles Barron won the Assembly seat once occupied by his wife, Councilmember Inez Barron -- who more recently took over the city council seat previously occupied by her husband. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A little more insight into Grimm's election night. [NY Sate of Politics]

- De Blasio calls NY GOP wins an “aberration.” [WNYC]

- How Cuomo played the Working Families Party -- and de Blasio. [NY Magazine]

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Ebola Drill Wed. Night from Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, to Bellevue

Ebola virus by NIAID
Don't be alarmed: This is just an Ebola drill.

New York City warns us that a "full-scale FDNY exercise" is scheduled to take place tonight, 11/5, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan.

"The exercise will involve the simulation of a patient transport between the two facilities, and an increase in the presence of emergency personnel and vehicles should be expected. This is only an exercise," NYC says.

SUNY hospitals not in Brooklyn -- Stony Brook University Hospital and the SUNY Upstate Medical University -- are part of a statewide network of hospitals that will treat potential Ebola patients.

SUNY Downstate -- across the street from Kings County -- in Brooklyn, however, is not one of the chosen treatment hospitals.  

SUNY says its Ebola Steering Committee is led by Dr. John Williams, president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which "will meet on a regular basis to monitor the situation locally and will work to ensure information is up-to-date."

Now are you alarmed? 

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Brooklyn Election Factoid: What Percentage Voted for Cuomo on the WFP, WEP Lines?

By Diana Robinson, Wikimedia Commons
Among the Brooklyn election stats uncovered by the Brooklyn Eagle: Roughly 67 percent of Brooklyn residents voted for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Democratic line on Tuesday. Another seven percent voted for Cuomo on the Working Families Party line.

Only one percent voted for Cuomo on his Women's Equality Party line, "despite sweetly-worded ads made by Cuomo's female family members," the Eagle reports.

About 12 percent of Brooklynites voted for Cuomo's challenger Rob Astorino.

Full Brooklyn election results at the Eagle website.

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Complete NYC Voters Kit: Quick Links for All the Info You Need

Complete NYC Voters Kit: Quick Links for All the Info You Need


- Find which candidates are on your local ballot by inputting your address. [WNYC Election Guide]

- Find your poll site in NYC by inputting your addresss. [NYC Poll Site Locator]

- Find your polling site and laugh your f*cking head off here. [Find Your F*cking Polling Place]

- Quick guide to the three proposals on the ballot. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- List of judges running for office in Brooklyn. [2014 NYC Voter Guide]

- List of all the candidates by borough. [2014 Voter Guide]

- Compare where the gubernatorial candidates stand on the issues. [Gotham Gazette]

- See problems on Election Day? Call NYC BOE at 866-VOTE-NYC and also NY Dem Lawyers Council @NYDLC: 866-693-5201.

- Twitter hashtags for tweeting and reading about the election:

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'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish'

We've been admiring for some time now the goodbye left on the marquis at the now-closed Brooklyn Heights Cinema at 70 Henry Street.

The cute little building will soon be demolished to make way for yet another residential development.

Photos by MK Metz
"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" is the title of one of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books by Douglas Adams.

It is the message left by the dolphins when they left Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass.

Unlike the dolphins, Ken Lowy hopes to return to our planet, perhaps moving to DUMBO. (He had hoped to announce a site by now. We hope to hear from him soon.)

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Cop Shoots Himself in the Leg at Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn Detention Center; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Charlie Chaplin, in the Arch in DUMBO. Photo: MK Metz

- Pub. Adv. Letitia James says police chief resignation is "deeply troubling." [Observer]

- A cop at the Brooklyn Detention Center on Atlantic Ave. shot himself in the leg Saturday. [Daily News]

- Plymouth Church's Yankee Fair takes place Sat., Nov. 8 in Brooklyn Heights. [Plymouth]

- What happened when Denis Hamill tried to drive 25 mph in NYC -- the speed limit that kicks in Friday. [Daily News]

- Again? The McDonalds on Court Street in Brooklyn Heights is sued because its coffee is too hot. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- A Marist College poll last week showed Gov. Cuomo with a 26-point advantage over Rob Astorino. But a  Siena College poll shows Cuomo leads Astorino by just 48-41 percent, with five percent for Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

- POLITICO's video recap of the best late-night jokes about the midterm elections. [Politico]

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Purple Tombstone in Front of LICH Not a Halloween Prank

Photos by MK Metz
 When we saw this purple tombstone mourning the neighborhood of Cobble Hill this morning in front of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn, we thought it was a clever Halloween prank pulled by supporters of the now-shuttered hospital.

It appeared as if community members were making the point that closing the hospital and selling it for condos would lead to a very bad outcome for Cobble Hill.

Later we saw that NYU had pulled off the black plastic covering their logo. It wasn't a prank after all!

It still looks like a purple tombstone, however -- 

and it seems that other people thought the same thing.

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Supporters Salute Last LICH Shift in Brooklyn

Photo: MK Metz
NYU is set to take over the emergency department at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill at 9 a.m. Friday.

LICH employees, from the nurses to the cleaning staff, are being terminated.

Community members who have fought with healthcare workers to save the hospital for almost two years will be gathering at 8 a.m. Friday to salute the last shift of nurses when they leave.

All are welcome to join the salute.

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SUNY: Don't Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out of LICH

LICH. Photo by MK Metz
SUNY Downstate has finally gotten out of the pretend ER business at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn.

On Friday, a new owner, NYU Langone, will take over what has been called a clinic, an emergency department (ED), a "walk-in" ER or various other terms that don't encompass the little medicine room SUNY ran to keep up the "continuity of care" pretense at LICH, which used to be a hospital.

NYU's interim "ED" will also not be a hospital.

NYU Langone to take over LICH emergency department in Brooklyn on Friday [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Want Brain to Explode on Halloween? Visit Gravesend Inn in Brooklyn

Have you checked out City Tech's Gravesend Inn yet? If you visit one haunted attraction in Brooklyn this year, let it be this one. The theater students at City Tech and their professors get VERY into this. And it's easy to get to Downtown. Pay attention to the funny hours.

Photos by MK Metz
They put their whole bodies and souls into it, so to speak.

Previous visitors forgot a few things.

This is one of the hallways in the Inn. We can tell you right now, DON'T GO THAT WAY.

(But seriously, the animatronics and special effects are over the top.)

If you see this, you're lost, never to return.

The Inn is open through Saturday. These are mostly exterior shots. For some great interior shots of the rooms of the hotel, look here.

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On 2-Year Anniversary of Sandy, NYS AG and Comptroller Send LICH to the Wrecking Ball

When the lights went off, LICH was there for NYC. Photo: MK Metz

On the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was shoved one step closer to the wrecking ball.

The state Attorney General and Comptroller on Wednesday approved SUNY's plan to sell the hospital that saved lower Manhattan and Brooklyn patients during Sandy to real estate developer Fortis Property Group -- to be demolished.

Selling the LICH complex at a time when northwest Brooklyn is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state will likely go down in history as one of the most damaging blunders ever masterminded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Recall that during the mega-storm:

NYU-Langone in Manhattan was evacuated, flooded and closed. (Repairs cost taxpayers more than one billion dollars and took two years.) Bellevue in Manhattan was evacuated, flooded and closed. Coney Island Hospital was evacuated, flooded and closed. New York Downtown Hospital was evacuated and closed. 30 nursing or adult care facilities were evacuated, displacing roughly 6,300 residents.

The only hospital left perfectly situated and able to serve lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn was LICH.

Since LICH closed, Brooklyn's ERs are overcrowded on a normal day.

Let's hope that Gov. Cuomo has somehow arranged that another disaster never happens again in New York City.

* State AG and Comptroller sign off on LICH sale to Fortis [Brooklyn Eagle]

* A.G., Comptroller sign off on LICH deal [CapitalNY]

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Brooklyn Prosecutor to Replace AG Holder? And More Brooklyn Briefs

Brooklyn Prosecutor to Replace AG Holder? And More Brooklyn Briefs


- Working Families Party tensions rise over Cuomo-backed Women’s Equality Party. [NY Post]

- Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emerging as a leading candidate to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. [TribLive]

- For those who like eating off tree rings: First look at Semilla, the new restaurant from José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung in Williamsburg. [GrubStreet]

 - Some pretty clever costumes at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls & Gourds Halloween celebration. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The NY Times is reporting on a ghost in a Brooklyn bar. [NY Times]

- "Quarantine This Book." Politico's Jeff Smith really hates Cuomo's book.  [Politico]

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Fun at Packer's Pumpkin Patch, Brooklyn Heights

Photos by MK Metz
Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights threw its always-enjoyable 2014 Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival on Sunday. Kids jumped and climbed on bouncy castles, visited the haunted houses, played carnival games and dodgeball. The weather made it a perfect day for having outdoor fun.

The event is a fundraiser for Packer.

As high as the sky.

Wish they had one of these for grownups.


Buying raffle tickets.

This was on the floor of the haunted house. Photos by MK Metz

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Sunday's March for LICH Included Mix of Brooklyn Republicans and Democrats

Photo: MK Metz
A large number of LICH supporters marched down Atlantic Avenue to rally outside Long Island College Hospital on Sunday.

Speakers included Jeff Strabone (Cobble Hill Association), Councilmember Brad Lander, Democratic contender for AD52 Jo Anne Simon, Republican contender for tAD 52 John Jasilli, Joseph Nardiello, president of the Brownstone Republican Club, Sue Raboy, founder of Patients for LICH and others.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, "Marchers hope to catch the attention of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who must sign off on the deal before LICH can be officially sold."

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Brooklyn Brownstone Republicans to Join LICH March Sunday

LICH in the old days. Photo by MK Metz
The Brooklyn Brownstone Republican club says it will show up in force at Sunday's march and rally to protest the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to developer Fortis Property Group.

The Republicans point their finger straight at Gov. Cuomo for demolishing the historic hospital, and claim Democratic politicians are "afraid to speak his name."

According to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle, Republicans are frustrated that Cuomo opponent Rob Astorino doesn't seem to get it.

"Rob Astorino should attend, as everyone here KNOWs the assault on our local hospital by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is his Achilles Heel," the club said.

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Man Hit by Car on Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights/ Downtown

Man struck by car on Cadman Plaza West. Photo by MK Metz
A man crosssing west across Cadman Plaza West at Clark Street was struck by a car at roughly 9 p.m. Friday night. The man appeared to be a senior. He was accompanied by three companions.

He appeared to have injuries that included a broken leg, according to EMS, but his condition was not confirmed.

The car that struck the man -- a dark blue or black Lexus -- was turning north onto Cadman Plaza West from Clark Street. The driver, a young man, claimed that the victim was "crossing against the light." A young woman was a passenger in the car.

The victim's companions denied that the man was crossing against the light, saying he would never do a thing like that. They told police that the car "zoomed" out of Clark Street and sped left around the corner without slowing, striking the man.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital. His present condition is unknown.

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Officials: Ebola Patient Went Bowling in Brooklyn, Took the Subway and Uber, but Probably Wasn't Contageous

Dr. Craig Spencer. LinkedIn
Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health, confirmed Thursday that the first Ebola patient in New York City, Dr. Craig Spencer, did indeed visit Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter Wednesday.

"He did bowl," she said during a televised news conference. "He wasn't feeling symptoms, he had no fever" at that time, she said. Only symptomatic patients can spread the disease, officials said.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the bowling alley has been closed," she added.  (Let's hope they find that special bowling ball.)

About his travels on mass transit: "To get there he took the A train and the L train," she said. Officials have his MetroCard and will analyze his movements.

"When he was on the subway he did not have a fever," Dr. Basset emphasized. "He did not have a contagious disease" while he was on the subway. Ebola is only contracted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.

He rode home in an Uber car. The driver of the car is not expected to get sick, since he had no contact with Dr. Spencer. Three other contacts are in isolation.

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March and Rally to Revive LICH Planned for Sunday in Brooklyn

 With the first case of Ebola in NYC, Enterovirus all over the place and terrorism drills going on at OEM, a march and rally to protest the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill to a developer is planned for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. 

Because this seems like a really good time to close a major hospital in underserved Brooklyn.

More details.

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Stringer: Brooklyn Ranks Highest in Dollar Amount Paid for Pedestrians Hit by NYC Vehicles

 New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a "ClaimStat Alert" Thursday, highlighting the cost of pedestrian personal injury claims against the city.

From Fiscal Year 2007 to Fiscal Year 2014, there were 1,213 pedestrian personal injury claims filed against the city, including 22 claims related to pedestrian fatalities. Taxpayers paid a total of $88,134,915 to settle claims during this period.

Manhattan had the highest number of claims, with 378 during that time period, but Brooklyn saw the highest amount of settlements and judgments, worth $29.1 million.

Stringer provides interactive maps which show interesting geographical trends in personal injury claims, like the above map which shows personal injury Police Action Claims.

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Brooklyn's Disaster Kind of Day Wednesday

Brooklyn's Disaster Kind of Day Wednesday

Downtown Brooklyn started out the day with a massive disaster drill at the Office of Emergeency Management.

In the scenario, a 10-ton nuclear blast in Times Square went off at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, killing roughly 100,000 on impact, reports the Brooklyn Eagle.

If the OEM building is still standing, “This would become the seat of government,” OEM Commissioner Esposito said. Good to know!

Wednesday night, a town hall on Ebola and the enterovirus was held at Brooklyn Boro Hall.

More on this  disaster event tomorrow.

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Gubernatorial Debate, Brooklyn Bike Krill; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Firehouse, Brooklyn Heights. Photo: MK Metz
 - Wrap-ups of the gubernatorial debate.  [WNYC] [Daily News] [NY1] [NY Times]

- Car hits bus in Red Hook, causes it to crash into a building, injuring eight people. [CBS]

Brooklyn's infamous bike krill is moving on the parts unknown. [Gothamist]

- Councilman Gentile says R train service still sucks. [amNY]

- Claims of anti-Semitism dissolve as a different story emerges in incident at NY-Tel Aviv game. [electronic intifada] [Jewish Daily Forward]

- What's the deal with "Black-ish?" [NYT]

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Brooklyn Ebola Town Hall; Grimm Trial Delayed; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Hazmat Guy: MK Metz
- Man in critical condition after running down the street engulfed in flames following explosion. [NY1]

- Don't forget the Brooklyn town hall on Ebola and enterovirus is tonight. [McBrooklyn]

 - Brooklyn judge rejects doctor's attempt to put sale of LICH on hold. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Candidates for Attorney General are trying to get the women's vote. [Gotham Gazette]

- Federal trial against Congressman Michael Grimm delayed two months, and he may have a second trial in Manhattan. [NY1]

- Oh, brother: Hillary Clinton to rally for Cuomo in Manhattan Thursday morning. [Capital NY]

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Brooklyn DA Indicts Lawyer for Embezzling More than $100,000 from Clients

Brooklyn DA Indicts Lawyer for Embezzling More than $100,000 from Clients

Often Settled Cases Without Telling Them

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said Tuesday that a suspended attorney has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from clients he represented in personal injury lawsuits.

Thompson said in a statement, “This defendant allegedly stole from numerous people who had suffered injuries in car accidents or falls and needed their settlement money, in some cases while he was suspended from practicing law.”

The defendant was identified as Kenneth Gellerman, 57, of 2596 Ocean Avenue in Bellmore, L.I. He was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 61-count indictment.

Gellerman was ordered held on bail set in the amount of $100,000 bond. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to the indictment, Gellerman allegedly schemed to embezzle money from more than 15 clients by depositing checks received from negotiated settlements into his escrow account, or into other accounts that he controlled.

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Flash Fire at Bagel Shop on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, Worker Burned

A fire at Hot Bagels. Photo by MK Metz
A flash fire erupted in an oven at the Hot Bagels & Deli at 108 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights early Wednesday morning, at about 12:45 a.m.

FDNY units including Company 118 rushed to the scene. At 12:52 a.m. they reported that they had extinguished the fire, and called for EMS to treat a worker who had sustained burns.

The extent of his or her injuries is unknown.

UPDATE: FDNY requested National Grid to the scene at 1:01 a.m., saying the fire was due to a gas leak.

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The Man Who Saved Mother Teresa's Life to Speak in Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 25

Photo courtesy of The Moth
 Maybe this is what we need right now:

Dr. George V. Lombardi, MD, a nationally known infectious disease specialist and the man credited with saving Mother Teresa’s life in 1989, will be the keynote speaker at St. Francis College's Healthcare Science Affinity Group Day on Saturday, October 25 at 10:00am.

The event brings together a variety of St. Francis College alumni who have succeeded in various healthcare fields.

Vincent A. Kucich, MD, MBA ’74 a cardio-thoracic surgeon and medical director will introduce and moderate the event. Kucich is Medical Director and Bureau Chief, Medicaid Integrity for the Office of the Inspector General, Healthcare & Family Services for the State of Illinois.

Among those presenting and running workshops are St. Francis Nursing Professor Michael Valenti, Marianna Sala Rhatigan '93 (Microbiologist; US Food & Drug Administration), Laura Eisenzoph '00 (Pediatric Physical Therapist, New York City Public Schools), and Dr. Louis Mora '04 (Inpatient Psychologist, Veteran's Affairs).

Topics to be covered during the day include: Nursing, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Food and Drug Administration, and Psychology in Forensic Science.

The event is free to St. Francis students and faculty. The cost for alumni and community members is $10.

Registration includes breakfast, admission to keynote speaker address and attendance in two breakout sessions.

St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

For more information, please contact the Offices of Development & Alumni Affairs at 718-489-5361 or

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Brooklyn Town Hall on Ebola and Enterovirus on Wednesday

Ebola viruses. Photo: NIAID
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is sponsoring a town hall on Ebola and Enterovirus D68 on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.

The BP seeks to ease the fears over the outbreaks and supply facts to the community.

Panelists at the town hall, which will be moderated by Professor Mordecai Goldfeder, senior health and medical planner at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will include experts from the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Doctors Council SEIU, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.

No word on whether Brooklyn's ER crisis will be addressed.

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Brooklyn DA Says Childbeater Kelsey Smith Will Be Charged with Murder

Jeida Torres, Facebook
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said on Monday that Kelsey Smith, 20, will be charged with second-degree murder and other charges in the brutal death of three-year-old Jeida Torres, which was ruled a homicide by the New York City Medical Examiner’s office.

The child died on October 18 after allegedly being beaten by Smith. Her brother, 5, was also beaten but survived.

The District Attorney said that there is no arraignment scheduled at this time as the defendant is presently being held at Bellevue Hospital Center.

In a weird aside, the Daily News reports that Smith called 9-1-1 Saturday, acting as if he was a downstairs neighbor complaining about the kids upstairs.

Smith also called his wife and the children’s mother, Kimberly Torres, saying he did something bad to the kids, the News says. Smith was in hiding until his own mother gave him up to police.

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Jewish Crown Heights Tenants Rally Against Alma Realty's Rent Hikes

Jewish Crown Heights Tenants Rally Against Alma Realty's Rent Hikes

Map data Google 2014
Tenants from Jewish Hospital Crown Heights apartment complex (545 Prospect Place) sent us this release, which we edited for space reasons:

Tenants, elected officials and affordable housing advocates rallied on Sunday, October 19 to protest Alma Realty's deregulation of affordable units in Brooklyn's Jewish Hospital Crown Heights apartment complex. Over the last several weeks, tenants have learned that Alma is now demanding market rate prices upon lease renewal.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, said, "While the rents in communities like Crown Heights steadily rise, Brooklyn Jewish Hospital apartments represent some of the few remaining affordable units in the community. We simply cannot allow these apartments to become deregulated, and risk displacing working-class New Yorkers."

Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, said, "Crown Heights has changed dramatically over the course of the last 10 years and what once was affordable is no longer."

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, said, "Landlords cannot be allowed to decide arbitrarily whether an apartment is regulated or not: we have procedures to protect tenants and we will make sure that they are followed. We desperately need affordable housing, and this is about keeping affordable housing truly affordable."

Tenants said they would no longer be able to live in the city if the hike goes through.

Other officials also made statements, including BP Eric Adams, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Lenore Friedlaender, executive director of Build Up NYC. Protesters were also joined by the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, Pratt Area Community Council, Build Up NYC, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Real Affordability for All coalition and 32BJ SEIU.

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