Selasa, 30 September 2014

Greenpoint Open Studios Kicks Off This Weekend, Oct. 3

Catch the launch party Friday night at Dirck the Norseman, then check out the open studios all over Greenpoint.

Friday, Oct. 3rd, 8-11pm: Launch Party at Dirck the Norseman (7 N 15th Street). Open bar for participating artists from 8-9pm + snacks. DJOMGWEBCATS plays all night.

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 12-6pm: Open Studios. Artists welcome visitors to their studios.

Sunday, Oct. 5th, 12-6pm: Open Studios.

Sunday, Oct. 5th, 6-8pm: Wrap party at t.b.d. (224 Franklin Street). Outdoor BBQ + 1 free drink for GOS participating artists!

Greenpoint Open Studios schedule here.

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NYU Stamps Its Feet, Gets Rid of Nurses Union at LICH

Photo by MK Metz
NYU doesn't have to keep its promise to hire back nurses at the LICH ER after all!

After some backroom nudging by the state, a judge ruled that that pesky little promise in Fortis' winning proposal is just wind and air . . .

Not does Fortis have to provide affordable housing. Or anything else that was in their proposal!

All the other bidders had to comply with what they promised in their proposals. That's how they were ranked, after all.

For Fortis, their proposal is . . . just wind and air . . .

Brooklyn judge rules against nurses in NYU - LICH case [Brooklyn Eagle]

Judge dismisses nurses suit, clears path for NYU at LICH  [CapitalNY]

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Still More Photos of the DUMBO Arts Festival 2014

If you haven't gotten your fill of all of the zany, boingy, odd and artistic persons, places and things that inhabited DUMBO this weekend, check out these photos of the DUMBO Arts Festival 2014.

Art Is Me Art Is You procession winds down Main Street. All photos by MK Metz

A giant dog made out of cardboard boxes.

"Circle Circus" in the Lounge

DADA with En Masse

See the little pink footprints painted on the tracks? They're by Karen Mamenti

"Hair Cuts" by Broke Lyn
"Hair Cuts" by Broke Lyn 2

"House of Strength" performance piece

Cards and coins were on the street.

Here's what they said.

"Sun Speak II" The tube changes color as you or your partner speaks. All photos by MK Metz
More photos at the Brooklyn Eagle and Gothamist.

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Jumat, 26 September 2014

Brooklyn BP Adams Miffed that de Blasio, Cuomo Seem to Be Overlooking Terror Threat to Brooklyn

Photo: MK Metz
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams feels Brooklyn was dissed  by Cuomo and de Blasio in Thursday's subway terror optics.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle:

 “I do want to express my disappointment in Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for missing the mark today on assuring this entire city, not just those in Manhattan, that their security is a top priority,” Adams said.

Adams said the two officials' "symbolic subway rides followed the typical pattern of ignoring the impact that terror concerns have on Brooklyn and the other boroughs, which are also potentially at risk."

Brooklyn subways have been the target of a terror plan in the past.

More at the Eagle.

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Neil Diamond Playing Secret Show in Brooklyn on Monday

Photo: Alan Topping, Wikimedia
You may not be aware that Brooklyn-born singer-songer Neil Diamond is one of the world's best selling artists of all time. (We didn't know this either until we read it in Wikipedia.)

Despite going to high school in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Vegan reports this could be Neil Diamonsd's first Brooklyn show ever.

The location will be announced Monday (9/29) at 8am by Neil. Doors to the show open at 5pm. Neil plays at 6. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Visit Brooklyn Vegan for more details.

Make sure you read the comments, too. They are a strange combination of helpful, pathetic and randomly hostile.

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Kamis, 25 September 2014

Have You Missed Any Snail Mail Recently? Flatbush Postman May Have It In His Living Room

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A Brooklyn postman has been arrested after about 2,500 pounds of mail postmarked as far back as 2005 was found undelivered in his home and car.

WABC reports that Jospeh Brucato allegedly failed to deliver at least 40,000 pieces of mail along his route from the Ryder Station Post Office in Flatbush.

We would like to know if Brucato is the postal worker connected to the unexplained disappearance of a man's ashes last year.

The man's sister traced them to the Flatbush post office. "I'm not whining about a pair of shoes that's lost in the system. It's my brother. It's my brother," she told 7online.

7online went to the Flatbush office and asked the manager to track down the driver, "and quickly the problem was resolved."

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Seen In Brooklyn Heights: Can You Guess What This Is?

Photo by MK Metz
This was on a flatbed truck in south Brooklyn Heights. Can you guess what it is?

We'll update this post in a bit.

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Community Boos NYU LICH Fail; Dock Street DUMBO Ginormous; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Brooklyn community groups, nurses, officials slam NYU failure to keep LICH ER promise. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Developer replaces big, unpopular Sheepshead Bay condo plan with plan for bigger condo. [Sheepshead Bites] via [Brokelyn]

- New rendering shows how overwhelming the new Dock Street building in DUMBO is. [DumboNYC]

- Michael Grimm: Foreign policy expert. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Kensington science teacher arrested, accused of sexually abusing five of his students at P.S. 249. [Daily News]

- Two panels on race in Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]

- Crown Heights North 7th Annual House Tour on Oct. 4. [CHN]

- This is what chestnuts look like on a tree. [MatthewWills]

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Rabu, 24 September 2014

Rally for Return of Ambulances: Wed. at LICH in Brooklyn

A speakout to Save LICH takes place today (Wed., Sept. 24) at noon at the LICH ER in Cobble Hill.

Nurses are joining the Brooklyn community to demand return of ambulances to LICH as SUNY and NYU promised in their failed proposal.

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Be an Unpaid Intern for 10 Minutes in DUMBO This Weekend

Courtesy Notion Collective
 The Notion Collective is installing the new HRI, Inc. NYC office for the “Fall 2014 Internship” project at the DUMBO Arts Festival this weekend.

You’ll participate for a 5-10 minute shift as an unpaid intern, immersed in a familiar office setting.

Each intern is asked to complete a simple data entry task — but things aren’t quite what they seem . . .

For information about applying:

Internship takes place at 1 Main.

Friday, Sept. 26 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 27 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 28 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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Brooklyn Bridge Before the Bike and Pedestrian Lanes

We were shopping a while back and saw in a store this photo of the Brooklyn Bridge without a bike lane.

The bike / pedestrian lanes were first painted there in the early 70s, according to Wikipedia.

Don't know why there was just one white line painted along the edge.

There used to be flights of steps you had to carry your bike up at two spots along the walkway as well.

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Selasa, 23 September 2014

Subway Beating, Dog Show Photos, and Other Brooklyn Briefs

- Woman said she was beaten by three teenage girls at the Seventh Avenue G train stop in Park Slope. [CBS]

- Adorable Brooklyn Heights Dog Show photos. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Rock Paper Scissors hustler says says that women throw Scissors 70% of the time. [Gothamist]

 - Speed camera issues 6,000 tickets in one day. [Sheepshead Bites]

- Lena Dunham to produce HBO doc about Brooklyn’s LGBTQ tailor. [AV Club]

- Here's the complete entertainment schedule for this Sunday's Atlantic Antic. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Where to See Big Heads in DUMBO

The Big Heads Brigade: DUMBO Arts Festival
Do you sometimes ask, "Where can I see Big Heads in DUMBO?"

If so, here is your answer!

Performances of the Big Head Brigade will take place at 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 and 5:00 at the DUMBO Arts Festival 2014 on Saturday and Sunday.

“Frog Went a Courtin’”, performers Ben Parish and Jessica Hallman walk hand in hand, at noon, stopping occasionally to perform their rendition of the classic folk song “Frog Went a Courtin’”
Double headed Frog/Mouse heads by Megan Marlatt

“Free Style Rappers”, moving to the beat, Danielle and Megan groove out to rap music at 1:30 p.m.
Trinidad Jones and Drake heads by Danielle Loleng

“Angel, Artist, Devil”, The Artist walks in between the Angel and the Devil, while the later fight over who will win her soul. They march to the sound of TIC-TOC. 3 p.m.
Angel, Artist and Devil heads by Megan Marlatt

“Critics at Large”, two mechanics of the Cultural Industry, Big Head Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith wear grey, mechanic overalls and go gallery hopping with clip boards and very big pencils. They give the thumbs up to all of Dumbo’s artists. 5 p.m.
Concept by Katarina Wong, heads by Megan Marlatt

DUMBO Arts Festival:

Friday, Sept. 26 ,6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 27, 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 28, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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999 Pink Vibrating Eggs Will Be Duct-Taped To Sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park . . .

Part of 'We the People.' Photo by MK Metz

It's almost time . . . for the DUMBO Arts Festival 2014.

Example 1: On September 28 at noon Xiu Xiu will premier a sound installation at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Using 999 pink vibrating eggs neon duct taped one at a time to the enormous copper sculpture, "We the People," a "clanging and sonorous chord will emerge," says Xiu Xiu.

"As the batteries in the eggs die the pitch of the chord will slowly get lower and quieter until it is silent again."

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Senin, 22 September 2014

Six Weeks Till Election: Today Is National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day!

Volunteers, celebrities, and organizations will hit the streets to register tens of thousands of voters.

Are you 18? Election Day is November 4. You can register online.

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