SNL’s funny Bushwick parody; Sheldon Silver fallout in BK; and 116% construction growth

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January 18-25, 2015

 

VIDEO: SNL imagines Bushwick corner drug dealers enjoying the new Brooklyn [Free Williamsburg]

Sheldon Silver fallout for BK:

Sunset  Park cop challenges PBA President, on a slate consisting of 2 indicted cops [Brooklyn Daily]

Why Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David should buy the Nets [The Brooklyn Game]

116% increase in construction units in BK [NY Yimby]

Excellent NYTimes video captures Bed-Study [NYTimes]

Graffiti artist defacing Bushwick street art [Animal New York]

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Quotes of the Week

“The night of the wedding, he made it clear that he owned me.”
–Rivky Stein, a Borough Park woman trying to get an Orthodox Jewish divorce [Failed Messiah]

“I didn’t just make the wrong choices; I made the worst choices.” [NY Mag]
–El-Hanafi, a BK man who sent $67,000 to Al Qaeda

“They say with seven matches you go to heaven. I’ve made over 550.”
–Tova Shamsian, an Israeli matchmaker for the disabled, featured in BK Israeli film festival [BK Independent Media]

“Dog rape, which I didn’t even know was a thing.”
–Kim Collins of Second Chance Rescue, describing how Rose was victimized and urging Brooklynites to foster dogs. [BK Independent Media]

 

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Culture

BK artist paints Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg out of poop [Daily News]

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BK-born Anne Hathaway asks “what happens to a city if young artists can no longer afford to live there” [NY Post].

Very sweet video of high school students at Brooklyn Sings audition [BK Independent Media]

Motley Crue to play at Barclays as part of band’s ‘Final Tour’ [Brooklyn Eagle]

David Byrne Is Coming to BAM and Barclays [BK Mag]

Fort Greene-based film “Nasty Baby” — about a gay couple having a baby, with Kristen Wiig — headed to Sundance [Ft. Greene Focus]

 

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BK Characters

Vinegar Hill man finds solace on a golf course made of trash [NY Times]

Bed-Stuy retired bus driver wins $7 million lottery [NY 1]

Drunk girls putting on makeup: the next BK phenom? [Technical.ly]

 

The Business of BK

BK won’t be the next Silicon Valley — and that’s a good thing [Technical.ly]

Barclays doing well but with 28% less revenue than last year [Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report]

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This Week’s Development Wars

Pols step up attacks on AirBNB [Brooklyn Eagle]

Unscientific survey: a tie between “Gentrification is a good thing for the city” and it is “the intended result of the racist/classist combination of government policy and personal choices.” [City Limits]

Sheepshead Bay residents grumpy about 40 story Trump Village tower [Sheepshead Bites]

Tenant activists claim that tax subsidy fuels gentrification; DeBlasio disagrees [Capital NY]

Landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum arts venue will be transformed into condos [DNA Info]

Opposition growing to paving over Coney Island boardwalk [Amuzing the Zillion]

 

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School Reform

Eric Adams proposes that CUNY students be required to volunteer in the community [BK Independent Media]

Cuomo challenges the teachers unions [NYTimes]

Farina proposes giving superintendents more power [NYPost]

 

Dull But Important Civic Matters

Taxpayers paying tens of millions for BK DA Hynes’ wrongful convictions [Brooklyn Paper]

Community Board revamps controversial plan to rezone Crown Heights [DNA Info]

Park Slope car washers join union [Daily News]

 

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Nets

Video tribute to seriously ill player Mirza Teletovic [The Brooklyn Game]

Nets valued at $1.5 billion [The Brooklyn Game]

 

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