Flatgush and Flushwick, eviction corruption, the $695 Nets hat and 67 years of marriage

February 9-15, 2015

 

CORRUPT EVICTIONS:  To cash in on gentrification, some BK landlords bribed city inspectors to force out tenants [Brooklyn Paper]

MURALITY TALE: The fascinating story of the man who spawned beautiful Bushwick murals and another man who wants to destroy them [Bushwick Daily]

HELL FREEZES OVER: Local landlord rejects lucrative offer from Starbucks [Q at Parkside]

FIRST THE DNC REJECTS BK, THEN THIS: Miley Cyrus pulls out of Bushwick Porn Festival [Brokelyn]

EXPLAINING THE COP INDICTMENTS: Why the Staten Island cop who killed Eric Garner was not indicted but rookie Officer Peter Liang who killed Akai Gurley was [NY Times]

WHEN THE OCEANS RISE, HEAD TO PARK SLOPE: New map renames the under-water parts of BK: Flushwick, Bed-Sea, Flatgush, Port Greene, Coral Gardens, Captain Hook [Spatialities]

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The Two Brooklyns

Entourage’s Adrian Grenier buys Clinton Hill brownstone for $2 million

BK Families missed meals 88 million times in 2012, the most in NYC
Hunger worst in CB 18 (Canarsie, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach), CB3 (Bed-Stuy, Ocean Hiill), CB5 (ENY, New Lots, Cypress Hills), CB16 (Brownsville), and CB17 (E Flatbush, Ditmas). [Brooklyn Eagle]

You can buy Brooklyn Eau de Parfum at Saks Fifth Avenue for $275 and Nets hat for $695 at Barneys [Brokelyn]

NYC ranked 61 out of 62 cities in providing breakfasts for poor [Daily News]

Price per square foot in BK up 14.1% over last year [Brownstoner]

Coat shortage hits amidst cold spell [City Limits]

BK has lowest office vacancy rate in the country, having added 27 new retail corridors in 2 years [The Real Deal]

 

Quotes of the Week

“We never really get angry with each other, we just laugh it off. We’ve renewed our vows nine times.”
–Sara Hill and William Douglas who have been together for 67 years, honored at Borough Hall with other long-married couples. [Brooklyn  Eagle]

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 “I think sometimes, ‘Wow, I’m really not gonna walk again.’ But then I think, ‘What the heck? I’m happy anyway.’ ”
–Deleta Crawford, a Flatbush grandmother, who was paralyzed by a stray bullet last year [Daily News]

“Do we want [Sheldon] Silver’s trial coming up around the time of the convention? Corruption was a real issue. God knows who will get indicted next.”
–Anonymous pol on why the Democrats may have passed over BK for their convention [NY Post]

“I’m a bartender and the excessive presence of strollers in your hood makes me uncomfortable.”
–A BK fella, according to Brokelyn’s article, “7 things I’ve learned dating Brooklyn dudes.”

“You can attract a lot of young, talented people and it links you to a new, very highly desirable urbanism. [But] there are also a lot of stereotypes—good and bad—that come with both of those and it’s unclear whether she wants to be associated with those.”
–Seth Pinksy on whether Hillary Clinton should have her HQ in BK

 

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Comforting

It’s more expensive to rent in Queens than in Brooklyn [DNA Info]

Anti-gentrification group actually tries to unite new residents with old [Kensington BK]

NYC goes almost 2 weeks without a murder [Brokelyn]

Planting farms and wild flowers on rooftops may prevent sewage overflows [Brooklyn Eagle]

 

Killed on the job in NYC

In 2012, tremendous attention was appropriately given the 4 NYC cops and firemen who died on the job. Less so for the 17 who died on construction sites. [City Limits]

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Bad Brooklynites

Ft. Greene man beat woman with cane to get a seat in building’s laundry room

A lost, elderly man in Gravesend ask some nice young men for directions. They rob him instead [Brooklyn Daily]

BK firefighter fired for wearing T-shirts ridiculing minority firefighters [Daily News]

 

Good Brooklynites

Two seniors saved in dramatic Windsor Terrace fire rescue [Brooklyn Paper]

How a 14-year-old, hearing-impaired Nets dancer from Bensonhurst Is changing the way people see disabilities [Bensonhurst Bean]

Cops rescue eight pups [Bensonhurst Bean]

 

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Obits

Ena Elizabeth Schouburgh, 107.  A lifelong vegetarian and career nurse, the “grand dame” of Bed-Stuy came to New York in 1945 from Jamaica [Daily News]

Joseph Grado, 90.  Founder of Sunset Park’s high-end audio manufacturer, Grado Laboratories. [BK Mag]
Bill MeierFamed Williamsburg Pizza Deliveryman Passes Away [Greenpointers]

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