More severed goat heads, exploding manhole covers & hanging effigies

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February 23 — March 1, 2015

 

The Best List of Best Lists

99 essential Brooklyn restaurants [Village Voice]

25 best Brooklyn books of the decade so far [BK Mag]

15 best “neighborhood institutions” [DNA Info]

22 BK co-working spaces [Brokelyn]

Strangest Lawsuits of the Week

Hall and Oats sue BK company over Haulin Oats granola [Daily News]

Bensonhurst woman sues McDonalds after husband dies in locked restroom [Bensonhurst Bean]

Roberta’s owners locked in vicious legal fight [NY Post]

 

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Life in the Big City

MORE exploding BK manhole covers [Animal NY]

Subway delays up 45 percent in 2014 [NY Post]

Another severed goat’s head in Prospect Park [DNA Info]

CitiBike releases map of Williamsburg and Greenpoint expansion [Streetsblog]

 

Boring, Complex — and Very Important

The 421-A construction program has provided developers $1.1 billion in subsidies but only created 13,000 affordable housing units.

The program is expiring but the clout of real estate industry will likely save it. And  DeBlasio is torn: disliking the subsidies for luxury housing but thinking the program is important to reach his new housing goals.

The case against | The case for [NYT]

New study says 421-A is exploding in Brooklyn [ANHD]

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BK Stars

Forget Lena Dunham, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson Is Brooklyn Heights’ coolest resident [Brooklyn Heights Blog]

Northside Festival releases awesome 2015 lineup [Free Williamsburg]

Bushwick to be destroyed in new action thriller [Gothamist]

How the Brooklyn Navy Yard became a major site for Hollywood movies [CNN]

 

 

Religion, Brooklyn Style

DeBlasio adds two Muslim holidays to school schedule [Brooklyn Eagle]

In Borough Park some Orthodox Jews celebrated Purim by hanging effigies of Haman that looked far too creepy and modern [Failed Messiah]

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Villains of the Week

Guiliani blames Obama for melee that broke out in Brooklyn McDonalds [Daily News]

“I feel a little uncomfortable with an Asian in the room,” the man yelled at community meeting [Brooklyn Paper]

Host of Boobs of Bushwick party got punched by a mystery woman [Bushwick Daily]

Brooklyn homeless shelter operators allowing horrible conditions [Brownstoner]

Everyone Wants Better Schools But….

Parents protest Cuomo’s plan to toughen teacher evaluations [South Slope News]

Parents protest efforts to shut two underperforming schools [Chalkbeat]

District 20 (Bay Ridge and Borough Park) has seen a surge in overcrowded schools [WNYC]

Map: how overcrowded is your child’s school? [DNA Info]

 

Unusual Heroes

BK man saves niece from prostitution by posing as a john [Daily News]

Flatbush teacher loses her leg but inspires with her response [Brooklyn Daily]
“Everyone was whispering and crying — they didn’t know how to bring the news to me. To wake up and know that I’m alive was enough for me. I was just so grateful.”

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