The hottest new thing in Brooklyn is very old

January 4-11, 2015

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The hottest new thing in Brooklyn is very old
Shut for almost four decades, the Kings Theatre opens soon with a bang — Diana  Ross, Gladys Knight, Crosby Stills (and some younger bands) [KensingtonBK]

Brooklyn’s real estate prices rose in 2014… [Brownstoner]
BUT get this: the median price only rose 3.6% in 2014 — because inventory rose 41% Perhaps the drive to produce more housing is taming the BK housing bubble.

Comedy Central’s acclaimed and hilariously raunchy comedy Broad City is rooted in Brooklyn [EW]

Virulent bacterial infection rampages through orthodox communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park [CBS]

Bankrupt BK hospital paid out $16 million in legal and other professional fees [Daily News]

“The myth of gentrification” [Slate]
“No evidence that poor people moved out of gentrifying neighborhoods at a higher than normal rate.”

WHY have the Nets tanked??? [The Brooklyn Game]

Revisiting Peter Lugers and other BK classics [Brooklyn Based]

Video: Aerial view of Coney Island by drone []


This Week in Civic Outrage

Coney Island residents furious over plan to pave over the boardwalk [A Walk InThePark NYC]

State caves to angry locals on plan for massive parole center in Gowanus [Brooklyn Paper]

Feds intervene to let Coney Island Vet keep dog [Daily News]

Williamsburg residents rebel against nightlife [Gothamist]

Mill Basin hobbyists object to anti-drone legislation [Brooklyn Daily]

De Blasio’s affordable housing plan could destroy 15 community gardens [DNA Info]

BK residents clamor for new city ID [DNA Info]



Winter in the Rockaways, from hot yoga to winter surfing [Brokelyn]

BRIC house new lineup: poetry slams, gentrification pow-wow, and improv [BK Reader]

A streaming video service just for BK-made movies []

Large exhibit on injustice [NY1]



GOP candidate who didn’t prosecute Eric Garner’s killer warns Dems not to mention that [NY Post]

BK Assemblyman Charles Barron criticized for wearing Nehru jacket to legislature [NY Post] catches flak in Assembly over his jacket

Tidal wave of political money tries to influence huge battle over rent regulations [City Limits]

Poll: public disapproves of cops turning their backs on the mayor [Quinnipiac]



Nets try to trade former-lynchpin Brook Lopez [The Brooklyn  Game]

On Twitter, the Nets are the 4th most popular team…in Brooklyn [The Brooklyn Game]

Prokhorov puts Nets up for sale [The Brooklyn Game]

Is Barclays inflating its attendance numbers? [Atlantic Yards]


De Blasio Impact on BK Schools

Students suspensions down, teachers required to spend 40 minutes more per year with each student’s parents
[DNA Info]


BK Celebrities

Hilary Duff on her awesome Brooklyn life [Gawker]

Clinton Hill chef wins Food Network competition [Ft. Greene Focus]

Accusations fly after cop assassinations. + Best BK gifts; Nets Superfan dies; & rabbis compare sizes of their massive…

Career criminal assassinates two BK cops in Bed-Stuy; police union and pols blame DeBlasio and Holder

The murders:

Anger and accusations:

The victims:

The shooter:

Probably not-representative Tweets:

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In Other News….

BK rabbis compare sizes of their massive….menorahs [Brooklyn Daily]

The 10 Best Dishes in Brooklyn in 2014 [Brooklyn Magazine]

One of BK’s top rappers, Bobby Shurdas, arrested for 24 shootings [DNA Info]

Coney Island to host New Year’s Eve ball drop [NY 1]

Video tribute to Nets superfan Jeff Gamblero who died under mysterious and tragic circumstances [The Brooklyn Game]



BK Gift Guides

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Holiday Activities

Where to go and what to listen to [Brooklyn Magazine]

Rock your holiday [Brooklyn Based]

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“Best Of” for 2014

Best new BK bars [The L Magazine]

Best donuts [BK Magazine]


Holiday Spirit

New York is a city where people poop in public, so it makes sense that we find ourselves crying in public, too. [Brooklyn Based]

Trade a blanket for beer to help the homeless [BK Mag]


Pet Justice

The BK man who ruined pet tattooing for the rest of us [NY Post]

City Council bans sale of rabbits at pet shops

Cuomo goes after mute swans [Daily News]



Amazing photo of Luna Park in 1903, displaying the miracle of electricity [Brooklyn Historical Society]


Civic Dilemmas

Parents flood 311 to protest kids being killed by cars [DNA Info]

Hindus protest BK Museum “insulting” mural of Hindu god, Kali [CBS]

Greenpointers vote on how to spend proceeds from Exxon oil spill settlement [DNA Info]

Students can’t pass tests, but teachers are ‘A’ OK [NY Post]

Where will the immigrant refugee children go? [The Brooklyn Ink]

How wealthy foreigners can buy their way to the head of the immigration line, with the help of BK developers [Atlantic Yards Report]


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The fine art of toxic sludge, the herring explosion, and BK’s dubious distinction on homelessness

November 10-17, 2014



The fine art of toxic Gowanus sludge [NY Mag]

4 BK neighborhoods lead the city producing homeless people [City Limits]

Interactive map: NYC traffic fatalities, block by block [NYC]

Brooklyn herring explosion fueled by non-Jews hungry for Omega-3s [Daily News]

Interactive crime map, block by block [McBrooklyn]

Wheelchair bound. Homeless. Honor Student. [Daily News]


BK Real Estate Cooling?

Pool of foreign buyers drying up? [DNA Info]
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BK’s sleep habits, more police controversies & the return of Brook Lopez

October 5-12, 2014

Brooklyn stays up later than any other county in the U.S. (18 minutes more than Vegas) [Jawbone]

Last year, a labrador pup was run over and dragged away in the gears of a truck.  Last week, he visited his owner. [Daily News]

Pandora reveals top music by BK neighborhood (including which nabe prefers mariachi and which likes “Jewish comedy”) [Brooklyn Magazine]

Video: police appear to knock out Clinton Hill teen for smoking cigarette [Brooklyn Paper]

The complete Brooklyn Nets preview (including: Brooke Lopez’s triumphant return) [The Brooklyn Game]

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This week’s BK Bridge images

Tale of Two Cities (Real Estate Edition)

“Emerging Brooklyn” house sale prices up 86 percent in one year [Brownstoner]

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BK Captured, September 30-October 5, 2014

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By Savoring moments, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 11


By Miikedima89


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By Brooklynvegan, “Neil Diamond warming up the crowd with stories about Erasmus High School”


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By bryanatie, Brooklyn Fashion Week


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By xxjoshbrownxx, Crown Heights


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By asamk, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Carousel


By atitlan88


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By veesvision, Sunset Park, sidewalk Chamoyhadas


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By greenpointers, Williamsburg


By atombrozik,  Green-Wood Cemetery


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By taraleigha, Roller Disco, Prospect Park


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By sviktorie, Sheepshead Bay Piers


By simmonsdgz


By rosleensandlas


aguilarrob sunset park
By aguilarrob, Sunset Park


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By johnsearsmedia, South Williamsburg


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By divakazz, Spielberg filming in Brooklyn Heights


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by coninkje83, “Rooftop farming at its biggest”


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By ayalens, Sheepshead Bay Piers


By barreradm1975

“Insane” community protests, Neil Diamond’s sneak concert and more

September 22-30, 2014

“How do you improve a neighborhood without forcing the current residents out as it gets nicer? I’m not sure anyone has ever figured out how.”
Where will the Brooklyn boom go next?  [BK Bureau]

Absentee owners storm community garden, start ripping up flower beds [Maple Street Garden]

Sheepshead Bay development would be 4 times bigger than anything built [Sheepshead Bites]

Two years after the Barclays Center opened, which local businesses have won and lost? [Commercial Observer]

Fight over a proposed high rise in PLG has fractured the community:


“G-d Loves Brooklyn”

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A double-rainbow over Brooklyn led to an Insta-frenzy of great pictures from all over the borough [The BK Bridge]



fdny25n-2-webDfdny25n-1-weban Heglund, Howard Bischoff, Robert Leaver.  Three local firefighters all became ill while responding to 9/11 and all died  — on the same day — this week. [Daily News]

“I felt at least Robert and Howie went off to heaven together”

The Good  Parts

Secret Neil Diamond Concert – first ever in Brooklyn – this Monday [Brooklyn Based]

Best new restaurant name, or too cute?: Bon Chovie (anchovy restaurant!) [Brooklyn Independent Media]

BAM film festival rides NYC subways through history [The L Magazine]

The best jukeboxes in Williamsburg [BK Mag]

Citizen protector of very rough housing project [NY Times]

Images from BK


From The BK Bridge

Bad Brooklynites

Newman! Flatbush postal worker arrested for hoarding 40,000 pieces of mail [Ditmas Park Corner]

Why the teen kicked the cat: “It was bothering me” [NY Post]

Second arrest in double sexual assaults on same woman [NY 1]

Protests erupt over this video of police manhandling pregnant Sunset Park woman
[Huffington Post]

Islamaphobia in Brooklyn [Brooklyn Independent Media]
“It’s the Muslims’ turn.”

The Nets Season Approaches

ICYMI: The Nets off season was bizarre [The Brooklyn Game]

Joe Johnson cracks up describing Jason Kidd’s lazy practices [The Brooklyn Game]

Kevin Garnett back looser than ever [The Brooklyn Game]

Life in the Big City

Are you a sociopath if you let your dog pee on garbarge bags? [Brooklyn Magazine]

Violent sex offenders residing in unmarked PLG building [Brooklyn Eagle]

A gang of flirts robs Williamsburg man [Free Williamsburg]

“A lot of cheesecake,” Cuomo loses Brownstone BK & more

September 8-14, 2014


“That’s a lot of  cheesecake,” says Junior’s owner after turning down $45 million offer to move [NY Times]

Cuomo loses to Teachout in Brownstone Brooklyn; wins everywhere else [The BK Bridge]

Bushwick declared one of the 15 coolest neighborhoods in the world

The 50 most influential people in BK Food [Brooklyn Magazine]

Meet the BK moms who coped with the stress of parenting by becoming world-class body builders [Brooklyn Independent Media]

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Gentrification Cold War

“Black Brooklyn Stand Your Ground” [Q at Parkside]

Lawsuit: Landlord swapping poor minorities for “more affluent white tenants” [NY Post]

Supposedly angry about gentrification, two women threaten to execute white tenants if they didn’t leave their apartment [Daily News]

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