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What’s news for May 21

May 21, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The NYPD says two students at a Brooklyn elementary school are accused of trying to poison their teacher.

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Authorities say a toddler has been hospitalized in critical condition after falling out of a window in Brooklyn. NBC New York says the 16-month-old boy fell from a sixth floor apartment window and crashed onto a third-floor balcony. It happened around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Crown Heights. (AP)

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UPDATE- May 22, 9:40 a.m.
The toddler has, unfortunately, passed away in the hospital, according to the AP.

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The New York State Assembly unanimously passed a bill this week that condemns the promotion and marketing of dictionary-defined racial slurs as sports mascots. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Karim Camara, chairman of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, was originally prompted by students in Cooperstown, New York who voted to stop using the term “Redskins” as the name of their school’s sports teams.

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Airbnb, a website that allows users to rent out lodging to visitors, has reached a settlement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to disclose its data on apartment hosts in the New York area.

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Endorsement season has arrived in Brooklyn politics and candidates are busy touting their high-profile supporters, hoping it will sway voters in the Sept. 9 primary. Rodneyse Bichotte, a Democrat running for the State Assembly seat in the 42nd Assembly District held by the retiring Rhoda Jacobs, picked up endorsements this week from U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo. Jacobs (D-Flatbush), a 36-year veteran of state politics, announced on May 18 that she will not seek re-election in November.

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The 2014 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Gala honored Brooklyn-based musician Bryce Dessner and Peter M. Meyer, President, NYC Market, TD Bank.

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The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation will expand access for the disabled at several locations in Brighton Beach. “Nobody, regardless of their handicap, should find New York City’s public resources inaccessible — especially our wonderful beaches,” said New York City Council Member Chaim Deutsch, whose district includes the neighborhood. Specifically, access will be expanded by way of the installation of additional “Mobi-Mats,” which allow wheelchair-bound individuals and those who are physically challenged to easily access recreational beaches.

The Parks Department is currently in the process of installing Mobi-Mats at these locations, all of which will be ready in time for Memorial Day, May 26th, 2014.

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Hot Bird, a popular bar in Clinton Hill, has put its foot down on underage visitors. According to the Post, the ban took effect in the last week or so and news began making the rounds when an intrepid mother arrived to find a sign bearing the message: “Children are not allowed.” She was pretty quickly kicked out of the bar along with her 15-month-old child. When reached for comment, a bartender at Hot Bird said, “There was a time when there were too many people bringing small children here. It became an issue. So we put up the sign.” (bkmag.com)

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Bush Terminal Piers Park on the waterfront in Sunset Park is 95 percent complete, according to city officials, but it’s still not open and will probably not be open this summer. It was originally supposed to open in 2011, but the brownfield cleanup took longer than expected. Then it was set to open in fall 2013, then in spring this year. Now officials are mum on a target date, according to a story in Brooklyn Bureau. Phase 1 of the project, located between 45th and 50th Streets along the shore, is 11 acres, with “great views of Lower Manhattan, two ponds, a picnic area, a lawn and wooded zone, plus crucial recreation spaces, including a softball/baseball field and the neighborhood’s first official soccer field.” So far, it has cost $38.5 million.  Eventually, it will hook up with the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and to “local streetscape improvements.” (brownstoner.com)

 


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