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February 4, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Cops seek brazen thieves who stole ATM from hotel

Police are searching for the two thieves who stole an ATM machine from inside a Sunset Park hotel on Jan. 8, according to the Brooklyn Reporter. Police said the ATM at Hotel BPM Brooklyn, on 33rd Street between Third and Fourth avenues, was stolen by two men who threatened to shoot two hotel employees if they didn’t get down on the ground. The suspects beat them before stealing the ATM, using a hand trolley to remove it. The same suspects are believed to have stolen ATMs from a deli in Astoria on Jan. 7 and a pizzeria at 13th Street and Third Avenue in Park Slope the evening after they hit the Sunset Park hotel.

Bernie’s still angry about Dodgers leaving Brooklyn

Brooklyn-born presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is still angry about the departure of the Dodgers from Brooklyn in 1957, according to InsideHook, a website geared to “the affluent, on-the-go gent.” Sanders was 16 at the time, and to this day he refers to the event as “the worst thing that ever happened.” Sanders, in an interview with The New York Times, also said that the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn made him suspicious of large companies and how the decisions made by a small number of people at the top can have a negative impact on thousands. His lingering displeasure about the Dodgers leaving for Los Angeles is one of the reasons Sanders opposes Major League Baseball’s reported plan to alter the minor-league system and change the affiliation of, or eliminate, as many as 42 teams, InsideHook said.

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Rental rates soared in Brooklyn in late 2019

While home prices are dropping in Manhattan, price trends in Brooklyn and Queens are showing a different outcome, according to amNewYork. Quoting figures from the real estate blog StreetEasy, amNewYork recently revealed that rental prices in Brooklyn grew 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter of last year compared with the same time period in 2018 — the biggest jump the borough has seen in six years. The North Brooklyn area saw the largest growth in rents, escalating 5.9 percent to an average of $3,238, amNewYork reported. The neighborhood’s bouncing back from the canceled L train shutdown is the main reason for the big growth, StreetEasy said.

Clarke rips Trump’s travel ban for African countries

U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brownsville-East Flatbush-Flatbush-Park Slope) recently blasted President Trump’s adding four African countries — Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan and Tanzania — to his restricted travel and immigration list. “I hope generations will recognize Donald Trump’s abhorrent behavior and his attempt to whitewash America,” Clarke said. “America has a troubled history of abusing people of color, like slavery and Japanese internment camps … this is not a time that we want our history to repeat itself.” In addition to the four African countries named above, Trump also added Myanmar, where Muslims are being persecuted, and Kyrgyzstan, both in Asia.

Affordable lottery opens For South Williamsburg tower

An affordable housing lottery has opened for 54 units in a 23-story building at 251-273 South Fifth St. in Williamsburg, located behind the landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, according to Brownstoner. The affordable apartments include 19 studios, 24 one-bedroom units, two six-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom units. Monthly rents start at $2,116 and top out at $3,150. These prices, said Brownstoner, “force one to reconsider what the city means by affordability.” All in all, the building, which was recently finished, has 177 residential units and 301 parking spaces. This is Fogarty Finger Architects’ first project in Brooklyn.

Pizza is Midwood man’s middle name

A Midwood man, Scott Wiener, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest, most extensive pizza box collection, according to PIX11. Wiener holds “pizza walks” through various areas of New York, including one Brooklyn pizza tour, and has written a book, “Viva La Pizza.” His apartment is full of pizza memorabilia, including the majority of the nearly 1,500 pizza boxes he’s collected from around the world during the past decade. 

New eyeglass store opens near Barclays Center

Warby Parker, an online retailer of prescription glasses and sunglasses that also owns brick-and-mortar retail locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, has opened a store in a two-story building at 208 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, near Barclays Center. The firm also has a store on North Sixth Street in Brooklyn, according to Shopping Center Business, a trade magazine. 

BP Adams hosts roundtable discussion on Alzheimer’s

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Monday hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders and medical professionals highlighting the growing public health issue of Alzheimer’s disease. There are currently 400,000 people in New York State with the disease. The discussion, held in cooperation with Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai’s Healthy Mind Initiative, took place at Borough Hall.

Coney Island burglar took nothing, say cops

A suspect behind three apartment break-ins in Coney Island didn’t take anything in any of the incidents, according to PIX11. All of the break-ins happened on Thursday or Friday, and in each one, the man damaged door locks to get inside, police said. In one of the break-ins on West First Street, the man took off before even entering the apartment. At the others, on Oceanview Avenue and on Brighton Sixth Street, he entered the homes but again took nothing. Police released a photo of a bearded man wearing a black hat, coat and boots.

Hawk rescued in Brooklyn released in Central Park

A red-tailed hawk who was recently found injured outside the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Downtown Brooklyn was successfully released in Central Park, according to Gothamist. Blair, named after Linda Blair of “The Exorcist,” had been receiving care at the Wild Bird Fund after its rescue by wildlife rehabilitator and Flatbush attorney David Karopkin.

Coney residents plagued by too few banking services

Councilmember Mark Treyger, who represents Coney Island, says many local residents have trouble finding basic banking services, according to News 12 Brooklyn. Last week, Municipal Credit Union’s Coney Island branch closed its doors on Surf Avenue. Earlier, a nearby Chase bank closed after being hit by Superstorm Sandy. “We are walking like a mile, a mile and a half, just to get our own money,” a resident told News 12. Treyger said he is reaching out to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the New York State Department of Financial Services to take a look at the area.

Cops seek man who stole UPS package

Cops are seeking a thief who stole a package from a UPS delivery person in Park Slope on Jan. 30, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The thief approached the driver as he attempted to make a delivery on First Street near Seventh Avenue at 11:30 a.m., claiming to be a resident of the brownstone, according to police. When the delivery person demanded ID, the thief reached over his shoulder, grabbed the package and ran away.

Low-rise Bushwick building sold for $2.18M

A three-story, early 20th century building with aluminum siding at 219 Irving Ave. was recently sold for $2.18 million, according to The New York Times. The building has four apartments, all vacant; a ground-floor store, leased by a botanica, or Latino religious goods store, until July; and three parking spaces. The sellers were Gil Nye and Jay Yoo, while the buyer was Israel Goldstein, the Times reported. 

Compiled by Raanan Geberer

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