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February 12, 2020 Editorial Staff
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National Grid to move to Barclays-area offices

Energy firm National Grid is set to move into 2 Hanson Place, the office condo building above the Atlantic Terminal shopping mall near Barclays Center, according to the New York Post. The property was previously owned by Forest City Ratner, but Brookfield Properties acquired it in 2018. The firm, which includes the former Brooklyn Union Gas and other divisions, plans to move into the 11 th and 12 th floors by the end of the year. Alirezeh Esmeilzadeh, Brookfield senior vice president, said the National Grid deal “is a very good way to introduce the property [to the real estate market].”

LGBT group to move to Bedford-Union Armory

The Brooklyn Community Pride Center has signed a lease for a permanent home within the Bedford-Union Armory, according to Patch. Pride executives, developers and public officials attended the Tuesday lease-signing in the center’s current offices on Fulton Street. The office there will remain open as one of several satellite spaces offering help with homelessness, immigration and other issues. The organization started in the early 2000s with support from then-Borough President Marty Markowitz and then-Councilmember Christine Quinn. Also moving to the Armory will be Callen-Lorde, a community health center, Patch reported

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Malliotakis honored with her own hero sandwich

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) has been honored with her own hero sandwich at Lioni Italian Heroes in Bensonhurst, according to the Brooklyn Reporter website. Lioni’s owner, Paul DiSpirito, called his creation a Cuban sandwich with an Italian flair. Malliotakis is of mixed Cuban and Greek descent. The sandwich consists of roast pork, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, smoked mozzarella, basil, mustard and sliced pickles. Lioni has honored several local politicians from both sides of the aisle with their own sandwiches.

Bike-riding delivery person struck in Crown Heights

As he was making his rounds, a bicycle-riding delivery person was struck and seriously injured by a blue Suzuki traveling south in Crown Heights on Tuesday evening, according to amNewYork. The accident happened at the intersection of Brooklyn Avenue and President Street around 5 p.m. Paramedics brought the injured bicyclist to Kings County Hospital, and police now say he is expected to survive.

Park Slope real estate deals are priciest in Brooklyn

A townhouse in Park Slope was the priciest residential deal to go into contract in Brooklyn, according to The Real Deal. The five-bedroom home at 106 Prospect Place, which spans 5,000 square feet, went for about $7 million. The second priciest deal to go into contract, at about $4 million, was for another Park Slope townhouse. This six-bedroom home at 488 13 th St. spans 2,870 square feet.

ENY had city’s largest no. of stop-and-frisks

East New York led the city last year in the number of reported NYPD stop-and-frisks, according to Patch. The area’s 75 th Precinct had 495 stop-and-frisks, the most of any precinct in the city. Other Brooklyn police precincts counted among the top 10 neighborhoods for reported stop-and-frisks were the 67 th Precinct in East Flatbush with 323 and the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant with 256. After a court found the practice unconstitutional, the NYPD promised to scale back the number of stop-and-frisks.

Teens attack bus driver in East New York

A bus driver was assaulted Tuesday night in East New York, according to CBSNewYork. A group of teenagers got into an argument with the driver of a B15 bus and eventually started punching him in the face, police said. Video of the scene was taken soon after the attack, when the driver was taken into an ambulance. The witness narrating the video said that the teens hit the driver “with a padlock or something like that,” and that the other passengers ran off the bus.

Collapse of fence stops gym construction

Building inspectors shut down construction of a Carroll Gardens fitness center after a construction fence collapse, according to the Brooklyn Paper. The collapse, which was first noticed on Feb. 6 by Pardon Me for Asking, sent plywood debris into a large pit at Smith and Douglass streets, where developer Louis Greco has been planning to build a Crunch gym for several years. The builders can resume construction once they can prove that it is safe to do so, Department of Buildings spokesperson Andrew Rudansky told the Brooklyn Paper.

Cop releases photo of Brooklyn murder suspect

The NYPD recently released a photo of a suspect who is believed to be connected to the death of a man who was shot in front of his Brooklyn home about nine years ago. On Sept. 18, 2011, officers responding to a 911 call at 977 Greene Ave. found Jamal Singleton with a gunshot wound to the torso, amNewYork reported. EMS crews rushed Singleton to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police described the suspect as a 6 foot, 2 inches tall man who was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap and a blue sweatshirt.

Brooklyn woman creates Caribbean podcast

A Brooklyn woman has built a following for a podcast focused on the experiences of Caribbean American people, according to News 12 Brooklyn. Kerry Ann Reid-Brown is the creator of the Carry On Friends Podcast. She says she first had the idea when she needed career advice and discovered it was difficult finding someone to talk to who also shared her cultural experience. She adds that a person’s culture is a big factor in his or her road to success.

Sunset Park Finnish co-op going for $599K

A three-bedroom co-op at 4113 Seventh Ave. in Sunset Park with an impressive amount of original detail, a recently updated kitchen and views of the park is selling for $599,000, according to Brownstoner. The apartment has high ceilings, hardwood floors, decorative trim around the windows and doors and an original clawfoot bathtub. A renovated kitchen features a new stainless-steel stove, Shaker-style cabinets and laminate counters.

Brooklyn rock band opens at Webster Hall

A Brooklyn funk-rock band, Phony Ppl, played at Webster Hall in Manhattan and “gave it 100 percent,” according to the Fordham Observer, the university’s student newspaper. On Spotify, Phony Ppl has more than 1 million monthly listeners, and the group’s most listened-to song, “Why I Love the Moon,’ has gotten more than 42 million listens. The group got together in high school in 2010 and made its first television appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2015. “Whether you were right in front or all the way in the back mezzanine, you felt their presence,” the Fordham Observer said.

Roast beef sandwich gets kudos from NY Eater

New York Eater recently spotlighted John’s Deli in Bensonhurst and its roast-beef hero sandwiches, a descendant of the roast beef sandwiches with gravy, fresh mozzarella cheese and onions that Italian Americans often bought on the way back from the beach. While Roll-N-Roaster of Sheepshead Bay offers “a fast-food adaptation of the sandwich,” Eater found the best version at John’s Deli at Stillwell Avenue and 86 th Street in Gravesend. The “midnight-dark gravy” results in an unspeakably rich sandwich “that you want to linger over rather than gobble,” New York Eater said.

Eleven-story building planned for Crown Heights

Permits have been filed for an 11-story mixed-use building at 1607 Pacific St. in Crown Heights, according to New York YIMBY. The site, which is now occupied by a boarded-up three-story rowhouse, is several blocks from the A and C trains’ Kingston-Throop Avenue subway station. The building would have eight residential units, most likely rentals, as well as commercial space, a penthouse and a rear yard. Rotem Cohen, under the name 1607 Pacific LLC, is listed as the owner, and Infocus is listed as the architect of record.

Clerk’s face slashed in dispute over beer

Police are searching for two people who assaulted and slashed a deli worker in Sheepshead Bay after a dispute over beer, ABC7 said. The incident at Franky’s Deli and Grocery on Avenue X was caught on camera just before 6 p.m. on Monday. The deli worker, Asknar Alzunem, asked a woman for ID after she asked for beer. Moments later, she was assaulted by the woman’s husband, ABC7 reported. The male suspect slashed Alzunem, leaving him in need of 16 stitches. The pair took off soon afterward — taking three beers with them.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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