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February 13, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Brooklyn Wegmans delivers to Manhattan

Four months after Wegmans’ sprawling supermarket opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the store is now delivering to Manhattan residents, according to NBC New York. “Expanding delivery into Manhattan has been on our radar since opening our Brooklyn store,” said Erica Tickle, director of e-commerce for Wegmans. The delivery service will be offered with the help of delivery provider Instacart, NBC New York said. 

No cars on the Coney Boardwalk, says Treyger

Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Gravesend) introduced legislation this week that would prohibit vehicles on city boardwalks except for emergencies, according to the Daily News. He said this legislation is needed because it’s a public safety issue. “The historic Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island is not the Belt Parkway. Years of heavy vehicles driving on the boardwalk have caused significant damage to the landmarked boardwalk,” he said. Presumably, the measure would also apply to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

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Modular commercial building planned for Bushwick

Admares, an international real estate developer that focuses on modular construction, plans to launch its first North American building in Brooklyn. The project will be constructed using the firm’s Building 4.0 modular technology, according to Yahoo Finance. The development at 58 Grattan St. in Bushwick would offer 10,000 square feet of commercial space with ground-floor retail. The building is being developed in partnership with Porsche Consulting. “Building 4.0 technology allows us to complete 100 percent modules in the assembly factory,” said Mikael Hedberg, CEO of Admares. “The completed modules can then be installed quickly over two days.”

Lander bill on drivers’ safety passes City Council

Reckless drivers will soon be forced to take a driving safety course or risk having their cars impounded, according to a bill sponsored by Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) that the City Council passed on Tuesday. The bill will force motorists who accrue 15 speed-camera violations or five red-light violations within 12 months to complete a 90-minute road safety course or have their vehicles booted, according to the Brooklyn Paper. Lander wrote the bill after an incident in March 2018 in which a woman with a history of unsafe driving fatally struck two toddlers at the intersection of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue.

Curbed lists NYC’s best Neighborhoods for 2020

Three Brooklyn neighborhoods made Curbed’s list of New York City’s seven best neighborhoods for 2020. They are Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Greenpoint. The website calls Prospect-Lefferts Gardens “a quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood at a fraction of the cost [of similar neighborhoods].” It says Greenpoint has “new development without the hypergentrification of nearby Williamsburg.” As far as Downtown Brooklyn is concerned, Curbed says the area has tens of thousands of apartments, both condos and rentals; a growing number of amenities, such as DeKalb Market Hall and the Alamo Drafthouse; and a large number of subway lines.

Cops seek suspect in Bushwick hammer attack

Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman with a hammer during an attempted purse-snatching in Bushwick, according to ABC7. The incident happened around 7 a.m. on Tuesday on Wilson Street. The victim told police the man approached her from behind, pushed her to the ground and tried to take her purse. When she refused to let go, he hit her several times in the face with a heavy object, ABC7 reports. She was taken to Woodhull Hospital and released.

12-story apartment building planned for Williamsburg

The Brooklyn-based Rabsky Group is planning a 12-story apartment building with commercial and community space at 34 Union Ave. in Williamsburg, according to New York YIMBY. The site, which is currently a vacant lot, is two blocks north of the G train’s Flushing Avenue station. The development would have 78 residences, although it’s unknown whether the units will be rentals or condos, New York YIMBY said. Fischer and Makooi Architects is listed as the architect of record.

Woman with dementia reported missing

A 76-year-old Greenpoint woman has been reported missing to police, according to PIX11. Czeslawa Konefal, who has lived most of her life in the neighborhood, was last seen Sunday at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at 607 Humboldt St. Konefal, who goes by the name Chelsea, is described as being 5 foot 5 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes. She has not gone missing before, her family said.

Seltzer festival coming to Brooklyn

A seltzer festival is coming to the Brooklyn Expo center in Greenpoint on May 16, according to New York Eater. The seltzer we’re speaking of isn’t the kind you get in plastic bottles for a dollar or so. This is hard, or alcoholic, seltzer. The festival will be called Seltzer Land, and attendees will pay an entrance fee of $29 or more, then spend the day looking at booths and sampling hard seltzers. Hard seltzer sales have skyrocketed in the past few years, New York Eater said.

Low-rise apt. Building planned for Flatbush

Permits have been filed for a four-story residential building at 179 Lott Flatbush, according to New York YIMBY. The site, now occupied by wooden-frame houses, is five blocks west of the 2 and 5 trains’ Beverly Road station. The building is slated to have 10 residences, most likely rentals, as well as a penthouse and a rear yard. Joel Waldman, under the name Lott Residence LLC, is listed as the owner, and S. Wieder Architect is listed as the architect of record.

Prof from Brooklyn starts granola company

A college professor who lives in Brooklyn has created a food company to promote healthy eating, according to News 12 Brooklyn. Margaret Barrow, who teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College, started Brooklyn Granola two years ago, after her students insisted that she sell her homemade snacks in stores. Her granola ball snacks are vegan, organic and gluten free. She plans to donate part of the proceeds to community college mentoring programs, News 12 Brooklyn reported.

Crown Heights painter leads public art project

A Crown Heights painter who teaches drawing and printmaking at the University of Vermont at Montpelier has started an art project in which she and another teaching artist create art on the sidewalk in front of their building. Nearly 10 years ago, Mildred Beltre, the UVM teacher, and neighbor Ossa DuVerney took art supplies, pop-up tents, tables and chairs to the sidewalk in front of their building, according to UVM News, an alumni website. The two artists see their work as part of an effort to build community, get to know their neighbors and serve as a bulwark against gentrification, UVM News said.

Eight injured in Borough Park fire

Eight people, including a firefighter, were injured when a fast-moving fire blazed through a commercial building in Borough Park on Wednesday morning, according to NBC New York. The fire started around 12:20 a.m. on New Utrecht Avenue. The fire started on the first floor and quickly spread to the second, but firefighters were able to control it within an hour.

Park Slope’s St. Patrick’s Parade picks grand marshal

The Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee installed the grand marshal and aides for the annual St. Patrick’s Parade at a dance held on Feb. 1 at St. Patrick’s Auditorium, according to the Brooklyn Reporter. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Park Slope-based parade. Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher will be this year’s grand marshal. The aides to the grand marshal will be Sean Bellew, Rita Carron, Raymond Conlon, Maureen Foley, Adam Keaney, Mark Langton, Denis McCaffrey, Erin O’Donnell and Sue Walsh. The parade itself will take place on March 15, starting from Bartel-Pritchard Square.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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