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Around Brooklyn: BQE revamp would lead to local real estate boom

February 27, 2020 Editorial Staff
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BQE revamp would lead to local real estate boom

As readers of this newspaper know, the city recently proposed two plans for dealing with the deteriorating Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights and nearby: one to build a street-level roadway with a deck on top of it, the other to build a tunnel to replace a stretch of the crumbling highway. Both plans would be good for local real estate, says the Real Deal. Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, who represents Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights, said the already-robust land values along the corridor would likely increase if the expressway were improved. And Sandra Dowling, president of Brooklyn Heights Real Estate, said a revamp “would improve all of the property values because we would have one contiguous neighborhood going down to the waterfront.”

BPL, Historical Society to combine archives

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The Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Historical Society have announced a new plan to combine operations, merging their archival collections into what both institutions are billing as the premier collection related to the history of Brooklyn. Under the plan, which was approved by the boards of both organizations, the library will become the parent institute of the historical society. The society will retain its well-known building on Pierrepont St., which will also be home to the library’s Brooklyn collection. Library President Linda Johnson and Historical Society President Deborah Schwartz told Brownstoner there would be “no change” to either institution’s mission, but the historical society would gain the opportunity to promote its collections to a much broader public.

Di Fara to start shipping pies nationwide

Famous Brooklyn pizzeria Di Fara is now making its pies available for delivery across the country in partnership with food delivery company Goldbelly, according to New York Eater. For now, Di Fara will only sell two kinds of pizza through Goldbelly, the classic Neapolitan pizza and the Sicilian square pizza. Aside from the original Midwood location, which opened in 1965, Di Fara also has a Williamsburg food hall outpost, New York Eater said.

Cops seek suspect in Marlboro Houses slaying

Police as of press time were looking for a man wanted in the killing of a 72-year-old resident of NYCHA’s Marlboro Houses in Gravesend earlier this month. On Friday, Feb. 7, police found Leslie Lee dead inside his apartment at 2331 West 11th St., according to the Brooklyn Reporter. Cops are looking for Jose Mendoza, 34. He is described as Latinx, 6 feet tall and weighing around 200 pounds, the Brooklyn Reporter said.

Rose’s VA Transparency act passes the House

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn-Staten Island) had his bipartisan VA Reporting Transparency Act, which would increase transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, pass the House of Representatives on Tuesday night.  The act would require congressionally-mandated reports on the VA’s service and accessibility to be made available on the VA’s website and would require the VA to provide Congress with a list of reports that are no longer useful to improve efficiency to both congressmembers and the VA itself.

Sunset Park mom sentenced for killing her 2-year-old

A Sunset Park woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for drowning her 2-year-old daughter in 2016 by holding her head under water. Lin Li was convicted of manslaughter in Melody Zheng’s death, which occurred a day after Li held her 4-year-old son’s head under water, but he survived. Li called 911 and EMS crew rushed her unconscious daughter to a local hospital, but to no avail. Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez commented, “Nothing can bring back little Melody, who had an entire life ahead of her. But, with today’s sentence, we have obtained a measure of justice in this terribly tragic case.”

Man over tracks delays Brooklyn subways

A man climbed onto a roof ledge at the Parkside Avenue subway station on Wednesday morning and snarled B, Q and Franklin Avenue lines until officers talked him down, according to Patch. The incident began when a man described as potentially emotionally disturbed climbed onto the roof at about 8:20 a.m. Police requested MTA officials to cut power to the subway track as they tried to help the man. Videos show the man standing on the ledge, hovering over the tracks, as a police officers tried to get him to back away, Patch said. Eventually, police were able to take the man to Kings County Hospital for evaluation.

Class-action suit against NYCHA filed in Brooklyn

A class-action lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority was filed Wednesday at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn by a law firm representing a group of NYCHA tenants, according to PIX11. The suit, filed by the Manhattan law firm of Berg & Androphy, seeks rent abatement and damages “for the decrepit and often unlivable conditions at many city-owned properties.” Some of the most egregious issues alleged in the lawsuit include tenants going without gas for months, elevator outages that trap disabled residents, untreated insect and rodent infestations and growing mold.

Cops seeks suspects in Cypress Hills robberies

Police in Brooklyn are searching for suspects who committed three armed robberies in Cypress Hills between Feb. 13 and 23, according to CBSNewYork. In the first incident, the suspects held up a convenience store on Jamaica Avenue. Four days later, one of the suspects robbed a deliveryman on Hendrix Street, hitting him on the head with a gun and stealing his money, phone and electric bike. Most recently, the suspects held up a smoke shop on Fulton Street and got away with money, two cellphones, an iPad and a watch.

Vinegar Hill art show inspired by literature, film

A new art show in Vinegar Hill features works by artist Gelah Penn that are abstract but rooted in influences from literature to film noir, according to amNewYork. The exhibition, called “Uneasy Terms,” is at Undercurrent Gallery at 70 John St. “While my work is primarily non-narrative, a lot of the visual components and source materials are informed by my interest in film and fiction,” said Penn. One of the works, “Notes on Clarissa (Volume 1),” includes 99 collages using exhibition cards from another recent show by Penn. The work is based on the 18th century novel “Clarissa” by Samuel Richardson.

Vanderbilt Ave. seen as new ‘restaurant row’

Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights is rapidly turning into a new “restaurant row,” according to the Commercial Observer. Among the strip’s eateries is Ciao, Gloria, an all-day bakery and café. One of the first restaurants here to make a name for itself was Olmsted, a farm-to-table spot at 629 Vanderbilt Ave. that opened in 2016. Olmsted was so popular that when its owners Greg Baxtrom and Max Katzenberg wanted to open another restaurant, a French yakitori spot named Maison Yaki, they situated it at 626 Vanderbilt Ave. Soon, other high-profile restaurateurs came to the street; among them was Akhtar Nawab, who opened Mexican eatery Alta Calidad in 2017.

$1M winning Powerball ticket sold in East NY

A winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold on Wednesday at the New Anchor Grocery and Halal Meat at 544 Hemlock St. in East New York, according to PIX11. According to the New York State Lottery, the Brooklyn winning ticket matched five of the numbers.

Boy struck and killed by car in ENY accident

A 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in East New York on Thursday, according to NBC New York. He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after the accident near Blake and Pennsylvania avenues, but died from his injuries. The child’s mother had just left a grocery store before the tragedy. It happened barely 48 hours after a school bus struck and killed a 10-year-old girl less than two miles away, NBC New York said.

Violent thieves attack Domino’s Pizza driver

A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver was seriously injured after he was struck by a car in the aftermath of a botched robbery, according to the New York Post. The driver was delivering a pizza to 1259 Loring Ave. in East New York on Feb. 23 when he was attacked by two men, according to police. The driver drove away, but the men called Domino’s and asked for their pizza to be delivered. The driver agreed if they agreed to meet him outside the building, not inside. When he returned, the men allegedly refused to pay for it and jumped him while he was trying to get back into his car, the Post said. During the struggle, he fell onto the street, where he was run over by an oncoming car. The driver was taken to Kings County Medical Center with internal injuries, facial bruising, lacerations and dental fractures, police said.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 


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