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Around Brooklyn: Five-story building planned for East 11th St. in Flatbush

March 5, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Five-story building planned for East 11th St. in Flatbush

Permits have been filed for a five-story residential building at 38 East 11th St. in Flatbush, according to New York YIMBY. The lot, located between Caton and Church avenues, is currently occupied by a vacant one-family house. The proposed building would have 14 residences, most likely condos, as well as a rear yard. Prospect Developers II is listed as the owner behind the applications, and Jose Lockhart of Tecnico Engineering is listed as the architect of record. The site is a short walk from the B and Q trains’ Church Avenue subway station.

Man released by NYPD, then rearrested by ICE

ICE officers arrested a man who had previously been accused of raping a teen in Brooklyn, according to PIX11. Miguel Federico Ajqui-Ajtzalam was originally arrested by the NYPD last Thursday, then was released from custody even though ICE had issued a detainer, or request for detention. He was then arrested for the same crime by ICE on Monday. “It’s frightening that our detainer was ignored and he was released onto New York City streets to possibly re-offend,” said ICE official Thomas Decker. However, an NYPD spokesperson said that NYPD will only honor immigration detainers when a federal judge issues a warrant, when the person has been convicted of a violent or serious crime within the past five years, or when the person is a possible match to someone on the terrorist watch list.

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Fire hits private home in East New York

More than 100 firefighters worked to put out a large house fire in Brooklyn early Tuesday morning, according to PIX11. Fire officials said a call came in around 3:20 p.m. about flames in what appeared to be a private home at 965 Belmont Ave. in East New York. The fire appears to have started on the first floor of the two-story home, but video posted on Twitter shows flames shooting out from the building’s roof as firefighters worked inside, PIX11 said. Video from the scene showed at least one person receiving medical treatment.

Adams, clergy, NYPD hold Borough Hall event

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, hosted a meet-and-greet on Monday between NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, NYPD officials and local faith leaders at Borough Hall. “Dating back to my time serving in the NYPD, law enforcement has enjoyed a strong bond with the faith community,” Adams said. During the meet-and-greet, Adams, Shea and the other participants discussed ongoing challenges to public safety throughout the borough and city, and how the faith community can partner with the NYPD to address these issues.

He loved the nightlife, now he loves politics

A 1980s nightlife figure who managed the disco featured in “Saturday Night Fever” is running for State Senate in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, according to the Brooklyn Paper. “Over the past few years, Brooklyn has changed for the worse,” said Vito Bruno, a conservative Bay Ridge Republican running against Democratic incumbent Andrew Gounardes. Bruno, who was born in Bensonhurst, started working at Bay Ridge’s famed 2001 Odyssey club at age 19. He then opened an after-hours club in Manhattan known as AM/PM in 1980. He also managed the Roxy, a Chelsea club where he booked artists such as Madonna and Marc Anthony. He now serves as president of Brooklyn’s Edmund G. Seergy Republican Club, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Modular Bushwick building to break ground soon

Construction is expected to begin later this month on a six-story modular building at 58 Grattan St. in Bushwick, according to New York YIMBY. The project is the first North American development from Admares, a global real estate and construction firm based in Finland. Admares is using a proprietary modular system known as Building 4.0 and is working in partnership with Porsche Consulting to complete the building.  “Building 4.0 technology allows us to complete 100 percent modules in the assembly factory,” said Mikael Hedberg, chief executive officer of Admares. 

Man hits woman with loaded plastic bag

A woman was hit in the back of the head by a man carrying a plastic bag full of unknown objects, according to the Daily News. Police released a video of the assault on Tuesday. The attack took place on Feb. 21 as the victim was entering a building on Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, police said. The video shows the man walking up behind her and swinging the bag.

Woman says cops belittled her report of Peeping Tom

Grace, a 29-year-old Crown Heights woman, was in her nightgown doing the dishes when she saw something out of the corner of her eye. She turned around to face her kitchen window and saw a man across the yard taking her picture with a professional camera, according to Gothamist. Grace, who wouldn’t give her last name, called the police, and two officers, a man and a woman, responded. The male officer said, “Well, this is part of the New York City living experience.” The cops said they would try to find the apartment the man was leaning out of, but soon afterward Grace saw them leaving. Later, an officer at the 77th Precinct told her there wasn’t much they could do because she didn’t have curtains on her window.

Subway conductor attacked on the job

A subway conductor was seriously hurt after being attacked on the job on Wednesday and has been in and out of consciousness at the hospital, according to CBSNewYork. A representative of the Transport Workers Union said the train was at the Beverly Road 2 and 5 train station in Flatbush. Someone was holding the doors open, and when the conductor went to check it out, he was hit with a bat or a pipe. “Tonight’s assault on a conductor who was simply doing his job is despicable,” said Sally Librera, MTA New York City senior vice president of subways.

CBS TV’s ‘Living Large’ spotlights Park Slope mansion

For this week’s “Living Large” feature, CBS New York’s Natalie Dudridge toured 17 Prospect Park West, a limestone mansion in Park Slope that dates from 1899. “This is probably one of the most beautifully preserved houses in maybe all of New York City,” said Lindsay Barton Barrett of Douglas Elliman. The home has five fireplaces, mahogany paneling, coffered ceilings, a wine cellar under the stoop and a family room. There is also an “enormous sense of space” in the formal dining room, CBS New York said. All in all, the house has seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. To “live large” at 17 Prospect Park West would cost you $12.9 million.

Cops release photos of Flatlands shooting suspects

Cops released photos Wednesday of two suspects they are looking for in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man outside NYCHA’s Glenwood Houses in Flatlands. The two men are suspected of killing Dontae McKenzie, who was shot in the chest outside the complex on Feb. 11. McKenzie used to live at Glenwood Houses but had recently moved to Jamaica, neighbors told the Daily News. Cops recovered surveillance photos of the men wandering around one of the apartment buildings in the complex.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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