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Around Brooklyn: HeartShare sponsors show of art by adults with disabilities

March 11, 2020 Editorial Staff
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HeartShare sponsors show of art by adults with disabilities

HeartShare Human Services of New York is now planning the Bay Ridge Day Hab Art Show, a new display of art by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to the Brooklyn Reporter website. The show will take place on Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 347 75th St. Artists in the Bay Ridge Day Habilitation Program will be sharing their individual and collaborative artwork with the public.  “I’ve worked as an artist-in-residence in different contexts, but the HeartShare experience has certainly been a unique one for me,” Christine Sloan, interdisciplinary artist, writer and founder of Quail Bell magazine, told the Home Reporter.

Sunset Park dim sum restaurants close 

Several of the most popular dim sum restaurants and Chinese banquet halls in Sunset Park have closed this week due to coronavirus fears, according to New York Eater. Some have had declining sales for weeks due to people who link Chinese restaurants to the virus. Among the Sunset Park restaurants that have closed are East Harbor Seafood Palace, Bamboo Garden, Park Asia and Affable. Staffers and managers hope that the restaurants are able to reopen within a month.

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Thief steals wallet as driver is pumping gas

A thief swiped a wallet from a woman’s unlocked car as she was pumping gas in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, according to the New York Post. The theft happened at a Shell station on the corner of Bedford and Willoughby avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said. Video released by the NYPD shows that the crook got off his bicycle in front of the car and casually approached the vehicle’s passenger side while the woman was pumping gas on the opposite site. While she was focused on the gas pump, the thief crouched down, looked through the passenger’s-side window, opened the unlocked door and stole the wallet. He then fled on his bicycle, police said.

Burglar steals iPads, MetroCards from school

A burglar stole dozens of iPads and MetroCards from an elementary school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to the New York Post. The suspect climbed through a second-floor window to break into P.S. 93 on the corner of New York Avenue and Herkimer Place on Jan. 26, police said. He stole $400 in cash, 25 Apple iPads and 20 MetroCards before fleeing on Atlantic Avenue, police said. 

Teens charged in brutal beating get curfews

A teen accused of stripping the sneakers off a helpless 15-year-old girl just before a mob of teens beat her brutally beaten by a group of teens last week was arraigned on Monday, according to the Daily News“He grabbed the victim’s legs and pulled the sneakers off. The defendant is the person that was walking away with the complainant’s sneakers,” said a Brooklyn prosecutor about the 14-year-old suspect, who stood before Judge Ruth Shillingford. All 11 teens arrested so far for their roles in the Crown Heights incident were released without bail. Several of them had curfews set from when school ends around 3 or 4 p.m., the Post said.

Menagerie of horrors found in Bensonhurst

Cops responding to a tip from an animal-rights group on Sunday visited a Brooklyn basement apartment and found more than two dozen emaciated and neglected pets, according to the New York Post. There were 22 cats, six dogs, two ducks, a pig and a turtle at the Bensonhurst house, police said. Members of the American Alliance for the Protection of Animals visited the site on Saturday and allegedly found two dead cats and three dead turtles. When the cops arrived the next day, the dead animals had been discarded, although the neglected live ones were still there, the Post said. A woman who answered the door on Monday said she runs a day care center at the location.    

Awards ceremony postponed due to coronavirus

The National Magazine Awards, which had been scheduled to take place at Brooklyn Steel in Williamsburg today, are being postponed due to the coronavirus, according to the New York Post. “ASME fully hoped to host the Ellie Awards this week,” said Sidney Holt, executive director of the American Society of Magazine Editors. “We’re trying to come up with a date and are thinking that it will be sometime in May,” Holt said. He added that a new date depends on the status of the coronavirus outbreak

Affordable housing lottery opens on Howard Avenue

An affordable housing lottery has opened for two apartments in a four-story building at 225 Howard Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to Brownstoner. The affordable apartments are one studio and one single-bedroom. Monthly rents start at $2,000 and top out at $2,300. There are six units in the building, Brownstoner said. Each apartment has a washing machine and a dryer. Before it was built, the site was an empty lot.

Frontus speaks to disability advocates

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge-Brighton Beach-Gravesend) recently addressed a crowd of more than 200 disability advocates, families and direct-care staff at the Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council’s annual legislative brunch. “What does it say about us when we always put human services on the chopping block?” Frontus asked. “Why do we always go after funding for the most vulnerable among us?” Cuts to human services, specifically disability services, are a poor reflection of government’s values, said Frontus, one of two social workers serving in the state Assembly. 

Williams calls for crackdown on unauthorized dollar vans

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams recently called for increased enforcement against unauthorized commuter vans, popularly known as dollar vans, after a Brooklyn cyclist was struck by an unlicensed driver on Saturday. “Commuter vans are a critical component of our city’s transportation infrastructure, especially in areas underserved by the MTA — but unauthorized, often uninsured operators pose a danger to the public, as we unfortunately saw last weekend,” said Williams after meeting with Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk. Williams stressed the role that the Taxi and Limousine Commission plays in enforcing against unauthorized operations, as well as methods for the public to identify those who are operating in good faith. 

New BPL hip-hop collection dedicated to Biggie Smalls

Brooklyn Public Library officials on Sunday unveiled a new catalog of hip hop-themed material, which will be housed in a bookcase dedicated to rap legend Biggie Smalls in the library’s Clinton Hill branch. “There’s many young people, and young adults, who love hip hop — but not a lot of them have read a book on hip hop,” Brooklyn native LeRoy McCarthy, who had lobbied for the creation of the new section, told the Brooklyn Paper. The library branch on Washington Avenue dedicated the musical section to the late rapper, a Clinton Hill native, two days before the anniversary of his death. He was fatally shot in 1997 at the age of 24. The new catalog is slated to contain books about hip-hop music, fashion, graffiti and Brooklyn’s role in the history of hip hop. 

New pediatrics office coming to Carroll Gardens

Tribeca Pediatrics will soon open an office at 327 Court St. at the corner of Sackett Street in Carroll Gardens, according to Pardon Me for Asking. The company, founded in Manhattan 25 years ago, has grown and already has nearby satellite offices in Boerum Hill and Park Slope. “Obviously,” says the website, “the Carroll Gardens location makes sense, given the number of young families who have moved here in recent years.” The storefront was most recently occupied by Douglas Elliman, and before that it was occupied by a flower shop.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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