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Around Brooklyn: Rose supports act to end ‘Muslim ban’

July 24, 2020 Editorial Staff
Rowhouses including 3904 Fifth Ave. (at right) extend down the block to 40th Street. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
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Rose supports act to end ‘Muslim ban’

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) co-sponsored the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, which would repeal President Donald Trump’s existing executive order to block travel from several Muslim-majority countries. “I rise in support of the NO BAN act, to finally repeal the racist and discriminatory Muslim ban that has stained our nation for the past three years,” said Rose. “It’s torn apart my constituents’ families and trapped their loved ones in war zones and refugee camps.”

Brooklyn Zen Center to close

The Brooklyn Zen Center plans to close its temple at 505 Carroll St. in Gowanus at the end of September, partially due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that closed its doors. For now, the center is committed to its virtual sangha (a term meaning community or assembly) as well as supporting the Brooklyn Zen community. The center was founded 2005 by Laura O’Loughlin and Greg Snyder when they moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn in 2005. “We realize that this may be painful news to hear. Our temple on Carroll Street has been our spiritual home for over a decade,” they said, according to Lion’s Roar, a Buddhist website.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

Falling building debris hurts passerby

A man suffered serious injuries after concrete and brick from the façade of a Crown Heights supermarket fell and struck him on the head on Wednesday afternoon. Shoppers were walking past Ideal Supermarket at 1412 St. Johns Pl. when the building’s cornice broke loose from the facade and fell to the ground. One falling brick struck the 39-year-old passerby, who was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to amNewYork.

Skyscraper nears completion Downtown

A 57-story residential skyscraper at 11 Hoyt St. in Downtown Brooklyn is getting closer to completion, and the installation of the building’s exterior is almost finished. The building is being developed by Tishman Speyer and designed by Studio Gang, with Hill West Architects as the architect of record. When it is finished, it will contain 481 residential units. It is possible that the shrubbery and landscaping could be lifted into place in the next few weeks, according to New York YIMBY.

Multimillion-dollar RE deal reported

One of Brooklyn’s largest landlords has reportedly struck a deal to sell a portfolio of rental buildings for $1.25 billion. Observers say it’s one of the largest multifamily deals ever in Brooklyn. Joseph Brunner and Abe Mandel’s Bruman Realty entered into contract earlier this week to sell the 14-building portfolio of apartment buildings in Northern and Central Brooklyn to theManhattan-based Dalan Management, sources said. Most of the buildings are relatively new and were built under the city’s 421a tax abatement program. All in all, about 1,275 rental units are involved, according to The Real Deal.

12-year-old beaten by teens

A 12-year-old boy was attacked in a Brooklyn corner store by a group of teens in an incident caught on camera. The boy’s mother said her son, who has been bullied several times before, may have been targeted by the teens even though he doesn’t know them. Video from inside the store at 643 Marcy Ave. shows the teens attacking the 12-year old with soda cans and a crate, as well as punching him repeatedly. His mother described him as a loner who doesn’t have many friends, according to CBS2.

Cops investigate Kings Highway hate incident

Police in Brooklyn are investigating a possible bias crime in which a middle-aged Jewish man was chased down and attacked by a group of people in an SUV. The incident took place around 3 p.m. on Kings Highway in Midwood. Cops say the man was crossing the street when he got into an argument with three people in a gray SUV who were yelling “You f—- Jew” out of their windows at him. It escalated until the group pulled over, got out of the SUV and began punching them, according to WABC.

Firefighters rescue three from blaze

Three people were rescued from what fire officials called a heavily cluttered apartment in Crown Heights on July 22. Fire officials praised the firefighters who responded to the scene for rescuing two women and one man. Firefighters from the Rescue 2 unit smashed a hole into the apartment after others who tried to force the door open discovered that there were two electric mopeds and two of the residents, who were by then unconscious, blocking their access. The fire took place at 1225 Eastern Parkway. The victims were pulled out and taken into an EMS, according to amNewYork.

Another insurgent wins in primary race

Jabari Brisport, a public school teacher from Prospect Heights, has become the latest insurgent to claim victory over an establishment candidate in the city’s Democratic primary race. Brisport announced Thursday that his campaign has calculated a 10,000-vote win over incumbent Assemblymember Tremaine Wright. The win makes Brisport the first openly gay person of color to join the New York State Legislature. “This victory is about the movement to build a New York that works for the working class and people of color,” he said Thursday. The 25th District, which encompasses an area stretching from Prospect Heights to Bed-Stuy to Park Slope, was once represented by longtime State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, according to Patch.

Rally held in Brooklyn for Pakistani Christian

A group of about 60 people gathered recently on the steps of St. Rose of Lima Church in Kensington to remember Nadeem Joseph, a Christian who was killed after buying a house in a Muslim section of Pershawar, Pakistan. Speakers representing several local religious and civic groups joined members of the Pakistani Christian Association of the USA in denouncing the murder of Joseph and to call for international action to protect religious minorities. Only 3.6 percent of Pakistan’s population are Christians. Joseph’s widow, who was heard via telephone hookup, said that before the shooting the family was subjected to constant harassment, according to the Tablet.

Library, Apple Bank launch cooking series

On Tuesdays at 3 p.m. from July 28 through Aug. 11, join Brooklyn Public Library and Apple Bank on Instagram as librarians Johanna Lewis and Damla Bek cook family recipes shared by members of the community. A week before each program, they will post a list of ingredients and kitchen tools on Instagram. Also on the website will be book lists about food and culture. The “Everyone Is Welcome Here” community cooking series is supported by Apple Bank.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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