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Around Brooklyn: Inmates allegedly had to clean floors for Epstein associate

July 30, 2020 Editorial Staff
Here’s the facade of the Standish, where Matt Damon reportedly owns the penthouse. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
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Inmates allegedly had to clean floors for Epstein associate

Wealthy British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of helping to procure underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly has a floor to herself in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park. Other female inmates had to clean and polish the area before she moved in, an inmate and several lawyers who have clients there are alleging. Maxwell also gets extra recreational time, the inmate and lawyers told the Daily News.

Fire sweeps senior’s house when he’s away

A Brooklyn house was destroyed by a massive fire on Wednesday that apparently started in the kitchen when the owner, described as an older man, was away, firefighters said. The all-hands fire took place at around noon on July 29 at 1958 Coleman St. in Marine Park. More than 60 firefighters and EMS workers responded to the blaze, which was under control within 45 minutes. One neighbor told amNewYork that the man who lived there may have left the stove on.

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City tells couple to leave due to mold problem

Sharina Doyle and Jeremiah Aviles have lived in their Sunset Park attic apartment for 10 years. They have complained often to their landlord about the mold in their apartment, and recently called the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The inspector found, among other things, that they were living in a two-family home, which is exempt from the rent regulations. The next day, they were ordered to leave because of hazardous health conditions. They said they hadn’t had time to find a new place, according to NY1 News.

He wasn’t content to be just an investor

On the afternoon of June 29, a man entered the Investors Bank branch at 8601 21st Avenue and passed a note to the teller demanding money. The teller complied, and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of cash. He struck again on the afternoon of July 28 at the same bank, this time getting at least $858 for his troubles. Police video shows the suspect as being a white man in his 40s with salt-and-pepper hair, about 5-foot-7 and weighing about 140 pounds, according to amNewYork. Like almost everyone else, he was wearing a surgical mask.

Bars have no more ‘regular visitors’ for awhile

Two Smith Street bars have had their liquor licenses suspended for allegedly not following rules meant to halt the spread of COVID-19. The two bars, Union Grounds in Carroll Gardens and Regular Visitors, both had their licenses suspended by the New York State Liquor Authority after investigators found crowds of people drinking outside. The state has pulled liquor licenses from at least a dozen bars in other boroughs, and more suspensions for Brooklyn bars are likely in the works, according to Patch.

Person hit by train at Jay St-MetroTech

A person was hit by an F train at the Jay Street-Metrotech subway station in Downtown Brooklyn shortly before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the MTA said. The person was sent to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The incident stalled F trains between Bergen Street and West Fourth Street for about a half hour, according to Patch.

Suspect: I killed for money

A Brooklyn murder suspect confessed to killing a man for hire, and killing a romantic rival in a second slaying. Hason Rink, who was arrested on Tuesday for the July 2 slaying of Deondraye Moore in Brownsville, admitted to killing him for a $2,000 payoff, police sources said. He also implicated himself in the July 24 murder of Ancil Blackman, who started a relationship with Rink’s girlfriend, in Crown Heights, the sources said. Blackman was shot dead while coming home from his job as a building porter, according to the Daily News.

Brooklyn filmmakers create politically charged short

Two Brooklyn filmmakers joined together to create a short film examining social injustice and racial inequality. Filmmakers Coffey and Samuel K. Rhind, who have known each other for years, decided to make the film when Coffey’s son said that he and his friend were going to get home before dark “so we won’t get killed by cops.” The film, “About the People,” was written in 2016, filmed in 2018 and premiered last year, according to News 12 Brooklyn.

Cobble Hill building goes month without mail

Dozens of residents of a building on Warren Street in Cobble Hill haven’t received mail in about a month. The problem started when a building renovation company replaced their mailboxes without warning. A spokesperson from the U.S. Postal Service said that personnel had tried to install locks on the mailboxes, but found that the mailboxes weren’t ready. In the meantime, mail has been piling up at the Cadman Plaza Post office, and tenants report having trouble claiming it there. Some tenants are talking about withholding deposits on apartments, according to NY1 News.

Nine-story building planned in Bushwick

Permits have been filed for a nine-story apartment building at 21 Garden St. in Brooklyn. The site, which is currently occupied by a two-story factory, is a 10-minute walk to the M and J trains’ Flushing Avenue subway station. The building is slated to have 50 residences, most likely rentals, as well as a rear yard and 19 enclosed parking spaces. Travis Stabler of the Rivington Company is listed as the owner, and Jordan Rogove of DNA Studio Architect is listed as the architect of record, according to New York YIMBY.

Seven-story building planned for Eastern Parkway

Permits have been filed for a seven-story apartment building at 1367 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights between Portal Street and Ralph Avenue. The site, now occupied by a three-story house, is three blocks east of the 3, 4 and 5 trains’ Utica Avenue station. Zalmen Kaufman is listed as the owner, and Amr Quda is listed as the architect of record. The building is slated to have 31 apartments, most likely condos, as well as a rear yard and 16 enclosed parking spaces.

Liquor stores report flat sales

While alcohol sales are increasing throughout the nation, they’re decreasing or remaining stagnant at several Brooklyn liquor stores. Owen Wright, the co-owner of Wright and Goebel in Boerum Hill, said the store is down between 20 to 30 percent in sales. He said many of his customers left town to go to their summer houses, parents’ houses or relatives’ houses, adding that his business caters to a high-end clientele. Amy Bennett, owner of The Greene Grape, also said that sales have flattened a little. Even during periods of stress, she said, people tend to drink at the same level, according to Bklyner.

Con Ed asks for power saving

Con Edison on Thursday asked more than 96,000 customers in Southern Brooklyn to conserve power while it completed repairs. The area included Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Borough Park. The utility asked customers in the area not to use energy-intensive devices such as washers, dryers and microwaves until the repairs were finished, and also asked them to limit unnecessary use of air conditioning, according to CBS2.

Member of Shomrim slashed in dispute

A member of the Orthodox Jewish volunteer patrol group the Shomrim was slashed in Brooklyn while he tried to intervene in a separate assault. The attack took place around 9:50 p.m. as the group tried to break up a fight between four suspects and a man seated on a bench at 46th Street and New Utrecht Avenue in Borough Park. The victim was slashed below the knee and taken to Maimonides Medical Center in stable condition, according to the New York Post.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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