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Around Brooklyn: Rose announces winner of Congressional Art Competition

August 14, 2020 Editorial Staff
The corner house is 1423 Albemarle Road. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Rose announces winner of Congressional Art Competition

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn-Staten Island) has announced that a local artist, Giovanna Campagnino-Lomonaco, has won the Congressional Art Competition. “Giovanna’s artwork captures that idea perfectly by honoring the incredible women who show up and serve on the front lines every single day. They’re the best that Staten Island, South Brooklyn and our nation have to offer, and I can’t wait to see her artwork proudly displayed in the Capitol,” he said. The subject of her artwork is “Women Warrior Frontline Heroes,” and her mother was the inspiration. The theme of this year’s competition was “Salute to Public Servants.”

Ice cream truck driver denies knocking over barricade

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Residents of Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens say they have come close to being hit by ice cream trucks, and some say they saw one driving over NYPD wooden barricades. A video obtained by NBC New York showed a truck hitting a blue barricade, knocking it over, then driving down the street. On Wednesday, NBC New York saw an ice cream truck with the same license plate as the one in the video drive through the neighborhood and manually move the barrier to one side, according to NBC New York.

Questions grow over donation to Brooklyn synagogue

A little-known Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish synagogue was recipient last month of one of the largest personal donations to a religious organization in U.S. history. Congregation Chemdas Yisroel received nearly 3 million shares of Eastman Kodak stock from billionaire investor George Karfunkel, an Orthodox Jew and a member of Kodak’s board of directors. Chemdas Yisroel, according to the Forward, has a limited public presence. It has no website and no contact information. “There seems to be little evidence of its existence outside of corporate records and SEC filings,” the Forward said.

Woman’s body pulled from Buttermilk Channel

Police pulled a woman’s body from the Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon, according to police. The body was spotted in the tidal strait between Pier 12 and Governors Island around 1:30 p.m. The NYPD Harbor Unit pulled the woman from the water and brought her to the Atlantic Ferry Basin Dock, where EMS crews pronounced her dead, according to NY1 News.

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Baker provides Vietnamese desserts

Baker Doris Ho-Kane, seeking to fill a void, planned to open a new Vietnamese-influenced bakery named Ban Be, which translate to “buddy” in Vietnamese, in Cobble Hill. But because of the pandemic, she has decided to concentrate on cookie delivery instead. “I have not come across any Vietnamese bakeries in my 20 years in New York City, and feel that it’s a huge crater that needs to be filled,” said Ho-Kane. At this point, Ho-Kane is shipping her desserts nationally, with a wait list of more than 200 cookie tins right now, according to New York Eater.

Shoe exec sells Boerum Hill penthouse

Alexandra Rose, the former global head of purchasing for elite shoe designer Christian Louboutin, is putting her Boerum Hill penthouse on the market for $2.75 million. The 1,708-square-foot home, at 440 Atlantic Ave., has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private roof terrace. The property features a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge as well as built-in planters, in-wall sound on the roof deck and a pergola, or shaded garden passageway, according to the New York Post.

Three-story building planned for Cypress Hills

Permits have been filed for a three-story, mixed-use building at 3069 Fulton St. in Cypress Hills. The site, now occupied by a one-story warehouse building, is two blocks west of the J and Z trains’ Norwood Avenue subway station. The building will have four residential units, most likely condos, as well as two enclosed parking spaces and about 2,000 square feet of commercial space, according to New York YIMBY. Lou Lazzarino is listed as the owner, and Joseph Palmieri of Palmar Engineering is listed as the architect of record.

Farah Louis praises Kamala

City Councilmember Farah Louis (D-Flatbush-East Flatbush-Midwood-Marine Park) issued the following statement after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. “At a time when our nation is engulfed in movements for racial equity and justice, California Senator Kamala Harris has made history as the first Black woman vice presidential nominee. Women have been at the forefront of every civil and human rights movement and now we stand ready to take our seat at the table in the White House,” she said.

Brooklynite serves aboard US Navy ship

Petty Officer 1st Class Krystal Belcher, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is serving aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner. The ship is currently operating in the Atlantic Ocean in support of naval operations. Belcher joined the Navy to see the world, find a better life and have educational opportunities. Now, she is serving as a logistics specialist responsible for ordering supplies, handling mail and customer service. “I balance the ship’s budget and distribute funds to obtain tools, equipment, machinery and supplies to make sure the ship and the crew have everything they need to accomplish the mission,” said Belcher.

Subway robber hits man with metal crutch

Police are looking for two suspects who they say hit a man with a metal crutch and robbed him at the Cleveland Street J train station in Cypress Hills on Monday. The 48-year-old victim was standing on the platform when he was approached by two men who demanded money. One suspect stole his wallet, which contained about $250, while the other hit the man in the head with a metal crutch. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition, according to CBS New York.

Man shot near Navy Yard

Police are investigating after a man was shot on Wednesday morning near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The shooting occurred at NYCHA’s Farragut Houses sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., police said. The victim, who was shot in the buttocks, told police he heard a “pop” and realized he was shot. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to PIX11.

City probes causes of building collapse

City officials have begun an investigation into the Department of Buildings in the wake of a three-story building’s collapse in Carroll Gardens in July. The building at Court and Union streets, which housed the Body Elite Gym, had a decade and a half of violations. A joint letter from several local elected officials, including Councilmember Brad Lander, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and others, said, “this shameful track record suggests a combinations of willful negligence and illegal construction work by the owner, resulting in a condition that was potentially deadly for occupants and neighbors,” according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.


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