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Around Brooklyn: BP Adams takes part in food distribution

September 4, 2020 Editorial Staff
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BP Adams takes part in food distribution

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Thursday joined local elected officials for a major food distribution event in Brownsville. More than 1,000 people from the neighborhood attended the event, while Adams and his fellow officials distributed fresh, healthy food in a “grab-and-go” style to encourage social distancing. The event took place at the Dr. Green Playground, Sutter Avenue and Mother Gaston Boulevard.

Rose: Do not defund New York City

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn-Staten Island), who has strongly denounced Mayor Bill de Blasio’s defunding of the Police Department, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s statement that he would like to defund New York City. “With this order, President Trump is joining Mayor de Blasio in defunding the police. It was wrong then and it’s wrong now. I don’t care whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, I will not sit back if you’re putting my constituents at risk by playing politics. I will be looking into whatever options are available so New York City is not put at further risk because of the Mayor or the President,” he said.

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

City to lower speed limits on three streets

The city Department of Transportation plans to lower the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on three well-traveled Brooklyn streets. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg gives speeding as the main reason. The three roads are the Shore Parkway Service Road in Sheepshead Bay, Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Empire Boulevard, and Dahlgren Place from 86th Street to 92nd Street. Transportation officials plan to reprogram speed cameras along the three streets, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Man killed in Flatbush drive-by

A 20-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting in Flatbush, police said. He was standing behind a parked vehicle on Martense Street near Bedford Avenue when a vehicle rolled up and shots were fired about 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday. One neighborhood resident said the man was part of a group of people who were hanging out outside, and the car drove up and someone fired out the window about six times. The victim, who was shot in the face, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Daily News.

Artists decorate Bay Ridge benches

A group of artists are decorating benches along Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge with colorful, hand-painted designs. The Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, after learning that many artists lived in the neighborhood, commissioned a group of them for the “Arts on the Avenue” project. The initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Department of Small Business Services, aims to bring colorful art to existing surfaces along the avenue, according to amNewYork.

Stringer announces Bike-to-School plan

Last week, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposed a first-of-its-kind bike-to-school plan to encourage safe biking for New York City high school students on their commutes to and from school. Stringer called on the city and the philanthropic community to build one and a half miles of protected bike lanes around 50 New York City high school buildings within the next year and provide free bicycles or Citi Bike memberships to low-income high school students. “Reimagining our streets is not a job we can postpone until after the pandemic. Congestion is soaring, bus speeds are falling, and New Yorkers are concerned for the quality of life in their neighborhoods. We should rethink our transportation strategy and encourage sustainable alternatives both now and in the years ahead,” said Stringer.

Brooklyn Historical Society hosts Women’s Electoral Power program

A century after women won the right to vote, gender still plays a role on both sides of the ballot box, from those who vote to those who run for office. As part of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Women and Power series, Raquel Willis, director of communications for the Ms. Foundation, sits down virtually with former Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams for a one-on-one conversation about gender, race, politics, electoral equity and how elected women leaders change the political game. The free program will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Register on the BHS website.

Man stabbed in Sunset Park knife fight

A 31-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a Sunset Park knife fight in which his adversary was also wounded, according to police. Officers were called to 42nd Street near Ninth Avenue around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, but by the time they got there, the man who had been fatally stabbed had been taken to Maimonides Medical Center. He died at the hospital at 5:30 p.m. Cops found the other man, age 22, at the scene with a stab sound near his ribs, and EMT personnel took him to Maimonides in stable condition. Charges against him were pending, according to the Daily News.

Mayor, Carranza tour Brooklyn school

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza recently took a tour of P.S. 59 in Brooklyn with staff and union members to make sure the facility is clean and safe. The mayor and the unions have expressed concerns that bringing children together with teachers could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. De Blasio pointed to the freshly waxed floors with pride, saying the school will be ready for students on Sept. 21. De Blasio complemented the staffers for doing “an extraordinary job getting things ready,” according to amNewYork. Principal Cherry-Ann Joseph Hislop said she expects 40 percent of the students to return to school full-time, while 60 percent will do remote learning.

Seven-story building planned for Cypress Hills

Permits have been filed for a seven-story building at 2744 Atlantic Ave. in Cypress Hills. The site, now vacant, is two blocks from the J and Z trains’ Van Siclen Avenue train station. The building is slated to have 10 apartments, most likely condos, as well as 1,595 feet of commercial space. Dianping Chen is listed as the owner, and Robert Lin of A&T Engineering is listed as the architect of record, according to New York YIMBY.

Brooklyn millennial breaks down her budget

CNBC’s Millennial Money recently featured 23-year-old Elena Haskins, who lives on a $50,000 annual salary in Brooklyn. Haskins broke down how she spends her money. She puts $880 per month into savings, including funds earmarked for travel, donations and gifts. About $300 of her total savings goes into an IRA. Kevin O’Leary, chairman of O’Shares ETF, applauded her for setting savings goals, but added that she should put more of her money into paying off her $11,000 in college debt, according to CNBC.

Arrest made in shooting of church caretaker

Police on Friday arrested Moriyah Lewis in the shooting death of longtime church caretaker Edward James. James had been the custodian of the Glorious Church of God in Christ in Bedford-Stuyvesant for 20 years, since the church had rescued him from homelessness. Police said the two knew each other and had gotten into an argument before James was killed. “The church kind of saved his life,” James’ sister-in-law told NY1 News. “He was so dedicated to the church.”

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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