Around Brooklyn: Chadwick Boseman mural unveiled
Chadwick Boseman mural unveiled
A mural of the late movie star Chadwick Boseman was unveiled on Clarendon Avenue in East Flatbush on Saturday. Children from the community helped the artist, Kenny Altidor, with the project, celebrating the actor who played Black Panther. Altidor called the actor a real-life hero. “I’m so happy I was able to be the one to bring his tribute to the neighborhood in Brooklyn for everybody to come take pictures and bring something new to this great hero,” he said, according to CBS New York. Boseman died in August of colon cancer at age 43.
Brighton volunteers stress census
Erum Hanif, a longtime community volunteer in Brighton Beach, is hitting the streets with her team, asking Brighton’s immigrant community to fill out their census forms. The team is seeking out the area’s Russian, Chinese, Hispanic, South Asian and Muslim communities. Rather than going door to door, they’re relying on phone calls and distributing information at food pantries, houses of worship and more. Since March, the group has successfully contacted 6,000 families in Brooklyn, according to NY1 News.
‘Awful odor’ makes Williamsburg home uninhabitable
Entrepreneur Matt Maroone is suing the developer and builder of his house at 131 South First St. in Williamsburg, into which he moved two years ago when the house was new. Soon afterward, according to court papers, his family discovered major plumbing problems, such as substantial rain and shower leaks, as well as an “awful odor” that turned out to be bathroom exhaust piping. “The odor condition is so severe that the plaintiff’s home is uninhabitable,” the lawsuit said, according to the New York Post.
Man dumps eels into Prospect Park lake
On Sunday around 7:30 p.m., an unidentified man entered Prospect Park carrying two trash bags containing live eels, and dumped hundreds into the lake. The man is described as being Asian, about 30 years old, around 5-foot-9 and wearing all white. The eels were described by one person as being similar to eels seen in local seafood markets. Deborah Kirschner of the Prospect Park Alliance said, “The release of pets and other animals in the park is illegal without a permit,” according to Bklyner.
Development may unearth remains of 1776 soldiers
The remains of soldiers who died in the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn could be buried beneath plots of land adjoining the Gowanus Canal, said local history buff Eymund Diegel, who urged government officials to deploy archaeologists to find the graves as the Superfund cleanup of the Gowanus Canal gets underway. Diegel, who is also a Gowanus canoer, says the bodies are buried in an area south of the Carroll Street Bridge along the canal. He said that many of the Maryland 400, a band of revolutionary soldiers who came to New York to fight the British, died as they were running toward what was then Gowanus Creek, and the British likely interred them on the spot, according to the Brooklyn Paper. However, other local historians have said that the Marylanders are probably buried on a plot in back of a local American Legion hall, which bears a plaque to that effect.
Brooklyn luxury RE market down by 50 percent
Brooklyn’s luxury real estate market activity shrank last week to about half of what it was a week earlier. Eight homes asking a combined $22.7 million went into contract, down from 16 contracts worth $45.2 million signed the previous week. The most expensive deal last week was for a four-bedroom condo at 76 Schermerhorn St. in Boerum Hill, which was asking $3.99 million. The building itself is a condo building that was completed last year and has 59 apartments, according to The Real Deal.
7-year-old dies after being hit by armored car
A 7-year-old girl died after being hit by an armored car in Bath Beach on Monday afternoon. Fire Department officials said they received the call just before 4:10 p.m. on Monday. The girl was crossing Bath Avenue when she was hit by an armored car turning left onto the street, police said. She was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m., according to PIX 11.
Sales begin at Brooklyn’s tallest building
City Point, Brooklyn’s tallest tower, which offers spectacular views of the Brooklyn skyline and a rooftop infinity pool, is getting readied for occupancy. “We have 483 residences in total,” says Brooklyn Point Senior Sales Associate Tim Rizzo. The high-priced condos start at about $1 million for a one-bedroom unit. The sales team says residents are attracted to the building not only by its high-end quality but by its tax abatement, which is being offered under the old 421-A tax exemption law. “We have 25-year tax abatement certificates in place where the first 21 years of taxes are 100 percent abated, and then you phase out for the final four years,” said Rizzo, according to NY 1 News. The building was developed by Extell Development, and is located at Flatbush Avenue and Willoughby Street.
Jeffries’ aide slams socialist group
An aide to U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Central Brooklyn-Queens) last week slammed the Democratic Socialists of America for claiming in an internal report that they had pressured Jeffries into co-sponsoring the Medicare for All Act. The group claims that Jeffries only signed onto the measure because of pressure from DSA. Jeffries’ spokesperson Michael Hardaway, however, said that “Rep. Jeffries has co-sponsored Medicare for All legislation for years, including every single one of the four terms he’s been in Congress.”
Local Census director praises extension
Julie Menin, director of NYC Census 2020 and executive assistant corporation counsel for the NYC Law Department, said, about the extension of Census 2020 data-gathering until the end of October, “The ruling, which will extend the census into October, sends a clear message that the current December 31 deadline for data reporting cannot work. It is a major victory in our fight to ensure that New Yorkers get every ounce of the money, power and respect to which we’re entitled.”
Couple shot multiple times in East NY
A man and woman were shot many times in the legs while standing on a street corner in East New York early Sunday. The 21-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were at Hegeman Avenue and Milford Street around 3:20 a.m. when the shots rang out. It was unclear whether they were the intended targets, police said. Both were taken to Brooklyn University Hospital Medical Center, and both are expected to survive, according to the New York Post.
Two men shot to death
Two men were shot to death in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Monday night. The two men, ages 24 and 26, were found shot in the chest outside an apartment building at 700 Herkimer St. around 9:30 p.m. They were taken to Interfaith Medical Center, where they were declared dead. A gun and several shell casings were found at the scene, according to the New York Post. Police are still investigating the shooting.
Cuomo to deploy COVID tests
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to deploy 200 rapid COVID-19 testing machines to the 10 ZIP codes where almost 30 percent of the state’s positive cases are found. Four of those ZIP codes are found in Brooklyn: in Borough Park, in Flatlands, in Midwood and in Bensonhurst. In Borough Park, as many as 17 percent of those who were tested were found to be positive for coronavirus, according to Bklyner.
Brooklyn man arrested after Florida brawl
A Brooklyn man was arrested after a brawl with a woman at the home of his late mother in The Villages, Florida. David Dikomeit was arrested on Sunday after a woman called 911, claiming she had been attacked by him. The woman said he had been pounding on her door. When she opened the door, he pulled her from the room, then pushed her shoulder, causing her to stumble back in the room, according to Villages News.
Compiled by Raanan Geberer.
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