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Around Brooklyn: Deutsch brings drive-in movie to his district

October 6, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Deutsch brings drive-in movie to his district

City Councilmember Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay-Manhattan Beach-Brighton Beach-Midwood) is inviting families from throughout his district to join a drive-in movie experience Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The movie being shown is Toy Story 4, which was originally released in June 2019. To ensure compliance with social distancing mandates, there will be no sales of refreshments. The showing, which is timed for Chol Hamoed Sukkot, will take place at the Manhattan Bach Parking Lot opposite 1017 Oriental Boulevard.

Public art project at Prospect Park Bandshell

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BRIC and the Prospect Park Alliance, in partnership with NYC Parks, have commissioned the collaborative duo Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine to create a public art project at the Prospect Park Bandshell, which is now on view through May 2021. The text-based installation, titled “Inspired by What Is Left,” features quotes from the poet Lucille Clifton and offers the Brooklyn community a message of resilience and resistance. “This public artwork provides a message of strength and joy, celebrating and uniting our community during these difficult times,” said BRIC’s President Kristina Newman.

Pedestrian struck by BMW in Midwood

A pedestrian was struck and critically injured by a car in Midwood. The 46-year-old woman was hit by a BMW on Kings Highway at East 28th Street around 2:30 a.m. on Monday. She was taken to Kings County Hospital with head trauma. Kings Highway was shut down in both directions for several hours, according to ABC 7.

Manhattanites urged to go to Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Tribeca Citizen, a Lower Manhattan newspaper, has included Brooklyn Bridge Park on its list of locations for day trips. In particular, it is concentrating on Pier 2’s Roller Rink, which is open Tuesday through Sunday. For “pit stops” the paper urges Grimaldi Pizza, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (which is now across the street from its former home) and Luke’s Lobster Shack. “My daughter and I were amazed — the outdoor covered rink was all ours on a Monday in September,” the Citizen said.

Brooklyn Folk Festival goes online

The Brooklyn Folk Festival, usually held at the Jalopy Theater in Red Hook, is going online this year and will be produced from Oct. 23 to 25. Among the more unusual items are Dust-to-Digital presenting the Harry Smith B-side project, which features the flip sides of every record included on the original Harry Smith Anthology of Folk Music; the documentary “Holdouts,” about groups that haven’t become part of the American musical “melting pot”; another documentary about the role of the fiddle in the music of Native American tribes near the Canadian border (introduced to them by European fur traders); and singer Don Flemons presenting the music of Black cowboys in the Old West.

Bookstore reopens at City Point

After being forced to close during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in March, McNally Jackson’s City Point store in Downtown Brooklyn has reopened. The bookstore, at 445 Albee Square West, began letting customers back inside on Sept. 25, according to Instagram. Because it was inside the City Point mall, it had to wait until malls were given the go-ahead to reopen. The store first opened at the beginning of March and had to close 11 days later. McNally Jackson’s other locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan have all been open since June, according to Brownstoner.

Brooklyn pair arrested in NJ for pot

Two Brooklyn residents who had marijuana on them and who tried to escape police Monday during a traffic stop in Hackensack, N.J., have been arrested, according to police. Around 2:30 p.m., narcotics detectives stopped a vehicle after police smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. As the driver, Marquis Fleming, 24, was asked to exit the car, and his passenger, Gerard Russell, 27, ran off and tried to hide. When police were distracted, Marquis re-entered the car and tried to drive off, but a police detective entered the car through the passenger’s seat and prevented him from hitting the gas. Meanwhile, cops found Russell hiding in a nearby backyard, according to the Tap Into Hackensack website.

Adams blames ZIP code closings on poor planning

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Monday said the city’s announcement of a reversal of progress in reopening schools in nine neighborhoods is, in a large part, a result of poor planning combined with bad communication. “The City has continually failed to work with communities that have language or cultural barriers to stop the spread of COVID-19 and not invested adequate resources to help lower-income areas that are among the most vulnerable to the virus. To stop the spread, the City must immediately deputize community organizations in these neighborhoods,” he said.

Williamsburg condo boards sue city over waterfront

The boards of three luxury condo developments along the Williamsburg waterfront are suing the city for more than $2 million. They claim the Parks Department hasn’t maintained the publicly managed private greenspaces and piers in front of their buildings and has allowed noisy revelers to party late at night. “It’s become a dumping group where you can drink, smoke weed, and party at night,” Keith Berger, president of the board of 1 Northside Piers, said. His building and two others filed a complaint against city officials with the state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Sept. 30. The plaintiffs are asking to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars they have paid to the city for park maintenance of these areas, according to amNewYork.

Legal Aid to hold webinar on NYPD gang database

The Legal Aid Society, Grassroots Advocates for Neighborhood Groups and Solutions, and other groups will hold a webinar on Oct. 8 at 5:45 p.m. on the New York Police Department’s gang database, which overwhelmingly targets communities of color. The webinar will include an overview of the gang database, an examination of what the NYPD considers as gang-related activity, and a discussion of a national movement to end gang policing. “While other jurisdictions have taken steps to abolish gang policing and gang databases, the NYPD continues to use this racist practice to ensnare innocent New Yorkers, the overwhelming majority of whom come from communities of color,” said Victor Dempsey with the Community Justice Unit at The Legal Aid Society.

MTA schedules Downtown repairs

Beginning on Friday at 9:30 p.m. and continuing on weekends through Oct. 26, MTA subway crews will repair switches north of Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. This will require changes to D, N and R lines. The trains will run in two sections, and shuttle buses will provide a connection. MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber said that the repairs are a result of other MTA projects being done early and on budget, according to PIX 11.

Four-Story building planned in Crown Heights

Permits have been filed for a four-story apartment building at 2064 Pacific St. in Crown Heights. The site, located between Howard and Saratoga avenues, is now occupied by a two-story house and is 10 minutes from the A and C trains’ Ralph Avenue station. The building is set to have 11 residences, most likely rentals. Ivan Stephens is the owner, and Tai Solademi-Lawal of TSL Architect and Planners is listed as the architect of record, according to New York YIMBY.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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