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Around Brooklyn: Adams joins family impacted by exposure to lead paint

October 27, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Adams joins family impacted by exposure to lead paint

Borough President Eric Adams at a news event recently joined a family who has been directly impacted by exposure to lead paint at an NYCHA development in Brooklyn. He demanded that the city agency provide immediate assistance for families who have been exposed. The demand comes after the federal monitor for NYCHA, Bart Schwartz, revealed on Thursday that 9,000 apartments where young people live or spend a significant amount of time likely contain lead paint. “I can’t help but think that if this were taking place in Sutton Place in Manhattan and not Sutter Avenue in Brownsville, the city’s response would be very different,” he said.

Halloween scavenger hunt on Park Slope’s 5th Avenue

The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID and the Old Stone House are sponsoring a scavenger hunt for kids as an alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. Neighborhood residents fill out scavenger hunt sheets, then deposit them in the “Scare Mail Box” on the fence near the entrance of the Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Park. Prizes include a $25 gift certificate for a party at the Old Stone House, an art kit from Private Picassos, a $40 gift certificate for Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store and a $25 gift certificate.

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Concert reunites classical musician, Williamsburg priest

Eric Grossman, an acclaimed classical violinist who is the curator of the stringed instrument collection at Juilliard, and several of his family members, including 12-year-old pianist Sarah Grossman, gave a concert directly after Mass at St. Francis of Paola Church in Williamsburg on Oct. 24. Father Thomas Vassalotti, pastor of the church, joined in on double bass. The event was a reunion for Eric Grossman and Father Vassalotti — both attended Juilliard in the 1980s. “He’s doing such a great job and bringing music to his parishes,” Eric said of the priest, according to the Tablet, house organ of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Roasting Co. files for bankruptcy

The Brooklyn Roasting Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Oct. 21, but its founder, Jim Munson, says the company is only adjusting its operations and has no plans to close. “In other words, like many other businesses at this point, we definitely wound up in the hospital, but we are walking out and not headed towards the cemetery,” he said. The company, founded by Munson, plans to close two of its retail locations at 25 Jay St. in DUMBO and 50 W. 23rd St in the Flatiron District. However, other retail stores will remain open, including 200 Flushing Ave. in Clinton Hill, in Building 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 45 Washington St. in Downtown Brooklyn and a pop-up shop in Williamsburg, according to amNewYork.

Bayonne man steals cop car, crashes it in Brooklyn

A Bayonne, N.J., man is in custody after he stole a Bayonne police car on Saturday, eventually crashing it in Brooklyn. Frank Suarez, of West 13th Street in Bayonne, is facing charges of reckless endangerment, stolen property and grand larceny. The incident began when a local police officer parked his car to divert traffic at the scene of a car crash, and when he returned to his parking spot, the car was no longer there. Very early the next morning, Port Authority police saw the vehicle in Staten Island and gave chase. Eventually, the suspect allegedly took the Goethals Bridge into Brooklyn, with NYPD vehicles joining the pursuit. He finally crashed into a parked car at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, according to

Burmese food rules at Rangoon

At Rangoon, a Burmese restaurant on the border of Crown Heights and Park Slope, mohinga, a common breakfast food in Burma, is king. The restaurant, owned by Myo Moe and husband Daniel Bendix, is one of the few Burmese restaurants in New York City. Rangoon is based on a fish broth. Chefs then add rice noodles, lotus roof, shallots and toppings such as lime wedges, fish sauce and chili flakes, according to Bon Appetit.

Lentol calls on James, other AGs to sue Trump

Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) has called on State Attorney General Letitia James to lead the nation’s state attorneys general to sue President Donald Trump and federal agencies for failing to direct financial assistance to the states during the COVID-19 pandemic. The delays brought by the federal government render the states in need of judicial intervention to mandate state and local financial relief, he said. “President Trump’s negligence has caused death and harm to many New Yorkers. This negligence will lead to the ruin of our education, health, transportation and social service systems,” Lentol said.

Rose comments on NBC-Marist College poll

Max Rose for Congress spokesperson Jonas Edwards-Jenks released the following statement on the NBC4-Marist College poll showing the race for New York’s 11th Congressional District in a dead heat, with Rose leading by one point over Assemblymember Malliotakis. “This split-decision poll confirms what everyone knows: this election will come down to turnout, and right now the Malliotakis campaign is getting crushed,” he said. “Our internal data shows record Democratic turnout.”

 Senior assaulted in supermarket

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man sought in connection with an assault on a senior inside a supermarket at the Gateway Center in East New York, Brooklyn. The unidentified man, shown in store video to be a large Black man who is bald and wearing a goatee, was involved in a verbal dispute with the senior that took place on Oct. 15 at the ShopRite at 590 Gateway Drive. The suspect then fled, police said. The 67-year-old victor suffered brain hemorrhaging, a fractured nose and lacerations and was taken to Brookdale Hospital, according to the Staten Island Advance. The video shows the victim being punched and kicked to the ground.

Luxury RE market has best week since March

The number of contracts made last week in Brooklyn’s luxury real estate market went up to levels not seen since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. All in all, 27 homes went into contract for a total dollar amount of $89 million, an increase from 11 deals the prior week. The median asking price was $2.88 million. Six condo units went into contract, while the others were for townhouses. The most expensive house was a Cobble Hill townhouse at 19 Strong Place, which went for $6.5 million, according to The Real Deal.

Classic Boerum Hill bar reopens

The Brooklyn Inn, a Boerum Hill bar that dates back to 1851, reopened on Saturday for the first time since it shut down eight months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, it’s also offering table service. The bar will now serve hot dogs and potato chips for $2 to comply with the state’s pandemic regulations, which allow bars to only serve alcohol to seated patrons who are also ordering food, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Lavishly decorated Halloween house attracts visitors

Untapped Cities recently featured 1306 Albermarle Road as Brooklyn’s “best decorated Halloween house.” The large house in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is decorated from top to bottom with ghosts, skeletons, witches and the like, and visitors hear sound effects. To top it off, the house is lit up in ghoulish orange and purple colors. It is owned by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist David Lindsay-Abaire, who also organized the annual Prospect Park South Halloween Parade. The home attracts many visitors each year.

Clinton Hill apt. house changes hands

KKR, a global investment company, has acquired 10 Lexington Ave., a recently built low-rise apartment building, for $46.3 million. The five-story building was developed by Bruman Realty and opened in 2015. The transaction also includes the assumption of a $26.2 million Freddie Mac loan. The elevator building is several blocks from Pratt Institute, and its apartments have stainless steel appliances, air conditioning and private balconies, according to Multi-Housing News.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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