Around Brooklyn: Treyger announces traffic signal in Coney
Treyger announces traffic signal in Coney
Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Bath Beach-Gravesend) on Thursday was joined by Brooklyn Community Board 13 members to announce the installation of a left-turn traffic signal at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and West 5th Street eastbound lane. Historically, there have been visibility issues for cars and buses making left-turns off of Neptune Avenue as well as crashes between left-turning vehicles and pedestrians. “This intersection has been plagued by crashes and numerous close-calls, endangering pedestrians,” said Treyger.
No more canoeing on the Gowanus, for now
For years, the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, an environmental organization, has organized canoe trips on the Gowanus Canal. Now, however, oarsmen will have to steer clear of the infamous canal so that the Environmental Protection Agency can continue its Superfund dredging project there. The EPA will run barges with special equipment through the canal, dredging up sediment that could be more than a century old. Brad Vogel, head of the Canoe Club, would like his members to use the canal on weekends or evenings when the work isn’t going on and is trying to come to a solution with the feds, according to the New York Post.
NYPD deploys robot ‘dog’
Cops on Wednesday night deployed a robot “dog” to corner a suspect who was holed up in a basement. The action began around 10 p.m. on Wednesday on Atkins Avenue near Sutter Avenue in Cypress Hills, police said. The suspect opened fire after an argument, hitting a middle-aged woman instead of her husband, who was the intended target. He then barricaded himself into a nearby building, police said. The Emergency Services unit responded along with the robot. The suspect was eventually collared, although police would not release any details, according to the New York Post.
Brooklyn hospital hit by ransomware attack
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn on Friday was one of the latest victims of the Ryuk ransomware attack spree, instigated by an unknown Eastern European hacking group against the U.S. health care industry. To protect the spread of the attack to other devices, Wyckoff shut off portions of its network, but by then many of the devices had been encrypted, according to bleepingcomputer.com, a tech-industry website. At the same time, the University of Vermont healthcare system was attacked.
Cops seek serial armed robber
Police are searching for an armed robber who struck at a series of stores in southern Brooklyn during the past two months. The first robbery took place on Sept. 1 at the Hai Rong Market at 6102 18th Ave., where he took $500 in cash, keys and a bookbag. He struck again on Sept. 7, where he entered the Al-Tous Deli at 6602 17th Ave., displayed a firearm, then took $1,000 from the register. More than a month later, on Oct. 12, he entered Koong Wing Restaurant at 6011 Fourth Ave., displayed a gun, kicked a 68-year-old man to the ground, then took $4,000 from the register. Other robberies took place at stores on 18th Avenue, Avenue P and Eighth Avenue, according to press reports.
New tower tops out near cathedral
A 20-story residential tower, at 22 Chapel St., has topped out behind the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. The tower has risen on the former site of Start Treatment and Recovery Centers, which sold the property in 2018. The new building is 20 stories tall on one side, 12 stories high on another. The building, developed by Delshah Capital and OTL Enterprises, will have 180 units as well as underground parking, a community facility, a children’s playroom, a terrace and a pool for residents, according to press reports.
Eugene provides free food, masks
Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-Crown Heights-East Flatbush-Flatbush-Kensington-Midwood) recently partnered with local organizations to provide free food and masks to residents facing food insecurity and to help protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event took place Thursday in front of his office on Rogers Avenue. “Over the past few weeks, I have been honored to partner with community organizations to provide free food and masks to hundreds of underserved residents and their families,” said Eugene.
Cops seek subway necklace thief
The NYPD is seeking a suspect in connection to three robberies on the subway. In the first incident, on Monday, Oct. 19 inside the Bergen Street station on the F and G line, a 57-year-old woman was seated aboard a northbound F train when he grabbed her necklace from her neck and left the train. On Saturday, Oct. 24, he approached a 16-year-old girl aboard a northbound F train that was stopped at the Seventh Avenue station, grabbed her necklace and fled the train. Finally, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, he approached a 31-year-old woman aboard an R train that was stopped at the Union Street station, grabbed her necklace and ran.
Montague St. closed Nov. 5
Montague Street between Hicks and Henry streets in Brooklyn Heights is slated to be closed to all vehicle traffic for roadway restoration on Thursday, Nov. 5 between 8 and 10 a.m. The Montague Street BID asks all local residents to plan accordingly.
Nets called most stylish team in NBA
GQ Magazine wonders whether the Brooklyn Nets are “the most stylish team in the NBA.” The writer notes that when the Nets first moved to Brooklyn, they wore plain white-and-black jerseys, in contrast to the colorful uniforms they had used in New Jersey. Now, however, the Nets will wear sky-blue jerseys with a tie-dye effect that are based on the ones the Nets wore in the 1990-91 season. “They are very effective bait as style items — can’t you imagine your barista, graphic designer pal, or former WeWork crush in one of these?” GQ asked.
BP Adams hails change in early voting hours
Last week, after the Board of Elections, responding to pressure from elected officials and civic groups, expanded early voting hours, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said, “I’m grateful that the BOE has heeded our call, and the calls of so many others, in agreeing to extend hours for early voting. So much is on the line in this year’s election, and we need to do everything in our power to ensure every New Yorker can easily, safely, and efficiently cast their ballot.” He also has called for transportation for poll workers and clearer signage at polling places.
Lawsuit alleges police brutality during protests
In a lawsuit filed Monday by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Legal Aid Society, 11 New York City residents, six of them from Brooklyn, allege that during racial justice protests between May 28 and June 28, they were trapped, beaten with batons and zip-tied by cops. Charlie Monlouis-Anderle allegedly had their arm broken by an NYPD officer at a June 3 protest. The complaint reads, “Officers John Doe 18, 19 and 20 pinned Monlouis-Anderle’s arms, legs, and head to the ground as they felt their body go limp and their bladder release.” Protesters also alleged that they were mocked and coughed on by police officers, according to BK Reader.
Condos with more outdoor than indoor space
Several new condos in Brooklyn have more outdoor than indoor space. Among the Brooklyn condos are a unit at 111 Montgomery, a new unit in Crown Heights, which has a 549-square-foot patio; one at The Benny, 77 Clarkson St. in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, which has a 891-square-foot patio; one at 3-11 Conselyea St. in Williamsburg that has an 1,137-square-foot indoor area; and one at 131 Devoe St., Williamsburg, which has a 1,709-square-foot wraparound terrace, according to published reports.
Compiled by Raanan Geberer.