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Around Brooklyn: Colton continues to slam school leadership

November 10, 2020 Editorial Staff
Mark Gibian’s sculpture “Crescendo” is planted on a pier by the NYC Ferry dock in North Williamsburg. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle
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Colton continues to slam school leadership

Assemblymember William Colton (D – Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) continued to hammer home his view that the city’s public schools are being mismanaged under their current leadership. “There is something terribly wrong with the Department of Education policies for NYC public schools under the lack of leadership by Chancellor Carranza. Such mismanagement is hurting the education of all our children. Parents throughout the city are afraid to send their children to school due to the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.

Unusual Carroll Gardens restaurant reopens

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Emma’s Torch, a Carroll Gardens restaurant that doubles as a culinary training program for refugees, has reopened for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close in March. The restaurant has reopened because indoor dining is now allowed to return to New York City and because the spread of the coronavirus within New York City has largely been contained outside of certain clusters in Southern Brooklyn and Queens. Since Emma’s Torch opened in 2016 at 345 Smith St., it has provided a free two-part, 10-week training program for refugees and people seeking asylum in the United States, according to New York Eater.

Excavation underway for 141 Willoughby St.

Excavation is underway for 141 Willoughby St., the future site of a 24-story tower in Downtown Brooklyn. The building, designed by SLCE Architects and Fogarty Finger Architecture and developed by Savana Real Estate, is slated to have a mixture of office space and retail space. The site is bordered by Flatbush Avenue, Willoughby Street and Gold Street. The location was once the site of the Institute of Design and Construction, which was demolished several years ago, according to New York YIMBY.

Brooklyn 1944 NFL team was worst in history

The worst football team in the history of the NFL was the 1944 Brooklyn Tigers, who played 10 games and lost them all. The short-lived team was the successor to the Brooklyn football Dodgers, who played their home games at Ebbets Field. The first nine games the Tigers played, they lost by an average of only seven points. After the ninth game, the coach resigned, to be succeeded by two “co-coaches.” However, in the last game, the team lost 34-0 to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the New York Post. Soon, Brooklyn’s pro football days were over.

Body ID’d as that of missing teen

The body found floating in Mill Basin near the Belt Parkway bridge, previously covered in the Eagle, has been identified as that of a missing teen from Borough Park. The body of Samuel Medina, age 19, was found by a passing boater around 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 and was recovered by an NYPD Marine Unit. Medina, who lived near 10th Avenue and 47th Street, had been missing since Nov. 1. Police did not provide any further information about Medina’s cause of death, according to published reports.

Brooklyn College holds virtual Veterans Day event

On Tuesday, veterans, military families, staff, students and friends virtually celebrated Veterans Day in an event sponsored by the Brooklyn College Veteran Students’ Organization. The event acknowledged the country’s veterans, who have gone back to college as well as Brooklyn College itself for supporting those veterans in their transition efforts.

Large mixed-use development planned for Bushwick

Developer Suydam Inc. has revealed proposals to construct a large through-block development with a mix of residential and industrial areas in Bushwick. The building, referred to as the Suydam Enlargement Site, will comprise two interconnected buildings at 1250 Willoughby Ave. and 349 Suydam St. The residential building, which is slated to be nine stories high, would contain 125 rental apartments, with 95 reserved for low-income and moderate income households. The industrial building would contain about 96,000 square feet. Several zoning amendments are needed for the building to become a reality, according to New York YIMBY.

Shooting victim refuses to cooperate, then dies

A 28-year-old man who was shot outside a deli in Crown Heights on Sunday refused to cooperate with investigators before he died, police said. Eric Ford of Queens was shot twice in the leg and once in the torso at the corner of Ralph Avenue and Lincoln Place in Crown Heights around 7:30 p.m. Ford was taken to Brooklyn University Hospital Medical Center, where he was eventually pronounced dead. According to the Daily News, he was conscious after he was shot but wouldn’t provide investigators any information about possible suspects.

Gillibrand defends Affordable Care Act

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand joined Senate Democrats to urge U.S. Attorney General William Barr to rescind the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) support of the Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  “Striking down the ACA would have devastating consequences for New Yorkers who rely on the law’s guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care, especially in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gillibrand.

Brooklyn firm removes sexy ‘Ganesh’ panties

E-commerce company Etsy recently removed “Sexy Ganesh Thong Panties” carrying an image of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesh within a few hours of a Hindu protest, which called the panties “highly inappropriate.” Hindu leader Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement on Monday thanked Etsy for understanding the concerns of the Hindu community. Zed had said that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to adorn one’s crotch.

De Blasio: Second COVID wave on the way

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that New York City is getting “dangerously close” to a second coronavirus wave as the infection rate across the city is increasing. “We see the presence of the coronavirus in this city and it’s trying to reassert itself,” de Blasio warned during a City Hall press briefing. “We need to do everything in our power to stop the coronavirus from reasserting in New York City. We have to stop a second wave from happening here, it is getting dangerously close.” The citywide positivity rate now exceeds 2 percent, the mayor explained, according to the New York Post.

National Grid prepares for winter

National Grid, the Brooklyn area’s gas utility, says it is prepared to provide its 1.9 million customers in New York City and Long Island with enough natural gas to heat their homes and businesses on the coldest days this winter. Among the methods they are using are energy efficiency, giving incentives to encourage large customers to reduce national gas use during peak periods, use of transfer sites with other entities to ensure the flow of natural gas, and more.

Brooklyn suspect arrested in Miami

The third suspect in a months-long Brooklyn murder case has been caught in Miami and brought back to New York. Alexander Williams, 24, was arrested by Miami Beach police in Thursday and was extradited to New York, where he faces murder charges for fatally shooting 22-year-old Tracey Washington. Williams is the third person to be arrested in the killing since cops found Washington with four gunshot wounds to his abdomen and chest near Dean Street and Schenectady Avenue in June. All three suspects face murder charges, according to Patch. Washington was getting out of a cab when the three shooters allegedly opened fire.

Permits filed for Bushwick building

Permits have been filed for a six-story apartment building at 107 Schaefer St. in Bushwick. The site, currently occupied by a two-story wooden house and adjacent one-story garage, is located between Evergreen and Central avenues and is near the Wilson Avenue subway station. It is slated to have 12 apartments, most likely rentals. Ben Sadykov is listed as the owner, and Yuri Yagudayev is listed as the architect of record, according to New York YIMBY.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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