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Around Brooklyn: BP Eric Adams asks residents to join community boards

January 15, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BP Eric Adams asks residents to join community boards

Applications are open to join Brooklyn’s 18 local community boards, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has announced. The boards are tasked with dealing with land use issues, permits such as liquor licenses, neighborhood needs and community concerns. Applications for this year are available until Feb. 12, Anyone age 16 or older can serve on the community board. “This past year has been extremely challenging for our borough and city, but our community boards were able to adapt and continue serving their neighborhoods,” Adams said. 

Tenants rally to stop renovation

Residents of Brooklyn’s Independent Towers apartment complex and political candidates held a rally on Monday to demand a temporary stop to ongoing renovation work because of heat loss, elevator breakdowns lack of hot water, and discoveries of old and asbestos. The tenants say that living conditions at the NYCHA development are becoming unbearable. The residents reached out to Victoria Cambranes, a candidate for City Council in the 33rd District. When tenants call 311, they are told to talk to the management company, but the management company is usually unavailable, according to published reports.

Couple seeks to boost Brooklyn restaurants

A Brooklyn couple are sharing some of their top restaurants and their favorite foods and are encouraging people to do the same. Sabrina and Giuseppe Falanga have a popular Instagram page called “Brooklynbitess.” They have also started a monthly giveaway and gift cards from Brooklyn, and food from restaurants in the surrounding area is awarded as prizes.

Towers planned for Kent Avenue in Williamsburg

Permits have been filed for two mixed-use towers on the Williamsburg waterfront at 484 Kent Ave. The lot, currently occupied by a parking lot, is located between South 10th and Division streets and is near the South Williamsburg stop on the East River ferry and is 13 minutes from the J, M and Z trains’ Marcy Avenue stop. Naftali Group is listed as the owner, and Hill West Architects is listed as the architect of record. The first tower is slated to rise 21 stores and contain 182 apartments and 178 enclosed parking spots. The second tower is slated to rise 22 stories and include 249 residences, 178 parking spots and retail stores, according to New York YIMBY.

Colton applauds Cuomo on vaccines

Assemblyman William Colton (D–Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights) informs the community that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced vaccination distribution for the group 1B that started on Monday, January 11. Phase 1B includes essential workers such as first responders (Firefighters, Police, Public Safety Workers, Public Transit Workers, Education Workers, and people age 75 and older. “I believe that this is a step forward in the fight against COVID-19. Anyone who is interested can start making appointments now to receive the vaccine,” said Colton.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand re-ups fight for aid

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the upcoming introduction of a bill to provide local governments with direct federal relief that can be used to pay for essential services, retain vital frontline workers, and offset lost revenues and increased costs from the COVID-19 emergency. Gillibrand will reintroduce the Direct Support For Communities Act in the new Congress to deliver urgently needed relief for communities across New York State as part of a broader state and local fiscal relief fund. The bill would deliver resources to support essential services, and offset lost revenues and increased costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of an overall pot of assistance for state and local fiscal relief. 

MTA announces MLK Day schedule

The MTA has announced its schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. day, Monday, Jan. 18. The New York City subway and the Staten Island Railway will operate on regular weekday schedules. New York City buses will operate on a modified weekday schedule. Several bus routes will not be running, but the list doesn’t include any Brooklyn routes. The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a regular weekday schedule, with off-peak fares in effect all day in observance of the holiday.

New Chipotle opens in Sunset Park

The Chipotle chain has opened a new location at 4104 Fourth Ave., Sunset Park, featuring a new drive-through pickup lane that allows customers to pick up digital orders without leaving their cars. Customers can order online through the Chipotle app or website and through third-party partners. The chain is also introducing a new dish, cilantro-lime cauliflower rice, according to published reports.

Cops search for Brooklyn jewel thieves

Police are searching for two men accused of stealing $16,000 worth of jewelry from a Bushwick store last month. Police said a 32-year old male employee at a Bushwick psychic store located at 1908 Weirfield St. returned to work at approximately 4:45 p.m., on Dec. 31, 2020 and discovered property missing from the store. An investigation determined that earlier that same day at approximately 2 p.m., two unknown men forced open the secured front door of the closed establishment. Once inside the duo removed jewelry with a total estimated value of $16,000, according to police. The thieves then fled in a burgundy vehicle to parts unknown, according to 1010 WINS radio.

Brooklyn man hopes his art will bring unity

A Brooklyn man is hopeful his art will help others heal as the country faces an ongoing pandemic and a period of political division. Gerry Vewer started painting American flags in different color skin-toned stripes to spread a message of unity across New York City after racial justice protests broke out last summer. He is now finishing up his latest piece, another American flag, on the side of a deli on the corner of Castle Hill and Chatterton avenues. The painting shows a woman with a third eye with a quote from J Cole, saying that the real revolution is inside you, according to News 12 Brooklyn.

Man threatens restaurant worker

A man threatened to shoot a Brooklyn restaurant worker and shoved a cash register to the ground when the worker wouldn’t give him free food, a new video released by police shows. The man walked into Crown Fried Chicken on Sutter Avenue near Alabama Avenue in Brownsville around 10:40 p.m. on Dec. 27 and said, “Give me food or I’ll shoot you.” The video shows the man throwing the cash register to the ground. The worker still refused to hand over any food, and the man took off, according to the New York Post.

Cops stabbed in neck on 911 call

An NYPD officer was stabbed in the neck after encountering a woman inside a Sunset Park home Wednesday afternoon, police said. Officers responded to a call about a person behaving erratically inside an apartment on Sixth Avenue, police said. As they arrived, cops found 29-year-old Mary Lee Jimenez and tried to talk with her for about 20 minutes, police said. While they were trying to get Jimenez to go to the hospital with them, Jimenez lunged at an officer with a serrated steak knife. The officer was taken to the hospital in stable condition and later released. Jimenez was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, menacing and resisting arrest, according to NBC News 4.

Affordable lottery for Wingate building

An affordable housing lottery is open for 648 Midwood St., a new five-story residential building in Brooklyn. The building, developed by Yedid Builders and designed by S. Wieder Architect, includes three units that are designated as affordable. Eligible income for these apartments ranges from $76,835 to $159,640. Units have washers and dryers, name-brand kitchen appliances, air conditioning and hardwood floors, according to New York YIMBY.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.


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