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January 26, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BP Eric Adams wants to landmark Larry King’s house

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants to make the late broadcast legend Larry King’s former home in Bensonhurst into a city landmark. Former Borough President Marty Markowitz also supported such a move, but the Landmarks Preservation Commission turned it down. Now, Adams wants to resubmit the request. “I think it’s important to know that this Brooklyn young man that wore the suspenders and did some of the most amazing interviews really showed the spirit of, number one, his parents being European immigrants, and him growing up in the borough of Brooklyn in Bensonhurst,” Adams said, according to 1010 WINS radio

Construction starts on Brooklyn, Manhattan bridges

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

Construction on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges will close various traffic and pedestrian lanes on these bridges soon. Both projects are part of “bridge rehabilitation.” The first round of construction started on the Brooklyn Bridge last Tuesday and is set to last until early February, the Department of Transportation said. The work will close Brooklyn-bound lanes between midnight and 6 a.m. until Feb. 5 and Manhattan-bound lane closures between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Friday until Feb. 1. On the Manhattan Bridge, work during the middle of the day will close the Manhattan-bound upper roadway starting Tuesday, according to Patch.

Man found tied up and slain in Weeksville

Police are investigating the murder of a 46-year-old man whose bound body was found in the living room of his Brooklyn apartment on Friday. Officers from the 77th Precinct came to his home on St. Marks Avenue near Rochester Avenue around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 after receiving a 911 call. Sources say an unidentified person discovered the dead man when he arrived at the apartment and called police. The visitor last spoke to the victim about a day earlier. When police came to the apartment, they found the victim unconscious and unresponsive with his hands tied behind his back. EMS crew pronounced him dead at the scene, according to local sources.

Propane tanks found in Gowanus warehouse

Fire inspectors seized more than 900 flammable propane tanks from a warehouse in Gowanus where they were improperly stored, the FDNY said. Mohamed G. Mohamed, who leases the space where the tanks were found on Nevins Avenue near Union Street, was arrested and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. Mohamed, who lives in Bayonne, N.J., provides propane tanks to food truck owners, one of his clients said. Mohamed also stores his own food trucks at the site, according to the Daily News.

Direction sign sought at bridge entrance

The city Department of Transportation, at the request of the NYPD, is looking to install an overhead sign at Adams and Tillary streets giving directions to the Brooklyn Bridge. The NYPD requested the sign because too many officers were being asked for directions. The proposal will need to go before the city’s Public Design Commission for approval in March, according to published reports.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visits East New York housing project

On Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited NYCHA’s William Reid Apartments in East New York, where a vaccine event was under way. He was there to urge all New Yorkers to take the vaccine. Part of the reason this location was because it has a large population of African-Americans and Latinos, who are, according to Cuomo, more likely to die from COVID than whites. “One hundred and forty-four people died yesterday,” said the governor. “Don’t get cocky with COVID.” U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was also at the event and said, “New York was hit the hardest, has battled the longest, and emerged the strongest through this pandemic and a lot of the reason we have done it is because of Governor Cuomo’s leadership and New Yorkers’ resilience.”

Man killed in Fort Greene shooting

Detectives in Brooklyn are investigating an early-morning shooting in Fort Greene that took place Saturday. A 24-year-old man was fatally shot five times in the back outside the Walt Whitman Houses at 138 Cumberland Walk. Officers from the 88th Precinct discovered the victim unconscious and responsive when they arrived at the scene. EMS crew brought the victim to The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to published reports.

Prospect Heights guide published

In 2018, the Historic Districts Council (HDC) designated the Prospect Heights Apartment House District one of its “Six to Celebrate” projects. Now, HDC has released a guide to eighteen important buildings and locations in and near the Prospect Heights Apartment House District. The guide provides a great way for residents and architecture buffs to learn about the history of the district as Brooklyn’s first ground-up apartment house development, as well as the stories of individual buildings in the district, including who designed and built them. “A Guide to Historic New York City Neighborhoods: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn” is available for download on the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Corp. site.

BBG sponsors ‘Sound in the Garden’

This winter, Brooklyn Botanic Garden focuses its outdoor public programming on sound in the Garden, with site-specific original compositions and audio walks for visitors to experience at their own pace. As part of the Art in the Garden series, BBG presents three works from January through May: Gelsey Bell and Joseph White’s Meander, Ben Rubin and Brian House’s Terminal Moraine, and a reprisal of Michael Gordon’s loved. Each work takes its inspiration from the Garden and the temporal sensations one experiences among its natural features, both ancient and fleeting.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces health force

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and others announced the introduction of the Health Force, Resilience Force, and Jobs to Fight COVID-19 Act, legislation that would invest billions in the nation’s public health jobs and infrastructure and aid the country’s lagging vaccine distribution campaign. The Health Force, Resilience Force, and Jobs to Fight COVID-19 Act (Health Force), championed by the senators, would invest billions in local public health infrastructure to recruit, train and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans to build public health capacity in underserved communities. Additionally, the Resilience Force would complement the Health Force by bolstering the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) workforce in the whole-of-government effort to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

Housing lottery open at Coney building

An affordable housing lottery is open for 2848 West 15th St., a five-story development in Coney Island. The 20-unit building was designed by Bricolage Designs. Available on NYC Housing Connect are six apartments for residents whose income ranges from $61,715 to $159,640. The building includes assigned parking areas, bike storage, a rooftop terrace, outdoor areas, an on-site building manager and security cameras. Units have washers and dryers, dishwashers, balconies, energy-efficient appliances and air conditioning, according to New York YIMBY.

Man killed near Fort Greene Park

A 24-year-old man was shot and killed near Fort Greene Park early Saturday morning, police said. The man was shot at the Walt Whitman Houses shortly before 12:30 a.m. Officers responding to a 911 call found him lying in front of a building on Cumberland Walk near Myrtle Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. He was taken to The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to 1010 WINS radio.

Thief steals elderly florist’s van

A thief stole a local florist’s van as the 75-year-old owner was unloading it, dragging him down the block as he sped away. The man had been selling flowers in East New York for about 30 years, police said. He was selling flowers on Pennsylvania Avenue at Linden Boulevard when the crook took off with the white Ford van around 4:25 p.m. on New Year’s Day. He was taken to Brookdale Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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