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Around Brooklyn: Bus topples light pole, kills man

April 15, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff

Bus topples light pole, kills man

A Brooklyn pedestrian was killed in Crown Heights when he was struck by a light pole that had been toppled by an MTA bus swerving around a broken-down vehicle, police said. Lance Margolin, 59, died at Kings County Hospital on Saturday, two days after he was taken there with head and body injuries. On Thursday evening, a bus driver tried to get around a disabled vehicle on Eastern Parkway near Utica Avenue and hit a light pole, which in turn toppled it, hitting Margolin, according to the Daily News.

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Dead man found in car in Bushwick

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Police are investigating the death of a 35-year-old man found behind the wheel of a parked car in Bushwick on Monday afternoon, according to published reports. Officers from the 83rd Precinct made the discovery while responding to a 911 call in front of a house on Woodbine Avenue between Bushwick Avenue and Broadway. EMS units responding to the scene pronounced him dead. His body had no signs of physical trauma, and the Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to determine the cause of death.
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Open Streets exposes tensions

The city’s Open Streets Program, in which streets are closed to vehicular traffic in order to create space for pedestrians and local businesses, was created last year to provide more breathing room in the pandemic era. However, some car-driving Brooklynites are apparently unhappy with the change. According to Bklyner, barriers blocking off portions of Driggs and Russell in Williamsburg avenues were first vandalized, then stolen entirely. In January, a group of residents organized under the name “Neighbors of North Brooklyn” started a petition drive against the program, citing concerns about parking spaces and congestion on adjacent streets.
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Shakespeare comes to Ditmas Park

Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theater has announced its annual Shakespeare on Stratford, a family-friendly celebration in honor of the Bard’s birthday on Saturday, April 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Because Shakespeare was born on Stratford on Avon, the celebration is slated to take place on Stratford Road in Ditmas Park/Flatbush. There will be 19 costumed actors, singers, dancers and musicians performing a selection of the Shakespeare’s sonnets, singing madrigals including “Summer is Incumen In,” and taking part in a traditional Haitian dance celebrating spring.

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Fire Officers endorse Adams

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association endorsed mayoral candidate Eric Adams on Tuesday, calling him “the right choice to lead the city out of these trying times.” The UFOA represents the FDNY lieutenants, captains and chiefs. “It really is an honor to have the endorsement of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association. These men and women keep us safe, protecting us from danger every day. We owe them our gratitude, and so I thank them for their endorsement and the work they do every day,” said Adams.
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Stringer announces ‘Iftar on the Go’

Comptroller Scott Stringer, in partnership with Islamic Relief USA and local elected officials, has announced “Iftar on the Go,” a five-borough food distribution drive to expand access to free halal meals and conduct SNAP outreach in several languages during Ramadan. Comptroller Stringer also underscored that Ramadan is an opportunity to expand vaccine access to Muslim communities that face systemic obstacles to immunization. In Brooklyn, the distribution will take place at the APNA Brooklyn Community Center, 236 Neptune Ave., Coney Island.
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Affordable housing lottery opens in Brooklyn

A new batch of apartments in Central and Eastern Brooklyn are available in the city’s affordable housing lottery, some of them for as little as $362 a month. Ebenezer Phase 1 North, planned for New Lots Avenue in Brownsville, will have 106 studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments for people earning between $14,915 and $73,503, according to Patch. Affordable housing lotteries are also being held for the Harry T. Nance Apartments on Eastern Parkway, the Garnet on Fulton Street and the Astra in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
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Man, met on dating app, steals $200

Police on Tuesday released a video showing a man who they say is responsible for robbing and attacking a woman in Bed-Stuy who he met on a dating app. The incident took place around 6 p.m. on March 15 near Albany Avenue and Herkimer Street. A young woman invited the man to her apartment after initially meeting online. After he arrived, he stole $200, shoved her to the ground and took off. The woman was not seriously injured, according to NBC New York.

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Affordable housing lottery opens in in Gowanus

An affordable housing lottery has launched for 577 Third Ave., a seven-story apartment building in Gowanus. The development, designed by Christopher Teeter, has 20 units. Available on NYC Housing Connect are six units for residents at 130 percent of the area median income (AMI), ranging in eligible income from $73,715 to $167,570. Residences will have washers and dryers in units, air conditioning, dishwashers, and patios or balconies as well as parking and storage, according to New York YIMBY. The affordable apartments include two studios, two one-bedrooms and two two-bedrooms.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.


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