We received several e-mails in the past two and a half hours from readers about police activity on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y. One reader, Andrew, told us he heard over the police scanner that it was a “guy with a gun” in H&R Block, while another reader informed us that the intersection was closed off by police. There was an ongoing search for the man, said that reader. The first reader to contact us was around 8:45 p.m., and she said helicopters were hovering in the area with search lights.
Does anyone know anything? Shoot us an e-mail!
Photos by Rafi Greenstein.
This year was the first time I was able to make the Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial, a colorful grassroots service with a character so unapologetically Brooklyn.
This was not a traditional event. Politicians didn’t show up just to show up, taking off to the next microphone and photo-op; nor was it small and forgotten. It boasted, easily, 350 people at minimum. The mood swung from somber to joyous, as smiles and singing surmounted the oppressive stoicism in which memorials too often find themselves mired.
Keep reading Brooklyn/Bedford Park’s 9/11 Memorial 2010 coverage, and view the photo gallery.
The Shop Barbers Inc. is opening doors to clients tomorrow, September 14, for its grand opening. The business is the latest entrant to Avenue X’s somewhat troubled commercial strip, stretching from Ocean Avenue to Bedford Avenue (the store itself is at 2215 Avenue X, between East 22nd Street and East 23rd Street).
We’re all for seeing more barbers and less salons – hopefully it’ll mean a slowing of the plague known as the Euro-trash mullet, which has been creeping up on some of our younger Eastern European neighbors. Hopefully…
Best of luck, The Shop Barbers Inc. We hope your business is as profitable as its name is unnecessarily long.
(Photo and tip courtesy of BrooklynQ)
NYC's new voting machines // Source: Vote-NY.com
On a truly local level, there’s not much to report about tomorrow’s primaries. None of our incumbents in the State Senate or Assembly face primary challengers – though they all have general election opponents.
The real primary races for those in our coverage area this year are, of course, for governor if you’re Republican and state attorney general if you’re a Democrat. There are also primary battles for both U.S. Senate seats (Senator Gillibrand is being challenged by a slew of Republicans and one Democrat, while the Republican ticket for Schumer’s seat has two contestants).
Read on to find out who the candidates are and relevant links to more information.
The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association is meeting tonight, Monday, September 13, 2010. The meeting kicks off at 8:00 p.m. in P.S. 195 Elementary School at 131 Irwin Street. Topics of discussion include updates on traffic concerns, security, and quality of life issues in Manhattan Beach.
Staten Island Ferry - stealing our money with every rider // Source: Daniel Schwen via Wikimedia Commons
Yeah, I said it: screw Staten Island. I never liked it, and I wish we could just gift it to New Jersey. And when we gift it, we better get a tax break for all the wonderful things bestowed upon it for being a member of the City of New York.
Among all those wonderful things, there’s one that really irks me: the ferry. The free ferry.
Let’s back up a second. I was talking to BrooklynQ last week, discussing the MTA fare hikes and joking about seeing it go back down once the economy kicks in again. You know we were joking, because we’re all aware that once the city starts charging for something, prices only ever go up – never down.
That is a rule; one we all know too well. But every rule has its exception, and ’round here that exception is the Staten Island ferry. I’ll say it again: the free Staten Island ferry, operated by the Department of Transportation.
Keep reading my rant about the free Staten Island ferry, how it came to be free, and why we should start charging these mooches.
I woke up this morning because of a bad smell. At first, I thought it was the McDonald’s I had for dinner making a revenge, and I was berating myself for giving in and taking my quarterly pilgrimage to the gut-busting fast foodie. But then I checked my e-mail and found the following note from Randy C., and realized I could start blaming something not related to my colon:
there is a smell, with people reporting it from marine park [ brown and ave R] to me at East 21st and ave U, to east 13th and z. it doesnt smell like sewage, but just a bad smell… have you heard anything about this?
Well, does anyone know anything?
Columbia University student journalist Ryan Maye Handy got in touch with us to show off a recent creation: an audio postcard from the 34th Annual Brighton Jubilee. As we reported in words and photos last week, the seaside market brought tens of thousands to Brighton Beach to enjoy the weather and shop, sometimes for some really weird stuff. Well, Handy caught the sounds of the event, and created a little guide to Brighton Beach culture. We’ve embedded the audio below.
A neighbor would like to invite everyone down to the following event:
Saturday Sept. 11th
Rain date Sun Sept. 12th
10:00 am -4:00 pm
2482 Batchelder Street – Corner of Avenue Y
Toys, dolls, doll stroller, Barbie and Ken Dolls, Care Bears, lot and lots of kids books from book clubs and Scholastic books (Magic School Bus, Dr. Seuss etc….), Disney Princess stuff for girls room, Hot wheels and Matchbox cars, Hess Trucks, kid’s DVDs, Girls 16 inch bicycle, Princess Big Wheel, Little Tykes kitchen, Jewelry boxes, Cookie jars and lots more…..
Everything in excellent condition – some stuff brand new
Swing by and take a look
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With work starting on P.S. 216′s $1.6 million Edible Schoolyard in Gravesend, organizers are doing their best to make sure neighbors are informed of the process.
The letter at left is posted on the fence. Of the construction, it says, “We are in the process of building a half-acre organic garden where we will grow a variety of vegetables, fruit and grains. This space also will include a mobile four-season greenhouse and kitchen classroom.”
It also goes on to let neighbors know the goals of getting children to “make the connection between food, health and how the Earth sustains us.”
Early plans for the project mentioned that some of the produce may be sold to the community, and if true, this would have been the perfect place to tout that. But we haven’t heard much about that since their presentation to Community Board 15 oh-so-long ago, so it may not be concrete.
Thanks to Allan B. for catching this.