05/25/12 8:30am

Prosecutor Quits Her Job as Rape Case Is Reviewed [NYTimes]
First Phase of Governors Island Renovation Begins [NY Times]
A Tipple or Two? It Was Safer Than Water [NY Times]
‘Expert Pimp’ Sentenced for Robbing Hookers in Brooklyn [NY Post]
Actor Jerry Brooks Buys at One Brooklyn Bridge Park [NY Post]
Bed Stuy School to Hand Our Condoms at Prom [NY Daily News]
How Emily Warren Roebling Helped Save the Brooklyn Bridge [NY Daily News]
Ticket-holders Get Refunds After GoogaMooga’s Flop [Brooklyn Paper]
Follow-Up on Barclays Arena Parking Issues [AYR]
Only City Can End Vendor War [Brooklyn Eagle]

05/24/12 4:00pm

This is old news at this point, but the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School in Cobble Hill has completed a renovation and expansion that was years in the making. The Montessori purchased the adjacent fire patrol station at 12 Dean Street in July 2009. The result? The school added 11,000 square feet to the existing campus and also renovated the entire facility. It’s pretty cool looking. Click through for more photos.
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School [Official Site] GMAP
Photos by Keith Telfeyan (more…)

05/24/12 10:00am

Via City Room: “When a ban on smoking in city parks took effect one year ago, some tobacco partisans vowed it would not stick, that it was unenforceable, that they would flout it to their dying breaths. But on Wednesday the city said the ban had been largely, if not entirely, effective: the number of smokers observed in 13 selected parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn was 68 percent lower in October 2011 than in October 2010. …And all this with only a gentle puff of enforcement: 221 smoking tickets have been issued on city parkland since the ban went into effect: fewer than one per day.” The photo above was taken at a Brooklyn park yesterday evening at around 8. The face of the person smoking a cigarette has been photoshopped.
Parks Working Out as Smoke-Free Zones, City Says [City Room]

05/24/12 8:55am

Folks, we’re experiencing some problems with out RSS feed this morning, but hopefully our tech team will have it fixed soon. Update, 10 a.m.: The feed issue has been fixed by our tech team.

05/24/12 8:34am

Caught Violating Weekend Copter Ban, Bloomberg Will Alter Flight Plans [NY Times]
Prosecutor Seeks to Force Rabbis to Report on Abuse [NY Times]
A Brooklyn Artist Free-Associates on Her Walls [NY Times]
FreshDirect Expands Delivery to Serve All of the Bronx [NY Times]
New-Look Nets Dancers to Host Open Auditions in Brooklyn [NY Post]
For Gay Couples, Tying the Knot Tangles Estates [WSJ]
Police Investigating Park Slope Groping Incident [NY1]
Tickets at All-New BAM Theater Will All Be $20 [NY Daily News]
Meet Barclays Center GM John Sparks, Just for a Bit [AY Report]
Slope’s Cantene Deli Closes Shop [Lost City]
Fleet Week Ahoy! [Eagle]

05/23/12 4:00pm

Via the Daily News: “Cops stopped and questioned nearly one-third of Brownsville’s residents last year – the highest out of the city’s 76 police precincts. Six miles away in Borough Park only 2 % of the neighborhood’s population was quizzed by cops in 2011 – the lowest number in the New York Civil Liberties Union citywide ranking analyzing “stop-and-frisk” NYPD data. ‘There is a set of rules for people of color; and a set of rules for whites,’ said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU. ‘Policing in New York is a tale of two cities.'”

05/23/12 12:00pm

I Love Franklin Ave has been following the progress of the new restaurant opening in the former Franklin Roadhouse space, near the corner of Prospect Place and Franklin Avenue, and now has some inside shots of how the construction is coming, as well as news that it will be named “Mayfield.” Here’s the scoop from the blog:

“Back in March, local residents and NYC culinary-scene veterans Jacques Belanger and Lev Gewirtzman made news with the announcement that they were taking over the former Franklin Roadhouse Space. Yesterday, they gave ILFA a tour of their new restaurant, which they’ve dubbed ‘Mayfield’ ‘in honor of Curtis,’ according to Lev. The interior already looks completely different than it once did. …Unlike at the Roadhouse, you’ll be able to sit at the bar, which will serve a full lineup of beer, wine, and liquor, and will include, between the kitchen and the booze, a raw bar. …the menu is far from settled, but they still plan to serve seasonal American fare in what Lev called an ‘everyday, casual’ setting, focused around the raw bar and whatever fresh produce comes their way. Whenever they open, I think it’s a safe bet that they’ll be hotly-anticipated, even in a budding foodie scene…”

The hope is for it to be completed by the end of the year.
A Look Inside Mayfield [I Love Franklin Ave] GMAP
Photo courtesy of I Love Franklin Ave

05/23/12 10:30am

Patsy Grimaldi, who originally operated Grimaldi’s out of 19 Old Fulton, sold the pizzeria and its name to Frank Ciolli back in 1998, which moved its operations further down the block several months ago; in the meantime, Grimaldi said he was returning to his roots at 19 Old Fulton and would open a pizzeria there called Juliana’s. Reportedly, Grimaldi intended to open in March. However, the pizza legend’s return to his old haunt is still very much under construction, as can be seen via the photo on the jump.
Juliana’s Marks its Turf in Dumbo [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

05/23/12 9:30am

We received the following email in our inbox this morning: “Hello Friends of Mr. Everett Ortner — With sadness, I am informing you of Mr. Ortner’s passing on Tuesday, May 22. Kindly inform your organization. Thank you for your friendship and for your promotion of Brooklyn causes. Please view [above] photo by Mr. Levi Stolove.” Here is part of a write-up about Mr. Ortner via Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn: “Since 1963, when he and his wife, Evelyn, bought a brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, he has been a missionary for the brownstone-revival movement in New York City, and for urban revival nationally. He was a leader in the early days of the revival movement in Park Slope, a photographer and public-relations man for the Park Slope Civic Council, and a founder, with Joe Ferris, of the Park Slope Betterment Committee, which organized many series of particularized house tours (hard-selling houses that needed work). With Ken Patton as chairman, he was a co-founder and first president (1968) of the Brownstone Revival Committee of New York, now the Brownstone Revival Coalition–a citywide organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of New York City’s older communities. He is currently its Chairman Emeritus. The BRC publishes a newsletter, ‘The Brownstoner,’ sponsors lectures and workshops on architectural history and preservation topics, and acts frequently as the voice of New York’s brownstone communities. He continues to write for and edit ‘The Brownstoner.'” Rest in peace, Mr. Ortner.
Everett H. Ortner [DDDB]