Kaporos Brooklyn: Should the Chicken-Killing Ritual Continue

Animals rights activists have cried fowl at kapparot (also called kaporos), a 2,000-year-old Orthodox Jewish tradition involving ritual chicken slaughter. In preparation for Yom Kippur, practitioners — including thousands of members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox community — hold a chicken by its wings and swing it over their head three times while praying. Then the chicken is killed with a knife.

Adherents say it’s an act of atonement and purification. Activists say it’s animal torture. But what do you think? (more…)


If you’re thinking about taking in a four-legged roommate, we’ve got a word for you: Adoptapalooza. That’s the name of an event held by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals that will bring 150 dogs and cats in need of adoption to Prospect Park tomorrow.

Similar adoption events have been held in Union Square, but this is the first one in Brooklyn. Over a dozen animal welfare groups will bring some of their available dogs and cats — and there may be a rabbit or two in the mix. All of them have been spayed or neutered. Adoption fees vary by group. (more…)


So here’s a little nice little story to go with your morning coffee. You know One Brooklyn Bridge Park? That big condominium complex in an old printing factory between Pier 5 and Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park? Where a two-bedroom apartment costs about $2,500,000?

Hallways full of poop.

According to the New York Times, there are around 175 dogs that live in the building, and dog feces is a persistent problem. An incident report for December tallied up 52 occurrences:

…a mix of diarrhea, feces, urine and vomit: found on virtually every floor including the main lobby and north and south lobbies; found in all five elevators and with the staff cleanup time ranging from 10 to 50 minutes (average time roughly 20 minutes) per incident. (more…)


The dog days of summer are upon us. At least that’s how it seems looking at a pair of canine-related events this weekend: a dog fashion show in the South Slope on Saturday, and Barkfest, a daylong event in Williamsburg Sunday.

First up: Freddy’s Bar on 5th Avenue in the Slope holds its Doggy Fashion Show, a street party with a runway where furry models will display the finest in canine fashion. It’s the second year for the event, which Freddy’s owner Donald O’Finn created in memory of his late pit-bull mix Xena, a former fixture at the bar. (more…)

Baby Whose Parents Were Killed in Crash Also Dies [NY Times]
Driver Wanted in Brooklyn Family’s Deaths Did Time for Murder of 50 Cent [NY Post]
Gravesend Bay Toxins Add Ammo to Fight Over Waste Station [NY Daily News]
DKNY Copyright Blunder Turns Into Free Camp for Bed-Stuy Kids [NY Daily News]
What’s the Deal: Bed-Stuy Retail Revival [WSJ]
Bring Back the Old School Bus Drivers in Brooklyn [AMNY]
Ocean Parkway Is Brooklyn’s Deadliest Roadway [Brooklyn Daily]
Dump Trucks at B2 Site [AYR]
Dumbo Builder Crafts Furniture From City History [DNAinfo]
Arts Group Teaches African Drumming and Dance in Bedford-Stuyvesant [DNAinfo]
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Have you seen any raccoons lately? We’ve had reports of sightings from all over Brooklyn. A reader in Clinton Hill sent in these photos of a family of five in the backyard. “The raccoons are getting out of hand,” the tipster wrote. “Tried calling city for help, but was told its my problem.” They have invaded people’s houses on the block as well. Another reader posted in the Forum (under the headline “Raccoon BIG problem Park Slope”), “We have raccoons on our deck, in our yard. We saw two of them on our neighbor’s roof. We have heard scratching noises on the top floor of our brownstone…One of them bit and scratched our dog (vet gave her an additional rabies shot and antibiotics.)…They are everywhere, walking down the sidewalks at night…Any ideas of what to do or who to call?” (more…)