Brooklyn Life

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Brooklyn Dirt: A Talk on Urban Farming and Gardening
Sustainable Flatbush and Prospect Farm are proud to present the Brooklyn Dirt Talk this Wednesday. Chris Kreussling, Tom Angotti, and Jesse Alter will be presenting slides and discuss topics: permaculture, urban garden design challenges and solutions, small space, privacy, (lack of) soil, shade, weeds. Stick around for discussion and questions. Wednesday, March 16. 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 1118 Cortelyou Road, Sycamore Bar and Flowershop.

Energy and Money Saving Workshop for Your Business
The North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District will be holding an energy and money saving workshop for business owners to improve their business. There will be a free on-site energy efficiency survey. Con Edison will perform a free energy efficiency survey of your business that may show you how to spend less on the energy used for lighting, heating and cooling. A light lunch and coffee will be served. Wednesday, March 16. 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Free. 307 Flatbush Avenue, Burrito Bar and Kitchen.

The Secret Science Club: Theoretical Physicist Matthew Strassler
The Large Hadron Collider is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, a ginormous subterranean machine that sends subatomic particles smashing into each other at nearly incomprehensible speeds. The resulting explosions mimic conditions just moments after the Big Bang. High-energy physicist Matthew Strassler of Rutgers University lectures on how this phenomenal new experiment could unveil the fundamental building blocks of the universe and transform our understanding of matter, space and time, and the cosmos. Wednesday, March 16. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Free. 149 7th Street, The Bell House.

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520 Miles of City’s Waterfront Getting Long-Range Plan [NY Times]
New Worries for Buyers Seeking Mortgages [NY Times]
Council Warns it May Not be Able to Save Fire Cos [NY Daily News]
Luxury and History at Brooklyn Heights’ Love Lane Mews [NY Daily News]
Sunset Park Apartment Building Blaze Leaves 40 Injured [NY Daily News]
Tradition of Pigeon Racing Alive and Well in Bed Stuy [NY Daily News]
Tomorrow, a Big Hearing in Last Atlantic Yards Case [AY Report]
Cyclist Ticketed for Running a Red on on Flushing Ave [Gothamist]
Taking a Plan and Making It a Park in Fort Greene [City Room]
Two Panera Bread Stores Coming to Brooklyn [Eagle]
Ditmas Park Keeps Getting Rediscovered [WSJ]
Coney’s Scream Zone Under Construction [NY1]
What’s Going on at 65 Commercial? [Brooklyn 11211]
73 Pineapple Brick-a-Riffic [BHB]

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This weekend check out the flea market folks have been talking about (including the New Yorker.) The Brooklyn Flea will be at Skylight One Hanson Saturday and Sunday, featuring a new lighting company and nautical antiques. Also this Sunday the chef from the West Village Thai restaurant Betel will be serving up some really delicious sounding dishes. To visit, grab the map and directions here. The Flea is open from 10am to 6pm, and it’s free.
Photo by knogles

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Last week a reader dropped a line to say that the new location of Carroll Gardens’ South Brooklyn Pizza had started selling pies on 4th Avenue between Bergen and Saint Marks. Yelpers corroborate this info and say slices are going for $4. (The photo above is from last week, so it’s possible the exterior is looking more complete at this point.) Has anyone in the area sampled it yet?
South Brooklyn Pizza 2 Opening Soon [Brownstoner]
South Brooklyn Pizza for 4th Avenue [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Yesterday Brooklyn Based ran an interview with restaurateur Ted Mann—of Williamsburg’s Cubana Social and Greenpoint’s No Name Bar, among others—in which Mann said he’s “building out a beer garden on 19th Street and Seventh Avenue that he’s hoping to have open by July.” There have been rumors on Brooklynian about an eating and drinking establishment moving into the big lot at 555 7th Avenue, at 19th Street, where a permit for a one-story extension and renovation for an eating and drinking establishment was approved last September. If this is the location where Mann intends to put the beer garden, he’s thinking big, according to Brooklyn Based: “The as-of-yet unnamed spot will be able to seat 700-800 in the 10,000 square-foot outdoor garden alone, and another 100-150 in the 3,000-square-foot interior.” A Greenwood Heights resident heard from a contractor the beer garden is indeed planned but doubted it would be open when the nearby school is in session. The plans haven’t gone through the community yet so we’ll see how it plays out.
We’ve Found Fleetwood [Brooklyn Based] GMAP

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At this week’s Community Board 2 meeting it was announced that the Red Apple Group, Councilwoman Tish James and State Committee Member Lincoln Restler would be holding a meeting about the long-awaited supermarket at Myrtle and Ashland, on the Andrea site. (It’s been almost five years since an Associated Supermarket was razed to make way for the development.) No juicy details have emerged, and as far as we know the supermarket space is still planned for the basement, and a CVS has leased the ground floor. The meeting will address how the supermarket can best serve the community, which was characterized as a “food desert” at the CB meeting. If you’re interested in attending, mark your calenders for April 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ingersoll Community Center.
The Andrea Rents Out [Brownstoner]
Red Apple Grilled On Myrtle Market Plans [Brownstoner]
Andrea 10 Percent Rented, Drug Store to Follow [Brownstoner]

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New York Shitty documented the Park Department’s presentation at Community Board 1 this week about the proposal to have a bubble on top of the McCarren Park tennis courts during the off-season. The show-and-tell comes in advance of an RFP being issued for the project. As it stands now, the idea is to award operation of the bubble to a concessionaire for a 15-year period; the city would continue to run the courts as usual during the outdoor season. A Parks rep says that while he can’t say exactly what the fees would be for using the facility, “$40 to $45 an hour” would be a “pretty typical” range for Brooklyn.
Banter About The “Bubble” [NYS]
BREAKING: McCarren Getting a Tennis Bubble [Brownstoner]

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As Atlantic Yards Report first posted about yesterday, the corruption charges against State Senator Carl Kruger “portray a chummy relationship between Kruger and FCR Executive VP Bruce Bender, who not only tried to get money for Atlantic Yards–for the Carlton Avenue Bridge the developer is supposed to fund– but for the Lakeside Center project in Prospect Park. (Bender’s wife is on the Board of Directors of the Prospect Park Alliance and the Benders, like many others, have raised money for Prospect Park.)” The Times’ story on the matter today says the complaint against Kruger alleges he took “at least $1 million in bribes in exchange for help on state matters, including bribes from Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist for Forest City Ratner, and other clients.” An FCR spokesman tells the paper it ended its relationship with Lipsky on Wednesday but that the complaint “does not suggest that Forest City Ratner behaved in any way that’s inappropriate. The Real Deal, finally, has a story about how developer Aaron Malinsky, who is a principal with PA Associates, is accused of improperly funneling money to Kruger: “Prosecutors say that payments from Malinsky affected the outcome of various real estate developments, including what appears to be Canarsie Plaza at 8925 Avenue D in Brooklyn.” PA Associates is the firm that’s been chosen to build a ShopRite at the Navy Yard and is part of the City Point development team.
Corruption Charges Against Kruger Involve Atlantic Yards [AY Report]
Developer at Navy Yard Charged in Federal Bribery Case [TRD]
Developer Among Cast of Characters in Kruger Case [NY Times]

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Yesterday morning Brooklyn Heights Blog had a post regarding an email sent out by Judy Stanton, the executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, about how there had been five daytime burglaries in the neighborhood in the previous four days, and all of them involved thieves entering unlocked houses. City Room picked up on the story and interviewed some residents of the neighborhood, where an officer was taping up hundreds of warning fliers yesterday. One person who’s lived in the area since 1984 said unlocked doors are common in the Heights: “You get used to a certain level of comfort and you don’t go back too easily. But I locked my door today.” Is America’s first suburb the only section of Brooklyn where unlocked doors are common?
Five Daytime Burglaries in Brooklyn Heights in Last Four Days [BHB]
To Burgle in Brooklyn Heights, No Heavy Equipment Needed [City Room]