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Jehovah’s Witnesses Sell Property as they Divest from Brooklyn

Sep 04, 17 Jehovah’s Witnesses Sell Property as they Divest from Brooklyn

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Jehovah’s Witnesses are sold off close to their last bits of Brooklyn real estate in the wake of their relocation to Upstate New York. The most recent sale was of their Brooklyn Heights, 12-story, 97-unit apartment building for $58 million. The sale of 97 Columbia Heights was to a Los Angeles-based investment firm, Hawkins Way Capital, which also purchased another Witness building for $18 million, located at 119 Columbia Heights, just up the street. 97 Columbia Heights, close to 89,000 square-feet, was purchased by the Witnesses when it was still under construction in 1986. The Witnesses also put up for sale what is their last empty lot in Brooklyn, located at 1 York Street, just north of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights. The lot’s price is not listed, but it is estimated to be worth about $54 million, with about 189,000 to 250,000 square-feet of buildable space on 52,000 square-feet. That comes to about $300 per build-able...

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Park Slope School Principal Cleared of Communist Organizing

Aug 31, 17 Park Slope School Principal Cleared of Communist Organizing

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Jill Bloomberg, principal of Park Slope Collegiate high school has been absolved of accusations made against her contending that she was organizing and hosting on-campus Communist meetings. Officials of the Department of Education announced last week that after extensive investigation into the allegations, Ms. Bloomberg is completely clear of any wrongdoing related to the claims. The Office of Special Investigations did find Bloomberg guilty of other, unrelated infractions of minor rules. Michael Aciman, department spokesman, said that “appropriate disciplinary action will be taken” for her failure to get permission from the parents of students to show a documentary at school; to hire a substitute teacher without the proper authorization; and to offer a history class to fulfill a required government credit without getting permission. Bloomberg says the original accusations originated with an employee with something against her, stating that: “The DOE has admitted that they initiated an investigation against me based on allegations from a completely unreliable source,” she said. “Nonetheless, while finding the allegations of Communist organizing to be patently false, they are still threatening disciplinary action based on minor bureaucratic complaints from the same discredited source. Any disciplinary action is simple retaliation for our defense of our students, their civil rights and our advocacy for integration.” Jeanne Miller, Bloomberg’s lawyer, said that the claims the DOE brought against Bloomberg were wrong and are the equivalent of harassment. “They felt like they had to find something because they had fought so hard to do this investigation,” Mirer said. “Her reputation as a professional has been hurt by what is clearly a retaliatory action.” Some parents and employees at the school have supported Bloomberg. The New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to lawyers at the DOE asking them to drop the investigation....

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Judge Says He Can’t Promise El Chapo’s Lawyers Will Get Paid

Aug 15, 17 Judge Says He Can’t Promise El Chapo’s Lawyers Will Get Paid

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US District Judge Brian Cogan did not make accused drug lord “El Chapo’s” lawyers feel reassured about their eventual compensation at Monday’s Brooklyn hearing. When the hearing commenced Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was seen waving to his wife and twin daughters, who were viewing the proceedings from the second row of the public seating in the courtroom. The judge then informed Guzman and his lawyers that the government could not promise that the drug lord’s assets would not be seized, thus depriving the lawyers of their compensation. El Chapo, who has twice staged dramatic prison breaks in Mexico, is being tried in Brooklyn for heading up a multi-billion-dollar international drug trafficking ring which carried out multiple murders and kidnappings. He was extradited from Mexico in January, and has been held in solitary confinement in a prison in lower Manhattan. His lawyers are worried that if the government seizes Guzman’s money, there will be nothing left to pay them. Among Guzman lawyers is Jeff Lichtman, who was able to successfully defend the son of mafia scion John Gotti. The government has said it wants to collect $14 billion in drug money from El Chapo. Guzman’s lawyers argued that they want to alleviate the taxpayer’s burden of having to pay the public defenders the court would appoint, but only if they know in advance they will be compensated. After the hearing and Judge Cogan’s ruling, Lichtman said he still wanted to find a way to defend his client, who pleaded not guilty to charges of running a drug trafficking cartel that laundered billions of dollars and committed murder and kidnapping. The hearing lasted 15 minutes during which El Chapo turned to look at his family several times, with clear emotion in his face. He is scheduled to spend some time with his family for the first time in seven months this...

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Army Refuses to Change Names of Streets Honoring Confederate Generals

Aug 10, 17 Army Refuses to Change Names of Streets Honoring Confederate Generals

Posted by in All, Politics

In the 1840s two army soldiers who later fought for the South were stationed at Fort Hamilton, twenty years before the eruption of the bloody US Civil War. Those soldiers later became Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, among the most famous of the military men who fought on the side of the Confederacy. After the war was won by the North, the streets were named after these important generals in an act of reconciliation, according to an army spokesperson. But now four Brooklyn lawmakers, Representatives Yvette Clarke, Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez and Hakeem Jeffries are calling for the street names to be changed. They say they took their inspiration from the city of New Orleans, who took down statues of Lee and other Confederate officers in their city. “These monuments are deeply offensive to the hundreds of thousands of Brooklyn residents and members of the armed forces stationed at Fort Hamilton whose ancestors Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson fought to hold in slavery,” Clarke said. “For too many years, the United States has refused to reckon with that history. I commend the city of New Orleans for initiating this important and often difficult work. I will continue to petition the Department of the Army to contribute to that effort.” The army, however, had refused the request, saying that the streets were named after Jackson and Lee “in the spirit of reconciliation” and that they were honored as individuals and not as the representatives of any “particular cause or ideology.” “After over a century, any effort to rename memorializations on Fort Hamilton would be controversial and divisive,” acting Assistant Secretary of the Army Diane Randon wrote in a letter responding to the lawmakers’ pleas. Clarke says she is not going to give up so easily, retorting that “‘reconciliation’ was actually complicity by the North and the South to ignore the interests of African-Americans and enforce white supremacy, effectively denying the result of the Civil War for generations.” “We are still living...

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Revamped Brooklyn Basketball Courts Name in Memory of Rapper Biggie

Aug 03, 17 Revamped Brooklyn Basketball Courts Name in Memory of Rapper Biggie

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Brooklyn honored one of its own last week when Councilman Robert Cornegy officiated at a ceremony naming a Bedford-Stuyvesant basketball court after rap singer B.I.G. The courts are within the boundaries of the Crispus Attucks Playground at Fulton Street and Classon Avenue. Their official name is, “Christopher “Biggie” Wallace Courts,” and makes good on a promise Cornegy made to the rapper’s mother, Voletta Wallace, at the time her son was killed, in order to honor him and his memory. “The feeling is surreal,” Cornegy said during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. The basketball courts are part and parcel of a larger Parks Department renovation which cost the city $2.5 million and took five years. In addition to the refurbished basketball courts, the part now boasts better handball courts, a spanking new playground, and a completely overhauled safety surface. There is also a new set of stairs and beautiful landscaping all around the playground. Christopher Wallace was a frequent visitor to the park before he became famous with a few hit songs such as “Juicy,” “Big Poppa” and “What’s Beef?” Wallace had a history of dealing drugs and his songs are full of violent language, but his mother has been working hard to change his ultimate legacy, especially by creating the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation. “(His mother) changed the acronym for B.I.G. to stand for books instead of guns,” Cornegy said. “We’re in the process of redoing libraries providing books for young kids in school and that was her commitment.” Wallace was murdered in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997 in a drive-by shooting. No one has ever been charged with the...

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Umgestaltetes Brooklyn Basketballspielfeld – Name im Gedenken an Rapper Biggie

Aug 03, 17 Umgestaltetes Brooklyn Basketballspielfeld –  Name im Gedenken an Rapper Biggie

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Brooklyn ehrte letzte Woche einen der Seinen, als Gemeinderat Robert Cornegy bei einer Zeremonie amtierte, bei der ein Bedford-Stuyvesant Basketballspielfeld nach dem Rap-Sänger B.I.G. benannt wurde. Die Spielfelder liegen innerhalb der Grenzen des Crispus Attucks Playground bei der Fulton Street und der Classon Avenue. Ihr offizieller Name ist: “Christopher “Biggie” Wallace Courts,” und macht ein Versprechen wahr, dass Cornegy der Mutter des Rappers, Voletta Wallace, zu der Zeit, als ihr Sohn getötet wurde, gab, um ihn und sein Gedenken zu ehren. “Das Gefühl ist surreal,” sagte Cornegy während der feierlichen Eröffnungszeremonie am Mittwoch. Die Basketballspielfelder sind ein wesentlicher Bestandteil einer größeren Renovierung des Gartenbauamts, die die Stadt 2,5 Millionen kostete und fünf Jahre dauerte. Zusätzlich zu den renovierten Basketballspielfeldern bietet der Abschnitt jetzt bessere Handballspielfelder, einen brandneuen Spielplatz und eine komplett generalüberholte Sicherheitsoberfläche. Es gibt auch einen neuen Satz Treppen und eine schöne Landschaftsgestaltung um den ganzen Spielplatz herum. Christopher Wallace war ein häufiger Besucher des Parks, bevor er mit ein paar Hits wie “Juicy,” “Big Poppa”und “What’s Beef?” berühmt wurde. Wallace hatte eine Vergangenheit des Drogenhandels und seine Lieder sind voll von gewalttätiger Sprache, aber seine Mutter hat hart daran gearbeitet, sein ultimatives Erbe zu ändern, besonders indem sie die Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation gründete. “(Seine Mutter) änderte die Abkürzung für B.I.G. in die Abkürzung für “books instead of guns,” (Bücher anstatt Schusswaffen), sagte Cornegy. “Wir sind dabei, Büchereien in Ordnung zu bringen, die Bücher für junge Kinder in der Schule bieten, und das war ihre Verpflichtung.” Wallace wurde in Los Angeles am 9. März 1997 durch Schüsse aus einem vorüberfahrenden Fahrzeug ermordet. Niemand wurde je wegen der Ermordung...

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Sharing a Love for Cars: Naomi Campbell and Louis C. Camilleri

Jul 25, 17 Sharing a Love for Cars: Naomi Campbell and Louis C. Camilleri

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As recently reported in the news, Renault development driver Oliver Rowland is going to get his first chance to drive with Formula 1 at Assen next month. He is currently third in the Formula 2 championship standings and he’s going to drive Renault’s 2012 Lotus F1 car. Watch for Rowland on August 5th during the Gamma Racing Days event at Assen. As Rowland said about the news, “It’s a really exciting time for me to drive Renault’s F1 car in front of 100,000 people in Holland…I see this as a step in the right direction to achieving my dream of driving in Formula 1.” Certainly, this news is interesting for Formula One fans around the world. Two such fans are reported to have come together out of their love of Formula One. News sources report that supermodel Naomi Campbell and Chairman of Philip Morris International Louis C. Camilleri have started dating. Naomi is incredibly private about her dating life, but many sources have seen then together and report that they met over their mutual love of Formula One. Camilleri was born in Egypt and speaks English, Italian, German and French. He’s a father of three and is...

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New York City U-Bahn bedarf dringender Reparaturen

Jul 24, 17 New York City U-Bahn bedarf dringender Reparaturen

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Zunehmende Probleme haben den zerfallenden Zustand des weiten U-Bahn-Systems von New York City offenbart, eines Systems, das auf viele Arten das Kreislaufsystem ist, das die Stadt am Leben hält. Das letzte Ereignis umfasste eine Entgleisung nah der Haltestelle Brighton Beach gegen 9:00 Uhr letzten Freitag. Zum Glück wurden keine Verletzungen berichtet, als ein Satz Räder auf dem zweiten Wagen von den Schienen fiel. Ein anderer Zug kam, um die Passagiere abzuholen, aber der Dienst auf den B- und Q-Linien war während der viel befahrenen morgendlichen Pendlerstunden ernsthaft gestört. Diese Entgleisung folgte dem Ereignis in Manhattan, das Verletzungen bei über 20 Menschen verursachte. Andere Systemstörungen haben den Dienst beeinträchtigt oder Schaden verursacht, wie Signalprobleme in Manhattan, ein Feuer auf den U-Bahn-Gleisen im oberen Manhattan, das neun Menschen ins Krankenhaus schickte, und ein Zug in Queens mit mechanischen Problemen. Die Interimsdirektorin der Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Veronique Hakim, sagte, dass die Entgleisung von Brooklyn untersucht wurde, aber es war nicht sofort klar, was das Ereignis verursachte. Es waren circa 135 Menschen an Bord, was als “leichte Last” für den Zug galt. Fr. Hakim entschuldigte sich für das Ereignis vom Freitag: “Es tut uns leid, dass dies heute Morgen geschah,” sagte Fr. Hakim. Wer tatsächlich verantwortlich ist für die allgemeine Instandhaltung des U-Bahn-Systems, scheint unklar zu sein. Joseph J. Lhota, Vorsitzender der MTA, drängte Bürgermeister Bill de Blasio, die notwendigen Reparaturen am alternden System durchzuführen. Hr. Lhota sagte, er habe einen Vorschlag für Notfälle, der bald veröffentlicht werde, der besagt, dass die Stadt und der Staat die Verantwortung übernehmen müssten und die Gelder für die Reparaturen zur Verfügung stellen müssten. Hr. Lhota ist sich mit Gouverneur Andrew M. Cuomo einig, der den Bürgermeister von New York dafür ermahnte, nicht die Verantwortung für das U-Bahn-System übernommen zu haben, das der Stadt gehört. Die Unterstützer des Verkehrsbetriebes haben eine andere Meinung, die besagt, dass der Gouverneur die Verantwortung übernehmen muss, da er die MTA kontrolliert, indem er den Vorsitzenden auswählt und selbst mehr und mehr an den Aktivitäten der Agentur...

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