Crime is down, but Brownsville doesn't feel it

Year-end boasts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that New York is the safest big city in America can ring hollow in Brownsville, a Brooklyn neighborhood where the cycle of violence, silence and retribution feels entrenched and where crime seems immune to strategies that have brought record lows across the city.


Brooklyn kids ‘PAL’ around with celebs at holiday party

Kids from Brownsville and other Brooklyn neighborhoods got to “PAL” around with celebrities like supermodel Carol Alt and “Boardwalk Empire” star Anthony Laciura at a recent holiday party hosted by the Police Athletic League.

The Police Athletic League (PAL) and CitySightseeing New York co-sponsored the party, which took place at the PAL’s Harlem Center. PAL is the city’s largest independent, nonprofit youth organization. CitySightseeing New York operates sightseeing bus tours around the city, well as cruises around New York Harbor.


Courtroom outbursts during hearing for accused Brooklyn baby killer

The family members of a 16-month-old child who was shot to death in Brooklyn lashed out at the accused killer during a courtroom hearing last week.

Cherina Miller, aunt to 16-month-old Antiq Hennis, found it difficult to contain her emotions as she watched the accused killer, Daquan Wright, make seemingly smug and self-satisfied facial expressions during a pretrial appearance in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog on Dec. 20.

According to court documents, Miller screamed "You're f------ smiling?” and other similar expletives.


Brooklyn jury awards $250K in illegal stop-and-frisk case

A Brooklyn jury awarded a teenager $250,000 for damages incurred during an illegal stop and subsequent incarceration by the New York Police Department.

On the morning of Feb. 27, 2011, Ryan Ali, an African-American teenager, was walking home from the laundromat on Clarkson Street between 95th and 96th streets when a marked police car pulled alongside him, calling out an unknown name.


Colton calls on MTA to put ‘positive controls’ on trains

As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continued its investigation into the Metro-North train derailment that killed four people, a Brooklyn lawmaker issued a call for “positive” changes in the brake mechanism of commuter trains.

Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) called on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which operates Metro-North, to install special brakes known as “positive controls,” that would automatically decrease train speeds.


Red Cross gives Sandy-Related $100,000 grant to Children’s Health Fund

The American Red Cross has awarded a $100,000 grant to Children’s Health Fund to support mental health services for children and families affected by Superstorm Sandy in Brooklyn.

The funding will be used to help 530 children and families in Gerritsen Beach with Sandy-related mental health challenges to build the coping skills necessary to more fully recover.


Brooklyn native and longtime Hollywood director tells all in recent memoir

Despite his success as a Hollywood film and TV director, Brooklyn native Allen Baron came from humble beginnings.


Jeffries to hold town hall on Sandy relief efforts

More than a year after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, residents in shorefront communities are still struggling to recover.

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, whose congressional district takes in parts of storm-damaged Bergen Beach, Mill Basin and Canarsie, will host a town hall meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at 9502 Seaview Ave. (second floor), at 7 p.m.


SUNY Downstate receives $1 million grant for eyesight restoration research

The State University of New York’s Empire Innovation Program has awarded SUNY Downstate Medical Center a $1 million grant to recruit and retain faculty researchers in support of the Department of Ophthalmology’s research on restoring eyesight and preventing vision impairment.

SUNY Downstate will match an additional $1 million to the project, which is a key part of the campus’ ongoing efforts to create a world-class vision center in Brooklyn.


NYC election board defends poll-site notifications

The New York City Board of Elections, responding to Election Day complaints by voters in Brooklyn that they hadn't been notified about changes to polling sites, says it had every reason to make those changes — and took the necessary steps to let people know.

According to an “urgent message” on its website on Election Day, the Board of Elections changed the site of 145 election districts for the November vote. The changes affected two districts in Queens, 18 in Manhattan and 125 in Brooklyn. No sites in Staten Island or the Bronx were affected.



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