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Menchaca’s Goal: ‘I Want to Be Part of a Movement’

Carlos Menchaca shocked the political world in 2013 when he defeated incumbent Councilmember Sara Gonzalez in the Democratic Primary in the 38th Council District. But Menchaca, who went on to win the general election that year, said he doesn’t want to be the only one making political waves.

“I want to be part of a movement,” Menchaca told the Brooklyn Eagle during an interview in his district office at 4417 Fourth Ave. in Sunset Park.


Virtual reality film festival coming to DUMBO

Roughly two dozen virtual reality films will be unveiled in DUMBO on Oct. 6 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival.

Virtual reality (VR) films go beyond 3D technology to immerse participants – who wear a special headset – into a simulated physical environment. Viewers feel as if they are moving about in the real world,  or through an imagined environment the filmmaker has created.

Audiences will experience the films through Gear VR equipment supplied by Samsung, as well as Oculus VR headsets.


Brooklyn Strand workshop coming up Monday

Community Board 2 and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership are hosting a presentation and workshop on the Brooklyn Strand proposal this Monday, September 21, at 6 p.m. at the Willoughby Senior Center, 105 North Portland Avenue, between Park and Myrtle avenues.


Sunset Park woman gives birth on her stoop

Rebecca Giordano gave birth to a “step” son on Sept. 9. Little Isaiah Jones, the second child of Rebecca and her husband Chris Jones, was born on the stoop in front of the couple’s Sunset Park house – on the third step to be exact.

“It all happened so fast,” said proud grandmother Renee Giordano, executive director of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District (BID). “She thought she had more time. She thought she was going to be able to get to the hospital in time. I guess the baby had other ideas.”


BKLYN's fascinating fixer-uppers: Crown Heights North rowhouses in need of some TLC

In manicured, marvelous Brooklyn, fixer-upper buildings really stand out.

Some are splendid despite their disrepair. The messiness adds to their allure. Some are just a mess.

The Coignet Building, a sweet little landmark surrounded by a big Gowanus Whole Foods, is the most famous of the fixer-uppers we've been obsessing about lately. Here are two fixer-upper rowhouses we can't take our Eye off of:

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1339 Bergen St.


Bonus photos: The Gowanus Whole Foods is always and forever an eater's wonderland

What's the point of food if you don't take photos of it?

America is a nation of eaters who turn every meal into an Instagram image, to which we say Bravo!

Food is fun to photograph in grocery aisles as well, of course.


Forget food! Landlord wants 'Whole' truth about Whole Foods' landmark renovation

Attention Whole Foods: The Coignet Building's owner has a message for you.

It's about that renovation you've been doing of the lonely little landmark tucked between two wings of your supermarket on the corner of Third Avenue and Third Street in Gowanus.

“Tell them I'd like to see it finished before I die,” Richard Kowalski, age 71, said in a phone interview with the Brooklyn Eagle.

“I'm not a happy camper,” Kowalski said.


Cranberry Street Fair to return to Brooklyn Heights for 44th year

Brooklyn Heights will again be dancing in the street for the 44th annual Cranberry Street Fair this Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On the shady, quiet block between Hicks and Willow streets, locals will celebrate the coming of autumn with a day of homegrown activities and entertainment, including belly dancing, browsing books and treasures, guessing the number of cranberries, climbing on the fire engine, parading their pets and having their fortunes told. Residents will also vie for gustatory glory in the bakeoff.


Town halls planned on Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO school rezoning

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) wants to get public input on their draft proposal regarding the rezoning of P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights and P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill. To that end, DOE and District 13 Community Education Council (CEC) have scheduled two town halls.

The first takes place on September 16 at P.S. 307 (209 York St.) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The second is scheduled for Sept. 21 at P.S. 8 (37 Hicks St.) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


New board voted in at Cobble Hill Association after leadership brouhaha

Following the resignation of long-time leader Roy Sloane after two dozen members threatened to depose him, last Thursday a large crowd gathered in Cobble Hill to vote on a new line up of officers for the Cobble Hill Association's (CHA) executive board.



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