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Leader’s illness puts brakes on Brooklyn Bike Patrol

The Brooklyn Bike Patrol, which has been active in Sunset Park, Park Slope and nearby areas since September 2011, is now on hiatus because Jay “Rocket” Ruiz, the former bicycle messenger and Army veteran who founded the escort service for women, has been hospitalized with a heart attack.


Protesters to MTA: Bring back B37 bus!

"I am 77 year old activist who uses a walker. I have always used mass transit to live my life and that is what MTA has taken away," said VioletaMaya, who has lived in Sunset Park since 1949 and who charged that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority negatively impacted her life when it eliminated the B37 bus line three years ago.


32-Story ‘BAM South’ wins NYC Council approval

The ‘BAM South’ 32-story mixed use cultural development in Fort Greene won approval at a City Council committee meeting Monday morning. The Two Trees Management project, one of the key remaining pieces in the BAM Cultural District, will include cultural space, affordable housing and a new public plaza which includes a restaurant and retail. The building is designed by Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos.


Cobble Hill grocer vows to fight J.Crew eviction

Cobble Hill residents are up in arms at the news that a J.Crew clothing store is looking to take over the site operated by Pacific Green, a beloved local grocer and greenmarket at the corner of 151 Court Street at Pacific Streets since 1999.

As of Monday morning, more than 700 Pacific Green supporters had signed a petition at imploring J Crew to put their store elsewhere.


City wrapped in another "Freedom Of Information" litigation, must pay $49K for withholding information

A Manhattan judge has ruled that the New York City Police Department failed to comply with a duly-filed Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by wrongfully withholding information requested by a non-profit organization. He ordered the city to pay over $49,000 in legal fees.


Head of Brooklyn DA’s Gang Bureau fired for making insulting remarks

Deanna Rodriguez, the head of the Gang Bureau at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, has been fired for making racial and homophobic slurs. Rodriguez, who started working with the DA’s Office in 1985, reportedly called Counsel to D.A. Charles J. Hynes Lance Ogiste, an African-American, “the head n----r."


KEEPING IT CLASSY: Bikini Bar near Barclays?

A retired NYPD detective is proposing a “Bikini Bar” in the shadow of Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, Pix 11 reports.

Described as an ‘upscale Hooters’ the proposed Bikini Bar reportedly would feature pole dancers and strippers. But detective Michael Bell says not to worry -- it would be a “high end classy sort of joint.”


Famed photographer and musician collaborate on book

Both a book and a traveling exhibition of photographs, “Hard Art, DC 1979” (Trade Cloth, Pub. date June 4), presents Lucian Perkins’ snapshots of the 1979 music scene in Washington, DC.  That year, a soon-to-erupt punk scene took hold in DC, with bands like the Bad Brains, Trenchmouth, Teen Idles, the Untouchables, and the Slickee Boys, among others, at the forefront.  Perkins, who later became a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist for the Washington Post, was then an intern who photographed several pivotal shows over a short period of time.


Food talk, split families in novel's mix

There's a lot of tasty talk about food in "A Place at the Table" (Touchstone), a novel whose main characters have an affinity for the kitchen, often a source of refuge when they hunger for lost family affections.

For Bobby Banks, a young gay white man in flight from his Georgia home in 1981, a chef's job in a legendary Manhattan restaurant puts him on his feet. That same restaurant, years earlier, had played a similar role for Alice Stone, a black woman who made it famous after she left rural North Carolina to escape the abuses of Jim Crow.


New Eastern District judge celebrates robing ceremony in Brooklyn Courthouse

Brooklyn Federal Judge Pamela K. Chen was sworn in on Friday at an investiture, or robing ceremony, as the newest addition to the United States Eastern District Court.  Chen’s colleagues, mentors, friends, and family all came out to help acknowledge her accomplishments and her successes as she made the transition from trial attorney to federal judge.



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