Cherry blossoms bloom within the Brooklyn Botanic Backyard

Cherry blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo: Lore Croghan / Brooklyn Eagle

Cherry blossoms bloom in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It’s been about three weeks since the pink wave of cherry blossoms swept through the Cherry Walk of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The garden is just at the height of its prime. The Sakura Matsuri Festival, which is usually held when the cherry trees are in bloom, will not take place this year due to the pandemic. However, there is weekend pop-up music and dance performances to watch out for. Advance tickets are now required for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, according to the patch.

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Ditmas Park Bakery goes viral

Back Alley Bread, a bakery founded by Ditmas Park residents Autumn Moultrie and Brian Villanueva, has gone viral on Instagram. The couple settled in their apartment in Ditmas Park in March 2020. Since then they have been working in a larger apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The bakers sell a wide variety of goodies and process around 100 orders a week. According to Time Out New York, the most popular product is the angel donut, which is soaked in cinnamon sugar and an African honey glaze from Sierra Leone. They also sell savory items like a chicken biscuit tart and a French onion pretzel.

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Brooklyn Fare goes to Hudson Yards

Brooklyn Fare Kitchen & Market, based in downtown Brooklyn, has reopened its Chef’s Table restaurant in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards after it was closed for much of the indoor dining last year. The in-store high-end tasting menu is $ 430 per person and has 16 courses. The Michelin three-star restaurant, headed by chef Cesar Ramirez, attracts customers from all over the world, according to Supermarket News. Brooklyn Fare is also looking to open a supermarket location on the Upper West Side.
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New destination opened in East Flatbush

A new Target store opened on Kings Highway in East Flatbush. The store, located in the former Kristal Auto Mall, is one of about two dozen “small-format” versions of the chain in and near New York City. According to Patch, it includes groceries, apparel, home decor, personal auto and beauty products, a CVS pharmacy, and a Starbucks. Target first announced plans for the Kings Highway Store in 2018. A Church Avenue store is also being planned.

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Brooklyn woman charged with embezzlement

A Brooklyn woman, Vedeyah Badal of Ridgewood Avenue, was charged with grand theft and other crimes for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from her employer for seven years. In her role as an accountant for an outdoor and indoor demolition company, she is accused of creating fake employees to cash her checks and pocket the money for herself. She was charged in front of Queens Criminal Court Judge Danielle Hartman on a three-count criminal complaint in which she was charged with grand theft, money laundering and forgery of business records.

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Affordable lottery starts in Williamsburg

An affordable housing lottery was launched at 555 Grand St., a six-story building in Williamsburg. The renovated building was built in 1920 and has 12 apartments. Two units are available on NYC Housing Connect for residents earning between $ 80,572 and $ 167,570. Amenities in the living area include a shared laundry room and an elevator. According to New York YIMBY, the two apartments are two bedroom apartments with a monthly rent of $ 2,350.

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Hasidic leaders support Andrew Yang

The heads of several major Hasidic sects in Borough Park jointly endorsed Andrew Yang for the democratic nomination of mayor on Wednesday and almost certainly guaranteed the candidate several thousand votes from the neighborhood. The approval is signed by a coalition of ultra-Orthodox communities including the sects Bobov, Belz, Satmar, Sanz-Klausenberg and Pupa. The statement received from Forward reads: “After we have seriously examined the policies and skills of the current candidates and what is in the best interests of our community, we support the popular and energetic candidate, businessman and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang as mayor in the Democratic Elementary School. “

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Brooklyn Tech 2nd best in the state

Brooklyn Technical High School was named the state’s second best high school and is one of the best high schools in the country according to a new ranking by US News and World Report. Fort Greene School was one of two public high schools in Brooklyn to make it into New York’s top 10, the other being Brooklyn Latin School in Williamsburg. The best school in New York City was Townsend Harris High School in Flushing. On the national list, both high schools were in the top 100, Brooklyn Tech at number 22 and Brooklyn Latin School at number 66.

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The facade installation in Greenpoint is nearing completion

The installation of the facade in One Bell Slip, a 31-story residential tower in Greenpoint, is about to be completed. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by Brookfield Property Partners and Park Tower Group, the building will contain 413 apartments. Located on the corner of Bell Slip and Commercial Streets along Newtown Creek, the project is part of the riverside development of Greenpoint Landing, according to New York YIMBY.

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Fire in the area of ​​the city line

A two-alarm fire broke out Thursday morning in a house on Crescent Street in the City Line neighborhood of Brooklyn, according to ABC7. The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Heavy smoke was coming from the building, several FDNY units were on site, and firefighters were working to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. There were no reports of injuries.

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Brooklyn man missing for a week

A 61-year-old Brownsville man has been missing for more than a week and police are seeking public help. Steward Dillon was last seen outside his home on Prospect Place between Saratoga Avenue and Thomas S. Boyland Street on Tuesday April 20, police said. He was reported missing the following Monday. Police said Dillon was about 5-foot-10, weighed 200 pounds, and had gray hair, according to Patch.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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