Round Brooklyn: Vandalism in Prospect Park
Garbage is scattered all over the place. Photo courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance
Vandalism in Prospect Park
According to the Prospect Park Alliance, dozens of trash cans were overturned and piles of rubbish were scattered around Prospect Park in a massive act of vandalism on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday morning, park workers, volunteers and community members mobilized at an incredible rate and by late afternoon the damage was repaired. “Seeing our community mobilize so quickly for the park has really been a silver lining,” said Prospect Park’s Facebook page.
Ex shoots down his girlfriend’s father
A Brooklyn woman’s ex-boyfriend shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s father after they fought in front of the killer’s house, police said. The one-off couple, who have a child together, quarreled in a nightclub on Tuesday. The woman went to her ex’s house in Brownsville and the argument continued in her front yard. Overhearing the arguing, 49-year-old Vernon Kelly rushed from his Flatlands home to the scene with his fiancée. When Kelly was defending his daughter, the 31-year-old ex-boyfriend pulled out a gun and shot him in the head and chest, according to the Daily News. The ex got into a car and fled the scene. EMS crews took Kelly, known as the super of his building, to Brookdale University Hospital, where he died about half an hour later. Kelly also played music at local parties and was known as a DJ Backstreet.
Caribbean rally for St. Vincent
Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in Brooklyn recently gathered around St. Vincent and the Grenadines to seek urgent assistance as La Soufriere volcano continued to erupt. Hundreds of people brought relief supplies and packed boxes, barrels and boxes to the Friends of Crown Heights Education Center on Saturday and Sunday. Verna Arthur, head of the relief effort, told Caribbean Life: “It is expected that the Vincentians will respond to our country’s call for information because we do it without hesitation, but with the support of our Caribbean brothers and sisters and other countries. It’s amazing. “
Driver accused of attacking Hasidim
New York police have arrested the driver responsible for a deliberate attack on five Brooklyn Hasidim on Saturday. The minivan driver was caught on camera when he deliberately bumped into five pedestrians in Williamsburg, New York, hit the victims twice and stayed on-site before finally spurring away. The NYPD reportedly caught the suspect – Shokhobiddin Bakhritdinovon, 26 – on Sunday after his car was discovered by members of Shomrim, according to the General Journal, an Orthodox Jewish publication.
Online tipsters led the government to suspect
A Brooklyn man charged Tuesday with participating in the US Capitol riot was found on the basis of a tip from a Facebook group, court documents show. 19-year-old Dovid Schwartzberg reported to the FBI Tuesday after admitting to investigators that he was the person in photos showing people leaving the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, prosecutors said. His arrest comes three months after a person who saw the photos on a Facebook group sent them and a Twitter video from Schwartzberg to the FBI. The FBI later confirmed with DMV photos, surveillance videos and ultimately Schwartzberg himself that it was him, according to the patch in the photos and videos.
Opening of the climbing hall in Greenpoint
VITAL Brooklyn, a new 24-hour climbing gym, opens in May in a former warehouse in Greenpoint. The founders David Sacher and Nam Phan are dedicated to climbing and bouldering, but also want to create a community for fitness enthusiasts by throwing a wider net. That’s why the gym is so much more than just rock walls. According to Time Out New York, there is a fully equipped bike studio with a great sound system, fitness classes, weight machines, and comprehensive programs with instructors for those looking to do yoga, aerial silk, or other types of exercise.
Clarke applauds Chauvin’s belief
On the subject of Derek Chauvin’s conviction, US Representative Yvette Clarke said, “Derek Chauvin has been given due process that he denied George Floyd and is now serving his sentence. He was convicted and found guilty on all three counts. While that judgment won’t bring back George Floyd, it is a proud day for America, too. This verdict is a start – and the conviction must match the monstrous nature of the crime – but it does not absolve Congress and the federal government from our responsibility to reform police forces across the country. “
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce praises Chauvin’s verdict
“Today’s verdict brings an element of comfort and assurance that justice will prevail following the murder of George Floyd,” said Randy Peers, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday. “This is a step in the right direction to address the long history of racism and violence in this country as we try to genuinely accept systemic change and ensure that fairness under the law applies to everyone.”
Union boss accused of bribery
The Manhattan federal prosecutor has accused the head of the Brooklyn chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of accepting bribes from hundreds of workers. Salvatore Tagliaferro, president of the union’s Local 926, faces a two-week trial in Manhattan federal court over the alleged bribery scheme for approvals between 2017 and 2019. “The bribes allegedly began as payments of hundreds of dollars. In the end, Tagliaferro pocketed up to $ 2,000 per bribe from people seeking union membership, prosecutors said. His attorney insisted Tagliaferro was merely the “impostor” of John DeFalco, the union’s vice president of the Manhattan chapter, according to the Daily News.
Brooklyn woman caught for anti-Asian attack
Police arrested a Brooklyn woman Tuesday who allegedly cursed and beat a woman in Chinatown while she was yelling anti-Asian statements. Cheyenne Taylor, 29, of Freeport Loop, was charged on April 20 with aggravated assault as a hate crime for the April 7th incident on Grand Street, Manhattan. According to cops, Taylor approached the victim, a young woman who was sitting in a sidewalk cafe with a friend, making statements of hate and slapping the victim in the face, according to published reports.
Turnstile jumpers kick, police officers bite
A turnstile jumper battled police at a Brooklyn subway station and bit, kicked and spat on police officers who were about to let him go with a warning. The incident began when NYPD Transit Bureau officers saw Darion Harrington, 26, jumping a turnstile at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station. When the police approached him, a friend swiped him away. However, when Harrington spat on a sergeant’s boot, police tried to arrest him and he struggled, shouting and allegedly biting the finger of an officer trying to put a face mask on him. According to the New York Post, he was taken to the New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital for a psychological evaluation.
Leasing begins at the Greenpoint building
Caspi Development has started leasing The West, a new residential community near the East River waterfront in Greenpoint. The 22-unit residential community includes seven apartments that are part of the Affordable New York program. The property was developed by Caspi, Barone Management and Matt Development. Corcoran New Development is the exclusive leasing agent. The West has features and finishes including herringbone floors, Bosch hobs and microwaves, and Kohler faucets, according to Multifamily Housing News.
Compiled by Raanan Geberer.
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