Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

‘An investigation into the displacement of several tombstones at a primarily Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn, earlier suspected to be an act of anti-Semitic vandalism, found the cause to be unintentional, police said.

The NYPD hate crime task force inspected the grounds at the Washington Cemetery on Sunday after as many as 42 gravestones were discovered knocked down late Saturday night.

High winds, eroded soil and neglect were cited as the probable causes.

“It definitely was not vandalism,” Marisa Tarantino, general manager of the Washington Cemetery on Bay Parkway in Midwood told reporters, the Daily News reported.’

Read more: Wind toppled Jewish tombstones in Brooklyn, not neo-Nazis: police


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English: Location of Brooklyn on New York City.

English: Location of Brooklyn on New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One last hurrah: Banks profits and Housing market dominate ‘recovery’ of U.S. economy

One of the many, many lessons we should have learned from the 2009 crash is that an economy driven by inherently-unstable – and completely unproductive – things like rising home prices and bank trading profits can’t be trusted.

And yet here we are again. Bloomberg reports that the Manhattan housing boom has spread to the boroughs:

Brooklyn Home Prices Rise to Record in N.Y. Sales Frenzy

Home prices in Brooklyn, New York’s most populous borough, surged to a record as low interest rates and rising rents across the city swelled demand for homeownership amid a dwindling supply of properties for sale.

The median price of condominiums, co-ops and one- to three-family homes that sold in the second quarter was $550,000, up 15 percent from a year earlier and the highest in more than a decade of record keeping, New York-based appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate said in a report today. The inventory of listings fell 19 percent to 4,704, the lowest for a second quarter since Miller Samuel began tracking the data in 2008, said Jonathan Miller, the firm’s president.

The median price of condominiums, co-ops and one- to three- family homes that sold in the second quarter was $550,000, up 15 percent.

“You choke off supply, you have a slowly improving economy, and prices rise,” Miller said. “And then you compound it by widening your source of demand, when one of your competitors — Manhattan — is experiencing the same inventory problem.”

Rent gains across New York coupled with mortgage rates at historical lows have helped push buyers into a sales market that’s more affordable than Manhattan’s, while owners are still holding back from listing their properties. Homeowners who bought during the previous peak, when Brooklyn prices hit a median of $540,000 in 2007, still don’t have the equity to sell and come up with a down payment for something new, Miller said.

“You’re not under duress, you didn’t lose your job, you just can’t make the move, so what do you do? Nothing,” Miller said. “You just sit and wait for the market to improve.”

Rising Rents

Apartment rents in Brooklyn have also accelerated, jumping 14 percent in June from a year earlier to a median of $2,737, the highest in records dating to 2008, Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman said in a separate report today. In Manhattan, rents climbed 1.9 percent last month to $3,195, putting them 2.1 percent from the previous peak reached at the end of 2006.

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A Brooklyn couple has been arrested and accused of planning to open a babysitting service as a cover to drug and sexually abuse children.

Bebars Baslan, 35, and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Kristen Henry were arrested by the FBI and NYPD in a Jersey City hotel on Tuesday.

According to the New York Post, Kristen Henry has worked as a special education teacher at a private school in upstate Lackawanna. The Post also reported that Baslan collected child pornography and he allegedly wanted to videotape his girlfriend molesting a baby in an effort to protect himself through blackmail.

Thankfully, authorities foiled the couple’s plot to open the babysitting service. Still, it is horrifying to think of the potential devastation this pair could have inflicted on the lives of children and families if they had been given unfettered access to kids.

Child molesters will always look for ways to get access to your child. They will keep trying until an institution accepts them and gives them access to your child, and if that fails, they will find a way to do it on their own.

As a child advocate representing victims of abuse and a father of four children, I have come to learn the ways of the child molester. I have seen the dark side and it is your worst nightmare. I know this sick underworld is not in some foreign place.  It is in our own backyards. I have seen families destroyed and lives lost at the hands of a pedophile.

For these reasons, it is crucial for parents to be alert and armed with information about “red flags” and to always err on the side of caution.

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Police officers arrest a demonstrator in what was a very ugly evening again in Brooklyn.

Protesters enraged over the fatal shooting of a teenager by police poured into Brooklyn streets for a third straight night Wednesday, pitching bricks, bottles and garbage in furious clashes with cops.

At least 46 demonstrators were arrested along Church Ave. in East Flatbush. Police struggled to control a hostile crowd that broke away from a planned peaceful vigil for Kimani (Kiki) Gray, 16, killed by police on Saturday night.


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Police push protesters back on Church Ave. in East Flatbush.

Gray’s sister Mahnefeh was among those arrested. A police officer suffered a gash in the face when a tossed brick hit him, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said, and a window was smashed in an inspector’s car.



Kimani Gray is shown in this undated photo released on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in New York. Gray was shot and killed by New York City police officers in Brooklyn, when he allegedly pointed a .38 caliber revolver at them. Both officers fired, striking Gray. He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced DOA.

“They didn’t have to kill him,” Makaeo Williams, 18, said as police on motorcycles tracked alongside him. “I’m feeling mad inside. I’m angry. That’s why I’m out here.”

Many in the community contest police allegations that Gray pointed a gun at cops when he was shot during a confrontation with two plainclothes officers on E. 52nd St. Saturday night. Those suspicions on the street intensified Wednesday when an autopsy report revealed Gray was hit by seven bullets — three to the back.


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A pregnant protester who was knocked to the ground gets help from other protesters.

It was not clear in what order the shots struck the teen or whether he had his back to the police when they opened fire .



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Protesters taunt cops on Church Ave.

A witness told the Daily News Tuesday that the youth did not have a gun in his hand. But a police spokesman said the witness told detectives she couldn’t see the incident clearly “from the angle I was at.”

A woman who identified herself as Gray’s cousin told news outlets Wednesday that the teen was carrying a gun for a friend and was trying to alert cops that he had a weapon when he was shot. A loaded .38-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.


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Tishana King said she witnessed the shooting of Kimani Gray from her third floor window and she says she saw no gun.

The trouble Wednesday night began soon after more than 200 people set off from the vigil site at Church Ave. and E. 55th St. around 8:30 p.m.



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Photo of crime scene.

Dozens chanted “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today” as they marched west on Church Ave. toward the 67th Precinct stationhouse.

But things quickly got out of hand as some protesters tried to climb on police motorcycles. Men and women were pepper-sprayed and thrown to the ground and handcuffed.


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The spot where Kimani Gray was killed by NYPD. Councilman Jumaane Williams has locked horns with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly over the incident.

“I’m scared for everything, myself, my store, my workers,” said Salm Sami, 45, who owns the Deli, Grill & Grocery at Church and New York Aves. “This is three days of this.”

The protesters eventually backtracked to the vigil site where the parents of Ramarley Graham — an unarmed teenager fatally shot by police in the Bronx last year — were waiting. “It never seems to end,” said Frank Graham, Ramarley’s father. “The community has a right to be angry.”

But City Councilman Jumaane Williams, a frequent NYPD critic, blasted outsiders who he said escalated tensions. “Please stay the HELL out of our community will only agitate our kids,” Williams fumed on Twitter. “It’s dangerous and counterproductive.” ”

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Media scoundrels stopped short of truth and full disclosure. The Wall Street Journal headlined “An Internet Activist Commits Suicide.”

New York’s medical examiner announced death by “hang(ing) himself in his Brooklyn apartment.”

Lingering suspicions remain. Why would someone with so much to give end it all this way? He was one of the Internet generation’s best and brightest.

He advocated online freedom. Selflessly he sought a better open world. Information should be freely available, he believed. A legion of followers supported him globally.

Alive he symbolized a vital struggle to pursue. Death may elevate him to martyr status but removes a key figure important to keep alive.


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An Orthodox Jewish community has had to face up to claims of child sex abuse after 83 men and two women were arrested.

An initiative was set up to encourage victims to come forward despite pressure from the close-knit religious society to hush up the crimes.

Some 117 male and female victims have approached authorities in Brooklyn, New York since 2006. There were 89 accusers under the age of 17.

Hushed up: The Orthodox Jewish community has been reluctant to turn suspected child abusers over to authorities in the past but an initiative in Brooklyn aims to help victims come forwardHushed up: The Orthodox Jewish community has been reluctant to turn suspected child abusers over to authorities in the past but an initiative in Brooklyn aims to help victims come forward

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A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

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‘If this is justice, I’d rather break the law. The bankers who brought us this mess not only walk free, they drive free in Bentleys paid for by money looted through toxic mortgages, trading debacles and derivative madness. Regulators, prosecutors and an administration patsy to big finance do nothing except hand out $1.3 trillion in bailout cash and guarantees.

Consider how sick this narrative has become. A counter protest was planned in which bankers and traders said they would douse the “dirty hippies” of Occupy Wall Street with champagne, to give them “a bath.”

These are the people police are protecting.

The ones outraged by greed run amok, reckless behavior and fraud are getting wrestled to the pavement and arrested.’

Read more: Protesters Arrested While Wall Street Crooks Go Free

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–Canadian fugitive charged with foiled al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] plot vs NYC subways; more charges in Canada

15 Mar 2011 A Canadian fugitive helped get terror training for three New Yorkers accused in a failed ‘al-Qaida’ sanctioned plot to attack the city’s subways, U.S. prosecutors said Tuesday. An indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn accuses Ferid Imam of supporting Najibullah Zazi, Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin when they traveled to the northern frontier of Pakistan in 2008. The three onetime high school classmates from Queens left the region with orders from al-Qaida to become suicide bombers on American soil.

LINK: Canadian Fugitive Charged in NYC Subway Plot

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A New Yorker who writes and directs comedy videos is on a quest to find the people who shot a roll of striking black-and-white photos of the city that he found in a park.

Todd Bieber stumbled upon the roll of film while cross-country skiing in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park after the Christmas blizzard that dumped 12 to 18 inches of snow in the area. Bieber developed the film and was captivated by the photos, which show what he surmises to be some out-of-towners taking a snowy and beautiful journey from Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge to an empty Coney Island amusement park, and then to Prospect Park, where they must have accidentally dropped the film canister.


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New York City Battered by Fierce Storm 17 Sep 2010 A brief but fierce storm roared through New York City on Thursday evening, throwing down trees like sticks, paralyzing debris-strewn neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, disrupting commuter rail service and killing at least one person. The storm and its aftereffects bore many of the hallmarks of a tornado, with the tops of trees sheared off and roofs blown off houses, but National Weather Service officials were still analyzing data to determine whether it should be classified as one.

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New York (CNN) — Authorities closed all lanes of a bridge connecting the New York boroughs of Queens and the Bronx during rush hour Thursday morning for a “police investigation,” officials said.

Police were investigating a vehicle parked under Throgs Neck Bridge, a police spokesman said. The car’s engine was left running, said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne. Video footage showed the vehicle’s lights were on.


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There are dozens of reports each week that we could post of these holier than thou leaders from different religious backgrounds engaging in molestation and child abuse. People need to wake up to the fact that the evil in this world permeates from religion and belief in gods. And we are not just picking on the christian, catholic and jews….CLICK HERE BJ

In a halting voice, a 22-year-old man on Wednesday accused a Brooklyn rabbi of repeatedly molesting him when he was a teenager.

Supporters of Rabbi Baruch Lebovits packed the courtroom as the accuser took the witness stand to describe a series of assaults in a car between 2004 and 2005.

“Did he say anything?” Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory asked.

“He said something but I don’t remember,” murmured the young man, dressed in jeans, white shirt, tie and a yarmulke on shoulder-length black scraggly hair.

He spoke so softly and with such hesitation that Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango repeatedly asked him to speak up.

“How did you feel?” Gregory asked of the alleged attacks.

“Very uncomfortable and confused,” he said.

He sat less than 20 feet from Lebovits, 59, who was surrounded by supporters.

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What ever Bernie Maddof had sure is contagious- Kristal Klear

It was created 40 years ago to provide health care for the poorest New Yorkers, offering a lifeline to those who could not afford to have a baby or a heart attack. But in the decades since, New York State’s Medicaid program has also become a $44.5 billion target for the unscrupulous and the opportunistic.

It has drawn dentists like Dr. Dolly Rosen, who within 12 months somehow built the state’s biggest Medicaid dental practice out of a Brooklyn storefront, where she claimed to have performed as many as 991 procedures a day in 2003. After The New York Times discovered her extraordinary billings through a computer analysis and questioned the state about them, Dr. Rosen and two associates were indicted on charges of stealing more than $1 million from the program.

It has drawn van services, intended as medical transportation for patients who cannot walk unaided, that regularly picked up scores of people who walked quite easily when a reporter was watching nearby. In cooperation with medical offices that order these services, the ambulettes typically cost the taxpayers more than $50 a round trip, adding up to $200 million a year. In some cases, the rides that the state paid for may never have taken place.

School officials around the state have enrolled tens of thousands of low-income students in speech therapy without the required evaluation, garnering more than $1 billion in questionable Medicaid payments for their districts. One Buffalo school official sent 4,434 students into speech therapy in a single day without talking to them or reviewing their records, according to federal investigators.


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