Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – August 30-September 1

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from Saturday to Monday from noon to 6 pm for the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: University Place between Waverly Place and 13th Street; Washington Square East between Waverly Place and West 4th Street; and Washington Place between Washington Square East and Mercer Street.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
* Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 6 pm for the First Police Precinct Explorers Block Party.
* St. John’s Place between Kingston and Franklin Avenue and President Street between Franklin Avenue and Washington Avenue in Brooklyn will be closed from 10 am to 4 pm for the West Indian American Day Carnival.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:
* 6th Avenue between 42nd Street and 56th Street and 46th Street between Madison Avenue and 7th Avenue in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Brazilian American Cultural Street Festival.
* Clove Road between Victory Boulevard and Forest Avenue and Martling Avenue between Clove Road and Slosson Avenue on Staten Island will be closed from 10 am to 1 pm for the Annual Celiac Run.

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

Cops Hunt Gang Who Mugged Men in Brooklyn

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A gang of at least 10 men beat four people during robberies in Sunset Park.

The victims, all men in their mid-20s to 30s were on Second Avenue and 46th Street Sunday at about 4:20 a.m. when the crew approached them, cops said.

The suspects kicked and beat the victims before leaving them bloodied on the street. The thugs then robbed the men of their iPhones, cash and other personal items, cops said.

The crooks fled in a Nissan Maxima going northbound on Second Avenue, cops said.

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Treyger & Colton to Require MTA to Notify Public of Bedbug Outbreaks on Trains and Buses

ntrainCouncil Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member Bill Colton are calling on the MTA to provide public notification within 24 hours of cases of confirmed bedbug sightings on any trains, buses or in stations. The proposal comes after a number of incidents involving bedbugs on several trains along the N line, in addition to trains on the Q and 6 lines. On Monday, an N train was taken out of service at DeKalb Avenue and a conductor received medical attention as a result of bedbugs. Currently, the MTA does not have a formal policy for informing the public about these incidents.

In response, Treyger and Colton are proposing state legislation, supported by a City Council resolution, requiring the MTA to take the same steps to inform its customers as it does for other emergencies or service delays, including social media outreach. In addition, the MTA would have to detail the steps it is taking to remedy these situations and protect the public’s health while using public transportation. This proposal has support from the Transport Workers Union (TWU), whose members have been impacted by the outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton were joined at today’s press conference in front of the N train station on Kings Highway by District Leader-elect Nancy Tong and a number of residents who regularly use this line and are concerned about the lack of information from the MTA about the recent outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Colton now plan to move forward with this legislation, putting a formal procedure in place to respond to outbreaks and notify the public.

“This is an important issue that the MTA has to take much more seriously on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers that ride its buses and trains, as well as its employees. The MTA has an obligation to inform the public of any bedbug sightings or outbreaks due to the health implications that are involved. However, the MTA must also consider the economic consequences of bedbug infestations in a home, especially for working New Yorkers who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars in fumigation or cleaning bills. The MTA can easily inform the public in much the same manner it does for service delays, and we deserve to know exactly what steps it is taking to respond to bedbug infestations,” said Council Member Treyger.

”The public has a right to know if there is a confirmed detection of bedbugs on trains or buses. The families of riders and transit workers must be given the opportunity to take protective measures to minimize the chance of bedbug infestation being transported to their homes and places of work,” said Assembly Member Colton.

“Families are rightfully worried about the disruption and large economic costs that bedbugs can cause, if carried into their homes. Families have a right to be informed as to how to protect themselves from this risk,” said District Leader-elect Tong.

Alternate Side and Meter Rules Suspended Monday, September 1

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations are suspended on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

Crown Heights Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing 12 Year Old Girl

A Brooklyn man is facing up to 14 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says Roodly Loiseau of Crown Heights will be sentenced on Sept. 12.

He was convicted this week on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The crimes occurred between February and April in 2013.
After the conviction, the judge raised the defendant’s bail from $10,000 to $100,000.

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Brooklyn Public Library Engages Record Number of Summer Reading Program Participants In 2014

bplMore than 126,000 children and teens participated in the Library’s Summer Reading Program this year, breaking the record for annual participation in the program’s ten-year history, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced today. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn Public Library’s Summer Reading Program aims to prevent “summer slide” by encouraging Brooklyn’s young readers to visit one of the library’s 60 branches throughout the borough.

It is estimated that summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction per year, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected. The Summer Reading Program aims to keep children and teens active and engaged by offering book lists, activities, gameboards for kids, and reading challenge cards for teens and adults. Every year, BPL also offers a Summer Reading Program for adults, which includes a lecture series, book discussions and an adult Summer Reading book list.

“Whether they were enjoying the quiet of their neighborhood branch or taking in the sunshine in Prospect Park or Coney Island, a record number of Brooklyn’s young readers spent their summers with a good book,” said Linda E. Johnson, President & CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “When children read over the summer, they are more likely to start school prepared and become lifelong readers. This was a great year for summer reading, and we know that 2015 will be better yet.”

To promote the Summer Reading Program, library staff visited schools, community centers, daycare centers, street fairs, and houses of worshipto engage with parents and students on the importance of summer reading.

This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” encouraged students to interact with the principles of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. The library offered a summer science club, games, videos and educational challenges to inspire kids from pre-K through high school to explore the sciences. This year’s Robot Engineers Game, which invited kids to research, design, and build a model of their ideal robot friend, led to some very innovative creations. Everyone who finished a summer reading game board or challenge was entered into a drawing for iPads, Beats headphones, Buddyphones and Sparki robots.