9/11 Coney Island Memorial Vandalized

A Brooklyn memorial to the police officers and firefighters who were killed in the World Trade Center attacks has been vandalized.
Someone smeared white paint on the Wall of Remembrance at MCU Park in Coney Island Friday night.

The ballpark is home to the minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones.

The vandal singled out the portrait of Officer Moira Smith by smearing paint around it.
Smith was the only female NYPD officer who died on Sept. 11.

Police are examining surveillance video to identify the person responsible.

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Twelve Charged With Narcotics Trafficking Following Undercover Investigation at Tilden Houses in Brownsville

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Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that 12 alleged drug dealers have been variously charged in criminal complaints with selling crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana to undercover officers over the past nine months during an anti-drug initiative at the Samuel J. Tilden Houses in Brownsville. In addition, a loaded .38-caliber weapon, among other items, was recovered during the execution of court-authorized search warrants.

District Attorney Thompson said, “These arrests should put the criminal element that plies its trade around the law-abiding residents of the Tilden Houses on notice: we will simply not tolerate drug dealing anywhere in our communities, especially around our schools.”

Commissioner Bratton said, “The New York City Police Department is committed to improving the quality of life for all residents of public housing and ensuring that those who distribute narcotics in our communities will be brought to justice. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the NYPD’s Narcotic Division and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, these individuals will be held accountable for their actions.”

The investigation began this past February following community complaints about narcotics trafficking and violence in and around the Tilden Houses, located in Brownsville. The Tilden Houses consists of eight 16-story buildings with addresses on Dumont Avenue and Livonia Avenue. The majority of the defendants live in the housing development which they are alleged to have turned into a violence-plagued drug market.

Over the course of the investigation, undercover officers made approximately 180 buys of crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana from 12 defendants, including one defendant who allegedly sold crack cocaine while he was with his daughter, who appeared to be approximately five-years-old. The majority of the buys were made within 1,000 feet of the following schools: Public School 284 located at 213 Osborn Street, on the North side of the houses and Public School 41 located at 411 Thatford Avenue on the South side of the houses.

The defendants were arrested yesterday and are presently awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court. In addition, police executed several court-authorized search warrants yesterday and among the items seized were a loaded .38-caliber handgun, an unloaded shotgun and shotgun shells, and varying amounts of crack-cocaine, cocaine, MDMA, marihuana, drug paraphernalia and cash.

The defendants are variously charged in the complaint with criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, a B felony punishable by up to 9 years in prison; criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a class B felony punishable by up to nine years in prison; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, a B felony punishable by up to 9 years in prison; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree, an A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison; or criminal sale of marihuana in the fourth-degree, an A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

The investigation was conducted by New York City Police Department Detective Bryan Mullady of the Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North, under the supervision of Lieutenant William Buchanan.

NYPD Seeking 4 Suspects In Ruthless Hate Crime

The NYPD is looking for four suspects who punched and kicked a man while yelling anti-gay statements.

The 28-year-old victim suffered serious injuries and is listed in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital.

Police say it happened in Brooklyn around 11:20 p.m. on Sunday.

The suspects also threw an acrylic glass board at the victim, striking him in the head.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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Brooklyn Is Getting It’s First Professional Football Team in 70 Years

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Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams welcomed the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) at a rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. The Bolts will kick off their season on Wednesday with a home game at MCU Park against the Boston Brawlers. Joined by the team’s players, coaches and dozens of well-wishers, Borough President Adams cheered on the borough’s first professional football team since 1949, while sporting his new Brooklyn Bolts cap, and spoke to the importance of sports to Brooklyn’s culture.

“It’s an ‘electric’ atmosphere here at Borough Hall as Brooklyn welcomes the Bolts, its newest professional sports team!” said Borough President Adams. “Sports are such an important part of Brooklyn’s history and culture. No other place in life teaches you teamwork and the importance of coming together as one unit than sports, especially football. With affordable tickets and top-rate talent, attending a Brooklyn Bolts home game is a great activity this fall. Come support your new home team, Brooklyn! Team Brooklyn is going to be cheering on Team Bolts!”

The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL), which owns the Brooklyn Bolts, is working closely with the Brooklyn Cyclones front office staff for day-to-day operations of the franchise. The season consists of five games against franchises in Boston, Omaha and a traveling all-star squad known as the Blacktips. Rosters for all teams consist of players who are at most three years removed from college and all of whom have some experience in the NFL and are looking to further develop in hopes of making it back to playing on Sundays. Players on the Bolts roster come from schools like Notre Dame, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Rutgers.

“For most of our team, today was their first interaction with the people of Brooklyn and the reception they received was nothing short of amazing,” said John Bock, head coach for the Brooklyn Bolts. “It was a chance for them to see the pride that people have for this borough and what it means to play for a team that has Brooklyn across their chest. We promise to represent the passion, hard work and dedication that the people of this borough are known for.”

“Thank you to Borough President Eric Adams for welcoming the FXFL and the Bolts to Brooklyn with open arms,” said Brian Woods, commissioner of the FXFL. “We are excited to bring professional football back to the borough and look forward to adding to the already thriving landscape on Coney Island.”

“Being struck by lightning is usually unlucky, but I think Brooklyn is very fortunate to have the Bolts coming here,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “The spectacular growth of the sports industry in Brooklyn is an indication of just how hot our borough is – we hadn’t had a team in five decades, and now the Bolts are Brooklyn’s fourth professional sports franchise since 2001. This is a major addition for all of Brooklyn, particularly Coney Island, which will now have a sports attraction that extends beyond the summer months. I want to thank Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Mark Treyger, New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and FXFL Founder and Commissioner Brian Woods for making this possible, and I am proud to welcome the Bolts to Brooklyn!”

Borough President Adams presented a citation to the Brooklyn Bolts at the conclusion of the rally, which was preceded by players and coaches holding an autograph and picture session for fans on Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza.

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Alternate Side Rules Suspended Thursday and Friday, October 16-17

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended Thursday and Friday, October 16-17 for Shemini Atzereth and Simchas Torah. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Brooklyn Building Ranked Worst In NYC

Carmen Piniero begrudgingly agreed when her landlord asked her to stay in a hotel for two nights in June – and when she returned, her Brooklyn apartment had been torn apart.

It remains that way more than four months later, several rooms rendered uninhabitable due to the surprise construction. Piniero, who has lived in the same rent-stabilized apartment for more than five decades, believes the building’s management company is undergoing a deliberately slow renovation to force her out so her apartment can be turned into a co-op and sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“They even offered to buy me a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico so I would leave,” said Pinero, 73. “They are trying to move me out. It’s terrible. I can barely live here.”

Piniero is paying $562 a month for an apartment in a Prospect Heights building where a two-bedroom co-op apartment currently lists for more than $700,000. Several walls in her home remain torn down, and her bathroom is a mess of exposed wires and sheet rock.

Calling her situation a “nightmare,” she appeared with Public Advocate Letitia James on Wednesday outside City Hall as the elected official unveiled the city’s annual “Worst Landlords” list.

The list is used every year to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on the landlords who oversee the buildings that have been cited with the most housing violations. Piniero’s management company, Gaston Management, is not on the 2014 list but her plight is emblematic of those tenants who feel powerless over their own homes, James said.

“Most of these tenants don’t have the resources to address the problem in court,” said James, a Democrat who took office in January. “Too many New Yorkers rent in substandard buildings run by landlords who don’t make repairs.”

A call seeking comment from Gaston Management was not immediately returned.

More than 6,800 buildings made this year’s list. Many of them have no heat or conditions hazardous to residents.
Brooklyn is home to the buildings with the most violations, followed by Manhattan and the Bronx. A Bronx management company, 3525 Decatur Avenue LLC which is run by Robin Shimoff, had the most violations with more than 3,350. A call to Shimoff was not immediately returned.

The worst landlords list was created in 2010 by then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. De Blasio was elected mayor last November.