Tag Archives: Brooklyn

COVID+ Rabbi Holds Services After $15K Fine By NYC

Gothamist reports: A prominent Hasidic rabbi who tested positive for COVID-19 last week continued leading large indoor prayer services in Borough Park this weekend — even after the New York City Sheriff’s Office issued the synagogue a fine for violating the governor’s hot spot restrictions. The Bobov-45 shul was one of five religious congregations in Borough Park that received a …

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BROOKLYN: Ultra-Orthodox Demonstrators Wave Trump Flags, Surround And Assault Jewish Reporter [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: Harold “Heshy” Tischler strolled onto 13th Avenue in Borough Park at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, bare-faced and hoarse from days of screaming, and into the arms of an adoring crowd. Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators chanted his name, waving Trump and Thin Blue Lines flags as they jockeyed for a chance to meet the brash right-wing radio host leading …

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NYC Orthodox Jews Burn Masks In Lockdown Protest

NBC New York reports: Members of the ultra-Orthodox community in New York City gathered on the streets late Tuesday to protest the new restrictions imposed on neighborhoods with alarming numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Some protesters attempted to block the camera when NBC New York’s crew arrived at the scene in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, but video shows …

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Brooklyn Municipal Building To Be Named For RBG

NY1 reports: The Brooklyn Municipal Building will be named after late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. During his daily briefing, the mayor noted the honor is a testament to Ginsburg’s roots and legacy that began in the borough. “It’s personal for us as New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. The building, located …

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Brooklyn Sees Massive Black Trans Lives Matter Rally

NBC News reports: Protesters packed the courtyard of the Brooklyn Museum and surrounding parkway in New York City on Sunday in support of Black trans lives, merging the fight to protect two deeply marginalized groups. The rally began about 1 p.m. in front of the museum, just a short walk east of Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, as activists made speeches …

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Protesters Block Looters From Brooklyn Target [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Peaceful demonstrators barred violent looters from breaking into a Brooklyn Target during chaotic protests over the death of George Floyd, video shows. In the video shot late Saturday, about 10 outnumbered protesters form a line and barricade angry looters from breaking into the Target at the Atlantic Terminal Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. After a …

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NYPD Vehicle Plows Through Protesters [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: A large protest in Brooklyn on Saturday sent a shock through social media when video emerged of two New York Police Department vehicles driving through a group of protesters. The protest was one of dozens nationwide over the death of George Floyd. The videos show dozens of protesters gathered in a street holding up a small barricade, …

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Violence At Brooklyn Protest, Dozens Arrested [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Violent protesters charged a Brooklyn police precinct on Friday night on a day when thousands of fed up New Yorkers hit the streets to protest police brutality and stand up for a man killed by Minneapolis police. Several hundred police officers were rushed to the 88th Precinct in Clinton Hill, where protesters tagged police …

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Funeral Home Loses License Over Mishandled Bodies

The New York Post reports: State health officials on Friday suspended the license of an “appalling” Brooklyn funeral home that stacked decomposing corpses in unrefrigerated rental trucks, unbeknownst to family members, The Post has learned. “Following an investigation by the State Department of Health, I issued an immediate suspension order to the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in Brooklyn — …

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Up To 60 Bodies Found In U-Hauls At NY Funeral Home

The New York Post reports: Police found dozens of bodies being stored in unrefrigerated trucks outside a Brooklyn funeral home and lying on the facility’s floor Wednesday, law enforcement sources told The Post. Between 40 to 60 bodies were discovered either stacked up in U-Haul box trucks outside Andrew Cleckley Funeral Services in Flatlands or on the building’s floor, after …

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Brooklyn: De Blasio Breaks Up Massive Hasidic Funeral

The New York Times reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at Hasidic residents of the Williamsburg section in Brooklyn late Tuesday night after personally overseeing the dispersal of a crowd of hundreds of mourners who had gathered for the funeral of a rabbi who died of the coronavirus. In a series of tweets, Mr. de Blasio denounced the gathering, …

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BROOKLYN: Haters Descend On Drag Queen Story Hour, Scream Abuse About “Mental Disorders” And Jesus

The Brooklyn Eagle reports: Supporters and opponents of the Gerritsen Beach Library’s premier Drag Queen Story Hour clashed Thursday as performer Angel Elektra read to children inside. As the Gerritsen Avenue branch of the Brooklyn Public Library began advertising its first local installment of the story hour, outraged neighbors started pushing a flyer of their own. The leaflet – seen …

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NYC Threatens To Close Jewish Schools Over Measles

The Daily Beast reports: New York City health officials announced a new crackdown Monday on yeshivas in a Brooklyn neighborhood that are letting unvaccinated students attend school in the midst of a major measles crisis. The Health Department had already ordered Jewish academies in certain zip codes to send home children who are not fully immunized, but some of the …

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REPORT: Bernie Sanders Records 2020 Campaign Video, In Talks For Outdoor Launch Speech At Brooklyn College

Politico reports: Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot. It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement. …

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Brooklyn DA Vacates Low-Level Weed Convictions

AM New York reports: More than two dozen people with criminal records for misdemeanor marijuana possession received new leases on life Wednesday as the Brooklyn district attorney moved to erase the cumbersome convictions. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez agreed to vacate 28 convictions in court Wednesday morning as well as 1,422 outstanding warrants related to misdemeanor marijuana possession cases, which he …

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Brooklyn Rabbis Back Off Ban On Lesbian Comedian

The New York Daily News reports: City anti-discrimination law trumped religious rules in the case of a Jewish lesbian comic Brooklyn rabbis sought to bar from performing at a kosher restaurant on New Year’s Eve. The Vaad Harabanim of Flatbush had put the kosher kibosh on Leah Forster’s gig after it decided allowing the restaurant to host it would be …

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Brooklyn Rabbis Threaten To Yank Kosher Certification From Venues If Lesbian Comic Is Allowed To Perform

The New York Daily News reports: It may be kosher — but it’s not right. A popular Jewish comic from Brooklyn was booted from two different eateries because the local kosher police threatened to yank their religious stamp of approval on the food if a lesbian performed there. Leah Forster, 36, whose stand-up schtick features the insular Orthodox world she …

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Accused Brooklyn Gay Basher Faces 15 Year Sentence

NBC News reports: Brandon McNamara, the suspect in a gay bashing in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg district, faces up to 15 years in prison for hate crimes he allegedly committed in late September. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said McNamara was arraigned Friday and charged with “second-degree assault as a hate crime, third-degree menacing as a hate crime, second-degree aggravated harassment …

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Brooklyn Diocese Settles Abuse Suits For $27.5 Million

The New York Times reports: Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The settlement comes two weeks after …

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New York City Braces For 15-Month L Train Shutdown

The New York Post reports: It appears that the Williamsburg exodus has begun — with apartment inventory shooting up by 25 percent and rent slipping back down to 2015 prices — thanks to the L-train shutdown. Local hipsters are apparently heading for the hills as the final day of service fast approaches. “The shutdown is eight months away, which means …

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