Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two-Alarm Fire Along Myrtle Avenue In Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

JULY 23, 2013

Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis (212) 788-7081

Two-Alarm Fire Along Myrtle Avenue In Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 
Manhole Exploded Due To A Basement Fire Along Commercial Strip

(New York, NY)— On July 23, 2013 around 11:30 a.m., a manhole near 463 Myrtle Avenue began smoking, and shortly after exploded. The explosion is believed to be due to a two-alarm fire in the basement of a nearby restaurant along Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The Fire Department arrived shortly, and evacuated seven surrounding buildings along Myrtle Avenue between Waverly and Washington Avenues. Two 3-story mixed commercial and residential buildings along the strip sustained minor damage from the explosion. Those nearby reported hearing the blast, and smelling a sulfur-like odor at the scene. An estimated thirty people were temporarily evacuated due to high carbon monoxide readings, however no injuries have been reported at this time.

“I thank the FDNY, the NYPD, and Con Edison for their quick response to the explosion, and I am deeply relieved that no one was seriously injured,” said Council Member Letitia James.

The Red Cross has offered assistance to those affected by the blast, and at this time streets have been closed along Myrtle Avenue from Clinton Street to Hall Street, Washington Avenue from Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue, and Waverly Avenue from Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue. Additionally, the B54 bus has been temporarily re-routed.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

CM Letitia James Joins UFT At Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit Re: DOE Plans for School Co-locations in Next Mayor’s Term

Council Member Letitia James Joins UFT At Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit to Block Administration Plans for School Co-locations in Next Mayor’s Term

Today (July 18th) New York City parents and teachers joined United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew and elected officials to protest Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to saddle New York City's next mayor with his failed school policies.

During his final months in City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to cement plans for a dozen or more co-locations that would not open until long after he leaves office.

The UFT will file a lawsuit Thursday in New York State Supreme Court to stop the Department of Education from starting these co-locations- projects that attempt to bind the next mayoral administration to the same failed education agenda.

"Eight years was enough, and twelve years has been too long-- the  DOE is asking us to vote for charter schools housed in public schools years in advance," said Council Member Letitia James. "This is a desperate attempt by DOE to beat the clock-- but we must stop the clock!"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ATTENTION: Brooklyn Museum Presents "Save Our African American Treasures"; 7/20; 11AM

Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation

On Saturday, July 20th, the Brooklyn Museum will join the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to present a daylong program to help Brooklyn residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in attics, closets, and basements. The event features presentations, hands-on activities, and preservation tips.

Participants may bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for the items. Specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine items’ monetary value. Objects such as books, papers, ceramics, and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, carpets, firearms, and paintings are excluded).

The Treasures program also features fun and informative presentations throughout the day, including:
- Preservation Presentations: Learn how to preserve clothing and textiles, family photographs, and papers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
- Hands-on Preservation: Gain hands-on experience in proper preparation and packing of letters, garments, and photographs for preservation, storage, and presentation.

For more information, please call the Save Our African American Treasures information line at (877) 733-9599.

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2013
11AM- 6PM

WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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