Archive | October, 2010

Brooklyn DA Starts Hotline for Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes today announced the creation of a task force to fight the rising trend of anti-gay hate crime. The task force will provide a hotline out of his office staffed with dedicated LGBT counselors, the Post reports.  The alternate channel is provided for members of the LGBT community who may not be […]

Brooklyn Mom Pleads Not Guilty in Child Starvation Case

Carlotta Brett-Pierce, the Brooklyn mother whose four-year-old daughter weighed 18 pounds at the time of her death, pleaded not guilty to assault charges at the New York State Supreme courthouse today. Her daughter Marchella was found dead in September. Prosecutors say Brett-Pierce had abused the child, tying her to a bed and beating her with […]

Williamsburg Whistle Blower Suing DOE for $15M

Brian Ross, a gym teacher at PS 132 in Williamsburg, is suing the city’s Department of Education for $15 million, claiming he was discriminated against after filing an OSHA complaint. The complaint alleged that the building designated for the school’s temporary gym was unusable, with mold, peeling paint, and rodents, according to the Post. Ross […]

Clinton Endorses Cuomo at Brooklyn Rally

By Camilo Smith It’s not as if Andrew Cuomo needed the political rock star brilliance of his former boss, Bill Clinton, to lead him into next week’s gubernatorial election. Cuomo already enjoys a double-digit lead over his Tea Party-backed rival, Carl Paladino. The packed auditorium at New York City Technical College in Downtown Brooklyn on […]

Passion and Beauty, Even at a Sewage Plant

By Miranda Neubauer The leaves that make autumn such a pleasant sight for many New Yorkers have the exact opposite effect for Jim Pynn. “It’s a horror,” he says. The reason:  He’s the plant superintendent for the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and it’s his job to clean out the tons of leaves that come […]

CUNY Center Boosts Brooklyn Science Industry

By Michael Del Castillo CUNY’s Medgar Evers College has opened a new $247 million School of Science, Health and Technology building on the former site of a sanitation garage. The building, known as Academic Building I, expands the college’s growing campus and is a milestone in Brooklyn’s transformation into a center for scientific learning and […]

Crown Heights Residents Reject Pawn Shop

By Alexandra Alper The hit reality TV series, “Pawn Stars,” opens with images of an antique watch, a sword, and a dramatic shot of three men in black. The show, which premiered last year on the History Channel, has done much to legitimize and even glamorize a business once seen as a front for robbers […]