Meet the crankiest super in Brooklyn. Bay Ridge building manager Richard Martin is so sick of his tenants not sorting their garbage correctly that he has declared an all-out war. Martin, 71, routinely leaves menacing notes on the front door calling the tenants at 278 91st St. "retarded," and making other insults. A few months ago, he moved all the garbage cans up to the roof to force tenants to climb as many as five flights to throw out their trash. Lately, he has refused to install new light bulbs in the hallway because someone removed two pricey energy-efficient ones he put up in August. "If they want to take them down, let them live in the dark," said Martin yesterday. "It's disgusting here. They don't care. Either they don't know how to read, or they're plain morons," griped Martin, who this week brought all the garbage cans into the lobby as another punishment. The battle began about a year ago when the super - a neighborhood character known for treating his dog, … [Read more...] about Crankiest super in Brooklyn
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New bridal boutiques and ateliers in Brooklyn, specifically Gowanus, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant, sell wedding dresses and accessories by young women designers who understand the needs of a bride seeking elegant, contemporary design with handmade embellishments, and, often a one-of-a-kind dress made just for her. Most of the gowns and accessories are made in small workrooms in Brooklyn, rather than large factories in China and elsewhere. Some shops are so small and custom there is only one person sewing, often the designer. Service is by appointment and the boutiques take pride in the sustainability of their fabrics. VeKa Bridal Atlantic Avenue used to be reserved for antique shops, but other retailers have moved in like VeKa Bridal, a small store in Boerum Hill owned by two women, Jana Vendeland and Ksenia Kaliaguina. It sells bridal dresses by one Brooklyn designer, Tomomi Okubo, and four others in Chicago, Belgium, Italy and Spain, all of whom have very small … [Read more...] about Brooklyn Bridal. It’s a Thing. And a Place to Find Your Dress.
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a pilot program yesterday to place recycling bins in city parks and transportation hubs, allowing New Yorkers to recycle while they're out and about for the first time.Beginning Monday, blue and green recycling bins will be available in the Staten Island ferry terminals, Poe Park in the Bronx, Columbus Park in Brooklyn, Union Square Park in Manhattan, Hoffman Park in Queens and Tappan Park and Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island.The blue bins are for bottles and cans. The green ones are for paper."If it's successful, we hope to expand it all across the city," Bloomberg said.And not a moment too soon - before the news conference, the mayor placed several newspapers in a trash receptacle at the Bowling Green subway station. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Pick up your coffee, drop off recycling
Amersino Marketing Group LLC, a wholesale produce company in Bushwick, was ordered to pay 14 employees $72,613 in back wages, plus interest, in resolution of a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit. Owners Yu Wang and Chow Wa agreed to obey the judgment signed by Federal Judge Carol Amon to properly pay employees for all hours worked. Amon further ordered that Wang and Wa must post official Fair Labor Standards Act employee rights in both Spanish and English. Crackdown on calls Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Bay Ridge) and City Council Minority Leader James Oddo (R-S.I.) have issued a warning about "Caller ID Spoofing," identity theft via telephone caller ID boxes. They said Web sites exist allowing predatory callers to change the caller ID display to read a 1-800 number and the name of a bank to trick unsuspecting customers into providing their personal credit card information and PIN numbers. Oddo said anyone receiving such a call should phone their bank or credit card company immediately after … [Read more...] about Brooklyn local briefs
If the humidity is making the kids (and the frizz) get in your hair, here is a list of activities guaranteed to keep little hands and feet occupied. • Prospect Park has a plethora of classes and workshops for youngsters and those young at heart. For details, visit www.prospectpark.org or call (718) 965-8999. • The Lefferts Historic House's Sewing Club meets every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. • The Audubon Center has Nature Crafts every Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m. The crafts are all natural and recycled. • The Lefferts Historic House has Early American Crafts every Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 3:30p.m. • The Ezra Jack Keats story hour will take place every Saturday in July and August at 2 p.m. at Imagination Playground. • Summer Songs and Stories are offered at the Lefferts Historic House every Sunday in July and August at 2and 3 p.m. • The Prospect Park Zoo will have a Wild Arts Weekend on July 19 and … [Read more...] about Hot fun in the summertime for Brooklyn kids at local centers