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Around Brooklyn: Bushwick florist institutes ‘Solidarity Sundays’

Around Brooklyn: Bushwick florist institutes ‘Solidarity Sundays’

Here’s the view from the Manhattan Bridge’s pedestrian pathway. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle Bushwick florist institutes ‘Solidarity Sundays’

Florist Suzanna Cameron, the owner of flower shop Stems Brooklyn in Brooklyn, has instituted “Solidarity Sundays,” in which she donates revenue as well as bouquets of flowers to nonprofit organizations and social justice groups around the city. “Flowers are the great connectors, and can help bring joy during these very important times,” said Cameron. She sends arrangements of bright-pink peonies, climbing sweet peaks, blueberry branch, pillowy poppies and more, according to Time Out New York .

Dozens of Williamsburg apartments empty for months

Sixty-six affordable apartments have been empty for more than six months in Williamsburg, and the developer is blaming the state legislature’s 2019 rent laws. David Lombino, the managing director of Two Trees Management, said that the developer is left with no good options to rent out the affordable apartments. The units are part of the Domino Sugar development. Since the development was approved in 2014, the state has passed new laws, including a mandate that developers who receive a 421a tax break must make more apartments affordable. In the case of Domino, this means at least 30 percent of the building. Two Trees says that would force it to set some rents higher than what the community and City Council agreed to, according to NY1 News.

Tudor house in Prospect-Lefferts going for $1.995M

A single-family Tudor home at 18 Chester Court that is now on the market has recently renovated kitchens and baths as well as some original details, such as parquet floors, wainscoting and a coffered ceiling. The house, and the tiny street where it was built, were created in 1911 by Brooklyn architect and builder Peter Collins. The Tudor-style houses were inspired by a trip he took to Chester in England. All of the houses on the block survived, and the development was designated a historic district in 2014, according to Brownstoner.

Firefighters rescue teen kayakers who fell into the Gowanus

Firefighters on Saturday afternoon rescued two teenage kayakers who capsized into the Gowanus Canal on Saturday afternoon. Their boat started filling with water around 4 p.m., and kept filling until it suddenly flipped over. The FDNY sent out its marine unit to the rescue. Video on the Citizen app showed firefighters pulling a female passenger out of the water near the base of the bridge. The two, who had been out on the water with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, were unharmed despite the pollution of the Gowanus and refused a trip to the hospital, according to the Brooklyn Paper .

Skateboarders stage their own protest in Williamsburg

On Friday afternoon, skateboarders, rollerboarders, bicyclists and scooter people descended on Williamsburg to stage a rally in sympathy with the Black Lives Matter protests across the city. “This is a great way to be part of the movement and get the skateboarding family together,” said Jennifer Charlene, one of the event’s organizers. Friday’s event began in Continental […]

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