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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: See Brooklyn’s Fourth of July fireworks

An American flag cascaded down the Brooklyn Bridge, rainbows above and cheering crowds below, as the nation’s biggest Fourth of July celebration took to the East River.

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The 43rd annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display returned to south of the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time since 2014, with more than 70,000 shells from four barges and 100 spots on the bridge itself, kicking off at 9:30 p.m.

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This year’s theme was “American cinema,” featuring scores from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Star Wars” and “The Godfather.” But from Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, no music could be heard over the explosions.

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“I love the show, and I always say I want to see it live; I don’t want to just always watch it on TV,” said Cheryl McKenzie, 48.

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The Flatbush resident came to the park by herself around 4:30 p.m. to get a good spot. She saw the fireworks in the park a few years ago with her family, but the crowds left them reluctant to return, so she decided to enjoy the show on her own.

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“When I came with my family, it wasn’t a good experience for them, so they didn’t want to come back,” McKenzie said.

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For Miriam Tirado, it was an opportunity to show her 13-year-old son what real fireworks shows are made of.

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“My youngest son, he wants to see the real deal,” she said. “It’s more for him than really for me.”

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Welcome to the latest installment of openings and closings. This week was a busy one for Bay Ridge and bubble teas. We also found a new natural wine bar and have to say goodbye to a Fort Greene classic. BAY RIDGE Blend Coffee + CoWork 6808 4th Avenue, between 68th street and Bay Ridge Avenue […]

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A nine-year-old girl was found dead in Dyker Heights today.

According to authorities, on July 5 at around 10:30 a.m., officers found Lufo Besa on her bed inside her home near 64th Street and 11th Avenue, unconscious and unresponsive.

EMS rushed her to Maimonides Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma and the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): The Brooklyn Home Reporter: Gounardes looks back at first six months in office

Freshman pol praises legislature’s “productive and prolific” session

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes used two words to describe the state legislature’s recently completed session. “Productive” and “prolific” were the words he employed in his assessment of the legislature’s work this year.

“We worked at a really fast pace, one bill after another. We wanted to get a lot done,” Gounardes told the Home Reporter over coffee in the Bridgeview Diner on Third Avenue on June 26, a few days after the legislature ended its 2019 session.

Gounardes, a Democratic freshman lawmaker whose win over longtime Republican State Sen. Marty Golden last November in Brooklyn’s 22nd Senate District marked a sea change in Brooklyn politics, is aware that all eyes are on him as he navigates his way through his first term. Golden had been in office for 16 years.

Gounardes campaigned on a platform that stressed the importance of street safety. His signature issue was also a major focus of the new Democratic majority in the State Senate, resulting in passage of a bill he sponsored to increase the number of speed cameras in New York City school zones. “It will have a huge impact on street safety,” he said.

The bill also increases the hours the cameras are operational. The devices will be on from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

“Schools are not open from just 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. anymore. Kids are going to after-school programs. The schools are open at night. It’s a significant issue. I am incredibly proud we got this done,” he told the Home Reporter.

The legislature ushered in a new era of rent laws with bills that heavily favor the rights of tenants. “We wanted to bring stability to the housing market,” he said. The issue hits home for him. “There are 40,000 rent stabilized units in my district,” he said.

The interview was briefly interrupted when two young men approached Gounardes’ booth in the diner to shake his hand. He had been the guest speaker at the Fort Hamilton High School graduation the day before and the two new graduates told him how much they enjoyed his speech.

Turning his attention back to his job, he said the bills the legislature worked on included important election law reforms, congestion pricing, climate change and combating sexual harassment in Albany.

The latter is also an important issue for him. His chief-of-staff, Tori Kelly, was a leader of a working group of legislative staffers who assisted lawmakers as they crafted the bill.

The legislature increased funding for New York City schools by $1 billion.

Lawmakers passed strong measures to reform the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and how it spends money, including instituting a public audit on the MTA’s books that will be made available to the public by January of 2020, he said. “We want to know where the money is going,” he said.

But Gounardes admitted that he was disappointed with some aspects of the legislative session.

For example, he said he would like to have seen more in the way of campaign finance reform, such as lowering campaign contribution limits to get big money out of politics.

He also did not get passed his bill that would make pedestrian safety part of the curriculum for residents studying for driver’s licenses. “We will try again next year,” he vowed.

And he failed to secure passage for his bill to reduce the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge toll for Brooklyn residents. “We have to give some relief to folks,” he said.

Still, he said he learned a lot this year. “I know how the process works,” he said.

Now that the legislature is out of session until January, Gounardes has more time to crisscross his district to visit senior citizen centers and attend neighborhood events. The 22nd District takes in parts of several neighborhoods in southern Brooklyn, including Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach and Marine Park.

He talked about continuing the work of the Southern Brooklyn Pedestrian Safety Task Force, a group he organized to address street safety. He plans to organize a youth town hall and is sponsoring Yoga in the Park events in Shore Road Park as well as a summer concert series in local parks.

One pet project is his 3 For Community initiative, in which he encourages his constituents to perform three acts of neighborly service, such as removing trash from a park or helping an elderly person to cross the street, on a weekly basis.

“I believe in it strongly,” he told the Home Reporter.

On the personal side, Gounardes recently proposed to his girlfriend, Melanie Graf. The couple plans to wed in December, a month before the start of a new legislative session.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Kensington merchants say a new bus lane could threaten business

Small business owners in Kensington have a bad feeling about the city’s plan to create curbside bus-only lanes on both sides of Church Avenue.

The proposal from the Department of Transportation envisions these dedicated bus lanes on the Church Avenue span between Ocean Parkway and East 16th Street. It means 113 parking spaces in those lanes will be unavailable Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m.

Materials the DOT prepared about its proposal say 61 of the spaces are metered and 52 are unmetered. To make up for knocking the parking spaces out of commission, DOT plans to create 59 new metered parking spaces on several side streets.

The dedicated bus lanes, which would be painted red, would enable buses to bypass traffic congestion and get to stops more quickly, the DOT materials say.

This proposal is part of a broader plan to improve city bus service on Church Avenue from Ocean Parkway to Flatbush Avenue. DOT says there’s high route ridership on this span — 45,000 rides daily. Bus speeds, on the other hand, are slow there: 4.25 miles per hour during peak times, versus Brooklyn’s average of 6.7 miles per hour.

DOT reps gave a presentation about the Church Avenue bus-improvement plans at a Community Board 14 Transportation Committee meeting in late May.

DOT’s presentation materials say agency reps visited every business on Church Avenue from Coney Island Avenue to Flatbush Avenue to talk about the plans. They asked about how long it takes the businesses to receive deliveries.

The presentation materials don’t say whether the reps asked the business owners and workers how the elimination of parking spaces in front of their shops six days a week would impact them.

I visited merchants in a section of Church Avenue near Coney Island Avenue and asked the question. I got an earful.

‘Business isn’t going to come to us’

Luisa Zenteno, who owns a Mexican bakery and grocery called La Flor de Santa Ines, was upset when she was told about the bus lanes plan.

Meet Luisa Zenteno, who owns La Flor de Santa Ines, a Mexican bakery and grocery on Church Avenue. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Meet Luisa Zenteno, who owns La Flor de Santa Ines, a Mexican bakery and grocery on Church Avenue. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

“This isn’t good for us,” Zenteno said in Spanish. “Everybody brings their car to shop. It’s easier for them that way.”

She added, “When there’s no parking, business isn’t going to come to us. This is bad.”

La Flor de Santa Ines is in Kensington on the Church Avenue block between East Seventh and East Eighth streets. So is I & M #2, a shop that sells and repairs bicycles.

Bike shop worker Charvel Villalba-Cerezo explained that though many cyclists advocate for alternative forms of transportation, they nevertheless drive to his store. They take their bikes home in their cars, he said.

“When they can’t park here, what will happen?” Villalba-Cerezo said in Spanish.

“They’ll be in despair about parking,” he said. “Maybe they won’t shop here.”

Villalba-Cerezo himself rides the Church Avenue bus. He said he thinks the creation of the dedicated bus lanes “won’t help too much” with the bus service.

What about the long line outside the car wash?

This block will have an additional problem if the two curbside bus-only lanes are established, Villalba-Cerezo said.

Charvel Villalba-Cerezo works at a Church Avenue bike shop called I & M #2. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Charvel Villalba-Cerezo works at a Church Avenue bike shop called I & M #2. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

He pointed out Hollywood Car Wash, which is on the opposite side of Church Avenue from I & M #2. Lots of cars were standing in the curbside lane outside the car wash, waiting to get cleaned up.

I asked a worker at the car wash’s customer desk if his business has talked to DOT about the curbside lane. He said I should speak to the owner, who wasn’t onsite. The owner didn’t answer my phone calls.

‘At least 50 percent of my customers drive’

Another business on this Kensington block, Der Pioneer, has built up a following that lives in Manhattan and Queens.

Greg Barbiero co-owns Der Pioneer, a Church Avenue pastry shop and cafe. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Greg Barbiero co-owns Der Pioneer, a Church Avenue pastry shop and cafe. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

They make the trip to Church Avenue for European pastries that German chef and co-owner Bjorn Bottcher handcrafts. And guess what? They drive to the pastry shop and cafe.

“On weekends, we have lines out the door from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” Der Pioneer co-owner Greg Barbiero told me.

Far more than 50 percent of the weekend customers come in their cars, he said.

The Church Avenue no-parking plan would be in effect on Saturdays. Because neighborhood residents are more likely to be at home, it would be especially hard for cafe patrons to find side-street parking, Barbiero said.

The dedicated bus lanes would be a problem for Der Pioneer on weekdays, too, when at least 50 percent of the customers drive to the pastry shop.

“It would be horrible to lose the metered parking,” Barbiero said.

“It would be bad — very bad.”

‘It will be like Manhattan’

At Moon Deli and Grocery, which is also located on Church Avenue between East Seventh and East Eighth streets, a bus rider who lives in the neighborhood wanted to sound off about the plan to create dedicated bus lanes.

Here’s Kensington resident Abdul Miah at Moon Deli and Grocery on Church Avenue. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Here’s Kensington resident Abdul Miah at Moon Deli and Grocery on Church Avenue. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

“This is going to be a big problem for the businesses and the customers,” Abdul Miah said. “Now nobody will be able to park the car and just run in for coffee.”

He said he doesn’t have any complaints about the bus service.

He’s worried about the neighborhood shop owners.

“This shouldn’t happen. It hurts businesses and citizens,” Miah said.

“Where will people park? It will be like Manhattan.”

What if my boss has to close the shop?

On the other side of the intersection of Coney Island Avenue, where the neighborhood becomes Prospect Park South, Church Avenue phone store Metro by T-Mobile depends on customers who come by car.

Antar Asad is the manager of Metro by T-Mobile on Church Avenue. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Antar Asad is the manager of Metro by T-Mobile on Church Avenue. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

“Three-hundred-fifty customers a month drive here,” said the manager, Antar Asad.

If nearby Church Avenue parking is eliminated six days a week, “it’s definitely going to affect the business,” Asad said.

“I hope it doesn’t happen — I really hope,” Asad said. “Maybe it will run my boss out of business.”

The store owner renovated the shop not long ago, and spent a lot of money.

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