Archive for December, 2013

Robberies, burglaries on the rise in Windsor Terrace

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A woman walks by police’s warrants on a store’s door for two men who are accused of stealing cash from an ATM on Prospect Park West in April.

When Abi Atiae came to his newly opened restaurant one mid-November morning, he found its glass door broken. Some one had struck the glass and broken into his Mediterranean restaurant.

There was blood on the door, the floor and the cashier. All the cash, mostly change, had disappeared from the cashier. He had only closed the glass door the previous night, because the rolling overhead door was stuck.

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80-year-old bar exhibits old-day Windsor Terrace

All the men standing around the reddish-brown bar turned to look with surprise at the young woman walking in for the first time. They kept watching the stranger take a stool and order a drink, leaving their noisy conversations unfinished.

“We don’t often see women here,” said Ronnie Sardo, a painter who has frequented the bar for 30 years.

But that is changing as Windsor Terrace, a neighborhood in central Brooklyn, is attracting newer residents. While the area has become a destination for more affluent and younger residents, the 80-year-old Farrell’s Bar offers an insight into history and life in the once working-class neighborhood.

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As New Yorkers select mayor, stop-and-frisk anger builds up

Lisa Serradilla, a Harlem resident, was driving her car off her house to the laundry in August when she was followed by a police car and requested to stop. A policeman approached her.

“He stepped out of the car and proceeded and said to me: ‘Get back in the car!’ ” she said, recalling the moment she got out of the vehicle.

“Look at this size of me. I’m 5 feet 5 and 118 pounds.”
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Taxing the rich: It’s tough for NYC mayor-elect

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will struggle to get his tax-the-rich plan approved by the New York State Legislature because New York City’s population, even at 8.4 million, is still not large enough to have a majority in the legislature, analysts said Wednesday.

“Not everybody in the state legislature is interested in the taxation in New York City, and no politician is interested really in raising taxes,” said Carol O’Cleireacain, former New York City commissioner and budget director.

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Designer Michael Kors launches $5M charity project

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Designer Michael Kors (middle) poses at the charity event.

Ready-to-wear fashion designer Michael Kors, who rose to fame in the past 30 years and enormous wealth over the past two years, said Wednesday he would give back part of his fortune to provide free meals to people with severe illnesses.

Kors donated $5 million to the construction of a new building for God’s Love We Deliver, which has been offering food and nutritional counseling to patients in New York City for 28 years.
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