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Mayor Puts Shorefront Residents on Alert

Much of Brooklyn Is Vulnerable to Storm

By Samantha Gross, A.P. and Raanan Geberer

BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday urged New York City residents living in low-lying areas to line up a place to stay on high ground in case of an evacuation this weekend due to Hurricane Irene.

Bloomberg said that he expected to make a decision by late Friday whether residents in the city’s so-called “Zone-A” would need to evacuate ahead of the storm that’s now expected to hit the city Sunday. In Brooklyn, Zone A includes the Coney Island peninsula, part of Gravesend, Red Hook, the Sunset Park industrial piers, the Navy Yard area, the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront, Sheepshead Bay and the Belt Parkway.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has also set up sites for evacuation centers in the event of a serious storm. Most of these are schools — in Brooklyn, they include Clara Barton High School, Roosevelt High School, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Brooklyn Technical High School and several middle schools.
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Hurricane Irene May Be Heading Towards Brooklyn

Projected path of Hurricane Irene, courtesy NOAA

As Hurricane Irene heads towards the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Brooklyn, New York City, Long Island and the surrounding areas for this weekend.

While it’s still too soon to predict with accuracy, NOAA’s projection shows a decent probability that Brooklyn will be involved with hurricane-force winds Sunday evening.

H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

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Earthquake in Brooklyn — Markowitz: ‘We Need This Like a Hole In the Head’

Workers at the renovation site at 20 Henry St., known locally as the “Candy Factory” building, gather across the street after the building was evacuated in the aftermath of yesterday’s surprise earthquake. Photo by Mary Frost

Unnerved pigeons in Greenpoint huddled together after the quake. Photo by Camilla Maxwell

Residents and office workers — and even pigeons — in Brooklyn were rattled by the Tuesday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake, which was centered in Louisa, Virginia and was felt up and down the East Coast around 1:50 p.m.

Many Downtown Brooklyn government and private office buildings were evacuated, at least temporarily, and people at Coney Island and Brighton Beach started running from the water to the shore.

Brooklyn didn’t suffer much serious building damage, fire or utility outages, however. That was the word from Chris Gilbride, press representative of the Office of Emergency Management in Downtown Brooklyn. Representatives of several of the borough’s community boards, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the MetroTech BID and the Fire Department concurred. There were reports of some minor damage, including to a chimney in Red Hook.

Some people reported items shaking on their tables and shelves and their furniture moving. So many people made cell phone calls that Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint reported congested circuits.

At the construction site at 20 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights, steam fitter John Pabon was working on the third floor when he felt the shaking. “The whole building was swaying,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Everybody evacuated.”

The roughly two dozen construction workers ran downstairs and gathered on the sidewalk across Henry Street. Steamfitter Pete P. said the workers were going home for the day. “They’re going to have an engineer check the building,” he said.
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Top Chef at Colonie Opening New restaurant in DUMBO

Brad McDonald, the new Executive Chef at Colonie on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights (he replaced Alex Sorenson), will be opening a small, “kitchen-focused” restaurant in DUMBO, according to Grub Street.

“It’s currently unnamed, but the place has been floating around under the alias ‘No Name Hunt Club’ and will launch in January 2012.”

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St. George Dorms Get Greened

Photo by Mary Frost

The planters in front of the Hotel St. George dorms on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights are full of  lush greenery and the benches provide a welcome place to relax.

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Bubby’s Brooklyn Pie Social: Music, Pie, Lemonade

Eat Yummy Pie, Benefit Public Schools

On Sunday, September 25, pie eaters and bakers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Brooklyn Pie Social hosted by Bubby’s, One Main St., DUMBO, as a benefit for New York City public schools.

Main Street in Brooklyn will overflow with a wonderful assortment of pies baked by local bakers. Last year 80 bakers showed up to present their pies, and more than 300 people showed up to eat them. Your $5 entry fee and at least one homemade pie entitle you to five free tasting tickets (you can share them, and there is plenty to share) and a big blue ribbon.
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