standard Media Rundown: Brooklyn in the Papers (05.12.14)

A collection of headlines and events involving the borough today, Monday, May 12, 2014. Updated periodically.

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ReBar in DUMBO (Photo via Brooklyn Eagle)

The owner of the abruptly-shuttered DUBMO venue “ReBar” is on the lam. [EaterNY] And he apparently owes the IRS millions. [Gothamist] For couples who had booked the venue for an upcoming wedding, all they could do was explain their hardship online. [Brooklyn Based] But with other venues coming to rescue, the circumstances are also bringing out the best in all of us. [Brooklyn Eagle and DUMBO NYC]

A century-old sawdust factory in Williamsburg will be converted into an acoustically sound concert hall, recording studio, nightclub and center for composers. [BK Mag via New York Times]

Park Slope residents: are there too many movie shoots in the neighborhood? [Park Slope Stoop]

The weather was perfect yesterday for a Mother’s Day dance against domestic violence in Cadman Plaza. [Brooklyn Eagle]

There was also a vigil for the kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls in Downtown Brooklyn. [McBrooklyn]

But with the more enjoyable climate, parks are already getting crowded. It’s enough for one blogger to ask whether Brooklyn Bridge Park has already become too popular. [Brookylyn Heights Blog]

A recently published interactive map of quality coffee houses largely overlooked Brooklyn. [New York Times] Here’s a more exhaustive list, focusing just on our borough. [Brokelyn]

A wine tasting at Borough Hall pits Brooklyn’s booze against Europe’s finest. [Brooklyn Daily]

And a doughnut-eating contest and dog parade are coming to the Crown Heights next weekend. [DNAInfo]

A language barrier continues to thwart the victims of crimes. Among other cases, a woman in Bushwick who complained about her landlord was unable to communicate with the NYPD, saw her keys confiscated, and was left her to wander the streets alone. [New York Times]

A twisted taxi driver was sentenced to two decades behind bars Monday for the horrifying 2011 rape of a Williamsburg female passenger. [Daily News]

A 65-year-old man is under arrest after police say he stabbed a man in Crown Heights Sunday morning. [NY1]

The investigation as to a motorcycle crash in Cypress Hills remains ongoing. [News12]

The autopsy of Bushwick fashion designer Jay Ott is inconclusive. [Daily News]

A researcher is collecting Brooklyn-based tweets to predict crimes in the future. [Newshour 24]

A curator who runs an African art museum out of her first-floor Bedford-Stuyvesant  apartment wants to expand and find a more suitable home for the collection. [DNAInfo]

Developer Jeshayahu “Shaya” Boymelgreen has over $50 million in judgments against him and cannot even afford to dissolve his company. His former Prospect Heights offices were already seized by eminent domain. [The Real Deal]

The officer who killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray in East Flatbush declined a ‘Cop Of The Year’ award due to community pressure. [ThinkProgress]

Construction on the bridge is keeping Brooklyn Heights residents awake at night [Brooklyn Paper]. In Bay Ridge, it’s vibrations from the repair work to the R train. [Home Reporter]

A Sunset Park physics teacher has been recruited by NASA to boldly go where few Brooklynites have gone before. [Daily News]

The NYPD will stop seizing sex workers’ condoms. [ABC News] The practice had long been criticized in places like Coney Island. [Village Voice]

The Salvation Army is moving from its long-standing location on the Bowery to Bensonhurst. [New York Observer]

Work begins on the glam hotel near the Barclays Center. [Brooklyn Eagle]

Between Monday (5/12) and Friday (5/16), lanes of the eastbound Belt (Shore) Parkway bridge over Mill Basin will be closed to restore the asphalt. But which lane(s) will be closed which night(s) is anyone’s guess. [Sheepshead Bites]

In Ditmas Park, a downside to the proliferation of new bike racks is that they are posing as a convenient dumping ground for damaged and abandoned bicycles. [Ditmas Park Corner]

1717 Troutman, a Bushwick warehouse with artist-run galleries, has asked its tenants to close their doors. [BK Mag via Art F City]

The Department of Environmental Protection has turned on a third pump into the Gowanus canal to improve water quality. [Pardon Me For Asking]

Artist Kara Walker’s installation, Subtle, within the old Williamsburg Domino Sugar Factory, gets panned. [New York Times]

The filming locations of the “French Connection,” which included a warehouse in Bushwick and a legendary chase scene under the Bensonhurst train tracks, have changed in different ways over the decades. [Scouting New York]

Another free bicycle helmet giveaway tomorrow, this time at the Brooklyn Public Library [Brokelyn]

A coalition known as the “Brooklyn Tech Triangle” (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, DUMBO Business Improvement District and Brooklyn Navy Yard) seek to bridge the college and entrepreneurship gap. [Home Reporter]

A plan was unearthed from the 1980s that involved a restaurant and a museum on top of the Williamsburg Bridge. [Free Williamsburg]

A neglectful Coney Island landlord has allowed empty lots to fester, creating a huge, debris-strewn crater in the amusement district. [Brookyln Courier]

A Jewish carpenter is suing the Housing Authority after allegedly suffering anti-semitic discrimination while working in the Bushwick Houses. [JewishPress]

A Brooklyn director explores whether he “sounds gay” in a new documentary. [Pasadena Star-News]

A lack of collaboration between charter and public schools in places like Brownsville hinders students’ success. [New York Times]

The Nets will try to even the series tonight to two games apiece. [Nets Daily]