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Rosie Perez talked to me/NY Mag about newcomers and saying hello to your neighbors. Say hello to Rosie Perez. And me.

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Fire in Fort Greene

A fire broke out of a 3rd floor apartment in “The Griffin” building on Lafayette and S Oxford St on Saturday evening. Cops on the scene say some residents suffered from minor smoke inhalation and that the damage was confined to the one apartment, but as of 9:10 pm on Saturday, the fire hoses were still spraying. S Oxford St was cordoned off to traffic and pedestrians and the phalanx of fire trucks and ambulances had passersby peppering cops with questions. Some residents were resigned to drinking at the nearby Moe’s bar while the fire department denied them entry. “The Griffin” was once a hotel and it’s believed to house a number of elderly residents. We’ll post updates as we get them.

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grudge2prem5Amber Tamblyn fans, take note: Filming in Brooklyn notes that The Unusuals will be shooting today in the neighborhood, around the intersection of Vanderbilt and DeKalb. Send us pictures if you’ve got them!

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Fort Greene stinks

We posted last week about the tardiness of our neighborhood’s trash collection. Well since then the trash has been sitting on the sidewalk for 7 days! Trash starts to stink when left to the elements for that long, and it didn’t help that everybody (and I didn’t notice any exceptions in a cursory stroll through the neighborhood) put even more trash out on Sunday, not knowing Monday was a holiday that sanitation workers do not work. I scrambled for my iphone when I heard the suprisingly pleasant screech of the trash truck this morning (apologies for the obscured shot). I still haven’t called the city to see what gives, but I plan to!

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A reader complained to us about the sorry state of sanitation collection in Fort Greene (it’s not our fault, ok?). Looking around at the trash-strewn sidewalks, he may be on to something. These piles of recycling on S Oxford have been there since yesterday morning. Anyone else noted problems with collection? We’ll put in a call with the sanitation dept. if it seems like a bigger problem.

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stile_wide_crpThere was an odd scene outside the Lafayette C stop this morning: MTA workmen were lifting out part of the subway turnstile as a part of what turns out to be regular maintenance. The workmen told me the stiles (technically, “barriers”) get changed after a million turns, which amounts to about 2 years. By my calculations, that’s about 1,370 turns every day. That’s at least according to the workman, who sounded like he knew what he was talking about. Anyone notice if the turnstiles there are any shinier now?

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