Above is a video Colin Campbell put together for the Politicker from last Friday’s press conference against Brooklyn 11223. It features State Senator Diane Savino, Counciman Vincent Gentile, women business owners/community leaders Jennifer Abad, Bina Valenzano, and Karen Tadross, as well as Marty Markowitz’s chief policy adviser and Bensonhurst native Carlo Scissura.
”There seems to be a prevalence among some of the producers in Hollywood to consistently target Italian-American women, and portray us in the most negative light,” (Senator Savino) told The Politicker before she took the stage. “And what’s even more distressing is Italian-American women are participating in this.”
“The American public has been almost conditioned to believe Italian-Americans are all either stupid, loveable characters like Joey on ‘Friends,’ or we’re mobsters like we are on ‘The Sopranos,’ or we’re basically young women who have no morals and are willing to degrade ourselves in public,” she continued. “It’s enough.”
Last night while I was watching the Oscars with friends, I noticed that a featured montage of great Hollywood films included a few seconds of the famous car chase scene from the French Connection. The film, which starred Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider (the police chief from Jaws), included a very thrilling chase scene shot under the elevated tracks of the West End Line on 86th Street and New Utrecht Avenue.
In honor of the mention, we’ve posted a short tribute to the movie above, which was uploaded to YouTube by ThorC1138.
We’re gonna leave you with a video – guest starring Everlast of House of Pain fame – that was also the theme song from an eponymous, short-lived reality show which followed the lives of Kaves aka Michael McLeer, and his brother DJ ADM from the Hip Hop/Rock group The Lordz.
We all wish Brian the best of luck with the new name.
The Bean team also hopes residents of “Beantown” can look past our site’s own curious handle – which has nothing to do with Boston and is actually an acronym for Business, Entertainment, Arts, and News. So there.
The above video features Andrew Gounardes – who is expected to officially announce his entry into the race for Marty Golden’s state senate seat tomorrow – telling voters why he should be Brooklyn’s voice in Albany.
Feel free to voice your opinions on Gounardes and/or Golden in the comments below.
UPDATE (11:55 a.m.): Looks like our original report was off the mark (and we’ve altered the headline to reflect as much). The incident above emerged from a dispute over money, with one arrest.
Shortly before 2:00 p.m., a 42-year-old man and a 45-year-old man began arguing over money. According to a police source, the 45-year-old man pulled an “unknown weapon” and struck the other man, causing lacerations to the victim.
When police arrived on scene, the perp resisted arrest by flailing his arms, causing the cops to draw their firearms. He was ultimately arrested for assault and resisting arrest, and the victim was treated for the cuts to his head.
Both a would-be burglar and an overzealous homeowner were arrested by police yesterday afternoon on West 10th Street near Highlawn Avenue, and reader Arthur Borko caught the collar on video.
According to Borko, the burglar may have chosen the wrong house to break into. It appears the homeowner was on-site during the break-in or arrived shortly thereafter, then drew a firearm to defend his property.
In the video, taken at around 2:10 p.m., you see police with guns drawn detaining a man on the ground. Borko said he thought the man was the homeowner, and you see another man kick him in the head while he’s on the floor. Someone was taken away in a stretcher – Borko said he believed it to be the homeowner, but is uncertain.
Viewer beware: in addition to the violence, the video contains some foul language.
The above video, uploaded by BKLYNmurals, celebrates and showcases how the same type of talent and civic interest that could lead one to put up some great Christmas lights in the winter can also result to some pretty impressive legal graffiti in summer. Represent!