Jewish Children’s Museum Wins Building Award

by Shlomo Abraham

On May 1st, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2006 Brooklyn Building Awards competition. The Jewish Children’s Museum on Eastern Parkway received the award for the Arts and Culture category. The distinction noted that the museum is “an interactive, multi-media repository of cultural narratives and artifacts, as well as an urban community center that will encourage an understanding of Jewish history and culture through collective instruction and interaction.”

The annual Building Brooklyn Awards recognizes recently completed construction projects that have had a positive impact on the borough’s economy and quality of life. The Chamber of Commerce, a nine-member, independent panel of Brooklyn-based architects, planners, economic development experts and city officials select the winning projects. Projects are judged on a list of criteria including: overall aesthetic and design, positive economic impact, improving the quality of life and many others.

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Attempted Child Abduction In Crown Heights

During the late afternoon yesterday [Monday], a young child was on his way home when he was approached by a white male. The incident happened as the boy reached the intersection of Brooklyn Ave and Union St. where he was approached by a white male standing near a car offering to give him a ride home. The boy who had B”H received the Shomrim Alert in school and was warned that there are predators on the loose in our area, knew not to accept the offer. They were also taught not to engage strangers in any conversation, even as innocent as giving directions or asking a name, and definitely not to accept any gifts, candies, or rides. Immediately upon being approached the boy sensed something was amiss and ran home.

The family immediately called Shomrim, who in turn enlisted the help of the NYPD Community Patrol Unit. For hours afterwards Shomrim members could be seen roaming the streets of Crown Heights along with the NYPD looking for the would-be kidnapper. Unfortunately, they were never-the-less unsuccessful in locating the perpetrator.

Gutnicks dig in again

GETTING nearer the `Holy Grail’ of mining … Joseph Gutnick’s son Mordechai is robustly carrying on the family tradition.

“This must be the most exciting gold province in Australia today. We could find the big one here,” former mining magnate Joseph Gutnick said a decade ago.

He was talking about Western Australia’s eastern goldfields, and in Melbourne this month, Gutnick’s eldest son, Mordechai, repeated the prophecy.

“We’ve got every chance in the world of making a discovery,” Gutnick says, referring to the same ground that excited his father 10 years ago.

City to Limit Car Traffic in Central Park and Prospect Park

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Moving to further reduce traffic in city parks, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced yesterday that stretches of Central Park in Manhattan and Prospect Park in Brooklyn would close to cars under a six-month pilot program to begin June 5.

Under the plan, vehicles will no longer be able to use the East Drive of Central Park north of 72nd Street during weekday mornings or the West Drive in the afternoons. In Prospect Park, drivers will lose morning access to the West Drive, which runs roughly parallel to Prospect Park West.

“For many years people coming to Prospect Park or Central Park for recreation during weekdays have had to share road space on the park drives with automobiles,” Mr. Bloomberg said in Prospect Park as he announced the changes.