Good morning, Brooklyn! Here are the stories we’re following today:
60th Anniversary of “The Shot Heard Round The World”
Our reporter Anna Hiatt (@ahiatt) is down at Ebbets Field today for the 60th anniversary of “The Shot Heard Round The World” and the 56th anniversary of the Brooklyn Dodgers sole World Series win before they moved to Los Angeles.
Anna is on the scene speaking with residents of the low-income, high-rise housing complex that stands on the former baseball diamond.
Off-duty officer shot in Brooklyn [NY1]
Police are looking for answers after an off-duty officer was hit in the arm by a stray bullet Monday afternoon while pulling into the parking lot of a Brooklyn McDonald’s.
The 38-year-old female officer, who police say was not the intended target, was taken to Kings County Hospital and is recovering.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. on Ashford Street in East New York. Officials say police are questioning one witness, but have made no arrests.
For the rest of the article, jump to NY1: http://bit.ly/rsmLH7
A Less-Crowded L? MTA Says Soon [New York Times]
A new study by New York City Transit says the L line has some of the most overcrowded rails in the subway system, but there may be relief—soon.
Subway officials plan to run more L trains on the weekends, starting next summer. The report states that officials hope to ease the congestion, specifically during 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, when Brooklyn-bound rails carry up to 35 percent more passengers than the maximum load. The study also notes that, beginning in December, an extra Manhattan-bound train will be added between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on weekdays.
The study was requested by the office of State Senator Daniel L. Squadron, a Democrat who represents parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Head over to The New York Times to read the rest of the article: http://nyti.ms/n280YC
Residents Blame City After Fifth Death in Greenpoint Parks [Brooklyn Paper]
A homeless man who hanged himself in a Greenpoint park last September is the latest in a string of deaths in the neighborhood’s parks, according to city sources.
Officials say the 40-year-old man used a rope to hang himself from a fence on the Russell Street side of McGolrick Park.
A city source says the death marks the fifth to occur in Greenpoint parks over the last 15 months, but the Department of Homeless Services says it has only accounted for one in 2009—in a shelter. Residents say the city could do more to help the homeless.
Steve Levin, a city councilman in Greenpoint, said the deaths are “disturbing and disconcerting,” and called on the city to expand its substance abuse treatment offerings.
The Brooklyn Paper has more on this story: http://bit.ly/qzrywP