The Zombie Apocalypse Is Located on a Terrifying Street Corner in Vinegar Hill, According to Google Maps

Google Maps directs us to our doom
In these uncertain times, it's natural for one's thoughts to turn towards the inevitable nuclear war/pandemic/act of bioterrorism that will finally doom us as a species. Most of us will be wiped out, of course, and most of the ones who remain will be drooling, shuffling, hollow-eyed wraiths, subsisting only on the brains of the living. (No, not members of Congress. Although that's also a good guess.)

The bad news, as Business Insider recently pointed out, is that New York ranks almost dead last on the list of states most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse. (We rank in at number 48, mercifully beating Jersey, who are at the absolute bottom.)

The worse news, we regret to inform you, is that the zombie apocalypse is already here.

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Luis Collazo Will Fight Amir Khan on Mayweather-Maidana Undercard

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Luis Collazo is months from the biggest fight of his career.
Luis Collazo last fought in Las Vegas in 2007. He fought Shane Mosely. The WBC welterweight title was at stake and it was Collazo's first chance at a championship since he lost his WBA welterweight title to Ricky Hatton several months before.

Mosely schooled him, winning a one-sided unanimous decision. The loss knocked Collazo from the division's circle of serious contenders. For most of the next seven years, Collazo hovered just outside, winning enough to keep higher prospects alive but losing enough to keep them still out of reach.

Then, at the Barclays Center in January, the Brooklyn-native knocked out Victor Ortiz in the second round. Now he is back in the circle. He will fight in Las Vegas next, against Amir Khan on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view on May 3.

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Eight Arrested and 3,000 Birds Rescued As "Operation Angry Birds" Busts Cockfight in Queens

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74-26 Jamaica Avenue, where the cockfights were reportedly held.
On Saturday night, state police, investigators from the New York Attorney General's Office, and the Department of Homeland Security brought an end to a popular attraction held at an abandoned storefront in Queens: a cockfighting ring, where roosters raised in upstate New York and held at a pet store in Brooklyn were made to fight to the death. Really? We can't find anything better to do with our weekends, cockfighting spectators?

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced this weekend that investigators from his office's New York State Organized Crime Task Force had arrested and charged eight people in the alleged cockfighting ring, in an investigation they dubbed "Operation Angry Birds." During the Saturday night raid, according to the New York Times , officers watched as people paid $40 each and filed into the basement of a vacant storefront at 74-26 Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven. The roosters waiting to fight were held in sacks on the basement wall; many of the 65 birds rescued, per the NYT, had "their natural spurs clipped off and with sharper metal spurs attached to their bodies."

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Bad Rabbi: The Court Documents Behind the Story

Brooklyn Supreme Court
A photo of Abraham Rubin from his civil lawsuit case file, allegedly shot after he was kidnapped and assaulted.
This week's feature story, "Bad Rabbi: Tales of Extortion and Torture Depict a Divorce Broker's Brutal Grip on the Orthodox Community," explored the three decades' worth of allegations against Mendel Epstein, a rabbi who has been charged with kidnapping and beating husbands who refuse to grant their wives a divorce.

Interviews with community members and court documents illuminated Epstein's reported operation, which hovered just below the surface of Brooklyn's rabbinical court system.

The earliest of these court documents are from a civil lawsuit filed by Abraham Rubin, who was kidnapped and beaten in 1996. More recent documents include a civil complaint filed by Yisrael Bryskman, who was beaten in 2010, and the October 2013 federal indictment accusing Epstein and nine others of conspiring to commit a kidnapping.

Here are some of those relevant documents:

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Lenny Cooke: A Great New Documentary Reveals the End of Basketball's Post-Jordan Era

Red Bucket Films
Ten minutes into Lenny Cooke, the documentary's star sits on a couch, watching the 2001 NBA draft with two friends. They debate who is the best player in the NBA: Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, or Kobe Bryant. This is the Post-Jordan Era, and there is no clear king on the NBA's throne.

It's an era of irreverence and optimism. Of Iverson talkin' 'bout practice, of NBA scouts combing through high schools searching for the next Kobe and T-Mac, of a Wild West summer league hoops circuit where AAU coaches and shoe company reps jockey for control of the next generation of ballers.

It's an era of youth and wealth. Of Cash Money Millionaires and Jacob the Jeweler. Of MTV Cribs, Hummers in the driveway, Mitchell & Ness throwbacks in the closet, Cristal bottles in the fridge, stripper poles in the boom-boom room. "The post-modern American Dream," Josh Safdie, one of the film's directors, called it in an interview this week.

Lenny Cooke was riding the wave in 2001. The Bushwick, Brooklyn native was the top high school basketball player in the country at a time when the country was giving high school basketball players millions of dollars. As he notes to his friends in the film, he had "less than a year to make a decision," less than a year until he is eligible for the NBA Draft and competes for the throne. Moments later, Cooke watches the Washington Wizards select Kwame Brown with the number one pick, making him the first high schooler ever taken in the top spot.

"That n---- a millionaire right now," the young Cooke says in the film. "Eighteen years old."

Two of the next three picks are high schoolers as well. By the time the clock starts for the ninth pick, four preps have gone off the board.

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Car Crashes Into Brooklyn Supermarket, Injuring a Woman

Albert Samaha
At around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, there was a loud bang; when the people walking down Bedford Avenue turned to look, they saw that a car had crashed into the supermarket. Its crushed hood was lodged into the store's front window, shattered glass and pieces of metal all around.

The car, a silver Mercedes Benz, had jumped the curb and barreled over three of the metal posts that fence in shopping carts in the front of the NSA Supermarket, which sits at the Clarkson Avenue corner in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

The driver -- a thin man in his 20s or 30s -- stepped out, looking stunned.

The crowd, drawn by the sound of the crash, gathered quickly, pouring out of the nearby laundromat, bodega, pizza joint, and apartment buildings. There were gasps as the onlookers realized that a woman had been hit. She lay on the ground, conscious but bloodied, stuck between the car and one of the upright metals posts.

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New Brooklyn Heat Map Shows The Borough's Greenest Places to Live

Categories: Brooklyn, Housing

Courtesy of Rentenna
Last week Runnin' Scared reported that Rentenna, a housing market social media startup, released a "green heat map", a visual guide to rental units' proximity to farmer's markets, parks, and tree-lined streets. But that was just for Manhattan; the Brooklyn and Queens versions were still in the works. Sooner than expected, Rentenna has released the Brooklyn heatmap, showing exactly where in the borough potential renters might settle if access to green space and fresh produce are important to them.

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This Website Generates Fake Brooklyn-Based Artisanal Companies

Cass Chin
Want another laugh at the expense of Brooklyn hipsters? Created by Cass Chin, the website generates fake but remotely believable names of Brooklyn-based companies. Looking for environmentally conscious, farm-to-table mustache wax? Got that. How about free-range, socially responsible nipple tassels? Got that, too. Just click "about us" to generate new combinations. It's a good, righteous laugh.

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Katy Perry in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a Drone in Williamsburg, and Other Key Differences Between Brooklyn VMAs and Regular VMAs

Categories: Brooklyn, MTV

Katy Perry in Brooklyn Bridge Park
It's over. The vision of the charming awards show MTV execs imagined when they decided to hold this year's Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn is gone, replaced by images of Miley Cyrus grinding up on a foam finger, and the sad, sad sound of 'N Sync's faltering voices.

If you were one of the fans shooed away from Barclays by police this weekend, don't worry, you didn't miss much. In reality, Brooklyn VMAs are not very different from regular VMAs.

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Brooklyn Federal Judge John Gleeson Rules the Stop and Frisk of a Parolee Illegal

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Do you mind frisking yourself? Thanks.
Last week was a big one in the fight against stop and frisk: Manhattan Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that stop and frisk has led to unconstitutional stops, ordering tougher oversight of police and even mandating the use of cameras during stops. The decision--a huge one, to be sure--overshadowed another important ruling casting a harsh light on the Mayor's pet policy: Brooklyn Federal Judge John Gleeson finding that the April 4 stop and frisk of Ronald Mayo Jr. to be unconstitutional after police falsely claimed Mayo was stopped because of a visible handgun.

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