Dead Man Hanging From Tree in Prospect Park Believed to Be a Suicide

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Early this morning, around 3:45 a.m., police responded to a call in Prospect Park. They found a man about 50 years old, hanging by a rope from a tree near the lake.

A police spokesperson tells the Voice the death is being investigated as a suicide. The NYPD is not releasing the name or description of the man. His body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's office.

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The President's Visit to Crown Heights Will Shut Down Prospect Park for Six Hours, Reroute Buses

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"'Yes We Can' screw up your commute."
President Obama is scheduled to address students Friday at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a full two miles from Prospect Park. And yet, the park announced via its website that it will be shut during the President's visit. There are also scheduled service changes to bus routes in the area, according to the MTA.

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Prospect Park Robberies Have More Than Doubled in the Past Year

As New Yorkers, we're accustomed to the news of robberies -- especially with the insane rise in smartphone theft recently (and the interesting stories that come out of those). We have all read about Central Park's creepiness at night and some of the crime that goes down there, but rarely do we hear about Brooklyn's equivalent. 

Yes, Prospect Park does have its fair share of robbery, too. And, as of this year, the rate of those getting their stuff jacked from them has more than doubled, according to the New York Post.

Just because you're in Brooklyn's big brownstone backyard doesn't mean you're safe. It just means you're a little bit safer than you would be in Central Park. But is that really saying much?
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Long Live the G-Train? New Petition Tries to Preserve Park Slope Extension (UPDATE)

Well, here are four words we never thought we would type: Save the G-train?

Brooklyn's straphangers, known to love the looping line as much as they hate it, are now rallying in support of the G: District Leader Lincoln Restler has organized a petition to keep the MTA from cutting off full Church Avenue-to-Queens service. Nearly 1,200 have signed the online petition, which began Sunday. The move comes as communities continue to feel the effect of MTA cuts -- which resulted in the loss of two subway lines, 36 bus routes, and 570 bus stops in the last several years.

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Prospect Park Loop Redesign: More Space for Walkers and Bikers

By now, you have probably heard about proposals to redesign the Prospect Park loop, which were discussed at a public meeting last night.

You see, the Prospect Park Road Sharing Taskforce has been seriously considering changes after several recent accidents left two with severe brain injuries.

The coalition announced yesterday that it wants to double the space allocated to cyclists and pedestrians -- so there would be one lane for each group and one lane for vehicles. The move would get rid of one car lane.

Transportation advocates seem to think the changes, which could take place as early as this spring, are a step in the right direction, but would still prefer an outright ban on cars.

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'Take Back Our Streets' Rally in Park Slope Attracts Hundreds

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Last night, Park Slope and the surrounding areas responded to the recent string of sexual attacks with a good old-fashioned rally. Newly-formed local group Safe Slope organized the march, which in our estimate attracted about 300-400 people -- definitely more than the "Rape Cops" protest earlier this summer -- and took up two whole blocks of the Slope. Runnin' Scared arrived early to the starting place right next to the Prospect Avenue R train. A sizeable crowd had already assembled on the scene; we've never seen so many dogs, little kids, and politicians in one place.

Spotting a woman in an interesting t-shirt, we took a picture:

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Prospect Park Wildlife Threatened By Poachers

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A group of homeless people have been camping out beside the Prospect Park lake for the last two months and hunting small game for food, reports the Post. The poachers stuck to the lake's southern end, where they littered the area with cans and trash and killed "wildlife" like squirrels, ducks, and cygnets using quite cruel methods. They roasted the meat over illegal fires or just ate it raw. Disgusting! Barbaric! And is it even hunting season?

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Brooklyn Is Covered in Condoms

"Jackpot" for the Prospect Park cleaning crew over the weekend meant condoms. Wrappers and rubbers comprised much of the trash collected by the the Prospect Park Litter Mob, a volunteer group concerned with "Brooklyn's largest remaining stretch of forest," and their community-minded actions earned them a little New York Times feature on the City Room blog this morning. It's racier than most city news tidbits, especially in the Times! The picker-uppers focused mainly on the Midwood section of the park, "known as a place gay men cruise for sex," and so the army of eight filled 22 bags with trash. Among the garbage, "upwards of 2,000 condom wrappers and 600 condoms." By our math, that means we're missing about 1,400 used jimmy hats; either Brooklyners get environmentally conscious postcoital and decide to use trash cans, or some people have mighty strange souvenir collections. [NYT]

Animal "Butcher" Terrorizes Prospect Park

The Brooklyn Paper reports that Windsor Terrace residents have been turning up sacks of slaughtered animal parts in Prospect Park, supposedly the work of a "demented animal killer" who's been at-large for months. Yikes.

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Spike Lee Gives It Another Go on a Michael Jackson Brooklyn Bash

We caught our neighbor — people who work for him, anyway — putting up a fresh sign on his garage door yesterday in Fort Greene. Our neighbor, Spike Lee (who, thanks to a block profile this weekend in the Times, everyone now knows is our neighbor), is finally going to host his birthday party celebration for Michael Jackson. More »