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Bushwick, Brooklyn

Bushwick is a working-class neighborhood in the northern part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is bounded by the neighborhood of Queens, to the northeast; the town was first founded by the Dutch during the Dutch colonization of the Americas in the 17th century. In the 19th century, the neighborhood became a community of their descendants. Brooklyn's 18th Ward, the neighborhood was once an independent town and has undergone various territorial changes throughout its history. Bushwick is part of Brooklyn Community District 4 and its primary ZIP Codes are 11206, 11207, 11221, 11237, it is patrolled by the 83rd Precinct of the New York City Police Department. Politically it is represented by the New York City Council's 34th and 37th Districts. Bushwick's borders overlap those of Brooklyn Community Board 4, delineated by Flushing Avenue on the north, Broadway on the southwest, the border with Queens to the northeast, the Cemetery of the Evergreens on the southeast; the industrial area north of Flushing Avenue, east of Bushwick Avenue, south of Grand Street is considered part of East Williamsburg.

However, it is commonly included in Bushwick with the modifier "Industrial Bushwick". The town of Bushwick—which, along with Breukelen and Bedford, became incorporated as the city of Brooklyn on January 1, 1854—included present-day Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Prior to the merger, in the early 19th century, residential development in the area had begun when the new district of Williamsburg was laid out in western Bushwick. Williamsburg was incorporated in 1827 and severed from Bushwick in 1839. Present-day East Williamsburg, not part of the city of Williamsburg, was organized as Brooklyn's 18th Ward from the annexation of Bushwick. Now part of Brooklyn Community District 1, sections of East Williamsburg are sometimes considered to be part of Bushwick; the centroid, or geographic center, of New York City is located on Stockholm Street in Bushwick, on the block between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas Avenues. In 1638, the Dutch West India Company secured a deed from the local Lenape people for the Bushwick area, Peter Stuyvesant chartered the area in 1661, naming it Boswijck, meaning "neighborhood in the woods" in 17th-century Dutch.

Its area included the modern-day communities of Bushwick and Greenpoint. Bushwick was the last of the original six Dutch towns of Brooklyn to be established within New Netherland; the community was settled, though unchartered, on February 16, 1660, on a plot of land between the Bushwick and Newtown Creeks by fourteen French and Huguenot settlers, a Dutch translator named Peter Jan De Witt, one of the original eleven slaves brought to New Netherland, Franciscus the Negro, who had worked his way to freedom. The group centered their settlement on a church located near today's Bushwick and Metropolitan Avenues; the major thoroughfare was Woodpoint Road, which allowed farmers to bring their goods to the town dock. This original settlement came to be known as Het Dorp by the Dutch, Bushwick Green by the British; the English would take over the six towns three years and unite them under Kings County in 1683. Many of Bushwick's Dutch records were lost after its annexation by Brooklyn in 1854. Contemporary reports differ on the reason: T. W. Field writes that "a nice functionary of the City Hall... contemptuously thrust them into his waste-paper sacks", while Eugene Armbruster claims that the movable bookcase containing the records "was coveted by some municipal officer, who turned its contents upon the floor".

At the turn of the 19th century, Bushwick consisted of four villages: Green Point, Bushwick Shore, Bushwick Green, Bushwick Crossroads. Bushwick's first major expansion occurred after it annexed the New Lots of Bushwick, a hilly upland claimed by Native Americans in the first treaties they signed with European colonists granting the settlers rights to the lowland on the water. After the second war between the natives and the settlers broke out, the natives fled, leaving the area to be divided among the six towns in Kings County. Bushwick had the prime location to absorb its new tract of land in a contiguous fashion. New Bushwick Lane, a former Native American trail, was a key thoroughfare for accessing this new tract, suitable for potato and cabbage agriculture; this area is bounded by Flushing Avenue to the north and Evergreen Cemetery to the south. In the 1850s, the New Lots of Bushwick area began to develop. References to the town of Bowronville, a new neighborhood contained within the area south of Lafayette Avenue and Stanhope Street, began to appear in the 1850s.

The area known as Bushwick Shore was so called for about 140 years. Bushwick residents called Bushwick Shore "the Strand", another term for "beach". Bushwick Creek, in the north, Cripplebush, a region of thick, boggy shrubland extending from Wallabout Creek to Newtown Creek, in the south and east, cut Bushwick Shore off from the other villages in Bushwick. Farmers and gardeners from the other Bushwick villages sent their goods to Bushwick Shore to be ferried to New York City for sale at a market located at the present-day Grand Street. Bushwick Shore's favorable location close to New York City led to the creation of several farming developments. A 13-acre development wit

Baraka (Mortal Kombat)

Baraka is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway Games. He was introduced in Mortal Kombat II in 1993 as an unpredictable warrior in service of Outworld emperor Shao Kahn, he belongs to a race of nomadic mutants called Tarkatan revealed in Mortal Kombat: Deception to be a crossbreed between Netherealm demons and denizens of the wastelands of Outworld. His most distinctive characteristic, like most other members of his race, is a pair of long retractable blades that extend from his forearms. Baraka is first introduced in Mortal Kombat II as being a member of a lowly Outworld race called the Nomads, known for unpredictable behavior and possessing a frequent violent streak, he spearheads the attack on Liu Kang's Shaolin temple in Earthrealm following the conclusion of the first tournament, which in turn lures Liu Kang into Outworld to seek vengeance, as planned by evil Outworld emperor Shao Kahn. After Kahn's defeat, he disappeared back into Outworld's wastelands, reemerging in the Mortal Kombat Trilogy storyline as again being recruited into Kahn's forces after fighting an "uprising renegade race in Outworld's lower regions" taking part in the ensuing invasion of Earthrealm.

However, after Kahn is again defeated and his takeover plans go for naught a second time, Baraka sets back out on his own as a drifter once more. While passing through the Outworld realm of Edenia prior to the events of Mortal Kombat Gold, Baraka encounters the sorcerer Quan Chi, who offers him a chance to rule the realm at his side if he agrees to join the army of the fallen Elder God Shinnok. Baraka attempts to warn Quan Chi about Shinnok's demise, but Quan Chi pretends to have masterminded the events, after Baraka balks at the prospect of sharing the rule of Outworld with Quan Chi, the sorcerer appears to kill him right after thwarting a sudden attempt on his life. At the time of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Baraka formed an alliance to the risen Dragon King, Onaga, in whose strength he had great faith; when Baraka agreed to follow Onaga, the remainder of his Tarkatan race did so too. Baraka recruited her to Onaga's ranks to pose as Princess Kitana. Mileena used this position to misdirect the Edenian forces into combat against the Tarkatan raiding parties well away from Onaga to give the Dragon King the time he needed to complete his schemes.

In the reboot of the series Baraka appears as a recurring foe in the story mode, where he fights and loses to Johnny Cage, Cyrax and Jade. When Shao Khan is killed, he argues that Mileena should be the heir to his throne, afterwards he leads his Tarkatan armies into an invasion of Earthrealm. Baraka appears in Mortal Kombat X as an unplayable character in the game's story, he first appears in one of Raiden's flashback to the second Mortal Kombat tournament, Baraka is in Outworld with his fellow Tarkatans loading captive Shaolin monks onto a ship commanded by D'Vorah. D'Vorah reminds Baraka that Shao Kahn wants the hostages kept alive, Baraka replies that their wounds are not fatal. Before the ship can leave, Liu Kang, Kung Lao arrive to rescue the hostages. While his minions fight Liu Kang and Kung Lao, Baraka confronts Raiden; the two fight, Raiden emerges victorious. Five years prior to the main events of the game, Baraka serves under Empress Mileena and alongside Ermac accompanies her to confront Kotal Khan and Reptile, who are attempting to convince D'Vorah to join them in usurping the throne from Mileena.

After Reptile reveals Mileena's origins as a product of Shang Tsung's sorcery, D'Vorah assists Kotal Khan and Reptile in fighting off the Tarkatans while Ermac betrays Mileena in favor of Kotal Khan, though Baraka refuses to betray her and fights D'Vorah. D'Vorah attempts to convince Baraka to join Kotal Khan, though he refuses and is brutally slain by D'Vorah, who rips out his heart and brain with her stingers and mashed them together into a bloody pulp of cardiovascular tissue, gray matter and blood. Baraka returns in Mortal Kombat 11, with his past self brought to the present through Kronika's manipulation of time. After learning of his death and the near extinction of the Tarkatans by Kotal Kahn, he allies himself with the past Shao Kahn and Kronika. However, Kitana convinces him to aid her in rescuing Kotal after reassuring him that she will convince Kotal to treat the Tarkatans with respect. Kitana's ability to unite the Tarkatans and Shokan with her leads to Kotal naming her as his successor, thus changing the Tarkatans' fate from their extinction in modern timeline.

Baraka was first conceived by MK co-creator John Tobias as a "savage barbarian demon warrior" named Rokuro, as part of the early development process of the first Mortal Kombat, but the concept never made it off the drawing board. While brainstorming possible character ideas for Mortal Kombat II, several designers visited a local costume shop and found a Nosferatu mask, which they painted in order to enhance its horrifying appearance while attaching silver-painted false fingernails to serve as teeth; this mask was worn by the actor who portrayed Baraka in the game. Divizio stated that the mask was a "skin-tight" fit, throughout his motion capture filming he was sweating profusely. Early Baraka concept art by character designer John Tobias portrayed him as a masked, bald human ninja armed with hookswords; the swords were used by Kabal - played by Divizio - in Mortal Kombat 3. Another Baraka concept portrayed him as a creature with extra-long, metal talon-studded, muscular arms, bu

Hits! The Very Best of Erasure

Hits! – The Very Best of Erasure was the second greatest hits package released by the group. Capitalizing on a resurgence of Erasure music after their successful covers album Other People's Songs, Mute Records released Hits! in 2003 to reintroduce people to Erasure's music and to give an update to their 1992 singles compilation Pop! - the First 20 Hits. In fact, Hits! Seemed to be geared towards casual fans who did not own a copy of Pop!, as twelve songs appear on both collections. Since the release of Pop!, Erasure had released fifteen more singles, but only six of them appeared on Hits!. In addition, two additional songs from the Abba-esque EP were added to the line-up, as well as a new remix of the classic "Oh L'amour," found on their 1986 debut album Wonderland. To entice Erasure completists to purchase the Hits! set, limited copies of the album contained a bonus CD containing an "Erasure Megamix," consisting of eighteen of their classic songs strung together in a DJ-mixed form. A few are the basic single mixes, but most of them consist of well known dance remixes done at the time of their respective releases.

Hits! was repackaged and reissued in the UK on 29 October 2007. This new version includes the same two discs as the original release, along with a DVD containing 35 Erasure music videos; these are the same videos which were released on the Hits! the Videos in 2003. According to the Erasure Official Newsletter, Hits reached the platinum certification for 300.000 copies sold in September 2013. "Oh L'amour" "Sometimes" "Victim of Love" "Ship of Fools" "Chains of Love" "A Little Respect" "Stop!" "Blue Savannah" "Chorus" "Love to Hate You" "Breath of Life" "Lay All Your Love on Me" "Take a Chance on Me" "Voulez-Vous" "Always" "Stay with Me" "In My Arms" "Freedom" "Solsbury Hill" "Oh L'amour" Remixed and reconstructed by: Mark Towns, Chicago 2003 "Stay with Me" "You Surround Me" "In My Arms" "Solsbury Hill" "A Little Respect" "Chains of Love" "Take a Chance on Me" "Love to Hate You" "Stop!" "Victim of Love" "Blue Savannah" "Always" "Freedom" "Chorus" "Oh L'amour" "Breath of Life" "Sometimes" "Ship of Fools" Hits!

– The Very Best of Erasure peaked at #15 in the UK. It did not chart on the Billboard 200. "Oh L'amour" was released as a single in the UK and the US. It hit No. 13 on the UK singles chart. Erasure – 10 Great Songs was a budget compilation released on 2 November 2009, shortly after the Total Pop! The First 40 Hits range of releases. According to the official Erasure website, the album was "part of a series of budget titles put together by EMI for sale through'non-traditional outlets'", it re-used the cover artwork from the Hits! – The Very Best of Erasure compilation, bordered by a generic sleeve design used on the packaging for other artists featured in the series. "Sometimes" "Victim of Love" "Ship of Fools" "Stop!" "Blue Savannah" "Chorus" "Breath of Life" "Take a Chance on Me" "Love to Hate You" "Always" – The official Erasure website – Website by Mark Towns: Remix engineer for Erasure's 2003 "HITS!" megamix and "Oh L'Amour" internet single

Barnyard Commandos

Barnyard Commandos is an action figure line created by toy designer James Groman for American Greetings Corporation and produced by Playmates Toys in 1989. A thirteen-episode French-American animated series was based on the figures the following year. Produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH, it features the vocal talents of S. Scott Bullock, Thom Bray, Pat Fraley, Paul Hreppel, John Mariano, Bob Ridgeley, Lennie Weinrib, Danny Wells. However, the series was not successful enough to merit further production of episodes; the property is based around the concept of farm animals who consumed radioactive materials left over from an abandoned military experiment, mutating them into hyper-intelligent, anthropomorphic paramilitary troops. This consists of two "hilariously harmless" opposing teams: the R. A. M. S. and the P. O. R. K. S.. Two series of Barnyard Commandos were produced, each including several figures from both teams. Similar to Mattel's Food Fighters, the figures are non-poseable and made of soft, hollow plastic much like squeaky toys.

They each include a weapon accessory that fastens onto the figure and a brief, humorous character description on the cardback. Burger King produced a series of tie-in toys as Kids' Meal premiums. Sergeant Woolly Pullover Commodore Fleece Cardigan Major Legger Mutton Pilot Fluff Pendleton General Hamfat Lardo Private Side O'Bacon Sergeant Shoat N. Sweet Captain Tusker Chitlins Master Sergeant Cornelius Cannonfodder Private Bull Bellwether Commander Missiles Muttonchop Lieutenant Sureshot Shearling Corporal Hy Ondahog Staff Sergeant Blaster McBacon Major Piggyback Gunner Captain Hogg Wilde Bacon Bomber Pork Chopper Pork-A-Pult Ram Tank Only four episodes of the series were released to four NTSC VHS tapes with one episode each. Apple-Calypse Now Back to the Farm Treasure of Ram Pork Mountain Ultimate Quest Virtual Toy Chest - Barnyard Commandos Barnyard Commandos at the Internet Movie Database

Al Loquasto

Albert John Loquasto, was an Italian-American racecar driver. Born in Easton, Loquasto died in a plane crash in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, he drove in the USAC and CART Championship Car series, racing in the 1969–1980 and 1982–1983 seasons, with 61 combined career starts, including the 1976 and 1977 Indianapolis 500. He finished with his best finish in 7th position in 1975 at Ontario, he drove six NASCAR races from 1981 to 1982. Al Loquasto was the first cousin of Sicilian-American scenic designer and costume designer Santo Loquasto, a distant cousin of Sicilian-American author Angelo F. Coniglio. All are descendants of Libertino lo Guasto, a foundling born in Serradifalco, Sicily in 1796. Al Loquasto's survivors include his spouse Sandra Loquasto and son A. J. Loquasto. Loquasto's ancestry at

Compare Group is a held company which holds four price comparison services in three countries and was founded in the Netherlands in 1999. was founded in 1999 by Ben Kerkhof, Jean Paul Soethout and Tjibbe de Jong and was the first price comparison website in the Netherlands. In 2000, co-founder Ben Kerkhof started, a price comparison website based in Finland. Business was expanded to Belgium in 2002 with the start of and in 2006 acquired Dutch competitor Early 2015 launched their omni-channel localised price comparison service in which not just products and offers from webshops are compared but those of the traditional brick and mortar merchants. Compare Group was founded shortly after the acquisition of in 2006, in order to centralize the management of the different labels. Since the founding of the Compare Group, business was expanded further to France and French-speaking Belgium with the foundation of and in 2009.

Although Compare Group provides some insights in monthly visitor amounts, it does not publish exact visitor numbers. It is known that in 2004 welcomed its 20 millionth visitor since its founding in 1999 and passed the 40 million visitors mark in 2006. In september 2017 and where the first CSS's in Europe allowed to participate in Google Shopping PLA's after Google was fined with a 2.4 billion euro antitrust fine. In March 2018 and where the first CSS's in The Netherlands and Belgium to show Amazon results on its websites., a price comparison website based in the United Kingdom. The website was founded in 2002 and discontinued in 2006., a website aimed at comparing prices of erotic and adult products, founded in 2002. It was discontinued as a separate project in 2004., a website founded in 2010. focused on offering one special deal. The website was sold in 2011 to GoldenExperience.

Check Magazine, a print magazine by,, and Zoover, was introduced in 2008 and wrote about trends and developments in online shopping. Check Magazine was discontinued after three issues due to a lack of subscribers and advertisement revenue. July 2014: The shopping cart:’s take on a marketplace was discontinued because of lack of interest and usage by both the merchants and its visitors. Its brand was conflicting with this so the decision was taken to discontinue this website. Its activities were continued in Arbalet ceased to exist as a separate entity. 2004: - was acquired along with other assets from the bankrupt company Cedron. 2006: - Competing price comparison website was acquired from De Telegraaf in 2006. No details on the acquisition have been disclosed.’s business model consists of three main revenue drivers: Lead generation for web shops using a cost per click model.

A monthly subscription fee for the traditional brick & mortar merchants. A cost per sale model which provides a percentage of the order value for every order placed on's websites. Although receives the orders, the actual processing of orders is done by web shops. Web shops receive the order value subtracted by’s compensation. In 2014 decided to terminate their marketplace /cost per sale model. Consolidated revenue of Compare Group: No figures on profits or losses have been published by Compare Group. 2011: was elected in the top 10 favorite French comparison sites. 2012: won the High Growth Award of its region. 2013: was nominated for the Best Comparison Website Award at the Dutch Thuiswinkel Awards. - Compare Group's comparison websites: