Brooklyn Today October 15: Trump’s Green Card Proposal Could Hit Brooklyn Hard
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! El Chapo’s lawyer texts a witness, a Sheepshead Bay woman poses as a real estate agent, and President Trump’s green card proposal could hit Brooklyn immigrants hard. Plus, a Bushwick bookstore wants to use the supernatural against Brett Kavanaugh, a Brooklyn photographer breaks the stigma against pit bulls, and a conversation between Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and a Brooklyn Heights developer raises some eyebrows. Finally, the Nets have high hopes this season, and the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival continues tonight.
IMPRINT: Actress Natalie Portman graces the latest cover of Variety.
~TRUMP’S GREEN CARD PROPOSAL COULD HIT BROOKLYN HARD: More than 400,000 immigrants without green cards live in Brooklyn. Officials warn that tens of thousands of them could be at risk if a new rule proposed by President Donald Trump goes into effect in two months. The proposed rulesays that immigrants who are enrolled in public benefits programs such as SNAP, Medicaid or public housing, could be ineligible for a visa or green card. According to the Mayor’s Office, 75,000 New York immigrants could be forced to choose between using benefits to which they’re legally entitled and pursuing permanent residency. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EL CHAPO’S LAWYER WARNED NOT TO TAMPER WITH WITNESSES AFTER OMINOUS TEXT: An attorney for drug kingpin “El Chapo” is off the hook after texting a government witness, after Brooklyn federal court JudgeBrian Cogan decided on Friday to give the lawyer a warning rather than sanction him. Government prosecutors made a motion this week to impose sanctions on defense counsel A. Eduardo Balarezo after he texted a cooperating witness on Sept. 23, “You know the gov outed (cooperating witness)? See you in EDNY.” Balarezo did not deny sending the text, but said it did not violate the protective order because he had gained the knowledge on his own rather than gaining it through discovery. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SHEEPSHEAD BAY WOMAN GETS SIX YEARS FOR POSING AS REAL ESTATE AGENT TO STEAL $600,000: A woman from Sheepshead Baycould spend the next six years in prison after she was sentenced on Thursday for stealing approximately $613,000 from 20 different people while she posed as a real estate agent. Yelena Litvak, 56, signed a confession and pleaded guilty last month to three counts of second-degree grand larceny. “The defendant cheated more than a dozen innocent people out of their life savings and hard-earned cash, then gambled it away,” said Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez. “I will not tolerate these kinds of fraudulent and criminal actions in Brooklyn.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PHOTOGRAPHER FIGHTS PIT BULL PREJUDICE WITH BOOK OF PORTRAITS: Sophie Gamand’s much-anticipated “Pit Bull Flower Power” book will be published on Oct. 27 to coincide with Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Pit Bull Awareness Month in October. Since the 1980s, pit bulls have been demonized by society and portrayed as hellhounds. They’ve become the most feared, hated and abused of all companion animals. For the past four years, Gamand, a Brooklyn resident, has been photographing shelter pit bulls wearing flower crowns, helping hundreds of these dogs find homes while combating their unjust reputation. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK OCCULT BOOKSHOP HOSTS PUBLIC KAVANAUGH HEX: A bookstore in Bushwick is taking the protests against Brett Kavanaugh to a whole new level — the supernatural. Catland, a specialty occult bookstore, is hosting an event on Oct. 20 to publicly hex the newest member of the Supreme Court, as well as “all rapists and the patriarchy at large which emboldens them.” New Age traditions like Modern Wicca and witchcraft have historic ties to second-wave feminism. The event at Catland offers women a chance to find catharsis, or at least a temporary comfort by being around those with similar experiences. (RT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONVO BETWEEN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS DEVELOPER AND DEPUTY MAYOR REVEALS BID PROCESS MAY BE UNFAIR: Emails between Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and the developer behind a 36-story luxury condo inBrooklyn Heights revealed the two discussed the project before the winning bid was announced. David Kramer, CEO of the Hudson Companies, wrote to thank Glen in a September 2014 email, days after his firm won the bid for the Brooklyn Heights library. “Thanks for being the expeditor,” he wrote. A source said that the contact was “completely inappropriate, and depending on what happens, probably a violation of the procurement rules.” (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: An American charity pledged to save girls in Liberia from sexual abuse, but from the start, the girls were being raped. (via ProPublica)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A police officer in Rocky Ford, Colorado, was convicted of murder in 2014, but since then, the department has become “more powerful” and “less accountable.” (via 5280)
EAT: Taking Amtrak? Here are the 12 best places to eat and drink near Penn Station. (via Eater)
TRAVEL: “36 Hours in Montreal” (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Beto O’Rourke raises $38.1 million over the last three months…A Florida school bus crashes into a swimming pool…And 60 percent of Americans say they’ve seen a ghost. (via Politico, Florida Today and New York Post)
FOREIGN FLASH: Usain Bolt scores two goals in Australia in his first start for a pro soccer team…Banksy’s shredded painting is renamed “Love is in the Bin…And Nepal bans pornography in an attempt to curb rape. (via The Sydney Morning Herald, Artnet and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: The royal family is exempt from paying income tax, but they voluntarily do it anyway. (via PopSugar)
10:00AM — Tai Chi for Seniors at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at New York Aquarium.Details.
6:00PM — Fitness: Shape Up NYC – Zumba at Industry City. Details.
6:30PM — Tenement Talk: Life and Death on the LES at Tenement Museum.Details.
7:00PM — ScreenTimes: “Wildlife” with Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal,Paul Dano, and Zoe Kazan at Florence Gould Hall. Details.
7:00PM — Brooklyn Horror Film Festival at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.
7:00PM — Exploring Roman History with New Technology: Climate, Epidemics, and the Fall of an Empire at The Explorers Club. Details.
7:00PM — Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30PM — Pete Souza Presents Shade at Kings Theatre. Details.
7:30PM — John Judis: “The Nationalist Revival” at The Strand. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets want to be better, but probably still won’t be good“(AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
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