Brooklyn Today October 22: Jimmy Kimmel Eats His Way Through Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! Rapper Cardi B gives out winter coats in Gravesend, we salute the Verrazzano Bridge, and Downtown Brooklyn has a disturbing pattern. Plus, renovations begin at BAM Park in Fort Greene,Jimmy Kimmel eats his way through Brooklyn, and Ivorian cuisine is all the rage. Finally, MTA says it will fix the Clark Street station elevator, we recommend the best host dogs in the city, and the subway is getting a whole lot scarier. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Actor Richard Gere grins on the November cover of L’Uomo Vogue.
~RECENT GUNFIRE INCIDENTS IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN SPOTLIGHTS CONCENTRATED COURT SYSTEM: Three people, including two innocent bystanders, were shot in broad daylight on Fulton Street on July 13. It was the first of three gunfire incidents in three months in the Downtown area. On August 1, gunfire ran out at MetroTech, and on Oct. 1 a gunman opened fire at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby streets during school dismissal hours. On Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams blamed the recent outbreak of random gun violence on gang members and other criminal defendants visiting court and parole offices in Downtown Brooklyn. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~A SALUTE TO BAY RIDGE’S BRIDGE, WHICH IS THE VERRAZZANO WITH TWO ZS: You’re never too old for a spelling lesson. This one comes courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Bay Ridge residents, Brooklyn writers, pay attention: Two Rs and two Ns. It’s V-E-R-R-A-Z-Z-A-N-O now. For a half-century, everyone has been spelling the name of the iconic bridge between Bay Ridge and Staten Island without the second Z. The governor recently signed legislation that changes the 13,700-foot span’s name to match that ofGiovanni da Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who discovered New York Harbor in 1524. Here are some photos of the picturesque bridge. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CARDI B GIVES BACK IN GRAVESEND, HANDS OUT HUNDREDS OF WINTER COATS: “It was lit in Marlboro today,” wrote Bronx-born rapperCardi B on social media Thursday after handing out free winter coats to hundreds of residents and fans at Brooklyn’s Marlboro Houses in Gravesend. The giveaway took place on one of the coldest days of the season so far. The 26-year-old performer, who was given balloons and a cake from residents in celebration of her recent birthday, promised to be back before the year’s end, with another stop planned for her home borough. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S NEWEST CAN’T-MISS CUISINE: IVORIAN: On the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick, former cabdriver Chuck Cisse and chefMarietou Boleane are bringing the food of the Ivory Coast to Brooklynites. Cisse and Boleane opened Paradis des Gouts last August. With each meal, expect the Ivorian staple foutou banane, boiled plantains beaten until they are stretchy. Okra is also a staple on the menu, paired with tomatoes and palm oil to create gombo frais, a savory stew paired with fried plantains or jollof rice cooked with onions and garlic. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RENOVATIONS TO BEGIN AT PARK ACROSS FROM BAM: The small, triangular BAM Park in Fort Greene, opposite the famed Brooklyn Academy of Music, has been closed to the public for more than a decade, partially because of contaminants found in the soil. However, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced that work is officially underway on the park’s $3.2 million reconstruction. The redesigned park will include new plantings, benches and pathways while preserving most of the trees that are already there. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WORK TO BEGIN ON CLARK STREET SUBWAY ELEVATORS — BUT WHEN?: For many years, the elevators at the 2 and 3 trains’ Clark Street subway station have been breaking down. In the most recent incident, one of the elevators malfunctioned and left passengers trapped inside for an hour earlier this month. Shortly after the event, Andre Berman from the MTA press office told Gothamist that “all of the elevators at Clark Street are set to bereplaced under the current capital program.” However, the transit agency said, the actual work will be extensive and “the timeline for completion of the work will be set once the design phase is completed.” (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BACK HOME FOR A WEEK, JIMMY KIMMEL EATS HIS WAY THROUGH BROOKLYN: Jimmy Kimmel, in town for the annual Brooklyn live taping of his show, can’t get enough of the borough’s culinary scene. He already visited restaurants in Red Hook, Carroll Gardens and Bensonhurst. Kimmel posted a photo on Tuesday from Bensonhurst fixture L&B Spumoni Gardens, looking satisfied behind an open box of crispy calzone. Next came the picture from Hometown Barbecue in Red Hook, flaunting a plate overflowing with brisket and mac and cheese. The comedian also ate at Frankies 457 Spuntino in Carroll Gardens on Wednesday night. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE MTA WANTS TO MAKE THE SUBWAY SPOOKIER: In a seemingly unironic Tweet, NYPD’s Transit Unit and the MTA announced this week an upcoming Halloween event: the “Haunted Subway.” The announcement comes after a chain of events over the past few months that seem scary enough on their own: commuters trapped in an elevator for over an hour at the Clark Street station; pieces of the roof falling at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. Gothamist rounded up a list of ideas for slogans for the event, gathered from real testimonials about the subway. “An absolute nightmare!” reads one. “We might as well have been left for dead,” reads another.(Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
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LONG READ: Two men on a Michigan farm were killed by the FBI in September 2001. But then 9/11 occurred, and those two deaths fell to the wayside. (via The Outline)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “This Melissa McCarthy Story Just Might (Maybe? Possibly?) Cheer You Up” (via NYT Magazine)
PODCAST: Lisa Brennan-Jobs, a writer and daughter of Steve Jobs, discusses how writing and covering stories improves memory. (via Longform)
EAT: Here are the 20 best hot dogs in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Facebook has a war room to combat fake news and phony accounts…President Trump praises a Montana Congress member whoassaulted a journalist…And Walt Disney World announces a new “nature inspired” resort. (via AP, The Guardian and People)
FOREIGN FLASH: Typhoons in Japan are causing cherry blossoms to bloom early…Canada issues its first ticket for smoking weed in a car…And a new study reveals more than 90 percent of table salt has microplastics in it. (via CNN, CBC and Quartz)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are some of the strangest gifts the royal family has received over the years. (via Express)
10:00AM — Pen Out Loud: YA Activism at The Strand. Details.
12:00PM — On Chopin with Dr. Alan Walker at 92nd Street Y. Details.
12:00PM – 9:00PM — Quieter Places at Exhibit Salon. Details.
6:00PM — Literary Salon: History, Memory, Craft at Barnard College. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Stoic School of Life: More From Epictetus’ Manual for the Good Life at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.
6:10PM — Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Frankenstein at 200 at Columbia University. Details.
6:30PM — Time to Take It Back? Can New York City Retake Control of Its Subways and Buses? at TransitCenter. Details.
7:00PM — Revealed: The Nude Body in Performance Barnard College. Details.
7:00PM — Sam Sax: Bury It at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Details.
7:30PM — Anne Lamott at St. Joseph’s College. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Progress? Nets no longer at the bottom in social media rankings” (NetsDaily)
Happy birthday to Brian Anthony Boitano, Jan De Bont, Catherine Deneuve, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Goldblum, Valeria Golino, Derek Jacobi, Christopher Lloyd, Carlos Mencia, Bob Odenkirk, Tony Roberts, Ichiro Suzuki and Arsene Wenger!
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