Brooklyn Today November 13: ‘Hamilton’ Inspires, Motivates NYC High School Students
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! High schoolers see “Hamilton” for $10, we go inside Bensonhurst’s last Italian record store, and Bay Ridge celebrates the life of “Sweet Sally Sunshine.” Plus, Joe Lhota resigns as chairman of the MTA, the FDA tightens restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes, and Luzzo’s inBrooklyn Heights closes due to mice and roaches. Finally, we break down where car-sharing services are available in the borough, a Lower East Side bakery and restaurant is coming to DUMBO, and a Bushwick party pad is listed for $10.9 million. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Anthony Borges, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, is featured on a recent cover of New York Magazine.
~BROADWAY’S ‘HAMILTON’ INSPIRES, MOTIVATES NYC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: The mega-hit Broadway play “Hamilton” shines a spotlight on the American dream, where a scrappy, bastard orphan with relentless drive can become the head of the U.S. Treasury and transform the nation. Tickets to the hottest show in town sell for hundreds to thousands of dollars. But on Wednesday, 1,300 Title 1 high school students from across New York City filled the Richard Rodgers Theatre for a performance that only cost them one “Hamilton” — $10. For the vast majority of the students, it was their first time in a Broadway theater. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BENSONHURST’S LAST ITALIAN RECORD STORE TELLS THE STORY OF A COMMUNITY: Ilario Bianchi opens the door of S.A.S. Italian Records and heads straight to the back of the store to snag a copy of his favorite weekly Italian magazine: Cronaca Vera. At the counter, Louise Baslie is naming all her family members who need cornicelli, Italian amulets that protect against the evil eye. Italian opera from surrounding speakers is sending waves past every green, white and red knick knack, cassette and CD in this homogenous oasis of a fleeting culture that once called Bensonhurst home. It was Baslie’s first time visiting the shop. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BAY RIDGE CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF ‘SWEET SALLY SUNSHINE’: Bay Ridge rallied one more time behind a family of its own on Nov. 3 as roughly 1,000 people came together to celebrate the life of Sally Kabel, the six-year-old girl known to many as “Sweet Sally Sunshine.” Sally died on Sept. 19 suddenly following a nearly life-long battle with leukemia and complications the family has since said they didn’t see coming. A funeral mass was held at St. Patrick Church, followed by a “Celebration of Life.” There, guests spent their time as Sally lived: laughing, dancing, painting seashells and letting love be the light. “It’s a part of closure,” Sally’s mom, Nicole Kabel, said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LHOTA QUITS AS CHAIRMAN OF MTA, FERRER TAKES OVER: Joe Lhotaresigned as chairman of the MTA. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomoannounced on Friday that MTA Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer is now the acting chairman. Lhota, 64, was appointed chairman last year amid increasing problems on the city’s aging subway system. Cuomo says Lhota has stabilized the system, appointed a new leadership structure to overhaul the MTA and “led with a steady hand during some of the agency’s most challenging moments.”(AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FDA PLANS STRICT LIMITS ON SALE OF FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES:The U.S. FDA plans to require strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. The move is an attempt to curb what many are saying is an epidemic of underage vaping. “What I can’t tolerate is another year of this level of growth,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Wednesday. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LUZZO’S ON ATLANTIC AVENUE SHUT DOWN DUE TO MICE, ROACHES:Luzzo’s BK, the first Brooklyn restaurant in the Luzzo group of Italian restaurants and pizzerias, was shut down by health inspectors who found mice and roaches in the restaurant. The pizzeria at 145 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Heights was closed down on Nov. 1 after inspectors from the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found five serious sanitary violations. The 85-seat restaurant, which serves southern Italian cuisine and Neapolitan-style pizza, opened in 2013. (Patch via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CAR-SHARING SERVICE PROLIFERATE IN DOWNTOWN, NORTH BROOKLYN: Car-sharing services such as Zipcar and Car2Go are easily found in North Brooklyn, Downtown Brooklyn and nearby areas such asCarroll Gardens and Park Slope. However, they are more scarce in some other Brooklyn locations, like east of Bushwick Avenue in Williamsburg. In addition, car-sharing services haven’t penetrated into East New York,Canarsie, Mill Basin, Marine Park and much of East Flatbush and Sheepshead Bay. (Treehugger via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WELL-KNOWN LES BAKERY-RESTAURANT COMING TO NEW FOOD HALL IN DUMBO: Clinton Street Baking Co., the Lower East Side bakery and restaurant well-known for its pancakes and brunch, will set up shop next year in Time Out Market New York, a large food hall in DUMBO that is slated to open next year. The two-floor, 22,000-square-foot complex within DUMBO’s Empire Stores is sponsored by Time Out Group, which also publishes the magazine Time Out New York. Clinton Street will offer a condensed menu that will include favorites like pancakes with maple butter, Spanish scramble with chorizo and eggs Benedict. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK PARTY PAD BEING SOLD FOR $10.9M: An 8,000-square-footBushwick building that is an ideal party place is being sold for $10.9 million. The seller is Charlie Kaim, the owner of Williamsburg’s Maracuja Bar at 279 Grand St. Kaim bought the Bushwick property at 428 Troutman St. for $900,000 in 2011. The space includes commercial space with bars and a 30-foot-stage, as well as a 1,400-square-foot apartment. The spot is ideal for someone who’d like to operate a music venue and live in the same building, or perhaps rent the apartment out to a music lover. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: With Robert Mueller’s investigation threatened by the firing ofJeff Sessions, the people closest to the special council reveal what the next step could be. (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Pope vs. Pope: How Francis and Benedict’sSimmering Conflict Could Split the Catholic Church” (via Vanity Fair)
ART: Take a look inside the Whitney’s new Andy Warhol exhibit. (via NYT)
EAT: If you’re not cooking at home, here are the 20 best restaurants to eat at for Thanksgiving, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Michelle Obama reveals she had a miscarriage…A federal judge in Montana blocks the Keystone XL pipeline…And there have been 307 mass shootings in America in 311 days. (via NBC News, WSJ and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Taliban and U.S. officials attend the same conference in Russia…China creates a virtual news anchor…And fertility rates aredeclining across the world. (via VOA News, CNN and BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: Does the royal family have any close friends? It’s complicated. (The Cheat Sheet)
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza. Details.
6:00PM — Six Problems in Bruce Nauman at Museum of Modern Art.Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Baseball Goes West: The Dodgers, the Giants and the Shaping of the Major Leagues at Finnerty’s. Details.
6:30PM — Seismic Robots: Through the Oceans to the Mantle at American Museum of Natural History. Details.
7:00PM — House of Speakeasy: Seriously Entertaining at Public Theater.Details.
7:00PM — Itzhak Perlman in Conversation with Alan Alda at 92nd Street Y.Details.
7:00PM — One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2 at The Explorers Club. Details.
7:00PM — Urban Futures at The Cooper Union. Details.
7:30PM — NPR Presents: Audie Cornish and Viola Davis Live at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — The Science of Music at Subject. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets getting their veteran leader back” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Gerard Butler, Monique Coleman, Sheila E. Frazier, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Joe Mantegna, Chris Noth, Tracy Scoggins, Vinny Testaverde, Dana Vollmer and Steve Zahn!
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