Brooklyn Today February 28: Brooklyn Has New York’s Only Sake Brewery
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! A sake brewery is coming to Industry City, a Downtown Brooklyn gallery donates artwork for Black History Month, and a man accidentally takes a $243 Lyft from Brooklyn to Philadelphia. Plus, the borough’s investment property sales declined in 2017, Louisiana’s coastal towns are on the verge of disappearing, and one critic says “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is undeserving of any Oscar nominations. Finally, a North Carolina man livestreams his murder on Facebook, a German town votes to keep a “Hitler bell” standing, and a new report reveals that anti-Semitic crimes in America went up 57 percent last year.
IMPRINT: Russian President Vladimir Putin turns into an octopus on the latest cover of The Economist.
~BROOKLYN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COOLED IN 2017, BUT DEMAND FOR CORE MARKETS REMAINS STRONG: Brooklyn investment property sales languished in 2017, mirroring a trend seen throughout New York City, as buyers and sellers failed to meet each other’s pricing expectations. Interest, however, remains strong, particularly in neighborhoods that have been primary targets for institutional capital, such as Williamsburgand Downtown Brooklyn. Concern about a new U.S. presidency, interest rates rising, rent regulation, and the compression of rents kept many Brooklyn real estate investors sidelined early last year. During 2017, the borough saw 1,111 transactions consisting of 1,398 properties, totaling approximately $6.37 billion in gross consideration. Geographically, Downtown Brooklyn and Park Slope dominated dollar volume, capturing 40 percent, while Bed-Stuy,Bushwick and Crown Heights topped transaction volume, comprising 23 percent. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAN TAKES ACCIDENTAL LYFT RIDE FROM BROOKLYN TO PHILLY:Sometimes it’s difficult to navigate those ride-sharing apps after you’ve had a few drinks, and for Morgan Boyle, that became apparent when his supposedly short trip between Brooklyn destinations turned into a nearly 105-minutedrunkenly-lulled trek through three states. When he got out of his Lyft, Boyle didn’t expect to be back home in Philadelphia with a $243 bill slapping him in the face, but after he immediately fell asleep in the backseat, that’s where the wheels brought him. Out and about in Brooklyn with friends, the group decided to finish partying at a friend’s nearby apartment around 6:30 a.m. To dodge the rain, Boyle decided to take a Lyft with another pal and then before he knew it, they were waking up saying, “Holy s**t, we’re back here in Philadelphia.” “If I stop moving at a certain hour of the night I just fall asleep,” Boyle added. But Boyle insists he entered in the Brooklyn address, and he remains lighthearted about it, especially after Lyft reimbursed him the funds for the misunderstanding. (via Voice Philly)
~BROOKLYN HAS NEW YORK’S ONLY SAKE BREWERY: There are only around 15 sake breweries in the U.S., and Brooklyn just got New York’s first.Brooklyn Kura will open on March 2 in Industry City, crafting and selling sakes made from American ingredients with plans to open a taproom this week. Founders Brian Polen and Brandon Doughan create their American craft sake using rice from California and Arkansas, koji, yeast and filtered New York City tap water that’s responsible for our iconic bagels and pizza. Just in time for the weekend, Brooklyn Kura’s taproom will open to the public on Friday, offering its junmai style sake and bar snacks by the Sunset Parkwaterfront. (via Eater New York)
~LOCAL GALLERY OWNER DONATES ARTWORK FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH CEREMONY: Tekin Akbay whispers when he talks about how badDowntown Brooklyn used to be like when he opened his shop there in 1994. Ask him about his clientele these days, though, and he practically shouts. “You know this guy, right?” Akbay asked while holding up a photo of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “There are also many famous people moving to this part of Brooklyn, and a lot of them come to the gallery. Many judges too.” Akbay is the owner of Faith Art Gallery located on Jay Street. Surrounded by courthouses on every side of his shop, he has become well known among many of Brooklyn’s judges and members of the legal community because of his store, which sells frames for limited-edition pieces, oil paintings and fine prints. Akbay said that he doesn’t mind doing favors for his longtime customers and jumped at the opportunity to donate pieces of art for the New York State Supreme Court’s Black History Month celebration that was held recently. This year’s theme was “African Americans in Times of War.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “The Afterlife of Pablo Escobar” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Louisiana’s coastal towns are on the verge ofdisappearing. The question is, which communities should be saved, and which should be left to the elements? (via The Times-Picayune)
OPINION: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” received seven Oscar nominations, but one writer says it deserves none, calling it “lazy” and “problematic.” (via Independent)
TRAVEL: Need a vacation? Consider travelling to the scenes of some of 2017’s biggest movies, like the beaches of Dunkirk, France, or to northern Italy, where “Call Me by Your Name” was filmed. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A new report reveals that anti-Semitic crimes in America went up 57 percent last year…Blue ice appears on the Great Lakes shoreline in Michigan…And a North Carolina man livestreams his murder on Facebook. (via NYT, MLive.com and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A German town votes to keep a “Hitler bell” standing…German courts say cities can ban diesel-powered vehicles…And police officers believe a Slovak journalist was murdered for his investigative work on fraud cases. (via USA Today, Miami Herald and Reuters)
ROYAL WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II has banned straws and bottles from all Royal properties. Here’s why. (via The Telegraph)
10:00AM — Storytime & Sensory Lounge at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.Details.
10:30AM — DUMBO: Walled City of Brooklyn at 92nd Street Y. Details.
11:00AM – 1:00PM — Resume and Career Help at Sunset Park Library.Details.
12:00PM — Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower at 92nd Street Y. Details.
2:00PM – 4:00PM — The Sound of Diplomacy: “Truth,” News and Radio at Columbia University. Details.
3:00PM — Metal Yoga at Cobra Club. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Performance & Protest in Public Art at Museum of the City of New York. Details.
7:00PM — Generation Women: Time’s Up at Caveat. Details.
7:00PM — The Educated Guess Science Fair at Littlefield. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Bearthoven: New Works at Roulette. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Jarrett Allen wasn’t going to take it anymore. The rookie center’s thunderous, highlight-reel dunk sparked a decisive third-quarter run as the Brooklyn Nets finally ended their season-high eight-game losing streak Monday night with an impressive 104-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center. The ferocious jam brought the hearty crowd and the Nets’ entire bench to its feet, fueling what proved to be a game-changing 12-2 run as Brooklyn opened a 70-58 lead midway through the period en route to its first win since Jan. 31. “I get juice. Everybody gets juice,” said Allen of the effects of the monster slam. “You heard the crowd roar, the team, you can look at the bench. You saw the clip of it. They went crazy, so not only do I get juice, but everybody else does.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jason Aldean, Mario Andretti, Frank Gehry, Jelena Jankovic, Ali Larter, Robert Sean Leonard, Eric Lindros, Bernadette Peters,Tommy Tune and John Turturro!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].