Brooklyn Today April 10: Hunting for untraditional treasure in Gowanus and more
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THE LEDE: Good morning on this sunny Monday! Spring into the week by reading about the seven (yes, seven) Democratic hopefuls angling for theBrooklyn DA job. Plus, NYC’s resident urban archaeologist digs inGowanus for a rather untraditional treasure, and a photographer puts a face to gun violence in America. Finally, a local group of musicians wants to send off the Kosciuszko Bridge in style. Here’s to an excellent week, Brooklyn!
IMPRINT: Uncle Sam doesn’t want you on this cover of the Nikkei Adian Review.
~SEVEN’S COMPANY: Seven hopefuls are officially vying for the Democratic nomination for the Brooklyn district attorney seat left vacant when Ken Thompson died last year. The NYT assesses that the candidates – who are all jostling to stake their claim in Thompson’s legacy – are “running in a pack”…for now. (via the NYT)
~BUSTED IN BROOKLYN: Three Brooklyn medical clinics landed in the center of a “conspiracy” that flooded the black market with 6.3 million oxycodone pills and pumped more than $24 million into the clinics in question, all while defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. Former state assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny from Brooklyn was indicted in the case. (via the NYT)
~HAVE YOUR SAY IN GOWANUS: The Department of City Planning (DCP) is piloting an online tool called Plan Gowanus as a way to let the public get involved in the ongoing Gowanus Neighborhood Planning Study. The Plan Gowanus website lets residents tell DCP what they like and what they think needs improvement within the neighborhood, using an interactive map. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~AN UNTRADITIONAL TREASURE HUNT: Urban archaeologist Joan Geismar, who has made a name for herself sniffing out centuries-old outhouses across the city and whose inaugural NYC dig yielded the discovery of a 100-ft 18th century ship in Manhattan, is now helping NYCHA ensure that construction of flood resiliency upgrades at the Gowanus Houses won’t disturb any archaeological remains. (via DNAinfo)
~ALL ABOARD, ONE MONTH EARLY: The Rockaway NYC Ferry route, which connects to the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Pier 11 in Manhattan, will launch a month ahead of schedule on May 1. It’s part of five new ferry routes covering 60 miles of NYC waterways. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~ON AN AVERAGE DAY, 91 AMERICAN ARE KILLED BY GUNS: Of those 91, seven are children. To put faces to the numbers and better understand the pain and suffering of those affected by gun violence, documentary photographer and DUMBO resident Joe Quint travels the country taking photos of victims of gun violence. Through his photographs, Quint tells the compelling, diverse story of the impact of gun violence on injured survivors, family members of victims and witnesses who — while not physically injured — suffer many of the same emotional and psychological scars as those who were actually shot. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~OUT WITH MORE THAN A BANG: A local group of musicians calling themselves the Kosciuszko Philharmonic Orchestra is petitioning for the city to allow them to play Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” during the detonation of the old Kosciuszko Bridge. The overture has been long associated with acts of grand destruction, and is often accompanied by cannons. However, the petition remains hundreds of John Hancocks shy of its 1,000 signature goal. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~BROOKLYNITE OF THE DAY: Happy birthday to Goldie Sohn, who turned 105 last weekend!
READ: The funny ladies in Brooklyn who are the mothers of comedy, and also of children. (via Brooklyn Mag)
READ MORE: Demand for wigs hasn’t been so high since the early ‘70s. What happens when New York’s Old World wig makers die out? (via the NYT)
WATCH: Another visually stunning music video from Denai Moore.
EAT: Head to the longstanding Vegas Diner in Bensonhurst before the joint shutters for good in the coming months. (via Brooklyn Reporter)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The new GOP “border adjustment” tax plan may lead to inflation, disproportionately affecting senior citizens on fixed income…an annual report on U.S. airlines shows improvements all around… Ringling Brothers, which saw plunges in ticket sales after phasing elephants out of their shows last year, prepares to leave the ring for good…California Gov.Jerry Brown declared the state’s drought officially over…and the Trumpadministration will sell high-tech warplanes to Nigeria for its fight againstBoko Haram extremists. (via WaPo, the AP and the NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Egypt tumbles into a state of emergency after bombs killed at least 44 people on Palm Sunday…mental health facilities in Iraq are hemorrhaging with patients haunted by war…anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media noses its way into suburban China…and the NYT inspects Chinese news reports for clues on how the country views the Trump administration.(via WaPo, the AP and the NYT
ROYAL WATCH: Prince Harry boxes with a toddler and emerges victorious. (via People)
10:00am – 5:30pm – Thomas R. Schiff: The Library Exhibition at Aperture Gallery. Details.
11:00am – 8:00pm – Stuart Wallace Raw at Creativebloch Gallery. Details.
6:30pm – Open Mic: Hosted by Andrew Weiner at The Underground Lounge.Details.
6:30pm – Sneak Preview: “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea” at Videology Bar & Cinema. Details.
7:00pm – Leslie Thorton at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
7:00pm – Book Launch: 100% REAL: 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh by Sam Talbot at PowerHouse Arena. Details.
7:00pm – Reading: Mary Gaitskill at The Strand. Details.
7:00pm – Modern Mondays: An Evening with Jonathas De Andrade at MoMA.Details.
8:00pm – Music: Fast Forward at Roulette. Details.
8:00pm – Comedy: Side Ponytail Comedy at Friends and Lovers. Details.
ON THE PITCH: Be honest, is this dirt-covered soccer field in Ukraineworse than the lead-laden Red Hook playing fields? Could be a toss up. (via@FCShakhtar_eng and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
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