Brooklyn Today April 24: A Dog in the Dentist’s Chair, a Pigeon in a Pasta Strainer, more
Weather, Brooklyn Borough Hall (NWS): Day 62°, Night 49°, cloudy, rain likely later.
THE LEDE: Rise and shine, Brooklyn! On this cloudy Monday morning, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office announces a new policy aimed at protecting immigrants from deportation over petty crimes. Plus, we have some sweet news about a developing park, and some not-so-sweet news about bogus street signs. Then, we introduce you to some of the borough’s most beloved workplace pets…And whatever you do, don’t forget to close your window, lest you wind up with an unexpected roommate like one Williamsburg woman.
IMPRINT: Germany’s Der Spiegel drops another searing Trump cover. But this time, POTUS has a playdate.
~BROOKLYN MOVES TO SHIELD IMMIGRANTS IN COURT: The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will announce today a new policy that tailors prosecutions to avoid deportation of immigrants charged with petty crimes. The policy calls for Brooklyn prosecutors to notify defense lawyers of their clients’ cases and do their best to land guilty pleas without invoking federal laws that could lead to deportation. (via the NYT)
~HOMELESSNESS REPORT: As the number of families entering the NYC shelter system continues to grow, a new report cracks open the wide disparities among Brooklyn districts in terms of homelessness…and it also reveals that nearly all Brooklyn neighborhoods stand to lose affordable housing, especially areas that are currently affluent or on the upswing, such asDowntown Brooklyn and Bay Ridge. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~HOW SWEET IT IS!: Real estate development firm Two Trees Management announced last week that Domino Park will open next summer in front of the landmarked Domino Sugar Refinery. The 6-acre, quarter-mile-long green will reclaim the waterway as a public space alongWilliamsburg’s coast and will feature sports fields, lawns, gardens, seating and a children’s play area. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~CLINTON HILLERS ARE NOT PLEASED: Residents are rallying againstUnity Preparatory Charter School, a seven-story charter school set to rise in the area, arguing that the school would radically change the composition of the community. Currently, students – who live mostly in Fort Greene,Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy – travel to the school’s temporary location inBrownsville. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~COBBLE HILLERS AREN’T PLEASED EITHER: After months of piling up tickets, residents’ suspicions have finally been confirmed: poorly displayed “no parking” and “no standing” signs that appeared on Henry Street between Amity and Pacific streets in January were illegal, put up by a contractor for Fortis Property Group, which is developing the former Long Island College Hospital (LICH). (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~ALL ABOARD THE LUNCHBOX: Second grade students from two Southern Brooklyn elementary schools bestowed very adorable names on four of the city’s new ferries. The students dubbed the ferries “Sunset Crossing,” “McShiny,” “Friendship Express” and “Lunchbox,” which was chosen to encapsulate the diversity of the neighborhood as reflected in the lunches that students bring with foods from many different cultures. Some Brooklynites, however, lament that the “Fuhgettaboutit Ferry” didn’t make the cut. (via Brooklyn Daily)
~“THE DOG IN THE DENTIST’S CHAIR”: Meet Brooklyn’s workplace pets, from a parrot named Blacks who works in the office of a parking garage in Bed-Stuy, to Zeus, a giant tortoise who nabs patients’ socks when they’re in the chair at an orthopedic office. (via the NYT)
~TIP OF THE DAY: Keep your windows closed when you leave town, or else you might end up with a pigeon in your pasta strainer like oneWilliamsburg woman. (via Patch)
LISTEN: The story behind the “bat signal” for black cosplayers. (via WNYC)
READ: The creators of “This is Spinal Tap” made almost no money off their wildly successful mockumentary. Now, “the rock gods are angry.” (via Bloomberg Businessweek)
LOOK: Photos of Bob Dylan looking very pleased in his first NYC apartment in the ‘60s. (via Gothamist)
CULTURE: A map of the best outdoor art installations in NYC. (via Curbed NY)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Louisiana will topple its Confederate monuments, becoming the last state to sever ties with the symbol… NPR cites racial diversity as a top priority, but the 2016 numbers reveal a staff that is 75 percent white…state income taxes may be responsible for “Why Sports Teams in Red States Might Have an Advantage Over Teams in Blue States”…and Anthony Bourdain really does not dig the Unicorn Frappucino.(via the AP, NPR, WaPo and Buzzfeed)
FOREIGN FLASH: French voters will choose between far-right candidate Marine LePen and centrist Emmanuel Macron in May elections, and thestark geographical breakdown of the results reveals a split country…six years after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, children return to area schools…and “unambiguously good” numbers show that Mexico’s unemployment rate is hovering at a multiyear low of 3.5 percent. (via the NYT, WaPo and the WSJ
ROYAL WATCH: Princes Harry and William tell the Spice Girls what they want, what they really, really want. (via US Mag)
6:30pm – A Conversation with Julie Scelfo and Debora Spar at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30pm – Remembering Dario Fo with Robert Brustein at the CUNY Graduate Center. Details.
6:30pm – Lapidus Center Presents: Black Colonists: The African History of the Pre-Sugar Spanish Caribbean at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Details.
6:30pm – Speaking of Science: Bayes Theorem and Its Relevance to Skepticism at the New York Society for Ethical Concerns. Details.
7:00pm – Ella, Eternal: A Centenary Celebration of the First Lady of Song at The Greene Space. Details.
7:00pm – Modern Mondays: An Evening with Ian Cheng at the Museum of Modern Art. Details.
7:30pm – Eileen Myles and Chris Kraus at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30pm – Public Forum: 100 Days at the Public Theater. Details.
8:00pm – Night Train with Wyatt Cenac at Littlefield. Details.
10:00pm – Newfound Monday at The Starliner. Details.
10:30pm – Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir at Union Pool. Details.
ON THE PITCH: What do you make of this? Prior to their Europa League clash against Manchester United on Thursday, Belgian side Anderlecht was caught training in a public park.
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