Brooklyn Today April 26: “I Need Some Hot Stuff, Baby, Tonight”
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, and happy National Pretzel Day! Today, ProPublica uncovers the potentially bank-breaking consequencesof a rent deal that initially sounds rosy, and some Manhattanites are not on board with Mayor de Blasio’s push to shift the fashion industry to Brooklyn. Plus, we check in on plans for that giant, +-shaped pool that would float in an NYC waterway. Finally, Brooklyn got hot, hot, hot last weekend inGreenpoint, and some very hungry, four-legged friends return to Prospect Park.
IMPRINT: A dynamite drawing on the cover of Datacenter Dynamics Mag.
~IT SOUNDS GOOD, BUT….: “Preferential rent” sounds like a deal, and the system allows some Brooklynites to nab apartments for a steal…but there’s a major hitch. Thanks to a loophole, the city can’t govern increases in preferential rents, and landlords can revoke or hike those rents at their whim. For some New Yorkers, that means sudden rent spikes in up to thousands of dollars. (via ProPublica)
~THANKS, BUT NO THANKS: That’s what Manhattan-based fashion and clothing industry workers say to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to migrate the city’s fashion hub to Sunset Park. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer expresses concern for the Broadway industry and garment district, which was once at the heart of the city that made about 90 percent of U.S. clothing in the ‘50s. Brewer says, “If you start paying people to move to Brooklyn you’re going to destroy an eco-system that is crucial to New York.” (via Bloomberg and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT A GIANT +-SHAPED POOL IN THE RIVER?:Seven years after the team behind +POOL announced their futuristic plans for a floating pool anchored in NYC’s riverways that would have the capability to simultaneously filter water, the team has secured a major backer, as well as help from High Line co-founder Joshua David. (via Curbed NY)
~DOWN WITH THE WORKSHEETS: P.S. 118 in Park Slope is one of several schools across the city that has eliminated traditional homeworkfor students in favor of voluntary at-home passion projects. While students may be rejoicing, some parents most definitely are not…they argue that the system favors families with plenty of time and money. And they would like those worksheets back, please. (via the NYT)
~“I NEED SOME HOT STUFF, BABY, TONIGHT”: Brooklynites channeled the great Donna Summer at the annual Hot Sauce Expo last weekend in Greenpoint. Entering its fifth year, the festival showcases the world’s best and spiciest creations from well-known brands like Tabasco to lesser-known homemade sauces. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~RETURN OF THE GOATS: Brooklyn’s beloved vegetation-crunching goats will return to Prospect Park next month for their summer residency. Let’s hope the goats are hungry, as their job will be to munch through the vegetation near the Vale of Cashmere. (via DNAinfo)
READ: F. Scott Fitzgerald once raked in the equivalent of $55,000 for a magazine article…and he was really, really worried about selling out. (via Lit Hub)
LISTEN: The genesis of NYC’s very first community garden. (via WNYC)
CULTURE: Eleven neighborhood art spaces keep the lights on late this Fridayfor Greenpoint Gallery Night. (via Hyperallergic)
EAT: Tasty Chinese chow at Lichee Nut in Brooklyn Heights.
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A federal judge in California blocks Trump’s effortto starve sanctuary cities of funding…UC Berkeley bulks up police presence,bracing for potential violence when Ann Coulter delivers a speech in a public plaza tomorrow…prepare for the future: Uber plans to test flying carswithin three years…and R.I.P. to the oldest white oak tree in the country, which was felled in New Jersey. (via the NYT, WaPo, Bloomberg and Gothamist)
FOREIGN FLASH: A Japanese artist battles against the country’s association of tattoos with organized crime…more than two decades after the sweeping genocide, some Rwandans live in villages where reconciliation is “a way of life”…as protests rock Venezuela, Cuba’s economy stays on the rails, despite the country’s status as Venezuela’s closest socialist ally. (via WaPo, the NYT and the AP)
ROYAL WATCH: Queen Elizabeth reigns over the Animal Kingdom as well: in addition to her roughly 30 corgis, Lizzie is the proud owner of two sloths, 30 racehorses, a colony of bats, all the swans in the River Thames and all the whales in British waters. (via Travel + Leisure)
6:30pm – Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital at the Tenement Museum. Details.
7:00pm – Art Sex Music: Cosey Fanni Tutti & Lenny Kaye at McNally Jackson.Details.7:00pm – Tobias Meyer + Frank Moore: What Makes a True Work of Art at the Rubin Museum of Art. Details.
7:00pm – New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
7:30pm – Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Anna Sui at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30pm – Selected Shorts: Recommended Reading with Electric Literature at Symphony Space. Details.
7:30pm – Applying It Liberally: Live at Littlefield. Details.
7:30pm – Happy Days at Theatre for a New Audience. Details.
7:30pm – Okwui Okpokwasili at New York Live Arts. Details.
8:00pm – James Tillman at Union Pool. Details.
8:00pm – Goldfrapp at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
ON THE PITCH: Welcome to the world’s coolest Kindergarten. ThePestalozzi Foundation in Hamburg, Germany operates inside a professional soccer stadium and its kids and their parents get free tickets to home games.(via the NYT)
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