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Brooklyn Today May 2: “Crumbs at Best” for the Rest

May 2, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Senator Chuck Schumer warns that Trump’sproposed tax overhaul means “crumbs at best” for most of us, and the NYC Ferry Service debuts to a rough start…meanwhile, Brooklyn has a stake in the Kentucky Derby this year, and last weekend was quite a weekend for bikes of all kinds. Finally, if it seems like you’re seeing scaffolding everywhere across the city, it could be because you are. Enjoy this sunnyTuesday, Brooklyn!


IMPRINT: An unsettling peekaboo on the cover of Spain’s La Luna de Metrópoli.


The Rundown

~”CRUMBS AT BEST” FOR THE REST: U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer warns that Trump’s proposed tax overhaul – which whittles down the number of tax brackets from seven to three – favors the wealthy so strongly that it will end uphurting middle class New Yorkers. “President Trump’s plan includes massive tax cuts for the very wealthy, and crumbs — at best — for everyone else,” said Schumer in a statement. The senator vows to fight to preserve the state and local property tax deductions that would be eliminated under POTUS’ proposal. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~ROUGH WATERS FOR NYC FERRY SERVICE: Don’t try to avoid MTA train delays by hopping on one of the new ferries just yet…NYC Ferry Service hada rocky start yesterday. A boat that was pulled from service for mechanical issues left an hour-long delay and some irate Brooklynites in its wake. (via amNewYork)

~DREAM ON, BROOKLYN: The 3-year-old colt that’s expected to be the favorite or second pick in the Kentucky Derby has deep ties to Brooklyn. The horse, named Always Dreaming, is a member of Brooklyn Boyz stable, which is owned and operated by two men whose friendship stretches 51 years back to their early days growing up in Williamsburg. (via the NY Post)

~BECAUSE BROOKLYN COULD ALWAYS USE MORE MURALS: The developer of the towering mixed-use complex on Flatbush Ave. whereBoerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn meet thinks the complex could use some color (for a while, at least). The developer is offering a $50,000 budget for an artist to create a mural that will live for two years. The offer closes June 12. (via DNAinfo)

~“YAHOOS IN THE STREET” NO MORE: David August Trimble organized the very first Red Hook Criterium bicycle race in 2008 for the simple purpose of making “a race that’s super fun and gets people to come to [his] birthday party.” Since then, the event has grown into a well-oiled machine with races around the world…and organizers have their sights set on more. (via the NYT)

~BLESSED BE THESE BIKES: Dozens of motorcycles rumbled intoGreenpoint last weekend for the seventh annual Bike Blessing, when a priest sent the Harleys into the springtime riding season with a safety blessing. Bikers from across the tristate region gathered for the blessing. (via News 12)

~MAP OF THE DAY: Scaffolding, scaffolding everywhere. In a sweep last year, officials discovered 150 completed projects that were still needlessly standing. Now, as city officials take heat for not doing enough to police the ubiquitous scaffolding fixtures across the city, the Buildings Department hascreated a map that keeps track. Meanwhile, City Council ponders legislation targeting scaffolding stragglers. (via the NYT)


Staff Picks  

READ: What to do when you discover that your dad believes in Pizzagate?(via Lenny)

ANOTHER READ: What the man behind the school metal detector is thinking. (via the NYT)

LOOK: Cherry blossoms + cosplay + the Brooklyn Botanic Garden =fantastic photo extravaganza. (via Vogue)    

CULTURE: 40 years of NYC in photos, on display at United Photo Industries in DUMBO starting May 4.   


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Legendary cartoonist Bob Mankoff moves swiftlyfrom the New Yorker to Esquire…a set of quadruplets from Ohio head to Yale…after the gray wolf clawed its way off the endangered species list, it may once again have to contend with hunters…and what to do with surging populations of the invasive, slimy, toothy snakehead fish? Plate them and serve them as a $30 entree, of course. (via WaPo, the NYT and the WSJ)

FOREIGN FLASH: Drought causes food crises to quietly erupt across Ethiopia…from Indonesia to Kenya, the NYT collects photos from May Day protests worldwide…and South Korea does a double take after Trumpdeems North Korea’s Kim Jong Un a “smart cookie.” (via WaPo, the NYT and the AP)

ROYAL WATCH: The surprisingly lucrative world of people who work asprofessional lookalikes of the royal family. (via Insider)



6:00pm – The Queens Taste at New York Hall of Science. Details.

6:00pm – PEN America World Voices Festival: Queer Representation and the Media at Housingworks Bookstore Cafe. Details.

6:30pm – Eat, Drink & Be Literary at BAMCafe Live. Details.

6:30pm – The 2017 Kennth A. Lohf Poetry Reading: Eileen Myles at the Morgan Library & Museum. Details.  

6:30pm –  Bringing Truth Back: Reporting Facts in a Post-Truth Era at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

7:00pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Girl-Powered Fiction at Shakespeare & Co. Details.

7:00pm – My Cat Yugoslavia: Book Talk with Pajtim Statovci at The Nordic Center in America’s Scandinavia House. Details.

7:30pm – Limón Dance Company at the Joyce Theater. Details.

8:00pm – Wilsen with Alpenglow and Hite at Union Pool. Details.

8:00pm – The Black Angels and A Place to Bury Strangers at Brooklyn Steel.Details.   


ON THE PITCH: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola would have been elated with the New York Cosmos’ game-winning goal last weekend. Making his first NASL start, the 28-year-old Argentine Emmanuel Ledesma scored on a chip in the 69th minute that will likely go down as one of the best of the season. With the 1-0 win, the Cosmos ended San Francisco’s unbeaten streak and remained undefeated on the road…plus, Maurer became the NASL all-time wins leader. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


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