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Brooklyn Today May 4: Shoo Flea, Don’t Bother Me

May 4, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning, Brooklyn! As New York braces for street closures and massive protests for Trump’s first visit back, the Brooklyn Flea moves out of Williamsburg, while more pooches move into high-end rentals. NYC public schools take a step towards transgender bathroom equality, andSunset Parkers tell us why they love their neighborhood. Be sure to stop byBrooklyn Bridge Park this summer to see sculpture titan Anish Kapoor’snewest installation, and one Brooklyn startup develops an actual comfort blanket for the city’s infamously anxious residents. Finally, happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you, Brooklyn.   


IMPRINT: A new project takes “no news is good news” to another level.


The Rundown

~SHOO FLEA, DON’T BOTHER ME: The Brooklyn Flea is shuttering its East River State Park location in Williamsburg following a month of inundations by 10,000 to 20,000 thrifters. Disgruntled residents who are hungry to reclaim the park on weekends will still have to contend with Smorgasburg, though.(via DNAinfo)

~GENDER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, IT SOON WON’T MATTER: While the Trump administration may have rescinded guidelines for transgender students, the NYC Department of Education forges ahead with its own transgender equality guidelines. By January 2018, all NYC public schools will designate asingle-stall restroom for student use. (via DNAinfo)      

~TWO DOGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE: Landlords’ latest attempt to woo high-end renters? Giving the green light – and even some incentives – for pets. Many landlords are loosening weight and breed restrictions and even accepting multiple pets in order to fill the market’s glut of high-end rentals.(via DNAinfo)

~TOUR BROOKLYN’S SECOND-QUIRKIEST LANDMARK: Hop on the Q train, get off at the Avenue H station and step into a weekend-getaway home in the Adirondacks. The cottage-like building with a wrap-around porch and rocking chairs in Victorian Flatbush was originally built as a real-estate sales office for the planned suburban-style community…But which city-designated landmark is the quirkiest of the quirky, you ask? Stay tuned… (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)  

~ANISH KAPOOR DESCENDS ON BROOKLYN: Entering from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1, visitors maneuver through a pebble-lined pathway to discover a 26-foot-wide vortex of black water. It’s not a sci-fi contraption; it’s the latest art installation from Mumbai-born, Britain-based sculptor Anish Kapoor. Situated next to the Brooklyn Bridge and underneath the iconic Watchtower sign, the whirlpool, dubbed “Descension,” is on display throughSept. 10. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~I Love SUNSET PARK (EXCEPT FOR THE PARKING HEADACHE): Sunset Parkers sound off about why they love their neighborhood. Among other reasons to rave about the area, residents cite Johnny’s Pizzeria and the waterfront park on 43rd Street. What’s not to love? The answer was almost universal: parking issues…and fear of being priced out of their hidden gem of a neighborhood. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~FEELING ANXIOUS? HERE’S AN ACTUAL COMFORT BLANKET: Brooklyn-based startup Gravity Blanket has raked in over $1.4 million via Kickstarterfor its weighted blanket. The blanket weighs about 10 percent of a person’s body weight, and supposedly increases melatonin and serotonin production.(via       


Staff Picks  

READ:  What happens when ocean drilling rigs are ready for decommission? They must travel 1,000 miles to the breaker yard…and it doesn’t always end well. (via the Guardian)

INTERVIEW: The people behind Brooklyn’s own Melville House Booksexplain how the revolution will be read. (via The Verge)    

WATCH: Indulge in a four-day movie binge at the Greenpoint Film Festival, starting today.      

LISTEN: S-Town producer Brian Reed tells Alec Baldwin what he wishes he would have asked. (via Here’s the Thing/WNYC)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: The House will vote today on a new health care bill, after key Republican holdouts yield to a new $8 billion provision for pre-existing conditions…the government will remain open for business through September…the Trump administration hires an official who has been accused of sexual assault by five people…with an increase in crime, the Staten Island street where Eric Garner died struggles to recover…and Al Rokernaps at the opera, and the opera world takes offense. (via the NYT, WaPo, ProPublica and WNYC)

FOREIGN FLASH: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to revise the country’s pacifist constitution, which has been in place since 1947…a boy band made up of five girls with an androgynous sense of style booms in popularity and challenges China’s traditional sense of gender norms…in a call to cyberarms, far-right Americans take to Twitter to try to influence the French election, but their efforts appear to fall flat…and while energy sources in Australia are abundant and frequently exported, energy grows costlier and less reliable inside the country. (via the NYT, The Cut and WaPo)

ROYAL WATCH: Nothing like a good conspiracy theory involving Prince Harry and Carson Wentz to round out the work week. (via Cool98.7)



5:30pm – Divas and Dinner Part 1: The Gastronomic Rossini at the Metropolitan Opera. Details.

6:00pm – DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk at Art in DUMBO. Details.

6:30pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Cuban Dreams/Cuban Histories at the American Museum of Natural History. Details.

6:30pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts at McNally Jackson. Details.

7:00pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Feminizm Po-Russki: Three Writers on Women in Modern Russia at Dixon Place. Details.

7:00pm – Comedy Writing in the Time of Trump at The Greene Space.Details.

7:00pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Chinelo Okparanta at The Center for Fiction. Details.

7:00pm – TimesTalks: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at Florence Gould Hall.Details.

8:00pm – Robert Sapolsky in Conversation with Robert Krulwich: The Biology Behind Human Behavior at 92nd Street Y. Details.

8:00pm – Brokeback and Mind Over Mirrors at Union Pool. Details.

8:00pm – Tycho at Brooklyn Steel. Details.    


ON THE PITCH: Two soccer stars throw pitches at MLB games. Whose was better: Bastian Schweinsteiger’s for the Cubs or David Villa’s for theYankees? (via ESPNFC)  

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