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Brooklyn Today May 5: The Best of Brooklyn, According to Brooklynites

May 5, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

THE LEDE: Finally Friday, Brooklyn! Take a look at how restaurant owners are reacting to NYC’s updated minimum wage requirements, and Brooklyn’s senior citizens will soon need to find alternate transportation…plus, Kushner Cos. rakes in a big win in Brooklyn Heights, and Trump finds a pocket of supporters in largely Democratic NYC. Finally, Kurt Anderson and other notable Brooklynites share their favorite locals spots. We’ll see you again on Monday!


IMPRINT: A rather unappetizing cover on Tapas Mag from Spain.


The Rundown

~FORT GREENERS DON’T WANT A VANITY PROJECT: The city has $5 million in its pocket for renovating Fort Greene Park, and officials want residents to have a say in how to use it…but some residents are wary. “We don’t want a vanity project, we don’t want a promenade, we don’t want more pavement,” said one Fort Greener to Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Marty Maher at a meeting this week. (via DNAinfo and Brooklyn Paper)

~THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN $9 AND $13, FOR OWNERS: NYC’s minimum wage rose from $9 to $11 at the end of last year, and will climb higher still to $13 this December…and restaurant owners say they can’t catch their breath to keep up. A slew of high-profile NYC restos are either shuttering or hiking prices, and the number of new permits has dropped 16 percent since 2013. (via the WSJ)

~BROWNSVILLE BASKETBALL LEGEND BUSTED: James “Fly” Williams, a 65-year-old former NCAA and “beloved” American Basketball Association Brownsville player, allegedly ran a major heroin distribution ring that came crashing down this week after a nearly eight-month-long investigation. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~SENIOR SHUTTLE ROLLS TO A HALT: A shuttle bus serving seniors fromBrooklyn Heights to Carroll Gardens for more than 20 years will stop rolling at the end of June. As part of an overhaul of funding transportation for seniors, the Department for the Aging will be funding one provider for the entire borough of Brooklyn, starting July 1. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~JARED KUSHNER SCORES AGAIN: The Kushner Cos. have sold landmarked rowhouse 27 Monroe Place for $12.9 million, smashing recordsfor a Brooklyn Heights house sale. For context, the price surpasses the $12.5 million sum that the creator of the video game “Grand Theft Auto” paid for 70 Willow St., the 1830s mansion where Truman Capote worked on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~“THEY LOVE HIM”: That’s what Sen. Marty Golden of Bay Ridge says some police officers think about Trump, and Rep. Dan Donovan says he hears the same thing. While NYC tends to be overwhelmingly Democratic and the Trump administration has called the city “soft on crime,” Trump appears to have found a pocket of support in police officers across the city. (via POLITICO)   

~THE BEST OF BROOKLYN, ACCORDING TO BROOKLYNITES: Four savvy Brooklyn locals – including Studio 360’s Kurt Anderson and fashion designerMaria Cornejo – spill their favorite local haunts. D’Amico Coffee Roastersand National Sawdust make the cut…see how your favorite spots compare. (via the WSJ)  


Staff Picks  

LONG READ:  “Inside the Insane Feud Between a Vegan Strip Club and the Steak House Next Door.” (via Broadly)

QUICK READ: At Bay Ridge High School in the 1940s, students had to stay on their toes during attendance. (via NYT)

LISTEN: Young writers, take note: Colum McCann dispenses wisdom on the Leonard Lopate Show. (via WNYC)

LOOK: Take a trip to the Museum of Mom Art, “where everything is fridge-worthy.” (via Hyperallergic)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: The new health care bill squeaks by in the House, facing an uncertain future in the Senate…avocado prices spike to a record high…and Trump signs an order allowing clergy to endorse political candidates from the pulpit, but not all religious leaders are on board. (via WaPo, MarketWatch and the NYT)

FOREIGN FLASH: Following job slashes at two of the country’s biggest papers, Australian journalists strike…Russia, Turkey and Iran agree to “de-escalation zones” in Syria…it’s down to the wire in the French election, as voters head to the polls on Sunday…and in a rare interview, thelast survivor of the Hindenburg disaster recalls the day “the air was on fire.” (via the NYT, WSJ and the AP)      


ROYAL WATCH: You won’t be seeing much of 95-year-old Prince Philip anymore–he’s officially bowing out of all royal duties. (via the AP)



6:30pm – 9:00am – AMNH Presents: A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups at the American Museum of Natural History. Details.

7:00pm – Buddhist Realism and Dark Comedy: It’s Funny Because It’s True at The Strand. Details.

7:00pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Argentina on the Edge at McNally Jackson. Details.

7:00pm – TimesTalks: Neil deGrasse Tyson at The TimesCenter. Details.   

8:00pm – A Length of Rope at The Muse Brooklyn. Details.  

8:00pm – “Resist” NYCLU Fundraiser at Halyards. Details.

9:00pm – BAMCafe Live at BAM. Details.   

9:00pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Art and the End of Times with Molly Crabapple at Dixon Place. Details.


10:00am – Dime McCarren 5K Run. Details.

10:00am – Tree ID Workshop at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Obscura Day: Curiosities, Questions, & Cocktails at The House of Wax. Details.

4:00pm – 5:30pm – PEN World Voices Festival: The Incarceration of Women at The Cooper Union. Details.  

8:00pm – Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Details.

8:30pm – Evening of Piano Concerti at Merkin Concert Hall. Details.


10:00am – 6:00pm – BKLYN Designs at Brooklyn Expo Center. Details.

2:00pm – 4:00pm – From American to Enemy: Japanese Internment, Racism and Lessons for Today at Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau Center. Details.

6:00pm – PEN World Voices Festival: Arthur Miller Lecture: Masha Gessen and Samantha Bee at The Cooper Union. Details.

8:00pm – Moonlight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.


ON THE PITCH: Read the first person account of an American father and his two sons attempting to acclimate themselves to life in London and to the country’s cult like adoration for soccer. “Casey dismissed supporting Arsenal, the north London team preferred by most of his friends, as akin to rooting for the Yankees. And we were Mets fans,” the author writes. (via the NYT)


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