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Brooklyn Today May 9: “Listen, I Want to Help”

May 9, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Hello, Brooklyn! The city changes gears as the debate over Mayor de Blasio’s proposed 90 new shelters rages on, and heads up tohomeowners with pending cases: your case might be tossed out today. Believe it or not, more people are leaving Brooklyn than moving in, and small, Brooklyn-based arts organizations may soon become embroiled in “an art-world version of class warfare.” Plus, we introduce you to the threeGOP candidates vying for Vincent Gentile’s City Council seat, and the results are in for District 39’s participatory budgeting. We’ll see you again on Wednesday!
IMPRINT: Livin’ the high life on the cover of L’Officiel Voyages from Spain.

The Rundown

~“LISTEN, I WANT TO HELP”: As some neighbors continue to fight the opening of two Crown Heights homeless shelters, the city will take a new tack and hire a full-time Director of Community Partnerships to act as a liaison. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams told DNAinfo, “I get emails from people who are saying, ‘Listen, I want to help’…Those who are against the shelters believe that that’s the only energy out there and that is so far from the truth.” (via DNAinfo) 
~PAGING HOMEOWNERS WITH PENDING CASES: The Kings County Supreme Court is slated to quietly dismiss thousands of foreclosure cases today…and lawyers predict that tossing out those cases will also deal a blow to homeowners with pending cases who are fighting lenders. With foreclosures on the rise in Brooklyn, many attorneys complain that last year’s reforms to consolidate cases have resulted in a focus on wrapping up cases quickly, rather than thoroughly. (via DNAinfo)  
~WAIT, MORE PEOPLE ARE LEAVING BROOKLYN THAN MOVING IN?:Over the past seven years, 32,000 people have bid farewell to Brooklyn. That’s a drastic net loss compared to other boroughs–Manhattan and Queens saw increases in the number of people moving in, while Staten Island and the Bronx lost only about 3,000 residents. Brooklyn’s overall population is still booming, though, thanks to higher birth rates and immigration. (via Crain’s New York)     
~WHO GETS A BIGGER SLICE OF THE MUNICIPAL FUNDING PIE?: For decades, the Met, Lincoln Center and fellow art world giants have enjoyed the lion’s share of resources through the city’s formula for financing cultural institutions. But Mayor de Blasio is knee-deep in reexamining the city’s $178 million arts budget to try to dole out more funding to smaller institutions in “disadvantaged” neighborhoods…potentially leading to “an art-world version of class warfare.” (via the NYT) 
~MEET BROOKLYN’S REPUBLICANS: The three GOP City Council candidatesshowed their colors at the first debate. Liam McCabe skewered NYC’s city budget and championed a Republican City Council person as someone who can“be a voice against the insanity from City Hall.” Bob Capano chastisedVincent Gentile for “not having stood up against Mayor Bill de Blasio and“the far-left City Council.” Meanwhile, John Quaglione drew applause when he said he preferred not to compare himself to Gentile, but rather address issues he would concentrate on in the future, including petitioning de Blasio to get more police officers on the street and implementing a video surveillance crime database. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~THE RESULTS ARE IN: Participatory budgeting is done and dusted forDistrict 39 (including Borough Park, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Kensington, Park Slope and Windsor Terrace). Residents can expect more trees throughout the district, realtime bus arrival info near subway stations, a restored water fountain in “Froggy Park” and mobile showers for homeless neighbors, among other projects. (via Bklyner)

Staff Picks  

LONG READ: After a horse with deep Brooklyn ties clinches the 143rd Kentucky Derby, revisit Hunter S. Thompson’s assessment of the 1970 race, which he called “decadent and depraved.” (via the NYT and Grantland)        
QUICK READ: 15 quotes from Maurice Sendak, five years after his death.(via Lit Hub)  

HUMOR: French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans.” (via the New Yorker) 
EAT: Indulge in chicken biscuit goodness at Heavy Woods in Bushwick.  


NATIONAL BULLETIN: To the surprise of Democrats, some of Maryland’slegal immigrants are not pleased with the state’s sanctuary bills…in deciding whether to allow them to continue to enjoy temporary protected status, the Trump administration hunts for evidence of crimes committed by Haitian immigrants…a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that life expectancy varies by more than 20 years across the country…andPepe the Frog is dead(via the NYT, the AP and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: The French art world turns to Macron as a savior of the cultural sector…Banksy debuts a three-story mural in Dover depicting a worker chipping away at the EU flag…South Koreans head to the polls for a“war of regime choices”…and here’s an analysis of Justin Trudeau’smismatched Star Wars socks. (via The Art Newspaper, the NYT and the AP)

 ROYAL WATCH: Who’s the newest dame on the block? Vogue’s Anna Wintour(via Channel 24)


6:30pm – Eat, Drink & Be Literary at BAMCafe Live. Details.  
7:00pm – Third Wave Fund’s 20th Anniverary Celebration at BRIC Arts Media.Details.
7:00pm – Talking Privilege with Hari Kondabolu and Jordan Carlos at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00pm – Brooklyn Arts Council – Citizen Folklife Workshop #2 at Brooklyn Public Library. Details.
7:00pm – 112th: Discussion of “A Family Lexicon” by Natalia Ginzburg at Book Culture. Details.   
7:00pm – Book Launch: Man vs. Child: One Dad’s Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting by Doug Moe at Powerhouse Arena. Details. 
7:00pm – Death, Sex & Money Live with Kevin Bacon at The Greene Space.Details. 
7:00pm – Tom McCarthy on Kathy Acker at The Center for Fiction. Details.
8:00pm – The Cult at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
9:00pm – Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America: A Talk by Journalist Amy Goodman at McNally Jackson. Details.  

ON THE PITCH: The Cosmos extended their unbeaten streak away from home on Saturday by tying Jacksonville Armada FC 1-1. The draw dropped the Cosmos into a two-way tie for third place with nine points, while Jacksonville dropped to second place with 10 points. “We obtained a very important point on the road,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese.“More than anything, we are very proud of the work the team did tonight.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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