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Brooklyn Today May 10: The East River Just Got Even Dirtier

May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Hello, Brooklyn! This morning, we explain why the ferries are moving at a snail’s pace across the East River, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses seal the deal on one of their Brooklyn Heights properties. Plus, the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge gets a $22 million makeover. Finally, we report the latest in the battle over Our Lady of Loreto, and check in withrefugees who have settled in Brooklyn
IMPRINT: A cult classic returns in style on the cover of Variety.

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The Rundown

~THE EAST RIVER JUST GOT EVEN DIRTIER: In a “catastrophic failure,” a Con Edison transformer spewed 37,000 gallons of dielectric fluid (a mineral oil) into the East River last weekend…and it’s far from cleaned up. A safety zone is still in effect, and ferries are running “very, very slowly” in order to minimize wakes and prevent the oil from sloshing ashore. (via Gothamist and Patch) 
~DONE DEAL: The Jehovah’s Witnesses have closed on the sale of 107 Columbia Heights, a gated, L-shaped building in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District that the religious group’s world headquarters staff members called home for more than a half-century. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)  
~THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE SPRUCES UP: The city is giving the bottlenecked Brooklyn entrance to NYC’s most iconic bridge a $22 million makeover. The new entrance will include trees, flowers and widened pedestrian and bike lanes, and is slated to open this summer…meanwhile, the AP follows the NYPD up the bridge to dizzying heights, where they train for high-risk rescues. (via the NYT, the AP and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)  
~“NOT YET, NOT YET. WE HAVE TO WAIT”: That’s the response a tenant of burned-out 1423 Dekalb Ave. gives to her son when he asks when they can move back to their building. Her response has been the same for a year.Tenants displaced by the fire are still living in shelters more than a year after the blaze…and that’s after they sued the building manager for waiting more than six months to make repairs. (via DNAinfo) 
~OUR LADY OF LORETO LIVES ON: In the latest development in the saga of the century-old Catholic church, a judge has extended a temporary restraining order that halts the demolition of Our Lady of Loreto in the Ocean Hillsection of Brownsville. Justice Ellen Spodek will issue a decision in the next couple of weeks. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~“LIVING IN SH*ITTY BROOKLYN IS NOT THE EXCEPTION, YOU KNOW?”: Those are the words of one refugee from Syria who now calls Brooklyn her home. Out of the over 5,000 refugees who resettled in New York State, less than 300 ended up in the city. The Village Voice investigates how they navigate life in a city that is not easy for anyone to move to, even under the best of circumstances. (via the Village Voice) 

Staff Picks  

LONG READ: An essay on “Growing Up in, and Outgrowing Manhattan.”(via the NYT)        
QUICK READ: The steamiest excerpts from “Tender Wings of Desire,” an actual novella featuring the hunky Colonel Harland Sanders, published by KFC in order to promote “The $20 Fill Up” bucket of chicken. (via Business Insider) 
LONG WATCH: An interview with the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive, who was 27 years old at the time of the trials. He’s now 97, and still completes a daily push-up routine. (via 60 Minutes)  
QUICK LISTEN: Sir Mix-a-Lot reflects on 25 years of liking big butts, and not lying about it. (via NPR)  
GIVEAWAY: Win two tickets to Ernest Shackleton Loves Me! Be the first to send an email with the subject line “ERNEST SHACKLETON” to[email protected] with the emails of two friends. We’ll simply tell them about this daily news briefing, and you’ll have new plans for date night. 


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey— What happens now?…NPR and Frontline find that affordable housing programscost more than shelters…and descendants of the victims of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study still grapple with their links to the episode. (via the NYT, NPR and the AP)
FOREIGN FLASH: New violins beat out the Stradivarius in a sound study…the U.S. isn’t the only country that struggles to bring citizens to the polls. Plenty of nonvoters exist in France, too…and Trump plans to directly arm Syrian Kurds battling the Islamic State, and considers sending up to 5,000 troops to Afghanistan(via The Atlantic, WaPo, WSJ and Bloomberg)

 ROYAL WATCH: Queen Elizabeth could barely see over the steering wheel of her Jaguar as she drove herself home from church last weekend. (via Time) 


6:30pm – Peter Gethers, Jami Attenberg, Geeta Kothari, Ashley Warlick Cook Up Something Delicious at # YeahYouWrite at Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room.Details. 
7:00pm – Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes at Word Bookstore.Details.
7:00pm – Inscribing Grief: Martha Cooley, Charles Bock, Max Winter and Mira Jacob at The Center for Fiction. Details.
7:00pm – Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale with Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Reed Morano and Other Guests at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30pm – Drunk Ed.: Confessions at Littlefield. Details.
7:30pm – Sneak Peak: L’Elisir d’Amore at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Auditorium. Details.
8:00pm – Father John Misty at Kings Theatre. Details.  
8:00pm – Francesco Clemente in Conversation with Sir Norman Rosenthal at 92nd Street Y. Details.
8:00pm – Slowdive at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
8:00pm – Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band at Union Pool. Details.
8:30pm – The Archaeology of Cats and Dogs at Brainery Annex. Details.  

 ON THE PITCH: In with the new, out with the old. Atlético Madrid says goodbye to the Estadio Vicente Calderón and hello to a new state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano. Here’s a look at what made the team’s ramshackle home special, and how an underdog’s spirit thrived there. (via the NYT)


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