Brooklyn Today May 11: Please Feed the Mermaids
Weather, Brooklyn Borough Hall (NWS): Day 65°, Night 47°, cloudy
THE LEDE: Good morning, Brooklyn! As summer teases us with its fleeting appearances, it’s time to head to Coney Island to see what’s going on with the old Shore Theatre, and time to get excited for a summer of soccer…In some not-so-summery news, Borough President Eric Adams has had enough of the subway’s snarls over the past few weeks. Plus, some aggrieved preservationists say a new trend in historical real estate leaves some of the city’s oldest buildings with nothing more than a pretty face, and we bring you the story of two Brooklyn boys who were always dreaming. We’ll see you again on Friday!
IMPRINT: Farewell to a familiar pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.
~“EDUCATION IS A RIGHT, BUDGET CUTS ARE WRONG”: Those were the words shouted from the steps of Borough Hall by students and Brooklyn pols yesterday as they protested possible slashes to English programs that they believe are essential for immigrants to learn the language. The cuts are part of a proposed $12 million slash to education programs in Mayor de Blasio’s 2018 budget, and would eliminate literacy classes for 1,800 students in Brooklyn alone. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~PLEASE FEED THE MERMAIDS: As summer approaches, we check in on the happenings at Coney Island. We’re still waiting for the makeover of the oldShore Theatre, which continues to sit vacant. Also, after experiencing some “fairly serious financial crisis events” in recent months, organizers of theConey Island Mermaid Parade are resorting to crowdfunding to make sure that the parade lives to see its 35th year…Plus, enjoy some pics of New Yorkers at play at the famous park and beach. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Gothamist)
~THE PRICE OF A SNARLED COMMUTE: After weeks of mangled commutes, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants to find out exactly how much the chronically hobbled subways are sapping from New York’s economy. He’s calling for the Independent Budget Office to study how much money the city loses when employees are stuck underground and can’t be working. (via the New York Daily News)
~IT’S WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS…OR IS IT?: As part of a growing trend in historical New York real estate – and to the despair of many preservationists – developers are gutting all but the facades of some historical buildings. The city’s landmark law doesn’t cover private interiors, giving developers free rein beyond the facade. (via the WSJ)
~SUMMER OF SOCCER: The World Cup may not be until 2018, but there will be no shortage of competitive soccer matches this summer. The New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday that the team will be traveling to Canada on July 22 to play six-time La Liga winner Valencia CF, one of the most revered clubs in Europe. The Cosmos will also be traveling to Saudi Arabia onMay 20 to play an international friendly. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~FROM ALWAYS DREAMING TO DREAM COME TRUE: Local lawyerAnthony Bonomo and Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola watched in awe along with the rest of the nation last weekend as Always Dreaming, a horse that was purchased by Bonomo’s Brooklyn Boyz Stables two years ago, soared ahead to clinch the crown jewel of horse racing. Viola says he and Bonomo “represent everybody who went to the racetrack for the first time with their dads and were just astonished by the brilliance of these equine athletes…[We] never fell out of love with the sport…we are two kids, still, in our hearts, from Brooklyn, N.Y., Williamsburg section, who always dreamed.” Read their story here. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~MAP OF THE DAY: Brooklyn’s priciest homes, complete with photos. (via Curbed NY)
LISTEN: WNYC heads to Kansas in the first episode of a new series called Culture Wars. (via WNYC)
INTERVIEW: Mary Gaitskill doesn’t find fantasy creepy. (via Fresh Air)
EAT: Correctly identify the key ingredients in 15 dumplings and win…1,000 dumplings! (via Gothamist)
DRINK: Last year, we ventured to an abandoned lot on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border that has been transformed into an independent radio station and café, complete with a mixture of secondhand furniture, church pews, umbrellas and lawn flamingos out back. Now that summer’s (nearly!) here, it’s time to return to The Lot Radio. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The Census Bureau releases data showing that therewasn’t an increased turnout among white, less-educated voters in the 2016 election after all, but there were significant drops in black and Hispanic turnout…The U.S. curtails work on Ohio’s Rover gas pipeline after 18 leaks and a 2 million gallon oil spill…Experts in Massachusetts weigh making anantidote for opioid overdoses readily available on street corners for public use…And the NYT and a panel of political experts produce a chart showing just how abnormal Comey’s firing is, compared to Trump’s other actions (spoiler: it’s very abnormal). (via WaPo and the NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: A Russian blogger plays “Pokémon Go” in church, and the Russian government finds him guilty of inciting religious hatred…One person is dead while dozens are injured as protests continue to rip through Venezuela…Print’s not dead–in India, at least. Newspapers are thrivingthere…And Athens sees a revival in the art world. (via WaPo, the AP, CNN Money and the BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: The UK holds a doppelgänger contest for its youngest members of the royal family, yielding many photos of cute kids. (via the Daily Mail)
9:00am – 8:00pm – Annual Benefit Plant Sale at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.Details.
6:00pm – Let’s Walk: Simon Critchley and Judith Thurman at Onassis Cultural Center. Details.
6:00pm – Salsa Party at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
6:30pm – Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Annual Fundraising Gala at BAM. Details.
6:30pm – Talks: In Conversation: Hazel Clark and Li Edelkoort at Museum of Arts and Design. Details.
7:00pm – Food Talks with Kitchen Arts and Letters/David Leite with Kat Kinsman: Notes on a Banana at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00pm – Heartbreakers with Artist-in-Residence Dessa at The Greene Space.Details.
7:30pm – Richard Ford at 92nd Street Y. Details.
8:00pm – White Hills at Union Pool. Details.
8:00pm – Bellows Brigade at Roulette. Details.
8:00pm – Standard Time Comedy at Pacific Standard. Details.
ON THE PITCH: Monaco may have lost to Juventus in the Champions League Semifinals, but here’s why the city state’s team, which is full of budding young stars, has nothing to worry about; its future is as bright as the yachts docked on the Mediterranean Sea. (via the NYT)
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