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Brooklyn Today May 19: 180th Time’s the Charm

May 19, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning, Brooklyn! Today, we learn that the recent Con Ed transformer oil spill is far (read: very far) from the first to befall theFarragut Substation facilities, and Brooklyn foodie culture hits three local bodegas. Then, we recommend that you indulge your inner-tourist and hop on one of the new NYC Ferry boats to take in the view, and Biggie Smallsbids farewell to Bed-Stuy. Finally, in honor of Endangered Species Day, we bring you news of some very protective animal mothers that are descending upon Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Parks Department debuts a tool to help you get your fill of wildlife spotting in the city. Have an excellent weekend!
IMPRINT: What color is the White House, again? We’re not so sure, after this cover of Time Magazine.

The Rundown

~180TH TIME’S THE CHARM: Con Edison made waves when 30,700 gallons of transformer oil seeped into the soil and East River on May 7, but theDepartment of Environmental Conservation reveals that it wasn’t the first time such a spill occurred…or the second time, or the fiftieth. The Farragut Substation at the DUMBO waterfront has hosted 179 leaks, spewing 8,400 gallons of various oils and antifreeze over the years…all before the May 7 leak. That’s more spills than any other Con Edison facility in the city. (via DNAinfo) 
~BATTLE OF THE BODEGAS: We’ve all got our bodega allegiances, but New Yorkers (not to mention tourists) are swarming to a few Brooklyn delis that top a list of “An Epicurean Guide to New York’s Best Foodie Bodegas.”J&H Farm in Prospect Park offers up a kimchi selection that’ll knock your sinuses around the block, Sley Deli on Fort Hamilton Parkway stocks more flavors of Mexican paletas than you can dream up and you better call ahead for choice pieces of fried chicken at Yafa Deli on Clinton Street. (via the Village Voice)
~GIVE IN TO YOUR TOURIST INSTINCTS: You don’t have to go to Ellis Island, but catch one of the city’s new NYC Ferry routes to see the city through fresh, touristy eyes. The Sunset Park ferry to Wall Street gets high marks for its glimpses of the shoreline, and the Rockaways route may be intended primarily to serve commuters, but it offers real-estate nerds an opportunity for some architectural gandering (even before you board the ferry)…or avoid the crowds, and just look at these photos instead. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)  
~BYE, BYE, BIGGIE: A mural of Bed-Stuy’s hometown hero Notorious B.I.G. will soon be no more. The two-story mural is slated to be wiped as the owner of the building on Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street preps for renovations and new windows. The mural popped up in 2015, and has since drawn swarms of tourists and hip-hop heads to the neighborhood. (via DNAinfo) 
~PROTECT LIKE A MOTHER: For this weekend only, visitors of Brooklyn Bridge Park can feast their eyes on a trio of wild animals normally found in only the most remote parts of the world. But don’t be alarmed, the creatures are not real. They are instead massive sculptures of mothers and their young. The beasts, which were designed by the Greenpoint-based installation company SFDS, include an octopus, a golden eagle and a 24-foot-tall orangutan. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~MAP OF THE DAY: Got your heart set on seeing one of NYC’s flesh and blood (not sculptural) elusive coyotes? Or how about one of Staten Island’s white-tailed deer? The Parks Department has launched a new interactiveUrban Wildlife Calendar that allows users to search by location or month to see when the city’s wildlife is most visible…so you don’t trek all the way out to Staten Island for nothing. (via DNAinfo)

Staff Picks     

LOOK: Photos of lonely cars on eerily empty NYC streets in the 1970s. (via Hyperallergic)         
QUICK READ: A summertime ode to Coney Island(via the NYT) 
LISTEN: NYT Book Review editor Pamela Paul tells us “What The Books We Read Say About Us” on The Leonard Lopate Show. (via WNYC) 
EAT + DRINK: Wings + beer not floating your boat anymore? How aboutSavannah Smiles Girl Scout Cookies + an Abita Purple Haze? Head toKings Beer Hall for a rather untraditional Beer & Bites pairing on May 22.(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: The former Justice Dept. aide who predicted the Comey memos suspects that the former FBI director is angling to bring down Trump…Days after Texas’ governor enacts a hardline law against sanctuary policies, local civil rights groups are pushing back in the courts…And a Basquiat painting fetches a whopping $110.5 million at auction in New York. (via WaPo, the WSJ and the AP) 
FOREIGN FLASH: Trump’s order barring U.S. aid for global health organizations that address abortion took effect this week, with far-reaching effects on America’s effort to combat AIDS…Over 5,000 young children in Naples line up for a shot at a role in the HBO adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s megaseller “My Brilliant Friend”…The U.N. reports that 300,000 child refugees and migrants journeyed to the U.S. unaccompanied in 2015 and 2016…And a Swedish prosecutor drops the rape charges against Julian Assange(via WaPo, the NYT and the AP) 

 ROYAL WATCH: BREAKING: “Queen Elizabeth reveals she was boredat her father’s coronation.” (via Marie Claire UK)



12:00pm – Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles at 92nd Street Y. Details. 
6:00pm – Bike Home From Work Party at Pearl Street Archway. Details.
6:00pm – Chris Raschka at Stories Bookshop & Telling Lab. Details.
6:30pm – Musical Shabbat at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00pm – The Feminist Storytelling Movement in True Crime at The Strand.Details. 
7:30pm – Screening & Live Event: Surviving Surveillance, Catering to America: Shahina Parveen at the Museum of the Moving Image. Details.
9:00pm – BAMCafe Life at BAM. Details.  

11:00am – 12:30pm – Kids’ Drawing and Poetry Workshop at 99 Plymouth at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
11:00am – 1:00pm – Block Parties at Albee Square. Details.
11:00am – 8:00pm – Alejandro Caiazza: Expressions Abstracted at Creativeblock Gallery. Details.  
11:00am – The Kennedys and Roosevelts: Marking JFK’s 100th Birthday Walking Tour at 92nd Street Y. Details.
5:45pm – Saturday Evenings at the Met. Details.

10:30am – American Museum of Natural History Presents: Origami Folding Fun Sessions at the American Museum of Natural History. Details.
12:30pm – Silent Movie Matinee: Lonesome & A Trip to the Moon/Le Voyage dans la lune at Brooklyn Public Library – Central Branch. Details.  
1:00pm – 6:00pm – Rites of Spring at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.Details.   
1:00pm – Brooklyn Bridge: 8th Wonder of the World Walking Tour at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.

 Happy Friday, Brooklyn! It’s time to celebrate just like Monaco did yesterday after when they won Ligue 1! (via @AS_Monaco)

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