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Brooklyn Today May 22: What a Jewish-based Music Class for Toddlers Tells Us About Brooklyn

May 22, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Rise and shine on this gray Monday, Brooklyn! What does it say about Brooklyn when a Jewish-based music class for toddlers wins an award? Much more than you might think. Plus, it was a very long road to Brooklyn for one Holocaust survivor. Some major changes are afoot on the staff of a renowned Brooklyn-based art publication, and Councilmember Laurie Cumbo says her piece on the proposed Bedford-Union Armory development. Finally, New Yorkers go in search of the fountain of youth after the Dept. of Health releases a map of life expectancy by neighborhood.
IMPRINT: It’s been a YUGE year for SNL, as depicted on this cover of the Hollywood Reporter. 

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The Rundown

~WHAT A FAITH-BASED MUSIC CLASS FOR TOTS TELLS US ABOUT BROOKLYN: Welcoming Shabbat, a free sing-along for toddlers hosted byBrooklyn Heights Synagogue, has been named one of the top five best music classes in NYC… But the award indicates much more than musically-proficient tots. The irony that robust Jewish culture is thriving in a borough historically known as “The City of Churches” and in neighborhoods whose quaint little streets still bear the names of prominent Christian men of yesteryear is not lost. It is a solid reflection of the gentrifying changeshappening in some of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~A LONG ROAD TO BROOKLYN: Brooklynite Sally Frishberg was just 8 years old when she and her family in Poland were forced to pack up their belongings and escape in the night from the Nazis in 1942. After sleeping in fields, hiding out in an attic and eating beans and rice with 11 people for two years, Frishberg and her family landed in the Midwood section of Brooklyn…now, she tells her story with a smile to students at College of Staten Island, and warns that everyone should keep their eyes and ears open. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~OFF THE RAILS: The staff of Brooklyn-based nonprofit art publication Brooklyn Rail will depart in large numbers at this end of this week. The independent members of the Board of Directors, the publication’s day-to-day senior staff plus six additional staff members will take leave, and the June issue will be the last produced by the current staff. Their reason for departure remains unclear. (via artnetNews)   
~”NO” FROM CUMBO: Councilmember Laurie Cumbo wants you to know that she doesn’t support the proposed Bedford-Union Armory development in Crown Heights. That’s in sharp opposition to Mayor de Blasio, who backs the controversial project, which would include office space, a sports complex and condos. “Since the very beginning our message has been clear: We will not allow public land to be used for the purpose of luxury condominiums,” says Cumbo. “The fact that we delivered this position to the developer prior to the presentation of this plan is an insult to the Crown Heights community.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~SHOW ME THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The Department of Health has released a map of life expectancy for New Yorkers, and the news is not great for Brownsville residents. People there live an average of 75.1 years, while Upper East Siders and Murray Hillers generally have about 10 years longer. Overall, NYC residents can expect to keep kickin’ until 81…although life expectancy remains on the decline for the city’s black and Hispanic residents, while it continues to creep upward for white New Yorkers. (via DNAinfo) 
~PHOTO OF THE DAY: Who’s up for a ride on the Wonder Wheel(via@brooklyndailyeagle)


Staff Picks     

READ: “The Secret Life of Urban Crows…and Why Seattle May Be the Corvid Capital of the World.” (via SeattleMet)   
ANOTHER READ: How the game of chess helped save a remote Indian village from modern pitfalls. (via the BBC)   

PROFILE: The inimitable AIDS activist Larry Kramer lives on,“loudmouthed” and influential as ever(via the NYT)   
CULTURE: Scour the five boroughs for 52 wave shaped sculptures designed by the likes of Keith Richards and SlashHunt down the sculptures in Brooklyn through June 21(via DNAinfo)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Seattle’s LGBTQ community is shaken after thedownfall of Mayor Ed Murray...Anthony Weiner could face time behind bars after pleading guilty to sending sexual material to a minor…Notre Dame students walk out when Mike Pence delivers a commencement address…And bobcat populations are thriving, even in cities. (via the NYT, the AP, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: Swiss voters say “no” to nuclear power, and “yes” to subsidies for renewable energy…U.S. students head to Canada for college in record numbers, but it’s not just because of Trump…The Indonesian government backs another crackdown on homosexuality and arrests 141 men…Japan moves forward with a controversial “anti-conspiracy” bill…And the World Health Organization spends $200 million per year on travel, which surpasses what the organization doles out for AIDS, malaria and other public health concerns. (via the NYT and WaPo)

 ROYAL WATCH: Prince George gets into some minor mischief at Pippa Middleton’s wedding, and gets a scolding by Kate Middleton(via People)



12:00pm – 8:00pm – Keepsake at Eight of Swords Tattoo & Art Gallery.Details. 
6:00pm – Saving Gorillas: Fifteen Years in the African Rainforest at The Explorers Club. Details.
6:30pm – Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall. Details.
6:30pm – Speaking of Science: Pattern Language: What Patterns Are & What They Say at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.  
7:00pm – Confrontational Comedy at The Park Avenue Armory. Details.  
7:00pm – Brooklyn Eagle Discovery Events Presents: Beer and Bites at Kings Beer Hall. Details.
7:00pm – Peak Performances at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.  
7:00pm – Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg: Todd Barry with Jesse Eisenberg at McNally Jackson. Details.
8:00pm – Marian Hill with Opia at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
8:00pm – Night Train with Guest Host David Cross at Littlefield. Details.
10:30pm – Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir at Union Pool.Details.   
 ON THE PITCH: Here’s an in-depth look at the Premier League’s infatuation with individual players and why Paul Pogba can’t save Manchester United. In fact, nobody can. (via the NYT) 
**BONUS: What color is the White House, again? We’re not so sure, after this cover of Time Magazine (for real, this time).

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