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Brooklyn Today May 24: The Danes are Coming, Without the Danishes

May 24, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Hello, and happy Fleet Week! This morning, we see the effects of the opioid epidemic seep into a specific Crown Heights community, and theDanes are filling a niche in the borough (and we’re not talking about pastries). Then, several high profile NYC organizations are pointedly RSVPing in the negative to the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and more than one change is afoot for the NYPD these days. And finally, Biggie Smalls will live to see another day in Bed-Stuy.            
  
IMPRINT: A very straightforward question on a very straightforward coverof Bloomberg Businessweek.

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The Rundown  
 

~AHOY, IT’S FLEET WEEK!: Here’s your chance to meet and greet sailors and watch the Parade of Ships this morning as part of the celebration of the country’s maritime services.  (via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and @brooklyndailyeagle)

~HOW THE OPIOID CRISIS TRICKLES DOWN IN BROOKLYN: As the renewed opioid epidemic rips through the country, it hits home in the Hasidic Jewish community in Crown Heights,  which has seen at least 10 overdose deaths since the first opioid overdoses hit the community in 2005. Last fall, about 650 people attended an event to educate Jewish families about the epidemic. “We’re affected by the secular world and the country is struggling with an epidemic,” says one member of the community whose friends and family have dealt with addiction. “It’s trickling down to the Jewish community and we’re suffering, as well.” (via DNAinfo) 
 
~THE DANES ARE COMING (WITHOUT THE DANISHES): Walk through theWythe Avenue corridor in Williamsburg and find yourself in the unofficially christened neighborhood of “Little Denmark.” A number of Danish tech start-ups are hopping across the river and setting up shop in Brooklyn, where they are using the borough as an entrypoint to American consumers. Why Brooklyn? For one thing, recruiting for talent is easier, since the rate of unemployment is higher in the U.S. than in Denmark. For another, one entrepreneur says the relative openness of Brooklyn reminds him of his native Copenhagen. One drawback: The pastries at the fancy Williamsburg coffee shops, the Danes say, are not up to snuff. (via The Bridge)
 
~WHO’S SKIPPING THE PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE?: Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn pol Nicole Malliotakis. And the Yankees and JetBlue. And more than a few members of the NYPD. It’s all because the organizers decided to honor Oscar Lopez Rivera, a political extremist who was implicated in the bombing at Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan in 1975 that killed four people. Who will attend the parade as usual? Mayor de Blasio. He told DNAinfo“All things considered, I understand why so many Puerto Ricans — that’s almost 700,000 people in this city — respect that he fought for Puerto Rico in their eyes. I don’t agree with the way he did it. But he did serve his time.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Gothamist, WNYC and DNAinfo) 
 
~IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE SEEING MORE HEAVY WEAPONRY THAN USUAL, IT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU ARE: The NYPD has ramped up security across the city following the Manchester bombing. Officials say the moment reminds us of threats to “soft targets” like concert venues, which should be factored into business plans. “Brooklynites and New Yorkers do not surrender to fear, just as they do not underestimate the importance of safeguarding themselves against those pursuing acts of violence,” says Brooklyn Borough President and former police officer Eric Adams(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
 
~A NEW POLICE UNIFORM: Starting next month, about 1,200 cops in Brooklyn will be required to don body cameras. The mandate builds on a smaller pilot program from 2014. “This is the evolution of policing,” says Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “And we have to evolve.”  O’Neill expects that all police will wear the cameras within two years. (via the NY Post)      
 
~ACTUALLY, BIGGIE, YOU CAN STAY: Following severe backlash from hip-hop heads and Bed-Stuy residents, the owner of a building that hosts a two-story mural of hometown hero Notorious B.I.G. has reversed on his decision to wipe the mural. Bed-Stuy got that old thing back. (via DNAinfo)
 

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Staff Picks
     

 
READ: Why horses are so soothing(via the NYT Magazine)     
 
EXPERIENCE: After spending 10 months behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Sherrill Roland dons an orange jumpsuit and engages strangers in conversation about incarceration in “The Jumpsuit Project.” He’ll be at theBrooklyn Public Library until May 25. (via Hyperallergic) 
 
QUICK WATCH: David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” as a series of Japanese coffee commercials (yes, seriously). (via Quartz)
 
QUICK HUMOR: “The Post-Presidential Paintings of Donald Trump (Probably)” (via the New Yorker) 
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: Remember the lawyers who flocked to airports across the country during the first issue of the travel ban? They’re receiving cease and desist letters…In Philadelphia, a city known for its pure heroin, the staff of a public library receives training in how to deal with opioid overdoses…And black parents draw upon a Civil War-era law to address what they deem “gross inequalities” in Mississippi public schools. (via The Nation, Philly.com and WaPo)
 
FOREIGN FLASH: Pakistan cracks down on Facebook and Twitter userswho posted criticism of the country’s military…A Chinese student gives a commencement speech praising free speech at a U.S. university, and receives severe backlash from home…And 14 hostages are taken in a southern Philippine city after President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law(via the WSJ and the AP)

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 ROYAL WATCH: According to some German students, “mumbly” Prince Harry really needs to work on his enunciation(via The Local)   
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BROOKLYN TONIGHT

 
11:00am – 5:00pm – S.B. Walker: Walden at Janet Borden, Inc. Details.
 
6:00pm – Fighting for Justice and Celebrating Courage at BAMCafe Live.Details.
 
6:30pm – Daniel Sharfstein in Conversation with Brent Staples at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
 
6:30pm – Atlas Obscura Session: Secrets From the Past at the New York Academy of Medicine. Details.
 
6:30pm – Left Out: Is Feminism Too White? at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.  
 
7:00pm – Brooklyn Eagle Discovery Events Presents: Challenge the Pro Dart Toss Competition at The Brazen Head. Details.
 
7:00pm – Peter Szabo on “Finding Maria” at Book Culture. Details.
 
7:00pm – Bianca Bosker with Maria Konnikova: Cork Dork at 92nd Street Y.Details.
 
7:00pm – Radical Conversation: Making America Great–Brian Palmer: The Image of Greatness at International Center of Photography. Details.
 
7:30pm – Immigrant Writing Series: Valeria Luiselli at Greenlight Bookstore.Details.
 
8:00pm – The Wanderlusting of Joseph C. at Roulette. Details.
 
8:00pm – The Sunset Screenings at Good Roof at Dobbin Street. Details.     

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ON THE PITCH: What would you do if your hero bought you a beer? That happened to some lucky Manchester United fans when Jesse Lingardbought a round of drinks after the team’s final game of the season. (via@rkinsella83)

 


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