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Brooklyn Today June 2: Watch Out, de Blasio

June 2, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good Friday morning, Brooklyn! Today, an issue plaguing the city and Sunset Park threatens to increase homelessness, and Mayor de Blasionow faces one more (very untraditional) opponent in the NYC mayoral race. Then, paying for parking meters just got much, much easier, and city agencies plan to make an unorthodox move that will free up some prime real estate. Keep reading and learn about the case of the (many) missing nuts in California, and two aging lads head to Coney Island for a day at the spa. Have an excellent weekend!
IMPRINT: MIA gets in line on the cover of Time Out London.

The Rundown

~”HOW IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING THREATENED IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?”: A new report by that title surveys the factors linked to affordable housing and finds one issue in particular that jumps out citywide–overcrowding. Advocates say that overcrowding is often a precursor to homelessness, which is already hitting record highs. Sunset Park is one of Brooklyn’s most affected areas, with overcrowding at 8.7 percent. (via DNAinfo) 

~IS YOUR ‘HOOD SAFE?: With Hurricane season starting on Thursday and with President Trump withdrawing America from the Paris accord, theWaterfront Alliance created a Harbor Scorecard. It’s an interactive online tool where users can view a neighborhood-by-neighborhood evaluation of waterfront safety, environmental health and public access. In Coney Island, for example, 80,900 people have a 50 percent chance of being affected by a major flood by 2060…and more than 400,000 New Yorkers overall face that same risk. (via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~I’M ON A (BIGGER) BOAT: The NYC Ferry’s South Brooklyn route to Red Hook and Bay Ridge launched yesterday, and the service overall has already proved more popular than anticipated. Now, Mayor de Blasio is thinking abouthow to meet that demand…which may mean adjusting schedules and adding more – and bigger – boats. (via DNAinfo)
~WATCH OUT, DE BLASIO: Collin Slattery lives in Crown Heights, is 28 years old and thinks “we need more nerds in office”…which is why he’s running for NYC Mayor. Slattery says he originally intended to run for office when he reached his 50s or 60s after a career in business, à la MayorBloomberg. But now that the political world is “shaken up,” he decided to follow through on his plans several decades early…but if you think Slattery is young, check out Tahseen Chowdhury, a 16-year-old Stuyvesant High School student who is running for state Senate. While Slattery’s main issue will be improving the transit system, Chowdhury’s campaign focuses on ideas for improving the city’s school system. (via BKLYNER and Chalkbeat) 
~NO QUARTERS NECESSARY: You can now feed your parking meter using only your cell phone, which means no more dashing out from restaurants, shopping or movie theaters to frantically smash quarters into the slot. Without much fanfare, the new method to pay Muni-Meters on city streets by using smartphones rolled out in Brooklyn about two weeks ago. All you need to do is download an app, set your preferences and wait for the DoT to fulfill its goal of upgrading all 85,000 Muni-Meters by the end of the summer. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~CAN YOU PUT SOLAR PANELS ON A BROOKLYN BROWNSTONE?: What is the process? How much does the Department of Buildings need to be involved? How much savings can I expect? Brooklynites weigh in on an online forum. (via Brownstoner) 
~MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS: The city government – which is one of NYC’s largest office tenants – is planning to relocate to the edge of Brooklyn. Right now, city agencies take up hot real estate space in neighborhoods that would have no trouble locking in tenants, while it’s unlikely that East New York could attract so many viable tenants. Assuming a developer bites on proposals this summer, the Human Resources Administration will set up shop in East New York, which is accessible by multiple subway lines. Mayor de Blasio hopes the plan will kickstart commercial development in the area. (via Crain’s New York)
~HISTORY LESSON OF THE DAY: For three years, Williamsburg was its own city. That small span of time came before the City of Brooklyn annexed the town in 1855, and after a stint of being chartered as part of the Town ofBushwick, during which time the small city boasted a one-room schoolhouse that taught classes in both English and Dutch. A speculator anticipated the area’s great potential for growth–and he was spot on. The annexation of Bushwick and Williamsburg by the City of Brooklyn was one of the first municipal mergers in U.S. history. (via the NYT)
~PHOTO OF THE DAY: The selfie-snappers may be migrating to Empire Stores, but this shot never gets old
  (via The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and@brooklyndailyeagle)

Staff Picks:

READ: “Pardon My Sweat, and Pass the Borscht”: two aging lads journey to the Mermaid Spa in Coney Island(via the NYT) 
READ MORE: Meet the woman angling to open the Bronx’s only bookstore.(via Broadly)
LISTEN: “What We Learned from Grandpa’s FBI File.” (via Note to Self/WNYC) 
WATCH: A list of every outdoor movie screening in Brooklyn that your heart could possibly desire this summer. (via Brooklyn Paper)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Trump turns to the Supreme Court in order to push forward with the travel ban…A defense lawyer who was an outspoken proponent of Black Lives Matter is poised to win Philadelphia’s district attorney position…Who’s stealing millions of dollars’ worth of California’s almonds, walnuts and pistachios? The state is perplexed…A widespread survey reveals major gaps in the kinds of reentry skills prisoners learn behind bars…And Georgia law defines rape as cases with a male assailant and a female victim, but Atlanta switches to a gender-neutral definition, and has since seen a sharp increase in the number of rapes. (via WaPo, the WSJ, Outside, The Marshall Project, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
FOREIGN FLASHHere’s a graphic that illustrates in stark terms just how big of a deal it is that the U.S. has exited the Paris climate agreement…Kenyans of Asian descent seek official status as the country’s 44th ethnic group…An Icelandic book publisher engages in some rather unorthodox methods involving full moons and book burnings…And a 73-year-old Australian fisherman gets quite a surprise when a great white shark leaps into his boat(via WaPo, the NYT and the Guardian)
 ROYAL WATCH: Kate Middleton apparently doesn’t dig peanuts(via Pop Sugar)


7:00pm – How Vulnerable are Reproductive Rights in the U.S.? at The Strand.Details.
7:30pm – National Sawdust + Gentle on My Mind: An Evening with Artist Carrie Mae Weems at National Sawdust. Details.
8:00pm – BalaSole Dance with guest Miki Orihara at BAM Fisher Theater.Details.
8:00pm – Bell Biv Devoe at Kings Theatre. Details.
8:00pm – Rooftop Films: Rat Film at The Old American Can Factory. Details.
8:30pm – 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival at Wythe Hotel. Details.

10:00am – 6:00pm – This Land Is…at BRIC Arts. Details.
10:00am – 3:00pm – Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
11:00am – 12:30pm – Kids’ Drawing and Poetry Workshop at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
11:00am – The Highline & Its Environs at 92nd Street Y. Details.
8:00pm – Tom Ze at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Brooklyn Symphony Plays Russian Favorites at the Brooklyn Museum. Details.
2:00pm – Sake & Cheese Pairing at the Japan Society. Details.
4:00pm – Dr. Willie Parker with his Memoir “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice” at Revolution Books. Details.  
7:00pm – Prism Quartet with Joe Lovano: Heritage/Evolution at Le Poisson Rouge. Details.
8:00pm – Noesis at GK Arts Center. Details.
8:30pm – Moonlight Tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.  

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