Brooklyn Today June 5: Where Do Our Apple Cores Go?
THE LEDE: Welcome to the week, Brooklyn! Post-weekend, we take a long look at those brown composting bins that are appearing across the city, and we consider NYC’s large scale plan to transform food waste into gas. Then, one reporter delivers a longform piece on one of the few NYC communities that voted for Donald Trump–Russian Jews. We touch on the BQE and the NYC GOP, and one author argues that Walter O’Malley may not deserve all the blame he shoulders for bidding the Dodgers farewell. Have a great week!
IMPRINT: Another day, another game of golf, another Trump-themed Der Spiegel cover.
~WHERE DO OUR APPLE CORES GO?: The largest single component of the city’s annual 14 million tons of trash is organic materials, and that results in a $400 million annual price tag to ship those materials to incinerators and landfills. Neighborhoods like Park Slope may have adopted composting programs with ease, but how can the rest of the city implement a multimillion-dollar campaign to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and reduce reliance on landfills by transforming food scraps into compost? Read about how NYC’s composting project is on the verge of expanding what former MayorBloomberg called the “final recycling frontier.” (via the NYT)
~“TOUCHING THE VOID: MAKING SENSE OF RUSSIAN JEWS’ VIEWS ON RUSSIAN NEWS”: In blue New York, two groups voted overwhelmingly for Trump: Russians and culturally conservative Jews. Trump swept the Russian vote in Brighton Beach, and clinched the Hasidic vote in Williamsburg andCrown Heights. But, how is this squared with the wariness that many Soviet immigrants feel towards Putin? And what – if anything – has changed since James Comey and “fake news” have dominated the media? One reporter takes a deep dive into the Russian Jewish communities that support Donald Trump. (via New York Jewish Life)
~FASTER, CHEAPER, BETTER FIX PROPOSED FOR BQE: City officials, industry experts and community leaders last week called on Albany to allow the city to use the design-build bidding process to expedite the roadway’s long-overdue $1.9 billion rehabilitation. DoT officials say using the design-build model, which merges design and construction bids in order to save time and money, would trim the duration of the BQE rehab from ~7 years to 5. While being used successfully in projects around New York, the state Legislature has been reluctant to extend design-build authority to city agencies, said DoT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~WHO GETS THE NOD FROM THE NYC GOP?: The Brooklyn Republican Party and former MTA Chair/CEO Joe Lohta have joined the Staten Island GOP inendorsing Nicole Malliotakis for mayor. “Her immigrant background, her Greek and Cuban heritage, her experience as an elected official and her reputation as a tireless campaigner will make her a candidate to be reckoned with,” said Executive Committee Chairman Ted Ghorra. In addition, State Sen. Marty Golden has officially endorsed his Deputy Chief of Staff John Quaglione for City Council. Quaglione focuses on tackling issues that affect his Bay Ridge community, such as proposing plans for adding more police officers and gaining community approval for bike lanes. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~STATISTIC OF THE DAY: In the 2016-2017 season, 80.5 percent of artists represented at the top 45 New York galleries were white, and 70 percent were male. That’s according to findings by CUNY Guttman College students who crunched the numbers of artist representation at NYC’s top commercial galleries. Professor James Case-Leal insists that the results need not “be read as accusatory,” but merely an “honest assessment.” (via Hyperallergic)
~“WHY ROBERT MOSES IS TO BLAME FOR LOSING THE BROOKLYN DODGERS TO L.A.”: Walter O’Malley may carry the weight of the public blame for shipping the Brooklyn Dodgers off to L.A., but a new book called “City of Dreams” argues that O’Malley was stymied by Robert Moses, who blocked O’Malley’s plans to build the Dodger Dome. Plus, read how the battle played out again when Barclays Center came to town 50 years later.(via Gothamist)
READ: “Not Wanting Kids Is Entirely Normal.” (via the Atlantic)
LOOK: Simultaneously intimate and stark photos of Russia’s army of young cadets. (via The Guardian)
READ + LOOK: A girl loses her dog, and all of Brooklyn joins the search in the very first all-comics edition of the NYT Magazine. (via the NYT Mag)
INTERVIEW: The NYT Mag editor-in-chief explains the genesis and process of the all-comics issue. (via It’s Nice That)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Following the terrorist attack at London Bridge, officials say there are no credible threats to NYC…Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, but hiring falls as job creation slows…Experts sayTrump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord is only the tip of the iceberg in a litany of factors to consider regarding climate change…Bill Cosby’s case is set to go to trial today…A very calm and “unflappable” sixth grader clinches the Scripps National Spelling Bee…And Connecticut paves the way for legal representation in animal rights cases. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the WSJ, ProPublica, the NYT and the AP)
FOREIGN FLASH: Existing coal plants in India are operating at 60 percent capacity, and the country has lowered its coal production target…For the first time since Japan began counting annual births amid population concerns, the number of births has dipped below one million…Contaminated measles vaccines in South Sudan leave 15 children dead…And some aresleeping a bit easier in Damascus these days. (via NYT and the AP)
ROYAL WATCH: Meet Lady Amelia Windsor, the “coolest” member of the royal family you’ve never heard of. (via Elle)
6:00pm – The History of Garlic: From Medicine to Marinara at the New York Academy of Medicine. Details.
6:30pm – Community Dance Class at Bric House Ballroom. Details.
6:30pm – Finding in Pictures in New York City with Gary Hershorn. Details.
6:30pm – Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: 20th Anniversary at the Japan Society. Details.
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Ballet Barre at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2. Details.
7:00pm – The Manhattan Project: A Conversation Between David Kishik and Zed Adams. Details.
8:30pm – Brooklyn Film Festival at Wythe Hotel. Details.
8:30pm – Life in Medieval Baghdad at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.
9:00pm – One Book One New York: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at NYPL – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.
10:00pm – Newfound Monday at The Starliner. Details.
ON THE PITCH: Lionel Messi is getting his own theme park in China. The Messi Experience Park is expected to open in Nanjing in early 2019. Go figure
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