Brooklyn Today June 6: When a Ferry Horn Sounds Like a French Horn
Weather, Brooklyn Borough Hall (NWS): Day 58°, Night 51°, showers likely
THE LEDE: Good morning on this chilly Tuesday, Brooklyn! Are you reading this while stuck on a train (again)? You can now request a late note from theMTA. Meanwhile, Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis will head to Sunset Park to march in a (different) Puerto Rican Day Parade, and ahighly-strung battle plays out in the underground Brooklyn music scene. The Old Guard on the Brooklyn waterfront adjusts with good humor to newcomers, and the Cosmos continue their winning streak with flying colors. Keep reading for essays on planning the funeral of Muhammad Ali and the false persona of Robert E. Lee. Plus, happy birthday to Harvey Fierstein andPaul Giamatti!
IMPRINT: Some comforting and familiar faces on the cover of the Spain edition of Esquire.
~LATE FOR WORK? MISSED INTERVIEW? MTA TAKES THE BLAME:Following weeks of severe signal problems and being held much longer than momentarily by the train’s dispatchers, the MTA has begun to offer late notes for stalled riders. Disgruntled straphangers can fill out a form here in order to request the note…the hitch? Requests may take up to 10 days to process.“Ten days!” lamented one late commuter. “I’ll be fired by then.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~MALLIOTAKIS MARCHES AFTER ALL (IN SUNSET PARK): Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis made headlines with her decision to boycott the 60th National Puerto Rican Day Parade because sponsors planned to honor political extremist Oscar Lopez Rivera, but she has no such qualms about joining marchers for a Sunset Park version of the parade. Although Lopez Rivera has officially bowed out of the honoree role, city officials remain divided. A joint statement by Malliotakis and the son of a Fraunces Tavern bombing victim reads: “While we are pleased that Oscar Lopez Rivera will not be recognized at the Puerto Rican Day Parade as a freedom-fighting hero, the fact remains that this terrorist has shockingly shown more integrity in doing what is right for the parade than our own city leadership who refuse to denounce him and instead waited until he declined the award.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~WILL THE REAL ERIC JACOBSEN PLEASE STAND UP?: A battle of the cellists is playing out between musicians of (almost) the same name in Brooklyn subway stations. Eric Jacobsen has played more traditional national stages, while Erik Robert Jacobson busks around Grand Army Plaza, theAtlantic Terminal and Borough Hall. Jacobson, who has been a member of the literal and figurative underground music scene in Brooklyn since 2011, says the confusion has led to mixed signals over gigs and verbal abuse from indignant classical music aficionados. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~“THAT FERRY HORN? — IT SOUNDS LIKE AN A-MAJOR FROM A NOT VERY GOOD FRENCH HORN!”: Mark Peskanov, the master violinist who runs the Bargemusic concerts by the Brooklyn Bridge, keeps a flexible and jovial attitude about the “new life and affluence” surrounding the Brooklyn waterfront. With a new, speedy ferry service that drops off hordes of tourists (and locals) seven days a week, and families that spread out on picnic blankets on weekends, stalwart riverside institutions find themselves adjusting to the waterfront changes–Bargemusic has just renewed its lease for another 20 years and will blaze into its 4th decade. (via the NYT)
~COSMOS CONTINUE TO RISE: The New York Cosmos extended their terrific run of form on Sunday afternoon, defeating North Carolina FC 1-0 on the road. With the win, the Cosmos moved into second place as they shut out a North Carolina team that is second in the North American Soccer League in goals scored and who had not been held scoreless all year. “I thought that most of the game, we had the ball. We were able to find space and created a lot of chances, so I feel that we deserved this victory,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND HOW TO COMPOST IN BROOKLYN:Curbside compost debuted yesterday in Brooklyn’s CB 2, CB 13 and CB 15, which encompass more than 20 neighborhoods. Here’s a primer on what can and can’t go in those brown bins, and what to do if the bins haven’t hit your ‘hood quite yet. (via BKLYNER)
LONG READ: As New Orleans dismantles its statues honoring Confederate figures, The Atlantic drops a longform piece on “The Myth of the Kindly General Lee.” (via The Atlantic)
LONGER READ: How to plan Muhammad Ali’s funeral. (via ESPN)
LISTEN: “Why Liberals Are Falling for Fake News About Russia.” (via On the Media/WNYC)
LOOK + READ: What’s so funny about those ancient Greek vases? A lot, apparently. (via Hyperallergic)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: There have been other times in U.S. history when unemployment has been as low as it is today, but the WSJ says each period has been accompanied by bound-to-crash-and-burn excess…Following salmonella outbreaks in 47 states this year, the CDC cautions against snuggling with backyard chickens…And after the Portland killings, Oregon reflects on its history of racist laws leftover from when black people were banned from living in the state in the 1800s. (via the WSJ, WaPo and the NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: India inches closer to its first manned mission to space…After Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain sever ties with Qatar, the nation may face a food crisis...Piracy stifles Nigeria’s booming Afrobeats music scene…The most senior members of the National Ballet of Canadaargue in favor of age…And a new study by the Pew Research Center finds that economic optimism varies greatly across borders, with most western nations believing their children won’t be better off. (via WaPo, the NYT and the Globe and Mail)
ROYAL WATCH: Meet Pepa Gonzalez, the Spanish nanny-turned-designer responsible for the inimitable style of the royal children. (via 9Honey)
All day – Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition at Symphony Space. Details.
6:00pm – Haroon Moghul: “How To Be A Muslim” at the NYU Bookstore.Details.
6:00pm – Art Sale Pop-Up for Civil Rights at Upstairs at Dino. Details.
6:30pm – All You Need Is the Summer of Love: First-Hand Accounts From Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips & More at the Paley Center for Media. Details.
6:30pm – Between the Lines: “Stamped From the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Details.
7:00pm – IFC’s Brockmire: Hank Azaria and Amanda Preet in Conversation at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30pm – “Rude” Comedy Show at South 4th Bar. Details.
8:00pm – Ween at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
8:00pm – Punderdome 3000 at Littlefield. Details.
8:30pm – Brooklyn Film Festival at Wythe Hotel. Details.
ON THE PITCH: While most clubs unveil their newest signings in shiny offices at the team’s training grounds, Oxford City did something a bit out of the ordinary. The team announced their latest addition, Matt Paterson,inside a McDonald’s.
Happy birthday to Maria Alyokhin, Sandra Bernhard, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bjorn Borg, Marian Wright Edelman, Harvey Fierstein, Kenny G, Paul Giamatti, Jason Isaacs, Amanda Pays!
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