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Brooklyn Today June 7: Meet Miss Brooklyn

June 7, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning, and happy National Running Day! It’s time for you to meet the not one, not two, not three, but seven candidates in the running for the Brooklyn district attorney position. Then, Brooklyn and the internet react to Alamo Drafthouse’s decision to host a ladies-only screening of “Wonder Woman.” Have you ever noticed the statues of two dames at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge? There’s quite a history to them. Finally, a bit of real estate news for you: experts caution about the longterm unsustainability of rent concessions, Mayor de Blasio cracks down on illegal home conversions and Our Lady of Loreto finds itself in jeopardy once again. Plus, don’t miss the photo of the day, and a history of Reading Rainbow in Staff Picks. Keep running toward the weekend, Brooklyn!
  
IMPRINT: A not-so-incognito cover of Mother Jones.

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The Rundown
 

~IN THE RACE FOR BROOKLYN DA, SEVEN’S COMPANY: The candidates for Brooklyn district attorney came together in a forum for the first time this week…and that’s no small feat. The seven (yes, seven) candidates each delivered an opening and closing statement, and spent the bulk of the two hours answering audience questions, which mostly focused on reforms of the criminal justice system. Read up on (all seven of) the candidates(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
 
~SCENES FROM A LADIES-ONLY SCREENING OF ‘WONDER WOMAN’ IN BROOKLYN: Last weekend, women from across Brooklyn and NYC flocked to the Alamo Drafthouse in order to find “sisterhood” and watch Gal Gadot on the silver screen without overhearing commentary about her bosoms, among other reasons. But the women-only screening of the summer blockbuster ignited internet fury among some men, who wondered if the next step would be male-only screenings of “Thor.” But many women at the screening shrugged off the cries of discrimination–as did Alamo Drafthouse, which promptly scheduled a second ladies-only screening. (via the NYT) 
 
~MEET MISS BROOKLYN: Ever wondered about those two statues of ladies on Flatbush Ave. near the Manhattan Bridge? Their names are Miss Brooklyn and Miss Manhattan, and they were created by artist Brian Tolle…but the sculptures are replicas of two 12-foot granite figures created byDaniel Chester French (whose name you may recognize for another small monument he created–the Lincoln Memorial). The original granite dames were installed in 1916 in order to guard the Brooklyn gateway to the Manhattan Bridge, and were later removed by Robert Moses. In a nod to Brooklyn’s Dutch roots, Miss Brooklyn holds a tablet that reads “Ein Drach Mackt Maght”–”In Union, there is strength.” (via BKLYNER)     
 
~OUR LADY OF LORETO IN JEOPARDY (AGAIN): A judge has decided toend a temporary ban on the demolition of Our Lady of Loreto. Members of the Brownsville Cultural Coalition had been campaigning to have the church building at 126 Sackman St. declared a city landmark and turned into a neighborhood cultural center, but Catholic officials plan to build low-income housing on the Ocean Hill-Brownsville church site. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
 
~NO SUCH THING AS FREE RENT (FOREVER): With the glut of high-end rentals in Brooklyn, landlords have taken to doling out freebies – sometimes including a month of free rent – in order to keep vacancies low. The adjustments have allowed developers to net a wider group of renters, but what happens when those concessions are so common that they become the norm, and they attract renters who are dependent on them? And then, what happens when they run out? Experts warn against the unsustainability of the practice…Meanwhile, Greenpoint debuts two more fancy condo buildings, with matching fancy price tags. (via Curbed NY)
 
~CITY CRACKS DOWN ON ILLEGAL HOME CONVERSIONS: Suspect that a private home on your street is being illegally converted into a multiunit house?The city may step in. Mayor de Blasio has signed into law a bill designed to crack down on sneaky landlords who subdivide single-family or two-family homes into multiple units. City Councilmember Vincent Gentile called illegal home conversions a public safety issue, like when the city discovered 31 people living in a two-family Dyker Heights home last August. Now, the new bill could slap landlords with a $15,000 penalty for each illegally carved-out unit.(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
 
~PHOTO OF THE DAY: Even on a cloudy day, this Prospect Park Southbeaut stands out against the gray(via @brooklyndailyeagle)

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Staff Picks:
 

READ: Take a look! It’s an oral history of Reading Rainbow(via Mental Floss) 
 
ANOTHER READ: Grandma was up to way more than knitting socks. Read about “The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool.”(via Atlas Obscura)     
 
YET ANOTHER READ: Bob Dylan (finally) gets around to delivering his Nobel lecture, and ruminates on Moby Dick, the bible and music as literature. Here’s the transcript(via the Swedish Academy) 
 
ONE LAST READ: A writer reports from a migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean. (via Lit Hub)

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NATIONAL BULLETINA genetic disorder called Williams syndrome makes people “irrepressibly friendly” and “unconditionally loving”–both a gift and a curse…Here are the eight hottest topics being discussed now at the nation’s biggest cancer summit…America’s black gay and bisexual men have a higher rate of H.I.V. than any other country. Why are they hidden?…Here’s what truckers want you to know…Uber fires more than 20 employeesfollowing investigations into harassment claims…And what’s the not-so-true part about true-crime TV? All the female victims. (via the WSJ, WaPo, the NYT Mag, the NYT, Bloomberg and the LA Times) 
 
FOREIGN FLASH: ISIS claims attacks on the Iranian parliament and shrine…The newest farm-to-table trend in Asia’s illegal wildlife trade? Tigers…As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes for a Hindu revival, the nation’s slaughterhouses suffer, and leave thousands out of work…Elsewhere in India, police open fire on protesting farmers and leave six dead…And ahead of U.K. elections on Thursday, a coal town that has voted for the Labour Party since 1932 flirts with the Conservative Party(via the AP, the NYT, WaPo)
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 ROYAL WATCH: Why do the Aussies swoon over Prince Harry? Let us count the ways… (via 9 News)

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT  
 

6:30pm – AIDS Art and Activism Today at the Museum of the City of New York. Details.
 
6:30pm – Parks, Planning, and Power at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.
 
6:30pm – Architectural Explorations in Books Series: Architecture and the Art Museum with Anthony Alofsin, Francesco Dal Co, Arezoo Moseni and More at NYPL – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.  
 
6:30pm – Tree Identification for Families at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
 
6:30pm – KEEP OUT: Immigration, Discrimination, and National Security at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
 
7:00pm – The Science of First Impressions: Alexander Todorov and Ellen Burstyn at Rubin Museum of Art. Details.
 
7:30pm – Person Place Thing: Jonathan Safran Foer at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Details.
 
7:30pm – VICE Media: Watch & Learn: Taking Ba Iraq and Lost Generation.Details.  
 
7:30pm – Cirkus Cirkör: Limits BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
 
8:30pm – Brooklyn Film Festival at Wythe Hotel. Details.
 
10:00pm – Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations at Open Source Gallery. Details.

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 ON THE PITCH: We always knew that Neymar enjoyed soccer, but heapparently has a fascination with NBA, as well. The Brazilian star’s Instagram reveals that he attended an NBA finals game at Oracle Arena withFormula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton. Do you think they were rooting for the Warriors or the Cavs(via @neymarjr)

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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Roberto Alagna, Michael Cera, Bear Grylls, Bill Hader, Damien Hirst, Louise Erdrich, Allen Iverson, Jenny Jones, Tom Jones, Anna Kournikova, Bill Kreutzmann Jr., Mike Modano, Liam Neeson and Orhan Pamuk and Prince!


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