Brooklyn Today June 14: General Lee Falls in New Orleans, But Stands Tall in Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Hello again, Brooklyn! We missed you, too! After our brief hiatus, we bring you updates on the flurry of political activity in the Puerto Rican and Haitian communities in Brooklyn and NYC, and our borough is seeing a boom in an unexpected demographic (no, we’re not talking about millennials). TheMTA offers some advice for alternative commutes during the L-pocalypse, and the villain that everyone loves to hate returns to a park in Carroll Gardens. Finally, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke wants to know why New Orleans is dismantling its Confederate monuments, but some still remain inBay Ridge. Staff Picks today include a peek into James Baldwin’s nearly 2,000-page FBI file (yes, really) and an original fake news item. HappyWednesday!
IMPRINT: New York Mag gets very, very saucy with its latest cover.
~A ‘DOG-AND-PONY-SHOW’ AND A ‘HALF-MEASURE’: Thousands of Brooklyn residents hail from Haiti and Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn pols arepiping up about the heated political events surrounding the two places. U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez offered harsh words on Sunday’s referendum on statehood in Puerto Rico. She said that, at a time when education is hobbled and half of Puerto Rican children live in poverty, “spending funds on a misguided, ‘dog-and-pony-show’ plebiscite is unacceptable.” Meanwhile, on the same day as the referendum, a coalition called for an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Some of the largest pockets of Haitian immigrants in the country are concentrated in Brooklyn, and at least one attorney predicts that about 20,000 Haitians in the NYC area will be needing assistance very soon. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adamscalled the six-month TPS extension “a half-measure at best.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~MEANWHILE, IN SUNSET PARK…: While politics swirled around the Manhattan Puerto Rican Day Parade (with mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis among the boycotters), the third annual Sunset Park Puerto Rican Day Parade thought it had escaped the controversy last weekend….but parade organizers slapped Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams with a lifetime ban from the parade after he skipped a town hall meeting that they requested he attend before marching. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Brooklyn Paper)
~WELCOME TO THE “AGING APPLE”: Of all the city’s senior citizens, nearly 50 percent are immigrants. A report from the Center for an Urban Future(CUF) maps NYC’s rising population of immigrant seniors, and finds that Brooklyn experienced the most dramatic change regarding this population over the past five years–the borough saw an increase in 30 percent, with East Flatbush seeing the greatest increase within the borough. How do we care for an aging population whose median income is $10,800? Technical.ly predicts that we’ll see a startup culture focused on the aging. (via Technical.ly)
~REVIEW: EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE VILLAIN RETURNS TO BROOKLYN:The hunchback with a dark heart, Richard III, returns in all his conniving glory to a park in Carroll Gardens for Smith Street Stage’s tradition of free outdoor Shakespeare (with modern dress). Here’s our report: It’s great stuff.(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~GENERAL LEE FALLS IN NEW ORLEANS, BUT STANDS TALL IN BROOKLYN: When New Orleans dismantled (to great uproar) its Confederate statues, Congresswoman and born-and-bred Brooklynite Yvette Clarke was quick to point out Brooklyn’s unfaced history. She took to Twitter to write “We should do likewise with General Lee Avenue in Brooklyn.” Bay Ridge is home to not just a street named for the Confederate Army general, but several other Confederate monuments, such as a maple tree planted by Lee and inscribed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Says Clarke: “If you have a commitment in the Deep South to turn the page, why would we in Brooklyn commemorate Confederate Army generals?” (via the New Yorker)
~MAP OF THE DAY: For those still figuring out how on earth they’ll get to Manhattan during the impending L-pocalypse, the MTA drops a preliminary map of suggested commute alternatives. (via DNAinfo)
READ: “A Look Inside James Baldwin’s 1,884 Page FBI File.” (via Lit Hub)
LISTEN: “Ear Hustle” is slang for eavesdropping. It’s also the name of a new podcast produced by inmates at San Quentin State Prison. (via The Marshall Project)
LISTEN AGAIN: In the new season of “ The Breakthrough,” ProPublica’s investigative reporters reveal how they broke their hardest-hitting stories. (via ProPublica)
FAKE NEWS ITEM OF THE DAY: In 1874, the New York Herald reported on “a carnival of death” at the hands of “carnivorous beasts” that were roaming the streets of NYC. The story was painstakingly detailed, gruesome and totally false, all in the name of selling newspapers. (via WaPo)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: While visions of packed urban jails dominate movies and our assumptions, a new study reveals that rural prisons are growing the fastest…A deposition from the 1692 Salem witch trials goes to auction at Christie’s…Following a slew of workplace scandals, Uber CEO Travis Kalanickwill take an indefinite leave of absence…And Montana Congressman-electGreg Gianforte receives a sentence of 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management classes for body slamming a reporter. (via WaPo, Hyperallergic, Bloomberg and the NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: A fire blazes through a London high-rise, killing an unspecified number of people…ProPublica drops a searing, longform piece on “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico”…Moroccan goats learn to get very, very good at climbing…Norway is poised to become the first Nordic country to ban face-covering veils in schools…And children born from rapes committed during the Rwandan genocide are are now coming of age, and defying expectations. (via the NYT, ProPublica and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: Move over, Charlotte and George. There’s another cute mini-royal on the block, and she’s taking the polo field by storm. (via 9Honey)
6:30pm – An Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy at MCU Park. Details.
6:30pm – Joyce Carol Oates at The Mysterious Bookshop. Details.
7:00pm – Book Talk: “Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated” at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00pm – Double Dutch jump rope session at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2.Details.
7:00pm – James Forman, Jr. on “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” at Revolution Books. Details.
7:00pm – Psychoanalyzing Seinfeld with Sherry Amatenstein and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong at Book Culture. Details.
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Ballet Barre at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2. Details.
7:30pm – Drunk Education Presents: Fan Clubbing at Littlefield. Details.
8:00pm – Franklin Park Reading Series at Franklin Park. Details.
8:00pm – An Evening With Dawes at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
8:00pm – The Future of Philanthropy: Why We Give with David Rubenstein, Jessica Bibliowicz and Other Guests at 92nd Street Y. Details.
9:00pm – Comedians You Should Know NYC at The Gutter. Details.
9:00pm – JC Brooks at The Bell House. Details.
ON THE PITCH: Luis Figo may be long retired, but he still has the ability to change a game, even at the age of 44. (via @realmadrid)
Happy birthday to Yasmine Bleeth, Boy George, Diablo Cody, Marla Gibbs, Steffi Graf, Eric Arthur Heiden, Traylor Howard, Kevin McHale, Eddie Mekka and Will Patton!
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