Brooklyn Today June 20: the Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round, All Through Brooklyn

June 20, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning and happy Tuesday! In today’s briefing, Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for help in getting a grip on New York’s steady uptick in drug overdose cases, and a very different building will rise in the place of the oldBrooklyn Heights Library. At (very) long last, Sunset Park is getting a new elementary school, and the death of two cyclists in one week reignites conversations about the best ways to share the roads. Finally, Clinton Hillresidents and a tour bus company come to a very democratic solution on how to share the neighborhood streets, and the MTA drops some stats to confirm what we’ve been suspecting in 2017.      
IMPRINT: Take a break from the endless politics-themed magazine covers and enjoy some pure aesthetic goodness on the cover of Waikiki magazine.

The Rundown

~APPROX. FOUR NEW YORKERS DIED OF A DRUG OVERDOSE EVERY DAY LAST YEAR: Sen. Chuck Schumer is putting his foot down. He’s pushing for the federal government to dispatch a specialized drug enforcement team to NY state, citing a steady uptick in heroin busts and overdoses and heavy local drug enforcement costs. In a letter to Acting DEA AdministratorChuck Rosenberg, Schumer cited two recent cases in Brooklyn. In one, a ringleader circulated 2 million glassines of heroin, and in the other, cops busted a ring with a $22 million stash. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~WHERE THE BK HEIGHTS LIBRARY ONCE STOOD, A 36-STORY TOWER WILL RISE: The Brooklyn Heights Library is officially a pile of rubble, but not for long. Hudson Companies has closed on the $52 million acquisition of the property, and also on a $280 million first mortgage loan. The planned 36-story project at 280 Cadman Plaza West will include a new library, 134 market-rate condo units and a 9,000-square-foot STEM lab operated by the Dept. of Education. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~ARE YOU A SUNSET PARK PARENT? YOU’LL SOON HAVE MORE SCHOOL OPTIONSA new elementary school is coming to Sunset Park…for the first time in over a decade. The school will be City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca’s fourth new school development project inDistrict 38 in the past four years. The school location is set to be purchased at the corner of the 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, and Menchaca claims the new school will help alleviate overcrowding. “I’m proud to fight for our students and teachers,” he said. “Providing the right environment is critical to giving our kids the best education available and in assisting our teachers.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~IN THE WAKE OF ACCIDENTS, REVAMPED TALKS ON CYCLING SAFETY: Last week, two cyclists  – including Brooklyn Heights residents Dan Hanegby – were killed by charter buses while riding in Chelsea. The accidents have renewed conversations on how to make city streets safer for cyclists…and it’s clear that it will have to be a group effort. Meanwhile, inClinton Hill, the city will install a bike lane on Classon Ave. this summer. Family members of a Crown Heights resident who was killed on the avenue have been pushing for the city to install the bike lane since her death last year.(via WNYC and DNAinfo) 
~THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND, ALL THROUGH BROOKLYN: Alongside Brooklyn’s rise as a “hip” place to live has come a rise in the number of tourists…and tour buses. Cobble Hill residents dealt with the congestion first hand as buses from the aptly named Big Bus Tours began taking a shortcut along Henry Street – a thoroughfare where they don’t belong – to get to Red Hook. The Cobble Hill Association turned to Sen.Daniel Squadron, who in turn worked with Big Bus Tours to create a “geo-fence” using the buses’ GPS system. Now, when the bus rolls into an area it shouldn’t, the system will alert the company’s management. CHA President Amy Breedlove applauded the effort: “This is how it works when everyone plays their role. The community organization spotted this quality-of-life problem, the elected official asked the responsible party to stop and the company immediately took responsibility and stopped.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~NO, YOU WEREN’T IMAGINING IT: The MTA has statistically justified your subway gripes. New data reveals that, from January to March 2017, a whopping 75 percent of subway lines were chronically late. Which lines were tardy most frequently? The 2, 4 and 5, which ran on schedule less than 35 percent of the time on weekdays. But hey, at least the MTA will do away with pre-recorded announcements regarding delays. Soon, a real person will inform us of signal problems instead of a robot. (via Curbed NY and DNAinfo)

Staff Picks:

QUICK READ: From JK Rowling to Jonathan Franzenspectacularly obvious typos(via The Guardian) 
LONG READ: “Tolerance and Islamophobia in 16th-Century Spain, Not So Different From Now.” (via Lit Hub) 
LONGER READ: Post-Father’s Day, GQ revisits fashion tips from a very savvy dad. #1? “The turtleneck is the most flattering thing a man can wear.(via GQ)  
LISTEN: How does Mayor de Blasio prep for Town Hall meetings? WNYCattends one of the mayor’s study sessions(via WNYC)


NATIONAL BULLETINThe Supreme Court is busy these days. The court rules that limiting trademarks that “disparage” others (think: the Washington Redskins case) violates the First Amendment, and the court clamps down on class-action lawsuits…Statistics titan FiveThirtyEight recommends that we pay very close attention to the Georgia Special Election, which could have far-reaching consequences for congressional Republicans…America has (mostly) made great improvements in preventing heart disease, but major geographical disparities persist…And as another typical week passes in the U.S., another 25 children die from gun violence.  (via WaPo, FiveThirtyEight and the NYT) 
FOREIGN FLASH: A liberal mosque in Germany promotes “feminist” Islam, and aims to spark a revolution in the Muslim faith…The NYT hops across the border to expand coverage into Canada…And an Australian Aboriginal rights activist protests at the British Museum, demanding the return of his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s shield, which is currently on display. (via WaPo, the NYT and Hyperallergic)

 ROYAL WATCH: Queen Elizabeth appears to be in love with the “Shape of You.” (via Now 96.3)


10:00am – 6:00pm – Memory in Multiples at BRIC Arts. Details.
11:00am – Historic Tour of Kings Theatre. Details.
6:30pm – Jazz 101: Jazz Today: How the Music Reached the 21st Century at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Details.
6:30pm – Author Event with Stuart Neville, Writing as Haylen Beck at The Mysterious Bookshop. Details.
7:00pm – NYRR Open Run at Pier 6. Details.
7:00pm – Live from the NYPL: Lee Friedlander with Giancarlo T. Roma: Pasion Projects at NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.
7:00pm – How Soon Is Now?: Daniel Pinchbeck at McNally Jackson. Details.
7:30pm – “Rude” Comedy Show at South 4th Bar. Details.
8:00pm – Drink ‘n’ Draw at Image Gallery. Details.
8:00pm – This Is The Kit at Baby’s All Right. Details.

 ON THE PITCH: It’s always a fiery night when the New York Cosmosmeet Puerto Rico FC at MCU Park. After a seven-goal thriller earlier in the season, the two teams battled last week with the Cosmos triumphing 4-2.“They were very physical. The first half, it looked like they wanted the game a little bit more,” said Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese. “The second half, we changed. We battled.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Happy birthday to Danny Aiello Jr., Olympia Dukakis,  John Goodman,  Nicole Kidman, Frank Lampard,  Martin Landau, Michael Landon Jr., Cyndi Lauper,  John Mahoney,  Robert McDonald,  Anne Murray,  Lionel Richie, Robert Rodriguez, James Tolkan,  Bob Vila,  Abby Wambach,  Andrew Watts and Brian Wilson!

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