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Brooklyn Today June 22: Will the Gowanus Canal Become the Venice of Brooklyn?

June 22, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! Which canal would you prefer: the Gowanus, or those of Venice, Italy? One local group has a plan to make that choice a little less obvious. New mothers in Brooklyn face a growing health problem, and new safety worries emerge as the city’s population ages. Meanwhile,Sunset Park moves into the spotlight, and now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to head to the park to soak up some of the city’s outdoor art. A rouge bus careens through Bushwick, and if you haven’t seen the video, it’s about time you watch. Finally, the Parks Department debuts a new map to help you better appreciate your street trees. We’ll see you again on Friday!
IMPRINT: Harper’s walks a not-so-fine line on its latest cover.

The Rundown

~WILL THE GOWANUS CANAL BECOME THE VENICE OF BROOKLYN?:The Gowanus Canal is notorious for its toxic waters, pungent fumes and glistening coal tar, but it soon may be known for a state-of-the-art park coming to its shores. Advertised as the Venice of Brooklyn and the next river Seine, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy has big plans for the 1.8-mile polluted canal, referred to by some as the dirtiest waterway in America. GCC released the “master plan” for the park — dubbed “Gowanus Lowlands: A Blueprint for NYC’s Next Great Park” — on Tuesday at the group’s 10th anniversary party. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~THE UNEXPECTED ISSUE BROOKLYN MOMS ARE FACING: From 2008 to 2012, severe maternal morbidity – meaning lasting consequences to a woman’s health after giving birth – shot up 28 percent…and Central Brooklyn is the epicenter of the issue. Race, poverty, age, access to healthcare and even whether or not the mother wanted to have a baby all have an effect on the level of risk. Local experts are eager to nip the fight against maternal morbidity in the bud as part of a dual-battle against maternal mortality, as the U.S. has one of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the developed world. (via City Limits)     
~WHAT HAPPENS WHEN NEW YORK GROWS GRAY?: If you think millennials are the fastest-growing demographic in NYC, think again. City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report indicating that people aged 65+ are by far the city’s fastest-growing group…and NYC will likely be home to 1.4 million seniors by 2040, as baby boomers ease into old age. How does the country’s largest city ensure that seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s stay safe? The NYPD and support groups are developing a system for tracking down seniors when they don’t make it home safely. The system is called Silver Alert, and there have been 45 of them so far in 2017. Of those missing seniors, 25 were last seen in Brooklyn. (via WNYC) 
~SUNSET PARK MOVES INTO THE SPOTLIGHT: We’ve been big fans ofSunset Park for a long while now (and here’s why our readers love the neighborhood, too). Now, WNYC zeroes in on Sunset Park as part of itsAffordability Project series, and takes a look at how and why the neighborhood is changing. Hint: Industry City, major waterfront investments,improving transportation connections and decently-priced rents (by comparison, at least). (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and WNYC)  
~’TIS THE SEASON…FOR WANDERING AROUND OUTDOOR SCULPTURE PARKS: Check out the large-scale sculptures at Pratt Sculpture Park (orcome with us on a virtual tour), and head to Bed-Stuy’s Herbert von King Park to sit in a new interactive sculpture with seating designed to encourage people to sit back and chat. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and DNAinfo) 
~ICYMI//VIDEO OF THE DAY: An unmanned city bus careened backwards down a Bushwick street late Tuesday night after the driver left it in neutral while popping into a bodega. No one was killed, but one person and several parked cars were hurt. Here’s the deeply surreal video of the incident. (via DNAinfo)      
~MAP OF THE DAY: Paging all tree lovers, huggers and appreciators: theParks Department has dropped a map of every single tree on every single block of NYC. Brooklyn alone boasts 177,000+ trees. (via

Staff Picks:

READ: A New Yorker writer has dinner with right-wing activist Laura Loomer on the night of her “Julius Caesar” protest. (via the New Yorker)
READ MORE: Marriage and H.I.V., among other issues, often mean something very different to a millennial than to someone who came of age in the ‘80s. In honor of Pride Month, the NYT catches up with LGBTQ people across generations to hear what they have to say about these and other issues. (via the NYT) 
LOOK: Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show on July 15, when the borough’s most stylish pooches flock to South Slope to see and be seen. (via am New York) 
LOOK AGAIN: Fifty years of courtroom illustrations from the Library of Congress that “[capture] what cameras can’t.” (via Hyperallergic)   


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Of course, the “free shipping” on your Blue Apron order isn’t actually free…The latest industry to be affected by climate change? Air travel…The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has an unexpected effect: a decrease in the number of traffic stops leading to searches…And about 35,000 are killed each year due to firearms, but around 85,000 survive gunshot wounds, but carry lasting effects with them. (via WaPo, the NYT, the Marshall Project and NBC News)
FOREIGN FLASH: “The U.K. Wants to Lead the World in Driverless and Electric Vehicles”…Mexico legalizes medical marijuana…Seoul angles for a “peace Olympics” and asks to use North Korea’s slopes for some of the upcoming winter games…And the AP reports that the U.S. may play a role in Yemen’s detention and extreme torture centers. (via Bloomberg, WaPo and the AP) 

 ROYAL WATCH: Kate Middleton’s Makeup Artist Changed the Way I Washed My Face.” (via The Cut)


12:00pm – The Suffers at MetroTech Commons. Details.
5:30pm – 6:45pm – Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. Details.
6:00pm – Rembrandt’s Mughal Models at The Frick Collection. Details.
6:30pm – Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa Rivera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue at NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library branch. Details.
6:30pm – Regina Opera concert at Sunset Park Public Library. Details.
7:00pm – Margaret Glaspy/Alexander F at Summerstage NYC. Details.
7:30pm – Richard III at Carroll Park. Details.
8:00pm – Morrissey Tribute Party at The Bell House. Details.
8:00pm – Her, New Mystics at Baby’s All Right. Details.
11:30pm – DJ Questlove Presents: Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl. Details.

 ON THE PITCH: Here’s a detailed look at the young, yet very competitive rivalry between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. The two teams square off this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Red Bull Arena(via ESPN FC)

Happy birthday to Darrell Armstrong, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Amy Brenneman, Dan Brown, Randy Couture, Carson Daly, Clyde Drexler,  Dianne Feinstein, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Lerner, Tracy Pollan, Todd Rundgren,Meryl Streep, Kurt Warner, Lindsay Wagner and Elizabeth Warren!

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