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Brooklyn Today July 7: Taking D.I.Y. Culture to a New Level

July 7, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning and happy Friday! Have some free time this weekend? Make your way to the newly opened section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Crime in Brooklyn is poised to dip to a record low in 2017, and the headless torso found in Red Hook may have been identified. One man sticks up for the Kosciuszko Bridge, and recounts a story of “the brash and dirty old soul of New York.” The NYT drops its list of “9 Young New Yorkers Poised for Creative Genius,” and some of them may be your neighbors. Then, she’s not on the list of 9, but one Bushwick woman grabs a roll of toilet paper and takes D.I.Y. culture to a whole new level. Staff Picks today includes a piece on what happens to guns after they’re seized, and the science behind subway napping. We’ll see you again on Monday!
IMPRINT: Boxed in by the XX and the XY on the cover of the New York Times Magazine.

The Rundown

~THERE’S EVEN MORE OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK TO LOVE:Yesterday, officials cut the ribbon to open 3.4 new acres of lawns, a shaded picnic grove and meandering paths around a grassy, sound-blocking berm, nestled in the uplands just east of the Picnic Peninsula at Pier 5…bringing the park’s construction to more than 80 percent complete. “Parks and recreational spaces are places for serenity and healing, and we should expand access to them for all Brooklynites,” said Brooklyn BP Eric Adams“I commend Brooklyn Bridge Park for its commitment to providing much-needed green space along the Brooklyn Waterfront with this new additional acreage.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)  
~CRIME IN BROOKLYN ON TRACK TO HIT RECORD LOW IN 2017: Crime has been trending down in Brooklyn consistently since its height in the early ’90s and that trend has so far continued in 2017 as the borough continues to produce record-low crime numbers. Last year was the safest year in Brooklyn since officials began keeping crime statistics, but so far 2017 has had significantly reduced numbers of shooting incidents, shooting victims and homicides, plus decreases in many other categories. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~RED HOOK’S HEADLESS TORSO MAY BELONG TO MISSING N.J. WOMAN: The NYPD is investigating whether a woman’s butchered and decomposed torso that was found floating off the shoreline of Red Hook on June 27 belongs to a 31-year-old woman who has been missing since June 25. A couple walking their dog initially spotted the body floating in the vicinity ofGowanus Bay and Buttermilk Channel, police sources said. Although police officers have not officially identified the woman, sources believe that the torso belongs to Jennifer Londono, a 31-year-old bar manager from Englewood, N.J. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle) 
~“A CRI DE COEUR FOR AN UNLOVED BRIDGE”: Not too many people are crying for the Kosciuszko Bridge, which is slated to be demolished later this month. But, one man recounts a story that begins with a tight merge taken personally, and ends in “the hippiest moment of [his] life”…and it all takes place on the old bridge, which he argues is “one of the dwindling number of places where the brash and dirty old soul of New York still resides.” (via the NYT) 
~GUESS WHERE 4 OUT OF THE “9 YOUNG NEW YORKERS POISED FOR CREATIVE GENIUS” LIVE: From the executive chef of Mission Chinese to a full-time Snapchat filmmaker, the NYT identified nine young artists, models, designers and creators across the city who are taking their field by storm. They’re all transplants from other cities…and now nearly half of them live in Brooklyn. (via the NYT) 
~TAKING D.I.Y. CULTURE TO A NEW LEVEL: If you’ve ever attended a bridal shower and played the game in which you make a wedding dress out of toilet paper, you may have some level of appreciation for one Bushwickwoman’s creation. Van Tran is a finalist (and the defending champion) in a quirky competition to make a wedding dress out of toilet paper, and the stakes are high. The winner will receive $10,000 and a spot in Ripley’s Believe It or NotCheck out photos of Tran modeling her TP dress. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Staff Picks:    

READ: “Where do seized guns go to die?” In Missouri, they go to a factory just outside St. Louis, where they’re partially ground to death, and partially reborn. (via the St. Louis Post Dispatch)  
SCIENCE OF THE DAY: “How a Napping Subway Commuter’s Brain Knows When It’s Their Stop.” (via Science of Us)    
CULTURE: Brooklyn’s longest-running zine festival returns this Saturday forPete’s Mini Zine Fest(via Brooklyn Paper) 
MORE CULTURE: Catch “The Persistence of Nudity: A Burlesque Tribute to Salvador Dalí” at Coney Island this Saturday, and say “Hello, Dalí!” (via Brooklyn Paper) 


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Just beyond the gates of Mar-a-Lago, the heroin crisis rages in Palm Beach County…The CDC finds that despite decreases in cancer deaths nationwide, they are higher in rural America…In Chicago, at least 102 people were shot between Friday afternoon and Wednesdaymorning…And, 50 years after Loving v. Virginia, one in six newlyweds today are a mixed marriage. The NYT catches up with six couples to ask one question: “Has being in an interracial relationship united or divided your family?” (via POLITICO Mag, the Chicago Tribune, WaPo and the NYT)  
FOREIGN FLASH: Australia makes a move to decriminalize the sex trade in one state…The protest movement in Hong Kong grows muted under legal clampdowns…Animal welfare groups harness virtual reality technology as an advocacy tool…And finally, enjoy this video compilation of “Trump’s Awkward Greetings With Foreign Leaders.” (via the NYT, the WSJ and WaPo)

 ROYAL WATCH: Giggles and Eye Rolls: The 14 Funniest Times the Royal Family Lost Their Cool in Public,” including a shot of a young Queen Elizabeth delighting in an Australian sheepdog named Spud who donned a wristwatch (legwatch?). (via The Telegraph) 



6:00pm – First Fridays at The Frick. Details.
6:40pm – Brooklyn Cyclones v. Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park. Details.
7:00pm – Why Picasso, Calder, and Other Contemporary Artists Found a Home in the Theater at The Strand. Details.  
7:00pm – Jazzy Jazz Festival 2017 at Medgar Evers College. Details.
7:00pm – Hip Hop Dance Aerobics at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. Details.
7:00pm – Body Combat at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. Details.
7:00pm – “Vireo” Made-for-TV Opera at National Sawdust. Details.
7:30pm – Postmen at Cobra Club. Details.
8:00pm – Kevin McDonald’s Show at Union Hall. Details.
8:30pm – Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Works by Vivaldi at The Muse. Details. 
9:00pm – Paperwhite at Rough Trade NYC. Details.

2:00pm – 6:00pm – Summer Thunder at Union Pool. Details.
4:00pm – Bargemusic at Fulton Ferry Landing. Details.
4:00pm – Book Launch: Lint Boy by Aileen Leijten at PowerHouse Arena.Details.
7:00pm – Summer Live DJ Flow at Align Brooklyn. Details.
7:00pm – Free salsa and bachata dance classes at Dance Fever Studios.Details.  

10:00am – 4:00pm – Down to Earth Farmer’s Market at The Old Stone House. Details.
12:30pm – Kayak Polo at Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. Details.
7:00pm – “History of Burlesque” Lecture Cabaret at Littlefield. Details.
 ON THE PITCH: Take a look at the Wycombe Wanderers‘ new goalie jerseys. What do you think? Yay or nay?  



Happy birthday to Berenice Bejo, Billy Campbell, Pierre Cardin, Shelley Duvall, Jorja Fox, Michelle Kwan, Lisa Leslie, Joe Sakic, Ralph Lee Sampson, Doc Severinsen and Ringo Starr!

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