Brooklyn Today July 13: Welcome to the Summer of Hell, Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Good morning! The summer of hell has finally arrived in Brooklyn, with protests to accompany it. Then, some are predicting that Jersey City will be the next Brooklyn. They’re wrong, of course, but real estate markets across the river are beginning to mirror our borough’s. Next, some of the world’s fastest electric racecars will screech into Red Hook this weekend, and officials are already nervous about the 2020 census. Finally, head to Staff Picks for an interview with Toni Morrison and a big, booming job opportunity.
IMPRINT: Cool blues make for a very hot cover of Vogue Paris.
~WELCOME TO THE SUMMER OF HELL, BROOKLYN: Yesterday, L train riders, elected officials and transit advocates held a rally to push the NYCDept. of Transportation (DOT) and MTA to ensure riders that they’ll have a dedicated bus network to replace the L train during the impending 15-month shutdown. Advocates also called for the MTA to use the shutdown to make station improvements that will allow more L trains to run during peak hours after the shutdown ends. What else do advocates want? Specific commuting options for populations farther along the L-train line in neighborhoods likeBrownsville and East New York. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~WILL JERSEY CITY BE THE NEXT BROOKLYN?: Doubtful. But brokers and analysts say that the condo comeback in Jersey City reflects a changing market in a revitalized city. Like in Brooklyn, demand for high-end condos is high, and so are the prices. Plus, Jersey City’s population has soared by about 10 percent since the 2000 census. Says appraiser Jeffrey Otteau: “Jersey City has arrived as the seventh borough, behind the other five and Hoboken.” (via the WSJ)
~ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM THROUGH RED HOOK: Topping out at 150 mph, some of the world’s fastest electric racecars will be zipping and zooming aroundRed Hook this weekend for the city’s first-ever international car race. The vehicles, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, will be racing around a brand new 1.2-mile racetrack inside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal as part of the Formula E ePrix, the earth’s first fully electric single-seater racing series. “No city can do big events on a world stage quite like New York City, and Formula E will be a proof point of that,” says NYC & Company’s Senior Vice President Chris Heywood. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~AN ACCURATE CENSUS? DON’T COUNT ON IT: The next U.S. census isn’t scheduled to take place until 2020, but Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic members of NYC’s congressional delegation are nervous that the local effort to count how many people are living here will fall short due to lack of funding. U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke was among several House members who signed a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce calling for more money, and the Mayor backs the effort. “You can’t plan to serve the people of this nation unless you know who they are and what their needs are,” he said. “It’s essential to good policy, regardless of one’s political affiliation or geography. Every person counts.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~AMID HEIGHTENED OPIOID CRISIS, PRESCRIPTIONS DOWN CITYWIDE: Fatal overdoses are on the rise across NYC, yet the city has seen a 12 percent decrease in the amount of painkiller prescriptions across the city in the three years since tracking began. That data is in line with aCDC study that found that the prescribing rate for opioids dipped nationally by 18 percent from 2010 to 2015…yet the U.S. still issued more than quadruple the amount of pills per capita than Europe in 2015. (via DNAinfo)
Q&A OF THE DAY: Sufjan Stevens and the all-star team behind concept album “Planetarium” talk about what we can learn from spinning through space. (via WQXR)
INTERVIEW: Toni Morrison on why “Make America Great Again” actually means “Make America White Again.” (via Granta)
JOB OPPORTUNITY OF THE DAY: Who will be the next booming voice of theBrooklyn Nets? It could be you. (via DNAinfo)
CULTURE: Hip-hop wouldn’t be what it is today without Brooklyn and its kin like Jay Z and Biggie Smalls. Catch shows and events at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival through July 15.
NATIONAL BULLETIN: New Mexico authorities say Amazon’s Alexa called 911 during a domestic dispute. Amazon says there’s no way that’s possible…Sam Querrey is the first American in nearly a decade to reach the semis of a major tennis tournament…Text 572-51 with the text “Send me” + a keyword (or even an emoji!) and receive a related artwork image within seconds, courtesy of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art…And “at the Denver airport, art fuels conspiracy theorists.” (via Buzzfeed News, NY Mag, Time and Hyperallergic)
FOREIGN FLASH: A trillion-ton iceberg the size of Delaware breaks off Antarctica, resulting in a change so significant that maps will need to be redrawn…In Germany, activists interrupt Woody Allen’s jazz concert…Meanwhile, in India, a mob of domestic workers protest outside a luxury high-rise because they believe one of their fellow workers was being held against her will. (via NY Mag, the NYT and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: Who does the British children’s shoes industry have to thank for revamping sales? Princess Charlotte, of course. (via Footwear News)
12:00pm – 2017 BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Presents: Tank and the Bangas at MetroTech Commons. Details.
12:00pm – The Secret History of Jane Eyre at 92nd Street Y. Details.
5:30pm – Oculus Book Talk: From Mall to Prison: El Helicoide’s Downward Spiral at Center for Architecture. Details.
6:00pm – Live at the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. Details.
6:30pm – Book Talk: Chokehold: Policing Black Men at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00pm – Pop Music Breakdown: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen at Brainery Annex. Details.
7:00pm – Happy hour drink specials and free screening of “Foreign Minds Think Alike” at the Brooklyn Museum. Details.
8:00pm – Steep Canyon Rangers at Brooklyn Bowl. Details.
8:30pm – Journey to the Stars with the Amateur Astronomers Association at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. Details.
8:30pm – Trevor Noah in Conversation with Chris Jackson at Symphony Space. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Weight continues to build Islanders coaching staff.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Happy birthday to Cameron Crowe, Harrison Ford, Robert Forster, Jane Hamilton, Louise Mandrell, Cheech Marin, Roger McGuinn, Erno Rubik, Wole Soyinka, Michael Spinks, Patrick Stewart, David Storey and Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb!
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