Brooklyn Today July 18, Co-Sponsored by Industry City: The High Line Of Brooklyn
THE LEDE: Good morning, Brooklyn! The debate over the future of theKosciuszko Bridge continues. We tour one of the most polluted waterwaysin the country. Park Slope goes to the dogs. Serena Williams shows off her baby bump on the latest issue of Vanity Fair. And head on over to Staff Picksto find out why the bodies of Salvador Dalí and John Wilkes were exhumed.
IMPRINT: It’s been a tough month for Venus Williams, but her sisterSerena seems to be doing just fine as the expectant mother graces theAugust cover of Vanity Fair.
~WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?: A four-legged version of the Pontiff was just one of the splendidly costumed dogs at the Fourth Annual Doggy Fashion Show at Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope. Hundreds cheered on their favorite canines as they strutted their stuff. Formalwear including tuxedos, gowns and pearls, while more casual pups dressed imaginatively — there was a skate board rider, a cowdog, a shark and Little Red Riding Hood. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~THE HIGH LINE OF BROOKLYN: The Kosciuszko Bridge has been the talk of the town lately. Willis Elkins of Newtown Creek Alliance recently explained how the overpass would be demolished and how the removal process would impact the waterway below. We’ve even seen one group of people vow to fight for the old bridge with “wolves and swords.” One writer, however, has a slightly different idea. He wants to convert the span intoBrooklyn’s own High Line, which would serve as an observation platform and “a stubby Eiffel Tower.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Facebook and NYT)
~CAN’T LIVE WITH THEM, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THEM: It’s no secret that bicycles are an integral part of life in Brooklyn. They help people get to work and they let people explore the borough, but they have also proven to be highly political. City Council candidate John Quaglione recently called for the involvement of community boards in choosing Citi Bike rack locations, which can take up valuable parking space. Meanwhile, data analyst Andrew Lax falsely reported that bike lanes boost property sales, which was found to be inaccurate and difficult to prove. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and DNAinfo)
~BROOKLYN’S OWN JULIUS CAESAR: This Julius Caesar has tattoos and a hipster beard. The Gallery Players in Park Slope are presenting a new rendition of Shakespeare’s blood-soaked tragedy. Though there’s no Donald Trump doppelganger playing the title role like there was in the Public Theater’s controversial Shakespeare in the Park production, the Park Slopeversion is powerful stuff, a whirlwind of passion and politics. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~CHINESE FEUD TURNS BLOODY IN BROOKLYN: A family grudge survived 20 years and thousands of miles of ocean and land before finally breaking out into a brawl with sticks, fists and axes. Though no one was badly injured in the fight, Wu Long Chen murdered an opposing family member years later in Sunset Park. Chen’s victim stumbled into a nearby Popeyes with three bullets inside of him before dying. Chen is set to be sentenced today atBrooklyn Supreme Court and faces up to life in prison. (via NYT and Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
***Brooklynite Darryle Hawes was looking for a permanent job, and after visiting Innovation Lab at Industry City, he got just what he was looking for. Darryle now works as a machine expert at Modo, a company based at Industry City that designs and manufactures optical frames and sunglasses. To find out more about the Innovation Lab at Industry City, please visit: www.industrycity.com/innovation-lab. Look out for coverage and distribution expansion of the Brooklyn Eagle, both in Sunset Park and Industry City, coming soon.***
LONG READ: From artists and astronomers to presidents and murderers, many of the world’s most famous people have been dug up from the grave.Here’s why. (via National Geographic)
TRAVEL: “In Barcelona, Finding Deals With Gaudí as Guide” (via NYT)
WATCH: We toured Newtown Creek — one of the country’s most polluted waterways — with Riverkeeper and Newtown Creek Alliance. Here’s what we saw. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
CULTURE: From 1932 to 2017, here’s a look at how the iconic red, white, yellow and black LEGO logo has evolved over the years and why Fortunemagazine named it “Toy of the Century.” (via Logo Design Love)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Neurologists have created a musical instrument that can be played using only your thoughts…A historic town known for its coffee and ice cream in the mountains of Puerto Rico is experiencing a mass exodus, and there’s no end in sight…And as large companies like McDonald’s relocate to big cities, “suburban towns are left scrambling.” (via Newsweek, NYT and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: The United States has a massive infrastructure problemat its research station in Antarctica…An Italian school is teaching traumatized refugees how to swim…And with “El Chapo” locked up in Manhattan, violence has increased in Mexico as rival cartel groups fight for control. (via NYT, WaPo and WSJ)
ROYAL WATCH: Ever wonder what it’s like inside the invitation-onlyRoyal Box at Wimbledon? For starters, the oak-lined section features astronauts, V.I.P strawberries and poached lobster. (via NYT)
5:30pm – Youth Farm Summer Supper Benefit at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. Details.
6:00pm – CHA Summer Concert Series at Cobble Hill Park. Details.
6:30pm – The New Crown Heights? A Neighborhood and Its Future at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00pm – Brooklyn Cyclones v. Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park. Details.
7:00pm – Death and Dharma at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
7:30pm – Philosophical Trash Talking: Reading and Ridiculing “The Languages of Art” at Cooper Ave in Ridgewood. Details.
8:00pm – Sumo Stew at Brooklyn Brewery. Details.
8:00pm – Not Quite Midnight at Littlefield. Details.
8:00pm – Planetarium at Prospect Park Band Shell. Details.
8:00pm – Anik Khan at Rough Trade NYC. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Cosmos entered Saturday’s match againstEdmonton FC desperately needing three points. A victory for New York would cement a top-three finish and provide momentum going into the Fall Season. When all was said and done, the Cosmos did just that, grinding out a tense 1-0victory on the road. “Cancelled flights and two full days of travel, but we dug deep for three points,” Cosmos goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer wrote on Twitter. “Bring on the fall.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Happy birthday to Kristen Bell, James Brolin, Dick Button, Priyanka Chopra, Chace Crawford, Vin Diesel, Dion Dimucci, Nick Faldo, Steve Forbes, John Glenn, Penny Hardaway, Margo Martindale, Elizabeth Mcgovern, Martha Reeves, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Torre and Yevgeny Yevtushenko!
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