Brooklyn Today July 20, Co-Sponsored by Industry City: Another Day, Another Pier 6 Update
Weather, Brooklyn Borough Hall (NWS): Day 93°, Night 75°, mostly sunny.
THE LEDE: Good morning and happy Friday! Brooklyn Bridge Park is about to get a lot more noisy. A party on wheels is coming to the borough’s waterfront, the Times interviews President Trump, and we find out where pro athletes go to pee during games. Next, Starbucks is coming to Bed-Stuy and residents are not thrilled. And finally, Justin Bieber breaks a new record. We’ll see you again on Monday!
IMPRINT: The latest cover of The New York Times Magazine shows quite colorfully how Washington has and has not changed since The Donald came to town.
~ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PIER 6 UPDATE: It looks like Brooklyn Bridge Park could get mighty noisy very soon. On Thursday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings ruled that construction can commence on two controversial towers at Pier 6. Billings declined to issue a temporary restraining order, sought on an emergency basis by the Brooklyn Heights Association. Trucks have already begun bringing in material, but Billings warned the developers to proceed “at their [own] peril.” Final arguments on the case will be heard August 4. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~PARTY AND PEDAL: A parade of lights of all shapes, sizes and colors will whirl and whizz down the borough’s waterfront tomorrow. The radiant procession is part of the second annual Brooklyn Bike Rave, a unique event where hundreds of extravagantly dressed cyclists party and pedal en masse down a 7-mile route spanning Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, the Navy Yard and Brooklyn Bridge Park. “All of our events are a way to engage the public in our mission work,” said Brooklyn Greenway InitiativeCo-Founder and Executive Director Brian McCormick. “We thought this would be a unique opportunity to raise the visibility, the visibility because it’s a mobile Fourth of July on wheels where everyone is their own fireworks. It’s a mass expression of individuality and creativity.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~LIRR GETS SOME HELP: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday a $5.6 billion infrastructure plan, encompassing 100 capital projects, to upgrade and transform LIRR. For Brooklyn, this means renovation of the Jamaica terminal, which handles virtually all LIRR traffic, but hasn’t been upgraded for more than 100 years. The renovation will improve service to Brooklyn stations like Atlantic Terminal, Nostrand Avenue and East New York. “We’re designing future tracks and signal reconfiguration, higher speeds, switches and new signals, new platforms, so Jamaica can be a real hub that can bring people, not just to Penn, but also downtown and also to Brooklyn,” Cuomo said. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~NOT YOUR AVERAGE CUP OF JOE: A Starbucks is slated to open its first location in Bed-Stuy next spring, and it’s keeping people up at night. The new outpost is part of a project by the coffee company to open stores and create jobs in underserved communities. But residents of the quickly-gentrifying ’hood worry about competition and say the shop will be “awful” for local businesses. On top of that, a study by GFI Realty Services shows that large national brands like Starbucks are causing retail rents to surge in popular areas of Brooklyn like Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Boerum Hill andDowntown Brooklyn. (via Commercial Observer, NYDN and Real Estate Weekly)
~WHERE BROOKLYN AT?: Two decades ago, immortalized rapper Biggie Smalls was fatally shot in L.A. Now in 2017, Brooklyn has honored him left and right. And with the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival just concluding, there couldn’t be a better time. A two-story Bed-Stuy mural of the rapper will stay after there was backlash against a landlord wanting to remove it. Meanwhile,Bed-Stuy kids will get to grow up with Notorious B.I.G., as councilmemberRobert Cornegy will name a basketball court after the icon. And in a love of all things Brooklyn, the Nets honored Biggie earlier this year at Barclays Center for the 20th anniversary of his death. Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs said at the game, “There would be no Biggie without Brooklyn.” (via DNAinfo, NYDN and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
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LONG READ: “It Feels Like Being Buried Alive”: Three mothers describe what it’s like to go to prison and leave their children behind. (via Fusion)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Ever wonder where professional athletes go to use the bathroom? Well, we now have answers. Read at your own risk. (via ESPN)
LOOK: “A Walk in the Woods:” A look at 35 of the world’s most beautiful and unusual trees. (via The Atlantic)
CULTURE: Justin Bieber’s remix of ‘Despacito’ recently became the most streamed song of all-time with 4.6 billion streams. It overtook Bieber’s own track ‘Sorry,’ which was the previous Number One. (via Dancing Astronaut)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The New York Times interviews President Donald Trump…A look at Sen. John McCain’s most courageous political moments following his brain cancer diagnosis…And Chipotle experiences yet another setback as customers videotape mice running around a restaurant in Dallas. (via NYT, WaPo and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: Two mummified bodies found in the Swiss Alps could solve a 75-year-old mystery about a missing couple…Dubai police officers have installed a giant smiley face on the roof of their station to boost morale and create more “happy vibes.”…A Polish cyclist in the Tour de France reveals thegrueling effects that the 2,200-mile race has on his body. (via NYT, WaPo and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: Meet Terry Hutt, the Royal Family’s No. 1 fan. He’s met the Queen more times than any other member of the public, he wears a suit adorned with the British flag, and Prince William and Kate Middletonsent him a cake on his 80th birthday. (via Somerset Live)
7:00PM – Hip Hop Dance Aerobics at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00pm – Jazzy Jazz Festival 2017 at Medgar Evers College. Details.
7:30pm – Iron Maiden at Barclays Center. Details.
7:30pm – Postmen at Cobra Club. Details.
7:30pm – Amadou & Mariam, Innov Gnawa, Ahmed Gallab at Prospect Park Bandshell. Details.
8:00pm – The Nightowls, Courtesy Tier, and Jessi Roberton at Union Hall.Details.
8:00pm – Swimm at Threes Brewing. Details.
9:00pm – Drunk Education Gets E*MO*TIONal at Littlefield. Details.
SATURDAY JULY 22
10:00am – 3:00pm – Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2. Details.
11:00am – 5:00pm – Kit & Caboodle at Janet Borden, Inc. Details.
2:00pm – 6:00pm – Summer Thunder at Union Pool. Details.
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Bargemusic at Fulton Ferry Landing. Details.
7:00pm – The Figgs at Union Pool. Details.
8:00pm – Brooklyn Bike Rave Closing Party in Greenpoint. Details.
SUNDAY JULY 23
11:00am – 6:00pm – Smorgasburg at Prospect Park. Details.
1:30pm – Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tasting Tour at Various Locations. Details.
5:15pm – Conscientious Projections: “Broadcast News” at Videology. Details.
8:00pm – The Brontes: A Musical at Old Stone House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Ya Gotta Believe” was the New York Mets’ mantra back in 1973 as they went from cellar dwellers to pennant winners in a span of two months. Edgardo Alfonzo is trying to invoke that same fighting spirit in his league-worst Brooklyn Cyclones, hoping that taking two of three games this week from the first-place Staten Island Yankees will catapult his club to new heights as the 76-game grind of a New York-Penn League season continues. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Happy birthday to John Barrasso, Justin Bartha, Brandi Chastain, Lance Guest, Josh Hartnett, Norman Jewison, Jon Lovitz, Dan Malloy, Matt Mulhern, C.C. Sabathia, Cat Stevens, Garry Trudeau and Sarah Waters!
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