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Brooklyn Today August 24: Clarke Brings Her Anti-Lee Fight To Bay Ridge

August 24, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! We have an update on Greenpoint’stallest building, the Robert E. Lee fight rumbles on, and Brownsville could be Brooklyn’s next hot ’hood for affordable housing. Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasioconsiders removing a Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle, and humans may one day go to mars. Plus, a European clothing brand is trying to rebrand the swastika as a peace symbol, but we aren’t buying it. And it’s apparently illegal to dance to the Macarena in Saudi Arabia. Go figure. Finally,tonight is the final “Movies with a View” in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
IMPRINT: James Franco looks dapper as ever on the September cover ofGQ Australia.

The Rundown
~CLARKE BRINGS HER ANTI-LEE FIGHT TO BAY RIDGE: U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke brought her case for removing the names of Confederate generalsRobert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from street signs at Fort Hamilton directly to Bay Ridge on Tuesday, holding a rally in John Paul Jones Park and repeating her call for the U.S. Army to be sensitive to the need for racial justice. “They are a personal insult to the hundreds of thousands of women and men in Brooklyn who are descendants of a people held in bondage,” said Clarke. “They are an insult to many of the members of the armed forces honorably serving our country at this military base.” Clarke was joined by fellow U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velazquez, along with Bay Ridge community activists at the rally. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!: Until violent acts from right-wing groups erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, statutes in New York City were peacefully standing. Now confederate statues and memorials of representatives from the old American South are falling and being dismantled across the city. Bronx Community College will soon replace two busts of Confederate GeneralsRobert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. About 25 miles south, a plaque commemorating Lee was removed from the outside of a Fort Hamilton church, and Brooklyn Representative Yvette Clarke held a rally demanding the army rename two streets named after the generals in Fort Hamilton. The army recently refused to rename them, but Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have shown support for the process. (via Hyperallergic and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ON GREENPOINT’S TALLEST BUILDING:Before you know it, people will be riding NYC Ferry boats to eat at Marcus Samuelsson’s very first Brooklyn restaurant. The superstar chef, who is best known for his Harlem restaurant Red Rooster, is setting up shop on theGreenpoint shoreline — in a residential development at 21 India St. aka The Greenpoint, a 463-unit condo/rental-apartment development. It’s laid out as a 40-story tower plus an adjacent five-story building. The skyscraper is the tallest one in the neighborhood. The Greenpoint’s 95 condos will be located at the top of the tower, starting on the 28th floor. Sales got underway this summer. When we glanced recently at the development’s website, asking prices for available units ranged from $875,000 for a studio to a cool $1.975 million for a two-bedroom apartment. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~BOROUGH PRES CALLS FOR BROWNSVILLE HOUSING: Brooklyn BP Eric Adams thinks there could be potential for affordable housing along the 3 train in Brownsville. He called on the city to study the possibility of rezoning the areas along 98th Street from East New York to Livonia avenues and from Livonia Avenue to Sinderen Avenue. “I believe that the neighborhood’s 3-line corridor may be a possible site for beneficial transit-oriented affordable housing, and I encourage [City Planning] to study the impact of such potential development,” Adams said. It’s likely that the city will be open to the idea in conjunction with the Brownsville Plan development project. (via Crain’s)

~BITTER IRONY IS HURLED AT TRUMP’S WAFFLE ON WHITE SUPREMACISTS: “Very fine people do not wear T-shirts extolling white power and white separatism. Very fine people do not raise their children to hate others,” proclaimed Rabbi Serge Lippe during an Interfaith Gathering held at First Unitarian Church’s Donald McKinney Chapel in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday. The event was held for citizens to “gather in response to the spiritual and physical violence in Charlottesville, gather in response to the voices of unabashed white supremacy that seem to be gaining power and legitimacy in this country and gather as people of faith do in times of threat,” said the Rev.Ana Levy-Lyons in her opening remarks. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Staff Picks:    
LONG READ: “This Is How Sexism Works in Silicon Valley” (via The Cut)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Read James Baldwin’s “Letter From a Region in My Mind” from a 1962 issue of The New Yorker(via The New Yorker)
SPORTS: The Dallas Cowboys revolutionized the fan experience, now several English soccer clubs are following suit. (via NYT)  
TECH: A new spacecraft from NASA could one day bring humans to Mars.(via CNN)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: De Blasio considers removing a Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle…ESPN removed broadcaster Robert Lee from Virginia’s football season opener because his name is similar to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee…But it turns out there are 11,518 people named Robert Lee in America. (via Observer, Time and The Atlantic)
FOREIGN FLASH: A clothing brand wants to rebrand the swastika as a symbol of peace…A school in Berlin erects an anti-prostitute fence around its campus…And a boy in Saudi Arabia was questioned by police for dancing to the Macarena in public. (via Dazed, USA Today and CNN)

The preferred hospital of the Royal Family is under scrutiny after four patients died from “clinical incidents.” (via The Telegraph)

11:00AM – 1:00PM — Historical Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
11:00AM – 4:00PM — Being Well: In Search of Utopia? at Old Stone House.Details.
4:00PM — Basketball Clinics at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
5:00PM — Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.

5:00PM – 7:00PM — Happy Hours at MetroTech. Details

5:30PM – 6:45PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
6:00PM — Music Video Night: Screening & Conversation at Brooklyn Museum.Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Los Chantas at the Archway in DUMBO. Details.
6:30PM – 9:30PM — Daoist Meditation for Inner Peace, Vibrant Health and Heightened Awareness at New York Open Center. Details.

8:30PM — Journey to the Stars at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.

 EAGLE SPORTS: Jeurys Familia’s path back toward the Majors continued Tuesday night at Coney Island’s MCU Park, as did the Cyclones’ road to making history of the worst kind. The Mets’ rehabbing All-Star closer pitched an inning of scoreless relief, needing just 11 pitches to get through his third minor league appearance while recovering from surgery in May to remove a blood clot near his right shoulder. “I feel great, 100 percent,” Familia said “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow after the back-to-back.” Unfortunately, Familia couldn’t do anything to prevent the Cyclones from suffering their franchise-record 11th straight loss. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Happy birthday to Gerry Cooney, Bob Corker, Ava DuVernay, Stephen Fry, Rafael Furcal, John Green, Rupert Grint, Steve Guttenberg, Mike Huckabee,Craig Kilborn, Joe Manchin III, Marlee Matlin, Alexander McCall Smith, Reggie Miller, Chad Michael Murray, Alex O’Loughlin, Michael Richards, Cal Ripken Jr. and Mason Williams!

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