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Brooklyn Today August 30: Saving DUMBO’s ‘Cobblestone’ Streets

August 30, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! A new restaurant with a bocce court opens today in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, a DA candidate says protesters need to be protected, and there’s free lobster rolls being given out today. Plus, Hurricane Harvey sets a new U.S. rainfall record, a parrot helps convict a murderer, and at long last, the Cyclones get a win. Finally, wish a happy birthday to Cameron Diaz!
 
IMPRINT: Bella Hadid is featured on not one, but two covers for Vogue Brasil and Marie Claire.  
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The Rundown
 
~SAVING DUMBO’S ‘COBBLESTONE’ STREETS: All along its charming streets and walkways, DUMBO’s iconic Belgian block (mistakenly called cobblestones by many) has been dug up, discarded and covered with asphalt.This has to stop, according to a report recently released by preservationists fighting to save the unique 19th century character of the neighborhood. The report, prepared for the Historic District Council, outlines ways to restore DUMBO’s deteriorating Belgian block streets while complying with the mandate that the roadways and sidewalks be made more accessible to the handicapped.Doreen Gallo, president of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, applauds the report and blames DOT for much of the destruction of the Belgian block over the years. “The city policy of adaptive reuse is why it’s in disrepair,” she said. “There was no asphalt until 1985,” when DOT began allowing utilities to dig up the streets without replacing the Belgian block. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~MANHATTAN BRIDGE JUMPER LANDS IN DUMBO: A 61-year-old manjumped to his death from the Manhattan Bridge on Saturday, according to NYPD. The elderly victim leapt from the Brooklyn side of the overpass and landed near Adams and Front streets around 7:15 p.m. “I always leave my windows open, and I walked into my kitchen and you just hear this thump,” Andy DeMaio told the Daily News. “It was really loud.” One bystander told theNews that someone placed a piece of cardboard over the man’s body. At press time, the victim’s identity had not been released. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~AMERICAN SOUTH MEETS ITALY IN BROOKLYN: A new restaurant that combines traditional Italian dishes with the spicy dishes of the American South opens in the Columbia Street Waterfront District today. Popina’s owner Chris McDade is a Georgia native and gets his Italian chops from working in various Italian eateries. “As different as they are, they’re also very similar,” McDade said about the two foods. “They use a lot of the same ingredients, and both cuisines were born out of necessity.” McDade warns though that the restaurant will not feature dishes as tongue throbbing-hot as some Southern dishes, but a selection of Italian and American wines, a bocce court and an outdoor patio will likely make up for it. (via Grub Street)
 
~DA CANDIDATE SAYS PROTESTERS NEED TO BE PROTECTED: Following the violence in Charlottesville, Marc Fliedner, a candidate for district attorney in Brooklyn, thinks more needs to be done to protect the rights of protestors. “Immediately after Trump’s election and before his inauguration, I saw the need for protection of those who may be wrongfully arrested and charged by police while engaging in acts of organized civil disobedience,” Fliedner said. “The need for such case review became frighteningly clear … when Trump tried to direct attention away from the vile hate plan of the white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville by suggesting that the counter-protesters bore responsibility that resulted in the bloodshed.” Fliedner’s plan, which he proposes to put into place if elected, would be to create a new segment within the DA’s Office called the Civil Disobedience Case Review Bureau. The new bureau would respond when arrests are made during protests to determine whether the arrest charges are appropriate. Under the plan, if a person was determined to be overcharged, they would be released before criminal charges are pressed. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~THE BULLET HOLE SAGA CONTINUES: The owner of the “bullet-hole ridden” Crown Heights bar Summerhill recently told angry community members to back off. Crown Heights residents say owner Becca Brennan is taking advantage of the neighborhood’s history of violence and poverty by not plastering over the holes. Brennan gave a formal apology last month and removed the “Forty Ounce Rose” from her menu, but kept the bullet holes. “I recognize that I have more work to do,” Brennan said. Protesters said Brennan’s apologies weren’t sincere. “The truth is, your words say one thing but your body language and your attitude speaks very differently to us,” said Assemblymember Diana Richardson. “The holes on the wall [are] offensive. People have died in this community.” (via Gothamist)
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Staff Picks:    
 
LONG READ: Here’s the story behind the making of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and it’s even stranger than the film. (via Texas Monthly)
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: “What makes life worth living?,” according to bestselling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard(via The Guardian)
 
DRINK: Here’s 7 ways that your bartender is ripping you off(via Time)
 
EAT: From iced coffee to lobster rolls, here’s where you can get free food and drinks today(via amNewYork)
 
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: Hurricane Harvey has set a new U.S. rainfall recordTacos have become a fashion trend across the country…And a parrot in Michigan helps convict a murder. (via NYP, WSJ and Time)
 
FOREIGN FLASH: In Kenya, importing or selling plastic bags can lead to jail or a $19,000 fine…A group of sheepdogs heroically protect their flock during a wildfire in Canada…And as Confederate monuments topple in America, Canada faces its own historical controversy(via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
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 ROYAL WATCH: 
Here’s 12 times the Royal Family broke their own protocol(via Reader’s Digest)
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BROOKLYN TONIGHT  
 
7:00AM —  Bootcamp Wednesdays at MetroTech. Details.
 
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Double Dutch at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
 
5:30PM — “Employee to Startup Founder” at Brooklyn LIU. Details.
 
6:00PM — Special Gallery Tours: Twin Peaks in the Himalayas at Rubin Museum of Art. Details.
 
6:30PM — Works by Donovan Nelson at Medgar Evers College Library.Details.
 
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Summers Shorts: Sci-Fi TV Movies at New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.
 
7:00PM — Brooklyn Cyclones v. Vermont Lake Monsters at MCU Park. Details.
 
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Shamanic Sound Healing Workshop with ChokBar at Rubin Museum of Art. Details.
 
7:30PM — The Princess Bride at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.

7:30PM — RISK! at Bell House. Details.

 
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 EAGLE SPORTS: At approximately 8:23 p.m. EDT on Saturday night, the Brooklyn Cyclones finally ended the longest losing streak in the modern history of the New York-Penn League. The league-worst Baby Bums, who had dropped 14 consecutive games, the longest NY-Penn skid on record since 2005, finally could breathe a sigh of relief when Jeremy Vazquez came scampering home on a walk-off sacrifice fly to right field, resulting in a 3-2 Brooklyn victory over archrival Staten Island. The crowd of 6,875 rose as one to salute a club that has endured the worst summer in the history of the Mets’ Class A short-season franchise by the sea. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Elizabeth Ashley, Lewis Black, Timothy Bottoms, Michael Chiklis, Bill Daily, Cameron Diaz, Jean-Claude Killy, Peggy Lipton, Michael Michele, David Paymer, Andy Roddick and Thom Tillis!


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