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Brooklyn Today September 6: Mafia Style Murder Floats Above Water

September 6, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! BP Eric Adams weighs in on the Bedford-Union Armory, we take you for a tour of beautiful Coney Island, andNoah Syndergaard is set to pitch for the Cyclones on Thursday. A 2016 investigation revealed that Houston wasn’t ready for the next big hurricane, a translucent pale blue lobster was caught off the coast of Maine, and John McCain is back on Capitol Hill. Plus, Mayor de Blasio cracks down on aBushwick Airbnb, and we share a letter written to Donald Trump from former President Barack Obama.  
IMPRINT: Reese Witherspoon gives her manifesto for women on theOctober cover of Glamour US.

The Rundown
~ADAMS WEIGHS IN ON THE ARMORY: Late on Friday, Brooklyn BP Eric Adams announced his official disapproval of the controversial plan to develop the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights, along with a number of recommendations to improve it. The proposal, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio but opposed by local officials and residents, currently includes market-rate and affordable apartments, luxury condos, a recreational facility with a swimming pool and basketball courts, and office and retail space. “This is our opportunity to get this right,” Adams said. “This process has gone through years of debate, emotions, and public scrutiny, both for and against the development. We must ultimately come together and find the right balance that is the ideal solution for the future of Crown Heights, and for the optimal reuse of the Bedford Union Armory as a public resource.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~MAFIA STYLE MURDER FLOATS ABOVE WATER: The days of the Mafia making the front pages in New York may be a thing of the past, but a likely whack just floated above water with cinder blocks fastened to it. A passer-by noticed the body wrapped in a blue tarp floating in the Mill Basin inlet. The tarp was kept tight with duct tape and the man’s legs were tied with an orange electrical cord fastened to the cinder block. The state of the body led police to immediately believe it was a murder. “His feet were submerged in poured concrete, obviously a homicide,” said NYPD’s Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce. Although the method is often associated with a mob hit, the disposal style has become rare in recent times. (via The New York Times)
~SUMMER’S LAST HURRAH (ALMOST) ON CONEY ISLAND: Summer did everybody a big favor and came back to Brooklyn on Labor Day. Raincoats and umbrellas were needed this past Saturday and Sunday. But blissful bikini weather returned to the borough on Monday. And beachgoers flocked to Coney Island. At the People’s Playground, as the old-timers call it, Cirilo Leyva staked out a spot near the water’s edge and built a huge sand castle. “It’s a tradition for us to come to the beach on Labor Day,” said Leyva, who lives in Corona, Queens. His children Sebastian, 7, and Samantha, 4, and his nephew Joseph Torres, 7, built the castle with him. Here’s some beautiful photosfrom our trip to the beach. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~THOR TO MAKE BROOKLYN DEBUT IN SEASON FINALE: The suddenly red-hot Cyclones haven’t needed much pitching help over the past two weeks, but they’ll get some in their final game of this otherwise dismal season in the form of Mets All-Star ace Noah Syndergaard on Thursday night. The hulking blonde-locked hurler, who has been on the disabled list since the end of April due to a partial tear of the right lat muscle, will make his second rehab start this week against Staten Island after yielding two unearned runs on one hit with two strikeouts over one inning Saturday for the Gulf Coast League Mets. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~MAYOR CRACKS DOWN ON BUSHWICK AIRBNB: With rules on opening your home to strangers with Airbnb getting stricter in NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently cracked down on a Bushwick landlord fined for allegedly stuffing 34 people into nine rooms. The host, known only as Erika, charged guests $85 to $115 a night to sleep on bunk beds and mattresses scattered along the floor of a three-family building “in the heart of Brooklyn.” The landlord George Lebovits said he had no idea there was illegal housing on his property, but now that he’s been caught, he could face up to $54,200 in fines.(via NYP)

Staff Picks:    
LONG READ: A 2016 investigation revealed that Houston wasn’t ready for the next large hurricane. So why didn’t the city prepare for Hurricane Harvey?(via ProPublica)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Secret History of FEMA” (via Wired)
POLITICS: Read the handwritten note that President Barack Obama gaveDonald Trump prior to leaving the Oval Office. (via CNN)
DRINK: Dunkin Donuts: Home of the “best terrible coffee” in America (via Grub Street)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Here’s everything you need to know about Hurricane Irma…A pale blue lobster with a translucent shell was caught off the coast of Maine…And John McCain returns to Capitol Hill after his battle with brain cancer. (via Time and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: A 106-year-old woman from Afghanistan is facing deportation from Sweden…Here’s a look at Mother Teresa’s legacy, 20 years after her death…And a mother and father in England are in hot waterfor repeatedly shooting their children with a BB gun to discipline them. (via Time, USA Today and the Miami Herald)
The celebrity magazine Closer was fined $53,500 for publishing a topless photo of Kate Middleton(via Reuters)

12:00PM – 5:00PM — The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s
Prospect Park at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.

2:00PM – 6:00PM — Sarah Hickson: Sounds Unseen: A Photographic Memoir of The Calais Sessions at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Details.
2:00PM – 7:00PM — The Fire Theory: Ice at Open Source Gallery. Details.
5:00PM – 8:00PM — Salsa September at Willoughby Plaza. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — District 41 City Council Candidate Forum at Brooklyn Collegiate High School. Details.
7:30PM — Caribbean Film Series: “Moko Jumbie” at BAM Rose Cinemas.Details.
8:00PM — The Sunset Screenings at Good Roof at Dobbin Street. Details.
8:00PM — Mourn at The Knitting Factory. Details.
8:00PM — Drunk Science at Littlefield. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — What Is Life? with NYT Columnist Carl Zimmer at Caveat. Details.

 EAGLE SPORTS: If the New York Cosmos want to make the playoffs, the team will need to improve its form quickly. The boys in green played to a 2-0 loss against Jacksonville Armada FC on Sunday at MCU Park, stretching their winless streak to five games. “To be honest, I’m sad because of the result,” said Cosmos midfielder Andres Flores. “We worked so hard during the week to try to win this game, but we couldn’t. It was a difficult game so now we have to work harder for the next one.” Despite the Cosmos’ poor run of form, New York is still in the driver’s seat for the playoffs thanks to a strong spring campaign when the team finished in third. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Happy birthday to Chris Christie, Jane Curtin, Jennifer Egan, Idris Elba, Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Henman, Swoosie Kurtz, Rosie Perez, Sarah Strange,Elizabeth Vargas, Justin Whalin and Jo Anne Worley!

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