Brooklyn Today September 7: Trump Could Benefit From Large Brooklyn Development Sale
IMPRINT: The Hollywood Reporter boasts a star-studded cover on its latest issue featuring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.
~MEDITERRANEAN VILLAGE OR BROOKLYN HOOD?: Dyker Heights is a scenic place for a stroll even when it’s the wrong time of year to see the neighborhood’s holiday lights. There are waterfalls, graceful statues, palm fronds in the landscaping and stone and stucco mansions. Unless you live in the neighborhood where these homes can be found, you might not recognize this scenery in the light of day. Many residents of the tri-state area know what this neighborhood looks like at night, around Christmas, when it’s decked out with its famous holiday lights. If you haven’t seen the Dyker Lights, they are every bit as amazing as people say they are. But. When you’re looking for a stellar spot for a warm-weather stroll, Dyker Heights is a great choice. Socome with us on a tour of this Mediterranean looking ‘hood. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~TRUMP COULD BENEFIT FROM LARGE DEVELOPMENT SALE: The largest federally subsidized housing development in the country, nestled between East New York and Canarsie, is being sold for $850 million and President Trumpcould benefit from the sale. The sale of Starrett City will have to be approved by the federal government, however as a partial owner, Trump is on both sides of the deal with the possibility of him becoming $14 million richer. Representative Hakeem Jeffries spoke out about the possible conflict of interest in July. “The president is on both sides of the negotiation — he oversees the government entity providing taxpayer funds and he pockets some of that money himself,” Jeffries wrote in a letter. Starrett City overlooks Jamaica Bay and sits on 145 acres of land with 5,881 apartments serving 15,000 residents. (via The New York Times)
~IN BROOKLYN DA DEBATE, AMA DWIMOH FACES PAST ISSUES: A tense back-and-forth during a debate between the six candidates for district attorney in Brooklyn inadvertently revealed that Ama Dwimoh might have been lying about her reason for leaving the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in 2010. Dwimoh had said she left the DA’s Office because she did not agree with the direction it was headed under then-DA Charles “Joe” Hynes.On Tuesday, she questioned why Eric Gonzalez refused to do the same and that’s when trouble started. “I left the office because I disagreed with the way Joe Hynes was handling cases and things that were going on,” Dwimoh said. “Trust wasn’t a priority. You stayed and continued.” That’s when Gonzalez dropped the bomb that Dwimoh was demoted before she left office. Dwimoh denied the accusation and said that she ultimately quit because an assistant DA was caught lying in an unethical manner which caused her to realize that morally she no longer agreed with how the office was run. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~NO BAD BLOOD OVER UNICORN COFFEE: A multicolored beverage named after a mythical horse doesn’t sound like something that could cause controversy, but after a couple cafes went head to head in the legal realm, a settlement cleared the air. The End, a cafe in Williamsburg argued that Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino was a rip off of its Unicorn Latte. After the two companies went up against each other in court, Brooklyn Federal JudgeArthur Spatt authorized a “mutually agreeable settlement,” according to The End’s lawyer. A Starbucks representative also said the terms, which are confidential, were mutual and the global chain no longer serves the colorful drink at its stores. (via the Daily News)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How science found a way to help coma patientscommunicate” (via The Guardian)
SPORTS: Stealing Signs in Baseball: Gamesmanship or cheating? (via The New York Times)
SCIENCE: Take a look at the pen that can detect cancer in 10 seconds. (via Time)
FOREIGN FLASH: A group of four British soldiers were arrested recently on suspicion of being Neo-Nazis…Syrians receive hope through the success of their national soccer team…And watch an airplane fly directly into Hurricane Irma. (via NYT, WaPo and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s why the Royal Family has made so many public appearances lately. (via Observer)
11:00AM – 5:00PM — Dissolve at Janet Borden, Inc. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Chromophore Joan Snitzer at A.I.R GALLERY. Details.
12:30PM — Social History Class of Flatbush at Brooklyn College Boylan Hall Room 3129. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Ed Center Open Hours at Environmental Education Center. Details.
5:00PM – 7:00PM — Happy Hours at MetroTech. Details.
5:00PM – 8:00PM — Salsa September at Willoughby Plaza. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk at Art in DUMBO.Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Espiritu Gitano Ensemble at the DUMBO Archway.Details.
8:00PM — Salman Rushdie at Central Library. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Islanders have had a busy summer of speculation regarding what might be in their future, be it waving bye-bye to Brooklyn, or even worse, bidding farewell to the best player they have had on their roster since the halcyon days of the 1980s. But beginning Friday morning, when the team officially opened its rookie camp on Long Island, the still-Brooklyn-based Islanders began to work in earnest toward a more immediate and pressing matter: putting together a team that will return them to the postseason, and perhaps even seriously challenge for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title since 1983. “I’m definitely ready. It’s been a long summer,” said veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. “Some guys came in already, but it’ll be nice to see the rest of them and get back together and get back working,” he added.
Happy birthday to Corbin Bernsen, Susan Blakely, Michael Emerson, Michael Feinstein, Angela Gheorghiu, Chrissie Hynde, Julie Kavner, Devon Sawa, Briana Scurry, Evan Rachel Wood and Vera Zvonareva!
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