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Brooklyn Today September 8: Kushner Cos. Drops Out Of Deal To Buy Witnesses’ Hotel

September 8, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! Kushner Cos. drops out of buying a hotel from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Brooklyn has the best ’hoods in the city to raise kids, and a poker competition gets fiery. There’s a married couple named Harvey and Irma, Russian Facebook accounts bought $100,000 worth of political ads before the 2016 election, and we have everything you need to know about Hurricane Irma. Plus, today is the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. And wish a happy birthday to Bernie Sanders! Have a great weekend.
 
IMPRINT: Selena Gomez appears on Time Magazine’s latest cover as a woman who is changing the world.
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The Rundown
 
~KUSHNER COS. DROPS OUT OF DEAL TO BUY WITNESSES’ HOTEL: The Kushner Cos. dropped out of a deal to buy a DUMBO residential hotel from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The company, which was headed by Jared Kushner until he stepped away to serve as senior adviser to his father-in-law, PresidentDonald Trump, and its investment partners agreed in 2013 to purchase 90 Sands St. as part of a package of Watchtower properties. The plan was for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to continue to use the hotel until 2017, then close on its sale. Now, one of Kushner Cos.’ investment partners, RFR, has made the hotel purchase on its own. The real-estate investment firm paid $135 million through 90 Sands Owner LLC, city Finance Department records indicate. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~ARMORY FIGHT SPILLS OVER INTO 35TH CITY COUNCIL DEBATE: The fight over the future of the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights was at the center of Wednesday night’s candidate forum for the hotly contested District 35 City Council race. Both applause and raucous boos erupted from the packed auditorium at P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights as incumbent Laurie Cumbo and challengers Ede FoxJabari Brisport and Scott Hutchinsanswered questions posed by the community on the controversial Armory plan and other pressing community concerns, including gentrification and housing. Fox and Hutchins at times implied that Cumbo was not to be trusted when it came to development. Cumbo defended her stance on the Armory and asserted, “On the trust issue, my record speaks for itself.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~BROOKLYN IS BEST BOROUGH TO RAISE KIDS: A recent analysis by real estate group StreetEasy found Brooklyn neighborhoods to be the best areas in the city to raise kids. The study, which used the amount of bedrooms, average rent and school quality, found Greenwood to be the best place to bring up a family with two-bedrooms averaging under $2,400. “Greenwood also gets Brownie points for offering easy access to Prospect Park, which is pretty much the closest thing to a giant backyard a kid in Brooklyn could ask for,” the report said. The neighborhood boasts an average two-or-more bedroom rent of $2,350 and a 1.47 average school review out of two. Dyker Heights and Bath Beach were close runners-up in the borough. (via amNew York)
 
~BROOKLYN’S BUZZING: Sam Ibrahim, general manager of the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel, which is located at 333 Adams St., has announced that they have opened their doors to some very small guests. The Marriott recently welcomed two new beehives and approximately 2,000 bees, which now reside on the fourth floor courtyard in the hotel’s North Tower. The honey generated from the bees is being used in various dishes served at the hotel. The honey is also being sold separately in jars and is receiving a very sweet response. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~HIGH STAKES POKER GETS FIERY: Competition between card players can get tough, but one competition between illegal poker parlors ended up in flames. A building at 2220 Voorhies Ave. was destroyed last year allegedly by a group of Eastern European mobsters because the building’s poker games were competing with their games at 2663 Coney Island Ave. No one died in the fire, but two residents and five firefighters were hurt in the flames. The poker area was left destroyed. Five men are in federal custody for the act and one member has yet to be arrested. (via Card Player)
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Staff Picks:    
 
LONG READ: Some big things are happening in Jackson, Mississippi. Here’s how the small city is creating a new society-vision(via Oxford American)
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Does a 10-Year-Old Boy End Up Hanging to Death?” (via The Mercury News)
 
WEATHER: “Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names” (via NYT)
 
SCIENCE: Do plants have the ability to remember things? (via Atlas Obscura)
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: After Hurricane Andrew, Florida changed the way itdealt with storms…FEMA uses the southern restaurant chain Waffle House asan index for natural disasters…And here’s where Miami’s zoo animals are headed before Irma. (via NYT, USA Today and CNN)
 
FOREIGN FLASH: Russian Facebook accounts bought $100,000 worth ofpolitical ads before the 2016 Election…Israel is worried about Syria…And the Caribbean Islands are in more trouble as Hurricane Jose follows Irma.(via NYT, The Atlantic and WaPo)

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 ROYAL WATCH: 
Here’s what the Royal Families of 15 different countrieslook like(via Chitral News)

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT  
 
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. Details.
 
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Brooklyn Photographs at BRIC Arts Media. Details.
 
11:00AM – 4:00PM — Being Well: In Search of Utopia? at The Old Stone House. Details.
 
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Chromophore Joan Snitzer at A.I.R GALLERY. Details.
 
2:00PM — Plus ça change: French New Wave in the New Millennium at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
 
6:00PM – 8:30PM — How Not To Die at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Details.
 
7:00PM — Blurred Lines: Vanessa Grigoriadis with Meghan Daum at McNally Jackson. Details.
 
7:00PM — Natashia Deon with Her Novel “Grace” at Revolution Books.Details.
 
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Opening: 10,000 Mantras at STUDIO10. Details.
 
8:00PM — The Amazing Acro-cats. Details.

 
Saturday
 
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair. Details.
 
9:30AM – 5:00PM — Mark Morris Dance Center Open House 2017 at Mark Morris Dance Center. Details.
 
11:45AM — Shrek at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.

 
Sunday
 
9:30AM — Rooftop Yoga at Northern Territory. Details.
 
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Smorgasburg at Prospect Park. Details.
 
11:00AM – 3:00PM — Kayak Polo at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.   
 
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 EAGLE SPORTS: 
With Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida, the “Cardiac Cosmos” came from behind twice on Wednesday night to tie first-place Miami FC 3-3. Despite going down in the 90th minute, New York was able to weather the storm thanks to a wonder strike from Javi Marquez in stoppage time. Entering the match with a five-game winless streak, Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese was forced to make numerous changes. Tactically, he implemented an unconventional three-defender backline. Personnel-wise, the Venezuelan gaffer inserted third-string goalkeeper Kyle Zoebeck into the lineup and started recently promoted Cosmos B team forward Bledi Bardic. Savarese’s gamble would pay dividends, as both Bardic and Zoebeck were instrumental in New York securing a point. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to David Arquette, Alan Feinstein, Martin Freeman, Pink,Bernie Sanders, Henry Thomas, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Rogie Vachon!
 


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