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Brooklyn Today September 19: Brooklyn Native Dino Angelo Luciano Reaches MasterChef Finale

September 19, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! Brooklyn native Dino Angelo reaches the finale of MasterChef, we have coverage of the Brooklyn Book Festival, and social media stars are receiving free rent. Plus, Rolling Stone magazine is being sold, we share a talk with Stephen King, and you may be able to walk from Brooklyn to Albany soon. An Arizona man gets bit by a rattlesnake, a robot conducts an orchestra in Italy, and the U.S. flies fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula. And finally, the Caribbean prepares for Hurricane Maria.  
IMPRINT: Model Emily Ratajkowski poses on the latest cover for Madame Figaro.

The Rundown
~BROOKLYN NATIVE DINO ANGELO LUCIANO REACHES MASTERCHEF FINALE: We first interviewed the colorful and multi-talented Dino Angelo Luciano, who was born in Brooklyn, at the end of June. He was just beginning his journey as a contestant on season eight of “MasterChef,” Fox’s popular weekly television cooking competition hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsey with judges Christina Tosi and Chef Aaron Sanchez. Luciano was a standout contestant then, and has since become a breakout star in the making, thanks to his charming personality, respectful demeanor and thick Brooklyn accent. While he takes his cooking seriously, he has displayed a crackling sense of humor and proven himself to be a true student of the culinary arts. With season eight of the series winding down to the finale this week, Luciano has earned himself a place in the top three in the competition. Luciano took the time to update us on what has transpired in his life since the show began, and what’s ahead for the versatile, blond-haired and tattooed boy fromBensonhurst(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~WHITEHEAD, NOTTAGE TACKLE RACE/POWER AT BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL: Manhattan-native Colson Whitehead joined Brooklynite Lynn Nottage for a talk-de-force at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday. The two Pulitzer Prize winners spoke about their careers with moderator Johnny Temple, publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books, as well as what it means to be a New Yorker and American alike. Festivalgoers packed into St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, the same church where Nottage’s great-grandparents were married in 1911, to hear the talk. “When I come here, it really feels like I’m home,” Nottage said of the worship house. Whitehead, who has written for The Village Voice and The New York Times and who won the National Book Award for Fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad,” has been a supporter of the Brooklyn Book Festival since it began 12 years ago. Nottage’s plays, including “Sweat” and “Ruined,” have graced Off-Broadway stages. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~SOCIAL MEDIA STARS PAY RENT WITH POPULARITY: A new trend is arising where social media stars are making deals with real estate developers and managers to trade influence for rent. The stars could live for free in luxury pads for showing their fans how great the spaces are. Seamus Mullen, a famous chef lives at a DUMBO address with views of the Brooklyn Bridge outside his window. Two Trees, the company behind his home, compensates him to promote the space and host events inside. “We hope that there’s more awareness, more recognition and more understanding of what it’s like to live in our buildings,” said Brian Upbin of Two Trees. With a select few living the high life, the trade of fame for living space is inspiring other Instagram stars to scramble for their slice of free rent. (via New York Post)
~A WALK FROM BROOKLYN TO ALBANY COULD BE POSSIBLE: A research and advocacy group thinks it’s possible to connect New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with a 1,650-mile series of elaborate trails open to cyclists and pedestrians. A report released by the Regional Plan Association detailing three trail proposals says foot connections between the states would boost trail town economies and give car-less city residents another way to explore. The report says that current trails “…provide recreational opportunities within the region’s preserves and parks but fail to facilitate greater connections between this natural beauty and the communities where most people live.” One proposal seeks to bring people from Manhattan to upstate New York on a 750-mile journey. To make it happen, the report suggests regional trail coalitions and lots of money. (via Curbed New York)
~ACTIVISTS TO MOBILIZE FOR 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF SANDY: As the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches next month, climate change activists are planning what organizers are calling a mass mobilization to demand that elected officials pay closer attention to the potential devastation brought on by drastic weather events like hurricanes. The planned events will include a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 28, with demonstrators gathering in Cadman Plaza, marching over the bridge and then holding a rally at the Smith New York City Housing Authority Houses on the Lower East Side, which were heavily affected by Superstorm Sandy. “For there to be any hope of a livable climate and sustainable economy for our children and grandchildren, we need our elected officials and public agencies to recognize the scale of the threat, embrace frontline leadership and enact monumental climate action immediately,” said Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE and co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance(via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Staff Picks:    
LONG READ: America’s national parks were already in dissray before Trumpwas elected. Here’s how they’re doing now(via Undark)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How To Kill A Possum” (via The Awl)
MEDIA: Wenner Media is selling its iconic magazine Rolling Stone(via NYT)
INTERVIEW: A talk with Stephen King on the art of fiction(via the Paris Review)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A school in Wisconsin is requiring female students to send pictures of their dresses before the homecoming dance…An Arizona man gets bit by a rattlesnake after he tries to eat it…And here’s why prescription drug prices are so damn high(via USA Today and ProPublica)                                               
FOREIGN FLASH: The Caribbean braces for Hurricane Maria…A robotconducts an orchestra in Italy…And the U.S. flies four stealth jets and two bombers over the Korean Peninsula(via NYT, WaPo and USA Today)

Here’s the Royal Family’s strict rules on wearing a tiara. (via 9Honey)


11:00AM — Walking Tour: History of Wall Street at Museum of American Finance. Details.
2:00PM — Master Class with John Heginbotham at Mark Morris Dance Center.Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Ed Center Open Hours at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00PM — NYRR Open Run at Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge park. Details.
7:00PM — East New York Stories at BRIC. Details.
7:30PM — Café Müller and The Rite of Spring at BAM Gilman Opera House.Details.
7:30PM — Lena Horne 100 at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
8:00PM — Paul McCartney One on One at Barclays Center. Details.
8:00PM — YY Dance Company Peridance’s Salvatore Capezio Theater.Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Dedicate It with Aja Monet at Caveat in Manhattan. Details.
 EAGLE SPORTS: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Down three goals with 25 minutes left to play, playoff hopes sliding away, the New York Cosmos dug deep to salvage a draw on Sunday against the Jacksonville Armada in Coney Island. “It was necessary for us to get three points,” said Cosmos head coach and sporting director Giovanni Savarese after his team scored a barrage of goals to even the score at 3-3. “In the way the game was, being able to score three goals and tie the game at the end, it ended up being very positive, because it’s much better to have one point and to take two points away from [Jacksonville] than to lose the game,” added the fifth-year Venezuelan gaffer. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Happy birthday to Jim Abbott, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hooks, Jeremy Irons,Joan Lunden, Randolph Mantooth, David McCallum, Joe Morgan, Soledad O’Brien, Columbus Short, Alison Sweeney, Twiggy, Adam West, Paul Williams and Trisha Yearwood!

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