Brooklyn Today October 12: Brooklyn man threatens second Las Vegas shooting
IMPRINT: Model Emily Ratajkowski goes for a swim on the November cover and debut issue of L’Officiel U.S.
~BROOKLYN MAN THREATENS COMPANY WITH SECOND LAS VEGAS SHOOTING: A Brooklyn man was arrested Tuesday after threatening a marketing company with a “LAS VEGAS REPEAT” when the group accused him of fraudulent activity. After the Colorado-based company found Victor Casillaswas making multiple accounts to reap “referral bonuses” and blocked his accounts, the 34-year-old allegedly sent the group a barrage of threats, according to a criminal complaint. “GET READY FOR A LAS VEGAS REPEAT (Final Warning),” Casillas allegedly wrote to the company three days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded. Days before the shooting, Casillas allegedly sent pictures of submachine guns and said he was in Colorado with a sniper ready to assassinate seven employees. “PLEASE TELL LOVED ONES TO START PICKING OUT A NICE BEAUTIFUL CASKET AND PLAN A DECENT FUNERAL,” the complaint shows him writing along with the names and photos of the employees. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~HIGH LEAD LEVELS IN BROOKLYN BACKYARDS: A recent Columbia University study found that Greenpoint backyards tested above the safe limit for lead, potentially causing a risk to young children in the area. Resultsshowed more than nine in 10 samples from Greenpoint yards tested high. “Some yards contain seven or eight times more lead than they should – higher than the levels found in some polluted Peruvian mining communities,” the report says. The report also shows Greenpoint children are roughly four times more likely to have lead poisoning than children in other areas of the city. The study consisted of 52 private backyards throughout all five boroughs that were surveyed since spring 2017. High lead levels could negatively affect a child’s IQ and development. P.S. 124 in Brooklyn also came up on an unrelated study with water fountains marking high lead levels. (via CBS)
~RACIAL GAP CONTINUES IN AP EXAM TAKERS: A record number of New York City students passed AP exams last year, the Department of Education announced, but there was a large racial gap among the students. About 48 percent of the 49,364 students who took AP tests last year were black or Hispanic, while black and Hispanic students made up about 67 percent of the city’s public schools. The city has been trying to amend the issue, spending $21 million last year in support of the “AP for All” initiative that added AP classes to 63 schools and aims to have all high schools in the city offering at least five AP classes by 2021. “For too long, our students’ access to AP courses has been dictated by their ZIP code,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We are making the investments to right that wrong, and to ensure that every kid has access to the challenging courses they need to be ready for college and careers.” However only about 27 percent of black students and 43.6 percent of Hispanic students passed one or more tests last year. (via DNAinfo)
***The New York Building Congress hosts its 2017 Industry Recognition Gala on Thursday, November 16, at the Grand Hyatt New York,109 East 42nd Street. Reception starts at 6:00 PM followed by dinner and program at 7:00 PM. Individual tickets start at $975. Tables of 10 are available starting at $9,500. For more information on reservations and sponsorship opportunities, contact Jeanine Badalamenti at 212-481-9099 or email[email protected]. To register online, visitwww.buildingcongress.com.***
ANOTHER LONG READ: Take a look at a 2001 profile of Harvey Weinstein.
EAT: “My Cuban Spot” recently opened in Gowanus with its signature home-style cooking and a chef from Miami who knows how to make a mean Cubano sandwich. (via NYT)
HOLIDAY: Here’s why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky. (via Time)
FOREIGN FLASH: Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump continue their war of words…Egypt forgets its problems momentarily by the success of its soccer team…And the U.S. flies bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of might. (via Time, WaPo and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: Prince Harry said in a recent interview that no one truly wants to be the king or queen. (via Reader’s Digest)
10:00AM — Playdough Playtime at The Cobra Club. Details.
10:00AM — Hannah Arendt Center’s 10th Annual Fall Conference: “Crises of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times” at Bard Graduate Center. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Highland Park Viking Invasion and Whisky Tasting at McCarren Hotel. Details.
6:30PM — Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — Film and Tour: The Mummy (1932) at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Lords of the Schoolyard Book release With Author Ed Hamilton at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC. Details.
7:30PM — Thierrée’s La grenouille avait raison (The Toad Knew) at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
8:00PM — The Intimacy Effect By Jeff Tabnick at Vital Joint. Details.
8:30PM — Mesopotamia: The Land Between Two Rivers at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: We all knew the Bid for Proposal was in. But what wasn’t clear until Tuesday afternoon is exactly how determined the New York Islanders’ ownership group is to get the hell out of Brooklyn. Isles co-ownerJon Ledecky, speaking at a media luncheon in Manhattan, finally lent his voice to what has been a foregone conclusion for many months now, our borough’s NHL franchise is on its way out, likely by no later than the 2019-20 season. “We’re focused on getting that shovel in the ground and move forward on Belmont,” said Ledecky, who along with fellow co-owner Scott Malkin and their New York Arena Partners, LLC, group officially entered a bid to build a new arena on Sept. 28. “We’re not concerned at all [about the interim],” Ledecky added. “Our concern and our focus should be on Belmont. Off of that, everything else becomes clear. We either get Belmont or we don’t get Belmont. That’s exactly our focus — to get Belmont.” (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
Happy birthday to Susan Anton, Carlos Bernard, Kirk Cameron, Dick Gregory, Josh Hutcherson, Hugh Jackman, Marion Jones, Tony Kubek, Adam Rich and Chris Wallace!
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