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Brooklyn Today October 30: Anniversary of Sandy Devastation Recalls Red Hook Rebound

October 30, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! We look back at Red Hook’s recovery after Superstorm Sandy, floor-to-ceiling safety walls are coming to the L line, and we go inside a Trump rally. Plus, find out how North Idaho became a hotspot for republicans, plastic bags are equally as bad as illicit drugs in Rwanda, and scientists say eating 262 pieces of candy can kill you. Finally, thousands attend a pro-Spain rally in Barcelona, ISIS threatens to kill Prince George, and we share the chilling survival stories of teen girl suicide bombers. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Actress and model Megan Fox wears fur on the December coverof Cosmopolitan UK.
The Rundown
~ANNIVERSARY OF SANDY DEVASTATION RECALLS RED HOOK REBOUND: On that blustery October afternoon, a few days before Halloween 2012, the forecasts were grim. Mandatory evacuation orders were in place for nearly the entire neighborhood of Red Hook. With newscasters and city officials warning that Superstorm Sandy could bring historic devastation, business owners grabbed the last of what they could and evacuated by the 5 p.m. curfew. Some stayed to ride out the storm. As she watched the water lap over the shoreline, Tone Balzano Johansen, owner of the iconic bar, Sunny’s, went down to the basement to put valuables on a table. She recalls that for a moment, it was eerily calm. Around 9:30 p.m., at high tide and with a full moon, the sea lifted. A storm surge of more than 14 feet sent a cascade of seawater rushing into Red Hook. As Johansen worked in the basement, she heard a loud “pop.” A window shattered. Water gushed in with a ferocious velocity. “I had to get ahead of it. I could see the electric meters right there. There are two dangers: You can be electrocuted, and you can get trapped. Zapped and trapped, and you’re done.” She ran up the stairs. “It was like I was flying. I very narrowly made it out of there.” Read more about Sandy’s destruction and how Red Hook businesses rebounded here(The Bridge via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~DETECTIVE: KILLER COP DIDN’T LOOK INJURED AFTER ROAD-RAGE MURDER: An NYPD detective who took pictures of an off-duty cop accused of murdering an unarmed man said it did not look like the officer was injured less than two hours after the shooting, as the defense pleaded self-defense. A little more than an hour after Officer Wayne Isaacs gunned down Delrawn Smallon an East New York street on July 4, 2016, now-retired Detective Vincent Falsitta took photos of the officer in Jamaica Hospital. In Isaacs’ Brooklyn Supreme Court murder trial Friday, the detective testified he did not see any injuries. “I did not see anything,” Falsitta said.The defense team is arguing that Small, 37, punched Isaacs in the face while they were parked on Atlantic Avenue near Bradford Street following a road rage incident. Isaacs, 38, then fired three bullets into Small’s chest, abdomen and arm to leave him to bleed out between two nearby cars. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
~FROM TELEVISION TO RED HOOK: Former NFL linebacker Larry Englishproposed to Nicole Williams with a $250,000 engagement ring on reality TV last fall. Now the couple are house hunting in industrial Red Hook. They recently toured a “super penthouse” triplex at 160 Imlay that’s perched on top of the former New York Dock Company building. No asking price is out yet but reports have said the 4,124-square-foot space will exceed $1,100 to $1,300 per square foot. It features four and a half bathrooms, 16-foot ceilings and amenities like a sauna, garden and roof deck with views of New York Harbor. The space is listed by Douglas Elliman’s Patty LaRocco(via NYP)
~PROTECTIVE SUBWAY BARRIER TO BE TESTED ON L TRAIN: To protect subway passengers from falling or being pushed in front of trains, the MTA plans to test out a floor-to-ceiling barrier. The likely expensive and logistically difficult safety walls will be tested on the L train at the Third Avenue station, said MTA board member Andrew Albert. While the train is not running in 2019, the barriers will be put up to be ready when it resumes service in late 2020. In that time, the agency will have to figure out a modifiable design for varying station sizes and configurations. (via NYP)
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***On Halloween, Coney Island is Ground Zero. Check out this incredible event at Kitchen 21:
-Tickle Me Tuesday, Halloween Comedy Show on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
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***Local issues are what the Mayor of New York City should be focused on, instead New Yorkers have gotten short shrift in favor of national profile-building. This was on full display at a recent town hall in Brooklyn. Read this local account from The Brooklyn Paper: “Mayor Cranky: DeBlasio cuts questioners off, chides aides at town hall meeting.” It’s time for a change.Meet Nicole MalliotakisPaid for by Nicole for New York City***
Staff Picks:    
LONG READ: “The Body Trade: Cashing in on the donated dead” (via Reuters) 
ANOTHER LONG READ: Here’s how North Idaho became a hotspot for conservatives. (BuzzFeed News)
POLITICS: “The Yahoo With the Microphone:” Inside a Trump Rally in Ohio(via Esquire)
INTERACTIVE: Read the chilling survival stories of teen girl suicide bombers. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Houston Texans players kneel in response to ownerBob McNair’s “inmates” comment…American Airlines is removing its seat-back entertainment screen…And scientists say eating 262 pieces of candycan kill you. (via USA Today, Time and Miami Herald)                 
FOREIGN FLASH: In Rwanda, using plastic bags can land you in jail…Here’s how the Soviet Union responded to the assassination of John F. Kennedy…And thousands attend a pro- Spain rally in Barcelona. (via NYT, USA Today and BBC)

ISIS threatens to murder Prince George.

10:00AM — Moving For Life / Dance Exercise for Health at Coney Island Library. Details.
10:00AM – 4:00PM — Third annual Surviving and Thriving at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Details.
11:00AM — Toddler Yoga at Park Slope Library. Details.
3:30PM – 5:30PM — Youth Ride Club at McCarren Park. Details.
6:30PM – 8:00PM — Living Gig to Gig in NYC’s Freelance Economy at Brooklyn HIstorical Society. Details.
7:00PM — A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Compass: An Evening with Mathias Enard at Albertine. Details.
7:00PM —The Hollywood Blacklist and New York at Symphony Space. Details.
7:30PM — Gold Star Father Khizr Khan in Conversation at 92nd Street Y.Details.
8:00PM — Jenny’s Head Fell Off at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC. Details.
 EAGLE SPORTS: “New York Islanders Good And Bad Of Garth Snow” (via FanSided)
Happy birthday to Robert A. Caro, Harry Hamlin, Nastia Liukin, Diego Maradona, Andrea Mitchell, Matthew Morrison, Kevin Pollak, Grace Slick, Charles Martin Smith, Dick Vermeil and Henry Winkler!

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