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Brooklyn Today November 6: NYC Board of Elections Incompetence Reaches Alarming Levels

November 6, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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**Please note that the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newsletter, Scott Enman, will be away tomorrow through Monday, Nov. 13. The Eagle editorial staff will take over during his absence.**

THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! Axe throwing comes to the borough, parking spots are a hot commodity, and we party with Paris Hilton andNaomi Campbell. Plus, Elon Musk loses $800 million, Trump’s personal Twitter account gets deleted, and we share information about the president’s mother. Finally, a pair of naked toddlers are found on the street in Iowa, there’s some alarming news about the Board of Elections, and wish a happy birthday to Emma Stone!        
 
IMPRINT: “Mueller’s Most Wanted” appear on the most recent cover ofTime.

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The Rundown
 
~NYC BOARD OF ELECTIONS INCOMPETENCE REACHES ALARMING LEVELS: An audit released by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer just days before Tuesday’s election shows “significant breakdowns” in poll operations by the city’s Board of Elections. Those breakdowns jeopardize New Yorkers’ right to vote, Stringer said in a statement Friday. Following BOE’s infamous voter “purge” in April 2016 — which removed more than 100,000 Brooklyn residents from the voter rolls — the Comptroller’s Office sent staff to more than 150 poll sites to observe the three subsequent elections. Of these, 33 were in Brooklyn. The results were dismaying. Auditors discovered: Violations of federal, state, and BOE rules at more than half of poll sites sampled; inadequate staffing at three-fourths of voting locations; and major failures in serving voters with disabilities at more than a quarter of BOE polling places. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~PARKING SPOTS PROVE TO BE STRONG INVESTMENTS: With more affordable housing coming to New York, more parking spots are up for grabs to rent out, entirely separate from the housing. Investors are looking to tenant-free space to scoop up and rent out, “unbundled” from the apartments in front of them, gaining them hundreds of dollars a month. Marc Wisotskyand his partner Jackie Lew bought two parking spaces in 2005 in Park Slopefor around $45,000 each. They rented one for $600 a month before selling it last year for $285,000. “We could have gotten more – the prices just keep going up and up,” Wisotsky said. “There are never as many parking spaces as residential units being built.” With New York among the most expensive cities to rent a space in the U.S., the investment comes with little risk. “You don’t know what freedom is until you get in your car, drive over to the supermarket, pick up a container of milk, drive home and it’s over,” Wisotsky said. (via NYT)
 
~PARIS HILTON, NAOMI CAMPBELL PARTY IN BROOKLYN: The famed Ibiza party Circoloco triumphantly landed in the Big Apple for the second consecutive year on Halloween weekend. After throwing a successful event last year, veteran party promoters Teksupport stepped it up a notch with a two-day weekender. Teksupport has slowly but surely become a staple of the Brooklyn music scene for bringing the world’s top DJs stateside. The company prides itself on hosting no-frill affairs, just genuine underground music in gritty venues. Thousands came in costume to the shoreline of Sunset Park to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve at Circoloco in a former submarine manufacturing plant. Among those dancing were a few familiar faces, including Paris Hiltonand Naomi Campbell, who were seen backstage. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
 
~PUBLIC AXE THROWING COMES TO BROOKLYN: Brooklyn will soon be the only place in New York to legally throw an axe in public, in case that was an activity Brooklynites always wanted to do. Gowanus’ 7,000-square-foot facility at 622 Degraw St. will be home to Kick Axe Throwing as soon as December. Kids as young as 7 will even be allowed to throw the insurance-approved axes at targets. The company founded by Ginger Flesher-Sonnierand Darren Sonnier will charge $35 per person as “ax-perts” teach the rules and watch over throwers’ moves. If all works out well in Brooklyn, the duo has plans to expand to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and other places around the country. (via NYP)
 
~SHABBOS PARKING METERS COME TO SOUTH WILLIAMSBURG:Shabbos observers in South Williamsburg can now park their cars overnight without worrying about parking tickets and towing. Fulfilling a promise made at Councilmember Stephen Levin’s District 33 town hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Transportation officials unveiled on Friday parking meters that will allow Orthodox Jewish motorists parking on several streets within South Williamsburg to feed the meters four hours in advance on Fridayevenings. “South Brooklyn residents can rest easy knowing that they no longer have to worry about getting a parking ticket, or being towed, simply for observing their religious beliefs,” Levin said. (via the Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
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Bulletin Board
 
***Brooklyn Rises for Puerto Rico: A benefit concert and art event for the people of Puerto Rico who are suffering from the profound devastation of Hurricane Maria will take place tonight at 8 p.m. at Union Hall in Park Slope. All Proceeds will go to the Hispanic Federation for Hurricane Maria relief. With an incredible line-up of Puerto Rican talent, Brooklyn Rises features members of the original Broadway cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights,” as well as the Broadway hit “On Your Feet.” Alongside the musical performances, there will be a silent art auction featuring artwork from awarding-winning illustrators featured in The New York TimesWall Street JournalTime andRolling Stone.***
 
***The Mayor is failing on mental health! Nicole Malliotakis’ plan to fix his failures:1.) More robustly implement Kendra’s Law 2.) Increase the number of Kendra’s Law petitions filed by corrections authorities 3.) Put a Kendra’s Law evaluator in all city hospitals 4.) Require mental health office to receive and investigate reports from family and community members. To read the full policy paper click herePaid for by Nicole for New York City***
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Staff Picks:    
 
LONG READ: “The Russian Spies Who Fooled Seattle” (via Seattle Met)
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: Donald Trump praises his father, but he rarely mentions his mother. Here’s what you need to know about Mary Trump(via Politico)
 
WATCH: Meet the “first lady of ISIS” Tania Georgelas (via The Atlantic)
 
TRAVEL: If you’re planning to travel for Thanksgiving, here are the best and worst days to do so. (via INSIDER)
 
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: Tesla founder Elon Musk loses $800 millionTrump’s personal Twitter account is deleted for a few minutes…And two naked toddlers are found alone in the streets of Iowa. (via Time, NYT and USA Today)     
 
FOREIGN FLASH: Explore London’s sewers and find out what a “fatberg” is…Meet the all-female police squad protecting Melania and Ivanka Trumpin Japan… And a new species of orangutans is found in Indonesia. (via USA Today, Quartz and BBC)    

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 ROYAL WATCH: 
Here’s a map of the 108 stores across the globe wherethe Queen shops. (via The Telegraph)  

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT  
 
8:00AM – 11:00PM — Loss for Words at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building.Details.
 
10:00AM — Master Class: David Dorfman Dance at Mark Morris Dance Center.Details.
 
10:00AM — Moving For Life / Dance Exercise for Health at Coney Island Library. Details.
 
11:00AM — Toddler Yoga at Park Slope Library. Details.
 
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Feasts and Festivals at Museum of Food and Drink.Details.
 
6:30PM — Women’s Suffrage Turns 100 Part 2: Reshaping Politics at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
 
7:00PM — Hitler in LA at 92nd Street Y. Details.
 
7:30PM — Unbound: Dan Rather at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
 
8:00PM — Fifty Years of 60 Minutes at 92nd Street Y. Details.
 
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Brooklyn Rises for Puerto Rico at Union Hall. Details.
 
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 EAGLE SPORTS: “Five ripples of the Nets’ eye-popping sale price” (via WaPo)
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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Arne Duncan, Sally Field, Nigel Havers, Ethan Hawke, Lance Kerwin, Thandie Newton, Rebecca Romijn, Kelly Rutherford, Maria Owings Shriver and Emma Stone!

 


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