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Brooklyn Today November 9: Watchtower Garage in DUMBO Frees UP Mixed-Use Space

November 9, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! The Watchtower sells one of its finalDUMBO properties, democrats celebrate victories from Election Day, andQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip look back on 70 years of marriage. Plus,Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing “Hamilton” to Puerto RicoEl Chapo’slawyers say harsh prison conditions are affecting his memory, and Obamareports for jury duty. Finally, Brooklyn sports suffer, a bar goes full Beyonce, and we wish a happy birthday to Lou Ferrigno!    

IMPRINT: See The New York Times Magazine’s latest cover on autonomous automobiles.


The Rundown 

~PULLING OUT OF B’KLYN — WATCHTOWER GARAGE IN DUMBO FREES UP MIXED-USE SPACE: The Watchtower has sold a development site at74 Adams Stin DUMBO to developer Jeffry Gershon of Hope Street Capital. The transaction moves the Jehovah’s Witnesses a step closer to completing the sell-off of their once-vast real estate holdings in Brooklyn Heights andDUMBO. They’re cashing out of the properties because they recently moved their world headquarters from Brooklyn Heights to upstate New York(via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~EL CHAPO LAWYERS SAY HARSH PRISON CONDITIONS AFFECT HIS MENTAL STATE: Brooklyn federal judge approved a mental evaluationon Wednesday for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after his defense team alleged harsh prison conditions were leading to his slipping memory. Guzman has been under tight security at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center since January, with a frigid 10-by-5 cell, constant artificial lighting, dirty sheets and hardly any contact with anyone but his lawyers. “I’m alleging that the conditions … are affecting him,” Guzman’s attorney Eduardo Balarezo said. “He’s not remembering certain things. He doesn’t remember names, dates … I want to fix that.” (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~SUNSET CRUISE TO DUMBO ON THE NYC FERRY: Come take a fall NYC Ferry ride along the North Brooklyn waterfront from Williamsburg toDUMBO. You’ll see that the iconic red sign that says “Watchtower” is still shining above the headquarters the Jehovah’s Witnesses have vacated and sold to a joint venture led by the Kushner Cos. Jared Kushner headed the company until he stepped aside to serve as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. One of these days, the property’s new owners are going to remove the “Watchtower” sign. (via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

~BROOKLYN COUPLE DECKS OUT TINY APARTMENT: New Yorkers may be living on top of each other in tiny apartments for high rents, but one Brooklyncouple hired a firm to capitalize on every inch of their 1,000-square-foot, 11-foot-wide townhouse. Office of Architecture transformed the space by expanding upward and down into the basement. The roof’s master suite with bathroom, balcony and terrace, houses a walnut-covered bedroom, while the basement sports an “urban mudroom.” To achieve a feeling of open space, Carrara marble and subway tile were installed in the kitchen, matched with white décor. Despite the family growing and growing up, the couple have turned a typical New York situation into luxury living. (via Curbed New York)
~QUEEN BEY BAR IN BROOKLYN: The female-owned Carroll Gardens bar Leyenda will rename itself “Sleyenda” on Dec. 1 in an homage to all thingsBeyonce. The spot will hang disco balls, sport sparkly reindeer and Day of the Dead nutcrackers with hits from the diva’s discography filling the airwaves. While the 221 Smith Stwatering hole might be graced with an appearance from the star herself, Beyonce Christmas card menus will accompany all of those indecisive about how to get their drink on. (via Time Out)

Staff Picks:    

LONG READ: In Japan, people are hiring actors to play friends, family members, co-workers and other types of acquaintances for many different reasons. (via The Atlantic)

ANOTHER LONG READ: “Manson Bloggers and the World of Murder Fandom” (via The Believer)

EAT: North Korean diet staples shown in a stark series of photos(via Business Insider)

TRAVEL: Are children accompanying you on your next journey? Read these tips for the smoothest trips. (via Atlanta Journal Constitution)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Police have recovered the phone of the man responsible for the recent Texas church shooting, but cannot get into it…Democrats are “euphoric” following Tuesday’s election results, especially over Virginia’s newest representative…And Obama reports for jury duty.(via Wall Street Journal, Politico and BBC)

FOREIGN FLASH: Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing “Hamilton” to Puerto RicoIndia’s air pollution spirals out of control…And a look into the dozens of arrests of Saudi princes and businessmen. (via Time, NYT and the New Yorker)

A look at Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 70-year marriage. (via People)  


8:00AM – 11:00PM — Loss for Words at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building.Details.
8:00AM – 10:00PM — What Is It, Then, Between Us. Details.

8:45AM – 10:00AM — Osho Chakra Breathing Meditation. Details.

10:00AM – 11:15AM — Playdough Playtime. Details.

10:00AM – 11:00AM — Older Adult Wellness — “Sit Down to Get Down!”Details.
10:00AM – 4:00PM — Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crises. Details.
10:15AM – 11:15PM — Positive Aging: My Yoga Community. Details.

11:00AM – 6:00PM — My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton. Details.

11:00AM – 6:00PM — Soulful Creatures: Mummies in Ancient Egypt. Details.

11:00AM – 6:00PM — Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo.Details.
11:00AM – 5:00PM — Alfred Leslie: The World Is Charged With the Grandeur of God. Details.

11:00AM – 2:00PM — Family Health Centers at NYU Langone: Her Justice Legal Services Initiative. Details.

NOON – 5:00PM — Until Everyone Has it Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy.Details.

NOON – 5:00PM — The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.Details.
2:00PM – 7:00PM — Kimberly Mayhorn: Transcend. Details.

3:00PM – 10:00PM — Bang Temple No.2 Scratch(es). Details.

6:30PM – 8:00PM — Talking Brooklyn with Mimi Sheraton, Moderated by Dana Cowin. Details.
7:00PM – 8:00PM — Matthew “Levee” Chavez Presents Signs of Hope.Details.

7:30PM — Lydia Loveless. Details.

7:30PM — Man to Man. Details.

7:30PM — Grand Finale. Details.

7:30PM — Aroundtown. Details.

7:30PM — Nitehawk Shorts Festival. Details. 

8:00PM — Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Details.

8:00PM — Mayday HeyDay Parfait. Details.

8:30PM – 10:00PM — New York: City of the Dead. Details.

takes losses all around as the Islanders suffer a 2-1 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers and the Nets end 112-104 atDenver(via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)


Happy birthday French MontanaChris Jericho, Nick Lachey, Bob Gibson,Lou FerrignoDavid Duval to Nikki Blonsky, Sherrod Brown, Eric Dane, Adam Dunn, Thomas Quasthoff and Tom Weiskopf! 

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