Brooklyn Today November 30: New York’s Most Dangerous Intersection Is in Downtown Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! New York’s most dangerous intersection is in Downtown Brooklyn, John Travolta’s Bay Ridge home from “Saturday Night Fever” hits the market, and we invite you to take one last look at the Watchtower sign. Plus, the Brooklyn Brewery parties for a good cause, we reveal the most hipster-friendly cities in America, and Trump vows to create new “major sanctions” against North Korea. Finally, Bangkok’s experiencing a snake crisis, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor are fired for sexual harassment allegations, and a mysterious boat filled with skeletons washes up on Japan’s coast.
IMPRINT: Adam Sandler and Jennifer Lawrence pose side-by-side on theNovember cover of Variety.
~SEE THE WATCHTOWER SIGN BEFORE IT’S GONE: Get a good look. Its days are numbered. The iconic Watchtower sign, whose red electric glow can be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge and the shoreline of Lower Manhattan, is still standing atop the former world headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses inBrooklyn Heights. For now. In June, the city Buildings Department approved a plan by the old headquarters’ new owners to remove the 15-foot-tall letters that spell out the word “Watchtower” from the roof of 25-30 Columbia Heights. The religious organization’s former headquarters now belongs to a joint venture called Columbia Heights Associates that’s made up of the Kushner Cos., CIM Group and LIVWRK. Kushner Cos. was headed by Jared Kushneruntil he stepped aside to serve as senior adviser to his father-in-law, PresidentDonald Trump. The new owners haven’t revealed what name will replace the Watchtower’s atop their Columbia Heights property. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW YORK’S MOST DANGEROUS INTERSECTION IS IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: Brooklynites behind the wheel know it can be hectic driving through Downtown Brooklyn, but the neighborhood actually holds the most dangerous intersection in all of New York. Chicago law firm Rubens and Kress found that the intersection at Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue is more dangerous than any other in the state. NYPD data shows the corner where the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway converge had 425 collisions since 2012. And a CUNY Baruch College student estimates the area sees roughly 180 collisions per year. While Tillary Street was included in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, it was not named as one of the top 10 most dangerous intersections in the country. (via Patch)
~TRAVOLTA’S ‘SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER’ HOME HITS MARKET FOR MILLIONS: Forty years after “Saturday Night Fever” put Bay Ridge on the map, the fictional home of Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, hit the market for $2.498 million. The home built in the 1920s is using its theatrical prowess, labeled in the listing as a “piece of Bay Ridge movie nostalgia,” to boast the price. While the exterior remains the same, the interior got renovated 12 years ago with cherry wood floors, granite countertops and a dining room filled with stained glass, amongst other additions. The four-bedroom home was listed by its owner, who bought it with her boyfriend in 2005 “in part because of the address Hollywood history.” (via Curbed New York)
~A PARTY FOR THE GIRLS AT BROOKLYN BREWERY: After a year of scandals, this seems like a particularly good time for a party honoring an organization helping girls from Brooklyn to India learn the value of education and self-respect. The Other Side’s fourth annual Winterfest will take place onMonday, Dec. 11 with festivities at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. The Other Side is a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling between girls from India, Israel and other countries, including the U.S. It works “like pen pals. But with theater,” said Brooklyn resident Melanie Closs, program director and founder of The Other Side Intercultural Theatre. Through “drama exchange,” girls develop strong friendships and learn to stand up for themselves and each other. All proceeds will directly benefit the expansion of The Other Side’s programming for new schools in Kenya and the Bronx. Enjoy unlimited draught beers, wine, hors d’oeuvres and take a free tour of the brewery. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Trapped:” How 71 People Died in the Grenfell Tower Fire
ANOTHER LONG READ: “King of Boise:” How a homeschooled teenager became one of the biggest oxycodone dealers in Idaho. (via Pacific Standard)
PODCAST: Listen to Jason Leopold, senior investigative reporter for Buzzfeed, talk about losing his credibility, learning from it and coming out better. (via Longform)
TRAVEL: Here are the most hipster-friendly cities in America. And surprisingly, Brooklyn doesn’t make the cut. (via NYP)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: With North Korea launching a missile on Tuesday, Hawaii brings back a Cold War-era warning system…2017’s one and onlysupermoon will be here Sunday…And NBC News fires Matt Lauer andMinnesota Public Radio fires Garrison Keillor after sexual harassment allegations. (via NYT, Space.com, CNN and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Bangkok is experiencing a snake crisis…A boat filled withskeletons washes up on Japan’s coast…And President Trump vows to create new “major sanctions” on North Korea. (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: The Royals could soon be getting a pair of four-legged friends in their family. (via Newsweek)
8:45AM — OSHO Chakra Breathing Meditation at MINKA Brooklyn. Details.
11:00AM – 2:00PM — Her Justice Legal Services Initiative at NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Resolution at Fivemyles. Details.
6:10PM — Karate Class at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
6:30PM — Elite Northern Colleges and Their Ties to Slavery at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — The Fountainhead at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Book Release: A Breed Apart: Reflections of a Young Refugee at PowerHouse Arena. Details.
7:30PM — 8980: Book of Travelers at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — MGB Presents the Unpretty Show at Branded Saloon.Details.
8:00PM — The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera / Rainbird at Roulette. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Islanders ownership is admittedly eager, if not desperate, to win the bid for a new arena situated in Elmont, N.Y. Barclays Center owner Mikhail Prokhorov would be more than happy if the NHL franchise moves into its new digs within the next few seasons, if not sooner. And yet, the Islanders would be hard-pressed to find a rink where they’ve had as much success since moving in two-plus seasons ago, continuing that trend with Tuesday night’s impressive 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in front of 11,194 fans on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. Team captain John Tavares and Anders Lee each had a goal and an assist as New York improved to 8-0-2 at Barclays this season with its fourth consecutive win overall and seventh in the last eight games. The Isles haven’t begun a season this hot at home since opening with a 9-1 mark in 1984-85 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Richard Burr, Joan Ganz Cooney, Kaley Cuoco, Elisha Cuthbert, Jessalyn Gilsig, Robert Guillaume, Billy Idol, Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson, G. Gordon Liddy, David Mamet, Colin Mochrie, Sandra Oh, Mandy Patinkin, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Amy Ryan, Ridley Scott, Ben Stiller, Noel Paul Stookey and Allison Williams!
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