Brooklyn Today December 1: City Council Approves Renegotiated Bedford-Union Armory Deal
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! Protestors disrupt the Bedford-Union Armory vote, a Ukrainian immigrant gets seven years for stabbing his boss inBrooklyn Heights, and a painting of Jay-Z graces the cover of The New York Times Style Magazine. Plus, Carroll Gardens offers untraditional thai food, Broadway Junction needs a revamp, and the 2018 World Cup draw is this morning. Next, a bank robber in Massachusetts gets arrested in a port-a-potty,Matt Lauer receives two more complaints, and 2,700 businesses have left Catalonia since the region’s October referendum. Finally, wish a happy birthday to Woody Allen. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Jay-Z talks therapy, politics and marriage in The New York Times Style Magazine’s cover story.
~CITY COUNCIL APPROVES RENEGOTIATED BEDFORD-UNION ARMORY DEAL: Spectators screaming “Kill the Deal!” “Laurie lied!” and “The city is not for sale!” were led from the City Council chambers on Thursday afterdisrupting the full Council vote on the Bedford-Union Armory redevelopment proposal and shaking the key Councilmember backing the plan, Laurie Cumbo. Once the gallery was emptied, however, the Council overwhelmingly approved the plan to redevelop the Crown Heights site, and Cumbo received plaudits from many of her fellow councilmembers for her approach in navigating the difficult land use question. As a new mom, Cumbo said she felt threatened by the level of animosity shown by opponents. “We’re living in dangerous times,” she said. “It happened here, where my predecessor James Davis was shot and killed. This yelling and shouting, that’s not democracy. This is some new level of hyper-disrespect and it’s continuing to escalate.” The approval came after more than a year of outcry from community groups and residents. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~UKRAINIAN NATIVE GETS 7 YEARS FOR STABBING BOSS IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: A 23-year-old Ukrainian in the U.S. for work was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for stabbing his former boss in Brooklyn Heights over money. Construction manager Yaakov Pfeiffersurvived the Sept. 22, 2014 Montague Street stabbing to his neck, arm and shoulder and visited Brooklyn Supreme Court Thursday to voice his grievances. “Whatever sentencing he’s gonna get, I’m gonna be suffering the rest of my life,” Pfeiffer said, pointing to his attacker Andriy Komynar. “I believe he should get max for what he did to me.” Pfeiffer told Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Miriam Cyrulnik of his permanent injuries from the dispute that started over $360 owed to the worker. “I’m terribly sorry for what happened to Mr. Pfeiffer,” Komynar said in English with a Ukrainian translator next to him. “I think about it every day.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SANTA’S WORKSHOP ISN’T IN THE NORTH POLE, IT’S IN EAST FLATBUSH: As soon as Thanksgiving ends, Christmas starts in Dyker Heights, and the neighborhood has a particularly festive helper to get their Christmas decorations shining. The Brooklyn neighborhood has been known for its holiday cheer for decades with the help of Lou Nasti. Nasti has aworkshop of his own, Mechanical Displays Inc. in East Flatbush that helped design and install decorations on five houses in Dyker Heights, including one of the most famous, the Polizzotto house. With a 350-pound Santa, two mechanical 250-pound toy soldiers, an army of smaller soldiers and two 500-pound mechanical white horses, the property shows a bright display of Nasti’s work. The Italian-American Brooklynite has built robots and figurines since his childhood, culminating in his current business and home base he calls a “fairyland.” (via NYT)
~TRY UNTRADITIONAL THAI FOOD IN CARROLL GARDENS: The name may not sound appetizing, but the Carroll Gardens Thai restaurant, Ugly Baby, brings good energy and dynamic dishes, according to a New York Timesreview. The name comes from the Thai superstition that evil spirits won’t bother harming unattractive infants. The food comes from chef Sirichai Sreparplarn, who says he and his co-chef were passionate about serving “the real food from the north” of Thailand. The one-room spot contains loud poppy music, walls painted with quick brush strokes and servers in cartoon colored T-shirts. The review puts certain dishes on the map as some of the best Thai around the city, delivered to the table in about five minutes for no more than $25. While its history dates back to two restaurants in Red Hook, Chiang Mai and Kao Soy, Ugly Baby has been open since August on Smith Street near the F/G Line. (via NYT)
~BROADWAY JUNCTION: FIRST STAGES OF PROGRESS FOR AN OVERWORKED TRANSIT HUB: The city announced on Monday the creation of the Broadway Junction Working Group and the start of a planning study to identify ways to bring new economic opportunities and services to the overworked Broadway Junction. The hub, one of the busiest in Brooklyn, is an impressive labyrinthine structure where the Canarsie Line and Jamaica Line intersect above the underground Fulton Street Line. More than 100,000 passengers move in this transit center daily, most of them to transfer between train lines. This rich transit network offers vast commercial possibilities and services to those who pass nearby daily, as do other large stations in New York. However, Broadway Junction is anything but a welcoming place. The hub is located at the intersection of Broadway, Fulton Street and Van Sinderen Avenue, a desolate sector with little trade, wasteland, homelessness and parking lots. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “The true story of the fake US embassy in Ghana” (via The Guardian)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Read about one teenager’s 22 crushes, and reminisce about your own high-school flings. (via The California SundayMagazine)
WORK: Here are some tips on how to see eye to eye with your new boss. (via Motto)
SPORTS: Here’s everything you need to know about the 2018 World Cup draw, which starts today at 10 a.m. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A bank robber in Massachusetts gets arrested in aport-a-potty…Here’s a map of every single U.S. mass shooting since 2006…And NBC receives two more complaints about Matt Lauer. (via Time, USA Today and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: In many parts of the world, women are terrified to use the bathroom…Roughly 2,700 businesses have moved their headquarters from Catalonia following the region’s October referendum…And go inside Word on the Water, London’s canalboat bookstore. (via USA Today, WaPo and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: Can members of the Royal Family marry people of different faiths? It’s not that simple. (via The Sun)
11:00AM — Shape Up NYC: Healing Hatha Yoga at Audobon Center at the Boathouse. Details.
11:00AM – 9:00PM — Sweet Shoppe at One Brooklyn Bridge park. Details.
12:00PM — The Origin of the Jews: The Quest for Roots in a Rootless Age at 92nd Street Y. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — After School Menu for Kids and their Parents at Phil and Anne’s Good Time Lounge. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Witness to War at The Old Stone House. Details.
6:00PM — How to Have a Stress Free Holiday Season at Brooklyn Brainery.Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Pregame Your Brain: 500 Women Scientists at Caveat.Details.
6:30PM – 9:00PM — Shabbat Service & Chanukkah themed dinner at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Soup Kitchen 2017 at Open Source Gallery. Details.
11:45PM — Black Christmas at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.
1:00PM — Chinatown: A Walk through History at Museum of Chinese in America. Details.
5:00PM — Kozlova’s “Nutcracker Winter Suite” at Symphony Space. Details.
7:30PM — Reasonably Sound at Caveat. Details.
10:30AM – 1:30PM — Screenwriting in the Age of Trump at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.
6:30PM — Donna Brazile in Conversation with Jeff Greenfield: Inside the DNC and the 2016 Election at 92nd Street Y. Details.
8:30PM — Curb Your Ethics: The Moral Philosophy of Larry David at Q.E.D.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Having an 8-13 record after 21 games isn’t reason enough to begin prepping parade routes along Atlantic Avenue for an NBA championship celebration. But it is a clear sign that the Brooklyn Nets are headed in the right direction under the stewardship of second-year head coachKenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks. Last season, the Nets were stuck on eight wins following their 41st game of the campaign, a 119-109 defeat to Toronto on Jan. 16 at Barclays Center that left them winless since the day after Christmas 2016 and losers of 11 in a row. Brooklyn would go on to secure an NBA-worst record of 20-62. Predicted to finish in the league’s cellar yet again this year, the Nets have shown great resilience throughout the first quarter of this season despite losing their starting backcourt of Jeremy Linand D’Angelo Russell due to knee injuries and suffering through a myriad of nagging ailments to the remainder of their roster. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Woody Allen, Carol Alt, Candace Bushnell, Nestor Carbonell, DeSean Jackson, Bette Midler, Janelle Monáe, Emily Mortimer, Gary Peters, Reggie Sanders, Lee Buck Trevino, Larry Walker and Treat Williams!
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