Brooklyn Today December 21: Bye-Bye Brooklyn, Hello Belmont for Islanders
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! The Islanders are leaving the borough, Rome pays $57,000 for an ugly Christmas tree, and a woman finishes a college exam while giving birth. Plus, we tour Prospect Park South, North Korea reportedly tests missiles with anthrax on them, and a woman has a baby born from a 24-year-old frozen embryo. Finally, we share a comprehensive guide to Chinese cuisine on Christmas, find out tips on traveling this holiday season, and learn why Joe Biden didn’t run for president last election.
IMPRINT: Time’s star-studded December cover features Oprah Winfrey,Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid.
~BYE-BYE BROOKLYN, HELLO BELMONT FOR ISLANDERS: The New York Islanders, who relocated from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015, will be former tenants of the arena as soon as their new state-of-the-art facility is completed on the land adjacent to Belmont Racetrack in Elmont, N.Y. Empire State Development announcedWednesday morning that the Islanders’ group, dubbed New York Arena Partners, was the winner in what had dwindled down to a two-team race to land the coveted acreage surrounding the legendary horse-racing venue. “The Islanders are back where they belong,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The Barclays Center is nice, but the Barclays Center is in Brooklyn.The Islanders were from Long Island and when they left, Long Island lost something. It was sad.” That hole will now likely be filled within the next three years. Islanders co-owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky were adamant throughout the bidding process that re-relocating the team from the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues to a locale 15 to 20 minutes away from its former longtime home in Nassau County was a “singular focus” of the organization. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE $2.875 MILLION VICTORIAN FLATBUSH HOUSE AND OTHER RECENTLY SOLD HOMES: The house with the cherry tree sold for nearly $3 million. Victorian Flatbush houses are going for a pretty penny these days. The better their condition, the higher their price. And preservation-conscious buyers are particularly pleased when they find homes for purchase that are located within the area’s historic districts. This protected landmark status reduces the chances of houses next door to theirs being demolished and replaced with mammoth McMansions. The other day, we strolled around theProspect Park South Historic District for a peek at a half-dozen houses that have changed hands in recent months. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS CHINESE CUISINE: To add more options for holiday activities, Edible Brooklyn has scoured the borough to create a guide of the best Chinese restaurants for the festivities. Mile End, a Canadian deli in Boerum Hill for instance, offers a special Chinese menu for Christmas, deviating from their standard latkes and smoked meats. Take a ride up to Williamsburg for a Chinese Christmas feast at Kings County Imperial or to Birds of a Feather for a more classic experience. And for a more modern take, Han Dynasty is a Philadelphia import in the recently-opened Dekalb Market. The comprehensive guide provides a more in-depth look into what the restaurants will have to offer during the holidays. (via edible Brooklyn)
~AMERICAN HORROR STORY ACTOR’S BROOKLYN CONDO SOLD: Almost two decades after the “American Horror Story” and “True Blood” actor Denis O’Hare bought his Fort Greene condo for $175,000, the duplex has sold for$1.7 million. The 2,015-square-foot carriage house at 159 Carlton Ave. was formerly the Feuchtwanger Stable, equipped with horses and carriages that entered into a space that is now a loft-like home. O’Hare’s husband, Hugo Redwood, renovated the space over the last 19 years to bring it into the modern era with an open kitchen design, sliding glass doors and a large recreation room amongst other features. (via 6sqft)
LONG READ: “Why Joe Biden Didn’t Run…And Why He’s Not Ruling Out 2020” (via Vanity Fair)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The federal government seized land on the Texas-Mexico border to build a wall. The move, however, left “a trail of abuse, mistakes and unfairness.” (via ProPublica)
PODCAST: Hear Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, speak about her latest book “The Vanity Fair Diaries.”
HOLIDAYS: Flying somewhere this holiday season? Here are 10 tips forstress-free travel. (via Travel Channel)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A ban on making viruses lethal is lifted…A woman in Missouri finishes her college exam while giving birth to her son…And a woman from Tennessee has a baby born from a 24-year-old frozen embryo.(via NYT, USA Today and CBS)
FOREIGN FLASH: North Korea is reportedly testing missiles with anthrax on them…An animal thought to be extinct in Australia, is actually still around…And Rome paid $57,000 for a Christmas tree with drooping limbs that’s nicknamed the “toilet brush.” (via Vice, USA Today and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s a recipe for mince pies from the Royal Family’schef. (via Her)
10:00AM – 5:00PM — The Historic NYC Artists Organization Exhibit at St. Francis College. Details.
10:00AM – 7:00PM — Plein Air & More: Paintings by Paul Patous at Daphne Art Gallery. Details.
11:00AM — Tai Chi at Clarendon Library. Details.
1:30PM — Book Discussion: Dead Wake by Erik Larson at Bay Ridge Library.Details.
2:30PM – 4:30PM — An Afternoon of Holiday Classical Entertainment at Central Library. Details.
5:00PM – 7:00PM — Winter Wonderland at Atlantic Terminal Community Center. Details.
6:30PM — Shortest Day, Longest Night: A Winter Solstice Meditation at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
6:30PM — Gallery Tour: American Art at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
7:00PM — A Very Jewish Christmas at Center for Jewish History. Details.
7:30PM — Christmas Concert & Community Carol Sing at Trinity Church.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets’ Jahlil Okafor rips Sixers, says he’s glad to have an ‘actual NBA coaching staff’” (via CBS)
Happy birthday to Tina Brown, Andy Dick, Phil Donahue, Chris Evert, Jane Fonda, Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Kaczmarek, Jackson Rathbone, Ray Romano, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Tilson Thomas, Andy Van Slyke, Karrie Webb and Steven Yeun!
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