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Brooklyn Today December 26: Top 10 Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn

December 26, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! Mayor de Blasio wants city-funded news outlets, a new Russian restaurant opens in Williamsburg, and we have your New Year’s Eve plans. Plus, two soccer officials are convicted in Brooklyn’s FIFA trial, Jakarta could be underwater soon, and drones are detecting sharks close to the shore in Australia. Finally, a couple in their 80s gets arrested with 60 pounds of weed, a college student tries to grow his own clothes, and we share the 10 ways Kim Jong Un scared the world in 2017. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Julia Roberts aka “Wonder Woman” poses in white on the latestcover of Madame Figaro.

The Rundown

~TOP 10 WAYS TO SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE IN BROOKLYN: Does standing outside for hours in below-freezing weather surrounded by strangers sound like fun? Didn’t think so. Leave the Times Square Ball Drop for the tourists. Instead, stay in Brooklyn this year, and try one or a few of ourfavorite celebrations in the borough. There’s something for everyone. For example, you can amble across the Brooklyn Bridge. With little chance of rain, spend the evening walking across the Brooklyn Bridge or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade if the overpass is too crowded. Come around midnight to see fireworks all over the city’s skyline from Brooklyn, Central Park, New Jersey and even Staten Island. Or spend the night at Brooklyn Brewery’s New Year’s Eve bash. The event will feature an open bar with 21 different beers, barrel-aged releases and an unreleased ghost bottle. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAYOR OPEN TO CITY-INVESTED NEWS OUTLET: In a private discussion with reporters laid off by the local news outlets DNAinfo and Gothamist, MayorBill de Blasio said he’s open to the idea of a city-funded news group. “I think it’s a really good question and one that intrigues me and one that I’d be open in seeing the city invest in,” de Blasio said. “The BBC model, not always perfect, but in the best sense – there’s definitely a place for that.” While the mayor might think a publicly owned press would be more fair, New York journalists are skeptical. Jarrett Murphy, publisher of, said the idea opens up the possibility of the media losing credibility by government funding, compromising its independence. In support, de Blasio cited the successful WNYC, owned by the city from 1922 until 1994. (via New York Post) 
~WILLIAMSBURG PAN-SOVIET FUSION RESTAURANT SPINS HEADS:For those interested in sending their palates on a international vacation with just a trip to Williamsburg, Masha and the Bear presents Pan-Soviet fusion cuisine that brings enough variety to do just that. It’s presented as a Russian restaurant, but the menu explores and goes beyond Central Europe and the Caucuses with dishes from Hungary, Crimea, Moscow, Mexico and more. With the setting decked out in pine, it creates a comfortable cabin-like feel. And for the drinkers, the gastropub explores cocktails like the chilled red bouillon with horseradish vodka or an 80-proof vodka ice cream that’s currently in the works. “I’m just picturing a bunch of young people lying on the street with cones of ice cream,” said Vitaly Sherman, the spot’s owner and head chef. “It would be horrible, but funny.” (via The New Yorker)
~2 OFFICIALS CONVICTED AT FIFA TRIAL IN BROOKLYN FEDERAL COURT, 3RD AWAITS VERDICT: Two former South American soccer officials were convicted Friday of corruption charges at a U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official. A federal jury in New York deliberated a week before reaching thepartial verdictJose Maria Marin, of Brazil, and Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay, were convicted of the top count they faced, racketeering conspiracy. Jurors were undecided on Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation. The three had been arrested in 2015. Prosecutors accused them of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA. The trial ended up being colored by odd twists: an unproven accusation that Burga threatened a witness; a juror booted for sleeping through testimony; word from Buenos Aires that an Argentine lawyer had committed suicide hours after being named at the trial as a bribe-taker; and the surprise testimony of a former member of the Jonas Brothers, an American pop rock band. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)


Bulletin Board

~DON’T MISS THIS: The world famous singing group The Harvard Krokadiloes travels around the world each year on a six-continent tour. They perform closer to home Jan. 7 in DUMBO for a special lunch concert at The River Cafe to benefit one of the oldest YMCA’s in the U.S. The old Brooklyn Central Y, founded in 1852, was renamed Dodge Y after it was rebuilt at its new home on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street. 

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Jakarta, one of Asia’s largest cities, could be underwater soon.(via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “‘I Have Power:’ Is Steve Bannon Running For President?” (via Vanity Fair)
HOLIDAYS: The worst party in history? Perhaps. Here’s how a father with 14 children ruined Christmas in Chicago. (via The New Yorker)
TECHNOLOGY: In Australia, drones are being used to detect sharks close to the shore. (via USA Today)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A couple in their 80s gets arrested with 60 pounds of marijuana…Hurricane Irma brings two seniors together in marriage…And a student at Liberty University in Virginia tries to grow his own clothes(via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)  
FOREIGN FLASH: The United Kingdom changes the color of its passport after Brexit…A 17-year-old YouTube star is killed after he insults a Mexican drug lord…And here are 10 ways Kim Jong Un scared the world this past year.(NYT, Independent and USA Today) 

The Queen is breaking protocol for Meghan Markle(via USA Today)


8:00AM – 3:00PM — Coat & Canned Food Drive at Abraham Lincoln High School. Details.
8:00AM – 10:00PM — What Is It, Then, Between Us at BRIC Cafe. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Historic Crafts at Lefferts Historic House. Details.
1:00PM – 4:00PM — Winter Holidays at the Prospect Park Tennis Center.Details.
4:00PM — American Skulls and Flowers at Court Tree Collective. Details.
7:00PM — NYRR Open Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00PM — Astronomy Live: Astronomical Calendar at American Museum of Natural History. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Open Source Soup Kitchen at Open Source Gallery.Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — PBS’s Bill Nye: Science Guy Screening at Caveat.Details.  
8:00PM — Boxing Day Bluegrass at Brooklyn Bowl. Details.
 EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets GM: Don’t expect to see Russell or Okafor anytime soon” (via New York Post)

Happy birthday Beth Behrs, Chris Daughtry, Carlton Fisk, Kit Harington,Marcelo Rios, Ozzie Smith and Phil Spector!

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