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Brooklyn Today December 27: Brooklyn Woman Targeted by White Nationalists

December 27, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! The BQX streetcar project misses a crucial deadline, a Jewish woman from Brooklyn is targeted by white supremacists, and one of DUMBO’s dilapidated parks is set to receive a much-needed makeover. Plus, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler gets a promotion, we travel to Granada, Spain, and Wesleyan University may be compromising its academic standards to bolster its athletics. Finally, a fire kills 37 people in the Philippines, a mystery lingers over the death of a border patrol agent, and we share 10 ways that President Trump shocked the world in 2017.


IMPRINT: Michelle Williams graces the February 2017 cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.


The Rundown

~DILAPIDATED PARK IN DUMBO INCHES CLOSER TO MAKEOVER: The cracked and crumbling asphalt lot in DUMBO that is designated Bridge Park 2 by the city Parks Department is one step closer to its transformation into agreen recreation area. The design for the park’s makeover was submitted to the Public Design Commission. It will be moving ahead at the Tuesday, Jan. 2CB2 general board meeting. The project will tackle both of the dismal, irregularly-shaped sections bounded by Bridge, Jay, York and Prospect streets. According to the Parks Department, the plan will reconstruct the existing kiddie playground with new equipment for kids ages 2-5 and 5-12, including swings and a spray shower. The larger section of the park will include a new adult fitness area, a multi-purpose synthetic turf field and a performance stage. A projector mounted on a tall pole will allow films and videos to be projected onto the structural BQE wall. The work will also include benches, an art area, fences, drainage and water supply and plantings. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN WOMAN TARGETED BY WHITE NATIONALISTS: When a Jewish Brooklyn woman pledged on Twitter to start a school curriculum to teach children empathy, she was attacked with piles of racism by white supremacists. Sarah Fader’s announcement was met by a woman saying she wasn’t a good white person and another person saying they didn’t think a Jew could teach empathy. The thread then built up to a storm of hate speech against immigrants, Mexicans, Native Americans, Jews and Hillary Clinton. “I am saddened by the fact that so many of these people are living in America,” Fader wrote for the Huffington Post. “I want to rectify this situation by teaching the next generation how to care for one another.” (via Huffington Post)
~BQX STREETCAR PROJECT MISSES DEADLINE: After the BQX streetcar project launched its prototype at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in November, the city’s Economic Development Corporation missed a deadline to start a public review process, possibly delaying the project by several months. The city agency said it’s still studying the feasibility of the project and doesn’t want to rush into the next stage. The streetcar that was projected to open in 2024 has been surrounded by doubt as to whether proper funding would come from the city with a constant feud lingering between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and MayorBill de Blasio. “The BQX would be a multi-billion dollar investment bringing a modern and efficient transit option to communities along the waterfront,” said EDC’s Anthony Hogrebe. “We’re willing to take the time necessary for a thorough analysis to make sure it gets done right.” (via Curbed New York)
~TRUMP CRITIC NADLER MOVES UP ON HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: One of President Donald Trump’s fiercest critics in Congress now occupies the top spot of his party on the influential House Judiciary Committee and as 2017 turns into 2018, all eyes will be on him. U.S. Rep.Jerrold Nadler became the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee in the wake of the resignation of U.S. Rep. John Conyers over sexual abuse allegations. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte is the chairman of the committee. Nadler, a veteran lawmaker who has served in Congress for 25 years, will be increasingly in the spotlight as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign move forward. Nadler was elected by his Democratic colleagues in the House by a vote of 118-72 to be elevated to the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. “This is a critical time in our nation’s history, and the work of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee is more important than ever,” Nadler said. “Our efforts to hold the administration and those wishing to turn back history’s long arc towards justice accountable are central to the defense of progress and democracy.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Is Wesleyan University compromising its reputation as an excellent academic school to bolster its athletic programs? Let’s explore(via Slate)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “At Vice, Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations of Old-School Sexual Harassment” (via NYT)
YEAR IN REVIEW: There’s little doubt that Russia interfered with America this year. Here’s a look back at how the Eastern European country meddled with us(via NYMag)
TRAVEL: “36 Hours in Granada, Spain” (via NYT)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A border patrol agent died in West Texas, but no one knows how…As Confederate monuments topple, other statues rise to commemorate women and slaves…And here are 10 ways that PresidentTrump shocked the world in 2017. (via NYT, WaPo and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A fire in the Philippines kills 37 peopleThe Queenhonors those who survived Britain’s five terror attacks this year…And Russian warships come close to entering Britain’s waters over the Christmas weekend. (via USA Today, NYT and RFERL)

In need of some binge watching? Here are the topmovies and TV shows about the Royal Family (via Travel + Leisure)



10:00AM – 4:00PM — Winter Time: Family Festival at The Met Cloisters.Details.
12:00PM – 4:00PM — Winter Holidays at Prospect Park Audubon Center.Details.
12:30PM — Exhibition Tour — Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed at The Met Breuer. Details.
1:00PM — Holiday Treat — Playhouse 90: The Nutcracker at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Historic Trolley Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
1:00PM – 4:00PM — Winter Holidays at the Prospect Park Tennis Center.Details.
2:00PM – 5:00PM — Babes in Toyland at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
4:00PM — American Skulls and Flowers at Court Tree Collective. Details.
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Jump Start Your Writing at Brooklyn Brainery. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Soup Kitchen at Open Source Gallery. Details.


 EAGLE SPORTS: First-year LIU-Brooklyn men’s head basketball coachDerek Kellogg didn’t mince his words back in November when asked about the importance of redshirt senior guard Joel Hernandez’s potential impact on the Blackbirds’ 2017-18 campaign. “I think he needs to have a huge year for us to have success,” Kellogg said of Hernandez, who missed almost the entire 2016-17 season due to injury. “I’m interested to see if he can do that.” Thus far, Hernandez has done it throughout the first 13 non-conference games for the Blackbirds (5-8). Hernandez has been by far Kellogg’s most productive and instrumental player in the early going. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound sharp-shooter from Teaneck, N.J., is averaging a team-high 19.4 points per contest to go with 6.8 rebounds for LIU, including a 25-point, eight-rebound, four-assist effort in last Friday’s 74-66 win at Binghamton. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Juan Felipe Herrera, Johannes Kepler, Cesaro, Gerard Depardieu, Tovah Feldshuh, Savannah Guthrie, Salman Khan, Masi Oka, Carson Palmer, Cokie Roberts and Sarah Vowell!

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