Brooklyn Today December 28: BQX Streetcar Could Conflict With BQE Repairs
Weather, Brooklyn (NWS): Day 20°, Night 12°, Cold
THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! The BQX streetcar project could delay repairs to the BQE, a record number of visitors came to Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer, and we have an update on Michelle Williams’ Victorian Flatbush house. Plus, Crown Heights is home to a 5-pound taco, The New York Timesinterviews comedian and director of “Get Out” Jordan Peele, and we share the 79 coolest airbnb rentals in the world. Finally, three cities sue the Pentagon,Prince Harry interviews former President Barack Obama, and Erie, Pennsylvania, gets hit with a record-breaking five feet of snow.
IMPRINT: Mandy Moore poses on a motorcycle on the most recent cover ofShape.
~MICHELLE WILLIAMS’ VICTORIAN FLATBUSH HOUSE IS SHAPING UP NICELY: Homeowners in landmarked neighborhoods are stewards of history. In Victorian Flatbush, you can see how seriously they take their responsibilities. Just look at all the historically appropriate renovation that’s underway in the neighborhood. This work is moving forward even as wintry weather descends on Brooklyn. On a short stretch of Albemarle Road in the Prospect Park South Historic District, two houses that resemble Scarlett O’Hara’s mansion Tara in the film “Gone With the Wind” are being restored. One of them belongs to Academy Award-nominated actress Michelle Williams. It’s at 1440 Albemarle Road, which is on the corner of Marlborough Road. Williams’ stately Colonial Revival-style home, which was designed in 1905 by Robert Bryson and Charles Pratt, is shaping up beautifully. Its facade is clad with historically appropriate cedar shingles and cedar clapboard, both painted subtle shades of white. Many exterior details are in tip-top shape, from porch railings to copper downspouts to a nifty weather vane. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BQX STREETCAR COULD CONFLICT WITH BQE REPAIRS: If the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector project didn’t have enough doubt surrounding its construction, the streetcar could also conflict with repairs of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. DOT said it will be repairing the BQE’s crumbling infrastructure near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street where a section of the proposed $2.5 billion streetcar might be built. “They are thinking about it going down Atlantic Avenue and across Columbia [Street], and I said, ‘Look, we’re going to be there, I don’t think it’s a good idea.’” DOT Deputy Commissioner Bob Collyer said. The city’s Economic Development Corporation recently missed a deadline for the streetcar project that could delay its estimated 2024 completion date that has been shrouded with financial skepticism. (via New York Post)
~MILLIONS (AND MILLIONS) OF VISITORS POURED INTO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK THIS SUMMER: If it seemed like there were more people this summer at Brooklyn Bridge Park than last year, you were right on the money. The park’s seventh summer season was its busiest ever, according to a year-end wrap-up sent out by park operators. Popular events such as the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Photoville, Met Opera and Movies With A View attracted more than 300,000 visitors this year — and this doesn’t count the people who came just to stroll, sunbathe on the lawn or throw some burgers and dogs on the grill. The park is still aggregating data from their park user count conducted over the summer, but last year roughly 4.62 million people visited the park just over the summer months. So it looks likely that close to 5 million visitors attended the park in 2017, if the trend continued. Click here to see what all those people were doing at the park. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CROWN HEIGHTS RESTAURANT BOASTS ‘GIGATACOS’: For those taco enthusiasts who also love hefty portions, O’Tacos in Crown Heights serves up the “Gigataco.” The five-pound monster wraps up sausage, chicken, ground beef, nuggets and chicken tenders with two kinds of sauce, additional toppings, French fries and a secret cheese sauce packed into four tortillas. The French-inspired taqueria first opened in 2010 in Bordeaux, but the Nostrand Avenue location that opened this year is the first in the United States. If you’re looking to show off your eating skills, the rising international chain holds a Gigatacos challenge every Thursday that dishes out a free meal for anyone able to down the beast. (via untapped cities.)
LONG READ: Comedian and director of “Get Out” Jordan Peele reveals hisfuture plans to The New York Times. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Truck Stop Killer,” the chilling story of a man who hunted hitchhiking girls. (via GQ)
PODCAST: Listen to Maggie Haberman, a New York Times White House Correspondent, speak about covering the Trump administration. (via Longform)
TRAVEL: Here are the 79 coolest (and affordable) Airbnb rentals in the world. (via Refinery29)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Erie, Pennsylvania, gets hit with a record-breakingfive feet of snow…New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco sue the Pentagon over not disclosing convicted criminals to the FBI gun database…And a West Virginia man beats a pregnant woman and injects her with meth. (via NYT, Fox News and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Saudi Arabia prohibits Israel’s chess team from competing in the World Chess Championships…At least four people are injured in a supermarket explosion in St. Petersburg, Russia…And Russia warns America not to meddle in its election. (via NYT, Time and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: Prince Harry interviews former President Barack Obama. (via CNN)
8:00AM – 3:00PM — Coat & Canned Food Drive at Abraham Lincoln high School. Details.
10:30AM — DIY: Blogging 101 at Cypress Hills Library. Details.
11:00AM — Tai Chi at Clarendon Library. Details.
11:00AM – 2:00PM — Her Justice Legal Services Initiative at NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers. Details.
2:00PM — Book Discussion: Odd Child Out by Gilly MacMillan at Flatlands Library. Details.
4:00PM — Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours & Holiday Clothing Drive at Cadman Plaza West. Details.
6:10PM — Karate Class at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00PM — 2020: A Griot Recalls…Poetry & Lyrics of Raymond Nat Turner at Medicine Show Theatre. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — A Fine Evening of Laughter at Caveat. Details.
9:30PM — My Momma’s Biscuits: 7 Days of Kwanzaa at Caveat. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Kenny Atkinson has only been around for two of the Nets’ 15 straight losses in San Antonio. But Brooklyn’s second-year head coach couldn’t hold back his frustration during a critical stretch in the third quarterTuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,492 at the AT&T Center, receiving a rare technical foul in the Nets’ 109-97 loss to the Spurs. “I think we had a tough time scoring in that third quarter, turned it over a few times. We weren’t good enough, they’re physical,” said Atkinson, who took exception to an offensive foul call on Allen Crabbe with 6:45 remaining in the period. Atkinson, who has watched his team lose six of its last seven games, including the opening two on this five-game road trip, immediately left his seat on the bench and went charging toward the official looking to vent. He was immediately charged with the tech. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to David Archuleta, James Blake, Ray Bourque, Malcolm Gets, Hubert Myatt Green III, Johnny Isakson, Mario Kreutzberger, John Legend, Joe Manganiello, Sienna Miller, Nichelle Nichols, Patrick Rafter, Todd Richards, Maggie Smith, Denzel Washington and Edgar Winter!
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