Brooklyn Today January 2: NYC Drinking Water Gets Stamp of Purity, Again
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THE LEDE: Happy New Year, Brooklyn! NYC’s drinking water is still great, Gov.Cuomo pardons convicted Brooklyn residents, and PETA offers a $5,000 reward for the would-be dog killer in East New York. Plus, a woman wearing a hijab in Downtown Brooklyn gets assaulted by teens, Apple gets sued, and Americans are drinking themselves to death at a record rate, according to a new study. Finally, Norway is the world’s happiest nation, a woman in Texas gets arrested for shooting a 7-year-old child, and we share some of 2018’s newest laws.
IMPRINT: Drew Barrymore graces the February cover of InStyle US.
~NYC DRINKING WATER GETS STAMP OF PURITY, AGAIN: You might want to give up bottled water. New York City drinking water has once again been certified as so pure that its two main upstate reservoir systems don’t need filtration. NYCDEP said on Thursday that it received a 10-year waiver to continue delivering unfiltered drinking water from the Catskill and Delaware water supply systems. The city’s third system, however, the Croton reservoir, became a filtered supply in 2015 after suffering quality problems. The good news is, it supplies only about 10 percent of the city’s water on an as-needed basis — first to Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, then to the westernmost sections of Brooklyn and Queens. While most bottled water brands are tested only once a week or so, New York City water is tested multiple times every day. There are roughly a thousand street-side water sampling stations across all five boroughs and another 475 stations upstate. In addition, robotic monitoring equipment measures the city’s water quality about 1.2 million times each year. There’s one major caveat to the pure water story, however. While New York City’s water is virtually lead-free when it’s delivered from the reservoir system, water can absorb lead from solder and pipes found in the plumbing of some buildings or homes, DEP warns. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONVICTED BROOKLYN RESIDENTS AMONG THOSE PARDONED BY CUOMO: In an end-of-year act of mercy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued pardons or commutations to 61 New Yorkers last Wednesday, including several men from Brooklyn. Of these, 18 faced deportation, and the governor said he was issuing these pardons to help counter the federal government’s increased targeting of immigrants. One was Brooklyn resident Alexander Shilov, now 35, who immigrated as a teen from Estonia and became addicted to drugs. Shilov was convicted of petit larceny and served time from 2000 to 2004. After his prison stint, Shilov turned his life around, becoming a nurse and giving talks on overcoming addiction at hospital detox units. Another isDominic Dupont, 39, who has served more than 20 years of a 25-to-life sentence for murder and criminal possession of a weapon. The charges stem from a fight between two groups of men when Dupont, 19 at the time, killed someone while he was defending his twin brother. Dupont’s uncle is actorMichael K. Williams, known for his roles on HBO’s “The Wire” (where he played Omar Little) and “Boardwalk Empire (as Albert “Chalky” White). (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~$5,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR WOULD-BE DOG KILLER IN EAST NEW YORK: A nonprofit animal rights organization is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of a person who left a dog to die in East New York on Dec. 19. The 10- to 12-year-old shepherd-mix male canine was named Saint Vincent by its rescuers and was found in a trash bag with its mouth tied shut near Jackie Robinson Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Since police officers have not yet made any arrests in connection to the case, PETA is offering the reward. PETA’s motto reads, in part, “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.” PETA’s Emergency Response Division manager Kristin Rickman warned that individuals who harm animals might also pose a threat to humans. “Anyone who abuses animals rarely does so only once and almost never stops there,” Rickman told us. “Animal abuse is a red flag for conduct disorders so whoever did this poses a threat to the community. We hope that with the assistance of our reward, someone who knows something will come forward.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MTA WANTS 61ST STREET DEVELOPMENT: MTA wants to help develop the airspace above a 3.8-acre section of the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch freight rail corridor between the Fort Hamilton Parkway and 8th Avenue N train stations. The city agency released a Request for Proposal, looking for projects that include affordable and market-rate housing, retail and office space and parking as a way to provide a revenue source for MTA. The area is on 61st Street in the middle of Sunset Park, Borough Park, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. With population increases in the area, Senator Simcha Felderexpressed his support for the project that he’s been working to have developed since serving on City Council in 2001. “Affordable housing is desperately needed in the neighborhood and I applaud the MTA for issuing this proposal to build new housing opportunities,” Felder said. (via Bklyner)
~WOMAN WEARING HIJAB ASSAULTED BY TEENS: When a 51-year-old woman wearing a hijab told some rowdy teenagers to “please be quiet,” theykicked and spit on her before calling her a terrorist. Following the incident, NYPD’s hate crimes unit responded to the Downtown Brooklyn city building at 345 Adams St. The victim, Souad Kirama, posted a Facebook Live video as police responded. “I was just viciously attacked by a bunch of teenagers,” she said crying. “They attacked me, beat me up. And people were just standing there, watching me be beat up, called a ‘f—–g terrorist,’ and nobody did nothing. Nothing. Nobody stood up for me.” Kirama said the teens were cursing and swinging on a chandelier when she approached them. (via NBC)
LONG READ: “Why Black People Own Guns” (via Huffington Post)
ANOTHER LONG READ: China is using a three-digit credit score based on “your purchases, your pastimes, [and] your mistakes” to place each resident on a social scale. (via Wired)
TECHNOLOGY: Apple is sued for making older iPhones slower. (via Aljazeera)
TRAVEL: “36 Hours in Vienna” (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Americans are drinking themselves to death at a record rate, according to a new study…A woman in Texas gets arrested for shooting a 7-year-old child…And here are some of the new laws that will be implemented in 2018. (via WaPo, Time and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Norway is the world’s happiest nation…Iranian police say they will stop arresting women for not wearing headscarves…And a family of eight from Zimbabwe has been stuck in a Bangkok airport for two months.(via Time, USA Today and ABC)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s how the Royal Family celebrates New Year’s Eve. (via Express)
8:00AM – 10:00PM — What Is It, Then, Between Us at BRIC Cafe. Details.
10:00AM – 4:00PM — Bringing Back the City: Mass Transit Responds to Crises at New York Transit Museum. Details.
10:00AM – 5:00PM — This Historic NYC Artists Organization Exhibit at St. Francis College. Details.
10:00AM – 5:00PM — Anxiety Now — Onur Tukel Solo Art Exhibition at The Living Gallery Outpost. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Please don’t spit in my garden at NARS Foundation.Details.
10:30AM — Exhibition Tour—David Hockney at The Met Breuer. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Imaginarium at United Photo Industries. Details.
4:00PM — American Skulls and Flowers at Court Tree Collective. Details.
7:30PM — A Hero’s Journey at Caveat. Details.
8:00PM — Trivia Tuesday at Sycamore. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “The Nets’ Problems Start Once The Games Do” (via NYP)
Happy birthday to Jim Bakker, Kate Bosworth, Brian Boucher, Tia Carrere, David Cone, Taye Diggs, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dennis Hastert, Todd Haynes, Edgar Martinez, Wendy Phillips, Dax Shepard and Christy Turlington!
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