Brooklyn Today January 3: New York’s Paid Family Leave Now in Effect
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! New York’s paid family leave takes effect, DUMBO is deserted in the cold, and a record number of women are considering a run for governor. Plus, New York City will spend $50 million to install 1,500 metal barriers to protect pedestrians, Warren Buffett donates $1 million to a girls’ charity, and Hoda Kotb will replace Matt Lauer on “Today.” Finally, fewer and fewer international students are applying to American colleges, 25 people die after a bus goes over a cliff in Peru, and we share what 13 successful people do before they go to sleep.
IMPRINT: Michelle Williams graces the February cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
~NEW YORK’S PAID FAMILY LEAVE NOW IN EFFECT: What Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the strongest paid family leave policy in the country launched in New York on Monday. The policy enables most employees to have paid time off from work to bond with a new child, care for close relative with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service. Cuomo said that he was inspired to enhance the state’s policy following his experiences in hospitals last year as his own father, the former Gov. Mario Cuomo, was dying. A woman who couldn’t afford to take time off from work as her father was dying told Cuomo, “I come in before I go to work in the morning. I get here right after work to spend time with him. I go home, put the kids to bed and then come back to the hospital.” Workers with a regular schedule of 20 or more hours per week are eligible after 26 weeks of employment, or with a regular schedule of less than 20 hours per week after 175 days worked. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EVERYONE’S FAVORITE STREET FOR PHOTOS IN DUMBO IS DESERTED: If you want a private moment at DUMBO’s prime spot for selfie-snapping, you have to try really, really hard. Selfie Central, the cobble-stone-covered stretch of Washington Street near the corner of Water Street, is normally a tourist magnet. Visitors from all over the world go there to take pictures. The historic red-brick buildings there serve as a picture frame for the Manhattan Bridge, which is at the end of the street. If you squint and gaze into the distance, you can see the Empire State Building framed by the Manhattan Bridge’s supports. By day, by night, in weather fair and foul, people take pictures on Washington Street. If you want the place to yourself, the best time to go is early on a weekday morning — when tourists are still indoors drinking coffee at neighborhood eateries and it’s extremely cold outside. Here arephotos from our most recent trip. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~A BROOKLYN JAIL’S WALL OF LOVE: Outside a high-security Brooklyn jail that’s notorious for its harsh conditions, family and friends of inmates create a beacon of hope across the street with a wall of signs and messages in support of their loved ones. With visiting hours for most inmates confined to once a week and often lasting no more than an hour at Sunset Park’sMetropolitan Detention Center, it’s become tradition for visitors to post messages on the neighboring Con Edison warehouse. When Maria flew in from Colombia just to be denied entry upon visiting her husband, she posted her sign and looked up to see him flashing his cell light in response, as many other inmates do to communicate with supporters. A spokeswoman for the jail’s warden said the facility “encourages inmates to maintain family ties” and is only concerned about the signs if they negatively affect security. A Con Edison spokesman, however, said the signs would soon be taken down, as they always are before visitors come to post them back up. (via NYT)
~COP WON’T COMMENT AFTER MOTHER DIES ON HIS WATCH: A suspended NYPD officer accused of ignoring a 911 call about the assault of a Brooklyn mother an hour before she was found dead, refused to talk with theDaily News when they visited his Bay Ridge home. Officer Wael Jaber’sbrother answered the door and told a reporter Jaber wouldn’t talk. Jaber and his partner, Officer Wing Hong Lau, were previously suspended when the NYPD found they didn’t properly respond to a pedestrian’s call that a woman,Tonie Wells, was screaming for her life inside her apartment. She was found dead at the bottom of her staircase an hour later when neighbors called 911 after hearing Wells’ baby screaming. The mother’s husband, Barry Wells, was eventually taken into custody and charged with aggravated family offense in Brooklyn Criminal Court. (via NYDN)
LONG READ: “‘If we don’t run, then we won’t achieve.’ Why a record number of women are eyeing a run for governor.” (WaPo)
ANOTHER LONG READ: More than two years after her father was killed by police officers, Erica Garner is “still fighting” for justice. (via NYmag)
TECHNOLOGY: It’s freezing out there! Here’s how the cold can affect your iPhone. (via USA Today)
SUCCESS: From Bill Gates to Barack Obama, here’s what 13 extremely successful people do before they go to sleep.
NATIONAL BULLETIN: New York City will spend $50 million to install 1,500metal barriers to protect pedestrians…Hoda Kotb will replace Matt Laueron “Today”…And Warren Buffett wins $1 million and donates it to a girls’ charity. (via Time, NYT and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Fewer and fewer international students are applying to American colleges…The Iran protests grow more dangerous…And at least 25 people die after a bus goes over a cliff in Peru. (via NYT, WaPo and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: Here’s why 2018 will be a “big year” for the Royal Family.
12:00PM — Color Cove at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Historic Trolley Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
4:00PM — American Skulls and Flowers at Court Street Collective. Details.
6:45PM — How to Turn Your New Year Resolutions Into Habits at New Women Space. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Nordic Oscar Contender: November at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. Details.
8:00PM — Jenny’s Birthday Variety Show at Union Hall. Details.
9:00PM — Comedians You Should Know at The Gutter. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Nets were growing weary of hearing about their porous defense and inability to win the second half of back-to-backs entering their New Year’s Day matchup with Orlando at Barclays Center. So, they finally did something about it. Allen Crabbe had 15 points and a career-best three of Brooklyn’s season-high 10 blocked shots Monday night as the Nets began 2018 with a hope-inspiring 98-95 victory over the Magic in front of 16,164 fans on the chilly corners of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues. “I wish that reporter was here that kept telling us that we were not good on back-to-backs,” Nets coachKenny Atkinson jibed after watching his team scratch and claw its way to its first win in its last seven tries in the second half of games played on consecutive nights. “I wanted to thank him for motivating us.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Joan Walsh Anglund, Nicole Beharie, Dabney Coleman, Mel Gibson, Bobby Hull, Eli Manning, Danica McKellar, Victoria Principal andStephen Stills!
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