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Brooklyn Today January 9: The Next Prospect Park? 407-Acre Park Coming to East New York

January 9, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! A fire starts on the roof of TrumpTower, Gowanus is the hot place to be right now, and the borough will receive a 407-acre park. Plus, James Bond is coming to Cobble Hill, President Trump builds a wall in Wisconsin, and Mark Zuckerbergrecommends 23 books to read. Finally, American police officers killed 987 people in 2017, Germany hosts its annual world championship of Christmas tree throwing, and wish a happy birthday to Kate Middleton.       
IMPRINT: Colin KaepernickMichael Bennett and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. kneel and lock arms on the latest cover of The New Yorker.

The Rundown

~THE NEXT PROSPECT PARK? 407-ACRE PARK COMING TO EAST NEW YORK: Shunned as the bowels of Brooklyn, Jamaica Bay has long been chastised as polluted marshland, a toxic waterway below the shadows of planes sloping steeply toward Kennedy Airport. One section of the belittled bay, however, will undergo a transformation over the next year as an enormous407-acre park will sprout along its shores on the former Pennsylvania Avenue and Fountain Avenue landfills in East New York. The new parkland, which will open next year, was announced in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State on Wednesday. The area will include biking paths, hiking trails and water-based activities such as fishing, kayaking and environmental education events. Restrooms, shade structures and concessions will also be part of Phase One. Phase Two of the plan will create an amphitheater, environmental education facilities and a bridge between the two landfills. “This new state park will be a treasure in the heart of Brooklyn, offering hundreds of acres of beautiful parkland on the shores of Jamaica Bay,” Cuomo said. “We are committed to ensuring every New Yorker can access the recreational, health and community benefits of open space, and this park will open new doors to wellness for New Yorkers who need it most.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~REZONING COULD CAUSE GOWANUS HEAT WAVES; GREEN MANDATES RECOMMENDED: Gowanus is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, but will its upcoming rezoning make the neighborhood way too hot? The area — already subject to a poor air and water quality, heavy traffic and lack of parks and open space — could suffer the effects of a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island effect as higher density buildings are developed, according to the nonprofit Urban Land Institute New York. With the Urban Heat Island effect, buildings, cement and asphalt paving cause cities to be hotter than surrounding, less developed areas, especially at night. ULI NY issued a report on Monday suggesting ways to lessen the Urban Heat Island effect. Some of the recommendations include more trees and plantings, green roofs and breezeways, “paths of respite” along windy corridors, better public transit, and turning a Con Edison lot between Baltic and Butler streets into a temporary park while the area’s only public park, Thomas Greene Park, is closed as part of the Gowanus Canal Superfund cleanup. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JAMES BOND COMING TO BROOKLYN: James Bond star Daniel Craig was revealed as the mystery buyer of a Cobble Hill brownstone sold by authorMartin Amis and his wife, Isabel Fonseca, for $6.75 million. The propertywas sold last year through LLC, On the Rows. It underwent extensive repair after a faulty chimney led to a destructive fire. The 6,600-square-foot property was listed as a “clean, blank slate and ready for a purchaser to finish to their specifications,” when Craig scooped it up. Craig and his wife are the latest on a growing list of celebrities flocking to Brooklyn, including Jason Sudeikis andOlivia WildeKeri Russell and Matthew Rhys, and John Krasinski andEmily Blunt(via NYP)
~EX-REALITY TV STAR SAYS DA USED HIM IN ELECTION: Ex-reality TV private investigator Vincent Parco says Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez used him to “thank” a major voter base. With a history of investigating matters related to the Satmar/Orthodox community, Parco claims the DA busted him on an alleged blackmail scheme a week after the DA won the Democratic Primary to thank voters in those communities. “Mr. Parco is a seasoned investigator who upon information and belief is being targeted to curry favor with the Satmar/Orthodox Community, and among other things in retribution for his many previous investigations regarding the Satmar/Orthodox Community,” Parco’s lawyer, Peter Gleason, wrote in court documents. Parco is charged with two others for trying to silence a woman who accused one of them of sexually assaulting her when she was 12. (via Daily News)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: President Trump may not have his border wall yet, but he did build a different wall in a small town in Wisconsin. (via Politico)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Rockefellers vs. the Company That Made Them Rockefellers” (via NYMag)
SPORTS: Is the New England Patriots’ dynasty coming to an end? ESPN explores the growing friction between Robert KraftTom Brady and Bill Belichick(via ESPN)
LITERATURE: Here are 23 books that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergthinks everyone should read. (via Time)  


NATIONAL BULLETIN: American police officers killed 987 people in 2017…The Trump administration announces that roughly 200,000 Salvadorans must leave America…And a fire starts on the roof of TrumpTower in Manhattan. (via WaPo, NYT and USA Today)   
FOREIGN FLASH: Germany hosts its annual world championship ofChristmas tree throwing…An Iranian oil tanker catches fire off the coast of China…And while we endure crippling cold, Australia’s roads are melting from“catastrophic” heat(via USA Today, WaPo and Independent) 
 Wish a happy birthday to Kate Middleton, who turns 36 today. (via Express)


9:00AM — Brain Train Technology Class at Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults.Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Leslie Kerby: The World Contained at BRIC Arts.Details.
5:30PM — Moriah Evans: Figuring at SculptureCenter. Details.
7:00PM — Brooklyn Poetry Slam at BRIC House Stoop. Details.
7:00PM — David DeSteno with Paul Bloom: Emotional Success at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Neon in Daylight: Hermione Hoby with Elif Batuman at McNally Jackson. Details.
7:00PM — Johanna Burton, Curator of “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Author Talk: Balfour Declaration’s Enduring Lessons at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. Details.
7:30PM — Simon Sinek in Conversation with Arthur Brooks: Leading with Purpose at 92nd Street Y. Details.
8:00PM — Secret Science Club Presents Biologist, Snakeologist and ExplorerFrank T. Burbrink at The Bell House. Details.    

 EAGLE SPORTS: D’Angelo Russell making big leap toward Nets return”(via NYP)

Happy birthday to Joan Baez, Muggsy Bogues, Kate Middleton, Nina Dobrev, Sergio Garcia, Crystal Gayle, Mat Hoffman, Judith Krantz, Dave Matthews, Joely Richardson, J.K. Simmons, Bart Starr and Imelda Staunton!

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