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Brooklyn Today January 12: Arctic Temps and Instagram-Worthy Looks in Red Hook

January 12, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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***The Brooklyn Daily Eagle office will be closed on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The next Brooklyn Today newsletter will be sent on Tuesday, Jan. 16.***


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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! New York City students get a sweet deal from NYU Tandon, Brooklyn’s London terror attack hero receives a medal, and we spend a day in Red Hook. Plus, a woman gets stuck under a train inWilliamsburg, five women accuse Golden Globe winner James Franco of inappropriate sexual behavior, and ICE agents target 7-Eleven workers. Finally, Gucci makes pasta in Florence, Ecuador gives Julian Assange citizenship, and North Korea praises Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” Have a great holiday weekend.
 
IMPRINT: President Trump’s first year in office goes up in flames on the most recent cover of Time.

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The Rundown
 

~NYU TANDON OFFERS AFFORDABLE CYBERSECURITY MASTER’S DEGREE WITH BACKING FROM NYC: With everything from Russian hackers to credit card fraud becoming very much a 21st century problem, a door of opportunity has just opened for New York City students hoping to get into one of the hottest fields on the planet. NYU Tandon School of Engineering inDowntown Brooklyn is partnering with the city to launch an affordable online cybersecurity master’s degree program. The program was designed with major NYC employers to address the acute shortage of technical professionals. The New York City Cyber Fellows program offers scholarships of as much as 75 percent of tuition to U.S. residents, bringing the total tuition to $15,000 for the entire program. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply for the fall semester is May 1, 2018. The program was designed to help Mayor Bill de Blasio meet his New York Works goal of adding 10,000 cybersecurity experts to the city’s workforce within a decade. The city wants to enroll its own experts, rather than hiring from outside the region, because it competes for talent amidst the “global drought.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~LANDMARKS COMMISSION CALLS FOR TWEAKS TO PLAN FOR CLINTON HILL CHURCH REPAIRS: Jeffrey Gershon’s Hope Street Capital is seeking a special zoning permit to build a 29-story apartment tower inClinton Hill. And restoring the nearby Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew is acrucial part of the development plan. The firm is seeking the permit under Section 74-711 of the city Zoning Resolution. It allows the city Planning Commission to modify a development’s use and bulk regulations if a continuing maintenance program is set up for a landmark on the same zoning lot. As part of Hope Street Capital’s permit application, it must get the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to sign off on the landmark-maintenance plan. The site where Hope Street Capital wants to build the apartment tower is at 550 Clinton Ave. The landmark that will get repaired and maintained is the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, whose address is 520 Clinton Ave(via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~ARCTIC TEMPS AND INSTAGRAM-WORTHY LOOKS IN RED HOOK: The other day we went looking for icicles — and found them on Valentino Pier. We wanted to snap photos of winter scenes in Red Hook. Louis Valentino Jr. Park & Pier, with its killer views of the Statue of Liberty, was the ideal place to start. Spray kicked up during Buttermilk Channel’s high tides had deposited a fringe of icicles on the grillwork of the fence along the pier — and on nearby park benches, too. Numerous rocks along the shoreline were ice-coated. They resembled gigantic ice cubes. The window of opportunity for an outdoor adventure was tight. The forecast promised just two days of sunny weather before the arrival of the bomb cyclone. There’s no better place to be on a bright January day — even when it’s 22 degrees outside — than Red Hook. The endearing neighborhood has massive NYCHA complexes, artists’ studios, grimy industrial buildings and a picturesque working waterfront. Sunlight streams down on Civil War-era warehouses, old-fashioned rowhouses and classic cobblestone streets. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~LONDON TERROR ATTACK HERO RECEIVES ROTC MEDAL: The young hero who saved a victim’s life during the horrific terrorist attack in London last year came to the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton this week to receive a medal for his bravery. Brooklyn native Mark Kindschuh, a Boston College student and a cadet in the school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, was awarded the ROTC Medal for Heroism by U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan in a ceremony attended by several U.S. Army officials, including Col. Peter Sicoli, the fort’s commander. The Medal for Heroism is the highest honor given to ROTC cadets. “If Cadet Kindschuh represents the future of the U.S. military, our nation’s armed forces will be the greatest in history for yet another generation,” Donovan said. “This young man, with disregard for his own safety, saved a stranger’s life during the June 2017 terror attack in London. I’m proud to represent him and his family in Congress, and he’s fully deserving of this immense honor.” Kindschuh was studying in London when the terror attack took place on June 3(via Brooklyn Eagle)

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DAILY TOP BROOKLYN NEWS
News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

LONG READ: Despite a plan to overhaul Penn Station, the transit hub, which is deemed one of the worst in the nation, could get a lot worse.
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Is everything you think you know about depressionwrong?” (via The Guardian)
 
WATCH: Time Out selects the best movies on Netflix for January. (via Time Out)
 
FOOD: Inside Gowanus’ Claro, the neighborhood’s hottest new Oaxacan restaurant(via Eater)

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NATIONAL BULLETIN: A woman gets stuck under a train at the Bedford Avenue station…Five women accuse Golden Globe winner James Franco ofinappropriate sexual behavior…And ICE agents target 7-Eleven workers.(via NYP, LA Times and NYT)    
 
FOREIGN FLASH: Gucci makes pasta in Florence…Ecuador gives Julian Assange citizenship…And North Korea praises Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.” (via Fortune, WaPo and USA Today)
  
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 ROYAL WATCH:
 Here are the Royal Family’s favorite places to ski(via Express)

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT   
 

6:00AM – 9:00AM — Free Boxing & Kickboxing Seminar at Rise Brooklyn Fitness. Details.
 
10:45AM — French for Little Ones at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.  
 
11:00AM — Family Movie Time: Care Bears at Gerritsen Beach Library.Details.
 
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Mike Kelly Singles Mixer at Luhring Augustine Bushwick. Details.
 
11:30AM — Swing n’ Sway in the Neighborhood! Music with Carla Friend at Bay Ridge Library. Details.
 
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Solid Light Works: Anthony McCall at Pioneer Works.Details.
 
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Everything you do is Perfect at FiveMyles. Details.
 
2:00PM — Comedy Show at Richard Beavers Gallery. Details.
 
7:00PM – 2:00AM — 33rd Annual Golden Festival at Grand Prospect Hall.Details.
 
10:00PM – 4:00AM — The Jook Jam at The Emerson. Details.
 

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 EAGLE SPORTS: At least Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t spend his post-game presser complaining about the officiating. He and the Brooklyn Nets never came close enough to the Detroit Pistons to need a favorable call. Dinwiddie, the Nets’ late-game, go-to option of late, endured one of his worst nights of the season as Brooklyn was “dominated” from start to finish during Wednesdaynight’s 114-80 drubbing at the hands of the Pistons in front of 13,457 fans at Barclays Center. “This is our job and we’re all here to play basketball,” said a clearly frustrated Dinwiddie, who was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting after pouring in a career-high 31 points in Monday’s overtime loss to Toronto. “We came out here and laid an egg,” he added. “That’s inexcusable and unacceptable.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)

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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Kristie Alley, Jeff Bezos, Marian HossaRush Limbaugh, Zayn Malik, David Mitchell, Haruki Murakami, Oliver Platt,Howard Stern and Dominique Wilkins!

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