Brooklyn Today January 16: No Rest for the Weary at Brooklyn’s 26.2-Hour Marathon Rave
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! A controversial statue moves to Green-Wood Cemetery, we speak with star of “The Greatest Showman” Rebecca Ferguson, and we go inside Brooklyn’s 26.2-hour marathon rave. Plus, a Brooklynite gets selected for a prestigious culinary competition, a 20-year-old Florida man wins a $451 million lottery jackpot, and we take a foggy tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Finally, President Trump cancels his trip to London, elephant populations are rapidly diminishing in Indonesia, and a teacher tells a black student that he will be lynched if he doesn’t do his work. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Go inside Donald Trump’s head on the latest cover of The New European.
~NO REST FOR THE WEARY AT BROOKLYN’S 26.2-HOUR RAVE: Caffeine could do only so much by hour eight. Time by that point was a blur. Had it been four or five Red Bulls? There was no telling. Rays of sunshine crept through the drapes. Fatigue set in. For as far as the eye could see, sweaty bodies pulsated to hypnotic beats. Ears began to ring. The only food option was a halal cart stationed outside in the 11-degree arctic tundra. The clock was approaching noon on a recent weekend in East Williamsburg, where, for roughly 14 hours, thousands of young adults took part in Cityfox’s 26.2-hour marathon rave. As some retreated for the warmth of their beds, other wide-eyed partygoers were just arriving. They, perhaps, took a different strategy from the night owls, securing a full evening’s sleep before arriving energized and rested. A rare few, a breed of their own, stayed for the full 26.2 hours. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STAR OF ‘THE GREATEST SHOWMAN’ THINKS BROOKLYN IS, IN FACT, THE GREATEST: Rebecca Ferguson, the London-based actress who has appeared in “Mission: Impossible,” among other hits, came to Brooklyn to playJenny Lind, alongside Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum in “The Greatest Showman.” While here, she fell in love with Brooklyn. With the movie being filmed mostly at the Steiner Studios in Brooklyn Navy Yard, and various other scenes at BAM, Ferguson lived in Fort Greene and would often walk to work. She also admitted to dining at the River Cafe twice. In our recent interview with Ferguson, she sheds light on “The Greatest Showman.” We asked her, “What did you think of our fair borough?” She replied, “Oh, I loved it. In fact on many mornings I walked to the studio. That’s something I couldn’t do in Los Angeles or even London. And I adored the Fort Greeneneighborhood. Also DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYC MOVING CONTROVERSIAL DOC STATUE TO GREEN-WOOD: MayorBill de Blasio said on Friday that the city will move the statue of a 19th century doctor who experimented on female slaves from its pedestal in Central Park to Green-Wood Cemetery, where the doctor is buried. The city is relocating the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, currently at Fifth Avenue and 103 Street, after a study identified it as one of the city’s “symbols of hate.” Sims operated on black women without anesthesia, assuming that black women didn’t feel as much pain as white women. His experimental procedures also caused the death of numerous black babies. Sims’ legacy is not entirely black and white, however. According to The Journal of Medical Ethics, some of the enslaved women encouraged him to proceed because they were determined to have their debilitating medical afflictions cured. He went on to found the Woman’s Hospital, the first hospital for women in the United States, followed by America’s first cancer institute, New York Cancer Hospital. De Blasio said he is making the change following consideration of the recommendations and guidelines laid out by the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers. The city will commission new artwork to sit on the existing Sims pedestal — for example, a prominent woman of color in science and medicine. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CITY TECH STUDENT SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS INT’L COOKING COMPETITION: City Tech student Mimi Chen was one of two American chefs chosen to represent the 2019 Team USA in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France. The Bocuse d’Or is considered the most prestigious international gastronomy competition. Chen will be assisting Head Chef Matthew Kirkley, formerly of San Francisco’s three-star Michelin restaurant COI. Kirkley stepped down from his top restaurant position to spend time preparing for the upcoming competition. Chen is perfecting her amazing cooking skills at NYC College of Technology’s Department of Hospitality Management in Downtown Brooklyn. Chen holds the rank of commis chef, which is at the trainee level. Chen and Kirkley will be upholding the honor of the country in the competition. The U.S. took home the gold in 2017, courtesy of Chef Mathew Peters, the first American to ever win the competition. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~A FOGGY TOUR OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Icons in the mist. We recently took photos of a foggy Brooklyn Bridge Park. Here are a few scenes that we saw: the Brooklyn Bridge shrouded in fog, a runner clad in shorts striding past the Manhattan Bridge, and massive chunks of ice bobbing in the water. Photographers wandered up and down the popular park, snapping scenic shots. We decided it was time to play hooky and join them. A word of advice: Wear a hat, or the insane humidity will make your hair very frizzy. Just earlier this month, the “bomb cyclone,” AKA Winter Storm Grayson, dumped snow all over the place. Temps plunged into the single digits. Now we’re in the grip of soggy spring-like weather. Our fog’s so thick, it would make San Francisco proud. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now” (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: From swimming in Coney Island to running dozens of miles in Prospect Park, meet the five New Yorkers who did five triathlons in five days. Yes, you read that correctly. (via Deadspin)
MAP: A color-coded chart ranks which neighborhoods have the most noise complaints. You’ll never guess which area has the most in Brooklyn. (via Time Out New York)
FOOD: When Mario Batali was accused of sexual misconduct, he included a cinnamon roll recipe in his apology. One woman baked them. Here’s how theyturned out. (via The Everywhereist)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A 20-year-old Florida man wins a $451 million lottery jackpot…A mother kills her daughter by shoving a crucifix down her throat…And a Ohio teacher receives no punishment for telling a black student he will be lynched if he doesn’t do his work. (via ABC7, Time and Cincinnati.com)
FOREIGN FLASH: Elephant populations are rapidly diminishing in Indonesia…President Trump cancels his trip to London…And jewels worth millions of dollars are stolen from the Ritz Hotel in Paris. (via NYT, The Guardian and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: Did you know the Royal Family hid its crown jewels from Nazis in a cookie tin during World War II? (via The Sun)
9:00AM — Brain Train Technology Class at Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults.Details.
12:00PM — The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine at 92nd Street Y. Details.
1:30PM — Style, Selfhood, and the Body: A Conversation with Lucy Jonesand Yeohlee Teng at Museum of Modern Art. Details.
2:00PM — Brooklyn Afternoons for Individuals with Memory Loss at at the Brooklyn Museum. Details.
6:30PM — Tomashi Jackson in Conversation with Ashley James at The Drawing Center. Details.
6:30PM — 45 Years after Roe v Wade at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — Who Are You, Really?: The Surprising Puzzle of Personality at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Advice Not Given: Mark Epstein at McNally Jackson. Details.
7:00PM — It Occurs to Me That I Am America at The Strand. Details.
7:30PM — Dedicate It with David Henry Hwang at Caveat. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Caris LeVert And The Culture Of Brooklyn” (via NetsDaily)
Happy birthday to Debbie Allen, John Carpenter, Joe Flacco, A.J. Foyt Jr.,Marilyn Horne, William Kennedy, James May, Jack Burns McDowell, Ronnie Milsap, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kate Moss and Albert Pujols!
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