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Brooklyn Today January 25: Will There Be a Truck Ban on the BQE?

January 25, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! We travel to Bay Ridge’s Doctors’ Row, trucks could be banned from the BQE, and protests erupt outside Sen.Schumer’s Park Slope home. Plus, we share the story behind Brooklyn’s iconic water towers, South Carolina doesn’t have an official state flag, and a 47,000-square-foot animal shelter is coming to the Bronx. Finally, a dog shoots its owner in Russia, Indonesian troops drink the blood of decapitated snakes, and Stockholm, Sweden, introduces driverless buses.   
IMPRINT: Actress Dakota Fanning is in “full bloom” on the February coverof Vogue Australia.

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The Rundown

~WILL THERE BE A TRUCK BAN ON THE BQE?: Transportation officials might be forced to consider a total ban on truck traffic on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at some point within the next few years due to the deteriorating condition of the roadway, a top state Senate Republican predicted. In an interview with the Brooklyn Eagle, state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) said the BQE is in such bad shape, particularly in the section located in Brooklyn Heights, that a ban on trucks could become necessary by the year 2025. One way to head off that possibility is to have the state authorize a way to expedite the process in which roadway repairs are made, according to Golden, who said officials are looking into streamlining the bureaucratic process that contractors face in repair projects. “It would allow them to work faster to get projects done,” Golden said. The BQE is scheduled to undergo major repairs starting in 2020, according to The New York Times, which reported that the $1.7-billion project will focus on a 1.5-mile stretch of the highway located between Atlantic Avenue and Sands Street. The BQE was built between 1944 and 1948. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CHECK OUT LANDMARK-WORTHY DOCTORS’ ROW AND OTHER FINE SIGHTS IN BAY RIDGE: The landmark-worthy homes on Doctors’ Row in Bay Ridge are so fine that you almost welcome a trip to the podiatrist. The limestone barrel-fronted rowhouses, built more than a century ago, can be found on Bay Ridge Parkway between Fourth and Fifth avenues. There are medical offices of all sorts, and a law office here and there, on the lower floors of these private homes. Three cheers for the Bay Ridge Parkway 400 Block Association, a neighborhood organization that has successfully campaigned to get the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider designating Doctors’ Row as a historic district. And hurrah for the Historic Districts Council, too, for working with the neighborhood organization in this vital endeavor. Landmarking the iconic block would protect these rowhouses from demolition and ensure that future renovations are carried out in a historically appropriate way. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HISTORY OF BROOKLYN’S WATER TANKS: Those wooden water tanks that accent the New York skyline aren’t just for show. They’ve supplied historic Brooklyn high-rises with water since the 1880s. The more than 10,000 citywidewater towers were originally built when the steel boom had buildings growing higher than water pressure could travel upward. Tanks on top of buildings could send water down with gravity, and so what is now the oldest water tank company in the U.S., Rosenwach, capitalized, eventually landing its base inWilliamsburg. As many historical sites in the borough, the plant at North Ninth Street and Wythe Avenue was eventually sold to developers to be turned into a hotel after it was damaged in a fire. The company may now be in New Jersey, but the water tanks still stand tall. (via Greenpointers)
~PROTESTERS MARCH ON SEN. SCHUMER’S BROOKLYN HOME: The government may have reopened until February, but a failure to agree on Dreamers’ immigration status caused protesters to march on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s Park Slope home on Tuesday. Demonstrators called on Schumer to negotiate a long-term agreement for the status of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. “Our community is outraged by the Senate vote to pass a temporary budget deal with no solution for Dreamers,” organizers wrote on Facebook. “Our lives are on the line, Chuck! We need a clean Dream Act now – not in three weeks!” Last year, protesters also marched on Schumer’s Prospect Park West home to call on him to vote down Trump’s cabinet picks. (via Brooklyn Patch)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “How a new technology is changing the lives of people who cannot speak” (via The Guardian)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “On female rage:” A woman details the liberation she felt when she finally allowed herself to express her true emotion: anger, not sadness(via The New Yorker)
LISTEN: Hear Nathan Thornburgh, co-founder and co-publisher of “Roads & Kingdoms,” speak about producing quality journalism for an “uncaring world.”
HOLIDAY: Here are some romantic suggestions for how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. (TimeOut)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: South Carolina doesn’t have an official state flag…A 47,000-square-foot animal shelter is coming to the Bronx…And former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords calls for stricter gun laws followingTuesday’s mass shooting in Kentucky. (via The State, Metro and USA Today)        
FOREIGN FLASH: A dog shoots its owner in Russia…Stockholm, Sweden, introduces driverless buses…And Indonesian troops drink the blood ofdecapitated snakes(via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)    
From bringing their own alcohol to travelling with extra blood, here are some lesser-known facts about how the Royal Familytravels. (via CheatSheet)


9:30AM — Tiny Tot Theater at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Reenactment at BRIC Arts. Details.
10:15AM — Positive Aging: My Yoga Community at Dyker Library. Details.
1:00PM — Chinese Brush Painting at Paerdegat Library. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Jeanne Liotta Break The Sky at Microscope Gallery.Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — An Evening for the People of Yemen at Brooklyn Commons. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Ovarian Kung Fu: Chinese Energetic Practices for Women at Tiger Heart Tao. Details.  
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Gold Rush at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC. Details.
7:30PM — The Best of Israeli Cinema at Kane Street Synagogue. Details.  

 EAGLE SPORTS: Brooklyn’s Heartbreak Kids were at it again Tuesdaynight in Oklahoma City. After Spencer Dinwiddie made a go-ahead layup with seven seconds to play, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook answered with one of his own just four ticks later, leaving the Nets to lament a 109-108 lossto the Thunder. Brooklyn, which has specialized in taking teams to the wire this season, squandered a 15-point, second-half lead before the late back-and-forth between the Nets’ Mr. Big Shot and the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player. “We gave up 35 points in the fourth quarter and made a ton of mistakes,” Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson said after the Nets came up three seconds shy of their first three-game winning streak of the season. “I loved our competitive spirit throughout the game — how we defended — but I thought in the fourth quarter, we made some fundamental mistakes.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to Vince Carter, Chris Chelios, Alicia Keys, Dinah Manoff,Ana Ortiz, Leigh Taylor-Young and Xavi!

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