Brooklyn Today February 2: More Than 300 Brooklyn School Cafeterias In Health Violation
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! Residents of southwest Brooklyn are fed up with their transit woes, a school janitor repeatedly raped a 12-year-old girl, and nearly 700 school cafeterias in NYC received a critical health department violation. Plus, Brooklyn Friends celebrates its 150th anniversary, Facebook uses aggressive tactics on its users, and we share the 18 best Thai restaurants in the city. Finally, a town in Italy sells homes for $1.25, a Land Rover smashes into a supermarket in England, and a German shepherd was “approved” to receive $360 a week in unemployment benefits. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Travis Kalanick, the chastised founder of Uber, falls to his knees on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.
~BROOKLYN FRIENDS SCHOOL CELEBRATES ‘150 YEARS OF LIGHT’: A blowout celebration held at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Jan. 29 honored the 150th anniversary of Brooklyn Friends School. The institution, located inDowntown Brooklyn, was founded in the Quaker tradition in 1867. The motion to start the school was passed two weeks after Roebling was given his commission to build the Brooklyn Bridge, Head of School Dr. Larry Weiss told the capacity crowd. BFS first opened in the basement of the Brooklyn Meeting House on Schermerhorn Street. Tuition was $12 per quarter for the younger children and $15 for the older ones, both boys and girls. The celebration was marked by an oral history and archival project conducted by students, who undertook videotaped interviews of five alumni from the 1940s through the 1980s as well as research in the Brooklyn Friends School archives. Learn more about the school’s history and see photos from the celebration here. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MORE THAN 300 BKLYN SCHOOL CAFETERIAS IN HEALTH VIOLATION:A new study released by NYCity News Service found that more than 300 Brooklyn school cafeterias have at least one critical health violation. The John Jay Campus cafeteria in Park Slope was among the top of the list with seven critical violations while P.S. 398 in East Flatbush had reported “live roaches and close to 600 fresh mice droppings,” according to the report. “We don’t have enough manpower,” said Shaun Francois, president of the union representing cafeteria workers. “For mice droppings, because of staffing, they can’t clean because they’re busy running around serving kids.” The study found citywide there were nearly 700 school cafeterias in violation, with the worst offenders in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. (via Brownstoner)
~RAPE VICTIM SUES DOE FOR FAILING TO PREVENT JANITOR ATTACKS: A 12-year-old girl who was raped in 2010 and 2011 roughly 40 times by an East Flatbush middle school janitor in his basement hideout is suing the city and the Department of Education for failing to prevent the attacks. According to the lawsuit, Ambiorix Rodriguez, who is serving 20 years to life for the acts, was a heavy drinker, drug user and was previously suspended by the school for “non-school related misconduct,” before returning to the job at the Middle School for Marketing and Legal Studies. The man took the girl down into a basement hangout called “The Pen,” which was a mold-infested cramped space past the boiler room. “It’s right out of a horror movie,” the victim’s attorney James Monroe said. “It’s taken our client many years to collect the strength and maturity to confront what happened to her.” A DOE spokesman did not comment on whether steps were being taken to prevent further sexual assaults. (via NYDN)
~WOES OF SUBWAY SCHEDULES TOP NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY ISSUES: The sad shape of transit services in southwest Brooklyn neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach made it to the top of the list of concerns of local residents who responded to a City Council member’s survey focusing on issues the public wants lawmakers to address. Councilmember Justin Brannan, a Democrat who was elected in November and took office on Jan. 1, announced the results of the survey this week. Public transit woes were the top concern, according to Brannan, who said that nearly 50 percent of the respondents indicated that the subway was their primary source of transportation. Surprisingly, the survey found that more residents take car services than ride buses. “We live about seven miles from Manhattan and yet people who live in different states get to work faster than we do,” Brannan said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “How to Not Die in America” (via Splinter)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Facebook is desperate, and it’s using aggressive tactics to persuade you to use it more. (via Bloomberg)
EXPLORE: We get it. New York’s expensive, but here’s a list of 100 thingsthat you can do in the city for less than $100. (via Time Out)
EAT: Dining out this weekend? Here are the 18 best Thai restaurants in the city, including five in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Roughly 7,000 Syrians will be able to stay in America for the time being…Gay-rights advocates tell Amazon to stay away from nine cities for its second headquarters…And a German shepherd was “approved” to receive $360 per week in unemployment benefits. (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: Hong Kong will ban all ivory sales by 2021…A picturesque town in Italy is selling homes for $1.25…And a Land Rover smashes into a supermarket in England. (via NYT, Independent and Daily Mail)
ROYAL WATCH: Are Americans obsessed with the Royal Family? It would appear so. (via Huffington Post)
1:00PM — Dancewave Presents: African Dance at MS 447. Details.
2:00PM — Good Neighbors Art Show at Ground Floor Gallery. Details.
2:45PM — Creative Writing for Kids at Cortelyou Library. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Nancy Baker at 1 Main. Details.
7:00PM — Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song at BAM Rose Cinemas.Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — The Share Series (theater, dance, music and spoken word) at Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — The Hard Times Live! at Tender Trap. Details.
8:30PM – 10:30PM — Karl Larson at Spectrum. Details.
9:45PM — Abar: The First Black Superman at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
10:00PM – 4:00AM — The Jook Jam at The Emerson. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell played the starring roles. But Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas savored this win most of all for the Brooklyn Nets. Dinwiddie scored 27 points and Russell added 22 off the bench Wednesday night as the Nets ended a season high-tying, four-game losing streak with a 116-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in front of 15,577 fans at Downtown’s Barclays Center. “They got some talent over there and for us to get any win in this league is definitely a start,” noted Russell, who played his best game since returning from a knee injury that cost him two months of his first season here in Brooklyn. “So hopefully we can capitalize on it and keep building.” Okafor and Stauskas, both of whom came here in the Dec. 7 deal that sent Trevor Booker to the City of Brotherly Love, combined for just 11 points in 32 minutes against their former squad. However, both played integral roles in what proved to be the tightly contested game’s decisive run. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Christie Brinkley, John Cornyn, Ina Garten, Bo Hopkins,Zosia Mamet, Robert Mandan, Graham Nash, Tom Smothers and Michael T. Weiss!
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