Brooklyn Today February 6: Brooklyn’s Ultimate Chocolate Tasting Trail Map
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! The city’s highest rooftop pool is coming to Downtown Brooklyn, John Catsimatidis buys a building for $69.2 million, and we share information about the borough’s chocolate tour. Plus, a journalist travels across Antarctica alone, an Amtrak train crashes in South Carolina, and we tell you where to get the best nachos in the city. Finally, Ram’s Super Bowl ad featuring a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. receives backlash, a new spider species is discovered in China, and archaeologists uncover a tomb near the Giza Pyramids.
IMPRINT: Mary J. Blige shows off her spring wardrobe on the latest cover ofNew York Magazine.
~IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY: BROOKLYN’S ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE TASTING TRAIL MAP: For more than a century, Brooklyn has been home to some of the city’s finest chocolatiers. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Brooklyn Chamber’s Explore Brooklyn tourism group has released its first Chocolate Tasting Trail Map. The self-guided tour brings chocolate pilgrims to a dozen local chocolatiers, factories and tasting rooms across the borough, from Sunset Park to Greenpoint. The map includes addresses, websites, hours and the closest subway stations. Brooklyn has a long history of chocolate-making that began in the early 20th century, and New York City has been a major trading point for cocoa since the 1700s. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan said the group hopes the map will encourage more people to explore the thriving industry. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JENNIFER LAWRENCE DISCUSSES HOW TO ‘UNRIG THE SYSTEM’: The current political system in which Democrats and Republicans fight like cats and dogs and nothing gets done can be changed, but only if Americans are willing to roll up their sleeves and work on a grass-roots level to make those changes. That was the takeaway from a unique three-day conference called the “Unrig the System Summit” that was sponsored by the organization Represent Us and brought hundreds of political activists from communities across the country to New Orleans to talk about opening up the political process by changing campaign finance laws and making it easier for people to run for public office.The summit, which took place at Tulane University, featured a variety of speakers, including Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin), former Louisiana Gov.Buddy Roemer and Fox News Channel personality Steve Hilton. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN TO HOUSE CITY’S HIGHEST ROOFTOP POOL: When finished, the new luxury condo building Brooklyn Point in Downtown Brooklyn will feature the city’s highest rooftop pool. The high-flying oasis will feature mosaic glass tiles, lounge chairs, a Brazilian wood deck, trees, a stargazing observatory and room for open-air movie screenings around the 27-foot saltwater pool. Built as part of the City Point commercial and residential complex, the building at 138 Willoughby St. will boast the address 1 City Point. Brooklyn Point is set to be completed in early 2021 with 458 units from studios to three-bedrooms. It will be the borough’s tallest building until another tower at 9 DeKalb Ave. is raised. (via New York Post)
~RED APPLE GROUP PICKS UP APT. BUILDING BY BARCLAYS: The Red Apple Group, led by John Catsimatidis, recently picked up a newly developed apartment building by the Barclays Center for $69.2 million. The 86-unit structure at 670 Pacific St. was sold by Robert Wolf’s Read Property Group with a 90-spot parking garage leased to a parking operator for 15 years. Catsimatidis bought the space in a 1031 exchange with proceeds from the former Gristedes corporate headquarters in Manhattan. “I think we paid a little bit more than I really wanted to, but we had the ability to do that because of the 1031,” Catsimatidis said. “This reinforces our love for Brooklyn and our trust in the borough.” Red Apple Group is also planning to build a 425-unit, mixed-use project in Coney Island. (via The Real Deal)
~IMMIGRATION RIGHTS ACTIVIST RAVI RAGBIR HONORED BY BISHOP OF LONG ISLAND DIOCESE: Ravidath Ragbir, the immigration rights leader who continues to face deportation, received the Bishop’s Cross on Sunday at Church of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights. Bishop Lawrence Provenzano surprised him and the gathering of parishioners, activists and guest clergy by naming Ragbir as Ecumenical Canon for Integration and declaring him an essential leader in the church. “We have children who are scared of deportation,” Ragbir said. “When you have children who are in school, crying because [they] don’t know whether their parents are going to be home when they get back home, they cannot work, they cannot study, they cannot focus, they cannot learn, because every day they are worried about their parents, about their lives.” The parish, which has been named as a Sanctuary Church, invited Ragbir to be the guest preacher at that service. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “The White Darkness:” A journalist travels alone across Antarctica in what would prove to be “ultimate test of character.” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Jackie Wallace was a famed NFL player who appeared in three Super Bowls, but then he disappeared and became homeless. Here’s how it happened. (via Nola.com)
CARTOON: President Trump refuses to call the Philadelphia Eagles to congratulate them on their Super Bowl win. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: The Super Bowl may be over, but you can still enjoy some junk food. Here are the best nachos in New York City. (via Time Out)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: An Amtrak train crashes into a freight train in South Carolina, killing two people…Ram’s Super Bowl ad featuring a sermon byMartin Luther King Jr. receives backlash…And a debate ensues: Is it illegal to flash the middle finger at a police officer? (via NYT, USA Today and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: A new spider species is discovered in China…Archaeologists discover a tomb near the Giza Pyramids…And the International Olympic Committee denies a request for Russian athletes to take part in the Winter Olympics. (via WaPo, USA Today and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: “Meghan Markle could get an allowance from the British royal family — but she may have to pay double the taxes” (via Business Insider)
9:00AM — Brain Train Technology Class at Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults.Details.
11:00AM – 1:00PM — The Making of Jewish New York: Spanish Portuguese Culture at Museum at Eldridge Street. Details.
12:00PM — The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War at 2nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Book Launch: Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship at PowerHouse Arena. Details.
7:00PM — Romeo & Juliet at House of Yes. Details.
7:00PM — Women Poets at Barnard: Frank Bidart and Eleanor Chai at Barnard College. Details.
7:30PM – 9:45PM — Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus Spring 2018 Auditions at First Presbyterian Church. Details.
7:30PM — Don’t Think Once – An Unpredictable Comedy Show at Union Hall.Details.
8:00PM — Returning to Reims at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Details.
8:30PM — East Versus West: The Persian Wars and Their Lasting Impact at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Brooklyn Nets Q&A: Kenny Atkinson” (via NBA.com)
Happy birthday to Tom Brokaw, Fabian, Mike Farrell, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gayle Hunnicutt, Barry Miller, Kathy Najimy, Gigi Perreau, Rip Torn, Robert Townsend, Michael Tucker and Mamie Van Doren!
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