Brooklyn Today February 8: Private Cars Still Driving Through Prospect Park Despite Ban
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Private cars are still driving through Prospect Park, we take a grand tour of Brownsville, and America’s first birth control clinic was in Brooklyn. Plus, President Trump calls for a massive military parade, we share the 12 best brunch spots in the city, and Lucas Warren becomes the first-ever Gerby baby with Down syndrome. Finally, orange crocodiles are found in Gabon, the Queen returns to London from her month-long Christmas break, and Rex Tillerson says Russia is already interfering with America’s midterm elections.
IMPRINT: Selena Gomez shows off her blonde hair on the latest cover ofHarper’s Bazaar US.
~REVAMPED LOEW’S PITKIN MOVIE THEATER IS A BROWNSVILLE TREASURE: Oh, the nostalgia. Nothing beats the glamour of the old-time picture palaces where our grandparents went to the movies. The Loew’s Pitkin, which opened in 1929 at 1501 Pitkin Ave. in Brownsville, was one of the great ones. It was designed by Thomas Lamb, who was a big name in theatrical architecture. Brownstoner.com writer Suzanne Spellen identifies the architectural style of its exterior as “Art Deco with Mayan and Art Nouveau touches.” After sitting vacant and deteriorating for decades, the movie theater was brought back to life by developer POKO Partners and rebuilt as the Brownsville Ascend Charter School. There are commercial spaces on the first floor of the 164,000-square-foot building with a Dollar Tree store, a Subway sandwich shop and a Pizza Hut restaurant as tenants. In late December, POKO Partners sold the property for $53 million to Pitken Terrace LLC with Shulem Herman as member. He’s a Brooklyn real estate investor. The Real Deal, which was the first publication to report the transaction, said it might be the priciest single-building sale ever in Brownsville. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PRIVATE CARS STILL DRIVING THROUGH PROSPECT PARK DESPITE BAN: A month after the city banned civilian vehicles from driving through Prospect Park, cyclists have reported motorists jumping the curb and finding their way in for shortcuts. “I’m in the park every day, and it’s rare that I don’t ride through and see at least one or two civilian vehicles,” saidProspect-Lefferts Gardens resident Stanley Greenberg. Drivers have been seen driving around temporary barriers raised on the roads to get into the park. Multiple cyclists have reported almost getting hit since they now don’t expect to encounter cars. A Department of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman said more permanent barriers will be installed in the coming weeks. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~MARGARET SANGER’S BIRTH CONTROL CLINIC AND OTHER HISTORIC SITES IN BROWNSVILLE: It’s an address every feminist should know: 46 Amboy St. Margaret Sanger opened America’s first birth control clinic on thisBrownsville street a century ago, in the storefront of a rowhouse near the corner of Pitkin Avenue. The other day, we were thinking about the status of women’s reproductive rights in America, which prompted us to make a pilgrimage to the clinic site. We wound up spending the whole day walking around Brownsville and looking at beautiful old buildings. There was so much to see. When real-estate nerds think of Brownsville, NYCHA developments are the first thing that come to mind. There are 18 different NYCHA properties in the neighborhood. About one-quarter of Brownsville’s residents live in them. There’s also a lot of old-fashioned architectural eye candy. Commercial corridor Pitkin Avenue is lined with landmark-worthy buildings. Brownsville also has a landmarked century-old library, a landmarked swimming pool and bathhouse at Betsy Head Play Center and handsome rowhouses with eye-catching porches on numerous streets. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN FIRM STRETCHES TO WEST COAST: The Brooklyn-based firm Home Studios has been spreading its name through various restaurants and retail and residential spots, including an upscale bar in Los Angeles. Last year,Home Studios brought its flair to Cobble Hill cocktail bar Elsa, West Village burger-and-whiskey spot The Spaniard and Bibo Ergo Sum in West Hollywood. “We’re not a great fit for a lot of projects,” said founder Oliver Haslegrave. “But [the ones that are] art-based, diverse, really detail-oriented, and exploratory are what we’re after, whatever shape that takes.” At Bibo, the firm created a theatrical and functional space that was all fabricated in its Brooklyn workspace. (via Surface)
LONG READ: A look back at the 2005 article that revealed the identity of Deep Throat as W. Mark Felt. (via Vanity Fair)
PODCAST: Liliana Segura, writer for The Intercept, argues against the death penalty, saying we must humanize not just the prisoner, but also those around him or her. (via Longform)
TRAVEL: “36 Hours in Washington, D.C.” (via NYT)
EAT: The weekend is approaching, so here are 12 of the best brunch spots in the city, including three in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: President Trump calls for a massive military parade…An 11-year-old boy from Queens dies trying to save his friend who fell through ice at a pond…And Lucas Warren becomes the first-ever Gerby baby with Down syndrome. (via WaPo, NYT and Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Orange crocodiles are found in Gabon…Here’s a look intothe lives of North Korean olympic athletes…And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia is already interfering with America’s midterm elections. (via CNN, NYT and Fox News)
ROYAL WATCH: The Queen returns to London from her month-long Christmas break at her country house. (via Royal Central)
9:30AM — Tiny Tot Theater at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.
10:15AM — Positive Aging: My Yoga Community at Dyker Library. Details.
10:30AM — Yoga for Toddlers at Leonard Library. Details.
2:00PM — Good Neighbors Art Show at Ground Floor Gallery. Details.
7:00PM — Red Ink Series: ENVY, hosted by Michele Filgate with Jamie Quatro, Taylor Larsen, Rachel Lyon, Kate Tuttle & Min Jin Lee at PowerHouse @ the Archway. Details.
7:00PM — An Evening with the Cast of Divorce at Paley Center for Media.Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Ovarian Kung Fu : Chinese Energetic Practices for Women at Tiger Heart Tao. Details.
7:30PM — The Great Experiment: Questioning Democracy at BAM Fishman Space. Details.
7:30PM — Visually Speaking: The People’s Photographer at Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library. Details.
8:00PM — Returning to Reims at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Nets got back to competing the way head coachKenny Atkinson expects them to against the Houston Rockets Tuesday night at Barclays Center. At least until the end of the third quarter, when Rockets big man Nene delivered what proved to be the game’s crushing blow. The hulking 6-foot-11 Brazilian caught Brooklyn guard Caris LeVert with a vicious screen. The violent collision clearly shook up the Nets as they watched a four-point lead dissolve into a 10-point deficit entering the fourth quarter en route to a123-113 loss. “I think it moved all of us,” Atkinson admitted after watching LeVert get assisted off the court. “I think we’re all affected, but we’re professionals and guys moved on. Obviously, we missed Caris the player. He was playing really well, so that was a big blow.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Brooke Adams, Seth Green, John Grisham, Robert Klein, Ted Koppel, Alonzo Mourning, Nick Nolte, Dawn Olivieri, Mary Steenburgen and John Williams!
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