Brooklyn Today February 14: Brooklyn vs. Louisville: Schumer, McConnell Spar Over Which City Boasts Best Bourbon
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! Sens. Schumer and McConnell wage war over bourbon, a Williamsburg landlord bullies his tenants, and controversial comfort stations are coming to Brighton Beach. Plus, Bushwickhas a parking problem, Gov. Cuomo gets a new puppy, and we share the top 27 places to get breakfast in New York City. Finally, an American airstrike in Syria kills Russian contractors, a former British soccer scout is convicted of molesting young players, and Walt Disney World and Disneyland raise their admission fees.
IMPRINT: Time Out New York features a hot dog and its bun on the coverof its sex issue.
~BROOKLYN VS. LOUISVILLE: SCHUMER, MCCONNELL SPAR OVER WHICH CITY BOASTS BEST BOURBON: Every city has a signature product that is unrivaled to any other region of the country. Philadelphia is famous for its cheesesteaks, Chicago for its deep-dish pizza, and New York, of course, has its bagels. Kentucky is traditionally known for its bourbon, but Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking at a conference at the University of Louisville on Monday, created some light-hearted competition with his Republican counterpart Sen.Mitch McConnell. The banter between Schumer and McConnell was not about immigration, health care or even the budget, but rather about which senator’s hometown boasts the best bourbon. “Kentucky has bluegrass, which nurtures great thoroughbreds,” Schumer told us. “And New York has black tops, which produce immense basketball talent, like Rodney and Scooter McCray, who led University of Louisville Cardinals to greatness. But what Mitch didn’t know was that — thanks to Red Hook’s own Widow Jane and other entrepreneur distillers — Kentucky no longer has the market cornered on first-class, sippin’ bourbon.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG TENANTS DEMAND CITY HELP THEM RETURN TO LOFTS AFTER 3-YEAR LOCKOUT: “It’s astounding to me that the city can throw some kids in Rikers for the weekend for jumping a turnstile but can’t stop a landlord who owes them like half a million dollars in fines.” That’s the outraged cry of Josh Steinbauer, a tenant who says landlord Bushberg Properties, operated by Jacob Hoffman and other members of the Hoffman family, destroyed the lives and property of close to two dozen tenants in an apparent attempt to empty his South Williamsburg loft building. Roughly two dozen creative residents who lived and worked at 79 Lorimer St. have been locked out of their lofts for more than three years while their possessions, equipment and livelihoods have been looted and trashed. Tenants at the building included a formerly thriving video production company, recording studios, a furniture design shop and numerous arts-related businesses. Now they and their employees are struggling to survive. Loft law advocates and local officials are demanding that the city enforce a court ruling establishing the residents as protected tenants under the city’s Loft Law, and force the landlord to bring the property up to code so they can move back in. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TWO CONTROVERSIAL COMFORT STATIONS COMING TO BRIGHTON BEACH: Just ahead of summer fun, Brighton Beach will be receiving two new comfort stations that have proven to attract waves of controversy over the last two years. The $2 million elevated bathrooms began construction Monday on Reigelmann Boardwalk. The location of the bathrooms led to public outcry when it was announced they were planned for Brighton 15th Street. Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz then jumped on the opposition side saying, “The only fair solution to this protracted boondoggle is for the city to start from square one, keep an ear firmly tuned to the community’s wishes and build the comfort stations further west on the Boardwalk.” The NYC Parks Department finally agreed to break ground for the project at the end of Coney Island Avenue and the stations are now expected to be completed by Memorial Day. (via Bklyner)
~BUSHWICK HAS A PARKING PROBLEM: Bushwick has a bit of a parking problem and it’s been getting worse. The neighborhood was issued 85,000 parking tickets in 2017, a 30 percent spike from 2016 with nearly 10,000 issued in October alone. It thus became the highest month on record for parking tickets over two and a half years. The problem centered around moving cars during street cleaning, slapping motorists with almost 25,000 tickets handed out between 8 and 10 a.m. The area’s busiest roads unsurprisingly got the most tickets, sporting 5,000 citations on Knickerbocker Avenue, 3,400 on Broadway and 3,000 on Bushwick Avenue. (via Bushwick Daily)
LONG READ: “Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America”(via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: On Jan. 23, a shooter open fired on a Kentucky high school. Here’s a detailed account of what happened on that horrific day. (via Courier-Journal)
CARTOON: President Trump’s official portrait is revealed. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here are the top 27 places to get breakfast in NYC, including five in Brooklyn. (via Time Out New York)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets a new puppy, and it’s not potty trained…Meth is becoming more prevalent across the country…And Walt Disney World and Disneyland raise their admission fees. (via Times Union, NYT and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A former British soccer scout is convicted of molestingyoung players…An American airstrike in Syria kills Russian contractors…And the kidnapped mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Omar Prieto is rescued in Venezuela. (via NYT, Newsweek and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: Here are the Royal Family’s top six holiday getaways.(via Business Insider)
6:00AM — Burning Love at Rise Brooklyn Fitness. Details.
10:00AM — Storytime & Sensory Lounge at Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Details.
11:00AM – 1:00PM — Resume and Career Help at Sunset Park Library.Details.
3:00PM — Metal Yoga at Cobra Club. Details.
7:00PM — Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tour at North Ninth Street & Driggs Ave. Details.
7:00PM — Tavi Gevinson: Rookie on Love at The Strand. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Celebrate the Love in your life! at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — The Karma of Love: The Deeper Causes for a Loving and Lasting Relationship at The Three Jewels. Details.
8:00PM — I Love Butoh at Trilok Fusion Center for Arts and Education.Details.
8:00PM — The Brobot Johnson Experience at The Bushwick Starr. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: To paraphrase a Yogi-ism, it’s getting late awful early for the slumping Brooklyn Nets. Our borough’s NBA franchise continued its February malaise and penchant for slow starts with a brutal 114-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at Barclays Center. The Nets (19-39), who dropped to 0-6 this month, keep getting behind early in games, then climbing back into contention, only to suffer the indignity of falling short night after night. Brooklyn, which has trailed by at least 20 points in a game 20 times this season, including a whopping 28 in Saturday night’s double-overtime home loss to New Orleans, has lost 10 of 11 overall, by far its worst stretch of the campaign. “It seems like lately we’ve been digging ourselves holes and you can’t beat teams in the NBA when you’re trying to overcome 20-point deficits,” said Joe Harris. “The other night it was 28, like you just can’t fall into holes like that and expect to come back and try to win games,” he added. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
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