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Brooklyn Today March 1: Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Cobble Hill

March 1, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Cobble Hill, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter from “The Office” buys a penthouse in Brooklyn Heights, and we explore how nightlife affects gentrification. Plus, a documentary is being made on the L-train shutdown, we share the 14 best cocktail bars in NYC, and the children of Ferguson rise up. Finally, Russia is reinstated into the International Olympic Committee, Stoneman Douglas students return to school, and a baby chimp co-pilots a plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.    
IMPRINT: Miley Cyrus poses in pink on the latest cover of Wonderland.  


The Rundown

~NIGHTLIFE VS. GENTRIFICATION: BROOKLYN AS A CULTURAL BREEDING GROUND: Dozens of Brooklynites gathered Tuesday at TheBushwick Starr for a panel discussion with several influential nightlife professionals. The gathering, dubbed “Because The Night,” focused on Brooklyn as a cultural breeding ground. Several subjects intimate to North Brooklyn were discussed, including the effects of gentrification, the future of the nightlife industry, the challenges and perks of operating a venue in New York City and the expected benefits of the forthcoming Office of Nightlife. The panel included Dhruv Chopra, partner at Elsewhere and PopGun Presents;Belvy Klein, co-founder of Brooklyn Bazaar; John Moore, co-founder of Bowery Presents; and Ami Spishock, co-founder of Fort William Artist Management. “There’s no good answer, other than the fact that it’s like a snake eating its tail,” Chopra said of gentrification. “We are the victims and culprits of it. It seems like it’s a never-ending cycle, especially in New York City, where everything keeps getting pushed out and out and rents go up.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WINSTON CHURCHILL’S MOTHER WAS BORN IN COBBLE HILL: Winston Churchill’s mother was born in Cobble Hill. Did you know that?Jennie Jerome became Lady Randolph Churchill when she got married in 1874. Her son, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, made a visit to Brooklyn in 1953 to see 426 Henry StA plaque that’s still on the house today says that Jennie Jerome was born there. Photos from that visit can be found in the Brooklyn Eagle’s archives, which can be accessed through the Brooklyn Public Library’s website. According to a designation report by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission about the Cobble Hill Historic District, which was published in 1969, Jerome’s parents lived at 426 Henry St. with her uncle Addison G. Jerome before she was born. The report says she actually was born at another house in the Cobble Hill Historic District, 197 Amity St.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EMMY NOMINATED SCREENWRITER BUYS HEIGHTS DUPLEX: The five-time Emmy nominated former writer on “The Office” Gene Stupnitsky has bought a three-bedroom Brooklyn Heights duplex penthouse for $3.45 million. The location sits atop a Romanesque Revival-style townhouse in the historic neighborhood. On the inside, its modern decor comes equipped with multiple fireplaces, built-in bookshelves, a walk-in closet and a coffered ceiling. And to pick up those winds off New York Harbor, it sports a 600-square-foot private terrace. In addition to “The Office,” Stupnitsky wrote and produced the HBO series “Hello Ladies” and currently executive produces the Showtime series “SMILF.” (via Variety)
~DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS L-TRAIN CLOSURE: For those wondering what they’ll do when the L train closes for 15 months in April 2019, take solace knowing you can watch every step of the journey in a new documentaryabout the catastrophe. The lead-up to the closure has been filled with stressed commuters, worried local businesses and community politicians fighting for answers with their constituents, all captured by Director Emmett Adler and Producer Ian Mayer for their film, “The L Train Doc.” “The film will tell the human stories of residents, business owners, activists, politicians, realtors and others whose lives will be dramatically impacted,” a statement reads. The film is expected to capture a myriad of issues that have surrounded the event from the political to the personal. The duo hopes to release the film on Netflix, and they are sharing the steps of the project on their social media pages until then.(via Free Williamsburg)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Youth Rising: As the children of Parkland, Florida, rise up for social justice, so too are the kids of Ferguson, Missouri. (via MTV)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “My Taper’s Keeper: Inside the World of NBA Barbers.” (via The Ringer)
EAT: Here are the 14 best cocktail bars in New York City, including one inPark Slope(via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump gives himself a Medal of Honor(via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Stoneman Douglas students return to school…A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report reveals that one in 14 women smoke while pregnant…And Dick’s Sporting Goods announces it willstop selling assault-style weapons and raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21. (via Time, USA Today and Chicago Tribune)       
FOREIGN FLASH: A leaked United Nations report reveals North Korea gavechemical weapons to Syria…Russia is reinstated into the International Olympic Committee…And a baby chimp co-pilots a plane in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (via NYT, The Guardian and Miami Herald)             

Meghan Markle Speaks About #MeToo and Time’s Up, and the Royal Family Finally Joins the Movement” (via Vogue)  



ALL DAY — On Air Fest – A New Audio and Podcast Event. Details.

9:00AM – 7:00PM — Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories at Made In NY Media Center. Details.
10:00AM – 12:30PM — Megillah, Mimosas and Brunch at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Learn the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease at Restoration Plaza. Details.
11:00AM — Adult Tai Chi at Clarendon Library. Details.   
11:00AM — Science Baby at Dekalb Library. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Stan Van Steendam at Asphodel. Details.
3:00PM — Teknopolis at BAM Fisher. Details.  
4:30PM — Fiddler on the Roof at Brooklyn Technical High School. Details.
6:30PM — Birders Tweet at us at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
7:00PM — Kat Cunning at Brooklyn Steel. Details.

 EAGLE SPORTS: For 47-plus minutes Tuesday night, the Brooklyn Nets were every bit as good as the world’s top player and the Eastern Conference’s perennial champions. But those final few seconds unveiled the difference between a team hoping to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year and one trying to avert finishing with the league’s worst record for a second straight season. D’Angelo Russell capped an otherwise stellar performance with an ill-advised, flailing three-point brick with 20 seconds to play as Brooklyn’s bid for a second win over the Cavaliers this season went down the drain with a 129-123 loss to LeBron James and company at Quicken Loans Arena. “Against an elite team like that, your margin of error is so small — and one mistake could cost you the game,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinsonsaid. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Jensen Ackles, Catherine Bach, Javier Bardem, Harry Belafonte, Justin Bieber, Robert Conrad, Roger Daltrey, Timothy Daly, George Eads, Deb Fischer, Ron Francis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Yolanda Griffith, Ron Howard, Kesha, Lupita Nyong’o and Chris Webber!  
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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