Brooklyn Today March 2: Repairs to BQE and promenade hit home at BHA annual meeting
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! A Greenpoint woman needs a resurrection, a portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park closes due to falling debris, and we attend the Brooklyn Heights Association’s Annual Meeting. Plus, Walmart raises the minimum age to buy guns to 21, a man jumps underneath a subway car, and Miami Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho declines an offer to become New York City’s next schools chancellor. Finally, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson will resign in May, Russian President Vladimir Putin presents an animated video of a nuke hitting Florida, and we share details about the Royal Family’s lesser-known relationship with the Spice Girls. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Rapper Skepta kisses Naomi Campbell on the April cover of GQ UK.
~REPAIRS TO BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BQE & PROMENADE HIT HOME AT BHA ANNUAL MEETING: NYC Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Robert Collyer was the featured speaker at the Brooklyn Heights Association Annual Meeting Wednesday night at St. Francis College. A near-capacity crowd filled Founders Hall to hear the latest on the upcoming reconstruction of Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and other news of interest to residents of Brooklyn Heights. With out-of-standard, 70-year-old structures, the $1.7 billion BQE reconstruction is a daunting and challenging task, Collyer told the crowd. The city needs to use a streamlined bidding process called “design-build,” which would allow the work to be completed as many as two years faster and substantially cheaper, he said. Read more about the BQE rehab and highlights of the BHA’s Annual Meeting here. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FALLING DEBRIS FROM MANHATTAN BRIDGE CLOSES BBP SECTION:After fallen debris from the Manhattan Bridge was found in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street section, the section was temporarily closed in advance of a rehabilitation project. The affected stretch includes one of the park’s dog runs, some public pathways and the rock climbing wall, DUMBO Boulders. Last spring, a foot-long piece of steel also fell from the bridge into the same area, sparking a closure that was quickly reopened by MTA and DOT. The park will now install protective scaffolding with hopes to reopen sometime in April. “Out of an abundance of caution, we’re closing this section of the park temporarily,” Brooklyn Bridge Park President Eric Landau said. “The safety of our visitors is paramount.” (via Curbed New York)
~DEAD WOMAN NEEDS RESURRECTION: With Easter around the corner, a dead Greenpoint woman needs a resurrection to get on with her life. WhenMarzena Pogorzelska was turned down for a loan and lost access to her health insurance and credit cards, she went digging to found out why. “I’m a little bit upset at the fact that I’m completely deceased,” Pogorzelska said. “They told me ‘unfortunately you’re deceased, you have to go prove’ … but I said ‘no I’m not, here I am.’” She was told by some bureaucrats that the phenomenon actually happens often, and she’ll receive a letter when she’s resurrected. “And they said they will send me a letter when I come back to life, so I said ‘why didn’t you send me a letter when I died?’” Pogorzelska said. “The woman said ‘we don’t send letters out to people who are deceased.”’ (via ABC7)
~DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO PHILANTHROPIST CORNELIUS HEENEY’S COBBLE HILL GRAVE?: An Irish immigrant who donated the land where St. Patrick’s Cathedral stands is buried at a church — but not the world-famous one on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The mortal remains of early 19th-century philanthropist Cornelius Heeney rest in the back garden of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on Court Street in Cobble Hill. We were reading about Heeney the other day in “An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn,” Francis Morrone’sinformative work. It made us really want to see Heeney’s burial place — because Heeney’s story is a reminder that uncountable numbers of immigrants have made great contributions to life in America. Heeney, who died in 1848, came to the United States from Ireland as an adult. He was one of the first Catholics to hold public office in New York, “The Catholic Encyclopedia” notes. He served five terms in the State Assembly. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Kushner’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings” (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A group of elite architects promised to build state-of-the-art facilities for Nigeria’s poorest children. The ambitious project was praised, but then it failed. (via the Atavist Magazine)
POLITICS: After Hope Hicks’ departure from the White House, PresidentTrump is now lonelier than ever before. (via Politico)
CARTOON: February 29th was a scandal-free day for the Trumpadministration. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Miami Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho declines an offer to become New York City’s next schools chancellor…Walmart raises the minimum age to buy guns to 21…And a 52-year-old man jumps underneath a subway car at the Grand Street Station. (via Miami Herald, USA Today and New York Post)
FOREIGN FLASH: The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson willresign in May…Russian President Vladimir Putin presents an animated video of a nuke hitting Florida…And 41 countries still have not been assigned a U.S. ambassador. (via Reuters, Gizmodo and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: “The Definitive History of the Royal Family and theSpice Girls” (via Time)
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Beautiful Obsolescence at The Cluster Gallery. Details.
3:00PM — Teknopolis at BAM Fisher. Details.
4:30PM — Fiddler on the Roof at Brooklyn Technical High School. Details.
6:00PM — First Fridays at The Frick Collection. Details.
6:30PM — Fossils: An Imperfect Messenger at Central Booking. Details.
7:00PM — Women at Work: Labor Activism at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
7:30PM — Singular Extreme Actions at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.Details.
8:00PM — Jukebox Life Featuring Jarrod Spector at On Stage at Kingsborough. Details.
8:00PM — Lights Out at Actors Fund Arts Center. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Islanders continued their steady nosedive out of playoff contention Wednesday night in Montreal, suffering a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens in the opener of a home-and-home set at the Bell Centre. Super rookie Mathew Barzal opened the scoring for New York with his 18th goal of the season, but the Isles would not hit the back of the net again, falling to 4-8-2 in their last 14 contests. “It’s frustrating. The chances were there,” insisted Barzal, who leads all NHL first-year players with 67 points. “That game was winnable.” Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves for New York. “At the end of the day I think I need to be better for the guys right now,” Halak said. “We need every point.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jon Bon Jovi, Reggie Bush, Daniel Craig, John Cullum, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bryce Dallas Howard, John Irving, Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Martin, Eddie Money, Laraine Newman, Rebel Wilson and Tom Wolfe!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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