Brooklyn Today March 8: Say Hello to NYC’s First Nightlife Mayor
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! NYC has its first-ever night mayor,Rocky the Rooster is all the rage in Bushwick, and we take photos of Tom Hanks’ Brooklyn Heights house from “The Post.” Plus, a Gowanus tennis club helps visually impaired players, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rebukes California, and San Francisco will remove a controversial statue of a Native American. Finally, roughly 500 Canadian doctors oppose their own pay raises, a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with nerve gas, and a Texas judge uses electric shock on a defendant for disobeying courtroom rules.
IMPRINT: Mariah Carey grins from ear to ear on the Spring cover of V Magazine.
~SAY HELLO TO NYC’S FIRST NIGHTLIFE MAYOR: Move over mayor, there’s a new sheriff in town. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilmember Rafael Espinal announced on Wednesday the appointment of Ariel Palitz as New York City’s first-ever nightlife mayor. The New York Times, which published the news first, reported that Palitz’s initial move at the helm of the Office of Nightlife would be to hold a series of listening tours to address the concerns of residents who believe nightlife venues make neighborhoods loud, dirty and overcrowded. “Both sides feel unheard,” Palitz, 47, told the Times. “Both sides feel that things are unfair. I think the grievances are almost the same but there haven’t been any practical real-world solutions to address them.” Palitz’s responsibilities will include regulating the nightlife industry, helping DIY venues stay open and creating a safer partying environment. Palitz will be responsible for conducting outreach to nightlife establishments, acting as a liaison for venues, referring those organizations to city services, reviewing 311 complaints and holding at least one public hearing in each borough, among other duties. Palitz is a fifth-generation New Yorker who was raised on the Upper East Side and who currently lives in the East Village, the Times reports. Palitz will have a salary of $130,000 and will oversee a $300,000 budget. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TOM HANKS’ HOUSE IN “THE POST” AND OTHER FINE SIGHTS IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS: Tom Hanks’ house in “The Post” is actually located inBrooklyn Heights, not Washington, D.C. Hanks plays Washington Post editorBen Bradlee in Steven Spielberg’s film about the decision by publisherKatharine Graham, played by Meryl Streep, to publish the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. At a critical moment in the movie, Post reporters go to Bradlee’s home — which gives audiences a good, long look at the exterior of an old-fashioned rowhouse covered with blue-painted wood shingles. The distinctive facade belongs to 104 Willow St., a Federal-style home constructed in 1826. It is located in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. When we went to the movie, we were waiting to see whether footage of Willow Street would be included. Back in July, we’d watched Spielberg’s crew set up their equipment, and numerous period-appropriate cars, for a film shoot on the block where 104 Willow St. stands. Tom Hanks’ fictional home is one of many fine sights that lure lovers of landmarked buildings to Brooklyn Heights on unseasonably warm later-winter days. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK’S NEIGHBORHOOD ROOSTER: Rocky the Rooster has become a regular of Bushwick after his owner Angel Luis Seijo adopted him four months ago. Now the 8-month-old bird entertains neighbors and has become loyal to Seijo with an inseparable connection. “He knows when to cross the street and he knows all my friends,” Seijo said. “When he sees it’s sundown, he goes inside his cage. I don’t have to chase him.” Rocky even obeys Seijo’s common command, “Sing Rocky, sing.” But the pair were never destined to be together forever, for it’s illegal to house a rooster in New York City. As a Puerto Rico native, Seijo intends to bring Rocky down to his island home in December. But until then, the owner is hoping to find a summer romance for his winged friend. (via Bushwick Daily)
~GOWANUS TENNIS CLUB OPEN TO VISUALLY IMPAIRED PLAYERS: In an effort to make tennis accessible to all, Court 16’s Gowanus location has developed a program that gives adults and teens with visual impairments the opportunity to play. The Sound of Tennis program devised a court that uses rope and rubber gym matting cut into strips rather than taped lines. And the players, who range from entirely blind to partially sighted can play with soccer balls and balls with bells inside of them to hear a jingle when it’s moving. “The goal from Court 16 from the beginning was to form a very inclusive community,” said Nick Nemeroff, the club’s head of tennis development. “Now we’ve gotten the resources and the brain power. … It’s one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had relating to tennis.” While the class is currently only available at the Gowanus location, Court 16 plans to eventually expand the program to its Long Island City space. (via amNewYork)
~HOW IT ALL WORKS: POLITICS 101 AT OLD STONE HOUSE: Old Stone House will kick off a series of forums on government and governance this weekend. Part one of the series will explain budgets. Politics 101 rose out of the 2016 election process, which became a call to action for many members of the Brooklyn community. Along with the desire to enact change, there was an expressed need to better understand how the whole system works. For 2018, OSH has established a three-part series. The first on March 11 will tackle budgeting. The second, “Organizing at the Community Level,” will occur in September. And the third, “The Business of Governance,” will occur in October. “Citizenship and civic engagement are at the core of the Old Stone House’s historic legacy, so we are excited to provide an opportunity for people to participate actively in their government. Understanding the process is the key to change.” OSH Executive Director Kimberly Maier said. “We’re also thrilled that the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which has its own long history in the borough, will be sponsoring Politics 101.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier” (via the New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: NBA player Kevin Love opens up about the mental health of professional athletes. He writes, “Everyone is going through something that we can’t see.” (via The Players’ Tribune)
PODCAST: Listen to Joe Weisenthal, executive editor of news at Bloomberg Digital, speak about becoming a tv show host. (via Longform)
CARTOON: President Trump leaves his official “gone-golfing marker” in the Oval Office. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Attorney General Jeff Sessions rebukes California on its immigration policies…San Francisco will remove a controversial statueof a Native American…And a Texas judge uses electric shock on a defendant three times for disobeying courtroom rules. (via NYT, NPR and Star-Telegram)
FOREIGN FLASH: Canada’s tech scene is booming…A former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with nerve gas…And roughly 500 Canadian doctors oppose their own pay raises. (via NYT, CNN and CNBC)
ROYAL WATCH: “How Duchess Kate Is Helping Meghan Markle With ‘Adapting to the Royal Family’” (via Us Weekly)
9:45AM – 11:45AM — NYC Graffiti and Street Art Tours at 182 Bedford Ave.Details.
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Learn the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease at Restoration Plaza. Details.
10:30AM — Yoga for Toddlers at Leonard Library. Details.
11:00AM — Science Baby at Dekalb Library. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Stan Van Steedam at Asphodel. Details.
3:00PM — Teknopolis at BAM Fisher. Details.
6:00PM — Assault Prevention Class at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Park after Dark at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.Details.
6:30PM — The World Only Spins Forward: Oral History & the Legacy of Angels in America at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — After Work Glow Spin Party at Q Fitness Inc. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Joel Hernandez wasn’t ready to end his playing days at LIU Brooklyn. He wanted to go dancing instead. The fifth-year senior scored a career-high 32 points Tuesday night, propelling the Blackbirds to a stunning 71-61 upset of top-seeded Wagner in the Northeast Conference title game before a capacity crowd of 2,330 at Staten Island’s Spiro Sports Center. “I wanted to make sure I played my hardest and I left everything out on the floor,” Hernandez said after leading LIU Brooklyn back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years by going 10-of-16 from the floor, grabbing seven rebounds, blocking a pair of shots and picking up three steals in 38 spectacular minutes. “Even if we lost, I didn’t want to have any regrets after the game,” added the NEC Tournament MVP. “So, I just wanted to make sure I played hard for my brothers on the court and I feel like I did that.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Susan Clark, Micky Dolenz, Lester Holt, Kathy Ireland,Petra Kvitova, Camryn Manheim, Freddie Prinze Jr., Aidan Quinn, Jim Rice,Carole Bayer Sager and James Van Der Beek!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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