Brooklyn Today March 15: Korean Cuisine With French Twist Lands in Boerum Hill
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Students protest gun violence, a 29-story tower is coming to Clinton Hill, and a Korean restaurant with a French twist lands in Boerum Hill. Plus, Brooklyn College is falling apart, there’s a mac and cheese competition in Greenpoint this weekend, and we explore theWilliamsburg Bridge Plaza. Finally, former President Barack Obama picks his bracket for March Madness, Finland is named the happiest country in the world, and Democrat Conor Lamb wins the Pennsylvania special election.
IMPRINT: Kendall Jenner holds a yellow-crested cockatoo on the April coverof Vogue.
~HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS TAKE PART IN STUDENT WALKOUT FOR GUN CONTROL: On the one month anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, roughly 1,000 Brooklyn students converged on the steps of Borough Hall Wednesday morning as part of the National Student Walkoutto protest gun violence. Chanting phrases like, “Enough is enough,” and, “No more guns,” students from across the borough joined the more than 3,100 walkouts that were planned across the country. The rally was scheduled to last at least 17 minutes to honor each of the 17 people killed in Parkland, but it ended up lasting nearly two hours. Groups of students each took turns speaking and they were joined by politicians, including Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Comptroller Scott Stringer. “We are calling on everyone across America who thinks that this needs to change because we cannot keep living like this,” 16-year-old Lucy Anderson said. “The government has failed us and now kids across the country are afraid to go to school. America promises freedom to all so how can you justify weapons that kill and rip apart people’s lives? Now we are taking this into our own hands.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LPC APPROVES 29-STORY TOWER NEXT DOOR TO HISTORIC CLINTON HILL CHURCH: Go forth and build that 29-story tower — right next to the landmarked Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew. On Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission approved Hope Street Capital’s revisedClinton Hill tower-construction design and its plan to do facade restoration at the neighboring church. The new tower will be located at 550 Clinton Ave. The Northern-Italian Romanesque church is an individual city landmark. It is located at 520 Clinton Ave. It was designed by architect John Welch and built between 1888 and 1891. Hope Street Capital and the church will combine their properties into a single zoning lot so 60,000 square feet of air rights from the church can be used in the development. LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan said she was “very pleased” with the proposal. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~KOREAN CUISINE WITH FRENCH TWIST LANDS IN BOERUM HILL: In a second interaction with the Holiday Inn in Boerum Hill, chef Sung Park finally brought his French-Korean Brasserie Seoul to the hotel. When the old operators of the inn reached out to him about opening the spot, he hit a brick wall before being able to open. Once the new group came to run the hotel, a bit of deja vu hit Park, but this time it ended on a positive note for him. “They asked if I believed in fate,” the 47-year-old chef said. “And they gave me a chance to do my brainchild, my dream.” Brasserie Seoul’s menu features dishes based with Korean ingredients made with French techniques. The dining room is centered on the bar at the 300 Schermerhorn St. location. The restaurant opens on Monday. (via NYT)
~CHECK OUT WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE PLAZA’S BANKS FROM BYGONE DAYS: Once upon a time, Williamsburg Bridge Plaza was more than a bus terminal. Way more. At the beginning of the 20th century, the area around it became the number one financial center for the Eastern District, as theWilliamsburg–Greenpoint–Bushwick area was then called. That’s because the 1903 opening of the Williamsburg Bridge drew businesses away from the East River waterfront to the area around the plaza, which was a terminal for trolleys that traveled across the bridge. A city Landmarks Preservation Commission staffer mentioned this fact at a public hearing the other day. The hearing was about the Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, which borders theWilliamsburg Bridge Plaza. There are other century-old bank buildings facing the plaza. Some are no longer devoted to banking. But they’re stunning all the same. If you want to see these buildings, the easiest way to get to this part of South Williamsburg is to ride the J or M train to the Marcy Avenue stop. These above-ground train lines offer good views of the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza area. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN COLLEGE STUDENTS PROTEST CRUMBLING CAMPUS CONDITIONS: An outside view of Brooklyn College might illustrate a pocket of green nature sprouting from the middle of an urban environment, but students made it clear that the interiors of the campus’ decades-old buildings are falling apart. Alongside roughly 100 students from other schools in the City University of New York, Brooklyn College students protested their campus’ deteriorating conditions at a meeting of the school’s board of trustees. “At Brooklyn College the infrastructure is crumbling,” student Corrinne Greene said. “I can’t overemphasize that.” With underfunding from the state leading to broken bathrooms, falling ceiling tiles and chipping paint, the students have started social-media campaigns using the name “Brokelyn College” to showcase the conditions. “We’ve suffered badly from the withdrawal of state funding,” Brooklyn College professor Peter Lipke said. “Our beautiful campus is crumbling.” (via Brooklyn Paper)
LONG READ: One writer explores whether her recovery from alcoholism is sapping her ability to write. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race — It’s a Made-Up Label” (via National Geographic)
DRINK: Here are the 17 best places in New York City to throw a low-key party, including seven bars in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
EAT: You won’t want to miss this: A massive mac and cheese competition is coming to Greenpoint on Sunday. (via Time Out)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Former President Barack Obama picks his bracketfor March Madness…The mayor of Nashville wants to honor slaves with a new park…And Democrat Conor Lamb wins the Pennsylvania special election.(via Sports Illustrated, NYT and NPR)
FOREIGN FLASH: Facebook blocks the far-right group Britain First…Coral reefs are at risk from the ocean’s rising acidity…And Finland is named thehappiest country in the world. (via NYT, USA Today and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: The Royal Family will boycott the World Cup in Russia this summer. (via Sky Sports)
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Learn the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease at Restoration Plaza. Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Bordering the Imaginary: Art From the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Their Diasporas at BRIC House. Details.
10:30AM — Yoga for Toddlers at Leonard Library. Details.
11:00AM — Science Baby at Dekalb Library. Details.
5:00PM – 7:00PM — Juggling taxes for Freelancers at The Muse Brooklyn.Details.
7:30PM — The Great Experiment: Questioning Democracy at BAM Fishman Space. Details.
7:30PM — Pete’s Reading Series at Pete’s Candy Store. Details.
8:00PM — PopGun Presents: Frankie Rose at Elsewhere Zone One. Details.
8:00PM — Moon Tooth/Without Waves/Disparager/Juan Bond at Saint Vitus Bar. Details.
9:00PM – 11:00PM — Force Majeure Vaudeville at Cobra Club. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds were only going to go as far as Joel Hernandez could carry them this season. And when the dynamic fifth-year senior could no longer heft the load for the Downtown Brooklynprogram, the dream of winning its first-ever NCAA Tournament game ended with a thud in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday night. Hernandez, the NEC Tournament MVP and leader of the Blackbirds’ charge from the bottom of the league to conference champions, managed just eight points as LIU suffered a 71-61 lossto Radford in the NCAA’s First Four play-in game. The Highlanders (23-12) entered the win-or-go-home contest knowing that stopping Hernandez would likely be the key to their advancement into the tournament’s first round. “He’s so strong, and he can score in a variety of ways,” Radford coach Mike Jonessaid of Hernandez. “We knew we weren’t going to shut him out. He had 32 in their championship game and just willed their team.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
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