Brooklyn Today March 20: Buffalo Food Festival Comes to Brooklyn This Weekend
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! A Buffalo food festival comes toGowanus, you can invest in a Bushwick building with cryptocurrency, and the Coney Island boardwalk could become a landmark soon. Plus, Flatbush Avenue businesses protest a new congestion pilot program, an Uber self-driving car kills a pedestrian, and NYPD officers continue to lie in court. Finally, an Indian children’s book lists Hitler as one of the world’s “great leaders,” the U.S. Navy uses an Xbox controller to operate a nuclear submarine, and videos reveal that Russia’s presidential election was tainted by ballot-stuffing.
IMPRINT: John Legend strikes a pose on the most recent cover of TheSunday Times Style.
~FLATBUSH AVE. BUSINESSES CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON CONGESTION PILOT PROGRAM: Monday was the first day of the NYC Department of Transportation’s Clear Curbs pilot program along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, and local business owners were not happy. “This morning it was like a SWAT team, with police vehicles, tow trucks, people getting ticketed. It was kind of a mess,” Regina Cahill, president of the North Flatbush BID, told the Brooklyn Eagle. The program restricts curbside parking and loading along Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Tillary Street during weekday peak hours, and is meant to ease congestion along the busy thoroughfare. But local shopkeepers say they were not consulted by the city before it devised the plan, and — coming on top of two major infrastructure projects already disrupting the area — insist there needs to be a moratorium. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined business owners and the BIDon Monday to call for the city to take local business concerns into consideration. While Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ease traffic congestion is a worthy goal, “We need to figure it out and get it right. And the only way to do that is to have the stakeholders involved,” he told reporters. “There is no one size fits all when dealing with congestion in this city, especially in a business district.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK COULD BECOME A LANDMARK SOON: Coney Island residents could see their beloved oceanfront boardwalk become an official city landmark after all. A concerted effort waged over the past four years by local City Council members, Coney Island civic leaders and historians to convince New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to declare the boardwalk an official landmark yielded the most promising results to date when Crain’s New York Business reported last week that the commission has agreed to hold a hearing on the matter. Landmark status would protect the 2.7-mile-long boardwalk from demolition or major structural changes. The walkway, which is officially named the Riegelmann Boardwalk, opened in 1923 and is named after Edward Reigelmann (1869-1941), who served as Brooklyn borough president from 1918 to 1924 and spearheaded its construction. The boardwalk, which stretches from West 37th Street in Coney Island to Brighton 14th Street in Brighton Beach, is a major tourist attraction, attracting millions of visitors each year. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BELL HOUSE HOSTS BROOKLYN BUFFALO FAIR: A little upstate atmosphere is making its way down south to Brooklyn this weekend at the “Buffalo City Fair” in Gowanus’ Bell House. The six-hour event will take a slice of Buffalo culture and celebrate it in the Big Apple with an array of bands, comedians, booze and of course, Buffalo wings. “This is a good snapshot of that weekend,” Varghese Chacko said. “Our plan is to give both people who live in New York or who are from Buffalo a sense of that food and culture.” The cuisine will be headed by Buffalo native John Marren. Alongside the classic spicy wings, the fair will boast other dishes special to the north like “garbage plates,” a multi-pronged tray of foods. Activities will kick off March 24 at 1 p.m.and go until 7 p.m. (via Brooklyn Paper)
~INVEST IN BUSHWICK BUILDING WITH TOKENS: Next month, investors will be able to buy shares of a three-story Bushwick building with the click of a button using cryptocurrency technology. The project called Pangea will allow investors to acquire slivers of real estate in the form of tokens that would represent one share each at a value as little as a few dollars. “Pangea is disrupting a famously illiquid market by giving investors the freedom to trade with other users instantly,” Pangea co-founder Mohammad Shaikh said. “Investors can sell a piece quickly rather than having to deal with intermediaries such as title insurance, brokers, lawyers and realtors.” Pangea hopes to open its platform to the masses near the end of 2018. (via CNBC)
LONG READ: NYPD officers lie so often in court that the department has a term for it: “testilying.” (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “What Hope Hicks Knows” (via New York Magazine)
EAT: Here are the 18 best Greek restaurants in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump’s future speeches will come with a parental advisory warning. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: An Uber self-driving car kills a pedestrian in Arizona…The U.S. Navy uses an Xbox controller to operate a nuclear submarine…And a fourth explosion goes off in Austin, Texas. (via USA Today, AP via Time and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: An Indian children’s book lists Hitler as one of the world’s “great leaders”…A British woman dies fighting in Syria…And videos show that Russia’s presidential election was tainted by ballot-stuffing. (via USA Today, NYT and Newsweek)
ROYAL WATCH: A new book reveals that a former servant to the Royal Family had naked photos of Prince Charles, William and Harry (via Express)
9:00AM — Brain Train Technology Class at Bay Ridge Center for Older Adults.Details.
9:00AM – 7:00PM — Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories at Made In NY Media Center. Details.
10:00AM – 8:00PM — Untold Stories of Jewish Women Before the Holocaust at Museum of Jewish Heritage. Details.
11:00AM — The Poetry of Nature in Japanese Art at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Details.
12:00PM — Grant Wood at the Whitney: American Gothic and Other Fables at 92nd Street Y. Details.
6:25PM — A Socialist Revival? at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — An Evening with Drew Gilpin Faust at New-York Historical Society.Details.
6:30PM — The History of Gin at Prospect Heights Brainery. Details.
7:00PM — Celebrate the Start of Spring at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — Book Event: Brooklyn in Love at Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets got everything they wanted from DeMarre Carroll” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Spike Lee, Hal Linden, Brian Mulroney, Bobby Orr, Carl Reiner, Pat Riley, Theresa Russell, Sigi Schmid, David Thewlis, Fernando Torres and Louie Vito!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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