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Brooklyn Today March 22: Winter Storm Toby Slams into the City

March 22, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Winter Storm Toby takes over the city, the gun reform movement gains important leaders, and Peru’s president offers to resign. Plus, vendors for Smorgasburg’s 2018 season have been announced,Mark Zuckerberg says he will testify before Congress, and Meghan Markle’swax figure will join the royal family’s at Madame Tussaud’s. Finally, the trailer for the documentary about Mister Rogers has been released, a teacher’s creativity goes viral, and the New York Islanders’ suffering continues.
IMPRINT: Saoirse Ronan and Elizabeth Saltzman grace the cover of The Hollywood Reporter in “Stars of Style.”

The Rundown

~WINTER STORM TOBY PACKS A PUNCH: New York City officials didn’t waste any time preparing for Winter Storm Toby, making a decision to close public schools even before the first snowflakes fell. Toby is the fourth nor’easter to hit the East Coast this month. On Tuesday, a day before the nor’easter hit Brooklyn and the rest of New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasioannounced that all public schools would be closed on Wednesday, a move that undoubtedly delighted children all over the city. Alternate side of the street parking regulations were suspended on Wednesday to allow Department of Sanitation crews to devote their energies to snow removal. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SAVE HISTORIC KINDERGARTEN FROM DEMOLITION, CARROLL GARDENS RESIDENTS SAY: Save the Hans S. Christian Memorial Kindergarten! That’s the rallying cry of Carroll Gardens residents who are trying to stop the planned demolition of the first freestanding free kindergarten built in Brooklyn. It’s at 236 President St. Its purchaser, Avo Construction, plans to tear it down to construct a six-story luxury condo building. The residents are working to save the two-story former kindergarten by campaigning for city landmark designation for it and 238 President St. The two buildings have a shared history, which is why they believe both should be landmarked. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SEX WORKER INVOLVED IN NYPD CORRUPTION SCANDAL TO TESTIFY THAT DE BLASIO DONOR “DIRECTED” HER: A one-time high-end sex worker at the center of an NYPD corruption scandal is expected to testifythat a major de Blasio donor “watched and directed” her alleged sexcapades with cops, new court documents reveal. Gabi Grecko traveled to Las Vegas in early 2013 with Jeremy Reichberg and Jona Rechnitz, who were both major contributors to Bill de Blasio‘s mayoral campaign, prosecutors have said. She claims Reichberg supervised the trysts. During the private flight to Sin City, Grecko also performed “services” for the duo’s guests — which included retired NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged.Reichberg stands accused of heaping gifts on Grant in exchange for perks. The Manhattan Federal Court bribery trial against Reichberg and Grant is expected to start April 30(via Daily News)
~PATRICK CHARLES KEELY’S HISTORIC CHURCH AND OTHER ARCHITECTURAL EYE CANDY IN NON-LANDMARKED CARROLL GARDENS: The other day, we went to Carroll Gardens to visit a pair of historically significant buildings that neighborhood residents are trying to get landmarked: The Hans S. Christian Memorial Kindergarten at 236 President St. and the Brooklyn Deaconess Home and Training School of the Methodist Episcopal Church at 238 President St. While we were there, we also snapped photos of other eye-catching homes and churches located outside the Carroll Gardens Historic District’s boundaries. These non-landmarked blocks looked eminently landmark-worthy. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks   

LONG READ: The U.S. invasion of Iraq changed this family forever, and the effects still trouble its members now, 20 years later(via Huffington Post)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The fight for gun reform is gaining more tractionand new supporters every day, and survivors of the tragedies are leading the movement. (via Washington Post)  
EAT: 2018’s Smorgasburg vendors have been announced — get your grub on starting March 31(via Eater)
WATCH: Mister Rogers comes to life in new film “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” Watch the trailer now. (via abc)  


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Police find a recorded “confession” on the Austinbomber’s cellphone … Sacramento police release video of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man … And Mark Zuckerberg says he will testify before Congress. (via Huffington Post, NBC and USA Today)         
FOREIGN FLASH: Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offers to resignamid political turmoil … Ghanian teacher who teaches Microsoft Word with only a chalkboard goes viral … And former French President Nicolas Sarkozycharged for accepting millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from deceased Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi(via Time, BBC and the Associated Press)                        

ROYAL WATCH: Meghan Markle Wax Figure to Join Royal Family Statues at Madame Tussauds. (via Newsweek)


8:00AM – 6:00PM — Katie Shima: What time is it there? at BRIC House.Details.
10:00AM — 14th Annual National Black Writer’s Conference: Gathering at the Waters – Healing, Legacy, & Activism in Black Literature. Details.
11:00AM – 5:00PM — Sharon Brant: Plenty at Minus Space. Details.  
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
12:00PM – 5:00PM — Until Everyone Has it Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.  
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Flexing King – Film Screening, Competition and Food.Details.   
5:30PM – 7:30PM — Screening and Talkback: Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class with Bob Herbert. Details.
7PM — An Evening of Opera and Cabaret Concert and Benefit for Brooklyn Opera Works. Details.
7:30PM – 9:00PM — My Brooklyn, Your Brooklyn. Details.          
8PM — The Soul Rebels. Details.  
EAGLE SPORTS: The New York Islanders are doomed to suffer through a second straight non-playoff season. They also might lose the best player in modern franchise history and their undisputed team leader to free agency this summer. Add in the fact that the Brooklyn-based NHL franchise is ranked dead last in the league in home attendance, and there really isn’t much positive to say about this soon-to-be-completed 2017-18 campaign at Barclays Center. Except, of course, for Mathew Barzal. The 20-year-old rookie sensation continued to provide a glimmer of hope that this wasn’t a lost season after allTuesday night, collecting his 20th goal of the season and an assist as the Islanders dominated the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in front of 10,442 fans in Downtown Brooklyn. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Bob CostasKeegan-Michael KeyWilliam Shatner,Stephen Sondheim and Reese Witherspoon.
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected]

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