Brooklyn Today March 23: Brooklyn Navy Yard Gets New Leaders
Weather, Brooklyn (NWS): Day 47°, Night 32°, Partly Cloudy
THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! The federal spending bill will have some major effects on the borough, the Brooklyn Navy Yard gets a new COO and executive vice president, and President Trump appoints a new national security adviser. Plus, plastic garbage builds in the Pacific, Brooklyn’s DA heads to Miami, and the newest royal couple details dodging the paparazzi. Finally, the Brooklyn Nets suffer a loss, the New York Food Fest highlights ballpark eats, and the founder of Toys ‘R’ Us dies.
IMPRINT: Reese Witherspoon, Oprah, Mindy Kaling and Ava DuVernayare featured on the cover of Stylist.
~FEDERAL SPENDING BILL’S EFFECTS ON BROOKLYN: With Congress finally hashing out a $1.3 trillion spending package Wednesday evening, Brooklyn and the New York City area are set to get some improvements that include security and transportation. Brooklyn U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan backed the Gateway project aspect of the bill that allocates funds to expand the Northeast Corridor rail connection between Newark and NYC. Donovan also applauded $630 million in Urban Areas Security Initiative grants for homeland security, calling it “sorely need to protect the world’s top terror target.” Additional money is also being dedicated to combat the opioid crisis. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN NAVY YARD GETS NEW COO & EXECUTIVE VP: The Brooklyn Navy Yard announced the appointment of Michael Kelly to chief operating officer and executive vice president. The career-long architect joins the Brooklyn Navy Yard at a time when it plans to add 30,000 jobs and 5 million square feet of new manufacturing space. Kelly will be in charge of overseeing the yard’s operations and property management team. He has served in housing authorities across the country, starting out in San Francisco and serving twice as general manager of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) during his 30-year career. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY CONTINUES PROMISE:Brooklyn’s new DA Eric Gonzalez is proving himself to be as progressive as he had promised while campaigning. This weekend he is off to Miami for a special forum on mental health issues and possible reforms. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POST-WINTER STORM DAMAGE ASSESSED: Among the damage that can follow weather catastrophes: price gouging. NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made public appearances to warn victims — and potential violators — following the sudden snow storm that hit New Yorkers on Wednesday. While clear weather came back quickly, the AG noted that unpredictable weather from climate changes could be an ongoing future issue, and he promoted a hotline for consumer complaints. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Brazilian politician Marielle Franco was assassinated while leaving a black-women’s empowerment event. Her death has since turned her into a global icon. (via Time)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Montecito families are returning to their homes following evacuations caused by dangerous rain conditions, only to fear that they may be forced out yet again. (via LA Times)
EAT: NYC Food Fest to feature food from all 30 MLB parks. (via NBC)
WATCH: How the Las Vegas gunman planned a massacre. (via The New York Times)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: President Trump appoints John Bolton as his new national security adviser … A newborn was reunited with her parents after acustody battle with a Native American tribe … And Toys ‘R’ Us founder Charles Lazarus dies as company begins shutdown. (via Huffington Post, ABC and the Daily News)
FOREIGN FLASH: China threatens to raise tariffs on about $3 billion worth of U.S. imports … Kenya outlaws anal examinations in landmark victory for LGBT rights … And predictions suggest a build-up of about 80,000 tonnes of plastic in the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” between California andHawaii. (via Washington Post, USA Today and BBC)
ROYAL WATCH: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry detail how they hid their newly formed romance from the paparazzi. (via Vanity Fair)
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 – 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.
4:00PM – 10:30PM — Madame Morbid Presents: National Puppy Day Trolley Tours. Details.
7PM — Decibel Metal & Beer Fest 2018. Details.
8PM — Always Happy Video Comedy Bop. Details.
10PM — Ūndisclosed : Back-2-Back. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: After using a pair of lock-down, fourth-quarter efforts to put together their first back-to-back wins in two months, the Brooklyn Nets needed yet another Wednesday night to make it three victories in a row for the first time this season. They didn’t come close to getting it. Head coach Kenny Atkinson’s crew surrendered 36 points over the final 12 minutes, including a game-ending 18-2 run, as Brooklyn suffered a hard-to-swallow 111-105 loss to the visiting Charlotte Hornets in front of 10,231 diehards who braved a snow storm to witness this epic collapse. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Kyrie Irving, Perez Hilton, Chaka Khan, Keri Russell, Joan Crawford and Michelle Monaghan.
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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