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Brooklyn Today March 28: Borough President Eric Adams Hints at Mayoral Run

March 28, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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***After a week of Miami’s music mania, sunny stretches of South Beach sand and boat rides off Key Biscayne, Brooklyn Today Editor Scott Enman is back in the beautiful blizzard-blasted borough of Brooklyn.***
THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! Borough President Eric Adams hints at a mayoral run, Williamsburg has a new landmark, and the borough’s parks are ranked by amenities. Plus, 35 councilmembers want half-fare MetroCards, people are leaving Brooklyn, and a 70-year-old man kayaks across the Atlantic Ocean for a third time. Finally, a retired Supreme Court justice wants to repeal the Second Amendment, pet fish in Asia are receiving cosmetic surgeries, and an Ohio woman gets arrested for making “lewd comments” to an Easter Bunny.      
IMPRINT: Bella Hadid shines bright like a diamond on the May cover ofVogue Japan.

The Rundown

~WILLIAMSBURG GETS A NEW LANDMARK: All hail the dandy Dime, SouthWilliamsburg’s newly designated landmarkOn Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to grant protected status to the Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh. The neo-Classical Indiana limestone building at 209 Havemeyer St. was designed by a preeminent architectural firm of yesteryear, Helmle & Huberty. It was constructed between 1906 and 1908 as the headquarters of the bank, which served a mostly immigrant and low-income community, a LPC staffer said during a meeting prior to the vote. The Dime headquarters was built during a period of neighborhood growth that was brought on by the construction of the Williamsburg Bridge, the staffer said. It was one of numerous financial institutions that established a presence in Williamsburg Bridge Plaza at that time. Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, which was founded in 1864, continues to exist. It is now called Dime Community Bank. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS HINTS AT MAYORAL RUN: Having spoken about running for mayor in the past, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ new website boasts the messages, “Imagine what we will embark upon in 2021,” and “Eric is ready to service this city that he loves in a major way.” While these may not be explicit announcements, Adams has said as early as 2015 that City Hall is in his sights. “Throughout the years I have continuously stated that I’d be privileged to bring that service to City Hall as mayor,” Adams said. “While some may have played coy about their ambitions, I’ve been upfront for a long time.” Adams also registered a campaign committee for 2021 with the state. (via NYDN)
~PEOPLE ARE LEAVING BROOKLYN: Last year, Brooklyn suffered its first net loss since 2010 with 40,797 residents leaving our fair borough. Despite the drops though, immigration and natural growth kept Brooklyn’s total population loss at 2,088 residents for 2017. A strong national economy and housing costs being near record highs could be attracting Brooklyn residents to other parts of the country. Brooklynites have also been jumping ship for metro areas with more jobs and cheaper rents like Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Las Vegas. (via CityLab)
~SURVEY OF 270 BROOKLYN PARKS YIELDS INSIGHTS: An assessment of 270 parks in Brooklyn found that many lack amenities like drinking fountains, bathrooms and public Wi-Fi. “Pulse of Our Parks,” compiled by Borough President Eric Adams, looked at 270 “active” Brooklyn parks. The survey, released Monday, looked at the existence of a “friends-of” group and programming; free Wi-Fi; access to drinking fountains and bathrooms; and support for active uses, such as basketball hoops and playgrounds. Results from the survey provided numerous takeaways, the BP’s Office said. Only 27 percent of parks were affiliated with a nonprofit or formal community group, a key indicator of park health. On average, 89 percent of parks had access to a drinking fountain, while 60 percent of parks housed a comfort station. Only 12 percent of parks on average had access to publicly available Wi-Fi, a priority of the BP. Roughly 81 percent of parks had more than one active use within their borders. Adams called parks “the great equalizer,” and said that he will use the results to focus on key areas of park improvement. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HALF-FARE METROCARDS GAIN SUPPORT OF 35 COUNCILMEMBERS: A move to get the city to provide a way for low-income New Yorkers to buy MetroCards at a 50 percent discount got a boost this week when 35 city councilmembers reaffirmed their strong support for the idea. The councilmembers, including several from Brooklyn, signed a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Finance Committee Chairman Daniel Drommcalling on the leaders to include a reduced fare MetroCard plan in the council’s response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Fiscal Year 2019 preliminary budget. The New York Daily News was the first to report on the new letter from the 35 councilmembers. In the letter, the lawmakers wrote that service on the city’s subways and buses “is a basic economic necessity for New Yorkers.” Reducing the price of MetroCards for riders struggling to make ends meet will help those residents get to work, school, medical appointments and other places easier, according to the councilmembers. “We are confident, that where the council leads, the mayor will follow and join us in weaving a vital new thread into our social safety net,” the letter reads. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Spend a wild four days inside a celebrity golf tournament where Donald Trump met Stormy Daniels and did many other unspeakable things. (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A 70-year-old man kayaked not once, not twice, but three times across the Atlantic Ocean. Here’s why he did it(via NYT Magazine)
HEALTH: “The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right” (via Grub Street)
EAT: Baseball season starts tomorrow, and if you plan on attending a Mets game soon, you’ll want to take a look at this expansive Citi Field food guide.(via Eater)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: An Ohio woman gets arrested for making “lewd comments” to an Easter Bunny…A retired Supreme Court justice wants torepeal the Second Amendment…And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg willtestify before Congress(via ABC, NYT and CNN)        
FOREIGN FLASH: Twenty-five countries, including the U.S., expel Russian diplomats…An 85-year-old woman in Paris is murdered in an anti-Semitic attack…And pet fish in Asia are receiving cosmetic surgeries(via USA Today, Time and NYT)                         
“14 candid snaps of the Royal Family taken by Brits”(via Evening Standard)


8:00AM – 6:00PM — Katie Shima: What time is it there? at BRIC House.Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Rodin’s The Body in Bronze at Brooklyn Museum.Details.
12:00PM – 9:00PM — Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition at Symphony Space. Details.   
1:00PM – 3:00PM — Historic Trolley Tours at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.  
6:00PM — Painting Jacob and His Twelve Sons: The Artist and His Studio at The Frick Collection. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — The Culinary Legacy of Joy of Cooking at The New School. Details.
7:00PM — TimesTalks: Eric Holder, Former Attorney General of the U.S. at Florence Gould Hall. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Injury Prevention Workshop for Youth Soccer Athletes at Park Slope United. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Words@Weeksville at Weeksville Heritage Center.Details.
7:30PM 10:00PM — Comedy at Rose Gold. Details.           

 EAGLE SPORTS: Mathematics aside, the Islanders have been out of serious playoff contention for several weeks now. But Monday night’s 3-0 lossto the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center put an official end to any hope that this lifeless squad would find a way to make one final push to avert missing the playoffs for a second straight season. “It’s tough for us and it’s not good enough,” New York head coach Doug Weight ceded after the Islanders lost for the 14th time in 16 games during what was supposed to be a stretch run toward the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot. “It’s tough for the fans and everyone involved,” he added. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to Conchata Ferrell, Kate Gosselin, Lady Gaga, Reba McEntire, Byron Scott, Jerry Sloan, Julia Stiles, Keith Tkachuk, Vince Vaughn and Dianne Wiest!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected]

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