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Brooklyn Today April 2: Here’s Why That New Chain Store Just Landed on Your Brooklyn Block

April 2, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! A women-only club comes under fire, cops look for a Bensonhurst attacker, and chain stores continue to invade Brooklyn. Plus, UCONN women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma isn’t content, a 36-year-old accountant plays goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks, and a judge breaks into a woman’s house and steals her underwear. Finally, Israeli troops kill at least 12 Palestinian protesters, a bomb in Syria leaves an American dead, and new U.S. visa applicants may have to provide their social media details. Have a great week.           
IMPRINT: Jennifer Lopez swings above the city on the latest cover ofHarper’s Bazaar.


The Rundown

~HERE’S WHY THAT NEW CHAIN STORE JUST LANDED ON YOUR BROOKLYN BLOCK: It’s an invasion of the store snatchers. Where mom-and-pop shops once beckoned in Brooklyn, the storefronts are now adorned with the signs of chains you see everywhere else: Dunkin’ Donuts, MetroPCS, McDonald’s, CVS, Payless, Gamestop and Starbucks, among dozens of others. While the rest of the country is sounding the death knell for malls, Brooklyn is booming with the shops that are typically found in them. Last year, Brooklyn saw the biggest percentage increase in the number of chain stores of all the city’s boroughs, with 1,587 locations, a 3.1% increase from the previous year, according to a December report from Center for an Urban Future. The greatest concentration of these stores is in zip code 11201 (Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn), which has 145 national retailer locations including City Point’s Target, Fulton Street’s H&M, and Sephora on Joralemon Street. Dunkin’ Donuts has the largest number of chain locations in Brooklyn, with 139, followed closely by prepaid wireless service MetroPCS, with 138. “Retailers are kind of like a herd of sheep,” says Tim King, managing partner of CPEX Real Estate, who helped bring Bed Bath & Beyond and its three sister companies to the Liberty View shopping complex in Sunset Park. “Nobody wants to be the first sheep through the gate. But once the herd starts moving in that direction, you get followers.” (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WOMEN-ONLY CLUB UNDER INVESTIGATION: A women-only club, the Wing, with a location in DUMBO, is currently under investigation by the city forpossible discrimination. The association, which offers clubhouses for women to work, network and have discussions, is being investigated by the New York City Commission on Human Rights. An agency spokesman, however, refused to give precise violations. “We are investigating the Wing after receiving a tip from the public and reading media coverage of their policies,” spokesman Seth Hoy said. Touting over 2,000 members and having hosted famous women in politics and pop culture, social media support rang out for the club after the news broke. (via The New York Times)
~BROOKLYN MOTHER BATTLES CANCER, HUSBAND STRUGGLES FOR REENTRY TO U.S.: While a Brooklyn mother struggles with Stage 4 breast cancer while taking care of her 8 and 11-year-old sons, her husband is stuck in Mexico applying for U.S. citizenship. “It’s been kind of upsetting and disappointing and I guess a little stressful,” said Maria’s son Christian Barragan. While Maria is a U.S. citizen, her husband Benjamin Barraganwent back to his homeland of Mexico on March 7 to organize paperwork for a green card. But because he was caught trying to cross the border illegally in 1994, he’s being denied reentry. “We’re all alone here now,” Maria said. “He was the breadwinner for the family. We have nothing and my children don’t understand why their father can’t come back.” (via ABC7)
~COPS SEEK HELP FINDING BENSONHURST ASSAULT SUSPECT: Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect who attacked women on 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst in two bizarre incidents that have left the neighborhood in shock. The suspect threw one of his victims to the ground and exposed himself to the other victim in incidents that took place minutes apart on the morning of March 23. NYPD released a photo and a surveillance videoof the suspect, who is still on the loose. The suspect first struck at 7:10 a.m. in front of 7714 77th St. He approached a 17-year-old female, put his arms around her and forcibly threw her to the ground. Five minutes later, the suspect struck again, this time approaching a 31-year-old woman as the victim was standing at a bus stop near the corner of 18th Avenue and 79th Street. The suspect pulled down his pants, police said. When the victim walked away, the suspect followed her, pulled down his pants again and exposed his genitals. He then punched the woman in the face and fled. The victim suffered a laceration to her lip but refused medical attention, police said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Travel back in time with this 1986 profile of Miami’s revered crime reporter Edna Buchanan, who was as well known in Vice City as Fidel Castro(via The New Yorker)  
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’?” (via NYT Magazine)
SPORTS: Despite unprecedented success as UCONN women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma is not content. Here’s why(via ESPN)
EAT: Here are the 17 best places to get nachos in New York City, including five in Brooklyn. (Our favorite is No. 14.) (via Eater)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Long Island judge breaks into a woman’s house andsteals her underwear…A 36-year-old accountant plays goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks…And new U.S. visa applicants may have to provide theirsocial media details(via CBS New York, USA Today and AP via Time)           
FOREIGN FLASH: Israeli troops kill at least 12 Palestinian protesters…U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres says climate change is the biggest threat to humanity…And a bomb in Syria leaves an American dead(via CNN, NYT and AP via Miami Herald)                           

You’ll never guess the wedding present that the Royal Family is giving to Meghan Markle’s father. (via Marie Claire)



8:30AM – 3:00PM — Spring Break Arts Program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.Details.
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Bordering the Imaginary: Art From the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Their Diasporas at BRIC House. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — And So Now: Speech Act Scores at BAM Fisher.Details.
6:00PM — Alisha Rankin – Testing the Panacea: Antidotes, Alchemy, and the Problem of Proof in Early Modern Europe at Columbia University. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Can Idleness Be a Virtue? at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.
6:30PM — Eckhart Tolle: Awakening Consciousness in Higher Education at NYU Skirball Center. Details.
6:30PM — Space Odyssey: Michael Benson with David Mikics at New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library. Details.  
6:30PM – 8:30PM — “Home Made in India:” A Conversation betweenChristopher Kloeble and Eric Jarosinski at Deutsches Haus at NYU. Details.  
7:00PM — Samia Henni: From Counterrevolution to Counterinsurgency at The Cooper Union. Details.
7:30PM — Anna Quindlen: Alternate Side with J. Courtney Sullivan at Books Are Magic. Details.

 EAGLE SPORTS: “In DLo and Big Jay, Nets’ future is coming into focus(via NetsDaily)


Happy birthday to Michael Fassbender, Clark Gregg, Emmylou Harris, Linda Hunt, Bethany Joy Lenz, Christopher Meloni, Camille Paglia, Pamela Reed and Leon Russell!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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