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Brooklyn Today April 4: In Brooklyn, Martin Luther King Spoke of the American Dream

April 4, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy hump day, Brooklyn! An “Alice in Wonderland” pop-up bar is coming to the borough, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman files a lawsuit against the Trump administration, and we remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser-known Brooklyn Heights speech. Plus, Mark Zuckerberg opens up about Facebook’s difficulties, a woman opens fire at YouTube’s headquarters, and the Brooklyn Heights Association drops its Pier 6 fight. Finally, London’s murder rate surpasses that of New York City, Stoneman Douglas students denounce having to wear clear backpacks, and laundromats are the places to be in Hong Kong.           
IMPRINT: Lana Del Rey wears a strange, bird-like outfit on the April coverof L’Officiel Thailand.  

The Rundown

~IN BROOKLYN, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPOKE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM: Exactly 50 years ago today, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on the balcony of room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. His death came one day after his final sermon, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” delivered at Mason Temple. In August 1963, five years before his death, King famously told the nation about a dream he had. Many aren’t aware, however, that King had mused upon many of these same thoughts in a speech delivered at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights in February of that same year. The Rev. Dr. Harry Kruener, Plymouth’s widely-respected senior minister during that period, had extended an invitation to Dr. King the previous autumn. As a leading stop on the Underground Railroad, it was fitting that King took up Kruener’s offer to visit Plymouth. In his Brooklyn sermon, King discussed the American dream and the dream of world peace. Presciently, King spoke about the need to suspend nuclear tests and disarm the world. Failure to do so “may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation,” he warned. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ALICE IN WONDERLAND POP-UP BAR COMING SOON TO BROOKLYN:We’re all mad here in Brooklyn. And soon we’ll be able to share that craziness with each other on a double-decker party bus while sipping Victorian-inspired molecular cocktails at the Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, The Mad Hatters G&T Party Bus. The pop-up bar set to open in Brooklyn will be a reenactment of the ever-famous tea party Alice found herself at, but with booze in the cups. The bus will host the two-hour immersive experience as early as late April or early May but for now, ticket registration is open on the group’s website. (via Time Out New York)
~AG SCHNEIDERMAN FILES SUIT TO BLOCK GOVERNMENT FROM REQUIRING CITIZENSHIP INFO IN CENSUS: New York Attorney GeneralEric Schneiderman — leading a coalition of 18 Attorneys General and six cities and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors — filed a lawsuit Tuesdayto block the Trump administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial census. Demanding citizenship information on the census would depress turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threatening those states’ fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as billions of dollars in critical federal funds for education, infrastructure, Medicaid and more. “With immigrant communities already living in fear, demanding citizenship status would drive them into the shadows, leading to a major undercount that threatens billions in federal funding for New York and our fair representation in Congress and the Electoral College,” Schneiderman said. “I’m proud to lead this coalition in the fight for a full and fair census.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PIER 6 FIGHT DROPPED BY BHA: The Brooklyn Heights Association says it will not appeal a court decision allowing two controversial towers to go up at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. BHA filed a lawsuit in 2016 against Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, Empire State Development Corporation and the City of New York, saying that the park broke its agreement to develop only as much property as necessary to cover the annual costs of park maintenance and operations. On Feb. 16, Justice Carmen Victoria St. George of the state Supreme Court denied BHA’s petition. BHA’s Executive Director Peter Braytold the Brooklyn Eagle that factoring into the community organization’s decision to drop the lawsuit was the fact that an appeal would not be heard for a year or more, “at which point Parcel B tower would be completed and there would be significant progress on the Parcel A tower.” BHA will be focusing instead on other matters of major importance to Brooklyn Heights and nearby neighborhoods, Bray said. These include the upcoming massive BQE rehab, school overcrowding issues and the city’s plans to expand the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: A lifelong gun owner laments what gun culture has become in the wake of America’s mass shootings. (via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: With #DeleteFacebook trending and the social media platform’s reputation deteriorating, Mark Zuckerberg confronts what’s ahead. “We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years,” he said.(via Vox)
CARTOON: Be sure to read Facebook’s terms and conditions before deleting your account. (via The New Yorker)
DINE: Here are the 14 best places to eat and drink in Crown Heights(via Eater)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A woman opens fire at YouTube’s California headquarters, wounding four…A mother shoots her 5-year-old daughter at a slumber party…And Stoneman Douglas students denounce having to wearclear backpacks(via LA Times, CBS Chicago and USA Today)                
FOREIGN FLASH: French railway workers begin a three-month strike…London’s murder rate surpasses that of New York City…Andlaundromats are the places to be in Hong Kong. (via BBC, USA Today and NYT)                             
 Here’s the one food that the Royal Family can never eat when dining out. (via Organic Authority)


8:00AM – 10:00PM — What Is It, Then, Between Us at BRIC Cafe. Details.
8:30AM – 3:00PM — Spring Break Arts Program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.Details.
2:00PM — An Intimate War: Why the Taliban Fight at NYU. Details.
6:00PM — Resurrecting the Woolly Mammoth at Prospect Heights Brainery.Details.
6:30PM — Mind Reading & Mysticism at Merchant’s House Museum. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — SciCafe: Seeing Is Believing at American Museum of Natural History. Details.
7:00PM — The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind at Rubin Museum of Art.Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Book Launch: Recipes for Good Luck by Ellen Weinstein at powerHouse Arena. Details.  
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Little Cinema Presents: The Man Who Fell To Earth at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
8:15PM —Self Care for a Natural Pregnancy: Mindfulness, Healthy Bodies, Clean Beauty at Brooklyn Brainery. Details.   

 EAGLE SPORTS: Brooklyn native Kyle Neptune’s winning pedigree was enhanced yet again Monday night in San Antonio. The former Brooklyn Friends School star, who guided the Blue Pride to a miraculous Class C New York State High School basketball championship 15 years ago, will be fitted for his second national title ring as an assistant coach at Villanova. Neptune earned his first title with Villanova in 2016, when the Wildcats stunned North Carolina in the championship game on Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beater for the ages. Mondaynight’s conquest of Michigan wasn’t nearly as titillating, but it was equally satisfying for the one-time Pearl Street star and Lehigh University graduate.(via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to David Blaine, Robert Downey Jr., Kitty Kelley, Christine Lahti, Austin Mahone, Nancy McKeon, Craig T. Nelson, Barry Pepper, Scott Rolen and Jill Scott!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected]

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