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April 11, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! A Carroll Gardens kindergarten is saved from demolition, Williamsburg boasts delicious cajun cuisine, and a Brooklyn assemblywoman goes on a rant against Jews. Plus, Syrian PresidentBashar al-Assad killed a journalist, a new report says pasta helps you lose weight, and we share the top 10 airlines in the world. Finally, six people die in a plane crash in Arizona, Brazil’s former president goes to jail, and a man in New York is hospitalized after eating the world’s hottest chili pepper.                  
 
IMPRINT: Portuguese model Sara Sampaio goes swimming on the Aprilcover of Figaro France.

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The Rundown
 

~CON ED’S ‘SMART METERS’ WILL EMPOWER INFORMATION FLOW, BUT WILL COST YOU: The era of the human meter reader is coming to an end. Con Edison has begun installing smart meters in homes and businesses throughout Brooklyn. Smart meters are digital meters that automatically communicate with Con Edison through a wireless communication network. The meters provide more detailed information about a customer’s power usage, allow customers to connect to this information online and set up high bill alerts. The devices automatically alert the company if the power shuts down. The meters will help customers manage their costs, according to Con Ed. However, rates will reflect the $1.3 billion cost of installing roughly 4.8 million meters.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~LPC BLOCKS PLANNED DEMOLITION OF HISTORIC CARROLL GARDENS KINDERGARTEN: You wanna tear down a historic Brooklyn kindergarten and build condos? Fuhgeddaboudit. On Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission blocked a plan to demolish the Hans S. Christian Memorial Kindergarten in Carroll Gardens and replace it with a six-story condo building. The preservation agency voted unanimously to calendar the former school building at 236 President St. as well as a pre-Civil War mansion at 238 President St. for consideration as individual city landmarks. Once the commission calendars a property, it’s illegal to tear it down or make changes to its exterior. During the public meeting, LPC ChairwomanMeenakshi Srinivasan called 236 and 238 President St. “an odd couple” whose shared history is “quite compelling.” The LPC’s move to protect the late 19th-century kindergarten is a victory for Carroll Gardens residents who mounted an emergency campaign to save it and for City Councilmember Brad Lander, whose staffers worked closely with the residents. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~WILLIAMSBURG CHEF BRINGS THE BIG EASY TO BROOKLYN: Louisiana transplants in Brooklyn, fret not, the new chef of Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere is bringing some earthy Cajun dishes to the menu. Jacob Clarkalways wanted to cook the southern cuisine but wasn’t able to at his previous jobs. “This is the food I always wanted to cook but couldn’t in the restaurants I was in,” Clark said. “One of my first memories was cooking gumbo with my grandmother.” When he accepted the job at Maison Premiere, a seafood gumbo was the first item he placed on the menu. While the 298 Bedford Ave. spot’s menu is still in development and often changing, it will surely have deep Cajun features. (via Forbes)
 
~ASSEMBLYWOMAN DENOUNCES JEWS AT BOARD MEETING: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diane Richardson reportedly went on a 50-minute rantduring a Community Board 17 meeting, saying Jews were gentrifying her district. When a board member complained people constantly ring her doorbell to see if she is selling her home, Richardson responded, “It must be Jewish people,” according to Lew Fidler, a former City Councilmember. “As a Jew, I found that to be offensive,” Fidler said. “That was dripping with anti-Semitism. That’s when smoke came out of my ears.” Richardson also referred to Brooklyn state Sen. Simcha Felder as “The Jewish senator from southern Brooklyn.” In a statement, Richardson didn’t deny making the remarks, but she did apologize. (via New York Post)

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Staff Picks:   
 

LONG READ: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hunted and killed a journalist for reporting on war crimes. (via The Intercept) 
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: “This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World” (via BuzzFeed)
 
TRAVEL: Here are the top 10 airlines in the world, according to TripAdvisor. No American companies made the list. (via Town & Country)
 
EAT: Bring on the carbs! A new report reveals eating pasta can actually help you lose weight(via USA Today)

 
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: A 1-year-old boy gets hit in the head by a ceiling panel on an American Airlines flight…A man in New York is hospitalized after eating the world’s hottest chilli pepper…And six people die in a plane crashin Arizona. (via Fortune, BBC and NYT)                 
 
FOREIGN FLASH: London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for knife control…Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva goes to jail…And PresidentTrump says Russia may have to pay a “big price” after the recent Syria gas attack. (via USA Today, NYT and The News International)                                    
 
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 ROYAL WATCH:
 A former butler to the Royal Family tells us how to stir our tea properly. (via Business Insider)

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT   
 

11:00AM – 6:00PM — David Bowie Is at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
 
2:00PM — Counterterrorism & Counterinsurgency at NYU. Details.  
 
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Rethinking Luxury at One Hudson Yards at New York School of Interior Design. Details.  
 
6:00PM – 9:00PM — Book Release Party: Lie There and Lose Weight by John J. Ordover at Brooklyn Commons. Details.
 
6:30PM — Current Trends in Public Design at 92nd Street Y. Details.
 
6:30PM – 9:00PM — That Way Madness Lies… at Barnard College. Details.   
 
7:00PM — Joint Book Launch: Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester & Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen at PowerHouse at the Archway. Details.
 
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Contemporary Cities: Urban and Architecture Practices About Latin America at Americas Society. Details.  
 
7:30PM — King Lear at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
 
7:30PM — VICE Media Watch & Learn at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Details.
 
 
 
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EAGLE SPORTS: Allen Crabbe didn’t blow out any candles, but he did shoot the lights out at Barclays Center on Monday night. Crabbe celebrated his 26th birthday with a near-perfect shooting display, lifting the Brooklyn Nets to their first three-game winning streak of this soon-to-be-completed season. The Los Angeles native scored a career-high 41 points while missing only three shots during 34 spectacular minutes as the surging Nets topped the Chicago Bulls, 114-105, before a Fan Appreciation Night crowd of 16,187. “I shook his hand after the game and it was still hot, still cooking,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said of Crabbe. “I thought his overall game was good, obviously started out hot and kept it going,” Atkinson added. “He’s really finishing the season the way we’re asking the team to finish, on a strong note.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)

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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Tony Brown, Jeremy Clarkson, Ellen Goodman, Joel Grey, Tricia Helfer, Bill Irwin, Marcus Johns, Ethel Kennedy, Louise Lasser, Stephanie Pratt, Peter Riegert and Bret William Saberhagen!
 
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected]


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