Brooklyn Today April 12: Runaway Dog Saved From L-Train Tracks
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Gowanus residents rally for a historical building, a runaway dog stalls the L train, and we take a tour of Victorian Flatbush. Plus, House Speaker Paul Ryan announces his retirement, a truck carrying beer kegs drives over an overpass, and Alaska’s glaciers are melting at an “unprecedented” rate. Finally, a plane crash in Algeria leaves at least 257 people dead, Pope Francis says he made “grave errors” in the Chile sex abuse scandal, and Kim Jong-un has a bulletproof train filled with wine.
IMPRINT: Emma Stone and Nicolas Ghesquière grace the April cover ofMadame Figaro.
~AS SUPERFUND CLEANUP PROCEEDS, PROBLEMS EMERGE IN GOWANUS: On Tuesday, roughly two dozen constituents gathered for acandlelight vigil outside the Gowanus Station, a historic two-story building built in the early 20th century, to try and save the structure from demolition. The city is considering removing the building to make room for a 8-million-gallon combined sewage overflow tank. While residents and the owner of 234 Butler St. support installing a CSO tank on the property, they want to preserve the building and its historic façade. In addition to its architectural value and intimate connection with Gowanus (it’s the only building in the area that bears the neighborhood’s name), the building has two nonprofit art organizations and a recycling business that operate inside. “This building is a real part of the community,” Gowanus resident Brad Vogel said. “When you look at this neighborhood, Gowanus is likely to face rezoning very soon, and as the area gets developed, it’s important that some sense of the identity of this place is retained because in so many neighborhoods across New York, they are looking more and more generic.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE LANDMARK-WORTHY BEVERLEY SQUARE EAST AND WEST:It’s time to stitch together the patches in the quilt. That’s how preservation advocates describe the micro-neighborhoods that make up Victorian Flatbush. Why? Because over the years, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission has designated several of them as historic districts. This protects their houses from demolition and replacement with big, modern buildings. These historic districts are spread all over Victorian Flatbush’s map like patches on a quilt. This quilt’s other patches are unlandmarked micro-neighborhoods whose homes have equally rich historical and architectural pedigrees. They are Beverley Square East, Beverley Square West, Caton Park, Ditmas Park West, South Midwood and West Midwood. In a recent letter, Simeon Bankoff, the Historic Districts Council’s executive director, urged LPC ChairwomanMeenakshi Srinivasan “to ‘complete the quilt’ of city designation of these neighborhoods to safeguard their unique context in Brooklyn.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RUNAWAY DOG SAVED FROM L-TRAIN TRACKS: Runaway dogs doing laps around the subway tracks is becoming a regular occurrence in Brooklyn. Two months after a dog’s journey in the underground shut down F service between Brooklyn and Manhattan, a pitbull narrowly avoided being hit by the L train. When MTA employees pulled the pup off the tracks at the Graham Avenue station, he had already run more than three miles for 40 minutes. The train just barely missed hitting the dog and had to slow to a 10-mph crawl behind him for nine stops. The canine had no collar or identification, so MTA handed him over to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and nicknamed him “Lucky.” (via The New York Times and CBS)
~POPULAR PROSPECT HEIGHTS RESTAURANT OPENS FOR BRUNCH:There’s a new Brunch spot in Prospect Heights, and it’s already been positively reviewed with a popular dinner menu. Greg Baxtrom, the chef and owner of Olmsted, began serving brunch at the neighborhood spot on March 16 with its micro-sized kitchen. Since opening in 2016, the eatery hasn’t offered a brunch menu because Baxtrom wanted to take his time to do it right. “We didn’t want to do it wrong. I just didn’t want it to be eggs Benedict, even though that’s what I would order,” Baxtrom said. “I wanted it to be as ambitious as the dinner menu is.” To do that, the chef is offering items like egg rolls stuffed with scrambled eggs and a grilled breakfast burger, a take on an Egg McMuffin. (via Food & Wine)
LONG READ: “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis” (via The New York Times Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz details hisscarred childhood. “I never got any kind of help,” he writes. (via The New Yorker)
PODCAST: Craig Mod, a writer and host of the podcast “On Margins,” discusses the endless distractions that come with smartphones. (via Longform)
EAT: Here are the 22 best sandwich shops in New York City, including a whopping nine in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: House Speaker Paul Ryan announces his retirement…A truck carrying beer kegs drives over an overpass on I-95 in Pennsylvania…And Alaska’s glaciers are melting at an “unprecedented” rate.(via NYT, NBC and Science Daily)
FOREIGN FLASH: A plane crash in Algeria leaves at least 257 people dead…Pope Francis says he made “grave errors” in the Chile sex abuse scandal…And Kim Jong-un has a bulletproof train filled with wine. (via BBC, AP via Miami Herald and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: “A Royal Wedding Riddle Is Solved: No Trumps, NoObamas” (via NYT)
8:00AM – 7:30PM — Above and Underground at Gallery 55. Details.
12:00PM – 5:00PM — The Business of Brooklyn: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Unreality Bomb at FiveMyles. Details.
1:00PM – 7:00PM — Darger Day: Celebrating Realms of the Unreal at American Folk Art Museum. Details.
6:00PM — Assault Prevention Class at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
6:30PM — Japanese Green Tea 101: From Matcha to Sakura Sencha at Japan Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Writing Workshop at Ugly Duckling Presse Studio.Details.
7:00PM — Fun In Fitness at Sheepshead Bay Cornerstone. Details.
7:00PM — Stretch Aerobics at Greenpoint Beach Center. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — What Does Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King Have In Common? at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: General manager Garth Snow has a vision for John Tavares’ future with the New York Islanders. “We want him to retire as an Islander,” Snow said on Monday after a disappointing campaign in which the Islanders missed out on the playoffs for a second consecutive year. “Our goal is to have John Tavares hoist the Stanley Cup in an Islanders jersey and retire an Islander.” Unfortunately for Snow, Isles co-owner Jon Ledecky and head coach Doug Weight, Tavares has not yet embraced that vision. The two-time Hart Trophy finalist and team captain will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, meaning any of the 30 other NHL franchises can bid for his services. Tavares, who amassed 84 points this past season, two shy of his career best, holds all the cards in this ongoing wait-and-see game of “Will He Stay, or Will He Go.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Beverly Cleary, Claire Danes, Shannen Doherty, Andy Garcia, Herbie Hancock, Dan Lauria, David Letterman, Sarah Jane Morris,Jennifer Morrison, Ed O’Neil, Saoirse Ronan and Brendon Urie!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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