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Brooklyn Today April 16: Di Fara Pizzeria Closes for Health Violations

April 16, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! Di Fara pizzeria closes for health violations, Jackie Robinson gets honored with new highway signs, and the City Council passes a package of anti-harassment bills. Plus, alcohol is linked to breast cancer, the National Enquirer may have saved Donald Trump’spresidential campaign, and we suggest the 12 best places to go for a stroll in New York City. Finally, a Karl Marx statue in Germany stirs controversy, a man in Alaska will find your stolen car for you, and a 3,000-year-old Chinese teapot sells for more than $581,000. Have a great week.                      
IMPRINT: Singer Alicia Keys graces the April cover of Variety.  

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond


The Rundown

~WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES HAIL PASSAGE OF ANTI-HARASSMENT BILLS: Women’s rights advocates said they have high hopes that a full crackdown on sexual harassment in workplaces in New York City will begin once a package of bills passed by the City Council are signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Real change begins with policies and laws. This is a workplace issue and a safety issue. This is not just a woman’s issue. Creating laws that protect us rather than accuse — or worse, ignore — will help to change the paradigm,” Kim Sykes, artistic director of the group Girl Be Heard, said after the Council’s passage of the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act on Wednesday. The act contains 11 different bills aimed at educating workers on their rights and shedding light on the number of sexual harassment incidents taking place in government offices and private companies. Under the legislation, every employee working in New York City will automatically be covered by the sexual harassment provisions of the city’s human rights law.(via Brooklyn Eagle)

~DI FARA PIZZERIA CLOSES FOR HEALTH VIOLATIONS: The city’s Health Department shut down Midwood’s iconic Di Fara pizzeria for showingevidence of mice in the eatery. Health inspectors cited three “critical” violations among 46 violation points that also found the pizzeria wasn’t storing food in proper temperatures. It wasn’t the first or second time that the pizza parlor was shut down for health reasons. Back in 2011, inspectors found mouse droppings, and then in 2016, they shut it down for mice and “filth flies.” The owner’s daughter and co-worker Margaret DeMarco-Mieles said she’s now busy getting the store ready to reopen. “We are working with the restaurant to help them correct these violations and reopen as soon as possible,” said Health Department spokeswoman Carolina Rodriguez(via New York Post)
~JACKIE ROBINSON PARKWAY ADORNED WITH PLAYER’S IMAGE:Jackie Robinson Parkway is now properly adorned with several images of the Brooklyn Dodger from its route through East New York into Queens. In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, the city’s Department of Transportation announcednew signs that show an illustration of Robinson at bat in his Dodgers uniform. Workers already installed 25 of the signs and the city agency plans to replace all of the signs on the parkway with the new design. “[The sign] pays tribute both to a man and a legacy that is so important for all of us to be able to see as we continue on the road of our life of a person who was dedicated to the service and development of others and used the medium of sports and baseball to help transcend all of American society,” said David Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s son. (via amNewYork)
~LIN PLANS TO RETURN TO NETS A NEW PLAYER NEXT SEASON: Jeremy Lin didn’t even make it through one full game this season. He plans to return next season playing a different way so he can stay on the floor and help the Brooklyn Nets keep building. Lin played in just 36 games in 2016-17 due to hamstring injuries and ruptured his right patella tendon in a loss at Indiana on opening night of this season. His plan to stay healthy focuses on ditching all the on-court motor skills that started Linsanity six years ago across the city with the New York Knicks in exchange for a new range of motion. “So, like, at every level of ability to be more dynamic, I’m not just looking at whether my knee will hold up. I’m looking at whether I have done enough to completely change pre-existing movement patterns,” Lin said Thursday, a day after the Nets finished 28-54, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: The National Enquirer may have saved Donald Trump’spresidential campaign by killing a story about Trump allegedly fathering a child with a former employee. (via The New Yorker) 
ANOTHER LONG READ: The alcohol industry doesn’t want you to know it, but there’s scientific evidence that proves drinking is linked to breast cancer(via Mother Jones)
EXPLORE: With the weather warming up (hopefully), here are the 12 best places to go for a stroll in New York City. (via Curbed)  
EAT: You’re not a true New Yorker unless you’ve tried these 30 “iconic dishes,” including four Brooklyn staples. (via Eater)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Heinz floats the idea of “Mayochup,” a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise…An incestuous Connecticut father kills his daughter, their infant and himself…And a man in Alaska will find your stolen car for you. (via USA Today, AP via Time and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: A 3,000-year-old Chinese teapot sells for more than $581,000…A Karl Marx statue in Germany stirs controversy…And French President Emmanuel Macron considers attacking Syria with airstrikes(via SCMP, USA Today and BBC)                                    

 “I Made Meghan Markle’s Engagement Chicken and Now I’m in Love” (via The Cut)



10:00AM – 6:00PM — Bordering the Imaginary: Art From the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Their Diasporas at BRIC House. Details.
4:15PM — Workshop on the Disintegration of Europe and the Refugee Crisis at Columbia University. Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: Abraham & Straus: It’s Worth a Trip from Anywhere at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — Preserving Net Neutrality at New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Details.
7:00PM — Modern Mondays: An Evening with Shannon Plumb at Museum of Modern Art. Details.
7:00PM — Resist and Reimagine: Opening Night in Three Acts at The Cooper Union. Details.
7:00PM — Nathan Englander and Gary Shteyngart in conversation withJoshua Henkin at Hannah Senesh Community Day School. Details.
7:00PM — Who Wrote the Bible? at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.  
7:30PM — Broadway Talks: The Women of Waitress, the Musical at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:30PM — The Today Show’s Natalie Morales in Conversation with Al Roker at 92nd Street Y. Details.

EAGLE SPORTS: The sale of the Nets is complete” (via New York Post)


Happy birthday to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Akon, Ellen Barkin, Pope Benedict XVI, Chance The Rapper, Jon Cryer, Luol DengClaire Foy, Lukas Haas,Martin Lawrence, Freddie Ljungberg, Jay O. Sanders, Bobby Vinton and Bill Walker!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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