Brooklyn Today April 26: Group Seeks Pathway From Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Prospect Park receives two new pedestrian entrances, we tour West Midwood, and a group wants to build a pathway between the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Plus, a developer buys a contaminated Greenpoint site for $55 million, the DUMBO waterfront gets a new look, and Kanye West calls PresidentTrump his “brother.” Finally, Delta ties a woman with multiple sclerosis to a wheelchair, the responding police officer in the Toronto van attack is praised for not using his gun, and Barack and Michelle Obama are planning a Kensington Palace pajama party with the royal baby.
IMPRINT: Actress Melissa McCarthy graces the May cover of Glamour.
~NEW GROUP SEEKS PATHWAY FROM BROOKLYN HEIGHTS PROMENADE TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Brooklyn’s Central Park needs a better way to get to its center. A new group called Connect Montague is pushing for a direct link from the fabled promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park, the much-used, but difficult-to-access waterfront green space. The park drew 5 million visitors last summer, but is only accessible on its northern and southern ends. A ramp or elevator from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade would “correct what was an omission in the original park planning,” group memberSteve Rothman told Community Board 2. And the timing might be perfect; the city is currently planning its $2-billion renovation of the cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway under the promenade — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a new amenity, Rothman added. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PROSPECT PARK TO ADD TWO NEW PEDESTRIAN ENTRANCES ALONG FLATBUSH AVENUE STRIP: Prospect Park’s Flatbush Avenue dead zone is about to be jolted back to life. Officials on Wednesday will reveal two newpedestrian entrances along the park’s eastern perimeter, currently a half-mile-long stretch without an access point. The $5.6-million project is money well spent, advocates say. “The new entrances are going to be a terrific addition that livens a long-dead area,” said Gib Veconi of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council. “When you walk down that street, it’s very dead. This will make Flatbush Avenue much friendlier for pedestrians. I’m delighted.” The entrances will be between Grand Army Plaza and the Prospect Park Zoo, where the park is inaccessible behind an iron fence. They will be the first park entrances to be built since the 1940s. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE LANDMARK-WORTHY WEST MIDWOOD: A thank you is in order to the late Henry Meyer of Germania Real Estate & Improvement Co. He bought Jon Lott’s farm and built West Midwood. Its wood houses, now more than a century old, are irresistibly appealing. We recently toured this beautiful neighborhood. There are porches, porches everywhere and eye-catching turrets here and there, plus lawns, garages and driveways. Many residents want the area to be granted landmarking protection from house teardowns and architecturally incongruous home remodeling through the designation of a single historic district that includes West Midwood and five other Victorian Flatbush micro-neighborhoods. They are Beverley Square East, Beverley Square West, Caton Park, Ditmas Park West and South Midwood. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DEVELOPER TO PAY $55 MILLION FOR CONTAMINATED GREENPOINT SITE: Brooklyn developer Yoel Goldman’s All Year Management is in contract to buy a 10-parcel site along the Greenpoint waterfront, according to The Real Deal. Goldman signed an agreement earlier this month to pay more than $55 million for the site, which has addresses on Clay, Franklin and Dupont streets and now contains several low-rise warehouses, The Real Deal reported. The developer plans to do a full environmental cleanup before building a planned residential and retail complex containing two or more buildings. Other Goldman projects have included the Rheingold Brewery complex in Bushwickand a still-unfinished rental building at 436 Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BRING BROOKLYN’S TRENDY RESTAURANT STYLE HOME: In Brooklyn, it’s not hard to find trendy style in restaurants throughout the borough, but one eatery made it clear that Brooklynites can take the trend home with them. MeMe’s Diner in Prospect Heights offers classic breakfast dishes within a decor that encapsulates the classic diner feel and a 1970s home. But when it came to the design, its owners ignored restaurant designers and went at it alone with products from consumer stores. The restaurant’s plates were bought at a thrift store, its art in a family barn and tabletop decoration at IKEA. “We knew how we wanted the space to feel and we didn’t necessarily think that we needed somebody else to help us realize that vision,” co-owner Bill Clark said. And in a sentiment most residents of Brooklyn can sympathize with, co-ownerLibby Willis added, “And, I mean, it wasn’t in our budget to hire a designer.”(via Eater)
~COMPLETED FACADE CHANGES VIEW OF DUMBO WATERFRONT: In the latest news of the DUMBO waterfront redevelopment, the new sugar crystal-inspired facade on an old factory was completed. The metal and glass surface provides a stark color contrast to the former Arbuckle Brothers Sugar Refinery’s red brick walls covering the building’s side. The building at 10 Jay St. is being converted into office space by developers Glacier Global Partners and Triangle Assets, but there’s likely a heap more work to do on the interior. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the modern design in 2015, as it fell in boundaries of the DUMBO Historic District. (via Brownstoner)
LONG READ: Despite the pessimism currently surrounding America, one writer makes the case that the future of our country is looking incredibly bright.(via The Atlantic)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Church of The Donald,” how Christian TV became the president’s biggest fan. (via Politico)
PODCAST: Charlie Warzel, senior tech writer for Buzzfeed, discusses changes in Internet use since the 2016 election. (via Longform)
EAT: From Crown Heights to Red Hook, Gowanus to Greenpoint, here are the 12 best pie stores in New York City, including six in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Delta ties a woman with multiple sclerosis to a wheelchair…Kanye West calls President Trump his “brother”…And an arrest is made in the notorious Golden State Killer case. (via WSBTV, Time and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Here’s what it’s like inside the demilitarized zonebetween South and North Korea…A Turkish Court finds a newspaper guilty ofterror charges…And the responding police officer in the Toronto van attack ispraised for not using his gun. (via USA Today, AP via Miami Herald and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: Barack and Michelle Obama are planning a Kensington Palace pajama party with the royal baby. (via Time)
9:30AM — Yo Re Mi Music and Movement at 1 John St. Details.
1:00PM – 5:00PM — Confessions & Reflections at Tabla Rasa Gallery. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — The Failed Utopian & Other Stories at FiveMyles. Details.
1:30PM – 4:00PM — Workshops for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers at Clarendon Library. Details.
4:30PM — New Voices in Black Cinema at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
6:00PM — Assault Prevention Class at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
6:10PM – 8:00PM — Roasted: The History of Coffee in NYC at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM Writers Studio at Ugly Duckling Presse Studio. Details.
7:00PM — Knowing Me, Knowing You at Gallery House. Details.
7:00PM — A Taste of Cuba at 92nd Street Y. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Pablo Prigioni spent a few weeks in Sunset Park this past season, getting a feel for the Brooklyn Nets at their state-of-the-art Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center. The former NBA point guard figures to be spending most of his time at the Industry City facility this summer as he and fellow South American Tiago Splitter were added to head coachKenny Atkinson’s staff on Tuesday. With a glut of developing talent at the point guard spot, the Nets are bringing in Prigioni to work closely with the likes of Jeremy Lin, D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Brooklyn’s own Isaiah Whitehead. Splitter, a protege of Nets general manager Sean Marks, will be a pro scout, with added duties related to player on-court development. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Carol Burnett, Joe Crede, Michael Damian, Duane Eddy, Giancarlo Esposito, Kosuke Fukudome, Kevin James, Jemima Kirke, Jet Li, Boyd Matson, Bobby Rydell, Natasha Trethewey, Tom Welling and Gary Wright!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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