Brooklyn Today May 3: Unusually Shaped Penis Helps Feds Catch Brooklyn Jail Guard
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! announces its lineup, we travel to South Midwood, and an unusually shaped penis helps the feds catch a Sunset Park jail guard. Plus, wildlife advocates call for a fishing ban in Prospect Park, a Williamsburg photographer restores iconic photos of old New York, and attacks against Jews continue in Crown Heights. Finally, Brooklyn Historical Society hosts a book talk about Broadway, the LIU Brooklyn women’s tennis team travels to Miami, and the developer of the Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights announces his development plans.
IMPRINT: NBA player James Harden sports floral prints on the May cover ofGQ.
~COME SEE LANDMARK-WORTHY SOUTH MIDWOOD: Queen Anne. Princess Anne. Freestanding Colonial Revival. They are such stuff as dreams are made on — yes, that’s a Shakespeare line — if you love Victorian architecture. They’re showcased in South Midwood, a Victorian Flatbush micro-neighborhood Henry Meyer’s Germania Real Estate & Improvement Co. built starting in 1898. Before he got into development, Williamsburg-born Meyer was president of the Retail Grocers Association of Brooklyn and the Retail Merchants Association of Brooklyn. He ran for mayor of Brooklyn in 1891 but lost. The following year, he launched his real estate firm. We recentlytoured the area. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE DECEMBERISTS, COMMON, GARY CLARK JR. HEADLINE UPCOMING BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!: The Decemberists, the Jayhawks, Aimee Mann, Branford Marsalis, Anoushka Shankar, Gary Clark Jr., Ricky Skaggs, Antibalas and Kronos Quartet will top an impressive lineup as Brooklyn’s premiere outdoor festival celebrates its 40th season in Prospect Park. BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off with a concert by Grammy-winning hip-hop star Common on June 5, and continues through to a climax on August 11 with a free show by the Breeders — a whopping 31 performances in all, 25 of them free. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~UNUSUALLY SHAPED PENIS HELPS FEDS CATCH BROOKLYN JAIL GUARD: Inmates’ descriptions of a Brooklyn federal jail guard’s unusual hook-shaped genitalia helped investigators charge him for sexually assaulting multiple prisoners. Lt. Eugenio Perez is accused of forcing women at Sunset Park’s Metropolitan Detention Center to perform oral sex on him. “He wasn’t circumcised. It was big, and it was like a hook. It was humongous and it curved,” a former inmate told the New York Post. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OWL’S DEATH IN PROSPECT PARK LEADS TO CALLS TO BAN FISHING:The death of a rare great horned owl that was caught in a fishing line in Prospect Park has led some wildlife advocates to call for an end to fishing in the park’s lake. The owl, which was snared by the line, died after its injuries rendered it unable to fly. “Why they allow fishing in the park is beyond me,”Ann Feldman, a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club, told the Brooklyn Paper. “Everything gets caught in the lines – swans, ducks, herons.” Fishing is a tradition at the park’s lake, however. For more than 63 years, Brooklyn Macy’s and its predecessor, Abraham & Straus, ran a fishing contest for kids.(Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN PHOTOGRAPHER RESTORES ICONIC PHOTOS OF OLD NEW YORK: Brooklyn photographer Ray Simone, who has been restoring photographs of old Hollywood and its movie stars since age 10, also finds and restores photo negatives showing scenes of old New York. Simone, whose studio is in Williamsburg, acquired his old negatives from flea markets, garage sales, antique shops and auctions. Restoring some photos, even with Photoshop, can take an entire week. An image of a trolley car on the Brooklyn Bridge taken from a 1910 glass-plate negative took 40 hours to restore. Currently, he’s working on a negative that shows Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrigwith an unidentified man. (via Metro)
~COPS COLLAR TWO IN LATEST ATTACKS ON JEWS IN CROWN HEIGHTS: For the third time in three weeks, an Orthodox Jewish man was reportedly attacked in Crown Heights – but this time, two suspects were caught. The latest victim, a 22-year-old man, was thrown up against a car, repeatedly punched and robbed as he was walking on President Street near Albany Avenue on Monday night. The victim broke free of the two attackers and spotted a police officer, who took one suspect into custody before his colleagues arrested the second suspect two blocks away. (Yeshiva World via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ANGEL GUARDIAN DEVELOPER REVEALS PLANS FOR HOME: Although a confidentiality agreement blocked the buyer of the historic Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights from revealing his plans, the developer has decided tospeak out. Developer Scott Barone plans to build a combination of market-rate condos, affordable housing, senior housing and a senior center on the site. He also says he wants to preserve the century-old main building, which local residents have been seeking to preserve. (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Redskins cheerleaders were forced to attend a trip to Costa Rica where male sponsors watched them pose nude for a calendar photo shoot. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Artur Samarin may have pulled off the greatestsenior prank of all time. Here’s how a Ukrainian youth changed his identity and infiltrated the American school system. (via GQ)
POLITICS: “The Original Donald Trump” (via New York Magazine)
CARTOON: Take a look inside Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ makeup kit. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Southwest Airlines flight makes an emergency landing due to a broken window…At least five people die in a military cargoplane crash in Georgia…And Ecstasy is helping veterans with PTSD. (via Thrillist, USA Today and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: A man gets attacked by a lion in South Africa…The Taj Mahal is turning green…And a car dangles off a bridge in Toronto. (via The Sun, USA Today and CTV News)
ROYAL WATCH: Princess Charlotte celebrated her third birthdayyesterday. (via Brides)
9:00AM – 7:00PM — Passion Fruit at Made In NY Media Center. Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — The Failed Utopian & Other Stories at FiveMyles. Details.
5:00PM — Moniker Art Fair at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse. Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: “Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles” at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Writers Studio at Ugly Duckling Presse Studio. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — The Language of Flavor in Honey at Museum of Food and Drink. Details.
7:00PM — A Different Picture: Women Filmmakers in the New Hollywood Era, 1967—1980 at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
7:00PM — Stretch Aerobics at Greenpoint Beacon Center. Details.
7:30PM — The Birds at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Details.
8:00PM — Thomas Buckner: Works by Malcolm Goldstein, Jacques Bekaert, Bun Ching Lam at Roulette. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Simply showing up and competing at the NCAA Tournament won’t be enough this time around for the Long Island University Brooklyn women’s tennis team. The two-time defending Northeast Conference champions are eager to survive, and possibly even advance, this weekend when they visit No. 16-seed and host school Miami for the opening round of the national championships in Coral Gables, Florida. Head coach Anthony Davison’s “Dream Team” is unbeaten in its last five matches and will be paired with the perennial powerhouse Hurricanes (16-7, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), Florida International University (17-2, 6-0 Conference USA) and the University of Central Florida (19-4, 5-1 ACC) in the initial knockout rounds.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Joseph Addai, Rob Brydon, Bobby Cannavale, Eric Church, Greg Gumbel, Desiigner, Christina Hendricks, Dule Hill, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jim Risch, Frankie Valli, David Vitter and Ron Wyden!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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