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Brooklyn Today May 9: Sunset Park’s Marine Terminal and Hundreds of Jobs Returning to Brooklyn

May 9, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! A historic tree in Crown Heightscould be cut down, some Atlantic Avenue businesses don’t want to join theBoerum Hill Historic District, and a professor is killed in a home invasion inDitmas Park. Plus, Cynthia Nixon unveils a pro-tenant agenda, yeshiva leaders demand school-zone speed cameras, and we look into why New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned. Finally, three new pizza spots come to Park Slope and Clinton Hill, the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal receives some good news, and a former Brooklyn Cyclones player makes history for the Mets.  
 
IMPRINT: Time Out New York features New York City sports on its latestcover.

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The Rundown
 

~SUNSET PARK’S MARINE TERMINAL AND HUNDREDS OF MARITIME JOBS RETURNING TO BROOKLYN: Sunset Park’s waterfront would be transformed into the one of the city’s biggest ports — creating hundreds of jobs and removing thousands of trucks from local roadways — under a city planannounced Tuesday. The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, which stretches from 29th to 39th streets, is slated to grow into a shipping hub over the next five years and augment the ongoing industrial development throughout the neighborhood. The operators of the existing Red Hook Container Terminal would run the new facility, dubbed Sustainable South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, on an initial lease through 2054. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~SOME ATLANTIC AVENUE LANDLORDS OPPOSE EXPANSION OF BOERUM HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT: Some landlords on Atlantic Avenue are mounting a last-minute campaign to keep the blocks between Hoyt and Nevins streets out of the proposed expansion of the Boerum Hill Historic District, claiming the landmark status will affect the value of their buildings. The proposal calls for more than 50 rowhouses with storefronts to join the historic district, a designation that deters large-scale development because property owners must obtain city approval to demolish buildings or alter their exteriors. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~HISTORIC WEEKSVILLE WILLOW TREE THREATENED BY DEVELOPERS: A historic willow tree in Weeksville, one of the nation’s first free African-American settlements, will reportedly be cut down this week by developers. Prospect Heights Patch reported Tuesday that activists who have been trying to save the 70-plus-year-old tree now believe they have lost the fight. That fight dates back to 2015 when developers bought the lot on Schenectady Avenue between Pacific and Dean streets and announced plans for a four-story residential building. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR KILLED IN DITMAS PARK HOME INVASION: A well-known professor of psychology was killed by a home invader on Monday night in his Ditmas Park house — and the suspect was found cowering in a closet when police arrived. NYPD said Jeremy Safran, who taught at the New School and the NYU Postdoctoral Program and maintained a psychotherapy practice in Manhattan, was killed by a burglar who had followed his daughter to their home at 155 Stratford Road. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~CYNTHIA NIXON UNVEILS PRO-TENANT AGENDA: Cynthia Nixon, the actress who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in September, has announced several measures aimed atprotecting renters. Proposals in her “Rent Justice for All” program include ending the preferential rent loophole, by which landlords can offer an apartment for less than the legal regulated rent but can revoke this privilege whenever the lease is renewed; expanding rent stabilization statewide to buildings with six or more units; and increasing funding to the state’s Homes and Community Renewal agency. (Curbed New York via Brooklyn Eagle)
 
~BROOKLYN YESHIVA LEADERS DEMAND SCHOOL ZONE SPEED CAMERAS: Rabbi Berel Hecht can barely bring himself to watch the students at his yeshiva cross the street to get to school. Drivers whipping around the corner of 15th Avenue and Dahill Road consistently endanger kids in the crosswalk. “It’s dangerous,” he said. “It’s hard just to look at when they are crossing.” For that reason, Hecht is one of 23 yeshiva leaders — with 18,000 students among them — who are asking the state legislature to allow the city to install more speed-enforcement cameras(via Brooklyn Eagle)

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LONG READ: Four women spoke up, and New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, stepped down. Here’s what happened(via The New Yorker)
 
ANOTHER LONG READ: American author Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, “I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye.” (via The Atlantic)
 
CARTOON: For a limited time only, buy President Trump’s tweets for only $9.99! (via The New Yorker)
 
EAT: Here are three new pizza spots to keep an eye out for in Park Slopeand Clinton Hill(via Bklyner)

 
 
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NATIONAL BULLETIN: A 4.5-magnitude earthquake hits California…Texas police officers save a woman from a pond with alligators…And the hero from the Waffle House shooting raises roughly $227,000 for the victims. (via USA Today, ABC13 and NYT)             
 
FOREIGN FLASH: A crocodile bites off the arm of a woman in Zimbabwe…North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un makes a surprise visit to China…And a leopard kills a 3-year-old boy in Uganda. (via New York Post, NYT and The Independent)                                 
 
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 ROYAL WATCH: Prince Philip 
may not attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle(Harper’s Bazaar)

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BROOKLYN TONIGHT     
 

10:00AM — Wild Waterfront at 1 John StDetails.
 
11:00AM – 5:00PM — Late Spring at Minus Space. Details.
 
11:00AM – 6:00PM — R.J. Kern at Klompching Gallery. Details.
 
6:30PM — An Unhealthy Commute: The Transit Challenges Facing New York City’s Healthcare Sector at TransitCenter. Details.
 
6:30PM — Gotham’s Black Radical Past at Graduate Center, CUNY. Details.
 
7:00PM — In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From Women Who Dared to Break the Rules at 92nd Street Y. Details.   
 
7:00PM – 11:30PM — Americana Benefit at Music Hall of Williamsburg.Details.
 
7:30PM — Long Day’s Journey Into Night at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
 
7:30PM — The Birds at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Details.
 
7:30PM — Rachel Kushner with Jonathan Franzen at Greenlight Bookstore.Details.
      
 
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EAGLE SPORTS: The crowd was sparse, but the fans who showed up in Cincinnati Monday night to witness the historic Major League debut of former Brooklyn Cyclones southpaw P.J. Conlon were certainly hardy. The 24-year-old native of Belfast became the first Irish-born player in the big leagues since World War II, tossing 3 2/3 innings to help the parent-club New York Mets end a season-high six-game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over the Reds in front of 15,187 fans at the Great American Ballpark. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

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MILESTONES
 
Happy birthday to Candice Bergen, James L. Brooks, Rosario Dawson, Albert Finney, Glenda Jackson, Billy Joel, Charles Simic and Steve Yzerman!
 
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].


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