Brooklyn Today May 11: Film Crews Flood Brooklyn Heights Again
Weather, Brooklyn (NWS): Day 72°, Night 58°, Sunny
THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! Film crews are flocking to Brooklyn Heights, Community Board 2 says no to a supertall skyscraper, and an attempted kidnapper gets busted. Plus, Spike Lee announces his annualPrince party, Brooklyn’s greenest block contest is just around the corner, and the borough’s home sale prices are up 50 percent over the last decade. Finally, a Downtown Brooklyn ramen restaurant is set to close, Green-Wood Cemetery hosts its Twilight Tour tonight, and the Islanders are staying busy. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Kendall Jenner brings out her inner flapper girl on the latestcover of Elle.
~COMMUNITY BOARD KNOCKS DOWN PLAN FOR SUPERTALL TOWER AT 80 FLATBUSH: CB 2 overwhelmingly rejected a proposed supertall skyscraper that opponents call “a Chrysler Building” on the edge of Downtown Brooklyn. On Wednesday night, the board voted 32-1 to disapprove the project, commonly known as 80 Flatbush. The full board’s vote was a first step in a land-use review process that’s required because Alloy Development would need a zoning change before it could build the 74- and 38-story residential, office and retail towers. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FILM CREWS FLOOD BROOKLYN HEIGHTS ONCE AGAIN, AND LOCAL MERCHANTS SAY BUSINESS IS HURTING: It’s not your imagination — film crews and their paraphernalia are filling the narrow streets of Brooklyn Heights once again. Since the beginning of 2018, there have been 157 daily shooting permits issued for ZIP code 11201, according to the city — up from the previous heavy production period in 2015, when there were 130 permits issued. The filming has divided the neighborhood, with some locals complaining of limited parking and congestion, while others profited from renting their homes as sets. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN HOME SALE PRICES UP 50 PERCENT OVER LAST DECADE: Housing has long been a solid investment — but in Brooklyn over the last decade, it was a gold mine. The real estate website PropertyShark compiled a list of every home bought in Brooklyn in 2008 that was sold in 2017 — 230 homes in all. The results? The houses’ original median sale price of $440,000 had swelled to $647,000. Following a long-term trend, neighborhoods closest to Manhattan, such as Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Boerum Hill and Park Slope, saw the steepest increases, the data show. (BKLYNER via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DOWNTOWN RAMEN EATERY TO CLOSE AFTER 5-PLUS YEARS: After almost six years at 25 Bond St. in Downtown Brooklyn, Ganso Ramen is closing. Announcing its upcoming demise at the end of this month, the restaurant’s Facebook page said, “Come slurp noodles with us this last month! We’d like to thank our friends who have supported us for over five years.” Owner Harris Salat said that the restaurant “will be flipped into a new concept entirely later this summer” at the same space. Ganso Ramen’s signature dish was a soy-and-chicken-based broth ramen with Tokyo-style noodles, pork belly and bitter greens. (via Eater)
~ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPER NABBED IN BENSONHURST: Bensonhurstcops say they’ve caught the man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 3-year-old boy on a busy neighborhood street on Monday. Omar Dominguez, 26, wastaken into custody late Wednesday night by police from the 62nd Precinct. Dominguez, who lives at 115 Avenue S, was charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, petit larceny and endangering a child. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SPIKE LEE’S PARTY HONORING PRINCE SET FOR JUNE 9: Spike Leehas officially announced on Twitter that “Purple People Party 3,” his third annual celebration of pop star Prince’s life and legacy, will take place on June 9 at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant from noon to 7 p.m. Brooklyn-raised filmmaker Lee worked with Prince twice on a music video and on Lee’s film “Girl 6” in 1996, which featured a soundtrack of Prince songs. Lee has been throwing annual “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” parties in Bed-Stuy since Jackson died, and after Prince died in 2016, he began honoring him in the same way. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DO YOU LIVE ON THE GREENEST BLOCK IN BROOKLYN?: If you think you live on the prettiest block in Brooklyn, now’s your chance to let the world know — and win an award in the process. Yes, it’s time for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 24th annual “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest. “The ‘Greenest Block in Brooklyn’ not only encourages us to use our hands, but our hearts and souls as well,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “When we ‘green’ it, we’re not just cultivating beautiful gardens; we’re creating One Brooklyn that is a healthier and happier place to raise healthy children and families.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
SPONSORED: GET YOUR MOM OR WIFE A THOUGHTFUL GIFT SHE’LL (ACTUALLY) LOVE: Best Kept is a concierge service that makes it really easy to gift thoughtful jewelry based on the unique style of the woman you’re buying for. You take a short quiz about the occasion, your budget and the person receiving the gift, and you’ll receive three curated and thoughtful recommendations to choose from that she’s going to love. The gift comes wrapped beautifully with a hand-selected card so all you need to do is sign the card and go! In a last minute panic for Mother’s Day? Check them out.
SPONSORED: SWIM STRONG’S 6TH ANNUAL WATER AWARENESS WEEK: Shining a spotlight on a silent epidemic. Worldwide a person dies every 70 seconds due to drowning; 5 more suffer life altering brain and spinal cord trauma. In the U.S., an average of 10 people die per day due to drowning with 50 people suffering life altering brain and spinal cord trauma. Swim strong exists to combat these statistics and they’re kicking off their 6th Annual Water Awareness Week! Sign up here.
LONG READ: Here are some real-life examples of children being the driving force behind parents kicking their opioid addiction. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The NFL isn’t giving proper support to retired athletes with dementia. Here’s how the most lucrative league in the world isabandoning its former players. (via Deadspin)
TRAVEL: Deep fried bacon anyone? “36 Hours in Montgomery, Alabama”(via NYT)
DRINK: Here are the 35 best happy hour specials in NYC, including 11 in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A University of Florida faculty member forcefully moves black students off the commencement stage…Army surgeonstransplant an ear grown inside a patient’s forearm…And there’s an EpiPen shortage. (via NYT, Army and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A 104-year-old Australian scientist commits assisted suicide in Switzerland…Rome’s buses are burning…And a Kenya dam breaks, killing at least 41 people. (via USA Today, NYT and WaPo)
ROYAL WATCH: Behind the Scenes: Here are 32 never-before-seenphotos of the royal family. (via Harper’s Bazaar Arabia)
9:30AM — Spanish at Spark With Espáñate at 1 John St. Details.
12:00PM — The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Profit and Power at 92nd Street Y. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Home Front at Old Stone House. Details.
5:00PM – 9:00PM —The Bright Side at City Point. Details.
7:00PM — A Sophisticated Reunion at The Lighthouse. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
8:00PM — The High Note Comedy Show at Brooklyn House of Comedy.Details.
8:00PM — The Myth of Progress: Our Most Violent Fantasy at The Strand.Details.
9:00PM – 11:00PM — Comedy at The Gallery at Richard Beavers Gallery.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Islanders have been busy lately. Their ultra-productive second line of Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle is clicking for Team Canada at the World Championships in Denmark. New York general manager Garth Snow announced this week that the team had signed Travis St. Denis to a two-year, two-way (AHL/NHL) contract after the 25-year-old forward led the club’s minor-league affiliate in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with a career-high 23 goals last season. Snow and head coachDoug Weight are also tirelessly prepping for next month’s NHL Entry Draft.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Blac Chyna, Sabrina Carpenter, Louis Farrakhan, Boyd Gaines, Jonathan Jackson, Robert Jarvik, Matt Leinart, Cam Newton andMort Sahl!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
Leave a Comment
Leave a Comment