Brooklyn Today May 14: Cynthia Nixon, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ and Racial Tension in Williamsburg
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! Cynthia Nixon catches criticism from both parties, a Williamsburg vintage boutique is in hot water, and we create aSunset Park real estate buyers guide. Plus, Andrew Hoan ends his two-year term as Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce president, a Shomrim Safety Patrol leader is arrested for rape, and a Guyanese eatery comes to East Flatbush. Finally, NBC rescues “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” we recommend the best old-school restaurants in the city, and the Brooklyn Historical Society explores whether there’s a new arms race. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Penelope Cruz poses in black on the May cover of Madame Figaro.
~WILLIAMSBURG VINTAGE BOUTIQUE BECOMES BATTLEGROUND OVER RACIAL PROFILING: More than 50 people protested in front of a vintage boutique shop in Williamsburg on Friday night, one week after a black customer and her daughter were allegedly racially profiled, wrongly accused of shoplifting, chased down the street and handcuffed before police realized they were guilty of no crime. Chanting “Racial profiling has got to go!” and “White lies cost Black lives!” in front of Amarcord on Bedford Avenue, protesters promised a boycott of the shop. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WHAT CAN YOU GET, AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST YOU, IN SUNSET PARK?: Sunset Park has slowly been gentrifying — even before the hipster foodie destination and bespoke manufacturing center Industry City arrived. Back in the first quarter of 2013, the median sale price of a 1- to 4-family house was $685,000. In the first quarter of this year, it was $1.2 million. The waterfront neighborhood’s housing stock includes landmark-worthy century-old brownstones primarily located between Fourth and Fifth avenues and 43rd and 59th streets. Here’s what you can buy on different budgets. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CYNTHIA NIXON CATCHES CRITICISM FROM BOTH PARTIES DURING BAY RIDGE VISIT: Welcome to Brooklyn, Cynthia. Insurgent Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon was buffeted from the left and the right during a visit to Bay Ridge’s Bridgeview Diner on Thursday night, with one attendee challenging her racial views, while a half-dozen people in red “Make America Great Hats” protested her liberal beliefs outside. Several dozen members of the Bay Ridge Democrats club came to take the measure of the former “Sex and the City” star who is now challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomofor the Democratic nomination. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OUTGOING BROOKLYN CHAMBER PRESIDENT ANDREW HOAN LOOKS BACK AT HIS ACHIEVEMENTS: Chamber of Commerce President Andrew Hoan ended his two-year term in classic Brooklyn style Thursday with a stop at the North Brooklyn Chamber’s venerable Greenpoint Trailer — where he received a bottle of Brooklyn Winery Merlot from North Brooklyn Chamber President Paul Samulski. It was a short tenure running the state’s largest chamber, but Hoan said his greatest legacy would be his role in creating Brooklyn Alliance Capital, which makes micro-loans with a focus on marginalized entrepreneurs such as women, people of color and immigrants.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ARREST OF SHOMRIM PRESIDENT LATEST IN STRING OF BRUSHES WITH LAW: The rape arrest of the leader of the Shomrim Safety Patrol is just the latest incident in which members of the politically connected volunteer watchdog group have been in trouble with the law. Jacob Daskal, 59, president of Borough Park Shomrim, was taken into custody Thursdayafternoon at his 46th Street home and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl on several occasions between August and November of 2017. Daskal is facing more than 10 years in jail on the multi-count indictment. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN BRANCH OF FAMED GUYANESE EATERY TO OPEN: A well-known guyanese restaurateur is opening the first U.S. outpost of his famed Georgetown, Guyana, restaurant, German’s Soup, in East Flatbush this week. The soups are based on the original recipes of owner Clinton Urling’sfather Hubert “German” Urling. The signature dish is cow-heel soup. Also on the menu are pepperpot stew, barbecued chicken and cookup rice. (via Grub Street)
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LONG READ: Hawaii’s false missile alert garnered a lot of media attention, including some exaggerated coverage. Here’s what actually happened onJan. 13 in the streets of Honolulu. (via GQ)
ANOTHER LONG READ: USA Today scoured through all 3,517 Facebook ads purchased by Russians. Here are the results. (via USA Today)
PODCAST: Adam Davidson, staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses hisnever-ending shock that Donald Trump is the president. (via Longform)
EAT: Here are eight of New York City’s most old-school restaurants, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: NBC rescues “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” after Fox cancels the show…Police search for the killer of a 10-year-old girl in Washington…And a Tesla with the Autopilot feature crashes in Utah. (via Vulture, NYT and AP via Las Vegas Review-Journal)
FOREIGN FLASH: Fans of German soccer team Hamburg riot after their team is relegated…A family of six bombs three churches in Indonesia…And here’s what it looks like inside the world’s largest water park in Germany. (via CBS Sports, USA Today, and Travel and Leisure)
ROYAL WATCH: “The Royal Wedding: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know” (via NYT)
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Sophia Narrett: Certain Magic at BRIC House.Details.
11:30AM — Sing N Sway at Fort Hamilton Library. Details.
6:30PM — A New Arms Race? at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO. Details.
6:30PM — Art Deco Buenos Aires: The Architecture of Entertainment at Consulate General of Argentina. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Community Conversations at Park Slope Center for Successful Aging. Details.
7:00PM — TimesTalks: Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Marina Abramovic at The TimesCenter. Details.
7:00PM — Wine & Cheese Tasting at Brooklyn Winery. Details.
7:00PM — Impossible but True at Franklin 820. Details.
7:00PM — Modern Mondays: An Evening with Camille Henrot at Museum of Modern Art. Details.
10:00PM – 1:00AM — Jazz Session Sundays at Fulton Ale House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “Jeremy Lin and other Nets get together for workouts” (via New York Post)
Happy birthday to Cate Blanchett, David Byrne, Sofia Coppola, Miranda Cosgrove, Meg Foster, Martin Garrix, Suzy Kolber, George Lucas, Dennis Martinez, Tony Perez, Tim Roth, Amber Tamblyn, Ronan Tynan, Robert Zemeckis and Mark Zuckerberg!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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