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Brooklyn Today May 16: The Coney Island Boardwalk Gets Landmarked

May 16, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! The Coney Island boardwalk gets landmarked, a beer hall comes to Williamsburg, and we take a deep dive into “participatory budgeting.” Plus, Bushwick has a double murder mystery, a famous pastor is leaving Bay Ridge, and we explore whether NYCHA’s “safety lights” decrease crime. Finally, Norman Mailer’s Brooklyn Heights home is for sale, Nathan’s Famous hot dog is named the No. 1 food that changed America, and poetry editor of the New Yorker Kevin Young speaks at the Brooklyn Historical Society tonight.               
IMPRINT: Singer Pink smiles in stripes on the June cover of Redbook.


The Rundown

~NYC’S ‘PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING’ PROCEDURE DOLES OUT MILLIONS, THOUGH FEW ACTUALLY VOTE: When the Department of Education failed to fix four rusty, JFK-era sinks in P.S. 282’s kindergarten classrooms, Park Slope voters stepped in. When the Department of Transportation failed to set aside money to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe near Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights voters acted. These are some of the success stories of “participatory budgeting,” a seven-year-old City Council approach to allocating funds that allows residents to choose where to put a portion of taxpayers’ dollars. We recently did a deep dive into the participatory budgeting process and its mandate to empower typically under-represented groups such as immigrants, children and the poor. Here’s what we found.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK GETS LANDMARKED, HERE’S WHAT THAT MEANS: A city panel unanimously declared the Coney IslandBoardwalk a scenic landmark on Tuesday — but the move will not protect the iconic tourist attraction from being paved over or replaced with plastic planks.Tuesday morning’s designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission does ensure that the Boardwalk will continue as a structure, but it is a symbolic gesture because the agency doesn’t have the power to prevent the city from altering the walkway. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MYSTERY IN BUSHWICK: HOW DO NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBORS TURN UP DEAD TWO DAYS APART?: Cops are investigating the stupefying andunnerving mystery of how two next door neighbors in a single public housing building in Bushwick were found two days apart and apparently murdered in a crime that has left residents shaken. Ana Delvalle, 62, and Basil Gray, 54, were both found dead in their fifth-floor apartments at the Bushwick Houses on140 Moore St. Delvalle’s hands were bound and she had multiple gunshot wounds to her head. Barely 48 hours later, cops found Gray with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NORMAN MAILER’S BROOKLYN HEIGHTS HOME ON SALE FOR $2.4 MILLION: The top floor of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer’sBrooklyn Heights home, which Mailer once transformed to look like the inside of a ship, and a separate apartment below are now for sale at $2.4 million, according to his son Michael Mailer. The novelist, who wrote “The Executioner’s Song” while living at 142 Columbia Heights, had outfitted the apartment’s atrium with gangplanks, hammocks, a rope ladder and a trapeze. At the house, Mailer threw parties attended by such celebrities as Bob Dylan,John Lennon and Woody Allen(WSJ via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HIGH-TECH LIGHTS AT NYCHA PROJECTS: THE JURY’S STILL OUT: New high-powered LED “safety lights” in some NYCHA developments that are a centerpiece of the $210 million Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety are reportedly not reducing crime as dramatically as the city hoped they would. At four Brooklyn developments where they were installed at the beginning of 2017 — Ingersoll, Brownsville, Tompkins and Van Dyke — statistics indicated that crime was about 3 percent less than it had been the year before, less than the 10 percent drop in Brooklyn developments as a whole. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EXPANDING BEER HALL CHAIN OPENS WILLIAMSBURG LOCATION:Clinton Hall, a beer hall that has been opening locations all over town, has now added a fifth location at the Pod Hotel at 247 Metropolitan Ave. inWilliamsburg. The bar has a large outdoor space and games like Jenga and a giant chess board. It will also have lots of big-screen televisions, which are sure to attract sports fans on game days. “Even though it was not packed, the loud music and openness of the beer hall made it feel exciting and the games they have littered around the entire place add to the fun,” said Tony R, commenting on Yelp about a Manhattan branch of Clinton Hall. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PASTOR KHADER EL-YATEEM LEAVING BAY RIDGEBay Ridge is losing one of its most well-known Arab-American political and religious leaders. The Rev. Khader El-Yateem, a Palestinian-born cleric who founded the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church 20 years ago and serves as its pastor, announced on Monday that he is leaving Brooklyn to move to Florida to lead the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Director of Ministries program in that state. El-Yateem, 49, will celebrate his final service as pastor at Salam Arabic Lutheran Church on Sunday(via Brooklyn Eagle)

~MARY SANSONE, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND FRIEND TO MAYORS BACK TO LINDSAY, IS DEAD AT 101: Mary Sansone, a pint-sized powerhouse social worker, founder of an Italian-American organization and a community activist who championed a wide variety of social justice causes diedon Monday just one-month shy of her 102nd birthday. The 4-foot-11 Sansone fought virtually her entire life for equal rights for women, the underprivileged, Italian Americans and people of all ethnicities. Former Mayor Rudy Giulianiwould stop by her house for dinner, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave her the key to the city, and President Barack Obama embraced her. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


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Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “Trump vs. The ‘Deep State‘” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Fox news host Sean Hannity is one of only a few dozen people with direct access to President Trump through the White House switchboard. They normally speak after 10 p.m. on weeknights. (via New York Magazine)   
POLITICS: Democrats are supporting moderate candidates near the political center in a number of states in an effort to flip the house. (via NYT)
EAT: Here are 101 foods that changed America, including three iconic Brooklyn dishes. At No. 1? None other than Nathan’s Famous hot dog. (via Thrillist)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Dallas restaurant that stood up to the NRA donates$15,000 to a gun control group…A Los Angeles coffee shop refuses to servea man who verbally abused a muslim woman…And the secret service won’t letMelania Trump receive flowers in the hospital. (via NYT, KTLA and New York Post)            
FOREIGN FLASH: Immigrants continue the tradition of baking French baguettes…A 1,094-foot-long cruise ship passes through the Panama Canal…And researchers discover dirty sexual jokes in Anne Frank’s journal.(via NYT, Time and USA Today)                                   

A British Airways flight to Canada will feature a crew all named Harry or Meghan to honor the royal wedding this Saturday(via Reuters)  



12:00PM — Gainsborough Experiments: Cork, Broccoli, Milk, and Drawing the Landscape at Morgan Library & Museum. Details.
5:30PM – 7:30PM — CUNY Open House for Graduate Business Programs (MBA, Master’s) at Brooklyn College. Details.
6:30PM — Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story at The General Society Library. Details.
6:30PM — Call Me by Your Name: Book Talk and Signing with Author Andre Aciman at Queens Library – Central Library. Details.
6:30PM — The Poetry of Kevin Young at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM — The Presidents: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made at New-York Historical Society. Details.
7:30PM — Long Day’s Journey Into Night at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
7:30PM — Twelfth Night at Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Details.  
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Living For It! with Joe ZimmermanJessica M. Singleton and more. Details.
8:15PM – 10:15PM — Do What You Love: How To Start A Holistic Side Hustle at Brooklyn Brainery. Details.

EAGLE SPORTS: Sweltering heat combined with next-level competition proved to be the undoing of the Long Island University Brooklyn women’s tennis team, which saw its season end Friday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to 15th-ranked Miami in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Though the Blackbirds, back-to-back champions of the Northeast Conference and heavy favorites to three-peat next year, fought valiantly against the talent-laden Hurricanes for most of the day, they fell short of their dream of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of collegiate tennis. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to David Boreanaz, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel R. Coats, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Tracey Gold, Janet JacksonOlga Korbut, John Morris,Matt Ryan, Gabriela Sabatini, Joan Samuelson, Bill Smitrovich, Tori Spelling, Jim Sturgess and Mare Winningham!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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