Brooklyn Today May 18: Endless Possibilities for Last Undeveloped Piece of Brooklyn Bridge Park
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! Scotto Funeral Home seeks a new location, DUMBO residents say Brooklyn Bridge Park Plaza should be named after Emily Roebling, and Hill Country Barbecue is returning to Downtown Brooklyn. Plus, we tell you the most common language in each neighborhood, an L-train shutdown meeting prompts more questions, and a Dyker Heightschurch receives some bad news. Finally, an actress’ unborn baby dies following a fatal Park Slope crash, we tour the newly renovated Gotham Market, and comedian Hannibal Buress performs at BAM tonight. Have a great weekend.
IMPRINT: Planet or plastic? National Geographic’s latest cover tastefully brings attention to a serious problem.
~ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR LAST UNDEVELOPED PIECE OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK: Call it Emily’s Esplanade. Or Emily’s Garden. Residents of DUMBO and Fulton Ferry Landing say the last undeveloped site in Brooklyn Bridge Park should be named to honor Emily Roebling. The Brooklyn Bridge couldn’t have been built without her. She supervised its construction after her husband Washington Roebling, who was the mighty span’s chief engineer, was crippled by caisson disease. Wednesday night, at a community engagement workshop to generate design ideas for a vacant Brooklyn Bridge Park site beneath the famous bridge, neighborhood residents recommended various ways to honor Emily Roebling. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HERE ARE THE MOST COMMON SPOKEN LANGUAGES IN BROOKLYN:English, Spanish and Russian are the three most common spoken languages in Brooklyn, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. English is overwhelmingly the most common spoken language in the borough except for Coney Island–Brighton Beach, where it’s Russian, and Sunset Park and Bushwick, where it’s Spanish. As far as the second most-common spoken language in Brooklyn neighborhoods, it’s Spanish in most of the borough except for Midwood, where it’s Russian, Borough Park, where it’s Yiddish – and Sunset Park, Coney Island and Bushwick, where it’s English. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN PROVOKES QUESTIONS, ANXIETY AT WILLIAMSBURG TOWN HALL MEETING: Citi Bike could be a key part of the solution to subway and roadway congestion during the upcoming L-train shutdown — but expansion of the bike share system is not currently part of the city and state mitigation effort, residents discovered at a well-attendedcommunity meeting Wednesday night. Motivate, which runs Citi Bike, does not have docking stations anywhere east of Bushwick Avenue. The city DOT said only that it’s studying the possibility of more Citi Bike stations, bike parking and protected bike lanes while the L train is out of service. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SCOTTO FUNERAL HOME SEEKS NEW LOCATION AFTER EVICTION:One of the most well-known businesses in Carroll Gardens, the Scotto Funeral Home, has been evicted from its brownstone at 104 First Place and is now seeking a new location in the area. The home, founded by the Scotto family in 1926, has been holding wakes at the Cobble Hill Funeral Home on nearby Court Street since being evicted in January. “Scotto Funeral Home is a place in our heart not a building,” John Heyer Jr., one of the directors of the home, told Pardon Me for Asking. (PMFA via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN HILL COUNTRY BBQ TO REOPEN AS FOOD HALL: Downtown Brooklyn cowboys and cowgirls have surely noticed that Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Fried Chicken, both at 345 Adams St., have been closed since December. Some may have wondered whether it would reopen again. Well, it turns out that the two stores will soon be combined and replaced with ‘an Austin-style food hall” called Hill Country Food Park. The eatery will contain six different stalls, offering barbecue, fried chicken, tacos, donuts, coffee, pizza, burgers, salads and a full bar. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EFFORTS TO LANDMARK DYKER HEIGHTS CHURCH FALL SHORT: Dyker Heights residents and preservationists are upset that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has turned down their bid to landmark St. Rosalia Catholic Church at 14th Avenue and 63rd Street. The church was “relegated to profane [non-sacred] use” last May by the Diocese of Brooklyn. The fight to landmark the venerable church building has been led by the Guardians of the Guardian group, the same organization that has sought to save the nearby Angel Guardian Home. (Brooklyn Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ACTRESS’ UNBORN CHILD DIES AS RESULT OF FATAL PARK SLOPE CRASH: An award-winning Brooklyn actress’ unborn child has died from injuries she and the infant sustained when a driver with a history of seizures hit her and fatally struck two small children – one of whom was her daughter – in Park Slope. Attorney Ben Rubinowitz said that Ruthie Ann Miles lost her second child in the pregnancy’s 39th week. In March, motorist Dorothy Bruns, who has since been charged with manslaughter, went through a red light and hit Miles, her 4-year-old daughter Abigail Blumenstein and 1-year-old Joshua Lew at Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue. The two toddlers died in the crash. (ABC7 via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “I killed them all.” Inside the life of an American hitman. (via Buzzfeed)
ANOTHER LONG READ: There’s a major feud happening in the wine world. Natural wine advocates say the rest of the industry is doing things very wrong. (via The Guardian)
CARTOON: Here are Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump’s wish lists. (via The New Yorker)
DRINK: Take a tour inside the newly renovated Gotham Market in Fort Greene. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The White House will limit the number of staff members at its daily meeting for fear of leaks…Another volcano erupts in Hawaii…And a child and an adult die in a school bus crash in New Jersey.(via NYT, USA Today and NBC New York)
FOREIGN FLASH: ISIS threatens to behead Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo…An Estonian town puts a marijuana leaf on its official flag…And a journalist is executed in Mexico. (via The Sun, NYT and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: Be prepared to wake up early if you’re planning on watching the royal wedding tomorrow. (via NYT)
1:00PM – 5:00PM — Cadman Towers Art Show at Cadman Towers. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Home Front at Old Stone House. Details.
6:00PM — Talk: Bringing Home the Opioid Epidemic at BAM Fishman Space.Details.
6:30PM — Musical Shabbat at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
7:00PM — TimesTalks Art & Design Festival: Christo at The TimesCenter.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 — Hannibal Buress at BAM Gilman Opera House. Details.
9:00PM – 11:00PM — Muddy Waters Can’t be Satisfied Documentary at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC. Details.
11:45PM — Revenge at Nitehawk Cinema. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: A year and a half ago, Spencer Dinwiddie was playing for the Windy City Bulls of the NBA’s Gatorade-sponsored Developmental League in Chicago, having been cut by the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, respectively. Now, the 25-year-old Brooklyn Nets point guard is one of three candidates for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. “I think the main thing, this is some validation on the season individually, which means a lot to me given the road I’ve traveled,” Dinwiddie said Wednesday night after being informed that he would be one of three players in line for the annual honor.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Ai Weiwei, Chow Yun-Fat, Tina Fey, Brad Friedel, Dwayne Hickman, Barbara Witter, Jack Johnson, Reggie Jackson, Jari Kurri, Yannick Noah, Brooks Robinson, James Stephens, George Strait, Tom Udall and Vince Young!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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