Brooklyn Today May 30: Brooklyn Law School President and Dean Nicholas Allard Resigns
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! The Brooklyn Law School president resigns, we travel to the Empire Stores in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and kids from the borough learn about the virtues of kale. Plus, an NPR podcast imagines a Brooklyn where the Dodgers never left, New York has the fourth highest credit card debt in the nation, and Prospect Park will restore its former rose garden. Finally, the Brooklyn Bridge once stored wine, a latin-oriented TV network doubles its space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and we share the best sushi spots in the city.
IMPRINT: Nicole Kidman graces the July cover of Tatler.
~BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL PRESIDENT AND DEAN NICHOLAS ALLARD RESIGNS: After six years serving as president and dean of Brooklyn Law School, Nicholas Allard is set to resign at the end of June. Allard was in China when the school made the official announcement, which led many to speculate that he was fired. However, he had explained to faculty and staff through an email that the decision was a long time coming. “There are many exciting opportunities that [my wife and I] want to pursue and feel we can now do because the law school is in such a strong position,” Allard wrote. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME SEE EMPIRE STORES, BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK’S CROWN JEWEL: Several post-Civil-War coffee warehouses star in thousands of selfies snapped in Brooklyn Bridge Park. When visitors take photos from the DUMBOpark’s pebble-strewn beach, the Empire Stores complex is often part of the backdrop along with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The coffee-warehouse complex is also an imposing sight from other vantage points in Brooklyn Bridge Park like the walkway outside Jane’s Carousel. The eye-catching cluster of landmarked brick warehouses was constructed between 1869 and 1885. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN BP ADAMS EXTOLS THE VIRTUES OF KALE TO BROWNSVILLE STUDENTS: “Kale is amazing!” Brooklyn Borough PresidentEric Adams enthused Tuesday morning at the Borough Hall Greenmarket. The nutrition-conscious BP shared his passion to change the sometimes-unhealthy eating habits of his borough as he walked dozens of students fromBrownsville’s P.S. 327 through tables piled high with greens and other fruits and vegetables. As Adams stuffed bunches of hearty kale into plastic bags, the kids asked him what he was going to do with it. “I’m going to make a salad, I’m going to make a green drink —” Adams began. But before he could finish, a little voice said “Ewww!” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NPR PODCAST IMAGINES A WORLD WHERE THE DODGERS NEVER LEFT BROOKLYN: In his new NPR podcast “Upon Further Review,” Mike Pesca dreams of a Brooklyn that managed to keep hold of its beloved baseball team. In the newest episode of the miniseries, which delves into the past and explores sports’ what ifs, Pesca talks to Robert Siegel, the longstanding NPR host and lifetime Dodgers fan. Together they collaborate on a radio drama that combines speculative fiction and a realistic narrative that envisions the Brooklyn Dodgers as a successful ball club during its time in the borough. (NPR via Brooklyn Eagle)
~REPORT: NEW YORKERS HAVE OVER $50 BILLION IN CREDIT CARD DEBT: The New York state comptroller’s office says the nation’s four most-populated states carry the highest total amount of credit card debt, with California leading the way followed by Texas, Florida and New York. Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says in a report released Tuesday that Californians had racked up more than $106.8 billion in credit card debt by the end of 2017. The Lone Star State was No. 2 at $67.3 billion, followed by Florida with $59.2 billion and New York with $58.1 billion. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LATINO-ORIENTED TV NETWORK TO DOUBLE SPACE IN BROOKLYN NAVY YARD: Hispanic-oriented TV network HITN is expanding its headquarters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The nonprofit station will more thandouble its space at Building 292 within the city-controlled Navy Yard. Mike Nieves, president and CEO of HITN, told Crain’s the new space will be used to increase the size of the network’s production facilities. A new 3,000-square-foot enclosed studio on the building’s roof will offer views of the Manhattan skyline. (Crain’s via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PROSPECT PARK TO RESTORE FORMER ROSE GARDEN AREA: “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” is the title of an old song, but the Prospect Park Alliance plans to restore the former rose garden area in the northeast section of the park. After months of community input, the Alliance released a reportWednesday detailing its plans for the area. The park support group wants toenhance the site, add family-friendly components such as a “climbing feature” that would allow people of all ages to climb the trees and make the area more comfortable. (amNewYork via Brooklyn Eagle)
~UNDER THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, WINE WAS ONCE STORED: This month marks the 135th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, but many people don’t know what was kept under the bridge in the now-inaccessible vaults and within a space closer to the foot of the bridge known as the anchorage. In the 19th century, the vaults were rented out as storage for wine, champagne and liqueurs, as well as newspapers and produce. A recent visitor said there are still some wine barrels and broken jugs in the vaults. (Untapped Cities via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Yale has an immensely popular course that teaches students how to be happy. One journalist took the class and detailed what he learned.(via The Cut)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Meet Stephen Miller, President Trump’s “right-hand troll.” (via The Atlantic)
HEALTH: “6 Ways to Make Your Coffee Even Healthier” (via Time)
EAT: Here are the 39 best sushi spots in New York City, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A pair of journalists in North Carolina die after a tree falls on them…Two New Jersey police officers repeatedly punch a woman at the beach…And ABC cancels “Roseanne” after Roseanne Barr posts a racist Tweet. (via Time, Fox News and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: The European Union may ban plastic products…A 114-year-old South African decides to quit smoking…And the Canadian government plans to buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. (via USA Today, BBC and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: “Royal family website downplays Meghan Markle’sacting career” (via Daily Nation)
11:00AM – 6:00PM — David Levine: Some of the People, All of the Time at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
11:15AM — Art Adventures at 1 John St. Details.
12:00PM — Ukrainian Night — An Intimate History of Revolution at 92nd Street Y. Details.
3:00PM — Meet Tomasz Kuncewicz, Director of the Auschwitz Jewish Center at Museum of Jewish Heritage. Details.
5:30PM – 7:30PM — Headwraps of African Women at Fraunces Tavern Museum. Details.
6:30PM — Barbara Hammer on Multiply, Identify, Her at International Center of Photography (Museum). Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — A-String To Your Heart Book Release at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC. Details.
7:00PM — Double Dutch at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
7:00PM — Infidelity: Why Men and Women Cheat at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Redefining Safety and Justice for the 21st Century City at The Cooper Union. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The last time the Long Island University Brooklyn baseball team reached the NCAA Tournament Regionals, Richard Nixon was in the White House and “The Godfather” was making its debut in cinemas across the world. Well, 46 years, eight presidents and two Godfather sequels later, the Blackbirds are back on the Road to Omaha, having swept through the Northeast Conference Tournament with three consecutive wins this past weekend to grab the league’s automatic bid to the national championship tournament. “We’re really excited to be a part of the Conway Regional,” said head coach Dan Pirillo. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Keir Dullea, Steven Gerrard, Jared Gilmore, Cee Lo Green, Wynonna Judd, Ted McGinley, Colm Meaney, Michael J. Pollard,Manny Ramirez, Gale Sayers and Stephen Tobolowsky!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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