Brooklyn Today June 1: Speeding Car Crashes Through Bed-Stuy Cafe
Weather, Brooklyn (NWS): Day 81°, Night 69°, Chance of T-storms
THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! A car crashes into a Bed-Stuy cafe, the Brooklyn Army Terminal celebrates its 100th birthday, and Mayor Bill de Blasio pushes for pedestrian safety. Plus, a huge development opens inSheepshead Bay, students march against gun violence tomorrow, and we go birding along the Gowanus Canal. Finally, residents fear trucks will overtakeSunset Park, a Coney Island community center is in disarray five years after Sandy, and we go inside the Brooklyn-connected sex cult Nxivm.
IMPRINT: Tennis star Serena Williams poses in swimsuits on the Julycovers of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
~SPEEDING CAR CRASHES THROUGH BED-STUY CAFE, INJURING FOUR: An out-of-control car crashed through the front of The Civil Service Cafe on Thursday morning. The normally quiet Bedford-Stuyvesant cafe on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Clifton Place went into chaos around 8:40 a.m. as four people were injured in the high-speed collision. Witnesses say one woman was pinned under the silver Dodge Challenger with Florida plates and may lose her leg. “[The driver] was saying another car hit him, but no car hit him at all,” said Mohammed Nagi, who witnessed the crash from across the street. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW SPACES, NEW JOBS BRING CENTENNIAL HOPE TO BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL: City officials and new Brooklyn Army Terminal tenants on Thursday cut the ribbon on 500,000 square feet of space to host over 1,000 new jobs in celebration of the waterfront location’s 100th birthday. The space is part of the city’s plan to transform the army terminal into a modern manufacturing hub after it was deactivated in the 1970s. In addition to the company’s leasing, the terminal now boasts an outdoor public space for community members to use and get easier accessibility to the nearby ferry.(via Brooklyn Eagle)i
~AFTER PARK SLOPE TRAGEDY, DE BLASIO PUSHES FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the state legislature Thursday to immediately reauthorize, but also expand, the life-saving program that is in danger of expiring soon in Albany. De Blasio also intends to redesign the layout of Ninth Street in Brooklyn where two toddlers were fatally run over by a car. “We are doing our part with a redesign of Ninth Street to reduce speeding and make it safer,” de Blasio said. “Now we need Albany to do its part. We need school zone speed camera legislation extended and expanded immediately to prevent future tragedies on our streets. Speed cameras save lives,” he added.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WE WENT BIRDING ALONG THE GOWANUS CANAL: With the Gowanus Canal, one of the country’s most polluted waterways, undergoing recovery, a 2016 independent study found some species of birds are returning to its waters. A group of citizens toured the canal recently to check out the growing number of wildlife. Lee Patrick observed different areas along the Canal to see if birds are returning to the Superfund site’s healthier areas. “Certainly there are sparrows and pigeons and more common things, but the things I got excited about was seeing egrets, a Killdeer, chimney swifts, also cormorants that are not uncommon,” said Patrick. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STUDENTS TO MARCH AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE SATURDAY: In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Saturday, hundreds of students will march across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. The march will focus on the inadequate press attention that is given to students of color, many of whom walked out of class on March 14 to honor the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting. Ramon Contreras, a public school student who founded the movement Youth Over Guns, is calling for more discussion about gun violence in communities of color, which he believes were put in the background during the aftermath of the Florida school shooting. (amNew York via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SUNSET PARKERS FEAR TRUCK MISHAP FROM MARINE TERMINAL:Community Board 7, which covers Sunset Park, is reportedly asking that officials who are planning the soon-to-be reactivated shipping hub at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal conduct a study to determine how the facility wouldimpact truck traffic in the already truck-congested neighborhood. Last month, officials cheered the future use of the terminal, which will create more than 250 jobs as well as reduce 11,000 truck trips per year. However, board District Manager Jeremy Laufer said the figure for reduced truck trips refers to the entire metro area, not Sunset Park. (Brooklyn Paper via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DEVASTATED BY SANDY, CONEY ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER IS STILL WITHOUT REPAIRS: Since Hurricane Sandy destroyed its original location in 2012, a Coney Island community center has struggled to find a replacement home. The HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services community center has been forced to move five times since the storm. The nonprofit has been waiting for the New York City Housing Authority to complete the $61-million recovery project at its center. “The center was completely flooded. There was water damage. There was sand. It was completely destroyed,” said Brooke Rosenthal, vice president of youth development at the center. (amNew York via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HUGE DEVELOPMENT HERALDS A NEW SHEEPSHEAD BAY: One Brooklyn Bay, a new 28-story building in Sheepshead Bay, is now open for business, offering both condos and rental units. The building includes a swimming pool, a dog run, a gym, a children’s play area and a bocce court. The building, at Sheepshead Bay Road near Voorhies Avenue, also has a view of the bay. Most of the buyers are from southern Brooklyn, said Jason Muss of Muss Development. One Brooklyn Bay is part of a new wave of development in the area since Superstorm Sandy. (Brooklyn Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Go inside the Brooklyn-connected sex cult Nxivm, where women were coerced into joining because its founder “preached empowerment.” (via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People” (via The Cut)
EAT: Here are the 21 best pizzerias in the city, including 10 in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
HEALTH: Adults need 52 hours of exercise over six months to keep their brains healthy, according to a new study. (via Time)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: The six-shot revolver is being phased out of the NYPD…A breeder in Pennsylvania debarked dogs by sticking pipes down their throats…And police officers find 41 dead animals in an Illinois pet store that had its power shut off. (via NYT, ABC News and New York Post)
FOREIGN FLASH: The American Institute in Taiwan receives a $250 million upgrade…President Trump imposes metal tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union…And President Trump hopes to have a meeting with Kim Jong-un on June 12. (via NYT, USA Today and Politico)
ROYAL WATCH: One of the most knowledgeable experts on the royal family isn’t even from England; he’s from upstate New York. (via WSJ)
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Tatiana Arocha: Night Mountains at BRIC House.Details.
12:00PM – 5:00PM — The Business of Brooklyn: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
1:00PM – 5:00PM — In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
2:00PM – 7:00PM — 25th Annual Red Hook Fest at Erie Basin Park. Details.
2:30PM — One Sings, the Other Doesn’t at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Home Front at Old Stone House. Details.
7:00PM — Beauty and the Beast Jr. Production at P.S./I.S. 226/ Details.
7:00PM — Brooklyn Film Festival at Various Locations. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
8:00PM — Shakespeare Trilogy at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The Long Island University Brooklyn baseball team hasn’t lost a game in three weeks, reeling off seven straight victories with its season on the line. The Northeast Conference champion Blackbirds hope to continue their season-high winning streak tonight at 6 p.m. against top-seeded Coastal Carolina in the opener of their NCAA Regional. “The NEC tournament was a great experience for the whole team,” LIU head coach Dan Pirillo said. “We played sound baseball and came away with the crown,” he added. “The team played with passion all year and their efforts were rewarded with a championship.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Rene Auberjonois, James Hadley Billington, Lisa Hartman Black, Pat Boone, Sarah Wayne Callies, Mark Curry, Morgan Freeman, Justine Henin, Javier Hernandez, Heidi Klum, Alexi Lalas, Alanis Morissette, Jonathan Pryce, Amy Schumer, Frederica von Stade, Ron Wood and Carlos Zambrano!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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