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Brooklyn Today June 6: Drunk Driver Smashes Into Bay Ridge Storefront

June 6, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! A car crashes into a Bay Ridgestorefront, John Travolta returns to Bensonhurst, and the Islanders fire their head coach. Plus, a former assistant DA is charged with sexual abuse, Heights and Hills honors outstanding Brooklynites at its annual spring gala, and a drunk patron goes on a racist rant outside of a Bushwick nightclub. Finally, a new Mexican restaurant opens in Greenpoint, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Quay Tower progresses, and BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn continues today.     
IMPRINT: Lionel Messi poses with a ram on the Sports Issue cover of Paper Magazine.

The Rundown

~DRUNK DRIVER SMASHES INTO BAY RIDGE STOREFRONT: A drunk driver was arrested in the early morning on Saturday after a minor accident ended with a car crashing into the storefront of a Bay Ridge business. Authorities say the driver, 24-year-old Dontae Christiani, refused to take a breathalyzer at the scene. He was arrested and charged with driving drunk, reckless endangerment and “aggravated unlicensed operation” of a motor vehicle. The accident comes just days after another car crashed into a Bed-Stuy cafe. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JOHN TRAVOLTA TO RETURN TO LENNY’S PIZZA: Give him two slices – and an award. Forty-one years after “Saturday Night Fever” changed the game for southern Brooklyn, its leading man will be returning to the borough he helped make famous. On TuesdayJohn Travolta will stop by Lenny’s Pizzain Bensonhurst, to receive a special achievement award from State Sen.Marty Golden. However, the humbled actor has said the celebration goes both ways. “When I asked John about this, I told him how much he means to the people of Brooklyn,” said Gravesend native and actor Will DeMeo, who is hosting Travolta’s appearance. “His response was, ‘Well, they mean a lot to me.’” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK HOTSPOT STANDS BY BOUNCER AFTER ANGRY PATRON’S RACIST RANT: A Bushwick night club said it was shocked after a patron was caught on video yelling racial slurs at a black bouncer early Friday morning.Chris Giardina, 29, was axed from his Brooklyn real-estate job after he was caught on video shouting a string of expletives and racial epithets at a doorman at House of Yes. In the video, the former Myspace NYC broker screamed “Touch me again you f—ing n—-r,” at the bouncer. “Our decision [to kick Giardina out] was validated when we saw how his behavior escalated outdoors,” House of Yes Marketing Director Jacqui Rabkin said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HEIGHTS AND HILLS HONORS OUTSTANDING BROOKLYNITES AT ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT: A multigenerational family with a tradition of helping others and a neurologist dedicated to improving the health and mobility of older Brooklynites were honored at Heights and Hills’ 47th annual galaMonday night at the Brooklyn Historical Society. The Schwartz-Barnett-Greenfield Family — Rita, Laura, Mark, and Jack Allen — were celebrated for their unstinting community service spanning three generations. Patricia Kavanagh, M.D., neurologist and co-founder of Foray Design, was recognized for her work with diseases affecting older adults and her creation of functional and elegant medical equipment. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ISLANDERS RELIEVE WEIGHT, SNOW OF DUTIES AS LAMORIELLO TAKES COMMANDLou Lamoriello made Garth Snow and Doug Weightwalk the plank. The Brooklyn-based Islanders’ recently hired Hall of Fame executive announced Tuesday afternoon that he has fired long-time general manager Garth Snow and second-year head coach Doug Weight, marking his first major moves at the helm of the NHL’s franchises ship since taking the job last month. “The New York Islanders would like to thank both Garth and Doug for their dedication to the franchise,” Lamoriello said before revealing that he himself would be the new GM. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

~NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT OXOMOCO OPENS IN GREENPOINT:Oxomoco, named after the Aztec goddess of the night, opened yesterday at128 Greenpoint Ave. Chef Justin Bazdarich and his childhood friend Chris Walton co-own the spot. Their vision for the restaurant came after numerous trips to Mexico, where the duo became enamored with the cuisine and culture. The menu offers dishes that reflect the different regions of Mexico and their respective cuisines, such as the Yucatan-inspired albacore tuna taco with refried beans and salsa habanero. (Bedford + Bowery via Brooklyn Eagle) 
~BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK’S QUAY TOWER ON PACE TO FINISH CONSTRUCTION NEXT SUMMER: Quay Tower, a spanking new 28-story condominium project on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park overlooking Lower Manhattan, is expected to be completed by its summer 2019 deadline. The facade of the building is already eight stories high and the tower itself recently topped out. It’s situated at 50 Bridge Park Drive in Brooklyn Heights. The starting price for the smallest units, consisting of two bedrooms, is $1.9 million. The largest units, housing as many as five bedrooms, are expected to cost $5.5 million. (YIMBY via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FORMER ASSISTANT BROOKLYN DA CHRISMY SAGAILLE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE: Prosecutors said on Monday that a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney allegedly groped and forcibly kissed a woman. The incident allegedly took place when Chrismy Sagaille was driving home with the victim from a baby shower in April 2017. “He grabbed my face and put his tongue in my mouth,” the victim testified. Sagaille, a former sex crimes prosecutor, has been charged with forcible touching and third degree sexual abuse. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “How The Alt-Right Manipulates The Internet’s Biggest Commenting Platform” (via Buzzfeed News)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The World Cup begins next week and one team will be noticeably missing: the United States. Here’s the “inside story” on one of the biggest botches in American sports history. (via The Ringer)
NATURE: The Hudson River may appear dirty, but the waterway is actually thriving. The river boasts more than 60 species of fish and some more surprising critters like lined seahorses and blue mussels. (via NYT)
CARTOON: President Trump calls a play inside the huddle. (via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape charges…Fashion designer Kate Spade commits suicide…And two Florida teachers are accused of having sex in school(via NYT, NBC Chicago and USA Today)               
FOREIGN FLASH: Qatar Airways CEO says women can’t do his job because it’s “very challenging”…Saudi Arabia issues its first drivers licenses to women…And London’s Heathrow Airport will get a third runway(via NYT, CNN and BBC)                                     
 always wears gloves for royal family events.Here’s why(via The Express)


10:00AM — Wild Waterfront at 1 John StDetails.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Pride & Loss at Jenkins Johnson Projects. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Carry Over: New Voices from the Global African Diaspora at Smack Mellon. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Wine Tastings at Irving Bottle. Details.  
7:00PM — Brooklyn Film Festival at Various Locations. Details.
7:00PM — Double Dutch at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:30PM — Love and Intrigue at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
7:30PM — BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — The Storrs Objection: Vacation at Brooklyn Art Library.Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — The Rose Elf at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.   
EAGLE SPORTS: They were outscored by a combined 26-4 while suffering consecutive losses during their brief stay in the Conway, South Carolina NCAA Baseball Regionals. But the Long Island University-Brooklyn squad’s hard-to-swallow weekend didn’t take anything away from the Blackbirds’ brilliant run to the NCAA Tournament. “Overall, it was a great season for us,” LIU head baseball coach Dan Pirillo said. “I’m really proud of my guys. They played really hard for 57 games and did things this program has never done before.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to Maria Alyokhin, Sandra Bernhard, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bjorn Borg, Marian Wright Edelman, Harvey Fierstein, Kenny G, Paul Giamatti, Jason Isaacs and Amanda Pays!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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