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Brooklyn Today June 8: Pols Demand Answers After ICE Detains Pizza Deliveryman

June 8, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! ICE detains a pizza deliveryman at Fort Hamilton, Gov. Cuomo pushes a gun safety bill that would red flag troubled students, and tenants are in flux on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue. Plus, theDowntown Brooklyn Partnership chooses its new chairman, Starbucks is raising its prices, and activists warn that the L-Train shutdown will disproportionately affect poor people. Finally, Target announces a new store on Kings Highway, a “forgotten religion” finds life in Crown Heights, and aGowanus chef poisons his neighbor’s tree. Have a great weekend.       
IMPRINT: Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah graces the World Cup cover of Sports Illustrated.

The Rundown

~LOCAL POLS DEMAND ANSWERS AFTER ICE DETAINS PIZZA DELIVERYMAN AT FORT HAMILTON: A pair of politicians descended upon the Fort Hamilton Army Base with a bevy of media outlets on Wednesday to demand answers as to why Pablo Villavicencio was detained and turned over to ICE for attempting to deliver a pizza to the base. On June 1, Villavicencio, 35, was making a delivery to the Bay Ridge base, when he was pressed for papers detailing his immigration status. With no papers, Villavicencio — a husband and father of two young girls — was then detained by military police on the base, and turned over to ICE. He is now being held in New Jersey, where he awaits deportation. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STUDENTS COULD BE ‘RED FLAGGED’ BY TEACHERS, COACHES UNDER CUOMO GUN BILL: Teachers, guidance counselors and even part-time coaches would have the power to petition judges to remove guns from the homes of students exhibiting threatening behavior, under legislationannounced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday. The bill would make New York the first state in the nation to allow school personnel to “red flag” troubled in hopes of preventing school shootings. Educators would be required to provide hard evidence that a student was dangerous. That may not be as easy as it sounds, as there’s a legal gray area when it comes to students making threats. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TENANTS IN FLUX ON PARK SLOPE’S FIFTH AVENUE: It seems like only yesterday, Le Pain Quotidien arrived on Fifth Ave. in Park Slope. The upscale cafe chain settled into a prime location at 239 Fifth Ave. on the corner of Carroll Street. But tempus fugit, baby. Le Pain Quotidien has vacated the handsome red-brick mixed-use residential and retail building, which was constructed in the 1880s. Recently, we took an epic stroll along the entire length of Fifth Avenue. The Pain Quotidien location was one of several prime but vacant Park Slope sites that caught our eye. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TERRACRG’S OFER COHEN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN PARTNERSHIP: The board of directors for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership unanimously elected Ofer Cohen, founder and CEO of Brooklyn-based commercial brokerage firm TerraCRG, as their new chairman. Cohen told the Brooklyn Eagle that it was a unique time for Downtown Brooklyn. “One of our main focus points is to bring all of those aspects together in a cohesive and compelling way that attracts the kind of companies that want to set up shop in Downtown Brooklyn and the amazing place it’s become,” Cohen said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STARBUCKS RAISING PRICE OF A BREWED COFFEE IN MOST US STORES: That Starbucks habit just got a little more expensive. Starbucks says it’s raising the price of a regular drip coffee by 10 cents to 20 cents this week in most U.S. stores. It says a small brewed coffee is now $1.95 to $2.15 in a majority of locations. The company said Thursday prices remain unchanged on drinks such as lattes and iced coffees in most stores. Overall, Starbucks Corp. says it has hiked prices by an average of 1 to 2 percent in the past year, though the hike may be higher for particular drinks. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ACTIVISTS: L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN WILL HARM THE POOR THE MOST: Community activists worry that the upcoming year-long L-train shutdown will disproportionately affect poor New Yorkers. Activists said the plan doesn’t focus enough on the low income New Yorkers who will be most affected by the shutdown. “Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color face the pain of losing a vitally important transit connection, and the added injury of more traffic and increased air pollution,” Eddie Bautista, executive director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, said. (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW TARGET STORES PLANNED FOR KINGS HIGHWAY WORRY SMALL BUSINESSES: Target announced on Wednesday that it plans on opening a small-format urban store in 2020 at the corner of Kings Highway and Foster Avenue in East Flatbush. The Kings Highway store will only be 15 minutes away from another future Target location, Midwood Target, which is slated to open in 2019 at 1715 East 13th St. Many residents and business owners, however, were unhappy with the Midwood Target coming to the neighborhood after national chains such as TJ Maxx, Starbucks and Chipotle established stores in the area. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DRUG-SNIFFING DOG IS THE HERO AFTER BUSTING POT-SMUGGLING PRISON GUARD: A jailer was sniffed out with 2 ounces of marijuana in his pants by a detection dog on his way to work at the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue on April 6. Correction Officer Patrick Gaillard, 30, who resigned on April 11, claimed he found the weed on the street and was going to turn it in at work. His story was foiled when a call was recorded between inmate Adam Franco, 23, and his girlfriend Samantha Pereira, 27, in which Franco told his girlfriend to pay Gaillard for the weed. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Oahspe, a “forgotten religion” observed by “faithists,” gets resurrected in Crown Heights(via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The last house in Rosewood, Florida, a former African American town, is for sale. The 84-year-old homeowner wants to sell, but she doesn’t want any attention. (via the Tampa Bay Times)
HEALTH: Suicide rates are rising in almost every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
EAT: A Gowanus chef was arrested for allegedly poisoning his neighbor’s 60-plus-year-old tree because it was blocking his solar panels. (via Daily News)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A North Carolina man allegedly puts poison in pizza cheese…The 911 calls from the Las Vegas shooting are released…And Paul Ryan says there was “no evidence of collusion” between Trump and Russia in the 2016 election. (via The News & Observer, CNN and USA Today)                
FOREIGN FLASH: A Turkish soccer club is fined roughly $40,000 for allowing a cat to invade the field during a match…More American become sick in China from alleged sonic attacks…And a dog is eaten by a crocodile in Australia.(via Sky Sports, NYT and Miami Herald)                                      
Here are all the homes and palaces that the royal family owns. (via Harper’s Bazaar)


9:00AM – 10:00PM — KenKen GS Suite at Made In NY Media Center. Details.
1:00PM – 5:00PM — In Search of Earth’s Secrets: A Pop-Up Science Encounter at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.  
2:00PM — En el Séptimo Día (2017) at BAM Rose Cinemas. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Home Front at Old Stone House. Details.
6:00PM — Brooklyn Americana Music Festival: Unplugged at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00PM — Brooklyn Film Festival at Various Locations. Details.
7:00PM — How Great Is Gatsby? at The Strand. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Vegetation Celebration at Court Tree Collective. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — The Rose Elf at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.  
8:00PM – 10:00PM — The Scientists, a Comedy Show: Contraception at Union Hall. Details.   
 EAGLE SPORTS: Jarred Kelenic, the Mets’ first-round pick in this week’s Major League Draft, has a blueprint for success to follow as he begins his progression toward the big leagues, and the starting point is right here in Brooklyn. The 18-year-old outfielder, who bats left-handed, didn’t have a high school team to play for in Wisconsin. While most stud prospects and early first-round draft picks either dominate at the high school level or enjoy several years of collegiate success at big-name programs, Kelenic is hoping to follow a path to the Majors, one that began in earnest on Coney Island for the home-club Cyclones in 2012. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to Scott Adams, Kathy Baker, Tim Berners-Lee, Bernie Casey, Kim Clijsters, James Darren, Lindsay Davenport, Griffin Dunne,Gabrielle Giffords, Julianna Margulies, Sara Paretsky, Boz Scaggs, Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Stiller, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Andrew Weil and Kanye West!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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