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Brooklyn Today June 9: Senate Passes Verrazano Bridge Toll Discount Plan for Brooklyn

June 11, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday, Brooklyn! The Verrazano Bridge could soon be getting an extra Z, the overpasses’ toll is being reduced for Brooklynites, and aBed-Stuy art gallery is forced to move. Plus, an off-duty cop pulls a knife on a driver in Williamsburg, a Bay Ridge blog says it’s time to close Fort Hamilton army base, and a Williamsburg tattoo parlor raises funds for pediatric cancer. Finally, seven people get arrested at a Bay Ridge protest, Dan Donovan’s in hot water, and the Brooklyn Historical Society talks about some touchy subjects tonight.        
IMPRINT: Singer Pharrell Williams receives his closeup on the July cover of L’Uomo Vogue.

The Rundown

~SENATE PASSES VERRAZANO BRIDGE TOLL DISCOUNT PLAN FOR BROOKLYN: Call it the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge or the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. Either way, the toll is way too high. And Brooklynites are being hit the hardest by having to cough up the $17 round-trip fare. The state Senate has finally passed a bill that will offer some relief, especially for those Brooklyn residents who travel to Staten Island for work or have family living there. According to state Sen. Marty Golden, the legislation would provide Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll relief to Kings County residents who use E-Z pass and who cross the bridge three or more times per month. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DONOVAN TAKING HEAT OVER ‘BORDER WALL’ CAMPAIGN MAILER: U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan has been hit with a torrent of criticism over a controversial mailing his campaign sent out last week expressing support for President Trump’s border wall. The campaign literature, which was meant to highlight what Donovan claims is his strong support for secure borders, contains an image of a police badge and X placed over a woman and young children running. “The graphic is an exact replica of the government’s warning border crossing signs,” campaign spokesperson Jessica Proud said. “Years of illegal border crossings became so prolific they needed road signs urging caution.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SEVEN ARRESTED AT BAY RIDGE PROTEST TO FREE PIZZA DELIVERYMAN DETAINED BY ICE: “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here.” That was the message last week at a protest hosted by Bay Ridge for Social Justice in the wake of the detention of 35-year-old Pablo Villavicencio, a pizza deliveryman and father of two who now faces deportation to Ecuador after attempting to make a delivery to the Fort Hamilton Army Base. The protest — with empty pizza boxes serving as signage — made its way to Fifth Avenue where seven demonstrators were arrested for blocking traffic. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CLOSE FORT HAMILTON ARMY BASE, SAYS BLOG: Every few years, the U.S. military looks at a list of facilities that could be closed, and the Bay Ridgecommunity and its political allies raise a hue and cry to make sure Fort Hamilton isn’t on that list. However, the local blog Hey Ridge, in a move that is sure to be unpopular in the neighborhood, said “The army base should close” and take its military personnel with it. The writer said military police who are assigned to live on the base are “re-creating the city in the image of suburban America: calling ICE on the pizza delivery guy, eating fast food from chain restaurants and driving everywhere.” (Hey Ridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GALLERY DEVOTED TO BLACK ART FORCED TO MOVE FROM BED-STUY: HOUSING, a black-owned gallery that was formerly located at 424 Gates Ave. in Bed-Stuy, is searching for a new home. In an interview withJeffrey Grunthaner of the art blog Hyperallergic, gallery co-founder KJ Freeman said HOUSING was founded as “a black capitalist hub of art” that focuses on black artists. She also said that a gallery such as hers is a form of resistance against gentrification because it calls attention to the African-American history of a changing neighborhood. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYPD COP PULLS OUT KNIFE IN ROAD RAGE SCRAP: An NYPD officer allegedly pulled a knife on another driver during a roadside altercation on Friday. The off-duty officer Emel Lyndl Alegre, 34, and the other driver pulled over and the altercation quickly got physical. The cop then pulled out a bladeand ended up with a bruised hand. The other driver refused medical attention. Police arrested Alegre at 2 a.m. at Metropolitan Avenue near the BQE inWilliamsburg. He was charged with assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TATTOO PARLOR RAISES FUNDS FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH: A Williamsburg tattoo parlor donated its profits on Friday to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a children’s cancer research foundation. The foundation was created by Alex, a little girl who helped raise more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research to help other children like her get better. She inspired others to build their own lemonade stands before passing away in 2004. Co-owner of the Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlor Laura Martinez organized the event “Soley Keeps Shining,” saying she was inspired by her friend’s daughter who lost her battle with brain cancer in June 2014. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Giovanni da Verrazzano has two Zs in his name, yet the bridge named after him, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, only has one. That’s allabout to change(via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: In light of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide on Friday, here’s his 1999 piece for The New Yorker, where he reveals disturbing secrets in the restaurant industry. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here are the 10 most popular restaurants in Brooklyn at the moment.(via Eater)
TRAVEL: “36 Hours in Tbilisi” (via NYT)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: More and more American muslims are buying guns…A bison gores a woman in Yellowstone National Park…And the newest World Trade Center building opens today(via NYT, USA Today and CNBC)               
FOREIGN FLASH: KFCs in England will try vegetarian fried chicken…Austria will shut down seven mosques…And GQ says Anthony Bourdain was the most interesting man in the world. (via NYT, Reuters and GQ)                                     
“The 1969 Documentary the Royal Family Doesn’t Want You to See” (via Reader’s Digest)


9:30AM — Broadway Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
12:00PM — Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency at 92nd Street Y. Details.
12:00PM – 8:00PM — Coney Art Walls at Coney IslandDetails.  
5:00PM — Haiti Photo Exhibit at Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Garden. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Stoic School of Life: Stoic Role Models, Ancient and Modern at New York Society for Ethical Culture. Details.
6:30PM — Touchy Subjects: LGBTQ and #MeToo at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: Unorthodox Variations at Japan Society. Details.  
7:30PM — Uptown Showdown: Wired vs. Unplugged at Symphony Space.Details.  
8:00PM — As U Like It at ART/NY South Oxford Street Theater Space.Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Siren Song: Seymour Stein with Billy Hough at McNally Jackson. Details.    
 EAGLE SPORTS: “Nets add Jeremy Lin’s rehab specialist to their training staff” (via New York Post)

Happy birthday to Adrienne Barbeau, Peter Bergman, Dennis Daugaard, Peter Dinklage, Joshua Jackson, Kodak Black, Hugh Laurie, Joe Montana, Dr. Oz and Jackie Stewart!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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