Brooklyn Today June 12: Paddleboarder Risks It All Racing on the Gowanus Canal
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! Asians rebuke city Schools ChancellorRichard Carranza, adding a Z to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could cost $350,000, and Sunset Park pays tribute to Hurricane Maria victims. Plus, a judge halts the deportation of pizza delivery man Pablo Villavicencio, more details are revealed about developments at the former LICH site, and NYPD officers save a 15-month-old baby. Finally, a Nets player says Lebron Jamesisn’t coming to Brooklyn, a boat race takes place in the Gowanus Canal, and Green-Wood Cemetery hosts a candid conversation about death tonight.
IMPRINT: American actor and singer Jaden Smith closes his eyes on the June cover of Icon El País.
~ASIANS CALL NYC CHANCELLOR’S SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOL REMARKS DIVISIVE: Criticism is mounting over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to increase the number of black and Hispanic students admitted into the city’s elite specialized high schools by getting rid of the Specialized High School Admissions Test. The latest brouhaha erupted after city Schools ChancellorRichard Carranza issued what Asian-American groups call a divisive comment about the high number of Asian students who ace the test. “I just don’t buy into the narrative that any one ethnic group owns admission to these schools,” Carranza said. “Either we believe the kids — black kids and brown kids — can’t compete, or there’s something wrong with the system that’s not casting a wide enough net.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CORRECTING DECADES-OLD ‘VERRAZANO’ TYPO COULD COST HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS: State Sen. Marty Golden is sponsoring legislation that could correct the spelling of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge by adding an extra “z” for the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano’sname — a move that could prove costly. MTA anticipates that it would cost roughly $350,000 to replace 96 signs of different sizes between Staten Island and Brooklyn. “The explorer is credited with discovering the New York Harbor, which the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge now spans, and correcting this error is long overdue,” Golden said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SUNSET PARK PAYS TRIBUTE TO HURRICANE MARIA VICTIMS IN PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE: The victims of Hurricane Maria were honored at Sunset Park’s fourth annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival on Sunday. The gathering was celebratory, resilient and at times somber, and the day’s rainy weather did not put a damper on the growing tradition, hosted by El Grito de Sunset Park. “We didn’t have as big a turnout as we have in the past but those who needed to be there were there,” El Grito founder Dennis Flores said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COUNCILMEMBER ANNOUNCES SINGLE-SEX BEACH DAYS FOR OBSERVANT JEWS, MUSLIMS: Councilmember Chaim Deutsch is sponsoring sex-segregated beach days at a beach behind Kingsborough Community College to allow his Orthodox Jewish and Muslim constituents the opportunity to enjoy the seashore. “A lot of people are disenfranchised for religious reasons,” Deutsch said. “They don’t use the beach because they don’t go mixed swimming.” Males will be able to go on June 29, while June 27 is reserved for females. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JUDGE HALTS DEPORTATION OF PIZZA DELIVERY MAN PABLO VILLAVICENCIO: A Manhattan federal judge has temporarily stopped the deportation of a pizza delivery man who was arrested at Fort Hamilton, at least until another court hearing on July 20. Judge Alison J. Nathan ruled in favor of Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, who was delivering pizza from a Queens pizzeria to the Brooklyn army base when he was turned over to ICE by a military police officer. After authorities ran a background check on Villavicencio, a native of Ecuador, it turned out that he had an open order of removal since 2010. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MORE DETAILS REVEALED ABOUT DEVELOPMENT AT LICH SITE: The developer of River Park, the real estate development that will rise on the former Long Island College Hospital campus, unveiled a new websiteyesterday that includes several more renderings and details about the development. The project is composed of five elements: The historic Polhemus Building, which is being converted into condos; a group of townhouses next to the building; 1 River Park, a 15-story condo building; 2 River Park, the tallest building, which will rise 475 feet; and 5 River Park, another 150-story tower.(Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PADDLEBOARDER RISKS IT ALL RACING ON THE GOWANUS CANAL: A brave, lone, stand-up paddleboarder and teams of canoers raced through a 2.5-mile course in the Gowanus Canal from the 365 Bond development on Second Street to the mouth of the Gowanus Bay on Saturday. The race was used as a fundraiser to improve the boathouse of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club. Local businesses provided prizes for the fastest canoers, who dressed up in masks and costumes. The first place team received a bottle of Chief Gowanus Gin. Runners-up won a $200 gift card to Pig Beach, and third place won a $200 gift certificate to Brooklyn Crab. (Bklyner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYPD OFFICERS SAVE 15-MONTH-OLD BABY WHO WASN’T BREATHING AFTER SEIZURE: Three NYPD officers saved the life of a 15-month-old baby who had stopped breathing on Saturday night. Her motherCaroline Ivanov called 911, but seeing that her daughter was in need of immediate care, ran outside onto the streets of Brighton Beach. “I was terrified,” Ivanov said. “This is my first child, my only child, and I’m watching her go lifeless in my arms.” NYPD officer Daniel Newman, a trained emergency medical technician, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the baby to get air back into her lungs. As the car raced to Coney Island Hospital, Newman managed to get Chloe breathing again. (Daily News via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: In April, ICE detained 97 Latino workers — one of whom was an American Citizen — from a meatpacking plant in Tennessee. Residents of the town, however, fought back against the federal immigration agents. (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build a Border Wall” (via Wired)
HEALTH: Here’s why it’s so hard to stop biting your nails. (via Racked)
TRAVEL: Tale a look inside the five-star hotel where President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are meeting. (via Time)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A pit bull in California saves a family from a fire and carries a baby out by her diaper…Actor Vince Vaughn gets arrested for DUI…And SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean are banning plastic strawsand bags. (via Fox 40, TMZ and WaPo)
FOREIGN FLASH: Italy turns away 600 refugees…An American is killed by extremists in Somalia…And Africa’s baobab trees are dying. (via NYT, USA Today and The Atlantic)i
ROYAL WATCH: “Meghan Markle Joins the Royal Family on theBuckingham Palace Balcony for the First Time” (via Harper’s Bazaar)
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:30PM — Candid Conversations About Death at Green-Wood Cemetery.Details.
6:30PM — Taste of Bushwick at Brooklyn Steel. Details.
6:45PM — NYRR Open Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00PM — Piyo at Empire Fulton Ferry 1. Details.
7:30PM — Love and Intrigue at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.
7:30PM — BRIC! Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell. Details.
7:30PM — The Legacy of Loving Day: The Marriage Battle: A Family Tradition at Greenlight Bookstore. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — The Hand of Comedy at The Cobra Club. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Tuesday Trivia at Fulton Ale House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “LeBron James To Nets? Spencer Dinwiddie Gives Fans Perfect Reality Check” (via NESN)
Happy birthday to Marv Albert, Timothy Busfield, George H. W. Bush, Chick Corea, Philippe Coutinho, Rick Hoffman, Adriana Lima, Hideki Matsui, Frances O’Connor and Kendra Wilkinson!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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