Brooklyn Today June 14: Cobble Hill Steams Over Loss of Parking to Big Car-Share Invasion
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Cobble Hill loses parking spots, we stroll down the southern section of Fifth Avenue, and John Travolta returns toBensonhurst. Plus, Brooklyn has the most rat complaints in the city, an artist creates a Brooklyn Bridge replica out of 5,000 water bottles, and Di Fara Pizza opens an expansion in North Brooklyn. Finally, Williamsburg gets an outside-the-box ice cream store, a police officer brings a massive NYPD scooter onto a crowded subway train, and the Brooklyn Historical Society discusses the police killing of Arthur Miller.
IMPRINT: Comedian Tiffany Haddish lounges in nature on the June cover ofThe Hollywood Reporter.
~COBBLE HILL STEAMS OVER LOSS OF PARKING TO NEW CONSTRUCTION, BIG CAR-SHARE INVASION: Cobble Hill car owners have already lost street parking due to ongoing construction at the former LICH site. Now drivers are getting ticketed and towed as DOT has taken overmore parking spaces in anticipation of the car-share pilot program. DOT’s two-year pilot program is meant to promote car sharing by restricting roughly 300 parking spaces for exclusive use by companies like Zipcar and Enterprise. The program hasn’t started yet, but carshare signs have been posted at nine Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens locations, removing 18 local parking spots.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME STROLL FIFTH AVENUE IN GREENWOOD HEIGHTS AND SUNSET PARK: The most dazzling sight on Fifth Avenue in Greenwood Heights andSunset Park is a graveyard’s gateway. Green-Wood Cemetery has been a major visitor magnet since its 1838 founding. The brownstone gates — which the city landmarked in 1966 — are located at Green-Wood’s main entrance on Fifth Avenue at 25th Street. You’ll see them as you head south through Greenwood Heights and Sunset Park, where Fifth Avenue is lined with mixed-use rowhouses. Mingled in among them are financial institutions, religious buildings — and a popular hilltop recreation area that, like the neighborhood, is named Sunset Park. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TRAVOLTA REVISITS LENNY’S PIZZA TO PROMOTE JOHN GOTTI MOVIE: Bensonhurst was alive with the sound of the Bee Gees on Tuesday, as John Travolta made a triumphant return to Lenny’s Pizza to promote his latest film, receive a special award from the New York State Senate and, of course, grab a slice. The massive event was the brainchild of actor andGravesend native Will DeMeo, who stars as Sammy “The Bull” Gravano alongside Travolta’s title role in “Gotti,” a film about John Gotti’s rise to the top of the New York underworld to become the boss of the Gambino crime family. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN HAS THE MOST RAT COMPLAINTS IN NEW YORK CITY:Among all of NYC’s five boroughs, Brooklyn has the most rat complaints, according to a new study conducted by RentHop. The neighborhoods with the most rat complaints are either within walking distance of parks or next to restaurants and shops. Parks give rats space to make burrows, and several of the Brooklyn addresses mentioned in the survey as having a heavy rat population are within a few blocks of Prospect Park. Neighborhoods with large numbers of reported rodents include Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Bushwickand Williamsburg. (Pix11 via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN BRIDGE REPLICA MADE OUT OF 5,000 PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES: “Message in a Bottle” began with 100 bottles gathered from litter and bottle-collection drives. Artist Asher Jay decorated them using scraps from neighbors’ recycling bins. Each bottle contained a message about environmental protection. Jay took her project one step further and created a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge — which visitors can actually walk across — made out of 5,000 plastic water bottles on World Oceans Day. “That is the number of bottles we consume in the United States every second,” Jay said.(Nat Geo via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WHETHER IT’S WILLIAMSBURG OR MIDWOOD, DI FARA PIZZA IS STILL DI FARA: There’s a new expansion Di Fara pizzeria in Williamsburg, and its pizzas are strikingly similar to those served at the original store inMidwood despite the different settings. The new Di Fara is part of the North 3rd Street Market food hall. The main differences between the two pizzerias, according to food blogger Hugh Merwin, is that the Williamsburg location accepts credit cards as well as cash and its speakers play Patti Smith andGeorge Michael tunes. (Grub Street via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMSBURG GETS ITS OWN BOOZA ICE CREAM STORE: Republic of Booza opened in Brooklyn at 76 N. Fourth Street on Monday. The ice cream store serves traditional Middle Eastern and Turkish ice cream, but also offers some experimental flavors. They have classic flavors such as pistachio, vanilla and strawberry, but their outside-the-box flavors include salted oreo, saffron peppercorn, black walnut and scorched earth. “Booza” means ice cream in Arabic and has a particular “elasticity” only associated with ice cream from the Middle East. It’s made with ground orchid roots, known as salep, and a pounding technique used for freezing it. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: An inside look at how media mogul Shane Smith, co-founder of Vice, built his company “on a bluff.” (via New York Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How Houston Lost Its Mind Over a Trump Shirt”(via Texas Monthly)
PODCAST: Reeves Wiedeman, writer for New York Magazine, discusses why he loves reporting. “Just feeling like you can kind of go anywhere and see anything and talk to anyone is a pretty cool way to live your day,” he says. (via Longform)
WORLD CUP: The World Cup starts today. Here’s everything you need to know about each team so you can sound smart at the bar. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A police officer takes a massive NYPD scooter onto a crowded subway train…A man tries to save Montana’s last brothel…And there’s a portion of the U.S.-Canada border that is separated by petunias.(via Gothamist, USA Today and NYT)
FOREIGN FLASH: Tokyo police officers give a dead man’s body to the wrong family…Antarctica is melting twice as fast as it was in 2012…And Tropical Storm Bud moves towards Mexico. (via Mainichi, NYT and AccuWeather)
ROYAL WATCH: The royal family comes under fire (no pun intended) for allowing Prince George to use a toy gun. (via Parade)
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
12:00PM – 2:00PM — BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Commons. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Ed Center Open Hours at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Ljova and the Kontraband at the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge. Details.
6:30PM — The Police Killing of Arthur Miller, 40 Years Later at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — BRIC Media Talks: The Freelance Life at BRIC Arts. Details.
7:00PM — Yoga in the Park at Prospect Park/Long Meadow. Details.
7:00PM — Outer Space Outdoors at Albee Square. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Regina Opera in Concert at Marine Park. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Flavors of Flatbush at Brooklyn Commons. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Lou Lamoriello is getting the band back together. The Islanders’ team president and general manager announced Tuesday that former Devils Vice President of Operations Steve Pellegrini would join New York’s front office as an assistant general manager, splitting duties with Lamoriello’s son, Chris. Chris Lamoriello and Pellegrini both worked under the Hall of Fame executive during his dynastic tenure in New Jersey, which resulted in five Stanley Cup Finals appearances and three NHL titles. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Yasmine Bleeth, Boy George, Diablo Cody, Marla Gibbs, Steffi Graf, Lucy Hale, Eric Arthur Heiden, Traylor Howard, Kevin McHale, Eddie Mekka, Donald Trump and Will Patton!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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