Brooklyn Today June 15: New Yorkers Debate Pros and Cons of 80 Flatbush Skyscraper
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! New Yorkers debate the pros and cons of a massive Boerum Hill skyscraper, we stroll down Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue, and a nonprofit tests out mood-reading technology. Plus, Conor McGregorappears in Brooklyn’s Supreme Court, a party against gun violence comes toGowanus, and we explore the impact of 85 Jay on DUMBO. Finally, we share the 16 best ice cream parlors in the city, Edgardo Alfonzo hopes to end the Cyclones’ drought, and the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight.
IMPRINT: Gisele Bundchen poses in the jungle on the July cover of Vogue US.
~NEW YORKERS DEBATE PROS AND CONS OF 80 FLATBUSH DEVELOPMENT: Opponents say that tripling this development site’s density would set a dangerous precedent on the Flatbush Avenue corridor. It would allow the construction of a skyscraper as tall as the Chrysler Building in low-rise Boerum Hill. Supporters say this project is a model of responsible development. It would bring affordable housing and a modern building for Khalil Gibran International Academy. The subject of debate is Alloy Development’s proposed project at 80 Flatbush Ave. On Wednesday, the two sides squared off at a City Planning Commission hearing. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TRANSIT RACE USING MOOD-READING TECHNOLOGY WILL HELP L-TRAIN COMMUTERS: A nonprofit group plans to use a device that can read the moods of commuters to help devise the fastest and safest way to travel between Manhattan and North Brooklyn after the L train shuts down for repairs. The nonprofit Van Alen Institute has devised a crowd-powered way to test and compare alternate transit routes. This Sunday, 20 volunteers will be fitted with sophisticated biosensors and will race to find the fastest way to travel from Union Square to Williamsburg. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COME STROLL FIFTH AVENUE IN BAY RIDGE: From convent to condos. Now that’s a study in contrasts. At the very end of Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue, a brand-new apartment building stands on a site where nuns lived. The glass-clad condo building is right across the street from St. Patrick’s, a yellow-brick 1920s church with a bell tower and a rose window. The Bay Ridge span of Fifth Avenue is a great place for a stroll. The logical way to take this walk is by starting at the car dealerships on the corner of 65th Street and heading south. Along the way, there’s a fascinating mix of Middle-Eastern restaurants and shops, businesses with longevity like Mike’s Donuts and the cutest canine mural ever. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONOR MCGREGOR NEGOTIATING PLEA DEAL TO AVOID JAIL TIME AFTER BARCLAYS CENTER ARREST: UFC fighter and former boxing champion Conor McGregor spent more time getting to and from Brooklyn’s Supreme Court on Thursday morning for a hearing stemming from his April arrest than he spent before a judge. In a hearing that lasted approximately 90 seconds, McGregor’s attorney announced to Justice Raymond Rodriguez that they were negotiating a plea deal with the prosecutors and that McGregor andCian Cowley, another MMA fighter facing charges from an attack on a bus in April that was caught on video, would not go in front a grand jury. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HOW A HUGE NEW PROJECT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF DUMBO: THE HISTORY OF 85 JAY: It has been called DUMBO’s “game-changing” project, a huge residential complex called 85 Jay on a long-fallow, 3-acre site at a key location bounded by York, Front, Jay, and Bridge streets. It’ll have big impact: The complex could boost DUMBO’s population by 25 percent, adding street life, retail, connectivity and buzz to an already hot neighborhood — plus putting strain on some antiquated infrastructure. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~‘PARTY TO PROTECT’ AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE COMING TO GOWANUS: A group of Brooklyn friends and a venue in Gowanus are taking aim at gun violence with a stage and some tattoo guns. Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., will play host tomorrow to a very special “Party to Protect Our Lives,” a multifaceted benefit concert meets tattoo pop-up salon from which 100 percent of proceeds will go to Moms Demand Action, a division of Everytown for Gun Safety. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Gone but Not Deleted: When loved ones die, what do we do with the digital reminders they’ve left behind?” (via Boston Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Netflix has hired a star-studded cast of characters, including Spike Lee, to produce as many popular shows as is humanly possible. (via Vulture)
CARTOON: President Trump teaches Kim Jong-un how to use Twitter. (via The New Yorker)
FOOD: Here are the 16 best ice cream parlors in the city, including three in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A raccoon scales a 25-story building in Minnesota…A former Walmart in Texas is used as a shelter for 1,500 migrant children…And the remains of a man buried 10,000 years ago is found off the coast of California. (via WaPo, NYT and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A German prince dies in a riding accident in England…America will host the 2026 World Cup…And Panama’s former president returns to jail. (via USA Today, ESPN and AP via the Miami Herald)
ROYAL WATCH: Take a look at Meghan Markle’s awkward momentwith the Queen. (via 9 News)
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
11:00AM – 9:00PM — Selections from the Collage/Mixed Media Class at Park Slope Armory YMCA. Details.
12:00PM — Broadway in the Boros at The Plaza. Details.
3:00PM – 6:00PM — Home Front at Old Stone House. Details.
6:00PM — Brooklyn Americana Music Festival: Unplugged at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
6:30PM — Musical Shabbat at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
6:30PM — Sabar with Lamine Thiam at Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Details.
8:00PM — Dialogue at Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Wet Tux at Film Noir Cinema. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Blade Of at Arete Venue and Gallery. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Manager Edgardo Alfonzo eager to end Cyclones’ drought (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Jim Belushi, Wade Boggs, Simon Callow, Courteney Cox,Julie Hagerty, Neil Patrick Harris, Mike Holmgren, Helen Hunt, Justin Leonard, Nicola Pagett, Leah Remini, Anna Torv and Xi Jinping!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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