Brooklyn Today June 19: Jehovah’s Witnesses’ DUMBO Hotel Will Become Low-Income Housing

June 19, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! We attend Coney Island’s famous Mermaid Parade, the borough’s coastal neighborhoods receive some concerning news, and we have an update on the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ DUMBO hotel. Plus,Dyker Heights residents want a quiet Fourth of July, the landmarked Shore Theater is set to become a seven-story hotel, and Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin make out in Williamsburg. Finally, a NYCHA warehouse is raided by the feds, Brooklyn’s got jobs and lots of them, and we share the 25 nicest places to eat outside in the city.  
IMPRINT: Singer Zayn Malik looks “effortlessly cool” on the July cover of GQ.  

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond


The Rundown

~JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES’ DUMBO HOTEL WILL BECOME LOW-INCOME HOUSING, SOURCES SAY: Now we know what comes next for the DUMBOresidential hotel the Jehovah’s Witnesses owned until recently. A housing provider called Breaking Ground will turn 90 Sands St. into an affordable and supportive residence for low-income working families and low-income and formerly homeless individuals. At a CB2 meeting tomorrow, Breaking Ground President and CEO Brenda Rosen is scheduled to make a presentation about her organization’s plan “to create low-to-moderate income and supportive housing at 90 Sands St.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN COASTAL NEIGHBORHOODS FACE BIWEEKLY FLOODING IN DECADES TO COME: The Union of Concerned Scientists released a reporton Monday warning that hundreds of thousands of coastal properties, including 24,286 in Brooklyn, face “chronic inundation” in the coming decades because of accelerating sea level rise. The southern end of Brooklyn will be hardest hit. In a worst-case scenario, 7,966 currently-existing homes in Sheepshead Bayalone will be swamped on a regular basis by the year 2100 if something isn’t done about the climate. At the other end of the spectrum, just one home is at risk in ZIP code 11211, which includes Williamsburg(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MERMAID PARADE CELEBRATES 36TH YEAR IN CONEY ISLAND: Hundreds of thousands of people lined Surf Avenue in Coney Island on Saturday for the 36th annual Mermaid Parade that drew out waves of mermaids and other seafaring creatures in a summer celebration. Considered the largest art parade in the country, the summer kick off featured pounds of glitter, body paint and unique costumes strutted in front of yelling crowds. This year’s Mermaid Queen was singer Amanda Palmer with her husband Neil Gaiman donning the crown of King Neptune. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DYKER HEIGHTS RESIDENTS PLEAD FOR A QUIET FOURTH OF JULY: The sounds of explosions fill the air in Dyker Heights every Fourth of July, according to neighborhood residents who said the holiday has become a noisy nuisance in recent years due to the large amounts of fireworks people shoot off. The issue of pyrotechnics and what to do about them was a topic of discussion at Dyker Heights Civic Association meeting last week, where residents asked Capt. Robert Conwell, the commanding officer of the 68th Police Precinct, to hunt down people illegally shooting fireworks. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONEY ISLAND’S SHORE THEATER TO BECOME 7-STORY HOTEL: Coney Island’s landmarked Shore Theater is set to become a seven-story hotel, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings on Wednesday. The structure, located at 1301 Surf Ave., will span 70,270 square feet. The number of rooms in the hotel that will be available is unclear. PYE Properties, owned by Pyotr Yadgarov, bought the historical theatre in December 2015. The company declined to comment on the project, saying it was still in the extremely preliminary stages of development. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~JUSTIN BIEBER AND HAILEY BALDWIN CAUGHT MAKING OUT IN DOMINO PARK: Singer Justin Bieber and supermodel Hailey Baldwin were seen strolling and kissing in Williamsburg’s new Domino Park. The reunited couple dated for a brief time in 2015 and apparently found the recently opened Domino Park to be the perfect spot to demonstrate their newfound love. The six-acre waterfront area opened on June 10. They were later seen crossing over into Manhattan and smooching some more at Rockefeller Park. (TMZ via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LOOKING FOR A JOB? GO TO BROOKLYN: Brooklyn’s job market isgrowing faster than the state’s and the nation’s, according to the State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “It’s an exciting time for Brooklyn with record employment, business growth, and a budding tech sector,” DiNapoli said last week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The private sector has added 172,600 jobs since 2009 and grew by 4.4 percent in the past year alone, DiNapoli said. Health care jobs make up about a quarter of that growth, followed by retail.(New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYCHA WAREHOUSE RAIDED BY FEDS, RECORDS SEIZED: Federal and local investigators raided a NYCHA warehouse last week and seized records. Among the items seized were computers that contained documents about asbestos and lead paint inspections. The raid was part of a criminal probe into the city agency and followed a lawsuit filed by Manhattan U.S. AttorneyGeoffrey Berman last week. The lawsuit accused the agency of not conducting lead inspections and lying to federal inspectors about it. It also said that they plotted to hide the generally derelict conditions of the city’s public housing complexes from the inspectors. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: The American south is where some of the country’s darkest moments took place, but the region also has wonders to offer. A writer from Alabama confronts this conundrum(via Harper’s)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health” (via The Atlantic)
TECHNOLOGY: An iPhone software update slated for later this year will tell first responders your exact location when you call 911. (via Time)
EAT: Here are the 25 nicest places to eat outside, including eight spots in Brooklyn. (via Eater)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: A sheriff in Texas is arrested for sexually assaultingan immigrant child…A plant in Virginia can cause burns and blindness…And a Texas man drives more than 1,000 miles to get back his stolen dog(via NBC News, USA Today and the Miami Herald)                  
FOREIGN FLASH: India’s water supply is “dangerously low”…Former first lady Laura Bush says separating immigrant children from their parents is immoral…And a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Japan. (via NYT, WaPo and CBS News)                                     

ROYAL WATCH: Meghan Markle
 was the first mixed-race woman to join the royals, and now the royal family is having its first gay wedding(via Cosmopolitan)



12:00PM — Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders at 92nd Street Y.Details.
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Summer Garden Concerts at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden. Details.   
6:45PM — NYRR Open Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:00PM — Piyo at Empire Fulton Ferry. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Land at American Museum of Natural History. Details.
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Bit Flip Radio and Popebama at Arete Venue and Gallery. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Tuesday Trivia at Fulton Ale House. Details.
8:00PM — Moonlight & Movies: Bronx Gothic at Museum of the City of New York. Details.  
8:30PM — Synchronized Swimming at Berkeley Carroll Athletic Center.Details.

EAGLE SPORTS: Homegrown Brooklyn talent Manny Rodriguez was recently picked by his boyhood club the New York Mets in the 10th round of the MLB draft. When asked about his experience getting drafted, Rodriguez said it came as a surprise. “I honestly thought it was the other team I was talking to,” Rodriguez said. “I wasn’t thinking it was the Mets but when I looked, I went from a 10 of excitement to 20 right off the bat. I was with my brother and sister and it was a great feeling, there were a lot of tears.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Paula Abdul, Aung San Suu Kyi, Hugh Dancy, Jean Dujardin, Andy Lauer, Macklemore, Brian McBride, Poppy Montgomery, Dirk Nowitzki, Phylicia Rashad, Gena Rowlands, Salman Rushdie, Zoe Saldana, Aidan Turner, Kathleen Turner and Ann Wilson!

Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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