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Brooklyn Today June 20: Leslie Schultz to Step Down as BRIC’s President After 13 Years

June 20, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday, Brooklyn! BRIC’s president is set to step down, the Boricua Festival returns to Sunset Park, and Fort Greene’s BAM Park reopens after more than a decade. Plus, 230,000 square feet of office space is coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a Gowanus shop celebrates the neighborhood’s quirkiness, and Eric Adams backtracks on specialized school tests. Finally, we recommend the best Chinese restaurants in the city, a rooftop soccer field is coming to Red Hook, and Grizzly Bear + Spoon perform in Prospect Park tonight.   
IMPRINT: Sandra Bullock receives her closeup on the latest cover of The Sunday Times Magazine.  


The Rundown

~LESLIE SCHULTZ TO STEP DOWN AS BRIC’S PRESIDENT AFTER 13 YEARS: After more than a decade, Leslie Schultz will step down as BRIC’s president. Under Schultz’s leadership, the half-abandoned Strand Theater on Fulton Street was transformed into the multidimensional arts and media complex it is today. The $45 million project transformed the former vaudeville and movie theater into a collection of performance, production, educational and gallery spaces that serve as a sort of loom for the weaving of Brooklyn’s rich cultural tapestry. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SUNSET PARK’S BORICUA FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS, RAISE MONEY FOR PUERTO RICO: Celebrating two decades of Puerto Rican pride, the annual Boricua Festival Salsa at the Waterfront is returning to Sunset Park this year with the same great time but with a bit of different focus. TheSaturday, June 30 event will feature music from top talent such as 10-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri, food and entertainment for the kids and also a relief effort for Puerto Rico after the destruction wrought by Hurricane Maria. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FORT GREENE’S BAM PARK REOPENS AFTER REMAINING CLOSED FOR 13 YEARS: BAM Park in Fort Greene reopened unannounced after being shuttered since 2005. The park has been renovated, the grass has been cut, and paths have been cleared for strollers. The park had become extremely overgrown over the years but is now an aesthetically pleasing green space. The triangular park spans 14,000-square-feet from Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue to St. Felix Street. Residents last weekend noticed that the padlock that had kept visitors out for more than a decade had been removed.(Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW OFFICES, LIGHT INDUSTRIAL SPACE COMING TO NAVY YARD: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is reportedly planning to build 230,000 square feetof offices and light-manufacturing space on top of a parking garage that is being constructed in the yard’s old Admirals Row section. The city has pledged to invest $40 million in the project as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York Works program. The building at 399 Sands St. is being constructed by Steiner Studios. (Crain’s via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU TOXIC SLUDGE, CELEBRATE IT WITH SOUVENIRSUte Zimmermann came to Gowanus in 2011 for a lovely loft apartment, but she stayed for the toxic sludge. She fell in love with the neighborhood’s peculiar charm and saw the area grow in popularity with tourists as well. So in October 2015, she opened a pop-up shop with local art and souvenirs, celebrating the unlikely appeal of the smelly canal and its gritty surroundings. Zimmermann planned to run the shop for three months as an arts project. “The response was so fun,” she said, that “we kept going.” (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ADAMS BACKTRACKS ON SPECIALIZED SCHOOL TESTS: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has reportedly ended his support for MayorBill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test after Chinese-American donors pulled out of upcoming fundraisers. Adams has been raising funds for an expected mayoral run in 2021. For many years, the test has resulted in a preponderance of Asian-American students at the city’s top eight public high schools, but few black and Latino students. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
~PERMITS FILED TO BUILD ROOFTOP SOCCER FIELD ATOP THREE-STORY BUILDING IN RED HOOK: The first permits have been filed for a three-story commercial distribution centre in Red Hook, and they include arooftop soccer fieldDov Hertz and Innovo Property Group will build the 86-foot tall structure next to IKEA at 640 Columbia St. It will span 624,715 square feet, with 346,500 square feet dedicated to commercial use. The building will include office space with 175 parking spots on site. (New York YIMBY via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence” (via Harper’s)
ANOTHER LONG READ: One Step Forward, Nine Steps Back: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is erasing many of the civil rights victories in America.(via The Atlantic)
HEALTH: The percentage of smokers in America has reached an all-time lowof roughly 14 percent. (via Time)
EAT: Here are the 24 best Chinese restaurants in New York City, including four in Brooklyn. (via Eater)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: ProPublica releases audio of immigrant children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border…The Los Angeles Times names Norman Pearlstine as its top editor…And NYPD officers willnot arrest most people who smoke marijuana in public. (via ProPublica, NYT and WSJ)                  
FOREIGN FLASH: A python almost strangles a forest ranger in India as heposes for selfiesKim Jong-Un meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping…And Ivan Duque will be Colombia’s next president(via Independent, CNN and USA Today)                                      
“The Royal Family Just Welcomed Another Royal Baby(via Harper’s Bazaar)



10:30AM — Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
5:30PM — Wednesday Night Yoga at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:30PM — Grizzly Bear + Spoon at Prospect Park Bandshell. Details.
6:30PM — Screening & Talkback: Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Wine Tastings at Irving Bottle. Details.
7:00PM — BAMcinemaFest 2018 at BAM Harvey Theater. Details.   
7:00PM – 10:00PM — Comedy at Rose Gold Coctail Lounge. Details.  
8:00PM — Sea of Common Catastrophe at Irondale Center. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Live Podcast Event: 5049 Peter Evans Ensemble at Areté Venue and Gallery. Details.  
10:00PM — Elijah Shiffer and the Robber Crabs Arete Venue and Gallery.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Second-year Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzointimated even before this season began that pitching would be the key to Brooklyn’s success in 2018. Through four games, the former Mets second baseman has been proven right. Venezuelan right-hander Jaison Vilerabecame the latest Cyclones starter to deliver a solid effort as Brooklyn ran its early season winning streak to three games Monday night with a 9-7 victoryover Hudson Valley in Coney Island. “The pitching staff looks much better than last year and that will be huge for us early in the season,” Alfonzo said. “We have a bunch of guys who can throw hard.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Danny Aiello Jr., Olympia Dukakis, John Goodman,Nicole Kidman, Frank Lampard, Michael Landon Jr., Cyndi Lauper, John Mahoney, Robert McDonald, Anne Murray, Lionel Richie, Robert Rodriguez, James Tolkan, Bob Vila, Abby Wambach, Andre Watts and Brian Wilson!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected]

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