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Brooklyn Today June 22: Tajik Food, Spike Lee and the Jehovah’s Witnesses

June 22, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy FridaySpike Lee’s film crew messes up, Bed-Stuyrowhouses are all the rage, and we confirm that the Jehovah’s Witnesses’DUMBO hotel will house the formerly homeless. Plus, we recommend a Taji restaurant in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn boasts six out of 10 of the highest outer borough loans, and Rep. Dan Donovan introduces legislation to help veterans. Finally, NYU rents space in Downtown Brooklyn, students take part in an unusual apprenticeship at the Green-Wood Cemetery, and the Islanders hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz. Have a great weekend.     
IMPRINT: Actor Justin Theroux is ready to throw a punch on the July/Augustcover of Men’s Health.  

The Rundown

~DEVELOPER CONFIRMS REVAMP OF WITNESSES’ DUMBO HOTEL AS HOUSING FOR FORMERLY HOMELESS: It’s official. The vacant DUMBOresidential hotel the Jehovah’s Witnesses sold to Manhattan-based mega-landlord RFR will be turned into permanent housing for formerly homeless people plus affordable apartments for low- and moderate-income tenants. The property is 90 Sands St., a 30-story tower that stands beside the Manhattan Bridge on the corner of Sands, Jay and High streets. On Wednesday night, developer Brenda Rosen spoke publicly about the planned makeover of the Watchtower property. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THE BUYERS KEEP ON COMING FOR BED-STUY ROWHOUSES: Bedford-Stuyvesant rowhouses have been changing hands for handsome prices. Let’s catch up on some recent transactions. An LLC with Gregory Maidman as managing member paid $3.875 million for a four-family brownstone at 320 Macon St. in October. Nearby 253 Macon St. sold for $2.25 million in June. The two-family, four-story frame house has a handsome new facade. Two doors down, the two-family house at 249 Macon St. is under renovation. Its new owner bought it in January for $1.1 million. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SPIKE LEE BEHIND BAM PARK ACCIDENTAL OPENING: After releasing the news that BAM Park in Fort Greene reopened recently, the real story wasuncovered when the Housing Preservation and Development emailed us to dismiss the claim. “HPD was contacted by a film crew for use of the site,” saidJuliet Pierre-Antoine of the agency. “HPD granted permission but has since learned that the site was not properly secured after each filming session.” The mishap was due to legendary Brooklyn film director Spike Lee, who requested to film in the location for the upcoming second season of the Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN BOASTS SIX OUT OF TEN HIGHEST OUTER BOROUGH LOANS: Brooklyn had six of the top ten loans in the outer boroughs in May. For the second month in a row, the list was made up of deals in only Brooklyn and Queens. The Brooklyn loans ranged from $52.4 million to $501.5 million and added up to more than $900 million. In second place was The Spring Creek Towers in East New York, formerly known as Starrett City. In fourth place was 894 Fountain Ave. in East New York. Here’s a list of the other top loans. (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TAJIK RESTAURANT IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY SERVES TRADITIONAL CENTRAL ASIAN DISHES: It’s not easy to find the food of Tajikistan, one of the former Central Asian Soviet republics, but one place to do so is Cafe Dushanbe in Sheepshead Bay. It may be the only restaurant in New York that serves the traditional dish kurutob, made of shredded flatbread, salad and a dressing of kurut, salty sun-dried yogurt balls dissolved in hot water. Among the other dishes served there are samsa gizhda, small meat pies with a soft wrapping of dough, and okroshka, a cool summer soup made with yogurt, radish, dill, a quail egg and cream. (NYT via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NYU RENTS ADMINISTRATIVE SPACE IN METROTECH CAMPUS: NYU, whose Tandon Engineering School of Engineering is located at 6 MetroTech Center, has reportedly completed a 26,000-square-foot deal for more spaceat 1 MetroTech Center. The university will relocate several of its administrative support offices, now within its Greenwich Village campus, to the 22nd floor of 1 MetroTech. “Since the merger with the former Polytechnic University [now Tandon School of Engineering], we have focused on Brooklyn as an excellent choice for an expanded NYU presence,” NYU spokesman John Beckman said.(The Commercial Observer via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DONOVAN PROPOSES LEGISLATION AMID WORRIES OVER VA MEDICAL CENTER CLOSURE: Amid worries that the VA Medical Center in Brooklyn could close leaving veterans stuck trekking to Manhattan for care, Rep. Dan Donovan introduced legislation to make sure that veterans are notified of any closures or service cuts at medical centers nationwide. “A doctor’s office would never just cease service and not proactively contact their patients — it shouldn’t be any different at a VA facility,” Donovan said. “My bill will increase transparency regarding decisions being made at the VA to better support veterans and ensure their concerns are heard.” (Staten Island Advance via Brooklyn Eagle)

Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: Johnny Depp, once one of the most sought-out actors, is at a dead end. Here’s how it all went downhill(via Rolling Stone)
ANOTHER LONG READ: The vaquita, a species of porpoise native to the Gulf of California, is on the brink of extinction. Take a look inside the animal’s final days(via Pacific Standard)
WORK: A group of 10 students recently completed a rather unusual apprenticeship. They repaired and preserved historic monuments at Green-Wood Cemetery. (via NYT)
CARTOON: Peer pressure takes on a new look in 2018. (via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Housing separated immigrant children is a billion-dollar business…A drunk, naked man throws chairs at police officers at a Louisiana casino…And Melania Trump visits an immigrant detention center in Texas. (via NYT, USA Today and CNN)                
FOREIGN FLASH: Algeria turns off the internet to stop cheating on exams…Two mayoral candidates are killed in Mexico…And tariffs imposed by the European Union take effect on some American goods today. (via NYT, AP via Miami Herald and USA Today)                       
Prince Louis’s Christening Date Has a Special Meaning to the Royal Family” (via Good Housekeeping)


ALL DAY — Grimanesa Amorós: HEDERA at Prospect Park Bandshell.Details.
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Films on the Green at Transmitter Park. Details.
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Little Big at Janet Borden, Inc. Details.
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.  
4:00PM – 7:00PM — Friday Night Fireworks at Coney Island Brewery.Details.
6:00PM – 11:00PM — The Art of the Score at Fort Greene Park. Details.  
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Celebrate Gay Pride Month at Bay Ridge Jewish Center.Details.
7:00PM — The Turf Club at The William Vale Hotel. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Bruce Springsteen and ‘Born to Run,’ with Sotheby’s at The Woolworth Tower Residences. Details.   
8:00PM — Sea of Common Catastrophe at Irondale Center. Details.


EAGLE SPORTS: Barry Trotz is going from lifting the Stanley Cup two weeks ago to trying to lift the New York Islanders back to their former glory. The former Washington Capitals head coach, fresh off capturing that organization’s first-ever NHL championship, was hired as the head coach of the Islanders and is reportedly nearing a five-year, $20 million deal. Trotz walked out on a built-in, two-year team option in Washington, which would have payed him approximately $3 million total to remain with the Capitals. (via Brooklyn Eagle)

Happy birthday to Klaus Maria Brandauer, Amy Brenneman, Dan Brown,Randy Couture, Carson Daly, Clyde Drexler, Dianne Feinstein, Kris Kristofferson, Michael Lerner, Tracy Pollan, Todd Rundgren, Meryl Streep, Kurt Warner, Lindsay Wagner and Elizabeth Warren!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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