Brooklyn Today June 26: Neighbors Worry Heights Footbridge Will Bring Chaos to Their Door
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday, Brooklyn! Eric Adams leads a stroller march, Green-Wood Cemetery hires a manager of preservation and restoration, and neighbors are wary of a Brooklyn Heights footbridge. Plus, the New York Aquarium is set to unveil its new shark exhibit, Bushwick enters NYC’s top 100 most pricey neighborhoods, and a Greenpoint newspaper thrives against all odds. Finally, residents debate whether to leave Williamsburg during the L-train shutdown, we share the best German beer halls in the city, and today is the New York 2018 Primary Election.
IMPRINT: American model Bella Hadid poses on three different covers for Vogue Mexico.
~NEIGHBORS WORRY BROOKLYN HEIGHTS FOOTBRIDGE WILL BRING CHAOS TO THEIR DOOR: Building a footbridge connecting Montague Street to Brooklyn Bridge Park will ruin the “peace and relaxation” of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and infringe on its protected views, says some residents. They are quietly pushing back against a campaign by a group called Connect Montague for a direct link from the Promenade to the park. Rick Dean, president of the co-op board at 2 Montague Terrace, says the idea “risks drastically changing the character of our neighborhood.” Officials, however, think the idea should be considered. “It makes sense to explore the idea. It may be that it’s technically infeasible. It may be that it’s too disruptive. … The point is, there should be civic engagement,” said Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BP ERIC ADAMS LEADS STROLLER MARCH AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION POLICY: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams led hundreds of parents, children and local politicians through the streets of Sunset Park on Sunday in a “stroller march” protesting the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. “This carriage here, is a symbol of protection, it’s a symbol of nurturing, it’s a symbol of what children represent in America,” Adams said in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center. “When you take a baby out of this and remove them from their mother or their father, you’re destroying the foundation of America and that cannot happen.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SANDY-RAVAGED AQUARIUM OPENS SPLASHY NEW SHARK EXHIBIT: Cue the “Jaws” music. Sharks are the stars of a splashy new exhibit hall at the New York Aquarium that marks a major step in the beachfront facility’s recovery from the devastating impact of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. Set in a shiny new building just behind the famed Coney Island boardwalk, “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!,” with its largest tank at 379,000-gallons, is set to openJune 30 while work continues on the rest of the aquarium’s 14-acre campus, more than half of which remains closed almost six years after Sandy. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREEN-WOOD HIRES MANAGER OF PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION: For the first time, Green-Wood Cemetery has hired a full-timemanager of preservation and restoration. Neela Wickremesinghe, plans to establish a full-service restoration studio and hold workshops and presentations there. “We still have storm damage from Superstorm Sandy that we are sorting out,” she told Brownstoner. “We also have projects that require perpetual care and need regular maintenance.” Wickremesinghe’s immediate goal is to take a full digital survey of the cemetery. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BUSHWICK CRACKS 100 MOST PRICEY NYC NEIGHBORHOODS:Neighborhoods in Brooklyn are climbing the list of most expensive places to live in the New York metro area at an incredible speed. Bushwick housing in particular rose 84 percent in price compared to 2008, and the median price for an apartment is now $788,700. The neighborhood climbed the ranks from 189th ten years ago to 90th this year. “My students have been priced out of the East Village, and they’re priced out of Williamsburg, so now they’re living in Bushwick, and they may buy in Ridgewood,” said Mitchell L. Moss, an urban-planning professor at NYU. (Bloomberg via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DON’T MOVE FROM WILLIAMSBURG DURING L-TRAIN SHUTDOWN, PUBLISHER SAYS: Some Williamsburg residents are wondering whether they should move out of the area by April, when MTA’s 15-month L-train shutdown begins. One person, who lives in a rent-stabilized apartment in the area and works near Union Square, recently sought advice from Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin. Dobkin counseled him to keep his apartment, saying, ”Jobs come and go, subway systems collapse and are rebuilt, but a good rent-stabilized apartment is forever.” He added, “Working at home is about to become very, very popular.” (Gothamist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER IN GREENPOINT SURVIVES DESPITE ODDS: Even though the Polish community of Greenpoint is declining, Polish-language weekly Kurier Plus is reportedly thriving. The paper has only two in-house workers and one part-time computer person, and the writers all send in their articles. Agnieszka Granatowska, editor-in-chief of a quarterly published by the Polish Slavic Center said, “Generally speaking, the Polonia here in New York City are learning toward publications that deal exclusively with the events happening around Polish communities in the United States — events and news that one cannot simply find on the internet.” (CJR via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: A father grapples with his son being considered a threat as aschool shooter: “How, Mark wondered, do you tell the difference between a normal interest in guns and a dangerous one?” (via The Oregonian)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “How an Affair Between a Reporter and a Security Aide Has Rattled Washington Media” (via NYT)
VOTE: Here’s everything you need to know about the New York 2018 Primary Election today. (via Metro)
DRINK: Here are the 12 best German beer halls — and perfect places to watch the World Cup — in New York City, including three in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Houston Astros player shaves his mustache in the middle of a game…Florida will pay you $5,000 to catch the peskylionfish…And a man is shot dead while camping in California with his two daughters. (via Time, Miami Herald and CBS Los Angeles)
FOREIGN FLASH: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is re-elected…Harley-Davidson will move some of its production outside the U.S.amid EU tariffs…And North Korea will not host its annual anti-U.S. rally. (via USA Today, NYT and AP)
ROYAL WATCH: Prince William watches England’s World Cup game in Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan’s “royal man cave.” (via Daily Mail)
11:00AM – 5:00PM — Little Big at Janet Borden, Inc. Details.
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:30PM — Sex vs. Spirit: LGBTQ & Communities of Faith at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
6:30PM – 9:30PM — MoxxieMade’s Supper Series: Courageous Living at De maria. Details.
7:00PM — Salman Rushdie: The Golden House at The Strand. Details.
7:00PM — Romantic Lit: The Power and Politics of Fiction’s Most Robust Genre at 92nd Street Y. Details.
7:00PM — Paramore/Foster the People at Barclays Center. Details.
7:00PM – 9:30PM — Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Rivalry that Shaped America at Schafler Forum. Details.
7:30PM — There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster at Nowadays. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Tuesday Trivia at Fulton Ale House. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Kyle Wilson started his first game for the Brooklyn Cyclones last week in what turned out to be a thrilling extra-inning game against the Hudson Valley Renegades at MCU Park in Coney Island. Despite the rough outing, which led to a no decision in the Cyclones’ eventual 8-7, 10-inning loss to the visiting Renegades, Wilson certainly enjoyed his first tasteof Brooklyn baseball. “It was unreal, great atmosphere. It was a lot of fun being up here playing the game I love,” Wilson said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Paul Thomas Anderson, Ariana Grande, Sean Hayes, Chris Isaak, Derek Jeter, Greg LeMond, Jennette McCurdy, Chris O’Donnell, Nick Offerman, Chad Pennington, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Elaine Cooney, Shannon Sharpe and Gretchen Wilson!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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