Brooklyn Today June 28: Rats, Persian Food, and DUMBO Condo Sales
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Carroll Gardens residents fight for a historic kindergarten building, we check out some top-dollar DUMBO condo sales, and Borough President Eric Adams hosts a “Rat Summit” tonight. Plus, Rep. Dan Donovan trounces Michael Grimm, we take a stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the condos above the former Brooklyn HeightsCinema are almost finished. Finally, a Persian restaurant comes to Prospect Heights, Industry City signs two new leases, and we recommend the 15 coolest dog-friendly restaurants in New York City.
IMPRINT: A couple kisses in the rain on the Brooklyn Bridge for the “Love City” cover of The New York Times Magazine.
~CHECK OUT THESE TOP-DOLLAR DUMBO CONDO SALES: Lovely and landmarked or high-rise and modern. Either way, DUMBO homes command some of the highest prices in Brooklyn. Keep in mind that when a DUMBO home sells for $4 million, we’re talking about an apartment. In many beloved neighborhoods in our borough, a sum of half that size will buy you a standalone Victorian house with a yard and a garage or a historic brownstone on a beautiful block. Stroll with us through cobblestoned waterfront DUMBO, where dazzling Brooklyn Bridge Park serves as the residents’ front yard. We’ll show you several buildings where big-ticket apartment sales have recently closed. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~RESIDENTS: LANDMARK HISTORIC CARROLL GARDENS KINDERGARTEN: Landmark Brooklyn’s first stand-alone free kindergarten and its companion building too. That’s the slogan for Carroll Gardensresidents who’ve been working for months to win city landmark designationfor the former kindergarten at 236 President St. plus neighboring 238 President St. They mounted their landmarking campaign after they found out Avo Construction was going to buy the Hans S. Christian Memorial Kindergarten, demolish it and construct a six-story condo property. In July, the commission will vote on whether to designate them as city landmarks. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SEE BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK IN ITS SUMMER SPLENDOR: It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Brooklyn Bridge Park is an Instagram mecca. Some of the spots in this mecca that are most popular with photographers are kind of crowded now that summer’s here. One hot spot is at the edge of the water on Pier 1, near the area where NYC Ferry riders line up to wait for boat arrivals. Photos taken there capture iconic views of the World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan’s skyline, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The park is looking pretty great now that it’s summer, no matter what time of day it is or what part of its acreage you visit. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SPIKE IN RAT COMPLAINTS PROMPTS BP ADAMS TO HOLD RAT SUMMIT: At 6 p.m. tonight in Bed-Stuy, there will be a “Rat Summit” hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. In a town hall meeting forum, Adams will offer statistics that back up an urban legend: No matter where you are in NYC, you are within 15 feet of unseen rats and roaches. Now, rats are becoming more visible. Adams is alarmed at statistics from 311 calls, indicating that Brooklyn logged 7,253 rat complaints or sightings, compared with 4,507 for Manhattan during the same period. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DONOVAN TROUNCES GRIMM; ROSE DOMINATES DEMOCRATIC FIELD: Michael Grimm’s dream of a comeback has crashed and burned. The former congressmember, who tried to jump-start his political career after pleading guilty to a single count of tax fraud and spending seven months in jail, didn’t even come close in his attempt to win back his old seat, losing his bid by nearly a two-to-one margin. Grimm had challenged his successor, current Rep. Dan Donovan, for the Republican nomination in the 11th congressional district. Unofficial results had Donovan with 63.9 percent of the vote (12,774), while Grimm had just 36.1 percent of the ballots cast (7,219).(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~CONDOS ABOVE FORMER HISTORIC BROOKLYN HEIGHTS CINEMA ALMOST FINISHED: The three-story building located at 70 Henry St. directly above the former Brooklyn Heights Cinema is a step closer to being completed. Kenn Lowry, owner of the movie theater, wanted to relocate and reopen it, but he was unable to find an affordable space. “For the money these landlords want, I’d have to run a meth lab, not a cinema,” he told the Daily News. The white paint that coated the exterior of the building was removed for the first time in decades and now displays the red brick from the original landmarked 1895 building. (Brownstoner via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NEW PERSIAN RESTAURANT COMES TO PROSPECT HEIGHTS: Prospect Heights has a new Persian restaurant called Sofreh, named after a traditional fabric used as a backdrop for food displays at festive celebrations. The restaurant, located at 75 St. Marks Ave., has several standout items like eggplant and yogurt dip with home-baked bread, lamb patties with yellow lentil and turmeric, meatballs with sour cherries and pistachios, and plum chicken with saffron, barberries and rice. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~INDUSTRY CITY INKS NEW LEASES FOR CITY RECORDS DEPT., COFFEE SHOP: Sunset Park’s Industry City is making moves. The city’s Department of Records and Information expanded its space within the complex with a new 20-year lease. The development also struck a 12-year deal for a new Gumption Coffee shop in Building 19. It will be the first U.S. outpost for the Australia-based chain, which will devote 5,000 square feet for a roastery and 1,000 square feet for a cafe. The coffee shop will have a built-in clientele with the Brooklyn Nets’ training facility and the Hospital for Special Surgery located in the same building. (Commercial Observer via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: Kanye West opens up to The New York Times in Wyoming: “I hear Trump talk and I’m like, I like the way it sounds.” (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: “The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo”: How a black bull rider broke barriers like Brooklyn’s own pioneer did in baseball. (via Texas Monthly)
EAT: Dinner With Your Dog: Here are the 15 coolest canine-friendly restaurants in New York City, including eight in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
WORLD CUP: Jose Ramon Diaz lived in a homeless shelter for a month while working two jobs so he could buy a one-way ticket to Russia to see his home country of Mexico play. “Ladies love the sombrero,” he said. (via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedyannounces retirement…A warrant is placed for a Georgia man who called 911 more than 100 times about trivial things…And blacks in Los Angeles face longer wait times on Uber and Lyft than other races, according to a new study. (via NBC News, WSBTV and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A soccer team gets stuck in a cave in Thailand…Getty Images comes under fire for posting and deleting a photo album of the World Cup’s “sexiest fans”…And President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly have a summit meeting. (via Reuters, The Guardian and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: Prince William becomes the first member of the royal family to visit Israel. (via Express)
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
10:00AM – 4:00PM — Brooklyn Eats at BKLYN Studios, City Point. Details.
12:00PM – 2:00PM — BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Commons. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Erika Ranee: Inside/Outside at BRIC House, Project Room. Details.
12:00PM – 6:00PM — Mira Dayal at Art in General. Details.
4:00PM – 7:00PM — Beer Freak Show/Randall Night at Coney Island Brewery.Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Grupo Rebolu at Archway in DUMBO. Details.
6:30PM — Book Talk: “Reading with Patrick” at Brooklyn Historical Society.Details.
7:00PM — Summer Nights: Herbs for Cooling + Clearing at Anima Mundi Apothecary. Details.
7:00PM — Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical at The Bell House. Details.
8:00PM — Survival Codes at Brooklyn Music School. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: They can play a variety of positions, shoot it from the rafters, get up and down the floor at break-neck speeds and, perhaps most importantly, think well on their feet. These are just a few of the plaudits Nets general manager Sean Marks chose to throw out at the local media gathered at the team’s HSS Training Center in Sunset Park on Friday as Brooklyn officially said hello to the team’s newest draftees, 19-year-old Dzanan Musaand 20-year-old Rodions Kurucs. “We’re thrilled to have both these young men here,” Marks said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Kathy Bates, Don Baylor, Danielle Brisebois, Mel Brooks, John Cusack, Bruce Davison, John Elway, Mark Grace, Thomas Hampson, Alice Krige, Mary Stuart Masterson and Elon Musk!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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