Brooklyn Today July 5: Cops Suspended for Failing to Investigate 911 Call of Dying Man
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THE LEDE: Happy Thursday, Brooklyn! Dockless bikes are coming to Coney Island, Domino Park offers relief from the heat, and a pair of Brooklyn cops is suspended for not responding to a 911 call. Plus, Greenpoint residents push back against a school on a toxic site, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge may be in hot water, and the Brooklyn Public Library needs $228 million for upkeep. Finally, a cafe comes to a Williamsburg laundromat, we recommend the 40 best sushi restaurants in the city, and Andy Byford tries to save the subway.
IMPRINT: Oprah Winfrey dons a mask on the August cover of Vogue UK.
~BEAT THE HEAT WAVE AT DOMINO PARK ON THE WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT: Heat wave on the waterfront! The fountains at Domino Park are an instant antidote to it. The just-opened recreation area has rows of inviting water jets to run through when temps soar. They’re a relief from hellish weather that’s expected to stick around through tomorrow. Two Trees Management spent tens of millions of dollars to construct the six-acreWilliamsburg park, which opened on June 10. The park provides public access to a quarter-mile of East River shoreline where sugar-refinery workers had toiled since the 19th century. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DOCKLESS BIKE-SHARE TRIAL COMING TO CONEY ISLAND: The city will begin testing a new, dockless bike-share program in Coney Island later this year, part of a four-borough pilot that will bring the next generation of bike sharing to places that don’t already have Citi Bike. Unlike Citi Bike, dockless bikes do not require bulky physical docking stations, instead allowing bikes to be unlocked and rented using a mobile phone, usually for $1 or $2 per ride of up to about a half hour each. Some of the bikes are expected to be pedal-assist bicycles. The neighborhood will receive at least 200 bikes. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~STUDY: BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY NEEDS $228 MILLION FOR UPKEEP: People are flocking to the Brooklyn Public Library’s 59 branches in record numbers but the buildings housing those branches will need serious upgrades over the next 10 years if the library expects to continue to function at an optimum level, a new study from the Center for an Urban Future found. The report estimated that BPL will need $228 million for capital projects to keep its branches in good shape. The figure includes $86 million that will likely be needed to make emergency repairs to broken boilers, leaky roofs and other last-minute projects that crop up. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~COPS SUSPENDED FOR FAILING TO INVESTIGATE 911 CALL OF MAN DYING: NYPD has suspended two officers who didn’t get out of their patrol car to investigate a 911 call while a man lay dying outside. Police say 44-year-old Robert Fason and another man were shot during an argument outside aBed-Stuy bar last weekend. Fason fled the scene and collapsed in front of a home. A witness called 911 to report the injured man, but officers went to the scene and reported the call unnecessary. The witness called 911 again, and different officers found Fason dead. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WILLIAMS SISTERS, NOT THOSE ONES, OPEN LAUNDROMAT/CAFE:The Williams sisters (no relation to the tennis superstars) have opened aWilliamsburg laundromat, Celsious, where customers can relax with a coffee. Corinna and Theresa explained that the name — although misspelled on purpose for dot-com rights — is a nod to their European upbringing, as they were born and raised in Germany. The washers and dryers are on the ground floor, and the second floor has a small coffee bar. A garden is also in the back for those who want to hang out in the sunshine at the 115 N. Seventh St. location. (Dezeen via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GREENPOINT ACTIVIST GROUP SAYS SITE IS TOO POLLUTED TO HOUSE SCHOOL: A group of Greenpoint residents are fighting against the city’s plan to build a new school across the street from the NuHart Plastics building, which is so polluted it was declared a state Superfund site. An underground plume of toxic chemicals has made its way to within a few feet of the proposed school site. At a recent meeting, Mike Schade, an activist with the North Brooklyn group Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, urged City Councilmember Stephen Levin, who approved the site in 2013, to go back to the drawing board. (WNYC via Brooklyn Eagle)
~IS A BROOKLYN JUDGE LYING ABOUT WHERE SHE LIVES?: Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson has reportedly used a series of apartments for more than a decade to claim she’s a Brooklyn resident while raising her family in New Jersey. When she first ran for the judgeship in 2003, her New Jersey residence became an issue, but her husband and campaign manager Jacob Walthour Jr. said they lived there to “obtain the best health care for a child born with developmental challenges.” After winning, she rented an apartment in Clinton Hill. Building management said she left the apartment in March 2017. (New York Post via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Can MTA President Andy Byford Save the Subways?” (via The New Yorker)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Similar to the subway, New York City’s public housing is also in shambles. What’s it going to take to fix NYCHA’s problems? It’s not so clear. (via NYT)
EAT: Here are New York City’s 40 best sushi restaurants, including two in Brooklyn. (via Eater)
CARTOON: Paying attention to the news may be detrimental to your health. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: President Trump will encourage schools to ignore race when accepting students…An American woman is killed in a boat explosion in the Bahamas…And it’s now illegal to hold a phone while driving in Georgia. (via NYT, CBS News and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: A South African woman is found alive inside a morgue…A second mayor is shot in the Philippines…And a high-speed Hello Kitty bullet train makes its debut in Japan. (via The Journal, NYT and The Guardian)
ROYAL WATCH: “Royal Family Is ‘Frustrated’ With Duchess Meghan’sDad Thomas Markle” (via Us Weekly)
10:00AM – 2:00PM — Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
12:00PM – 2:00PM — BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech Commons. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Ed Center Open Hours at Environmental Education Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
4:00PM – 7:00PM — Beer Freak Show/Randall Night at Coney Island Brewery.Details.
5:00PM – 10:00PM — Art Opening at LLIS Studio/Gallery. Details.
6:00PM — Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — The Blue Vipers at The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge. Details.
6:00PM – 10:00PM — Free Sex Trivia BK at Starr Bar. Details.
6:30PM — “History Teaches Us to Resist”: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
7:00PM — Yoga in the Park at Prospect Park/Long Meadow. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Lou Lamoriello knew he had a massive rebuild and reshape project ahead of him in Downtown Brooklyn when he assumed command of the New York Islanders in May. It just became more massive. With the defection of team captain John Tavares to Toronto on Sunday, the Islanders’ new team president and self-appointed general manager lost the one player he could build around. Now, he is getting busy building without him.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Francois Arnaud, Edie Falco, Eliot Feld, “Goose” Gossage, Eva Green, Katherine Helmond, Shirley Knight, Huey Lewis,Amelie Mauresmo, Megan Rapinoe, Robbie Robertson, Gary Shteyngart andRoger Wicker!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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