Brooklyn Today July 6: Every Mailbox in Brooklyn Heights Was Locked Down on Wednesday
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Brooklyn Heights’ mailboxes go on lockdown,Joey Chestnut eats 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes, and the Hotel Bossert could be reopening soon. Plus, the 85 Jay St. project gets a $600 million construction loan, a political journalist from Azerbaijan gets a new start in Gravesend, and Roberta’s pizzeria may soon be coming to Williamsburg’s tallest building. Finally, stickball returns to Coney Island, Green-Wood Cemetery hosts its Twilight Tour tonight, and the Islanders sign Matt Martin.
IMPRINT: Cindy Crawford grins on the July cover of Vogue Turkiye.
~EVERY MAILBOX IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS WAS LOCKED DOWNWEDNESDAY: Postal officials placed locks on every USPS mailbox inBrooklyn Heights on Wednesday afternoon to prevent someone from setting off a bomb in one of them during the July 4 Independence Day fireworks display. A USPS spokesperson said the locks were installed “in the interest of safety and security.” The reason the locks were installed in Brooklyn Heights and not, say, Greenpoint, where large crowds of people actually gathered to observe the fireworks this year, was a bit of a mystery. Brooklyn Heights Executive Director Peter Bray noted, “Now we all have an excuse for late payments.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~IS THE HOTEL BOSSERT’S REOPENING IMMINENT?: After several delays, there are signs that the long-closed and once-elegant Hotel Bossert on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights will be reopening at last. A video posted on Twitter appears to show a nighttime party in progress on the hotel’s rooftop bar, which is decked out in multicolored lights. David Bistricer of Clipper Equity, who, with Joseph Chetrit of the Chetrit Group, bought the hotel from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2012, said, “We plan to make a major announcement soon.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~DESPITE COUNTING ERROR, CHESTNUT BREAKS RECORD AT NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST: It was another record-setting Fourth of July in Coney Island at Nathan’s Annual International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. Thousands witnessed Joey Chestnut claim victory once again, taking home his 11th championship and breaking a world record by stuffing 74 hot dogs down his gullet in just 10 minutes. “We had a variety of really great acts, a beautiful summer day and a spectacularly huge crowd that was just really into it. From that element, it was grand slam home run,” Major League Eating Commissioner George Shea said. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN ACTOR JOINS ROSTER FOR THIRD ANNUAL STICKBALL HALL OF FAME GAME: What’s old is almost always new again, but for a group of Brooklynites, summer staples like stickball have always been a constant. The sport will make an official comeback on Sunday at the third annual Stickball Hall of Fame Game at Coney Island’s MCU Park. The Cyclones-sponsored day will feature a screening of local filmmaker, avid stickballer and game-day organizer Jay Cusato’s “When Broomsticks Were King,” a 27-minute, 2001 documentary which tells the story of Cusato’s father and family, and the locals who played among them in the ’40s and ’50s. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ROBERTA’S PIZZERIA MAY SOON BE COMING TO WILLIAMSBURG’S TALLEST BUILDING: Roberta’s, the famed Bushwick pizzeria that enamored pizza-lovers around Brooklyn, may open a new spot in the tallest building inWilliamsburg. The restaurant is reportedly close to signing a lease with Two Trees Management for space at 260 Kent Ave., as part of the $3 billion Domino Sugar site Master Plan. The building, designed by COOKFOX, will top out at 42 floors (435 feet) and is scheduled to open by 2019. The new location would be Roberta’s third, as the restaurant plans to open an L.A. location soon. (Eater via Brooklyn Eagle)
~85 JAY ST. PROJECT GETS $600M CONSTRUCTION LOAN: Developer the CIM Group has announced it has secured a construction loan of more than $600 million for the 3-acre, high-rise residential project at 85 Jay St. The complex will be rising on the site of a former parking lot for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The project gained notoriety recently because Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, was a partner in it through his firm, Kushner Cos., but Kushner sold his 2.5 percent share in the property earlier this year. (Construction Dive via Brooklyn Eagle)
~IN BOOMING BROOKLYN, WHO’S GETTING LEFT BEHIND?: Brooklyn has the fastest income growth of any borough in the city — and the second-lowest household income. Its unemployment rate is the lowest in decades, but one in five of its households still lives below the poverty line. No other borough has added as many businesses in recent years, yet its businesses pay the lowest average salary in the city. Overall, economic times are great in the County of Kings, but many of its residents have been left out of the staggering growth that has transformed the borough, according to a report released recently by the state comptroller’s office. (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~POLITICAL JOURNALIST FORCED TO LEAVE AZERBAIJAN IS PURSUING NEW CAREER IN BROOKLYN: Ramal Huseynov, once a TV journalist who investigated corrupt government dealings and homeless children, was forced to leave his homeland and now runs a restaurant inGravesend. The former reporter opened Istanblue Kings, a Turkish restaurant on Kings Highway. After producing a documentary about homeless children, he said, “One week I wasn’t allowed to come to work. The government doesn’t want journalists to show these problems in the public.” Now he hopes to build up his restaurant in Gravesend and continue to dream big. (News 12 via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Can the A.C.L.U. Become the N.R.A. for the Left?” (via NYT Magazine)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Post-Fourth: A writer attends one of the largest fireworks competitions in the world and details the history of pyrotechnics.(via VQR)
PODCAST: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, writer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning GQ piece, “A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylan Roof,” discusseschanneling her anger into written words. (via Longform)
CARTOON: An adaption of “Jaws” starring President Trump is coming to a theater near you. (via The New Yorker)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A Texas mother sells her son to pay off debt…Wildfires continue to ravage the western U.S….And 44 percent of white Americans think President Trump is racist, according to a new poll. (via Dallas News, USA Today and Newsweek)
FOREIGN FLASH: Elon Musk offers to help the Thai soccer team stuck in a cave…At least 18 people die from a record heat wave in Quebec…And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to North Korea. (Business Insider, Time and CNN)
ROYAL WATCH: The royal family has always had a love for tennis and has a long history of attending Wimbledon. Here’s their role at the Grand Slam tournament. (via Vogue)
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Techne Lab at Made In NY Media Center. Details.
12:00PM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn: A New Home, a New Life at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.
3:00PM – 5:00PM — Environmental Education Center Open Hours at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Details.
7:10PM — Jazzy Jazz Festival Summer 2018 at Medgar Evers College.Details.
6:00PM — First Fridays at The Frick Collection. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — Pregame Your Brain: What’s in Your Blood at Caveat.Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — Twilight Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery. Details.
7:30PM – 10:00PM — Dreamland Disco at Lefrak Center at Lakeside. Details.
8:30PM – 2:00AM — Punk Rock Karaoke Fundraiser for Pop Gym at Pine Box Rock Shop. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Unlike former Islanders team captain John Tavares,Matt Martin can’t wait to put the orange and blue back on. “I really am just ecstatic to be back,” Martin told NewYorkIslanders.com Tuesday after being acquired from Toronto for goaltending prospect Eamon McAdam. The 29-year-old forward, who left New York for Toronto via free agency two summers ago, spent his first seven NHL seasons with the Islanders after being selected in the fifth round of the 2008 Draft. Known primarily for his tough guy persona on the ice, Martin is a long-time fan favorite in Long Island and Brooklyn. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Allyce Beasley, Ned Beatty, George W. Bush, Dalai Lama, Pau Gasol, Grant Goodeve, Kevin Hart, Hilary Mantel, Geoffrey Rush, Sylvester Stallone and Burt Ward!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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