Brooklyn Today July 10: Major Power Outage Leaves Thousands Without Electricity in Dyker Heights
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THE LEDE: Happy Tuesday! A major power outage hits Dyker Heights, Brooklyn pols take on President Trump, and a three-alarm fire erupts inSunset Park. Plus, a Brooklyn man is convicted in a computer hacking scheme, the 62nd precinct makes 32 firework-related arrests, and the design of 80 Adams St. is revealed. Finally, the borough’s only Papaya King closes, central Brooklyn’s health care system will get $210 million, and the World Cup Semi Final is being shown today at the Manhattan Bridge Archway.
IMPRINT: English actor Kit Harington wears a suit and tie on the July/August cover of GQ South Africa.
~BROOKLYN LEADS ‘BLOWBACK’ ON TRUMP’S PROMOTION OF $70B BABY FORMULA INDUSTRY: U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr. called out the Trump administration on Monday for “bullying” small countries in an attempt to block a World Health Assembly resolution supporting breastfeeding. The story was reported in The New York Times on Sunday. The resolution says that, according to years of scientific research, mother’s milk is healthiest for infants, and that countries should limit inaccurate or misleading substitutes. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MAJOR POWER OUTAGE LEAVES THOUSANDS WITHOUT ELECTRICITY IN DYKER HEIGHTS: A massive power outage in Dyker Heights left more than 6,000 customers without electricity until late afternoon on Monday, according to Con Edison. Power started going out across the neighborhood just past 1 p.m. A representative for Con Ed said it was “too early to tell” what caused the outage and that it was being classified as “equipment failure.” Outages spanned from the low 70’s to the mid-80’s between 10th and 13th avenues. Traffic lights were also reportedly out along 75th Street and 12th Avenue. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~MASSIVE THREE-ALARM FIRE ENGULFS MULTIPLE SUNSET PARK BUILDINGS: FDNY reported a three-alarm fire inside a building at 764 57th St. at around 2:19 p.m. Monday. There were reports of a multiple dwelling fire from the basement to the third floor. Fire officials said the flames extended through electrical wires to 5618 Eighth Ave. FDNY reps said there were no reported injuries. A witness said the fire might have originated from sparking power lines due to a power outage that left thousands of homes without power in southern Brooklyn Monday afternoon. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~TWO CONVICTED IN COMPUTER HACKING SCHEME THAT LED TO $30 MILLION IN PROFITS: Two defendants, one from Brooklyn, were convictedon all counts for an international computer hacking and securities fraud scheme where they nearly made off with millions in profits before being indicted. Between Feb. 2010 and Aug. 2015, Vitaly Korchevsky, a former hedge fund manager, and Vladislav Khalupsky, a securities trader who lives in Brooklyn, gained unauthorized access into three business newswires and stole unpublished press releases that contained non-public information, and used that information to make trades that generated $30 million in illegal profits.(via Brooklyn Eagle)
~62ND PRECINCT TOP COP DISCUSSES 32 FIREWORK RELATED ARRESTS MADE IN THE AREA: While many were enjoying firework shows inConey Island and other Brooklyn spots on the Fourth of July, dozens of local residents were busted for setting off illegal fireworks. The 62nd precinct, which covers Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend, reported 32 arrests of adults setting off fireworks. “One of the cases that was extremely dangerous is we arrested a guy … [who] threw an M80 into the street,” said CaptainAnthony Longobardi. “He didn’t place it down and light it. He threw it onto the street. It’s very dangerous.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~‘PLAYFUL’ RESIDENTIAL BUILDING TO RISE AT FORMER JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES’ SITE 80 ADAMS: The design for a 10-story, 165-unit residential building on the site of a former Jehovah’s Witnesses-owned parking garage at80 Adams St. in DUMBO has been made public, and 6sqft.com describes it as a “broken-up, playful facade that figures in plenty of outdoor space.” The design, crafted by ODA New York architects, resembles a group of square building blocks, but with glass fronts stacked on top of each other. The building will be mostly residential. (6sqft via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN’S ONLY PAPAYA KING CLOSES: The last Papaya King restaurant in Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue Extension has closed. “We are currently concentrating on other channels of the frankfurter business,” Papaya King owner Wayne Rosenbaum said. Not that long ago, outlets of Papaya King and similar chains, such as Gray’s Papaya, could be found throughout New York. They mainly offered hot dogs, fries and tropical juices such as papaya, pina colada and mango. Rosenbaum didn’t give a reason for the closure of the two-year-old Brooklyn outlet, but several food halls that offer a variety of low-cost snacks have opened in the area. (Grub Street via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HARD-PRESSED CENTRAL BROOKLYN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL GET $210 MILLION: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Central Brooklyn will receive an influx of cash through One Brooklyn Health, a $210 million initiative aimed at improving health care facilities in the area. The initiative comes eight months after health care nonprofit The Leapfrog Group gave “F” grades to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and Interfaith Medical Center; “D” grades to Maimonides Medical Center, New York Methodist Hospital and SUNY Downstate; and “C” grades to Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center. (Patch via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “The endless reign of Rupert Murdoch” (The Monthly)
ANOTHER LONG READ: In light of the rescue mission to save the soccer team stuck in Thailand, here’s what it’s like to actually be trapped in a cave. (via WaPo)
EAT: The Olive Garden Conundrum: How does the Italian food chain restaurant attract so many people? Could it be the unlimited breadsticks? One writerexplores this quandary. (via Eater)
WORLD CUP: Here’s a look inside the World Cup’s post-game press conferences, where journalistic integrity is abandoned and anything goes.(via NYT)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: A 14-year-old black boy is arrested for selling wateroutside the Philadelphia Zoo…Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty…And a business pays $200 to keep a man from being arrested for an overdue video rental. (via Fox, BBC and AP via Time)
FOREIGN FLASH: England’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnsonresigns…Protests and looting in Haiti continue over fuel prices…And investors prepare for legal marijuana in Canada. (via CNBC, AP via Time and NYT)
ROYAL WATCH: “Royal Family Quotes About Trump Add A Whole New Layer To His Visit With The Queen” (via Bustle)
10:00AM – 6:00PM — Nighttime for Strangers at NARS Foundation. Details.
1:00PM — Understanding Dementia at Brooklyn Public Library. Details
2:00PM – 6:00PM — World Cup Semi Final at the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge. Details.
5:30PM — Tuesday Night Zumba at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:30PM — Ari Berman on Voting Rights at Brooklyn Historical Society.Details.
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Art Deco in Manhattan’s East Fifties Walking Tour.Details.
6:45PM — NYRR Open Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
7:30PM – 9:30PM — Robots Love (Us) at Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg.Details.
8:30PM — Synchronized Swimming at Berkeley Carroll Athletic Center.Details.
9:30PM — Madam Morbid’s Death Becomes Her at Caveat. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: The New York Islanders announced yesterday that forward Jan Kovar has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Kovar, 28, played the last five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League with Magnitogorsk Metallurg, averaging over a point per game with 286 points (97 goals and 189 assists) in 285 games played. He matched career years in the 2013-14 (54 games played) and 2014-15 season (60 games played) with 68 points. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Andre Dawson, David Dinkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ron Glass, Adrian Grenier, Arlo Guthrie, Jerry Herman, Sue Lyon, Alice Munro, Lawrence Pressman, Karen Russell, Jessica Simpson, Sofia Vergara and Virginia Wade!
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