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Brooklyn Today July 11: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 5-Acre Pier 3 Is Now Open

July 11, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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THE LEDE: Happy Wednesday! Pier 3 opens in Brooklyn Bridge Park, we have photos from Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast, and the Brooklyn Bridge’s archways will be restored. Plus, overheated wiring causes a three-alarm fire in Sunset Park, a 19th-century Clinton Hill mansion hits the market for $13.5 million, and riders suggest ways to fix the subway. Finally, a West Coast climbing gym comes to Greenpoint, a writer discusses the significance of giving directions, and Noah Syndergaard and Jason Vargas pitch for the Cyclones.  
IMPRINT: Singer Taylor Swift receives her closeup on the August cover ofHarper’s Bazaar US.


The Rundown

~WITH 5 NEW ACRES ON PIER 3, BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK IS ALMOST COMPLETE: Just in time for the lazy days of summer, Brooklyn Bridge Parkcut the ribbon on Tuesday on 5 new acres of lush parkland on Pier 3, the final pier to be converted to parkland. Unlike Piers 2 and 5, which have sports fields, Pier 3 is a place to kick back and relax, with a lush green lawn surrounded by groves of shrubs and trees. Nestled within the greenery at the north end is an interactive labyrinth and Gunter Beltzig stone seating. The outer grove is set with picnic tables and clustered Adirondack chairs. The opening brings the Park to 90 percent completion. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~LPC APPROVES BROOKLYN BRIDGE ARCHWAY RENOVATIONS: The city Department of Transportation plans to renovate the underbelly of the Brooklyn Bridge. The agency hopes to start next June on a major overhaul of the Italian Renaissance-style arches that are important architectural features of the approach to the bridge in Lower Manhattan. Originally, the arches below the famous bridge were open voids. Decades after the overpass’ 1883 debut, the archways were filled in with brick, which has deteriorated. On Tuesday, the city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed restoration of the archways. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~ANNUAL GIGLIO FEAST PUTS ITALIAN PRIDE ON DISPLAY IN WILLIAMSBURG: This year’s Capo Paranza Number One stood at the helm of the towering Giglio to make sure everyone was in place. The lifters danced the heavy structure — weighing about 8,000 pounds and standing 72 feet in height — into the night in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Giglio Feast — an annual tradition in Williamsburg. “It’s a little of an addiction,” said John Perrone. “The Williamsburg Italian community has always been close-knit and the feast has kept people together, even though we don’t all live in Brooklyn. It’s our reason to go home.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~OVERHEATED WIRING CAUSES MASSIVE THREE-ALARM FIRE IN SUNSET PARK: A three-alarm fire inside a Sunset Park building Monday was the result of overheated electrical wiring, officials confirmed. The fire broke out at 764 57th St. at around 2:19 p.m., spreading from the basement to the third floor. Flames also extended through electrical wires to 5618 Eighth Ave. More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene, and the fire was deemed under control around 5 p.m. At least five firefighters sustained non-life threatening injuries. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~19TH-CENTURY CLINTON HILL MANSION HITS THE MARKET FOR $13.5M: A 19th-century mansion in Clinton Hill with ties to the Pfizer family is up for sale for $13.5 million, making it one of the most expensive homes in Brooklyn. The house was built by Charles Erhart, brother-in-law of Charles Pfizer and one of the founders of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. In 2007, interior designer Jessica Warren purchased the house for $4.2 million, then spent $5 million to restore it. The four-story mansion has seven bedrooms, five full bathrooms, three half bathrooms, eight wood-burning fireplaces, front and back gardens and an Otis elevator. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
~HOW TO IMPROVE THE SUBWAY? RIDERS WEIGH IN: How can NYC improve its subway? Several transit riders have some ideas. Camp counselorJake Diamond wants more fold-in seats “so when I board with 30 rowdy screaming campers, I can corner them somewhere instead of spreading them out all over a train car to make room for everybody else.” Raphael Laude, an urban planning intern, said that because the subway is at capacity during rush hours, the city should offer incentives for businesses to rearrange their hours. Urban planner Luc Nadal suggested replacing MetroCards with a “tap-in, tap-out system.” (Thrillist via Brooklyn Eagle)
~WEST COAST CLIMBING GYM IS COMING TO NORTH BROOKLYN: A West Coast fitness chain plans to open a new gym at 1 Nassau Ave., near theGreenpointWilliamsburg border. Vital Climbing Gym plans to take the one-story, 31,000-square-foot warehouse and “build out the total space to as much as 46,000 square feet.” This will be Vital’s first location outside California and Washington state. Mario Faggiano of EXR, the real estate brokerage involved in the deal, said his firm “naturally targeted a fitness tenant. There’s a strong health interest in that area, at the top corner of McCarren Park not far from the tennis courts.” (The Real Deal via Brooklyn Eagle)


Staff Picks:   

LONG READ: “Directions to Brooklyn”: Asking for and giving directions is an inherent part of urban life, “but what happens when your neighborhood, your city, seem to have lost their way?” (via Places Journal)
ANOTHER LONG READ: Is the Tasmanian tiger extinct or just in hiding? Many scientists live in hope that they’re still out there somewhere. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: If you can’t get a flight out of JFK or Laguardia, New Yorkers often fly out of Newark. Here are the best places to eat at the New Jersey airport. (via Eater)
CARTOON: President Trump asks God to be the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. (via The New Yorker)


NATIONAL BULLETIN: Nine stranded dolphins are saved off of Cape Cod…Florida experiences a toxic algae crisis…And an infant that was buried under sticks for nine hours is found alive in Montana. (AP via WaPo, Tampa Bay Times and USA Today)
FOREIGN FLASH: Linguists are teaching British police officers how to speak like kids to catch child predators…Thai officials say Elon Musk’s submarine was “not practical“…And former U.K. Foreign Secretary Lord Carringtondies at 99(via The Atlantic, Time and NYT)

Here are some of the best photos of the royal familyenjoying vacation in the sun. (via Closer Weekly)



10:30AM — Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2.Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Fresh 2018 at Klompching Gallery. Details.
12:00PM – 5:00PM — Brooklyn: A New Home, a New Life at Brooklyn Historical Society. Details.  
5:30PM — Wednesday Night Yoga at MetroTech Commons. Details.
6:00PM – 11:00PM — Sunset Salsa Wednesdays at The Landing. Details.  
6:30PM – 8:30PM — Wine Tastings at Irving Bottle. Details.
7:00PM — Total Body Conditioning at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Mindful Pints: Sunset Yoga on the Beach at Coney Island Brewery. Details.
8:00PM — Got7 at Barclays Center. Details.
8:00PM – 10:15PM — Moonlight & Movies: Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers at Museum of the City of New York. Details.

 EAGLE SPORTS: Noah Syndergaard got his second taste of pitching in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon and Jason Vargas shined in his Staten Island debut Monday night as the Cyclones enjoyed a pair of sterling starts from Mets pitchers working their way back to the Major Leagues. Rehabbing flame-thrower Syndergaard, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since May 25 due to a strained ligament in his right index finger, muscled his way through five strong innings at MCU Park as Brooklyn snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory. (via Brooklyn Eagle)


Happy birthday to Giorgio Armani, Harold Bloom, Justin Chambers, Greg Grunberg, John Henson, Jacoby Jones, Stephen Lang, Lil’ Kim, John Manbeck, Al MacInnis, Ed Markey, Bonnie Pointer, Michael Rosenbaum, Richie Sambora, Joan Smalls, Leon Spinks, Beverly Todd, Suzanne Vega, Sela Ward and Caroline Wozniacki!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].

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