Brooklyn Today July 13: Brooklyn Bridge Beach Will Open to the Public on Saturday
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THE LEDE: Happy Friday, Brooklyn! A fencing center thrives in Gowanus, aRed Hook warehouse fire could have been arson, and five Brooklyn men are indicted on illegal gambling charges. Plus, a 23-year-old man rapes and robs a woman in Bushwick, cheese lovers gather in Greenpoint, and Brooklyn Bridge Beach will be open to the public tomorrow. Finally, we recommend the 21 best hot dogs in the country, the Cyclones lose yet again, and Journey to the Stars is tonight at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
IMPRINT: Russian model Irina Shayk douses herself with water on the latestcover of Evening Standard Magazine.
~FIVE FROM BROOKLYN INDICTED ON LOAN SHARKING AND ILLEGAL GAMBLING CHARGES: The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York is attempting to bring down five alleged members and associates of the Colombo and Gambino crime families, who were indicted in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday. The 32-count indictment charged two inducted members and two associates of the Colombo organized crime family with racketeering, including acts of extortion, extortionate collection, money laundering and illegal gambling. “The mob is certainly diminished, but it is not dead,” said NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN MAN INDICTED FOR RAPE AND ROBBERY IN A BUSHWICK ALLEY: A 23-year-old from Brooklyn was indicted on Wednesday for allegedly raping and robbing a 23-year-old woman after he dragged her into an alley at knifepoint in Bushwick last month. The defendant was also charged for attempted robbery of another woman earlier that same day. “This defendant allegedly brutally victimized two women and destroyed their sense of safety,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “Today’s court action is the first step to ensuring that he is held accountable for his alleged violent crimes.” (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~IS ARSON TO BLAME FOR A FIRE SET TO DESTROY PART OF BROOKLYN’S INDUSTRIAL PAST?: The two-alarm fire that swept through a 19th-century Red Hook warehouse on the night of June 14 was a spectacle, complete with fireboats in the Gowanus Canal aiming multiple streams of water at the blaze. It sparked immediate controversy as well. The next day, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca declared the fire “highly suspicious.” Now, a month later, FDNY has affirmed the elected official’s hunch. FDNY spokesmanJim Long said the event is being “treated as a suspicious fire.” (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~EN GARDE IN GOWANUS! HOW FENCERS LEARN THE FINER POINTS:Walk down Degraw Street between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus and you’ll see a dance studio, a music studio, two CrossFit gyms, a rock-climbing gym and an axe-throwing bar. On one end of this block is Brooklyn Fencing Center, which coaches children and adults from beginners to experts. The school offers classes in all three of fencing’s standard weapons. “It’s literally like my second home,” said Sara Fellman, a high school student. “I love the people here. It’s very much about respect — and I feel like I’m seen as an equal.” (The Bridge via Brooklyn Eagle)
~SUMMER FESTIVAL MAKES BROOKLYN A MAGNET FOR CHEESE LOVERS: An event that started as an industry event for cheese producers, importers and retailers has become a festival for cheese lovers who filled the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint to capacity earlier this month. It’s theCheesemonger Invitational, held in Brooklyn every summer and San Francisco every winter. Adam Moskowitz, head of Larkin’s, a cheese-storage facility, and founder of the festival, said, “I’m a guy who went to Burning Man and thought, ‘I need to bring this feeling back with me.’” (CNN via Brooklyn Eagle)
~FESTIVAL OPENS BEACH AT FOOT OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO THE PUBLIC: On Saturday, to celebrate the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day, Brooklyn Bridge Beach – the shallow, sandy beach near the foot of the bridge on the Manhattan side – will open to the public. The beach is usually closed, although people still make their way onto it, usually to wade in the water. There has been a push in recent years to open the beach, but the city has found several reasons not to do so, including its cost, the danger from waves and combined stormwater/sewage overflow nearby. (Curbed via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Her Husband Was a Princeton Graduate Student. Then He WasTaken Prisoner in Iran.” (via NYT)
ANOTHER LONG READ: An Unheralded Pioneer: Dale Jennings told a California court in 1952 that he was gay, despite it being against the law at the time. His declaration would be the initial spark to a civil rights revolution. (via the Atavist Magazine)
CARTOON: President Trump has a private word with Justice Brett Kavanaugh. (via The New Yorker)
EAT: Here are the 21 best hot dogs in the country, including one in Manhattan, but Nathan’s Famous doesn’t make the cut. (via Thrillist)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Former NBA player Charles Oakley gets arrestedfor cheating at a casino…The Department of Justice reopens the Emmett Tillinvestigation…And charges against Stormy Daniels are dropped. (via TMZ, NYT and CNN)
FOREIGN FLASH: Protests erupt in the U.K. over President Trump’svisit…A Chinese pilot is under investigation for smoking in the cockpit after the plane drops 21,000 feet…And a second U.S. military member dies in Afghanistan in less than a week. (via BBC, SCMP and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: “Meghan Markle Changed Her Outfit Five Times In 24 Hours” (via Time)
9:00AM — Retro Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
10:00AM – 3:00PM — Free Caregiver Expo at Brooklyn Borough Park.Details.
1:00PM – 6:00PM — Edward Shalala at FiveMyles. Details.
2:00PM — Gallery Tour: American Art at Brooklyn Museum. Details.
7:00PM — We are the Clash at Word Bookstore. Details.
7:00PM – 9:00PM — Houdini Weekend at New-York Historical Society.Details.
7:10PM — Jazzy Jazz Festival Summer 2018 at Medgar Evers College.Details.
8:00PM — Evening Bat Walks in Central Park at American Museum of Natural History. Details.
8:30PM — House of Bricks at Precious Metal. Details.
8:30PM – 10:30PM — Journey to the Stars at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1.Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: Brian Sharp’s team-leading third home run of the summer proved to be the only bright spot in the Brooklyn Cyclones’ 6-1 lossat Aberdeen on Wednesday. Sharp, the Mets’ 26th-round pick in last month’s MLB Draft, powered a shot over the right-field wall in the top of the fifth inning, but that would be the second and final hit Brooklyn would muster in its seventh loss in the past eight games, dropping the Cyclones (12-13) below the .500 mark. After bursting out of the gate with 10 wins in their first 14 games, the Baby Bums have once again fallen on hard times, losing all but two of their past 11 contests. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
Happy birthday to Cameron Crowe, Harrison Ford, Robert Forster, Jane Hamilton, Louise Mandrell, Cheech Marin, Roger McGuinn, Erno Rubik, Wole Soyinka, Michael Spinks, Patrick Stewart and Spud Webb!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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