Brooklyn Today July 16: Queens High-End Real Estate Market Is Gaining on Brooklyn
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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! The Nets trade Jeremy Lin, clawbots take overDowntown Brooklyn, and a Pablo Picasso sculpture is staying for four more weeks in the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Plus, a Brooklyn bathroom acts as a safe haven for narcotics users, the Queens high-end real estate market is gaining on Brooklyn, and a full-time comedy club is opening near Barclays Center. Finally, three Brooklyn judges get reassigned, John Tavares writes a letter to Islanders fans, and Books Beneath the Bridge istonight at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Have a great week.
IMPRINT: Sarah Jessica Parker and Fatima Farheen Mirza embrace on the August cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
~A SUMMER OF SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES AND CLAWBOTS IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: You might notice an unusual number of radio-controlled vehicles or breadbox-sized robots scooting around MetroTech this summer. Do not be alarmed. For the next seven weeks, hundreds of students will be immersing themselves in hot tech topics like cyber security, smart cities, robotics and self-driving vehicles at NYU Tandon’s Downtown Brooklyncampus. NYU’s STEMNow program, now in its sixth year, brings students together with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students for high-level hands on STEM experiences, such as the ITEST Robotics and Entrepreneurship program. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~GIANT PICASSO SCULPTURE TO ADORN COLUMBIA ST. LOT FOR ANOTHER 4 WEEKS: A whimsical, 10-foot-tall sculpture of Pablo Picassocutting grass with a lawnmower was supposed to be taken down from its temporary location in an empty lot this past weekend, but the huge tribute to the Spanish artist just got a four-week extension, courtesy of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, which sponsored the exhibit. The massive sculpture at the corner of DeGraw and Columbia streets is the work of Brooklyn artist Elliott Arkin. (via Brooklyn Eagle)
~NETS TRADE JEREMY LIN TO ATLANTA HAWKS: Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday. The move helps clear up the Nets’ logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first reported the deal, saying the Nets and Hawks would swap future second-round picks. Lin has a year and $12.5 million left on the contract he signed two summers ago. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~’IT KEEPS US SAFE’: A BROOKLYN BATHROOM SET UP TO STEM OVERDOSES: At an unassuming storefront on a busy Brooklyn street, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb an overdose crisis. Waiting his turn, Robert is frank about why he’s there, instead of one of the stairwells where he has used heroin in the past. “It keeps us safe. It keeps us from getting arrested. You feel secure here,” Robert said. As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take narcotics, places like this needle exchange program are quietly providing a model of sorts: bathrooms monitored by intercom, so someone can intervene to stop an overdose. (AP via Brooklyn Eagle)
~QUEENS HIGH-END REAL ESTATE MARKET IS GAINING ON BROOKLYN: For years, Brooklyn has been the hottest real estate market in New York City outside of Manhattan, but there are signs that Queens is nowoutpacing Brooklyn. Prices in Brooklyn fell in the second quarter of this year, while in Queens, the median luxury sales price increased 4.8 percent to $1.31 million, setting a record, according to Douglas Elliman. Brooklyn also saw sales volume drop, according to Mansion Global. However, that’s not to say that the Brooklyn real estate market is down as a whole. (Mansion Global via Brooklyn Eagle)
~BROOKLYN TO GET FULL-TIME COMEDY CLUB NEAR BARCLAYS CENTER: A decade-old stand up comedy joint will become Brooklyn’s only full-time comedy club when it moves from the East Village to a new digs near Barclays Center. “It’s a brand new building as opposed to the beat-up old basement,” Park Slope resident Marko Elgart, who owns EastVille Comedy Club with his wife Tara, said. In addition to new surroundings, the club will clean up its act for the family-oriented neighborhood by including magicians and PG-rated comedians. The club, at 487 Atlantic Ave. between Nevins Street and Third Ave., will open July 19 at 8 p.m. (Brooklyn Daily via Brooklyn Eagle)
~THREE BROOKLYN JUDGES REASSIGNED, ATTORNEYS DEFEND THEIR RECORDS: Three Brooklyn Supreme Court justices – Hon. Bruce Balter, Hon.Cassandra Mullin and Hon. ShawnDya Simpson – have been transferred tonew posts in other boroughs. A spokesman for the Office of Court Administration said the three judges were sent to new posts for “operational” reasons, but he declined to elaborate further. Some unnamed sources said the three judges were allegedly falling behind on their caseloads, not holding enough trial days and spending too much time away from the bench. (NYLJ via Brooklyn Eagle)
LONG READ: “Mike Picarella wanted to protect a co-worker from humiliating sexual harassment. He didn’t expect his own life to be destroyed in the process.” (via Highline)
ANOTHER LONG READ: A former hitman for the Mexican cartel is on the run, looking to evade the very people he used to work for. (via Harper’s Magazine)
Travel: San Antonio’s connections to Mexico are well known, but fewer people are aware that the city has deep ties to Spain. This summer, the city pays “homage to Spain” for its tricentennial. (via NYT)
HEALTH: Drinking coffee may help you live longer, according to a new study.(via Time)
NATIONAL BULLETIN: Kellogg’s Honey Smacks is linked to salmonella…A new report reveals that FEMA was underprepared for Hurricane Maria…And two Georgia cops flip a coin to decide whether to arrest a speeding motorist.(via USA Today, NYT and Daily News)
FOREIGN FLASH: Twelve Russians are indicted in the Muellerinvestigation…At least 200 people die in Japan’s floods…And a British womankills her father after finding his child porn collection. (via CNN, The Atlantic and USA Today)
ROYAL WATCH: President Trump has had an “obsession” with the royal family for many years. (via Boston Globe)
9:30AM — Broadway Dance at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2. Details.
11:00AM – 6:00PM — Block Party at Jenkins Johnson Projects. Details.
12:30PM — A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film at Bryant Park. Details.
5:00PM – 8:00PM — Mindful Pints Yoga and Beer at Coney Island Brewery.Details.
6:00PM — Books Beneath the Bridge at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6. Details.
6:00PM – 8:00PM — EmpoweredNYC Expression Groups at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Details.
7:00PM — What is Judaism 101? at Bay Ridge Jewish Center. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Living For It! w/ Joe Zimmerman, Jessica M. Singleton at Living Gallery. Details.
8:00PM – 10:00PM — Open Flame at Mood Ring. Details.
7:00PM — The Unpunished Vice: Edmund White at McNally Jackson. Details.
EAGLE SPORTS: “To the Islanders Faithful” by John Tavares. (via The Players’ Tribune)
Happy birthday to Gareth Bale, Ruben Blades, Phoebe Cates, Stewart Copeland, Corey Feldman, Will Ferrell, Michael Flatley, Luke Hemmings, Mark Indelicato, James Maslow, Jayma Mays, Barry Sanders and Pinchas Zukerman!
Brooklyn Today’s editor is Scott Enman. Contact him at[email protected].
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